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What is the Liebster Award you ask?
The Liebster is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011.

“Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

I started blogging for two reasons…. One, I love to write – I always have.  If you ask any of my closest friends they would tell you that they thought for sure I would have become a journalist or author, not a nurse.  And two, it’s a great (therapeutic) outlet from which I can express myself, share my thoughts and feelings, and hopefully connect with others who are living similar struggles, joys, and frustrations.   That is why it is such an honor to have been nominated by Mrs. Mother Dirt for this award.  Garnering the interest of other bloggers who take the time to read my blog and to follow it; and knowing that my blog resonates with others in a way that brings humor to the reality of our lives means so much to me because validates what it is I am trying to convey.  It also fuels my passion for writing even more.  So to Mrs. Mother Dirt – I thank you very much.  To others, I encourage you to view her blog…. https://mrsmotherdirt.com

Okay…. Let’s Get Started….

Ten FACTS About Me – 

  1.  I love to draw and am actually pretty good at it (just don’t ask me to draw people) – unfortunately I don’t get the chance to do it all that often.
  2. I am super resourceful – kind of like a female MacGyver.  I can rig up, problem solve, and creatively fix pretty much anything around my house.
  3. I wish I had traveled more in my 20’s.
  4. I am a neat freak and hate messes – kind of an oxymoron when you have kids.
  5. I love to work outside in my yard, whether in my garden or tending to general yard work.  It makes me feel good to be productive in this way.
  6. I have 2 dogs and a cat.
  7. I just joined the gym for the first time ever – and I love that I am starting to make time for myself.
  8. I am addicted to cheese – any kind – but my favorite is mozzarella.
  9. I wish my life would slow down just enough so that I could enjoy it more.
  10. I have been a nurse for almost 20 years.

What is a piece of advice you’ve received that you want to share with others?

“Relax” – something that I still  have yet to figure out how to do – thanks in part to my “Type A” personality.  As I get older I have started telling myself, as it relates to things that are beyond my control, “it is what it is and you will just deal with it.” I have also started to make time for myself so that I can de-stress and try to be more relaxed when it comes to tackling all that life throws my way.

Who is the most inspiring person in your life and why?

I honestly don’t know.  If you asked me who WAS the most inspiring person in my life I would have answered – my grandma.  She was a truly amazing woman who always offered insight and wisdom based on life’s lessons and experiences – something I could really use in my life these days.  She was fair and kind and the type of person you loved to be around.  Her death was a great loss to our family.

How do you de-stress?

I go to the gym and work out.  I know that sounds so cliche however it truly helps alleviate a lot to the stress and tension that my life currently has thrown at me.

How would you describe your personal clothing style?

Haha…. Is motherhood a clothing style? Because if it’s not is should be because all moms are wearing it…. you know – Yoga Pants and a Sweatshirt.  When I actually get “dressed up” I have a  very casual style – I do still love a good pair of comfy jeans and a nice shirt.  I love conservative colors and hate prints (I just look weird in them).

What is on your bedside table right now?

Well nothing because I don’t have a bedside table.  When we moved last summer we got rid of all of our old bedroom furniture and to date have yet to replace it.  So, our bedroom currently has our king-sized bed in it, a table for the TV and my hope chest in it – and that is it.  I am however kind of liking my minimalistic accommodations.

What’s your favorite on-the-go snack?

String cheese.  Love my string cheese.

Do you consider yourself more of an introvert or an extrovert?  Explain.

Definitely an introvert.  While my profession calls for me to interact with people on a daily basis, I am by nature and introvert.  I enjoy being by myself.  Don’t get me wrong, I have a small group of friends and if I actually had a life outside of my children, I would certainly be social with them; however I am most comfortable and completely at peace when I am alone.

Describe a fun date you’ve been on!

Well, the last truly fun date I was on was when I met my husband.  We had finally made plans to get together for dinner after talking on the phone and texting for several weeks. We got together for dinner, had an amazing night together and have never been apart since.

If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead, who would you dine with and why?

My grandma…. She passed away 10 years ago last week and she truly was an amazing woman.  I miss her terribly and would like the chance as an older, wiser woman to talk with her on the level I am at now, garner some advice from her, and make her laugh one more time….

Tell us about an item on your bucket list!

I would love to travel more in general.  We are finally taking our first big family vacation this year, but I would love to be able to go away every year, see new places, be exposed to new experiences and broaden my horizons.

What do you like most about blogging?

I love blogging because it creates an outlet from which I can express myself, share my feelings, frustrations, joys, successes and ultimately have it resonate with someone else who is on a similar path at that moment in their life.  Making connections with others, even if those connections are brief, adds value to our lives and leaves us a little more enriched for however long we choose to stay connected.

My Nominations – 

Erin at Mrs. Mother Dirt (mrsmotherdirt.com)  –  While I know that Erin has already been nominated and accepted this award (and I don’t expect her to fill all this out all over again), her blog certainly has struck a cord with me and I truly enjoy reading her posts a lot.

Tomashia at unperfecting motherhood (unperfectingmotherhood.wordpress.com)  I find a kinship in her posts.  Quite often what she has written I too am feeling or experiencing at that time in my life as well.  

Danielle at Secret Diary of a Mumpreneur (secretdiaryofamumpreneur.wordpress.com– I just recently discovered this blog and always enjoy a reading about women who juggle families and their careers.

Jessica at Motherhood in the mountains (motherhoodinthemountains.wordpress.com) – Another site I have recently discovered and enjoy reading – her blog post on Motherhood & Anxiety was both poignant and all to familiar being that I too have some very similar anxiety struggles.  

Jenn at This Mommy is Real (thismommyisreal.com) –  Poignant posts of real life struggles with an undercurrent of humor – definitely keeps it real for other moms who share similar struggles.

If you decide to accept this award….

Questions to answer…

What is a piece of advice you’ve received that you want to share with others?

Who is the most inspiring person in your life and why?

How do you de-stress?

How would you describe your personal clothing style?

What is on your bedside table right now?

What is your favorite on the go snack?

Do you consider yourself more of an introvert or an extrovert? Explain

Describe a fun date you’ve been on!

If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead who would you dine with and why?

Tell us about an item on your bucket list!

What do you like most about blogging?

Rules of the Liebster Award 2018~

1) Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you.

2) Display the award on your blog.

3) Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting.

4) Provide 10 random facts about yourself (optional in 2018)

5) Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award.

6) List these rules in your post.

7) Inform the people/blogs that you nominated.

For more detailed information on the Liebster Award 2018 visit here.

To accept the nomination answer my questions, tag me and notify me of your post by commenting below! I can’t wait to read your answers! Remember to nominate other bloggers so we can all continue discovering new blogs, building relationships, and supporting one another!