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Get to Know Me Through the Liebster Award 2017!

Thanks so much Melissa for this nomination! We’re strong, independent women who don’t need no man to handle our finances! Any blog that is here to empower women is an excellent blog in my book. And here are the questions you asked me:

What is the sentence that stopped you in your path and changes your life completely?

I didn’t really enjoy high school and purposely picked a school several states away to really start over. I was kinda surprised when I still felt the same way 18 months later and that was when I realized “no matter where you go, you are still you”. That’s when I decided to come back home to finish school, find a psychiatrist, and start therapy. That was when I changed my life and started my journey to managing my mental health and becoming the healthiest version of myself.

What does success means to you?

Success seems to really point toward career in my opinion. And a successful career to me, would mean being one of the best in your field and being well known for your talent. Perhaps you also have a great salary and win awards, that definitely sounds like the promise of success.

What do you need to let go of?

Melissa, my god you go right for the heart don’t you?! Hm, I need to let go the fear of failing. I need to become more comfortable making mistakes in front of others and learn to not fear rejection from others.

What is the best advice you will give your youngest self?

This one is easiest enough, I would tell her to get into therapy sooner. And OMG, STOP TALKING TO BOYS WHO DON’T DESERVE YOU!

What is your biggest financial mistake?

I don’t know if mistake is the best word, but in retrospect, I definitely think it would have been smarter to save money and go to community college for two years and then finish up my degree at a more expensive school for the last two years. I think High Schoolers are really unaware of all the college expenses and it should become more popular to save money by going to community college.

What is the best life pieces of advice someone gives to you

The best pieces of life advice I’ve received were “treat yourself like you treat your friends” and “think of the worst that can happen, can you handle that?”. The first has been helpful in being kinder to myself and crediting my positives more so I don’t dwell on the negatives. That’s still very much a work in progress but it really stops me in my tracks when I’m explaining a situation and being negative and she says “well if your friend had this same problem what would you say” and my attitude immediately changes to be more supportive. The second piece is more of an anxiety tactic. I worry quite a lot and you would think that imagining the worst would only increase my anxiety. But I allow myself a minute to indulge in all that can go wrong and then I ask myself if I could live with it and surprisingly, most of the time I say yes and begin to feel better. Trip, sweat, and fumble over my words during a presentation? Sounds like just a regular human who makes mistakes and an event the class is likely to forget in a week. Get rejected or dumped by the cute guy? Wouldn’t be the first time and I’m still here standing, ready to try again. You’re capable of much more than you think, and stronger too.

What is your singular goal in life?

This is easy too, to be happy and healthy. Healthy to me means managing my mental health issues and exercising to keep my body from aging too quickly. Happy to me means feeling strong connections to those close to me (such as my sisters and significant other) and being fulfilled by my passion for writing and purpose with working.

10 Random Facts About Me

  1. My two front teeth are fake (I broke/chipped them multiple times as a kid)
  2. I run a personal Instagram account for my dog because I’m obsessed
  3. I’m eating a ton of cereal and ice cream this summer and loving it
  4. I also eat odd things with Mayo (like fries and mac and cheese)
  5. I recent started dating my boyfriend 🙂
  6. I like to do Zudoku puzzles on the train
  7. Spring is my favorite season
  8. I have never broken a bone (knock on wood)
  9. My sisters and I have been touring different Escape room locations to try and beat every room
  10. I’ve been writing poetry for over 10 years now and hope to publish a collection in the future

My Favorite Blog

The blog I can’t get enough of these days is Career Girl! She inspires every girl to recognize their worth and land their dream job! I think motivation and empowerment like this is so important to women today! Aside from giving tips and advice on job hunting and office issues, she also helps women look their professional best. From outside beauty hair products to inner beauty meditation articles, she’s got your back covered!

Questions to Answer from Me ( I’m going pretty creative/poetry with these questions)

  1. How did you get into Poetry?
  2. What’s your writing process like for the blog?
  3. What’s your favorite poem that you wrote?
  4. What/Who inspires you?
  5. How do you picture yourself in 5 years?

