I woke up Friday to some pretty exciting news, I have been nominated for a Liebster Award!
Unless you are a blogger you probably are having the same reaction I did – “umm, what is that?” So I did what any of us in this day and age would do and hit the google machine hard! What I found is that it’s a pretty big deal in the blogosphere. I’ll dive into the details more in a moment, but in a nutshell it means that a fellow blogger nominated me to show respect and recognition for my work.
I’m still VERY new in the blogging world, so I get pretty excited when anyone even knows that I have a blog, let alone are familiar with my content or recognize me for it! To be honest, I’m still in disbelief I was even tapped for this.
Don’t get me wrong, I pour my heart and soul into my blog so it feels amazing to be recognized, but blogging can be a difficult realm to break into. You really put yourself out there to the world, and then hope it connects with someone.
Will anyone read it? Does anyone else feel the same way? Did I just announce my biggest fear or most embarrassing shortcomings to the WHOLE world? Or worse, did I just announce something to the ENTIRE world and nobody even cared to read it?
After you get over the nerves, it is also pretty darn empowering! That first comment from a fellow mom saying that she appreciated me for being so real and really connected with my writing was an exhilarating feeling and exactly what fuels me to keep going. I took the risk and it was TOTALLY worth it!
So grab a glass of wine and let’s talk about the knitty gritty of what this entails and the rules!
Each Nominee Must:
Thank the person who nominated you and answers questions which they asked in their blog post announcing your nomination.
Proudly display the award on your blog.
Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blogging.
Answer questions which were asked of the person who nominated you.
Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel are deserving of this award, create 11 questions which they are required to answer and inform those people that they have been nominated.
My deepest gratitude to Tinisha from Tyme With T for my nomination!
Tinisha and I connected in a networking group, and discovered our blogs launched within just a few days of each other. We exchanged info and have been cheering each other on ever since!
It has been so amazing to go through this journey alongside another blogger and be able to connect over learning experiences, balancing mom life, and more!
Tinisha’s blog focuses on finding a beautiful balance in life between career, motherhood and marriage and she shares relatable accounts of what life is like doing all that while raising two young boys (another thing we have in common!). Reading her blog is like talking with a girlfriend over coffee. You know- the one who seems to hold it all together effortlessly and you run to for mommin’ advice. It always turns out that life is never as effortless as it seems, but she reminds us that happiness can be.
I encourage you to check out her blog at tymewitht.com , and give her a follow so you can keep up with her latest!
Now I get to answer the questions T has created for me!
Why did you start blogging? There were so many things inside that I wanted to share with the others! My followers on my private social media had made suggestions over the last couple years that I should pursue blogging after reading my posts and for the longest time I thought they were crazy.
Then one night I woke up in the middle of the night and it had taken hold – the blogging bug! Ideas just began pouring from my brain as I tried feverishly to get them into my notepad before they were gone. Before the night was over I had bought a domain and had started building my editorial calendar.
How many hours a week do you spend on your blog? I would say currently I spend about 5-10 hours a week on my blog depending on our schedule, but I would love to be able to devote more time! I also work full time and have a home based business in the wine industry in addition to the blog so it can be difficult to find the time.
Where is the most interesting place you have ever traveled? Traveling is one of the biggest “why”s on my list that drove me to start my blog and home business. I would love to be able to travel and introduce my children to new experiences. I have never left the country, but have been to several states up and down each coast. A very special place for our family is Maui since we plan a trip with extended relatives every few years.
How did you decide what to name your blog? I’ve always been intrigued by the art of wine pairings. It is amazing to me how different pairings can bring out flavors in the wine and food and completely change an experience when done right (or wrong!).
One night I was enjoying a glass of merlot and my child just so happened to be having an epic meltdown. I was like well, at least this glass of merlot is making this bearable, what a unique pairing (as I giggled to myself). I used it as a hashtag on the post and didn’t think much of it. Then when inspiration hit me as I mentioned above, I instantly knew it was perfect.
What do you enjoy doing in addition to blogging? With two young boys, chasing after them is what keeps me busy outside of working and blogging. I love to get the boys outside, go for a swim or ride bikes.
Another passion of mine is trying new recipes, which usually end up on the blog if it goes well (and sometimes even if it doesn’t- I give you the full experience!).
I love watching baseball (Go Giants!) and football (Go Niners!), and battling with my hubby over who has the best football team (obviously me.. he is Cowboys fan)!
How will or how did you celebrate when you hit 1,000 followers on one of your social media platforms? I will probably celebrate the same way I did when I hit 1000 page views, with a giant glass of wine!
If you had a million dollars, what would you do? First thing I would do is pay off ALL debt, which is another one of my BIG WHYs for my side hustles. No mortgage, no student loans, nothing (thanks Dave Ramsey).
After that, I would love to get my husband into a job where he can have better work/home life balance. He works his tushy off like a mad man and I would love to see him be able to dial it back a bit and have more time & energy to enjoy his time off with me and the kids.
What is an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know? Fun fact- I once drove Chubby Checker around in a golf cart! And he was super nice!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? This question is probably the hardest for me to answer, because if you had asked me 6 months ago my answer would have been completely different. That is when I stopped ignoring that nagging feeling inside to do something to change my life. I would love to continue building my businesses and the sky is the limit!
I also have a crazy dream about inventing something and being on Shark Tank- so if you see me there, you heard it here first!
What quote do you hear people saying, that you think is complete BS? This is kind of a silly one, but it gets me every time! To understand why this is my thing you have to know I am obsessed with anchors. ANYTHING with an anchor on it gets me excited.
Something I started seeing around is a picture of an anchor with the quote “I’ll never sink”. But if you know what an anchor is and it’s function, you know that it literally has ONE JOB and that job is to sink. It grinds my gears every time, and this is probably the silliest thing I have ever admitted!
What is the most interesting thing you have seen or heard this week? Due to expansions in my home business I have been connecting with a lot of new people abroad recently. But since I have never left the country I don’t have much of a reference point for what life is like in other countries. What I have found so interesting is how different life is in other countries yet many things stay the same. Moms around the world struggle with the same things like balancing work and mom life, teething babies, sleepless nights, and finding time to care for themselves!
Now I get to take my turn at nominating some fellow bloggers that inspire me!
Whether it is through supporting my blog, helping me along the journey, or simply being an inspiration for other women by kicking butt in the blogosphere! So without further ado – I give you my nominees! Please be sure to check out their sites and give them a follow!
I am beyond thrilled to nominate the following bloggers:
Ladies, Please let me know in the comments if you will accept. Here is the link to the official website for additional details on eligibility and rules: Liebster Award.
Your interview questions should you choose to accept are:
If you could interview ANY person -past or present- on your blog, who would it be and why?
Where do you find inspiration for what you write?
What led you to start a blog?
Share something about yourself that your readers may be surprised to learn.
What are your biggest struggles in running your blog?
If you weren’t a blogger, what would you be doing right now?
What is the number one tip you would share with new bloggers?
What is the topic of the favorite post you’ve written and why is it your favorite?
You have a chance to live anywhere in the world without the concern of cost. Where would it be and why?
What has been the most meaningful accomplishment for you so far in your blogging journey?
What have you learned from blogging?
I want to thank each of the bloggers mentioned for being a powerful and inspirational voice in the blogging world! Keep doing what you are doing and thanks for being on this crazy wild ride with me!