The Liebster Award – Really? Me? Wow!

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Friday afternoon I was shocked to find out that Lauren from Life Out of the Nest nominated my little blog for the Liebster Award. I was completely surprised!  Lauren made my day. I am truly thankful and now count Lauren, someone I’ve never met in person, as a friend. Please do me a favor and show her some love for me by checking out her blog.

Here are the rules according to Lauren and her source, Wording Well.

  1. Post the award on your blog.  (Check.)
  2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog. (Check.)
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers. 
  4. Answer 10 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 10 questions. 

(Cue the trumpets and drumroll.) My nominees are….

Deb at All That Cheeky Music

Masala & Blarney

Victoria at Chronically Hopeful 2014

ValConnectingTheDots

Waking the Wombat

Mikkel at Swells of Change

Jason at Away From the Noise

Peanut Butter & Cheese

The Jupiler Erasmus

My Sister is My Superhero

Andrea at The Accidental Texan

Here are my answers to Life Out of the Nest’s questions.

1.  What is the significance behind your blog name?

My blog name derives from the reason why I started the blog. I wanted to find something in my life to be thankful for every day. For a while I was writing every day, but once I started the Facebook page, I started stating what I was thankful for there more often than on the blog.

2.  What is the hardest thing about blogging?

Being consistent. I have a job which requires reading and writing all day, so at the end of that kind of day, it is sometimes very hard to sit down and write when I get home.

3.  How many kids, if any, do you want to have?

The answer to that question depends on the day you ask me. Ideally, if I were going to have kids, I would have two, but the biological clock is ticking and I’m very single, so I doubt that I’ll have any children at all. I’ve struggled with the question of motherhood for quite a while now, but I think I’m finally in a good place with the idea of not having children. Some days I’m sad about not having Christmas mornings and dance recitals to look forward to, but then I realize that a life without children offers a great freedom and allows for lots of exciting possibilities.

4.  If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

Greece has always been on the top of my list of places to visit and I think I’ll finally get my chance to go there this spring. I am beyond excited. I am African-American and my last name is Greek, so I’m hoping to learn something about myself while I’m there.

5.  How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?

Mr. Owl says three and I believe him.

6.  What is guilty pleasure TV show?

Hmmm…well, I’m not sure if it’s a guilty pleasure, but I love “Scandal”. I can’t watch it when it airs because it makes me too hyper, so I record it. All the other shows I watch are old reruns. “Scandal” is the only show that I try to keep up with.

7.  What is your all-time favorite comfort food?

Grandma’s sweet potato pie or Grandma’s chicken and dumplings. It’s all about grandma and the memories associated with both foods. It doesn’t hurt that both are the most delicious things ever created under the sun.

8.  Mountains or beach?

That’s a hard one, but I’d pick the beach. The ocean calms me and puts my whole life into perspective.

9. What is your favorite book?

I have two favorites. Animal Farm by George Orwell and Their Eyes Are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

10. Why did you start blogging?

My first blog was about my dog, Matilda. I started it because I she is my first dog and I was having a lot of blog worthy experiences. Plus, I didn’t want to clog my Facebook page with stories about Matilda. I started a Facebook page for her too. In my dreams, I plan to create a line of dog beds and leashes called “Tildy” (Matilda’s nickname), but if that happens, it will be much later in life.

Then I started a blog to share my quilts. I started that one because I really wanted to sell my handmade quilts. I gave up on that venture for a lot of reasons, but I still blog about my quilts whenever I make one.

I started Thank You Daily after reading a blurb in Better Homes & Gardens about a gratitude journal. As I remember it, the journal was ridiculously priced and I figured that I could start a gratitude journal online. The whole purpose of the blog was to focus my thinking. I was going through a rough patch when I tripped across that magazine and I knew that in order to change my life, I needed to change my focus. I was pretty consistent with it for a while and then I stopped writing. A few months back, I realized how much the exercise of writing down what I was thankful for had changed my perspective, so I started blogging again and started a Facebook page too. I’ve built a little community on Facebook but they don’t seem too excited about the blog. I’ll continue to write because, at this point, it’s really more for me than anything else.

And here are the questions for my nominees:

  1. What is the significance of your blog name?
  2. Chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?
  3. What time of day is your favorite time to write?
  4. What is your favorite album and why?  (Yes, I still call them albums.)
  5. What are you most thankful for and why?
  6. If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
  7. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  8. Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny?
  9. What is your day job?
  10. Why did you start blogging?

Congratulations to the nominees!

 

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