Liebster Award 2018 ?

Hey Blog Fam!
LONG POST WARNING ??I have received 2 nominations for the Liebster Award 2018!
I was nominated by The Stubborn Australian ???? and ????TASHNEE.V.MAVEE
Thank you both!!! ??
Their blogs are awesome and you should click the links above ?????? 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. It’s geared towards blogs with smaller viewership.
The Liebster Award is available from January 1 – 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 ??????
Why am I passionate about blogging? Where do I start?! I LOVE it! I’ve always had a passion for writing.?I even got the grand idea to write a book!?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 • I make homemade bath bombs • I collect Willow Tree angels • I was in finance/banking for 14 years • I was a 10 year 4-H member • I can wiggle my ears • I have an obsession with music • I was voted worst driver and best laugh my Senior year in HS • I love the mountains • I know all the 50 states in alphabetical order
Questions and Answers from The Stubborn Australian ?????? 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 God’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, it’s Jesus! 2&3) My son & daughter because it’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
What’s the most expensive thing you’ve broken? Drawing a blank here. Hmm. A phone? ? Hearts? ??
What mythical creature do you wish actually existed? Unicorns! ???
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 I’m going to be honest… People falling. I can’t help it; cracks me up! ?
What fictional characters have you had a crush on over the years?

Questions and Answersfrom the amazing TASHNEE.V.MAVEE ??????
1 What’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. ?
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 well?
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 😉
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!
It’s nomination time…

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) ?
3 Pizza or tacos? ??
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 Award 
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 — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (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 – 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! ??

Published by Joni@GrieftoLife

Gotta love the 'About Me' sections of everything. I feel like I'm either in a one sided interview or trying to create a dating profile. "I like starry nights and long walks on the beach" Ha! All jokes aside, it is necessary to share your story. Especially in a place like this where you hope to reach people through your struggles. So here goes everything... Hi everyone 👋🏼 Grief is a journey, an ever changing and painful process. It can isolate you and make you feel more lonely than one could ever imagine. That is why I write and share my story. We need support. We need people that "get it." We need each other. I was married to the love of my life, just shy of 13 years. We went to school together, known him since elementary. He was my "boyfriend" in 5th grade. I even wrote "Joni Roberts" in my notebooks and cheered for him when he played basketball at recess 😂 We came back together when we went to the prom, as friends, our senior year in high school. That was in 1997. We started dating seriously in the summer of 1998. He asked me to be his wife in February of 1999. We said "I do" on October 2nd of the same year. We had our first child in October of 2000, our son. We had our daughter, 22 months later in August of 2002. In the time we were married, we went through more than most could go through in a lifetime. We never gave up on each other. In June of 2012, he and I were in a horrible car accident that claimed his life. In an instant, my entire world was shattered, leaving me a grieving single mother of two grieving children who are now teenagers. I'm walking day by day through life without the one that would be with me forever. I would have never imagined that this is where I would be in my life at 38 years old. But, I am doing everything I can to be strong, to raise our two children, to take this grief and use it to fuel the purpose for the rest of my days here on earth. ONE. DAY. AT. A. TIME. Today: I am in the waiting room for my first neurologist appointment. It is in the same office as my surgeon from the accident. I'm sitting here remembering myself horribly hurt and in a wheelchair and I'm overwhelmed with feelings but mostly reflecting on how far I've come. I love and miss my best friend every single day. I'm positive that won't change until we are together again. I am choosing to try and live my life in a way that would honor him and make him proud. Living With Purpose.

53 thoughts on “Liebster Award 2018 ?

  1. Oh, Joni… you are by far too good to me!! Thank you for all your beautiful and kind words. You’re truly an awesome friend!! And congratulations on your award! You so deserve it. Love you, lady! <3

  2. Congratulations! I really loved your answers..they were anadulterated, and sounded true to the core.
    Tell me about not having a kangaroo emoji!?
    And you like fries with ice cream..amazinnn…?
    Keep up the amazing posts!

    1. Thank you so much! I sometimes wonder if anyone really reads those ? I’m glad you did! You feelin me on the kangaroo and ice cream fries… we could be friends for sure! 😉 Thanks again!

  3. Congratulations! This is clearly written from the heart and I love that! You’re a really headstrong person and good luck for whatever you try!

  4. Congratulations one the nomination!!
    Fries with ice cream! Heck yeah!! Chocolate ice cream for me 🙂
    I was shocked while looking at your nominees and saw my name. Thank you so much! 🙂

    1. I’m glad you saw it! I commented on one of your posts with the link, you must have missed it. And you’re welcome!

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