Bold Living 2012 – Interview #29

Each Friday, a person who is making bold moves, living well, nurturing their creativity, following their passions, and making magic will be featured on Bold Living Today.

Today’s interview is with Sarah McColl from Pink of Perfection. This is absolutely my favorite blog and I fell it love with it, and Sarah, instantly. I love how Sarah shares her loves, joys, quandaries, and amazing finds in a way that invites you to pause and experience simple pleasures. I visit her blog daily and use it as haven to bask in beauty and reignite my creativity.

Check out this fun and inspiring interview.

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question 1:

I love your approach to living the good life. What criteria do you use as a filter to define what makes life good for you?

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{Sarah}

At this point in my life, I have a pretty clear sense of what I like to spend my time and money on, what makes me feel inspired, joyful, connected to people I care about. Staying true to that, and not getting caught up in time, money, or energy sucks that leave me feeling depleted (or poor!) is something I try to make a priority. One thing I’m really proud of is having good boundaries. I try to leave work at work, and I say no to social things, no matter how lovely they sound, when I know what I really need is a trip to the gym or a night in with a good book.

I guess my vision of the good life is about being selective and having high standards: is this
purse
something I’m going to love for the next five years? Will this scarf make me feel put together when my outfit is pretty basic? When I love something–a dear friend, those latte bowls from Anthropologie,  making time to write–I try to say yes as often as possible.

Those things bring a lot of beauty, joy and meaning into my life, and that to me is what “the good life” is about: spending your time and money on what means the most to you.

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{Kanesha}

I love what you say about boundaries. So many people fall into the “duty driven” mentality. I think proper boundaries could give them some “duty” relief.

question 2:

From your blog posts, I can tell you let your creative lens guide you. What creativity outlets are you currently tapping to?

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{Sarah}

Writing is really my main creative expression. I feel so happy when I make time for it, it’s like this excited feeling of connectivity when you find the words right for a feeling or image. But I also love singing–in the shower, at karaoke, along to the radio, with the 5 chords I know on my guitar. I’ve been slowly learning Photoshop, so I like to mess around on there or make collages on Polyvore, but I also think physical movement can feel really creative, like going to yoga class, riding a bike, dancing, hiking, or swimming. That kind of moment feels like play, and it can be feel really freeing to tap into my non-verbal brain, which I think is a really important part of creativity.

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{Kanesha}

Physical movement, yes! I’m on day 11 of my 30 Day Challenge to do yoga. It’s intense but I feel great and my creative sources have been replenished.

question 3:

Your readers love you! What comment, from a reader, has inspired you the most?

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{Sarah}

When I first started a blog, I had no idea what an amazing sense of community would come out of it. I so look forward to seeing those familiar names in the comments. Pink of Perfection connected me with the women in my book club, which has been one of the most important communities in my life for the past two and a half years. I can’t choose a favorite comment, but I can say that anytime someone says that I put words to something they’re feeling, or that the blog inspired them or cheered up a gloomy day or reminded them of what’s really important–those comments always mean the world. And I put practically every book recommendation on my Amazon wish list!

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question 4:

There are so many fun summer activities happening. How do you select the ones that fill you with joy and energy – instead of depleting you?

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{Sarah}

I find that if you listen carefully, your gut will tell you whether to accept or politely decline every invitation that comes your way. Will it get me outside, in the water, with people I care about? Will I be watching a movie under the stars and nibbling something delicious? Will I be enjoying a cocktail in the sun talking the evening away? Yes, yes, yes to all of that.

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question 5:

What six words describe bold living for you?

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{Sarah}

Let your heart be your guide.

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{Kanesha}

Indeed, Sarah! Thank you so much for this interview.

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More about Sarah:

Sarah McColl is the lady behind the blog Pink of Perfection and is the food editor at Yahoo! Shine. She’s out to find the magic and meaning in the everyday through small, simple pleasures.

Check out Sarah’s rhubarb simple syrup cocktail.

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Bold Living 2012 – Interview #29

  1. Sarah says:

    Thanks so much for asking me these great questions, Kanesha. Just taking the time to reflect on them was really great.

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