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I can’t believe it – my blog has reached 2000 followers! When I started it sixteen months ago, I never imagined there’d be so many people interested in what I’m sharing. Thank you so much for your support, especially in form of comments! ♥ I’m still trying to figure out how I can return all the love you give me. One day I’ll come up with something creative!

In the meantime, I’d like to think of you as people with names and stories and not just mere numbers on my follower count, so I’ve got some questions for you:

Who are you? Where are you from? What are you studying or what’s your job? What do you love to do, what are your dreams? And what are your current struggles?

You don’t have to answer all the questions, but feel free to leave a little comment sharing a bit about yourself. I’d love to get to know you :)

Some facts about me for those of you who are new here: I’m Monika, turning 21 next month. I’m going to start my studies in Visual Communication in a beautiful city next to the Swiss alps in three weeks. Till then, I’m living in Uruguay with my boyfriend (click here for more info about our long-distance relationship).

Is there anything you’d like to know about me but never dared to ask? No matter if it’s about my photography, travels, life.. I encourage you to write it in the comments sections :) If there are enough questions, I’ll collect them and write a questions-and-answers post.

Also, I’m thinking of adding some new categories to my blog, sharing other aspects of my life. However, I first want to see how I’ll cope with my studies so I can’t promise anything yet. But I’m also open to your suggestions, so I’d like to know the following: What is it that you enjoy most about my blog? And is there anything that’s missing and that you’d like me to include?

Again, a HUGE thank-you to you who’s reading this ♥ I appreciate you a lot and can’t wait to see where this blogging journey will bring me. Big hug from Montevideo!

    1. When one is truthful about their lives and interests and passions, it makes you real and vulnerable. Given that most of what we find in media are scripted and fake, it’s no wonder you draw people into your world. You are very real and extremely passionate. Thus it is always a pleasure to view and ponder your entries.

      1. Thank you so much for your feedback, comments like yours keep me going! I’m glad you see me that way. Have a wonderful Sunday :)

    1. Congrats! I’m so happy for you. :-)
      I didn’t realize you were so young.
      You sound so mature in the articles you write.

      <3 BP

      1. Thank you! <3 haha yeah, you're not the first who says it, that's why I thought I better tell how old I am. Take care! x

    1. My favorite part about your blog is how open and honest you are. When I read it and leave comments, it really feels like I know you! I think that honesty really draws people in <3
      So I'll follow your example… I think you know a bit about me, but I'm Arielle, I live in Poland, I work as a primary school teacher, and my biggest struggle right now is learning Polish (which is so freakin' hard!). I can't think of any questions for you, because I already feel like I know you so well! Maybe not every detail about you, but you paint a really good picture of your life and what you're about.

      1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Arielle! :)) Phew, learning Polish does sound very hard, kudos to you for doing it! I think I’ve asked you before – how long are you going to stay in Poland? And do your friends and family back home follow your blog?
        I really hope that we get to meet while you’re in Europe! <3

    1. I really enjoy how you incorporate your photography to what you write. It’s not just a picture, but it has a story, and everyone has one. I too blog, and it called The Broken Tea Cup, it’s creative non-fiction, and it is the basis for my author’s platform, my life as raw as I can be. I have been writing since I was 8 years old. That’s what I do in my spare time, and I work during the day as a Home Support Worker involved in a program that aids to keep seniors home living independently in their homes and not in the hospital. I like bloggers that take the time to reflect on who they are, and in your case, how your photography respond to what you are trying create. Like any art, it take time to slowly hone your craft, and so far I like being invite into yours. Oh, I live in Canada! :)

      1. Sorry for my late reply – thank you so much for your feedback, Tamara! It’s really good to know what’s most appreciated about what I publish :) wow, you’ve been writing for a really long time, that’s amazing! Also, I love that your job helps people that are often neglected in our society. It’s great you enable them to stay in their familiar environment. And Canada is one of my dream destinations! I love the landscape there :)) have a lovely week and take care <3

    1. Congratulations, Monika. You have a very compelling blog. I am not surprise that you have so many readers so quickly. Cheers!

    1. I also have a birthday next month. Actually on Friday, Sept. 2nd! I’ll be 44 years young :) I’m originally from the Philippines. My father was in the U.S. military and met my mom there. We moved often during my childhood back and forth from the Philippines and the U.S.. After he retired, we moved to Florida. So, I consider it my “home” state and it’s where I live now. I work in logistics for a satellite communications company. We sell satellite phones and those big dome antennas you see on ships.

      You liked one of my blog posts so that’s how I happen to find you. I fell in love with your blog and just had to follow. Your portraits are very beautiful and soulful. I especially love your self-portraits. To me, you show a sense of mystery and vulnerability. Also, your writing is very beautiful and I appreciate your honesty.

      Writing has always been something I enjoyed. As a child, I also loved to draw and I played the clarinet and saxophone. I love photography too. Maybe some day I’ll share some photos on my blog. I don’t consider myself a great writer or photographer but I love being creative. I did however abandon my creativity for several years after my mom died. I returned to writing about a year ago because I felt deep inside that it was time.

      Two months ago I began my blog Open Book Life. The biggest struggle I had was getting over my fear of vulnerability. After my first post I was so afraid of what people might think! I thought I had made a mistake. What was I thinking?! Looking back now, it is kind of amusing to me because most people’s reaction, especially from my family, were very positive.

      I do have a few questions. Maybe you’ve covered them in your previous posts. If so, just let me know and I’ll take a look. :)

      Here they are:

      Who inspired you to write and become a photographer?
      Do you have a favorite author, book or photographer?
      Do you rely solely on natural light when shooting outdoors?
      What was one of your biggest struggle growing up?

      Thank you Monika for sharing your soul and creativity. Best of luck in your studies!

    1. Congratulations! I’m a new follower but I started because I love the quality of your photos. They make the everyday more interesting.

      1. Thank you so much for your kind feedback, Deborah! I’m glad you found my blog :)) have a wonderful week!

    1. woow u’re so young but soooo talented makes me wonder what I am doing with my life. I like reading about your traveling, i always wanted to travel like that, awesome stuff. and seem really cool

      1. haha thank you, but don’t be silly! I’m just like you :) and yeah, traveling is amazing, unfortunately I don’t have the money and time to do it as often as I’d like :D

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