Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

I found out yesterday that I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Morgan at Boho En Route. According to her blog, the award is: “an award given to bloggers by bloggers. It is given to bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.

Thanks so much to Morgan for nominating me! It really made my day to hear that someone thinks of my blog as positive and inspiring!

Morgan came up with some great questions for all of her nominees to answer, so here goes:

1. What is your number one goal to attain in this life?

For a while now I’ve bee thinking that my ultimate life goal is to write a book. I’m not sure how and I’m not sure when, but I am determined to make it happen at some point!

2.  What made you decide to start a blog?

I think I answered this in Confetti and Curves’ Behind The Blog interview with me, but I originally started a blog because my dad suggested it. More recently, I decided to start writing again because I enjoy getting my thoughts out and sharing advice with people through my posts. I also like the community aspect of it, and getting to meet other bloggers virtually through comments and reading their blogs.

3. Who/what inspires you?

Lately I’ve been really inspired by two podcasts that I’ve been listening to. I talked about one of them, Dear Sugar, in my April Favorites blog. The second podcast is very similar, and it’s hosted by two of my favorite YouTubers: Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes. It’s called Ladies Who Lunch, and they give advice and talk about their personal experiences with certain topics. Both of these podcasts inspire me because I am always in awe of people who are able to help others through giving advice, as well as being so open and honest about their own life. I aspire to be able to do the same with my blog.

4. What creates your happiness?

I know the correct answer should be “I do.” But if I think of it a bit more objectively, I think that I find happiness from my relationships (boyfriend, family, friends), hobbies (writing this blog and taking improv classes) and a small amount of alone time to clear my head and just relax.

5. Describe your perfect vacation.

My perfect vacation would be a good blend of relaxation and adventure. I love going to the beach and just hanging out and being lazy most of the time, but then also taking some time to explore the area and maybe go shopping, try some restaurants, or go to a museum. I’m actually going to the beach with my family and boyfriend next weekend, so I’m sure I’ll write about it in a post afterwards!

6. Favorite place you’ve visited?

I was actually thinking about this place the other day. I loved Barcelona when I went there for one weekend during my semester abroad! It was such a fun, beautiful city filled with culture. Read my old blog to hear all about my experience there, if you’re curious.

7. What state/country do you currently live in?

I live in the U.S., in Texas!

8. Do you plan on staying there for ‘good’?

I’m not 100% sure. I love it here, and definitely see myself living here for the foreseeable future. However, I wouldn’t rule out moving somewhere else later in life if the opportunity came up and I decided I wanted to!

9. What are you currently trying to improve with yourself?

The main thing I am trying to improve on is taking my health and fitness more seriously. I’ve been trying to eat a little better and work out more often.

10. Do you enjoy reading as much as writing?

I do! I’ve written a few book reviews on this blog. Unfortunately having a full time job has made it a lot more difficult for me to read, but it is definitely something I enjoy!

11. Did you excel/enjoy writing particularly growing up as a kid?

Yes and yes. Writing was always one of my strengths growing up. I remember in middle school my friend and I would write stories together all the time, and when I got into high school my favorite classes were always my English classes.

Now for my nominees!

These are blogs that I’ve enjoyed reading, and bloggers that have shown an interest in my blog as well.

My 11 Questions for the nominees:

  1. What is your main goal for your blog?
  2. What are you most proud of?
  3. Who is your current favorite singer, and/or what is your current favorite song?
  4. What do you do when you need to de-stress/relax?
  5. If you won the lottery, what would you buy?
  6. Where do you feel most at home/what is your “happy place”?
  7. What is one skill you wish you were better at?
  8. What are three words you’d use to describe yourself?
  9. Which city/country do you most want to visit some day?
  10. What do you do to overcome writer’s block?
  11. What is your greatest strength?

