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! 🙂

 

 

The Fun Questions Tag

Hey guys! I wanted to write something that would allow you all to get to know me a little better, and I came across this Fun Questions Tag on a few other blogs and thought it would be, well, fun! Hope you enjoy reading these facts about me!

1) When is your birthday? 

March 6

2) What are your three favorite colors?

Pale pink, teal, lavender

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3) What are your three favorite quotes?

I have a lot of favorite quotes, but these are three of my faves!

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4) Are you addicted to YouTube?

I am, actually! I started really following YouTubers about 4 years ago, and to this day it is still one of my favorite forms of entertainment.

5) What are your three favorite shows on TV or YouTube or both?

Three of my favorite Youtube channels to watch are: Ingrid Nilsen, Grace Helbig and Colleen Ballinger.

Three of my favorite TV shows are: The Office, Orange is the New Black and Vampire Diaries.

6) What are three qualities you like in a best friend?

I’d say three really important qualities for me would be: honesty, loyalty and compassion. I want someone who will support me and be there for me no matter what, and someone who will be caring and always take my feelings into consideration as well.

7) Do you like your name?

I do! I’ve always liked Shelly because I feel it fits me very well, and I like that it is unique enough to be interesting and different, but not so unique that nobody has ever heard of it before. And my middle name, Ray, is my dad’s middle name. I like it for the same reasons I like Shelly. The spelling is typically the way men spell it (most girls spell it Rae), so I think that adds a little bit of a twist which I like.

8) If you have the choice to pick your own name, what will it be?

Hmm that’s a hard one. I’ve always liked the name Rose! And when I was younger I liked the name Myra, but now I kind of think it sounds like an old person name haha.

 9) What is your fantasy dream?

I would love to go back to Europe some day and travel to all of the places I haven’t been yet.

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10) Do you wear makeup?

Yes I do, though as I’ve grown up I’ve gotten more and more comfortable going without. But my everyday makeup normally includes tinted moisturizer, concealer, a tiny bit of powder foundation, mascara, and a little bit of eyeshadow and eyeliner. Nothing too fancy!

11) What makes you cry?

I actually cry fairly easily. I will admit that I have cried watching proposal videos on YouTube, as well as during a number of chick flicks.

12) What makes you angry?

I really don’t get angry very often at all. The times that I can remember being really angry had to do with someone doing something that I found morally wrong or offensive, or someone being outright rude and hurtful to me and refusing to apologize or own up to it.

13) What makes you happy?

Spending time with my family, friends and my boyfriend. We don’t have to be doing anything too crazy, I just feel happier when I’m around the people I love! 🙂

14) What is “Fangirling?”

How I felt when I saw Robert Pattinson filming Remember Me in New York City, and I found myself joining a throng of girls and literally chasing after him down the street and screaming. I don’t even like him that much, I just got so excited to be seeing a celebrity! Really embarrassing, I know. This picture is an actual picture I took- I was actually super close to him!

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15) What are your 3 favorite snacks?

Chips and salsa, pistachios, cookies (or any type of sweets really).

16) What are your 3 favorite meals?

Baked chicken with brown rice and broccoli; chicken enchiladas with black beans and rice; lasagna or any pasta with a side caesar salad.

17) What are your three favorite drinks?

Water (I drink SO MUCH water each day), Sprite, Lemonade

18) Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I thought that’s what I’ve been doing….

19) What are 10 random facts about you?

  1. I’m 1/4 Mexican
  2. I have never broken a bone
  3. My family and I have lived in eight different houses, all within the same city
  4. I am extremely afraid of snakes
  5. I am a major Harry Potter nerd
  6. I was in theater and choir in high school and I performed in musicals
  7. I started wearing glasses when I was three (I mostly just wear contacts now)
  8. I hate having wet hair for some reason, so I always blow-dry it
  9. My first memory is from when I was only nine months old
  10. I went to a tiny private school from elementary through middle school (my class only had 20 people total).

20) What are your three favorite things to do?

  1. I love hanging out in coffee shops and reading or writing a blog or just talking with friends/family/whoever was lucky enough to join me
  2. I love live music, so I always enjoy going to concerts and music festivals
  3. I love being outside (swimming, taking walks, etc)

There you go, hope you enjoyed! Leave a comment with your answer to your favorite question, and let me know if you fill out this tag on your blog, I’d love to check it out! And don’t forget to follow my blog if you liked what you read! 🙂