Friday, May 15, 2015

The Liebster Award - Following The Rules & Paying It Forward

In my last post, I shared my excitement over the fact that my girl Emily from Em Busy Living chose to honor me with a Liebster Award!  I also mentioned that there were some rules should you choose to accept the award, which I am happy to complete right now!

For rules 1 and 2, you thank the person who nominated you and you display the award on your blog (check and check). Number 3 is to answer a series of 11 questions that the person who nominated you came up with, so here are Emily's questions and my responses!

1. Where do you currently live and what's one thing you love most about it?
We currently live in the great state of Virginia! I will be an overachiever on this question and give you three things I love most about good old VA. 1) It's located in the South! HA! 2) We get to experience all four seasons! 3) There is really something for everyone all in the same state - mountains, beaches, countryside, cities, etc.
2.  Do you have a motto? If so, what is it?
I'd say this one is a toss-up, actually. Something I am convicted of and say to myself and others all the time is "Have you prayed about it as much as you've talked about it?" So, I don't know if I'd consider that my motto or more of a challenge-question. A motto that I do actually like and try to employ is "Have character. Don't just be one."
3.  Where is one of your favorite places you've ever traveled and why?
I absolutely love traveling to Sunset Beach, North Carolina.  Its quiet, expansive beaches can do wonders for my weary soul! I love that I can literally unplug and relax all while pelicans, sea gulls, and sandpipers hang out around me. And it's gorgeous, so that definitely doesn't stink, either!
4.  List three NEW places you'd visit if money was of no concern.
 If money was of no concern, you can bet your bottom I'd be traveling to London, Italy, and Ireland!
5.  What's the best book you've read this year?
This one is going to sound funny, but I loved Drowning in Clutter? Don't Grab A Floatie...Drain The Ocean by Dana White. Honestly, since having my precious baby boy, I haven't had very much time to read or do anything else, so this one was an e-book that I read at night on my iPad Kindle App! For the clutterbug that I am (and that I'm trying to evolve from), Dana really spoke my language and jump-started my spring cleaning!
6.  What is the best movie you've watched this year?
I would have to say that would be The Judge starring Robert Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr.  This one hit all the high notes for me - overcoming obstacles, intense family drama, personal triumph, problem solving, and of course, love. You should DEFINITELY see this one if you haven't yet. Then, tell all your friends about it.
7.  Who is a great, underrated band you think everyone should check out?
Well, I don't know if I'd call them underrated as much as I'd probably deem them "less than well-known in America," but I am a huge fan of The Swell Season. Whew, that Glen Hansard has the vocal chops and angst-filled lyrics that can give me the goosies! Plus, his voice is perfection with Marketa Irglova alongside him. They were in the film "Once," and that soundtrack is so, so good!
8.  What is the one thing you take time to do for yourself every day?
I make myself either one or two cups of coffee every morning.
9.  What is one of your guilty pleasures?
I guess I would have to say Cadbury Creme Eggs! LOL!
10. What is your number one "bucket list" item?
This one is easy for me!  I have GOT to swim with dolphins one day. Like, I've got to do it. It needs to happen. It will be the best day ever!
11. What is the purpose of your blog?
Good question, Em! The base purpose of my blog is to offer support and encouragement to people in their marriages and beyond, to point them towards Jesus, all while navigating my own marriage, new motherhood, and life, in general, with God's help.

Number 4 is to provide 11 random facts about yourself that people may not know, so here goes nothing.

11 Facts About Me:
1. I graduated college in only three years at the ripe old age of 20.
2. I met my husband on the only blind date I've ever been on in my life.
3. For most of my life I've been a hair chicken. It took my stylist 12 months to convince me to try bangs.
4. One day, I got super brave though and we dyed my hair red. And.I.LOVE.IT.
5. My natural hair color is actually a somewhat mousey brown.
6. My favorite movie is Love Actually, and I try to watch it every year before Christmas.
7. I rarely listen to current "pop music" anymore and I've found I really don't miss it.
8. My college degree was Communications Studies with an emphasis in Speech Communication, and I actually worked in my field!
9.  I enjoyed a career in broadcast television for just shy of 9 years.
10. I enjoy event planning, even though I haven't gotten to do it in awhile.
11. I have a texture issue with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, so I make one "peanut butter folded over" and one "jelly folded over." Therefore, you'll never really hear me say that my hubs and I go together like peanut butter and jelly! ;)  

After you've completed this (Whew! We're getting our writing workout!), step 5 is to nominate between 5-11 bloggers who have less than 1,000 followers!  This is probably my favorite part, you guys - paying it forward!

I proudly nominate the following amazing women bloggers for The Liebster Award:
1. Robin at Relentless Living | 2. Brittany at The Sassy Salmon | 3. Steffy at Steffy W. |
4. Taylor at Love Is Taking Over | 5. Alydia at TorqueStrong

{I want you to know that I chose these women for this award because each of them have something to say. Whether you need to have your soul fed or you need to hear truth in a world full of lies, whether you want to know how a supermom of multiples "does it" while still being able to pour into others or you want to work on building more strength and endurance, or if you want to hear some really beautiful music and/or journey through life in a new country alongside the author, these bloggers are phenomenal, and I want you to know about them. I want you to read their stories. I want you to share them, too!}

Step 6 is that you create 11 questions for your nominees to answer if they choose to accept the Liebster Award, which they will answer in their blog posts! Here you go, ladies!!!

My 11 Questions For My Nominees:
1. Since you are all happily married, when did you know your husband was "The One?"
2. Who is someone who has made a big impact on your life? How?
3. Why did you start blogging in the first place?
4. What color is your toothbrush? (I cut you some major slack on this one).
5. If you were to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
6. What one song is your JAM? As in, if it comes on, your tush is moving.
7. What is one item on your bucket list?
8. What is your favorite Bible verse? Why does it speak to you?
9. What is your all-time favorite picture of yourself? Why did you choose it?
10. What was your favorite place throughout your childhood?
11. If you could give one piece of advice or encouragement to yourself when you were 13 years old (or in another awkward angsty phase of your life), what would that be?

Step 7 is to make sure you have the rules listed in your post (we can check this off, too!).

Step 8 (which is actually pretty vital) is to 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 and what the rules are in one place! At the time of this posting, this step has been completed, as well! I can now say I've officially joined the Liebster Award club and I hope my nominees will join me!

Dearest nominees! You are under absolutely no obligation to do this if you don't have the time or don't feel this award fits in well with your blog. If you do decide to accept, please let me know when you've completed the questions I've asked of you here. (A comment on this post will do!) I'm excited to get to know you all even more!


  1. Yes! VA is the south! People here don't seem to think it is, or ask you like they're not quite sure. I need to check out The Swell Season!

    1. Oh, yes, yes it is!!! LOL! I think that NoVA throws people off some (and they're probably not wrong - NoVA is practically its own country, haha!) You have to let me know what you think of the Swell Season! I particularly love the Once soundtrack that they did!