Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Writer Wednesday - Liz from Liz Takes the World

I "met" Liz through twitter not so long before she did an extremely brave thing I have always dreamed of doing: quit her job and traveled across Europe for three months.  During the trip, she was much better about updating her blog in a timely manner than I am, so I was able to live vicariously through her.  Now that she's home, she's still recording some amazing adventures on the west coast, and I'm still in awe of her bravery and general awesomeness.
Liz in Venice

Who are you? Hi! My name is Liz. I'm a traveler, cook, and music junkie. 

Where can you be found online?  Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work?  If so, how would you describe it to a stranger you've just met while on vacation?  You can find me at Liz Takes the World. Liz Takes the World is, technically, a lifestyle blog. I write about fun things I do, music I'm listening too, things I found at the grocery store, and occasionally what I'm reading in real life or on the internet. But, ugh, lifestyle blogging is such a....term. It makes me shake my shoulders like I'm removing a tight coat. I'm not trying to reinvent the internet or capture to "perfect imperfections" that seem so blog chic these days. I write in my voice about what I think is cool. Funny enough they are the exact same things I obsess about to my friends over gchat. 

What inspired you to start writing/blogging?  When did it happen? It all began with an offer. I was selected to go on a month-long business exchange to Russia to learn about the Russian health care system (related to my work in graduate medical education). I decided to leave my job and with more planning it turned into a three month long adventure. I traveled to ten counties over 97 days. The blog was an opportunity to share the sights, sounds, conversations, and scenery I was experiencing. 

Turns out I really like blogging. Now that I'm back in the States, my blog is about everyday adventures: dining out, exploring the Northwest, cooking at home with friends, embracing a new band, celebrating everything great. 

Why do you write?  I don't actually think of myself as a writer. I'm extroverted and love to chat with people; to find out about their lives, their ideas, some cool place they've been, and how they ended up there. You may even call me nosy. Without sounding like a crazed stalker, writing publicly lets me share a bit about my life in hopes that you'll share a bit about yours. It's the internet equivalent of pouring a fresh drink and asking for updates.

Your writing inspires me.  Who inspires you?  While my brother was climbing trees I was inside reading books. I used to pretend I had suddenly gone deaf so I could keep reading instead of doing chores. Lots of writers have inspired me: Margaret Atwood, David Sedaris, and Jane Austen are some of my favorites. In the world of blogging I admire Rebecca Woolf of Girls Gone Child and Lauren Dupius-Perez of I'm Better In Real Life for their emotionally honest yet warm, positive takes on the joys and challenges of daily life. 

In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? This kinda happened to me?? Large portions of my recent trip were funded by people and organizations other than myself. I'm extremely grateful for their generosity.

But to play along because no one likes a wet blanket...I'd like to go on a food and music tour of Spain. And what the heck, let's throw in some flamenco lessons and a dashingly handsome young architecture professor in Barcelona as well. My second choice would be Japan.  

What is your favorite place on earth? Of the places I've gone I miss Istanbul, New York, and the Canadian Gulf Islands the most. The first two are obviously large, world class cities full of art, food, culture, history, and a huge variety of people. Their vibrancy excites me. There is always something new to discover. I spent a lot of time in the Gulf Islands as a kid boating with my parents and visiting my grandparents. Many of the islands aren't serviced by state ferries so they have a truly untouched quality to them. The simplicity and quiet of rural areas is very comforting to me.

Anything else you'd like us to know? I love comments so pop over and say hi! Thanks to Kristin for this opportunity and I'm looking forward to learning about other cool internet folks!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for having me, Kristin! I've enjoyed reading about everyone else.