The Rules

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you should do the following:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and posts a link to their blog. Try to include a little promotion for the individual who nominated you.
  • Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. You can download images for the award here
  • Write a 150-300 word post on your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  • Answer your questions and provide 10 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 200 followers and ask them your own questions.
  • List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or from this site)
  • Don’t forget to inform the people/blogs you nominated about it.

The Blogs I’m nominating are:

  1. Rebellious Ravens
  2. Entirely Taylor
  3. Hello Halima
  4. Weasley
  5. Gabrielle Gillispie
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Blog Recognition (& Liebster) Award

Sooo funny story, I was nominated for three awards this month: Liebster, Blog Recognition, and another Liebster. I thought three different award blog posts seemed a bit excessive so I was going to combine the two Liebsters but they have different rules! Interestingly enough one of the Liebsters and the Blog Recognition have the same rules, so I’m combining those instead. (And after some research, it seems these rules are for the Blog Recognition and my post next week will be the rules for the Liebster).

Part 1 I was nominated for a Liebster Award by super mom, Hermine-Jane. She tells funny, honest, and valuable stories of her experiences being a first time mom. Life is our greatest teacher, and it’s through HookedOn’s storytelling that we find a fresh perspective on what some of these experiences mean and how we can learn from them.

Part 2 I was nominated for the Blog Recognition Award by the driven Jillian. She may be new to blogging but has plenty of experiences to write about between modeling, being a mom, and her travels! I have no doubt her blog will blossom and exceed all goals in her first year!

Why and How I started my blog

I started my blog because I think a lot of people can relate to the experiences I’ve gone through and this was the best way to connect us all. Every time I receive a comment about someone else relating to my post, it makes me so happy because that’s my mission coming to life. Everyone just wants to belong and I think uniting us, gives us more strength to face challenges and improve ourselves (like ditching the guy who doesn’t realize the great woman you are).

Two Top Tips for New Bloggers

  1. Definitely write about what you are passionate about and not what you think will get you the most followers. If you want to write about Anime or Paranormal Fiction stories then do it! Don’t write about something just because you think it will get you the most views or free products. If you love make up and can create really unique looks, then by all means Beauty blog your heart away! Don’t be cool, just be you.
  2. Don’t measure your success with numbers. Views, follows, and likes are cool and exciting but that’s not what blogging is about. Create content that makes you happy and really showcases who you are. Truly expressing yourself will make you far happier than any amount of site traffic. And people will begin to follow anyway when they see how genuine your work is. It could take some time for people to begin to notice your blog so don’t get discouraged by the numbers either.

BLOG RECOGNITION AWARD 2017:

There are a few steps you have to take as you accept this award:

1.Write a post about how and why you’ve started this blog.
2. Include the person who nominated you into your post, add a link to their blog and a short description.
3. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award.
4. Give new bloggers two pieces of advice.
5. Notify the bloggers you have nominated for this award and provide the link to your post.
And now, the time has come. The bloggers I choose to nominate for the Blog Recognition Award are:

  1. SparklyNerdBlog
  2. Paul McGinley
  3. Mary Job
  4. Married Cat Lady
  5. Sophie-Alice
  6. Unbox Diaries
  7. Wanderlust Amy
  8. Dominika Szeles
  9. Cinnamon and Sparkles
  10. Southern Laced
  11. Missie Stephie
  12. Geeky Beauty Party
  13. AVA Poet
  14. Biblio Bakes
  15. Life of Larissa

*Do not forget to follow the rules presented above.

Real Neat Blog Award

I wasn’t planning on doing awards but Paul sweet-talked my blog and I had a change of heart lol. He deserves some likes and follows for all the kindness and support he gives back to so many in the WordPress community so check out Paul’s blog and his Facebook page!

