And the Liebster Award goes to….drumroll please….


ME! 😀 Wow! I’m so honored. I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award by both whatsasssays and Juliana. For those not familiar with these girls, please go check them out. They’re both awesome!! Thank you so much ladies. I feel humbled and honored. even though I don’t feel like I’ve truly integrated into the community yet. – but I’m getting there. I am thrilled that you guys enjoy what I’ve written enough to include me!! Big smooshes!!

Since I’m new to the blogosphere and have never heard of the Liebster Award, I decided to do a little research ’cause that’s just how I roll. Here are some fun facts in case you find yourself curious, like I was:

  • Liebster means dearest, beloved, sweetest, kindest (you get the drift) in German
  • The origins of this little game are a bit uncertain, at least based on my research
  • No one actually judges your blog or votes on a winner, so no need to wait and see if you win! Think of it like as a “getting to know you” chain post on Facebook, or email, back in the day.
  • It’s just for fun!
  • There IS a badge you can post on your page, which tells others you are appreciated by your fellow bloggers. Or, if you’re like me, you can just wonder what the heck it means when you see it on someone’s page. Now you’ll know! I had to get nominated before I figured it out. 😉
  • You don’t have to pay it forward, although I do recommend thanking the person who nominated you. That’s just playing nice. Whether it’s your kind of thing or not, keep in mind that nominating party is telling you, “Hey! I really like what you’ve got going here.” It’s a compliment, even if it annoys you
  • The rules have changed several times. I’m going to make my own revision to save my sanity: instead of nominating 11 other bloggers, I’m choosing five. I’m also ignoring the less than 200 followers rule. I’m such a rebel!


SO! All that being said, it’s time to get on with the task at hand. But first, the rules:

  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • Provide 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer the questions posed by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 5 new bloggers by notifying them on their blog
  • Let your nominator know on their own Liebster post that you’ve played along by posting a link in their comments


Now for the good stuff! 11 facts about me:

  1. I’ve moved a number of times that equals roughly half my age. That means I’ve moved, on average, every other year of my life.
  2. I did not grow up in a military family. Apparently I’m just restless and always wanting to be on the move (and often ask myself what I’m running from….)
  3. I’m a hopeless animal lover and often think I relate to them better than people. I certainly feel more at ease around them.
  4. Speaking of animals, I ADORE bees. I don’t know what it is about them, but I love them so much. This only developed in the last 5 or so years. I’ve even created my own series of photos entitled “Bee Vision – Seeing the World From a Bee’s Eye View.” In case you didn’t guess, these pictures are generally close ups of flowers.
  5. I went to three different high schools, scattered across the country, each of which had celebrities attending at the same time as me – Will Wheaton, Matthew McConaughey, and Brian White (he was a country singer in the 90’s). I was even friends with one of these, although we have not kept in touch.
  6. I’ve been to approximately 40 concerts including, but not limited to the Eagles, Howard Jones, Garth Brooks, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Aerosmith, Dwight Yoakam, Rod Stewart, Tim McGraw, Goo Goo Dolls, Steve Miller Band, and Sting. The one I haven’t been to that is high up on my concert bucket list is Fleetwood Mac. That may be a possibility this summer. I hear they’re going on tour. As you can see, I like all kinds of music. 🙂
  7. I have an irrational fear of people not liking me (I have a post planned for this one someday).
  8. I had a hemorrhagic stroke in 2008 (I was WAY too young for such things) which literally nearly killed me. It gave me a new perspective on life that I am still grappling with to this day.
  9. I consider myself to be a very deep person, meaning I contemplate much of what I experience, looking for the silver lining or how I can grow out of all experiences; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
  10. I am a recovering perfectionist who still has slips more than I care to admit
  11. I have two “children” – my kitties, Anastasia and Pixie. Anastasia is old enough to drive a car.


11 Questions from Sass:

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
Being the animal lover I am, there are so many I’ve dreamt of being. But I think I have to say I’d be an elephant. They’re intelligent and have an amazingly strong family group. And not too many things mess with them. People do, but not much else. I find them simply magical.

What advice would you give to the younger you?
See the beautiful person you are. Love yourself above all others. Honor yourself and listen to your inner voice. LIVE FOR YOU! no one else, because at the end of your life, it’s YOU that you’re accountable to. You’re the only one who has to live with you for your entire life. Do this and you’ll have few regrets, and there’s nothing you can’t do! The sky’s the limit.

What is your favourite childhood memory?
It’s more like a group of memories. My dad taking my brother and I to the zoo and museums on a regular basis. I have such happy memories of these times. I’m sure it fueled my love of research and learning that I carry with me to this day.

