The Liebster Award

I got nominated for the Liebster Award by Nerdy Mama Does It Best. Thank you! I’m excited to answer these questions so that you guys can get to know me a little better, and excited to ask a few bloggers to answer some questions of my own!

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The 11 questions I would was asked :

1: Where do you live? (No specifics. Just country and/or state if you please)
I am in the Chicago area.
2: Do you have any pets? If so what?
Yes!  One super old lady Grandma cat who bosses us all around and is spoiled rotten. Her name is Sybil, she is approx. 14 years old (she was a rescue, so we don’t know her exact age) and she is wonderful.
3: What’s your favorite movie?
Harry Potter 1-8. Yes, I just chose 8 movies instead of 1. Deal with it.  Actually, if I had to pick 1 movie out of the series, it would be The Half Blood Prince, because Professor Slughorn 4 Lyfe. The Harry Potter movies are my happy place. No regrets.
4: What’s your favorite TV show?
Currently – Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I am not sure I’ve ever laughed so hard in my life.
5: What’s your favorite book?
Impossible to answer. I am reading constantly. When I’m not reading, I’m thinking about what to read next. I couldn’t possibly choose just one. But, I will name my 2 favorite genres – Fantasy and Historical Fiction (particularly when set within the Georgian Period). Very different genres, yes. I’m indecisive well-rounded like that.
6: How long have you been blogging?
Since October 2015, but I have been writing my entire life.
7: Why did you start blogging?
I was called to share my story and recovery after losing my daugther, Clara, to Spina Bifida. I hope that, through sharing my grief, healing and battle with Postpartum Anxiety, I am able to provide a place of comfort for others who may be experiencing the same or similar struggles.
8: You hijacked a T.A.R.D.I.S. (you can go anywhere in all of time and space). When/Where do you go?
To explore the outer reaches of the Universe! I am fascinated by the possibilities of what could be out there.
9: What is your dream job?
To run my own homestead, managing to produce enough crops and livestock to support my family, while writing and doing little odd jobs (hand-spun wool!) on the side.
10: If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
I wouldn’t live anywhere else unless I could take my parents and entire in-law family with me, because having them all nearby is so wonderful. But, assuming I could pack us all up – probably the Pacific Northwest. That or Maine.
11: What’s the best piece of advice you can give to anyone reading this?
Do what makes you shine. There is a saying that is often misquoted as Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, but is more likely a very free translation of Faust. Mis-attributed or misinterpreted, it makes no matter, the saying is lovely and it goes like this:

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”


For those bloggers that I tagged –

Please answer these questions, rules are below:

The Questions I am asking:
1: What is your favorite blog (mainstream or tiny, either is fine!)?
2: If you had to choose one moment in the past year to describe as the most impactful moment of your year – what would it be?
3: How long have you been blogging?
4: How would you best describe your writing style?
5: What’s your favorite book?
6: Who is the most influential person in your life?
7: Do you have any weird hobbies or habits?
8: Without giving it too much thought, list the first 3 things that pop into your head that you are grateful for!
9: What is something you want to learn to do?
10: What is your favorite place that you have traveled to/visited?
11: You have an afternoon to yourself. No obligations, no chores, no to-do list – how do you spend it?

Nominees:
Life Beyond Heartbreak
Mindful Memory Keeping
Caffeinated Musings

LIEBSTER AWARD RULES:

Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog. Display the Liebster Award on your blog. Share 11 random facts about yourself or answer the 11 questions you were asked. Nominate 11 bloggers (or as many as you can) with less than 200 followers for the award, and have them answer 11 questions. Let the other bloggers know you’ve nominated them. Copy the rules into your post.

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