Facts and Questions
In an effort to keep my blog neat and tidy, after an answered question or comment has been up for a few days I’ll move it to this page. Hopefully my answers give you a better idea of who I am. Keep sending me questions, I love hearing from you! xx
What’s your name?
Stephanie, but I go by Steph. It’s nice to meet you!
How old are you, where are you from, etc…
Message me if you want to find out :)
What’s the first song on your playlist?
When I Grow Up- First Aid Kit
Check out my blog and follow back?
I’ll definitely check out your blog if you message me and ask! I’ll follow if you’re my style…
Do you do promos?
Occasionally I’ll do a promo game for my followers and I do promo4promos occasionally with blogs that I follow and really love.
How did you think of your url?
Wanderlust is the inexplicable, undeniable urge to discover your own identity through travel and exploration of the world around you… It’s a word that has always appealed to me and one that I’ve always identified myself with. It’s a great word, huh?
What do you find to be your most important possession in your life?
My book collection… without it, I would be much less educated, articulate, and imaginative than I am today.
What’s your star sign?
Gemini… It’s true what they say about us! On my good days I am adaptable and versatile, communicative and thoughtful, intellectual and eloquent, youthful and lively. On my darker days I can be nervous and tense, flighty and inconsistent, cunning and evasive. I love to talk, discover novel and unusual things and people, reading and learning, and usually bite off more than I can chew. I hate feeling tied down in any way, feeling mentally inactive, and usually can’t stand to be alone.
What’s your biggest fear?
One that I think we all feel from time to time… That I won’t live up to my own expectations for myself; that I won’t fulfill my true potential and calling in life.
Favorite decade in history and why?
Hmm I would say the 60’s… Mostly because it was such a historical time with civil rights movements, my favorite US President, Kennedy, the first man orbited the earth, I Have a Dream, The Beatles, and Woodstock!
If you could only have one religion for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I wouldn’t want to be tied down to a labeled religion, ever. I think there’s something beautiful and worthwhile to be learned from every single religion that has ever existed. I prefer to mix and match and create my own personal “hodge-podge” belief system. I am humbled by the equality and compassion that Christianity teaches, in awe of the beautiful traditions and practices of Islam, fascinated by Atman and Brahman, thankful for the Earth and what it provides for me, humbled by the words of the Buddha, etc. Every religion is beautiful, I could never let an all-encompassing label or belief close my mind and soul to the infinite enlightenment and beauty of this universe.
I believe you should love others more than yourself. Your opinion?
The Buddha once said, “You,yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
Loving others is certainly very important and I think we should all make an effort to be as compassionate, caring, and thoughtful towards other human beings as possible. That being said, I think that in order to truly be able to do that, you have to love and accept yourself first. Life and love become so much easier when we learn to value ourselves and the very essence of our characters. Loving yourself doesn’t make you selfish, it only forces you to discover the best parts of you; parts that you can use in selfless ways to help and care for others.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would those places be?
Everywhere! More specifically, Morocco, South Africa, Australia, Germany, India, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Easter Island, Guatemala, Costa Rica… The list goes on and on.
I saw your “why” intelligent people have tattoos” picture. And it made me wonder do you have any tats, and if not what are you planning to get?
I do indeed have a tattoo… just one for right now. The way I see it, tattoos are permanent reminders of the things we hold in our hearts and should not be taken lightly or inked on a passing whim… that being said, I have what is called a “cabbage rose” on the back of my neck. I got it the summer after my Oma (grandmother) passed.Her name was Rosalie, and I loved everything about her from the smell of her clothes to the beautiful roses and gardenias that she and my Opa grew in their back yard. She traveled all over the world and wrote journals about everything she loved in the many places she visited. My tattoo reminds me of all the wonderful parts of her that I continue to miss every day. It reminds me to see the beauty in the world around me, much like she saw it in her own world. I believe that tattoos can connect the deepest parts of your spirit and soul to the physical world. They are daily reminders of the things we wish to never forget.
Who or what inspire you the most?
Umm, my parents, Ghandi, MLK Jr., Elenor Roosevelt, Presidents Kennedy, Carter, and Obama, religious texts, academic study, books, Tumblr, music/lyrics, the concepts of equality, freedom, and justice for all people, anthropological inquiry…
Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
I guess I would rather lose all of my old memories. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a wonderful life these past 21 years but I would like to think that my best memories are still to come and I would like to remember them.
If you could swap places with anybody in the world, who would it be?
Hillary Clinton. She has my dream job and she is such an inspiration to women with ambition in a very male-dominated society. She is able to make a real impact on the way that the world interacts with and perceives the United States on a daily basis, and I admire the hell out of her for being such a strong woman.
If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, knowing they would remember it what would it be?
To a newborn child, or anyone for that matter, my advice would be this quote: “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations”- Charles R. Swindoll. In other words, there is always something to be gained, something to be learned, and something to be understood from any hardship you go through in your life.
What’s your religion? You post a lot of Arabic script, are you Muslim?
I don’t really believe in labeling myself as one particular religion… I think all religions have something beautiful and true to offer the world but it is up to every individual to decide what truth they believe in. However, over the past three years of college, I have found myself gravitating towards studies of Middle Eastern/Islamic culture. I’m in my second year of studying Arabic and it makes me so happy when I am able to read Arabic script on my own. :)
What’s your favorite flower?
I would say peonies if were sticking to the more conventional definition of flowers… butt if I’m allowed to venture beyond that them definitely succulents and cacti (like in my main portrait photo). I just bought two succulent garden varieties today!