My former classmate and current fellow blogger Andrea at fivestarredlife nominated me for a blogging award! I am honored that she thought to include me in her nominations and am excited to find out who wins at the end of the year.
The Liebster Award is a blogging award given to one blogger every year by other bloggers. The contest helps bloggers discover other bloggers, which is one of my favorite parts of the whole thing. Liebster is a German word that means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. You can click on the image below to learn more about the award and what to do if you’re nominated.
Each nominee writes a post (only once if you’re nominated more) and the winner is picked at the end of December. Each nominee must follow these rules if they choose to accept their nomination:
- Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog.
- Display the award on your blog.
- Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting.
- Answer the questions given to you.
- Create more questions for your nominees to answer.
- Provide 10 random facts about yourself (optional).
- Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award the award and inform the people/blogs that you nominated.
- List these rules in your post.
- Post a comment on the original rules post to make it easier for the reviewer to find.
Why I Love Blogging
I started blogging for a couple of reasons: one, that I wanted something to do to exercise my brain; and two, that I love books and have a lot of thoughts on them and other general topics so I thought I’d share those thoughts with the world. I’ve been excited that so many of my friends and family (and others I haven’t met) have enjoyed reading my posts. Now, after a little over a year of blogging, I love it because of how creative it makes me feel and still because I love sharing about the books I’ve read in hopes that someone will find a new favorite book.
10 Random Facts About Me
I’ll do you one better: I wrote a 28 facts about me post for my birthday this year. Feel free to check that out!
Andrea’s Questions & My Answers
- What is your one goal for the final month of 2018?
My goal for the final month of this year is to spend less money. I wrote a post about starting a spending ban some months ago and 100% failed at following that as planned. So, even though the Christmas season is upon us and with that comes more expenses, I am attempting to curb those expenses and only participate in events/etc. that are really meaningful to me. I don’t want to go into the holidays feeling stressed about money, I want to be able to focus on the real ‘reason for the season’ and spend time with my family and friends unburdened.
- Do you like winter? Why or why not?
My immediate reaction is to say “NO!” because I don’t generally enjoy winter activities, driving in winter is more stressful, and as someone who takes the bus to work the snow/slush/wind is annoying and uncomfortable. Also, I am from Saskatchewan and we jokingly (but sort of seriously) say that we have two seasons here: 10 months of Winter and 2 Months of Summer. While that is a bit of an exaggeration, we often start getting snow in September (even if it doesn’t stay) and can still get snow in April or May. The length and darkness of winter messes with my emotions, which is one of the main reasons I don’t like the season. However, I really love Christmas though (which was not always the case: watch for a post about that coming up soon!) so November and December are more enjoyable to me than the other winter months.
- Are you a tidy or a messy person?
I am somehow both. I love to be organized and have places for things, but depending on my mental health and how busy I am, I tend to let things clutter up when I live by myself. I’ve noticed over the years that I am way more considerate and consistently more tidy when I have roommates, as I am conscious of the fact that it isn’t just my space. The past year, I’ve noticed that when my depression is worse and I don’t have the energy or motivation to care about anything my apartment gets really cluttered and messy. It’s actually helped me notice when I am doing a bit better because I suddenly notice and can’t stand it and start cleaning.
- What is your goal for your blog? What do you hope people get from your posts?
My goal for my blog is to share my thoughts with people, whether they read them and agree or not. Writing the posts helps me process my own thoughts on certain topics, so it is as much for me as it is for my readers. For the readers though, my biggest goal is that they get inspired to read more and find something within my book suggestions that they love.
- If you could only wear one outfit for the next month what would you wear?
I would wear a comfy but work appropriate dress with leggings, a scarf, and ankle boots. This is my go to for work because it is easy to dress up but is also comfy enough to lounge in at home. Dual purpose is the best!
- Do you have a ritual when you wake up or before you go to bed? If so, what is it?
I have a bath almost every night while reading or listening to a book. It relaxes me, warms me up if I am cold, and gives me time to turn off my brain. When I am more on the ball, or trying to ward off my insomnia issues, I also make sure to turn off electronics earlier and have a cup of tea to relax even further. Then I make sure my alarm is set, set the sleep timer on my audio book for 15-30 minutes depending on how awake I am feeling, and turn off the light.
- What is your least favourite chore around the house?
My least favorite chore is doing the dishes. It always has been, and my sister and I would have some of our worst fights while doing this chore together. I don’t know what it is about it, but I’d rather clean the bathroom than do the dishes. Unfortunately, this is the chore that needs done the most frequently and I don’t own a dishwasher…
- Do you have a feel good movie? What is it?
My feel good movie is Notting Hill. It is just so funny and heartwarming and charming! I can watch it over and over without losing interest, and I misquote it all the time. The British humor is ridiculous and right up my alley, and the bond within the group of friends is something I’d love to have some day.
My 8 Questions
- What is the top destination on your travel bucket list and why?
- What is the best book you read this year?
- If you could eat only one food for a week, what would it be?
- What song would you have played at your funeral even if it shocked the attendees?
- If you could live in a cartoon (movie, comic strip, etc.), which one would you pick?
- If time travel was real, would you choose to go forwards or backwards in time and why?
- If your job suddenly ceased to exist but you had the power to have success in your dream career, what would it be?
- Do you put the toilet paper roll flipped under or over, and why is that the correct way?
- Books and Beets
Another former classmate, Erica is a school librarian and wrote a really important post about the value of those libraries! Plus, I enjoy her brain and am interested in what she has to say.
Rebecca created the Libraries Are For All images that I love so much and inspired one of my own best-read posts.
- Ontarian Librarian
Karissa’s blog was super helpful to me when I was planning the Teen Drop In program at my first library–she has so many good ideas!
- A Tiny Bit Opinionated
Nikki is a brand new blogger and I think this type of post would be a great way to let her readers know more about her and for her to get more involved in the blogging community.
- Laugh of the Caveman
I knew Taylor during undergrad, where we were both English Lit students. She was quiet yet brilliant and now shares her wisdom on random life topics with the world through her blog. She recently wrote a post about how to give Christmas gifts without giving obligation, which I think everyone on Earth needs to read.
- Five Starred Life
Andrea nominated me and, therefore, does not need to write another post BUT I appreciate her posts about minimalism (sometime I am aspiring to in a smaller way) and her best book of the month posts. She is a ridiculously fast reader and reads so many books per year in way more genres than I usually dip into, so I appreciate her suggestions.
- Simone and Her Books
I recently stumbled across Simone’s blog in the WordPress Discover area and have loved what I’ve seen so far! I am always up for book suggestions and enjoy reading about other people’s interactions with books.
That’s all! The winner will be chosen at the end of December, so I will add a link to their blog once it has been shared. Or, if it’s me, I’ll let you know!