THE TIME HAS COME! I HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD (MY FIRST NOMINATION EVER.)
This award is passed down from blogger to blogger to help discover new blogs and even gain a few new friends along the way. I was nominated by the lovely Tori, over at Tori in Thousand Oaks . She has amazing posts about Dorm DYI, organization, and summer camp fun! Just by a glance, she gives me so much inspiration.
Now I am going to answer 11 questions Tori gave me for nominating 11 others.
Well, considering I have been to 24 countries already, you would think I’d have a short list. I find myself adding more countries all the time when I see a new place that peeks my interest! (Pinterest pictures & friends going somewhere always get my wheels turning!) Most recently, I have really been thinking about something a little more off the beaten path. I have done all the big cities such as Rome, Athens, Paris, London, NYC, etc. so I was thinking a more personal trip would be really great. So where would this be?! To Scandinavia! My mother’s family is from there and tons of them (distant relatives) actually still live there. I want to see the Northern Lights, hike around some fjords and wear the really cool Norwegian dresses the girls wear. I said Scandinavia, only because it would really be a shame to go to Norway and not hop over to Stockholm, Sweden. I have wanted to go there ever since reading all “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy books. Haven’t read them?? You definitely should!
- Why Did You Start Blogging?
I started blogging because I am in a very intense, study all day, study all weekend, study every Holiday Master’s program and needed a creative outlet. I have always been a creative person and not having time to really engage in that side of me has been a real challenge. (Creative people need to create or it can get ugly. lol) I knew that I wouldn’t have the time to invest like the full time bloggers, but doing something here and there is fun for me. Sometimes when life gets busy, you have to take at least a small amount of time to do something that makes you happy. For me, that is blogging. I also wanted to put myself out there as being vulnerable for a change by opening myself to meeting new people and making other blogger friends. I realize the internet can have some harsh critics and maybe not everyone likes my style, but at the end of the day it’s a risk I am glad I took!
I would have to say Reese Witherspoon! She is a fellow Tennessean and stays true to her southern roots. Plus….she gorgeous! Who doesn’t want an upgrade when someone plays them?! Also, she recently started her own clothing line (which I love, check it out here if you haven’t seen it! DraperJames.com). We are definitely kindred spirits on the creative side!
- If you could have a Super Power for a day, what would it be & why?
I would love to be able to hear people’s thoughts! There are several reasons for this. One, I am inherently, ridiculously nosy. All those people who suddenly die at a young age and no one eveeeeerrrrrr tells you what happened. Why is that?? I think it should be a rule that if you have an obituary, you HAVE to tell cause of death. Otherwise, you get no write-up. Second, I am genuinely interested in people and their wellbeing. By being able to hear thoughts no one else knew you could, how great would it be to encourage someone who is feeling down? People hide so much in life but I think it would be a tool that could make me the ultimate friend!
My grandmother is my biggest inspiration! She was a WWII bride at the age of 14, and succinctly had 5 kids. Because of her young start at a home life, she had not graduated high school. She didn’t let that stop her from going back to high school (While her kids were there no less!) and graduating. She then went on to become a nurse after that. She had grown up very poor and most in her family did not have this education. She did not let poverty, societal disapproval or her situation dictate her life and how she was going to achieve her goals. After nursing, she also went on to open her own successful business she ran until she retired. She inspires me EVERY day that with enough determination, the right outfit, a few strands of pearls and some lipstick- I can do ANYTHING in life!! (She is the ORIGINAL fashionista in my family and was throwing high heels and jewels on me since I was 5.:))
6. What is your BIGGEST Pet Peeve?
People who are so self-involved, that they never try to get to know you. Our society is so wrapped up sometimes in having a great Facebook life and who can post the best photos on Instagram, we forget there are people sitting right next to us that are worthy of our time and efforts. If you have a job and see people all the time, or even like my situation spending 40 hours of class time together, you all had to be pretty amazing to get that same type of job or place in school right? Well, making connections or asking about someone and their life should never revolve about what you can get out of it. Life should be lived like anyone can enhance your life in some way, even if you don’t think they have anything to offer. I have learned that so now I personally try to engage everyone around me and find out their life story! I challenge you to do the same! Always take a pet peeve situation and find a way to make it a positive situation!
- What is your favorite post you have written?
I would have to say my favorite post is “My Wedding Dress cost $1 Million dollars.” This is for many sentimental reasons but the biggest one being, I LOVED my dress and my wedding day is still the best day of my life! Writing that let me share just a little of the joy I had shopping for ‘THE DRESS’ and going on an adventure with my beautiful momma at the same time.
- If you could have one food the rest of your life, what would it be?
PIZZA!!!!! I have no reason for this other than I can sometimes be a very easy to please girl with a serious craving for some cheese. Pizza it is. I would say probably from Mellow Mushroom too.
I am actually in school for my dream job so, Physician Assistant. I have been involved in some facet of medicine for years and I really enjoy helping people physically and mentally. Also, the dream part of my job involves me still having time to spend with family, go on vacations, and work at free medical clinics overseas.
- What do you Love doing in your Free Time?
What little time I have, I enjoy blogging, going to any kind of community event like art fairs (with the hubs of course!), and singing. I also volunteer in the community with Junior League and we do different projects that help women and children.
- What advice would you give a brand new blogger?
I would say be true to yourself and do NOT go down the comparison trail! It is easy when you get started to see bloggers getting flown to fashion week in Paris and sporting all the new designer duds for free. You may even wonder when you will get your turn. You have to realize that we all have our own story and our own journey. We all have something unique to contribute so don’t be scared to express yourself because you’re worried if anyone will like it. If you like it, that should be all that matters. I think passion and your love for what you do shines through and eventually that always pays off. Don’t chase numbers, chase your dreams…happiness is always on the other side of that.
Now I Nominate these amazing bloggers…
Instructions for Nominees:
– Create a blog post on your site, answering the questions I will provide below.
– In your post, be sure to link back to the blog that nominated you (me!) with a thank you and a shoutout.
– After completing the questions, add a section for your nominees.
– Select, list, and link to 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers. Provide them with these instructions and give them an additional 11 questions to answer.
– Notify your nominees and provide a link to your post so they know what to do.
When you’re all finished, come back here and comment with the link to your post so I can read your answers!
I can not wait to see what all my nominees have to say! Also, I hope you learned a little bit more about me 🙂