Do you have any annoying habits?
I’m sure of it! The one I hear most often is apologizing unnecessarily way too often. I’ve never been told this, but I fear that I talk too much and interrupt people.

If you could go for dinner with a famous person, who would you choose?
Steve Irwin, hands down. I cried like a baby when he died. I love what that man did for wildlife and education.

What one thing could you not live without?
My family

Who/what inspires you?
Once again, Steve Irwin inspires me. His passion and love for animals and this planet makes my eyes burn just thinking about it. I think it’s his level of passion that I find so inspiring. I want to feel that passionate about life. Passionate people make a difference in the world, and he definitely did that.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?
Happily married, no kids, traveling the world, taking pictures and writing, published author, teaching people (I’m not sure what yet)

What is your number one life goal?
To make a difference in the world and be an inspiration to others.

What is your biggest achievement?
This is where my hopes/dreams diverge from reality. Sadly, I don’t feel like I’ve achieved much worth mentioning. I think I have a real disconnect going on in my mind with regard to this topic. 😦

Any pet hates?
Excuses – making up reasons why you can’t do what you say you want to do. As a wise friend once said, “Argue for your disabilities and you get to keep them.” (quote by Richard Bach). Well, I say “Argue for your excuses and you get to keep them.” How bad do you want something? If you really want it, you’ll stop making excuses and find a way to make your dreams reality. And if that pisses you off, guess what? GUILTY as charged! Gotcha! I’m an expert in making excuses, by the way. And I completely annoy myself with it! But I can say that I know I’m full of shit with each and every friggin’ excuse that comes out of my mouth (or goes through my head). Once you realize this truth, there’s no putting the blinders back on! And yeah, it is infuriating in a way. But also liberating. As you’ll see me say often, this just means my life is up to me, no one else.


11 Questions to my chosen nominees:

  1. What would you have done differently in life? No cop outs here. We ALL wish we’d done something differently. Even if you don’t want to share it, think about it and acknowledge it (then forgive yourself for not doing it).
  2. What clique did you belong to in high school?
  3. Where do you most want to visit?
  4. What is your favorite place that you’ve been to?
    5. If money was of no consequence, what would you do with your life?
  5. From your 7 year old self’s perspective, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  6. Do you have any pets?
  7. Do you remember life before CD’s?
  8. Who is your favorite author and why?
  9. Did you think by the year 2000, we’d be flying around in hover crafts like the Jetson’s? Do you know who the Jetson’s are?
    Last one is a doozie….
    11. What do you tell yourself and others that keeps you from following your joy in life?

And finally, my nominees are: (by the way, I ignored the under 200 followers rule as well – such a rebel!)

Euphonic Charity

Jill’s Scene

To Search and To Find

Hugh’s Views and News

Musings of a Horse Mom

Please post a link to your own post in my comments so I can go check out your stuffs! 🙂

Phew! What a post!! Did you make it to the end?

10 thoughts on “And the Liebster Award goes to….drumroll please….

  1. Well, I see you nominated my blog for a Liebster Award, but I didn’t get the message. That’s too funny!! 😉 … Thank you for putting another ribbon on my wall. 🙂 … After you visited my blog and left that lovely comment I wanted to stop by your blog again. I don’t know why it happens but most of my blog email notifications go to my junk folder and I don’t know how to change that. I’ll need to pay closer attention.

    At any rate, I just wanted to let you know I feel a kindred spirit thing happening here. Life takes us along a convoluted path and finding ourselves in the middle of the song and dance of it can be an overwhelming experience. Still, once we uncover the truth of our own melody the harmonies inevitably fall into place and an inspiring, resonating piece of heaven is born within that can’t help but enrich our outer world.

    I am a singer and, like you, often find myself thinking and feeling in terms of music and lyrics. You’ve inspired me to share my thoughts on a favourite Dan Fogelberg song in an upcoming post on my blog “In So Many Words.”

    Thank you for reminding me of your presence … Be well and congrats on your many awards. Well deserved. 🙂 … Dorothy


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  3. I made it to the end! I feel that we think alike in so many ways because of the answer to your second question, which is about self love!! which I am always talking about..and to end this comment, I want to tell you that your biggest achievement is the evident passion, love and zest you have for life..That is worth mentioning..I can tell you how many people are “spiritually dead” and forget the beauty of life that surrounds us every day…


    • Yay!! I barely made it to the end! LOL. Thank you for your insight on my greatest achievement. I suppose I take my passion for granted. It’s so much of who I am that I don’t recognize it as an accomplishment. Geez, I sound all grandiose. I don’t mean it how it sounds. I just don’t see these things about myself, but I acknowledge that others do. Okay, I’m going to stop digging my hole here!! 😉 Thank you, Enissa!


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