And the Liebster Award goes to...

I wanted to publish this post last week, but it was unfinished on Monday. As everyone knows, life tends to get in the way of our schedules, and I had matters I had to attend to - I'm sorry, but finally, without further adieu:

A couple of weeks ago, I received a message from fellow blogger Isma from Walk in Vogue. asking me if she could nominate me for the Liebster Award… My first immediate reaction was “I want in! Wait - what is that??” I’d heard about the Versatile Blogger award and was flattered by that nomination, but what’s the Liebster?  Liebster, in German, means "dearest" or "beloved". This particular Liebster is a Virtual Award, given to bloggers by bloggers to encourage and support each other in our online community. Not only do you get to discover new blogs, but you can engage and interact with similar minded individuals in hopes that it may touch or inspire someone else.

Here are the rules, should someone nominate you and you accept:

  1. Thank and write a bit about the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Posting the badge on your site (Hooray!)
  3. Answer questions that the nominator has asked
  4. Chose other 5-10 award-worthy bloggers
  5. Pick 10 questions for them to answer

I have to say it Isma - Thank you! I'm flattered! I was thrilled to spread the love by acknowledging some of my favorite up and coming writers that I've met in the last several months. Please do me a favor, and go visit her Blog or check her out on Facebook!

I accepted Isma's nomination, so here it goes:

Why did you start blogging?

I'm not 100% sure what the catalyst was, to be honest. I wanted to write about what I'd gone through during my struggle to lose weight and finally be at peace with my body, but it ended up being more than that - it became how to help others who might possibly be going through a similar struggle that I went through. I remember how I felt at the beginning; lost, scared, and like a lot of others had said, I had done it so many times before and failed - Why did it work for me this time? Maybe if I shared that 'secret' with others, they too might embark on their own journey of self-love and discovery. The world needs more of that, so here it is.

If you were stuck on a desert island and could only have 3 items what would they be?

Oh goodness... Well, I'd have to say, my phone is rather important (for sheer boredom and OF COURSE to get me outta there), but there would be no charging capabilities so that out. I'd say when stuck in that situation, make the best of it! 1 - An unlimited supply of mai tais, 2 - an umbrella, and 3 - unlimited supply of sunblock! Gotta make it work for you! 

Describe yourself in 3 Words

Pessimistically Optimistical Over-Analyzer

Who Inspires You?

Any woman who is strong, capable and accomplished. Women who lifts others up, never tear them down. Those with convictions and goals who achieve daily success with mini milestones they've set.

What's your Favorite Quote?

I have a couple of favorites... this is the most recent one: "The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers." - M. Scott Peck

What was your best vacation?

Now THAT one is easy. I went to London, Paris, and Dublin in September of 2013 and crossed off a couple items on my bucket list. I kissed the Blarney Stone, visited Portobello Road market, and went up the Eiffel Tower. It was an incredibly humbling experience, given how young our United States are compared to the historically rich European cities.

If you could be anyone in the world, who would it be?

I love being me... As cliche as that sounds, or as pageant-y, it's true. I can be a little selfish, a little insecure, and Lord knows, a whole lot EMO. But I wouldn't trade lives with anyone. EVER.

What is your favorite lipstick shade?

'Taylor Swift' Red

What is the most recent book you read?

Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins (for those that don't' know, that's the final Hunger Games book). Oh, jeeze that was last November. Anyone have any suggestions? I should probably start another one.

which time period would you choose to live in and whom would you like to be?

This one is a tough one... Growing up, I wished I could've lived in the 60's with all of the fantastic music, the beautiful and powerful (now-classic) cars and the ever-free spirit within people. Now, as I head further into my adulthood, I find the 1940's to be more romanticized. I love the hair and vintage dress styles, as well as the bold lip color and the strength women showed during WWII. I love both.

Unfortunately, those that I contacted and nominated did not provide me with a response. I’m following a lot of other lovely bloggers so... anyone who wishes to participate, feel free! You are more than welcome to join in the game! Please find your nominees and answers these following questions:

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1. What is your most favorite destination & why?
2. What post on your blog you are particularly proud of & why?
3. Which period would that be and whom would you like to be?
4. What is the place you can call home other than where you reside?
5. Why did you start blogging?
6. What is the best vacation you've ever been on?
7. Describe yourself in 3 Words.
8. What's your favorite quote?
9. If you could be anyone in the world, who would it be?
10.  What is the most recent book you read?

I cannot wait to hear responses!