One of the reasons I have always enjoyed blogging is the opportunity to make connections with other inspiring writers and bloggers. I can’t tell you how surprised and excited I was when one of the fantastic people I’ve met nominated me for a blogging award!
The Liebster Award is an online blogging award given to bloggers by other bloggers. It was created to help promote new and unknown bloggers and to help bloggers make connections within the blogging community. You can read more about this super cool award here.
I was nominated for the Liebster Blogger Award by Rachelle, the fabulous writer behind The Plentiful Cup. Rachelle writes about finding peace in the chaos that is motherhood and, more specifically, her battle with postpartum depression and learning to reach out and ask for help. This is a subject that is just so important to speak up about. I know I experienced it and so many of our sisters here and around the world. So thank you, Rachelle, for speaking your truth and recognizing that true strength is embracing our shared vulnerability. And thank you for nominating me! You rock, lady.
Part of the nomination includes providing you 10 random facts about my weird self and answering 11 random questions from Rachelle. I love this this dorky stuff! It reminds me of the olden days when we did this via email chains whilst chatting on AIM… Here we go!
10 Random Facts About Me
- I started drinking coffee every day before school when I was 11 years old. I’m pretty sure my blood type is caffeine.
- If I had to describe myself with one movie scene it would be opening song from Beauty and the Beast where Belle walks through the village reading her book and is completely oblivious to the fact that the whole village is singing a clearly rehearsed song about her weirdness.
- I’m nerdy. Really, truly nerdy.I wish I could get paid to just sit in college classes. And I like things like fantasy and sci-fi.
- I am a descendant of the first Catholics to settle in colonial America in the 1600s. Several of my ancestors fought in the American Revolution.
- I adore all things historical romance and I may or may not be working on writing a few…
- I have never been out of the US. And that’s lame. What’s even more lame? I have never been west of Indiana.
- I find small talk to be agonizing. I am that person at the party who wants to know where your ancestors came from or discuss the human condition and the origins of the universe. Fun, right?
- I met my best friend when I was three years old and she’s still my best friend. My other soul mate.
- Our dog is named Rapunzel.
- I hate cantaloupe.
Rachelle’s 11 Questions
1. If u were a kind of weather what kind of weather would u be and why?
I would be a fall day with a clear sky, the air is crisp and smells like leaves but the temperature is perfectly balanced by the sunshine. It’s my favorite kind of day to roll the windows down in the car.
2. How would you describe yourself? Now ask someone else to describe you? Are the answers similar or different? If they are different why do you think that is?
Me: I am a lifelong bibliophile. I am a curious hybrid of free-spirit and neurotic worrier…I feel very strongly and deeply but I don’t always let other people know that. I am disorganized and messy and yet also sort of a perfectionist which makes no sense. I’m not “cool” and I usually learn about the latest trend after it’s over. It’s hard to be trendy with your nose buried in a book. I am really sensitive and intuitive but I keep my feelings to myself more often than is probably healthy. If someone wants to steal the spotlight from me I usually put my head down and let them which annoys me beyond words. But I love my family and I care about that which is greater than me. I’m not a brat and I am not spoiled. I try not to spend too much time consumed with myself. So that’s something.
My husband: Caitlin is beautiful, smart, and funny. She often underestimates her great abilities and qualities. She is not one for order or being systematic and prefers to just float through life. One of the strongest critical thinkers I know, she is also prone to pessimism. She is a deeply caring and affectionate individual, which makes her a great mother and partner, but also leaves her very much affected by perceived injustices suffered by others. Justice and equality are paramount values of hers and she cannot stand the idea that others in the world are suffering needlessly. She is a very creative individual and is always looking for an outlet, whether it be writing or painting or decorating.
Excuse me while I go cry…
3. Are you comfortable with the person you are currently? Why or why not?
Yes. Because I have survived. I have evolved and I am evolving.
4. What did you Google last?
Baby acne. #momlife
5. What was the most awkward conversation you have overheard?
I didn’t really overhear it as I was part of it but…so my mother-in-law (who passed away three years ago) and I had a pretty open relationship. One time we were talking and somehow the conversation just naturally drifted into a “personal” subject, if you will…my husband was in the room…and, God love her, she just kept talking…and sharing…*face palm*
6. You can eat 1 thing for the rest of your life, what is it?
Loaded mashed potatoes. I don’t have a sweet tooth. I have a carb tooth. And a cheese tooth. And a fat tooth…
7. What has changed about you since you started blogging?
Omgosh. I’ve blogged off and on since I was 22 years old. That was ten years ago. I was a broke graduate student battling anxiety. Now I am married with two children. I’m a lot less broke. I still battle depression and anxiety but I am in a really healthy place. One major change is owning my self and my life and my opinions. I was always a people-pleaser and, while it will always bother me when others “disapprove” of me, I have learned to let it go. I matter too.
8. Which actor/actress would play you in a movie about your life?
Meryl Streep. And not because I have an inflated opinion of my own importance. Just because people often tell me that I look like her.
9. If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be? Why? What would you order?
Probably my maternal grandmother because she died when I was six months old and I always wish I could have known her. We would eat chicken and dumplings.
10. What have u seen that u wish you could un-see?
The presidential election of 2016?
11. What would 2008 think about your answers to these questions?
I think she would be relieved. That poor girl was always worried and always afraid.
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Questions for my Nominees
- If your life were a sweet 90s musical jam, what song would it be?
- What would be the title of your autobiography?
- Where do you get your news?
- Do you believe in aliens?
- You can only wear one color for the rest of your life. What color is it and why?
- Who is your celebrity boyfriend/girlfriend?
- What is the best smell in the world?
- If you spoke the language(s) of your ancestors what language would that be?
- If you could time travel, what famous moment of history would you like to witness?
- Do you believe in God or a higher power? Why or why not?
- What is the stupidest reason you ever lied to someone?
This was so much fun. Rachelle, thank you so much again for nominating me. Everyone check her out at The Plentiful Cup.