receiving recognition: the liebster award

Today’s post is particularly exciting because I didn’t expect to be writing it.

Since becoming more serious about my blogging ventures, I’ve added myself into several different Facebook groups and apps to get my name out there and find others doing the same. It’s really great that, unlike more structured and traditional forms of media work, everyone really supports one another because, let’s face it: we’re all in the same boat together, trying to expand our outreach and become a sustainable website.

One such occasion for divvying out some kudos is today’s post. I was nominated by Michele for the Liebster Award. While not necessarily about blue ribbons and trophies, the Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to recognize one another. It also gives bloggers and readers alike new inspiration for people to discover and check out some different ideas.

The world of blogging is a huge place full of so many content creators, each passionate about whatever niche they discuss. I know I’m not alone in wistfully daydreaming of taking this hobby into a living, being your own boss and doing what you love. And while it is possible, it takes serious time and effort. The Liebster Award is a small step toward reaching that end goal and a great reminder that behind every WordPress account is a genuine person brave enough to share their ideas with the world.

Rules of the Liebster Award

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you (again, show Michele some love!)
  2. Answer 11 questions that blogger gives you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nominations.
  5. Give those nominees 11 questions to answer.

My Given Questions and Answers

Why did you start blogging? 

I originally started while in intensive therapy first recovering from anorexia. I have always been immensely passionate about writing, but knowing my track record for consistently working on a writing project, I never dipped into blogging. However, I found that it was an outlet for me to consistently express myself in a way that others could use, too. I went from being aimlessly lost in the fog of mental illness, to finding a purpose in helping others through the written word.

What is your favorite song?

If you know me at all, then you’ll know this is a question I’ll never have a consistent answer to. Music is a huge part of my life, and my tastes really vary. Maybe sidestepping an actual answer, I can undoubtedly give you my favorite album: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel.

What country would you love to travel?

Again, another hard question because I love traveling and long to pack my bags and just wander this beautiful world. If I had to choose one, my top country I’m dying to visit is Iceland. The Scandinavian region in general just seems breathtaking.

What is your proudest blogging accomplishment?

Since I’m still quite small in quantitative terms, I’m most proud of myself for overcoming my fears of vulnerability and really finding refuge in being open and honest. I used to live with walls built high around myself, refusing to let anybody in to avoid them becoming disappointed in what they’d find. Being vulnerable as opened so many doors, and I’m grateful blogging has allowed that to happen.

What is your biggest blogging goal?

I would love to continue to consistently blog and share content for as long as possible. Even if this continues to serve as a side hobby, it’s something I absolutely love to do, and all the work I put in is beyond worth it.

What is the best advice you ever gave to someone?

There’s no specific example that comes to mind, but my most pertinent words come when someone is feeling hopeless or lost, I can remind them of the truth that persists: this current struggle shall past, you are not alone, and you are so loved.

What would you say to your younger self?

You know that one thing that is really dragging you down? That one lower grade you received or the audition that didn’t pan out? It’s seriously not a big deal. There are so many better things ahead for you.

What is a food you never get tired of eating?

Hands down, it’s puppy chow. If I don’t control myself, I could probably eat it for every meal of every day.

What is your favorite animal?

This answer usually changes depending on what I’m feeling at the time, but I love sloths. They are so precious. I could keep listing different animals and be here all day, so I’ll leave it at that.

If you could go back in time, what year would it be and why?

I’d love to be born again in the 1960’s and live through the now vintage decades. I’m a sucker for older music and fashion, so I think I’d fit in much better there than the present day.

What’s your biggest goal of 2018?

I want to regain a sense of true, balanced wellness. I’ve recently been really struggling with my physical and mental health, and it’s something I right now just accept and endure, but I know I cannot continue long-term just eking by. Your health is your most precious commodity, and I want to focus and treat it as such.

11 Random Facts About Me

  1. Besides loved ones, my biggest life inspirations are Fred Rogers and Bob Ross. I want to be them in every way.
  2. I’m certainly no artist, but I’ve dabbled more into drawing (basically just sketching from photos online) because it’s very relaxing.
  3. My Shi-Tzu/Bichon mix (actually called a teddy bear!) named Olive is my world. She’s feisty, but I unconditionally love that little firecracker.
  4. Anybody who randomly sends me a sweet message or meme, you immediately make my day. It’s all about the little things.
  5. I bruise like a banana and always seem to be hurting myself, but (knock on wood) I’ve never broken a bone.
  6. Left to my own devices, I could easily spend hours in World Market and Barnes & Noble.
  7. I often name inanimate objects and random animals. If there’s a fly in the house, swat him before I name him and become attached.
  8. I am extremely particular about living in a clean space. I have high standards and WILL notice if something isn’t up to par.
  9. I’m currently in the (long) process of writing and curating a book! It’s serving as my thesis project for graduation, but I’d also like to share it with you when it’s ready.
  10. As much as I love color, I’ve never jived with pink. When I was younger, I would avoid it like the plague, and I still don’t choose it for myself.
  11. I very much grew up being a tomboy but have since found a love for beauty and fashion. I find it’s less about being feminine and more about feeling good and expressing yourself.

My Nominations

If you’ve gotten this far, it’s now time for me to share some blogs run by people I’ve met in my online networking and have found to be especially lovely and worthy of a shout-out.

Hi Rechel

Inspiring Honey

Savvy Fashion Girl

Recover Your Life Back

Viviane Audi

Sarah Yekinni

Isabella Thordsen

Daphine Bush

Naturally Nina

Meghan Macmarcik

Alice and Peanut Butter

And finally, here are some questions I have for my Liebster Award nominees!

  1. Why did you first start blogging?
  2. What three words best describe your blog?
  3. What is your proudest accomplishment since blogging?
  4. What is your biggest goal for your blog?
  5. What is your go-to way to relax and destress?
  6. What is the last book you read?
  7. Dead or alive, who would you consider your biggest inspiration?
  8. If you could drop everything and go somewhere new, where would it be?
  9. What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone?
  10. What is the best advice you’ve ever received from someone?
  11. What 2018 goal/resolution is at the top of your list?

Again, I am beyond grateful for the Liebster Award and my blogging journey thus far. I hope to continue spreading some positivity and inspiration wherever I can and find some amazing bloggers doing the same.

Mindful meditation: Holy Father, never had I anticipated for myself to be in this moment, creating messages and content impacting others, but my faith in Your mysterious ways remains unwavering. I pray You may inspire others to do the same and guide us toward fulfilling our purposes. Amen.

Take care, and keep the faith. -Allie

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