 Sunshine Blogger Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

 

Thanks for reading! I hope you learned something new about me. Thanks again to Morgan for nominating me! Nominees, please take the time to make your own blog post and answer my questions! I promise it is a lot of fun. 🙂

Liebster Award Nomination

Liebster Award Nomination

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Yesterday I got some news that just really made my day, and the timing was quite perfect. After spending a lot of the day giving my blog a bit of a makeover and planning some of the posts I hope to publish soon, I got the notification that Jen from Strictly (Personal) Business had nominated me for the Liebster Award! I want to thank Jen for making my day and really giving me the confidence boost I needed to devote more time to my blog this year.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this award (as I’ll admit I was before receiving my nomination) here are the rules:

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So let’s get started with 11 random facts about me:

  1. I studied abroad in Seville, Spain for a semester
  2. My two biggest fears are snakes and heights
  3. I played violin and piano when I was younger, but stopped after middle school
  4. I was in theater and choir in high school, and I was in a jazz choir for two years in college
  5. I have never broken a bone
  6. I was an extra in a TV show once in high school
  7.  I have lived in 8 different houses all within the same city (my parents love to move)
  8. I am extremely indecisive about almost everything in life
  9. I am a self-proclaimed Harry Potter nerd
  10. I have a major sweet tooth
  11. My spirit animal is a deer

And now for the questions Jen gave me to answer:

  1. How long have you been blogging and what made you stick with it? I started blogging two years ago (almost to the day) to document my semester abroad, and picked it back up last summer. I have had trouble sticking to it at times but I always come back to it because I love writing and I love the community of bloggers I have found here.cropped-1502199_10152141523637410_1361037174_o-5.jpg
  2. What’s your favorite social media platform? Right now I am really loving Instagram because it is so simple but still allows for plenty of creativity.
  3. Do you prefer books or movies? I love both. I definitely prefer reading a book before I see the movie.
  4. What is your favorite quote? I like Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote “Do one thing every day that scares you.” That is something I hope to embody this year.
  5. Who or what inspires you? I am inspired by a lot of people, mostly my family and friends because I feel like I do a great job of surrounding myself with awesome people.
  6. What’s your favorite thing about blogging? I love that it allows me to express myself and share my thoughts and opinions with others.
  7. Where do you wish you could live? Lately I have been really missing Seville. I loved living there for the semester I was there, and I would definitely live there again (or at least visit). cropped-img_1126.jpg
  8. What are you currently reading? (Book, blog, magazine, etc.) John Green’s book An Abundance of Katherines. 
  9. What’s your favorite food? I’m a sucker for tortilla chips
  10. What’s a piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to start a blog? Don’t overthink it too much. It’s easy to start second guessing yourself, but if it’s what you want to do you should just go for it!
  11. What’s the number one thing that you want to do in 2016? Be more fearless. I will be posting a New Years Resolutions blog soon that will explain how I intend on doing this, so stay tuned for that!

And now for my nominees!

These are people that I enjoy reading and chatting with through comments. Not only do I think they have great blogs, but they have shown support for my blog in some way, big or small!

  1. Confetti and Curves 
  2. Ashley Nicole
  3. look_itsLaura
  4. Lisa Tiller
  5. DreamerSince98
  6. Within Reality
  7. Lainey Loves Life
  8. gojenbefit
  9. Away With Fairies
  10. Brooke’s Blog
  11. The Frosty Perspective

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What was your first ever blog post about?
  2. Do you have any routines when blogging? (Certain music you like to listen to, place you feel most comfortable blogging, etc)
  3. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
  4. Besides blogging, what are some of your hobbies/interests?
  5. If you could travel back in time, what year or decade would you choose to travel to?
  6. Do you prefer watching movies or TV shows?
  7. What types of blogs do you most enjoy reading?
  8. What animal best represents you and why?
  9. What is one of your resolutions for 2016?
  10. What was your dream job growing up?
  11. How do you hope to change or improve your blog this year?

I really hope my nominees consider spreading the blogging love and writing a post of their own about this award. Thanks again, Jen, for nominating me! 🙂