Wow! After a kinda rotten day last week, I came home to find out that my blog has been nominated for a Liebster Award! Holy cow! I’m honored, and big thanks to beautyjoynlove.com for the kind gesture. I’m totally humbled and more grateful than I can express to know that my words are touching hearts and minds. I’m getting a little teary over here.
So what exactly is a Liebster Award? I wasn’t familiar with it at first, so after a little good old fashioned Googling, I learned that it’s an honor bestowed upon bloggers by bloggers. It’s a great way to help others discover who you are and what you’re about and to discover other writers in the process. Awesome, right?
There are a few rules to follow in order to accept the award. First you have to actually accept the award, which I do with a happy heart! Then you have to nominate 10 rad writers with less than 400 followers and notify them via their blog comments or social media. After that you answer 10 questions posed to you by the person who nominated you for the award, share 10 facts about yourself and then make your own rules for the nominees you have selected. I thought the ones I was given worked quite well, so I’m going to keep mine as is. Below are 10 bloggers whose writing, topics and style I really dig. I hope you will accept the nomination and see this as an opportunity to receive some extra exposure for your blog. The paying it forward aspect of this award is absolutely fantastic. Here are my nominees:
Here are my answers to the fun “getting to know you” questions that beautyjoynlove has written. And awaaaay we go! Questions:
1. Describe your best trip ever.
When I was 15, my grandparents, mom, sister and I all piled into a car and drove to sunny California from our home in Colorado. It was a loooong trip, and I was a sullen teenager who stayed jacked into a Discman for most of the trip, (yep, this was before iPods and smart phones! Yikes!), but I have fond memories of being able to see parts of the country I’d never been to before. I also have some great memories of spending the time with my grandparents, neither of which are here any longer. If yours are still alive, go hug them! People are gone in an instant and you should love them as much as you can while they are here.
2. Favorite place in the world?
That’s easy! On a blanket in Chautauqua Park, staring up at the clouds. Boulder, Colorado was my home in the mid to late 90’s and I left my heart there in a big way! As soon as my life and finances allow, I’m headed back to stay. I do believe that life brought me here for several important reasons, but I am excited for the opportunity to go home to present itself to me. I’ve been hearing it calling me for a lot of years, now.
- Favorite book? Why?
This question is hard for me because I am an avid reader. I feel like my list of favorites grows with every new book I devour, but one that’s stuck with me since childhood, and taught me a lot about love, the goodness in all of us, and utter selflessness was A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. We sorta had it forced upon us in a high school English class, but it changed me. I’ve re-read it several times since, and I fall in love with it a little more each time. Sidney Carton is far and away one of the most underrated characters in literature. Say what you will about your Heathcliffs or your Jean Valjeans, but Sidney is my guy.
- Favorite Animal?
Another toughie, because I’m definitely a gal with a heart for animals. I’m specifically fond of my dog, Harrison (named after the Beatle, George Harrison). He is my rescue baby. I was at the intake desk of a local animal shelter on the day he came in. He kissed my face and nuzzled in and we’ve been partners in crime ever since! He is a goofball and he totally lights up my life.
- Spirit Animal?
I used to joke that koalas were my Spirit Animal because they are sweet and docile until they are made angry. J Every quiz I’ve taken on the topic points to the owl, though. As I’ve developed my intuition and have devoted more time to the pursuit of knowledge, perhaps that’s a better fit.
- Favorite Song?
“Last Goodbye” by Jeff Buckley. Stop what you’re doing and go listen to this right now. He left this Earth far too soon and I miss his unbelievable talent every day.
- What is your mantra?
I’m about to reveal something silly about myself, but my mantra is “Everything’s coming up Milhouse!” It’s from an episode of the Simpsons, and that probably tells you a lot right there. Milhouse Van Houten is a down on his luck sort of fellow. He’s picked on in school. His eternal love for Lisa is unrequited and his parents kinda put him through some weird stuff after their divorce. When his house unexpectedly floods while he’s wearing flood-pants, he uses his proud exclamation like he was just made King of the World. I like to use it often to remind myself to celebrate the little stuff like its big stuff and to turn my day around if it’s headed in a crummy direction. It works enough of the time that it stuck.
- Where do you find peace?
Within myself now, but it didn’t always used to be that way. Chronic stress used to rule my life. In fact, it made me very sick for over 6 months. I drank alcohol in excess and overate in an attempt to quiet that stress, but it did nothing to satisfy me. When I finally turned to meditation and got my spiritual life back on track, that’s when I found my peace. I became so enamored with it, and so transformed by it, that I certified to teach it. I believe that the answers we seek are in all of us already, we just have to be quiet and still enough to hear them.
- Why do you blog?
Because I’m a writer and I have books in me. Language is art to me. There are so many possible combinations of words you could use to express a single thought. When I’m writing fiction, which I sometimes do in my free time, I love creating alternative worlds for my characters to live in. I feel powerful when I’m done, but it’s not quite enough. You see, when I blog, I do it from my heart. I write about life lessons I’ve been taught or interesting facts that I’ve learned during my studies because I want to share my heart with people. I’m always blown away when people respond. It’s an honor knowing that my words have reached someone.
- Angels or Fairies?
Angels. Mine works overtime to keep me safe and alive, so I’d better say that! (Thanks, by the way!) Here are 10 things about me that you probably don’t know:
- When I started kindergarten, I could already read and write, but the teacher at the new school I went to wanted to delay me a year because I couldn’t catch a ball while balancing on one foot. Educational standards are weird and I still can’t do that!
- It is a dream of mine to see as many museums as I possibly can. Sister Wendy is one of my sheroes!
- Math was my poorest subject in school, but my favorite day job that I’ve held was in accounting and I was actually pretty good at it. Go figure!
- I cannot see a dog, any dog, without saying “aww” and then turning into a big pile of mush.
- I genuinely like every genre of music. I may not dig every song, but my tastes surprise a lot of people.
- I was once discovered by a band who was looking for a new lead singer while jamming out to the jukebox and using an empty beer bottle for a mic. We played together for a few years, and had way too much fun, but we recently busted up when most of our members had kids and I decided to pursue my love of natural medicine and the healing arts. If the right opportunity ever presented itself again, I’d love to record an album, though.
- My favorite smell in the entire world is freshly cut watermelon. It also happens to be my favorite fruit.
- My favorite television show was and still is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I consider myself a devout Whedonite and I love the way he writes strong, female characters.
- Wax museums give me the creeps. I can’t even think about them without getting a little wigged out.
- I wholeheartedly believe the answer to any problem is a 5 minute dance party. I think it could stop all war.
Questions for my nominees:
- What is your favorite food?
- Why did you start your blog and how long have you been writing for it?
- If money were no object, what would you be doing and what’s stopping you from going for it?
- What’s one album you own that you can play from start to finish without skipping any songs?
- If someone wrote a movie about your life what genre would it be and who would you choose to play you?
- What is your most prized possession?
- If you could invite any one person from history out to dinner, who would you invite and why?
- What is your guiltiest pleasure?
- Who is your favorite fictional character?
- What do you do for yourself daily that gives you joy?
Thank you again to beautyjoynlove for the nomination and I hope my nominees enjoy the props. I do also want to make sure to say thank you to my lovely readers and followers for giving me an audience for my thoughts.
Wishing You Total Well-Being,