I was recently nominated for a Liebster Blog Award by Reagan over at Bluestocking Hack. Thank you! The Liebster Award is for blogs with less than 200 followers–blogs that are lesser known and perhaps just getting their feet off the ground. I love when people visit my quiet little corner of the blogosphere and it’s an encouragement to be acknowledged! To accept this award, I must do the following:
1. Post eleven facts about me.
2. Answer questions asked by the person who nominated me.
3. Let them know questions are answered and obligations fulfilled.
4. Ask eleven questions to bloggers I nominate for the Liebster Award.
5. Nominate other bloggers for the award.
So, here are some facts about me:
1. I still sleep with my childhood blanket. (I know, it’s embarrassing.)
2. I love stripes…especially black and white stripes.
3. I wholeheartedly agree with the statement: “If it’s not chocolate, it’s not dessert.”
4. I can do just about anything as long as I have access to good coffee.
5. Growing up, I didn’t think I would have children. Now I have three.
6. The autumn used to be my favorite season, but now it’s spring. (I’m slowly moving away from melancholy.)
7. Currently, my favorite artist is Henri Matisse.
8. I have a bad habit of twirling my hair.
9. I hated my English/Literature courses in high school and college. It wasn’t until after college that I realized how much I loved to read and write.
10. If I don’t get regular times of quiet and solitude, I begin to feel like I’m coming apart at the seams. (Yes, I’m an introvert!)
11. I lived in England when I was a girl (ages 9-13). Since then, I have desperately wanted to live overseas again. So far, it hasn’t panned out, but I’m still hoping it will happen!
Questions from Bluestocking Hack:
1. Tell me something weird about yourself.
I was born lacking several of my permanent teeth. This means that my parents spent a lot of money on orthodontic work. It also means that at age 32, I still have some of my baby teeth.
2. What is the most inspirational thing anyone has ever done for you.
The first thing that comes to mind is my husband’s proposal. He flew us up to New York City from San Antonio, TX, where we were both living at the time. He rented a limo, took me out to dinner, then took me to see Phantom of the Opera, and proposed later that night. The next day, he took me out to lunch and he had planned for my parents to meet us at the restaurant. All of it was a surprise. I had no idea where we were going or what we were doing. He only told me what clothes I needed to pack. He had planned the whole thing during his deployment to Iraq the previous summer. Of course, I said YES! We were married a short three months later.
3. One thing you love about your current job.
I am currently a mom and a graduate student. I love that I have some freedom with my schedule and don’t do the same thing every day. Sure, motherhood can be monotonous, especially when raising young kids, but I feel blessed to not have to set my alarm every morning at 4:45am (like I did when I was a nurse) and go to work for 12-13 hrs at a time. I love that I can take a nap with my kids.
4. What is your favorite word in the dictionary?
The first one that comes to mind is:
TACITURN; adjective ; temperamentally disinclined to talk.
As in: “I was a taciturn child.”
5. What famous person do people say you look like?
I have heard Katie Holmes, Julia Stiles, and Kerri Russell.
6. Your absolute favorite movie. Be honest and tell me why.
Braveheart. Because of my Scottish lineage. Because it’s about a man dying so that others can be free, which is the most epic storyline of all, in my opinion. And…young Mel Gibson in a kilt. Boom.
7. Name something you are really proud of yourself for doing.
Birthing/adopting/raising my children. It’s the most challenging and heart-expanding thing I have ever done.
8. What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
hmmm…unidentified meat in China?
9. Why do you have a blog?
Writing a blog keeps me inspired. When I have a space to write and reflect, I find that I look for more inspiration and beauty amidst those ordinary, daily things I do. I love having most of my stuff in one place. I love being able to connect with other writers/poets/artists. It’s an easy and tangible creative outlet.
10. Do you feel connected to other people when you blog and why?
This is a great question, and one that I’ve struggled with during my 6+ years of blogging. Sometimes I feel connected, sometimes I don’t. When others join in the conversation, I feel connected. When I find another blog that I love and identify with, I feel connected and inspired. However, if I post something and there is no response whatsoever, I can feel disconnected. I have found that I do better when I don’t expect connection through my blog. I try to seek connection primarily in my relationships with others through face to face interactions. My blog, then, is just a way to share my life and learn about others, and if extra connection comes from that, then it’s a bonus. I have learned that social media, in general, is no substitute for real life connection, but it still has an enjoyable and beneficial place in my life.
11. Write an original quote. Yes, quote yourself right here and now.
“I have a horrible time finding my words when I’m put on the spot!”
Thank you again for the nomination. I will be on the lookout to share the love and nominate others!