 

Ok, now to the blog award (my first one!) :

The rules of the Real Neat Blog Award written by the creator of this award are as follows

(Feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time or if you don’t accept awards)

Put the award logo on your blog.
Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)
And his 7 questions are as follows:

  1. If you discovered a new star or planet, what would you call it and why?
  2. If you could live in any period of time and any place in the past, when and where would it be?
  3. Name a famous person whose blog you’d read (living, dead or fictional).
  4. You wake up tomorrow as the opposite sex. What three things would you do?
  5. You have a choice; infinite time, infinite wealth or infinite knowledge. Which one do you choose and why?
  6. What inspired you to start writing?
  7. What trait do you like the most about yourself?

My Answers (I hope to keep this short and sweet):

If you discovered a new star or planet, what would you call it and why?

I’m a huge dog lover and I finally got my first dog in summer 2014 so I think I’d name it “Maverick” after him lol. Because I’m a romantic like that and he’s just so handsome! (Don’t believe me, you can see his sunshine face on my About page or he has his own Instagram page- Yes, I’m aware that’s kinda odd lol).

If you could live in any period of time and any place in the past, when and where would it be?

I wish I could say the Future for this answer lol. If I was a man I feel like I would have more options but considering women couldn’t even vote till like the 1920s I’m gonna have to stick with something more recent because ya know, Women’s Rights and all… Maybe the 70s but probably the 1980s-1990s lol.

Name a famous person whose blog you’d read (living, dead or fictional).

Yikes this is tough. I love Love and I love hearing about romantic relationships, first dates, and all that jazz so probably some fictional character with a great love life but I can’t pick just one.

You wake up tomorrow as the opposite sex. What three things would you do?

Sex with a beautiful lady (preferably with the woman I love and of course, consensually and positively willing)

Omg dude, I could reject someone and not be worried about derogatory name calling, sexual assault, or something even worse!

And I would talk to other males about how to properly treat a lady with respect.

You have a choice; infinite time, infinite wealth or infinite knowledge. Which one do you choose and why?

For fear of going insane by having the other two, I pick infinite wealth. Infinite time would drive me crazy, do I start to age? Like how does that work? The thought that instantly went in my head when I heard infinite knowledge was that I would then learn what people are thinking and that’s a sure way to go crazy. Although, infinite knowledge, maybe I could cure cancer so I might have to switch and save the world..

What inspired you to start writing?

I think I was somewhere around 11-12 years old when I started writing poetry. I have no idea why I started but I believe it helped me process emotions so that was helpful.

I’ve tried to stop writing a few times over the years but somehow I ended up reading an original poem in front of my High School English class (and HS crush- like girl, why do you do these things to yourself?!). I also ended up publishing my poems in my High School literary magazine and took college courses on creative writing and then poetry.

And now here I am, so it seems I have a problem keeping my writing to myself hah. I didn’t think I could write a blog and I definitely didn’t think anyone would read it but I saw people my age writing and I was Wow I wish that I could do that. Now I write my blog hoping some girls will see it, will relate to it, and will feel better knowing they’re not alone.

What trait do you like the most about yourself?

So this blog is about dating, obviously, and I seem to always hear the same compliments/ reviews of myself from suitors, which is that I’m genuine/ down to earth/ honest, whatever you wanna call it.

I think about what it means to be Honest a lot. I often wonder if people are being honest with me, I see my friends and family hold their tongues in the name of politeness which just reinforces my determination to be so honest it sometimes turns brutal, and I strive to be honest on this blog even if it’s ugly or hard because real life is rarely pretty and easy.

^Wow this took a turn lol. What I meant to say was I’m honest and that’s a trait I like about myself.

 

Ok, blogs to nominate (feel no obligation, you just all comment so much on my blog that I wanted to give you a shout out lol) :

Meet Me in Nevada

My Very Trendy

Ward Clever

My 7 questions for the blogs I’ve nominated:

  1. What’s the last picture of that you took on your phone?
  2. Is there someone in your life you hope is secretly reading your blog but you can’t ask them (of course don’t name them but feel free to link the post you wrote about them/want them to see)
  3. What’s your favorite personality feature about yourself ?
  4. What’s the last lie you told?
  5. What question do you hate to answer?
  6. What’s your favorite thing to spend money on?
  7. Would you rather have a time machine that only goes back in time or a time machine that only goes forward in time?

 

ANDDDDD DONE!