Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey


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Welcome Melissa Henderson #wouldyourather

Today I’m excited to welcome friend, writer and blogger Melissa Henderson. Melissa is a beautiful storyteller and is currently hard at work on her second children’s book. Her first book, Licky the Lizard is a wonderful story for both children and adults. I hope you’ll check it out. Thanks for playing Melissa!

   Would you rather be able to freeze time or travel in time?

What a great question! I don’t want to do either. I want to experience every moment God gives me. Even through the bad times, I can learn valuable lessons and gain wisdom.

   Would you rather look 10 years older from the neck up, or the neck down?

I am laughing while reading this question. I’ve always looked older than my age. I would rather look 10 years older from the neck down.

   Would you rather be the funniest person in the room or the most intelligent?

I would rather be the funniest. Joy and laughter often fill my heart and soul. The Lord provides plenty of experiences to make me laugh at my self. Being able to laugh at myself truly helps when I’m not the most intelligent in the room. Our family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons”.

   Would you rather live in the middle of nowhere, with no people or stores within a 10 mile radius, or live in a busy city?

Living in the middle of nowhere sounds wonderful. The peace and quiet of nature. Yet, a busy city is filled with opportunities to make new friends and learn from experiences. I must admit I do enjoy the idea of living in the middle of nowhere.

   Would you rather have someone clean for you or have someone cook for you?

Having someone clean for me is wonderful. Times when my back has been hurt or sickness has prevented my husband and I from doing daily cleaning activities like vacuuming and cleaning bathrooms, we have hired professional house cleaners. What a great blessing to have a clean home! I appreciate the hard work of the house cleaners.

 

With Melissa’s permission, I’m sharing a special note she recently received from a young reader. I think most published authors will agree, it’s not about the money. Knowing your words touched someone means far more.

Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages. Her first book for children, “Licky the Lizard”, was released in 2018. She also has a story in the compilations “Heaven Sightings” and “Remembering Christmas”. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon and Stephen Minister. She and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina to be near son, daughter-in-love and first grandchild. The family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons”.
Follow Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and at http://www.melissaghenderson.com


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Welcome Liesbet Collaert #wouldyourather

Today I’m excited to welcome friend, writer, blogger, photographer and world traveler, Liesbet Collaert. Many of you already enjoy reading about Liesbet’s nomadic lifestyle on her blog. If not, I encourage you to do so. Each visit is like taking a trip to a magical destination. She and her husband Mark are living a lifestyle that most could only dream of experiencing. Thanks so much for playing along, Liesbet!

Thank you, Jill, for featuring me on your lovely blog this week and for letting me play along in your entertaining Would You Rather series. I had a lot of fun participating!

Would you rather be able to freeze time or travel in time?

Travel in time. That way, I can keep going back to the moments I’d like to freeze and experience them over and over again. 😊 The main reason I’d like to travel in time (sometimes in the future to have a quick glance at the outcome of a decision in case it’s disastrous and I’d have to go back and change it, but most often to the past) is to investigate something that has always intrigued me. Choices.

I’m a firm believer that life is about choices and not about luck or following social norms. Yet, I wish I had the ability to experience different paths in this precious lifetime. My future, in general, can be left alone; each new day is exciting and promising. But when it comes to my past, I often wonder what would have happened if I picked the other direction at a split in the road. To be able to experience alternate paths would be most novel and satisfying to the curious mind!

Would you rather be the funniest person in the room or the most intelligent?

This is a question about which is more exhausting. I think they both are. Being the most intelligent person comes with an incredible burden… Not only are you expected to know the answer to every question, explain unusual occurrences or behaviors, and inform everyone about what’s happening in the world, you are supposed to “do” something with that wisdom: improve humanity and not waste away your time. The pressure!

