Liebster Award 2018 ๐Ÿฅ‡

Hey Blog Fam!

LONG POST WARNING โš ๏ธI have received 2 nominations for the Liebster Award 2018!

I was nominated by The Stubborn Australian โ—€๏ธโ—€๏ธ and โ–ถ๏ธโ–ถ๏ธTASHNEE.V.MAVEE

Thank you both!!! โ™ฅ๏ธ

Their blogs are awesome and you should click the links above โ˜๐Ÿผโ˜๐Ÿผโ˜๐Ÿผ and check them out! Like seriously, do it!

About The Liebster Award

Recognizing bloggers for their efforts is the greatest compliment. The Liebster Award is an opportunity for bloggers to recognize and support other bloggers for their achievements. Itโ€™s geared towards blogs with smaller viewership.

The Liebster Award is available from January 1 โ€“ December 31, 2018. All nominations are voluntary and if the blogger chooses to accept nomination, I will list the rules at the bottom of this post and the official rules can be found HERE โฌ…๏ธโฌ…๏ธโฌ…๏ธ

Why am I passionate about blogging? Where do I start?! I LOVE it! Iโ€™ve always had a passion for writing.๐Ÿ“I even got the grand idea to write a book!๐Ÿ“–I felt as though I had been through things in my life that, if I opened up about them through writing, could help others in similar situations. Not long after that, the unimaginable happened. On June 19th 2012, my husband and I got in the car for a 6 mile drive to go pick up our 2 kids. We only made it 3.5 miles. My husband and I were in a horrific accident that claimed his life. In an instant, my entire life and that of my kids, changed. That story I had been writing, that started because I thought I had been through some things, was over. My story was over. Or so I thought. Five and a half years later and lots more trials overcome, I decided to write again. I refused to let my story be over. So, here I am. Writing, with a passion to connect with others along the way.

10 Random Facts About Me โ€ข I make homemade bath bombs โ€ข I collect Willow Tree angels โ€ข I was in finance/banking for 14 years โ€ข I was a 10 year 4-H member โ€ข I can wiggle my ears โ€ข I have an obsession with music โ€ข I was voted worst driver and best laugh my Senior year in HS โ€ข I love the mountains โ€ข I know all the 50 states in alphabetical order

Questions and Answers from The Stubborn Australian โฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธ Side note: I was really excited to insert a kangaroo emoji in this post for my new Aussie friend, only to be terribly let down in finding there isn’t one. Not cool!

If you could relive one moment again what would it be? 6/19/12 at 2:00 p.m.

What is your all time favorite MOVIE/BOOK and why? The Next 3 Days – it was the last movie I saw with my husband. The Bible because Godโ€™s words change lives.

If you were trapped in a room and were allowed three people (past or present) to help you get out who would you choose and why? 1) Jesus – because well, itโ€™s Jesus! 2&3) My son & daughter because itโ€™s kind of us against the world.

What is the one most crucial piece of advice you would pass on to your children/protege? Put God first in your life. There will always be troubles, but God promises to walk with us through them. Be happy.

What weird food combinations do you really enjoy? Fries dipped in ice cream

Whatโ€™s the most expensive thing youโ€™ve broken? Drawing a blank here. Hmm. A phone? ๐Ÿ“ฒ Hearts? ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ˜‚

What mythical creature do you wish actually existed? Unicorns! ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ„

If you were given a PhD degree, but had no more knowledge of the subject of the degree besides what you have now, what degree would you want to be given to you?Biomedical Engineering because it sounds cool.

What always cheers you up when you think about it? This makes me sound like a terrible person, but Iโ€™m going to be honest… People falling. I canโ€™t help it; cracks me up! ๐Ÿ˜‚

What fictional characters have you had a crush on over the years?

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Questions and Answersfrom the amazing TASHNEE.V.MAVEE โฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธ

1 Whatโ€™s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers? Authenticity! Nothing inspires me more than reading something clearly and genuinely comes from the heart. ๐Ÿ’—

2 What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your blog? I have to be honest, I’ve been winging it! There hasn’t been much of a strategy. I just set out to make genuine connections with people. I’ve done that by searching for blogs that I can relate to and in turn, I’ve had meaningful conversations and made real connections with some awesome people.

3 Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why? Dr. Perry because he is an intelligent psychologist that uses his platform to not only inspire people, but he is constantly using it to help promote others. I find him to be unique, uplifting, and extremely generous. Through Ink and Image (lynnabbottstudios) because she is the first person who befriended me here. She didn’t just follow my blog or try to promote herself, she made a real and genuine connection with me and called me a friend. She is brilliant. She’s an author, an amazing artist, and she loves God! Her heart shines through her posts, her art, and her communications with those she connects with. Qui Talks because she is a beautiful person, inside and out. Her writing is real and inspiring. She inspired me to do something I’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t have the nerve! To start a podcast! Now, I haven’t started mine yet, but it is one thing I know I will accomplish in the near future. She gave me the courage to believe that I could do it too. Please take a moment, if you haven’t already, to check out their pages. You won’t regret it!

4 What do you find most challenging about blogging about your topic? The most challenging thing for me has been to be vulnerable. I have been through a lot in my life and those things are the fuel behind the passion I have to reach others. To do that, in a real way, I have to be vulnerable and sometimes relive painful things. It is all worth it though.

5 Who is your role model? My role model is my Dad. I don’t want to say too much because I would like to tell about him in a separate post very soon. But, he’s amazing.

6 Why did you start blogging? I answer this question toward the beginning of this post and this is already super long so, I won’t write it again. You’re welcome;)

7 If you could give your younger self an advice, what would it be? Another future post, but I will say; love and believe in yourself.

8 Describe yourself in three words. Passionate, caring, and faithful.

9 How has blogging changed your life? I talk about this above as well๐Ÿ’—

10 What is your favourite music? You don’t even want to get me started! I’m obsessed with music and finding people I’ve never heard, discovering new sounds, and talent. A “few” of my favorites are Josh Krajcik, Coldplay, Ray LaMontagne, Kodaline, The Script, James Morrison, omg I could go on for hours! I’ll spare you ๐Ÿ˜‰

11 Who do you look up to in life? My wid-fam! These are the friends the I have made along the way that are walking the same journey as me, after losing a spouse. They are some of the most amazing, courageous, beautiful, and real people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I’m forever grateful for them!

Itโ€™s nomination timeโ€ฆ

My questions to you lovely people are:

1 Three words to describe your blog

2 what type of music do you listen to?(Genre, artists, songs) ๐ŸŽถ

3 Pizza or tacos? ๐Ÿ•๐ŸŒฎ

4 What is something that you have always wanted to try but were too scared to?

5 Are you presently content with your life?

6 What are you most proud of in your life?

7 What was your first car?

8 When was the last time you were snooping, and found something you wish you hadn’t?

9 What was cool when you were young but isn’t cool now?

10 Your top tip for finding blog-spiration?

I hope you have fun answering these and sharing these/your own questions with the blogging world!The Official Rules Of The Liebster Awardย 

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2. display the award on your blog โ€” by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a โ€œwidgetโ€ or a โ€œgadgetโ€. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

4. provide 11 random facts about yourself.

5. nominate 5 โ€“ 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

7. list these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

A BIG THANK YOU AGAIN to The Stubborn Australian and TASHNEE.V.MAVEEThank you for bearing with this LONG post! Love my blog peeps so much! โ™ฅ๏ธ