A couple of weeks ago I received a wonderful surprise when on the same day two bloggers I follow nominated me for the Liebster Award. Honestly, I’m grateful anyone reads my blog, and even more so when people come back.
The Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to ‘share the love’ and encourage readers to discover blogs with under 500 followers. It’s a bit self-promoting, but let’s face it, we wouldn’t write public blogs if we didn’t want others to read them!
Since I was nominated twice and several of the questions are quite different, I’ll answer them separately, except for a few that are similar and are noted at the end.
Jess blogs about learning to run on Really Not A Runner. She’s honest, funny and inspiring as she works toward her goal of running a half-marathon. And it sounds like she runs along scenic routes in rural UK.
What keeps you blogging? I truly enjoy writing, and it’s a skill I want to improve.
What is at the top of your ‘bucket list’? Spend months in France, and parle seulement français.
What’s your favourite motivational song? For running, Pharrell’s Happy.
What’s the last book you read? The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Guess what? It changed my life!
What’s the most bizarre thing encountered on a run? Beautiful bizarre – a doe and two fawn along a fairly urban path over Christmas last year. Horrifying bizarre – men very publicly relieving themselves.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? There is no such thing as running too slow. The fact that I’m out there actually doing something puts me miles ahead of everyone who is sitting on their couch. Of course, this applies not just to running, but to anything in life.
What’s your favourite (running) gadget? My Run-Walk-Run Timer
Morning or evening run? I’m completely a morning person. The earlier the better, although I really don’t like to run in the dark.
Karen of This British-American Life was my co-nominator. I enjoy her blog not just because we share a bi-cultural marriage (Karen is an American married to a Brit, I’m a Canadian married to an American), but also because she writes very thoughtful posts about much more than cultural differences. She has a very balanced view of current events.
How did you get into this blogging business? My last few jobs were nightmares. I’d come home from work every night and feel absolutely beaten down and insignificant. I started blogging as a means to prove to myself that my life is more than what I do between 8 and 5 each weekday.
If you could live in another country, where would you live? While part of me would love to go home to Canada, I also want to explore and experience more of the world. If you took Canada out of the equation then I’d say Norway first, then England because I have close family in both and would like to know more about my grandparents’ homelands.
What is your favorite cookie/biscuit? A digestive with a slice of sharp cheddar, but only because my mom no longer bakes her oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
In what setting do you feel most comfortable? Are you a country or a city person? One if by land, two if by sea? I’m absolutely a city girl however my ideal location would a city with the sea on one side, and mountains on the other. Hello Vancouver?
What is your favorite holiday? Christmas, and not because of the gifts. I love the house transformed with lights, the glitter of silver and gold, and the smell of fir. I even love Christmas music for about the first 3 weeks.
Please share a fun fact about yourself. I have super directional memory. We may not have visited a city in 15 years, but I can still find a store I loved. Strangely, my sense of direction is directly tied to shopping …
What is your proudest accomplishment? Successfully passing the Series 7 General Securities Representative exam after four weeks of study and just one week after September 11th when the markets were in turmoil and the world was going crazy.
Summer or winter? Probably summer. But I do like a good dusting of fresh snow!
Both Karen and Jess asked about pet hates/pet peeves. An everyday thing that makes me absolutely crazy is dirty dishes left in the sink or on the counter and not put in the dishwasher. I mean, how hard is it to open the dishwasher door?
Both also asked my favourite book: I’m embarrassed to say that I’m not much of a reader. My favourite read has been Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. I’ve read it three times over the years.
And my own favourite blogpost? Probably the one I wrote after finishing the Peachtree Road Race. It’s not particularly well-written, but I had previously blogged about my preps and my fears, thus it felt really good to sit down and type, “I did it!”
To pass the torch along, I nominate the following blogs that I’m enjoying. I don’t know how many followers each has, however all are definitely worth visiting!
Eileen of Eileen On. Interesting posts and beautiful photographs as she travels full-time.
Donna of Where To Now? blogs about her travels throughout the US. This isn’t your usual travelogue, she spends time experiencing different locations, and posts great tips and information.
Claire of The Red Door Makery. She’s taking on a 100-day creative challenge and it’s inspiring!
Susan from The Best Things in Life blog which I really enjoy because it’s the story of a woman hitting mid life and telling her stories. I love reading stories!
Here are the rules: In order to be eligible, a nominee must:
- link back the person who nominated them
- answer 11 questions designed by the person who nominated them
- nominate up to 11 other bloggers for this award who have less than 500 followers
- create 11 questions for new nominees to answer (okay, this was REALLY hard!)
- let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them
And my 11 questions for you:
- How did you get into blogging?
- Do you labour over your writing, or post freely as you have an idea?
- Are you an iPhone photographer, or do you use a ‘real’ camera?
- Of the posts you have written, which one is your favourite?
- If you had a clone, what task or role would you pass along to her?
- Do you have a hidden talent, and if so, what is it?
- Do you have a bucket list? If so, please share something from it.
- Is there anything new you would like to learn, or you’re planning to learn?
- Favourite place you have visited (place, city, country, part of the world)?
- What would you do on your perfect day if you had no obligations?
- What was the inspiration for the name of your blog?
Thanks for playing along! (This is harder that I expected!)