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Liebster Award

I am excited and honored to have recently been nominated for the Liebster Blogging Award.  (Insert happy dance and tiny, somewhat strange squeaking sounds.)

I am told that liebster is a German word meaning “beloved” or “dearest.”

The award is a recognition bestowed from one blogger to another which encourages bloggers to show love and raise awareness for up and coming, new…you guessed it, bloggers.  Do you think I could fit the word BLOGGER in that sentence one more time?  Let’s don’t get too crazy…

This is not a competitive award that I got for being the best…anything.  It is as simple as a pat on the back and words of encouragement to keep new bloggers moving in the right direction.  What a great idea!

I was nominated for the award by:

Travel Torgeir

You will want to check out his blog because he has a gift for bringing you into the moment with him and giving you insight into how he felt during the travel experiences he relays in his writing.  Seriously, click up ^ there and check him out!

liebster award

Part of receiving the Liebster award is answering questions posed by the person who has nominated the recipient.  It’s a fun way to dig a little deeper into the life of the blogger who has received the award. Here are the questions I received and my responses.

1. What is your favorite thing about running a travel blog?

I love that it fulfills my need to express myself through writing while also giving me an excuse to act on many of my hair-brained (per my husband) ideas for travel and adventure.  I also get to meet a lot of new people and that is exciting for so many reasons.

2. Do you prefer solo travel, traveling with a friend or to travel in a group? And why?

As much as I like to go places solo because I don’t have to confer with anyone about where to eat or what to do, I LOVE traveling with my kids and my husband.  Traveling with my children gives me new insights and the chance to see things through their eyes.   They often notice details I miss and introduce ideas I hadn’t previously considered when we discuss things from historical events to future plans.  Traveling with my husband is always great because he makes me feel safe and appreciated for the efforts I put into planning our adventures.

3. What is your favorite travel destination? And why?

My favorite city in the world is Sevilla, Spain.  The people, the food, the weather, the history, the wine; it’s all wonderful.  After that, I’m a pretty big fan of Hawaii and grateful we are getting the chance to live here for a few years.

4. What is your best travel experience?

It’s truly difficult to narrow it down to one experience but easily the most memorable and mind blowing was the night the girls and I watched flamenco in a gypsy cave in Granada, Spain.

5. What is your worst travel experience?

I suffered a pretty severe trauma in another country almost 20 years ago but haven’t let it get in the way of exploring new places.  The offenders were Americans so the bad experience can’t be blamed on the country or its people.  I was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and that can happen anywhere.  No use letting it ruin future experiences.

6. What are three things you always bring with you when travelling?

My phone to snap pictures and use the GPS (I get lost…a lot), tissues necessary runny noses and emergency toilet paper and, of course, my passport.  I have never traveled with JUST those three items but they are pretty high priority on any packing list I’ve ever created.

7. Do you keep a travel journal? Or do you have some other way of documenting your travels when on the road?

I use the notes section of my phone a great deal and also do some voice recordings.

8. What is your advice to first-time travellers?

Be brave and enjoy the journey because it is just as much if not more a part of the adventure than the destination.

9. What is it about traveling that you love so much?

I loathe routine.  Travel is wonderful because every day can be a new experience.  It is also a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and hear their stories.  There is nothing better than making a pure human connection with someone and finding things you have in common even if you are from different countries and cultures.

10. How do you pick your travel destinations?

In the past I often took my kids to meet up with my husband on his work trips because we were getting the chance to see him so infrequently.  Sometimes this took us to other cities or states or when I got lucky another country.  Every couple of years we move and that also introduces new opportunities for travel.  Now that he is home more we get to choose our destinations out of pure curiosity and he gets to go with us.  The kids keep their own lists of places they’d like to go and we are trying to help them cross off those lists a little at a time.  It’s really a group decision when we make our choices these days.

Now, the fun part!

I get to nominate other bloggers!  Please check out the following blogs and show them some love by liking and commenting on their posts.  They are all new to new-ish blogs that have fewer than 1,000 followers.

  1. Kelsey Drozd is a mom who runs a busy, loving household and is kind enough to open up about how she does it all!  Check her out at Montgomery House.
  2. Jessica Kay is a mom who knows the ins and outs of parenting and whole foods and is sharing serious truths about it all on Momma Wears Her Coffee.
  3. Eleonora is a bilingual travel writer from Italy who has been all over and shares her travel experiences on ElesAdventures.
  4. Megan is a teen adventure seeker who writes from the heart on her brand spanking new blog Finding Adventure Site.
  5. Rachelle Glendon is a mom who loves to travel and embrace the honest truths of being a mum in her blog Glendon Family Diaries.

These are the questions they will be answering when the post their nominees.

  1. What post on your blog fills you with the most pride?
  2. What is your biggest insecurity when you release a new post into the world?
  3. What goal do you hope to achieve through your blog?
  4. Can you give us any insight into your creative process?
  5. Do you do all your own editing or do you have someone who helps you proof your posts before you hit publish?
  6. Who is your favorite author and why?
  7. Have you ever received a response from a reader that made you feel awesome?  Can you explain?
  8. Is there a time of day you feel the most creative?  What makes that time special? Does this time coincide with when you have available time to work on your blog?
  9. Do you love what you write about or do you love to write…or both?
  10. What is your favorite thing about writing your own blog?

I cannot wait to read all of your answers and see who you all nominate!  This has been a fun experience and I am grateful to Torgeir for the nomination.  We are part of a blogging group that helps each other with different parts of the creative process and I love the camaraderie and support our small group gives one another.  It’s so awesome to bounce ideas and work off of people from all over the world!  Thanks again, Torgeir.

If you would like more information on the Liebster Award check out the rules below.  It’s a great way to show encouragement to fellow bloggers.  I am a firm believer in JFK’s often used phrase, “A rising tide lifts all boats.”  This is a great example of a community effort to do just that.  ♥

The rules of the Liebster Award

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Display the award on your blog — by including/displaying it in your post.
3. Answer the 10 questions about yourself that your nominating blogger gave you.
4. Nominate other blogs that you feel deserve the award.
5. Create a list of questions for your nominated bloggers to answer.
6. Explain rules of The Liebster Award in your post.
7. Once you have written and published your post inform the people/blogs that you nominated about their nomination so they can then continue the chain and nominate other bloggers.
8. Enjoy your nomination

Header photo by Brittney Vier Photography.

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