Intelligent people are usually responsible ones as well. They have common sense and realize the consequences of ignorance or not following rules. Therefore, it is hard for them to live in a world full of inconsiderate peers. The frustration! Plus, imagine thinking… all… the… time! That brain never stops. What if you can’t find the solution to a problem? The guilt! And, of course, new ideas have to be recorded and shared and turned into plans and creations. Phew!

So, I’d pick being the funniest one, in an empty room, where I’m not expected to crack jokes all the time. I’d sit there quietly, smiling at myself. My thoughts will be amusing instead of intellectual and I can be ignorant, relaxed, and worry-free. Aaaah!

Would you rather have a lifetime subscription to Netflix or an unlimited gift card to Starbucks?

This answer will surprise people who know me well, which is to say, who know I don’t drink coffee, don’t care about the coffee culture (I mean, coffee obsession), and – as a frugal person – am disgusted at the prices charged at such establishments, and all the trash produced. While a lifetime subscription to Netflix would entertain and enlighten me more, I don’t have much free time these years, so I’d rather spend those precious moments reading a good book. Don’t offer me anything that will get me in trouble with productiveness!

Instead, give me an unlimited gift card to Starbucks (or anything that warrants the occasional splurge), where I can be treated to unlimited WiFi and electricity to work, a flush toilet and running water to wash my hands, a comfortable table and chair to act as a desk, a selection of smoothies (I presume they have those at Starbucks; I’ve actually only visited one to use the toilet) and chocolate drinks for which I will bring my own mug, and a sweet pastry on a washable plate to get me going. Oh, the joys of spoils!

Would you rather know every language or know how to talk to animals? 

This question makes me happy. I assume “every language” doesn’t include the animal language, otherwise the answer would be too easy…

I adore wildlife. Of any encounters, excursions, travels, or destinations I experienced in my decades of roaming this world, my interactions with wildlife – in the wild! – have been the most cherished moments in my life. Manta rays, sharks, dolphins, tortoises, iguanas, kangaroos, snakes, armadillos… Being able to actually communicate with this earth’s creatures? Sign me up, please!

And I haven’t even mentioned how incredible such a gift would be to understand our precious dog Maya (or our previous rescues Kali and Darwin); to be able to gossip with her about the ever-changing smells in the neighborhood and the intricacies of humans. To fulfil her unknown needs and solve all her canine problems. But mostly, to find out what happened to her in the first 4.5 years of her life, before we adopted her.

Would you rather never be able to write or never be able to read?

This must be the hardest question to answer for authors. I’ve always been curious and enthralled about how your other guests answered this dilemma, Jill. I could have skipped this question, but what’s life worth without the occasional challenge?

Now, I might not be a published author (yet), as a published article writer and longtime blogger, this is still a difficult choice. You see, I’ve been writing daily diaries since the age of 14, have been writing travel reports since I was 20, have been blogging frequently since 2007, and have been writing “professionally” for the last decade or so. Writing is a pertinent part of every day. Yet, I choose to never be able to write instead of never be able to read.

Why? Because I NEED to reread and edit EVERYTHING I write, even my journals, emails, and chat messages (I know) and I cannot stand the idea of leaving a typo or inaccuracy in there, if I can prevent it. I’d die. Therefore, reading creates life. And compelling, inspiring, accurate, and coherent stories.

Bio

Liesbet Collaert is a freelance writer, photographer, blogger, translator, and editor, originally from Belgium. Above all, she is a world citizen and lifetime traveler. She’s been a digital nomad since 2003 with no plans to settle. After years of backpacking, RVing, and sailing worldwide, she, her husband, and their rescue dog Maya have been roaming about the United States in their 19ft camper van Zesty since 2017. Stories about her eight-year sailing odyssey on the 35ft catamaran Irie can be found on her blog It’s Irie – Cruising The World The Way It Is (www.itsirie.com) and her current camping adventures are documented on Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary (www.roamingabout.com). She recently finished writing her first travel memoir, which she plans to publish in 2020. You can also find her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/roamingsabout/) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/roaming.about/).