Monday, February 25, 2013

The Liebster Awards


Have any of you heard of the Liebster Awards? Even though I've blogged for over 2 years now, it wasn't until I began this blog about my newlywed life that I think I actually gathered more readers beyond the family and friends that used to read my former blog to keep in touch. So what I'm really trying to say is that I'm finally branching out and with it I'm learning all kinds of new blogging tips, trends (even awards), and starting to find blogs by others that I like to read on a regular basis.

Recently Stephanie C.  nominated me for a "Liebster Award"...and therefore introduced me to what this fun gesture even means. Apparently "liebster" means "dear" or "beloved," so these awards are geared towards highlighting other people's blogs that you like to read and helping others discover them. Thanks so much for thinking of me, Stephanie! And because she has designed such a helpful and aesthetically pleasing graphic to explain how this award works, I'm going to share this tidbit from her blog:

Eleven facts about me:
{1} I have one tiny section of (not visible without searching) hair that is really tightly curled; my family calls it my "poodle curl." {2} I can play the trumpet. Really - I was 1st chair in school for 7 years growing up! {3} Regardless of how frequently I dance these days, I am forever a dancer (over the years I've performed and/or competed in contemporary, jazz, hip hop, pom, kick [think of the Rockettes], and ballet). {4} Much to the horror of my parents, I got my nose pierced my freshman year in college and kept it that way for just shy of 6 years (I took it out for the last time a month before my wedding...and the stud was so noticeable that exactly 1 person other than my husband has noticed and commented on its disappearance). {5} I like to play old school video games on the Super NES. {6} I really love scrapbooking (although I admit I haven't made one in a long time). {7} My degree is in Kinesiology as a Fitness Specialist. Yes, it's a very practical science degree and no, my major was not "lifting weights"....but I can teach you how to do that properly and effectively. {8} My favorite artificial flavor of any candy, drink, gum, fruit snack, etc. is almost always "orange" and has been since childhood. {9} I was a sprinter in high school track and competed in a 50-lap relay race at my college for 3 years (that breaks down to  about 3 miles worth of sprints per runner, one quarter mile at a time). {10} I participated in 4-H back in middle school and you'd better believe my pet snake won Grand Champion in the small animals show (I do not currently keep this snake but she is alive and well at my parents' house). {11} I would be curious to know how people who read these random facts try to stereotype or understand me (I mean a lot of people would see "nose ring" and "pet snake" and think I'm some edgy punk, others would see "Super NES" and "can play the trumpet" and think I'm a super nerd, others might notice "dancer" and "loves scrapbooking" and think I'm incredibly artsy, and others still might see "fitness specialist" and "runner" and think I'm a total jock). Thinking about it kind of makes me laugh because I don't think any of those one things could truly describe me.

Stephanie's questions for me:
I collect... prayer cards. And as of this weekend my husband and I decided to begin a collection of Christmas tree ornaments of the different places we travel.

Tell me your favorite Disney movie. If I have to pick: The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.

What's the last book you read? Did you like it? I won't include pregnancy books here and go with: I'm currently reading Story of a Soul (the autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux) and like it a lot.

In case we ever meet in real life and you come over to my house, how do you take your coffee? Black is perfectly fine, unless it's that really cheap coffee they always serve for free at public functions in which case I'd take a little cream.

Everyone has a few...what trend do you totally regret following? In 6th grade I was allll about the butterfly hair clips.

Your flower of choice? Orchids! And recently hydrangea.

Name something you've always wanted to learn. Latin and Greek.

Are you more head or more heart? According to Meyers-Briggs I'm what you'd call "heart," although considering I'm the middle child between "head" and "heart" sisters and lived with very extreme "head" and "heart" opposite individuals during my year of volunteer service, I think I've developed a stronger balance and can more easily switch between the two when necessary.

How's Lent going for you so far? Lenten promises have been kept but I am still thirsting for more ways to get closer to God and enrich this year's Lent a little more. Thank goodness I've got another month to keep working at it!

What social or political issue are you most passionate about? Normally I'd say that it would be life issues, but due to recent election results I am currently very concerned with religious liberty and protecting it.

What saint has had your back the most? I don't really know because I've utilized the prayers of many saints on different occasions...but if I had to guess I'd say it has probably been Our Lady of Guadalupe/Mary.

My nominees, in no particular order (you'll notice there aren't 9 because that honestly seems like a daunting task for someone who has just recently started building more new relationships with other 4 is about my current limit):

{1} Liz  {2} Celeste  {3} Teresa   {4} Kelley

My questions for my nominees:
1. What is your favorite city, state, or country you've ever been to and why?
2. Who is your favorite musical artist or group?
3. What is your favorite Bible verse or passage?
4. What is your favorite quote?
5. What is one of your pet peeves?
6. What is most misunderstood about you?
7. Who is your favorite Saint and why?
8. What is the scariest or most adventurous thing you've ever done?
9. What is your favorite TV show from the '90s?
10. What is your favorite thing to cook? Feel free to include a recipe if you'd like!
11. What made you laugh the most this week?

I'm excited to see the responses and nominees everyone else comes up with. :)

“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


  1. thanks steph, you're sweet :)

    also lol'ed at your comment about being stereotyped - i believe all of those means you're a "floater" haha

  2. I WISH I was cool enough for a nose ring! And I'll have to steal your Christmas ornament idea; I love that! Thanks for participating, Steph!

  3. Thanks so much Stephanie! :) I hope to get to this soon..I truly appreciate the thought and have enjoyed reading these other ladies blogs!!

    1. You're welcome; you've been such a loyal reader ever since the days of my old blog and I always enjoy reading your reflections and writings as well! Hopefully this will help some new readers venture over to your blog. :)