Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Liebster Award

Liebster Award
Alana from Merry Alana emailed me last week to let me know she choose me for a Liebster Award!  I felt very honored, first that she read my little blog, then that she thought enough of it to want to know more about me. This is a fabulous way to get to know more about the people behind the blogs you enjoy reading and also to discover more great bloggers. 

So what in the heck is this:
The Liebster award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  (I'll be honest, I didn't look at how many followers any of these blogs have, but I think of them all as fabulous up and coming bloggers - next step world domination- so if they have over 200 whoops.)  The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.

Rules for receiving this award:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Then answer the questions the tagger sent for them, plus create 11 questions for the people they've tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Notify the people you have tagged.
5. No tag backs.

11 things about myself 
1. I am 5'10 and wear a size 11 shoe.
These are really normal sized people.  I'm just that tall (and in flip-flops).
2. According to my hairdresser I am the only person who goes in with blonde hair and asks to have it dyed darker.
3. I am a ridiculous klutz which makes many forms of exercise terrifyingly hilarious, but I try because I like to see improvement.  (I've flown off multiple boxes trying to do box jumps.)
4. I finished my MEd in Languages (ESOL) last year, but am currently back in school again taking a few Spanish classes to help me better communicate with my students.
5. The only show I must watch on TV is True Blood.  The cliff hanger endings to each episode keep bringing me back.  Plus Alcide is super hunky. 
6. I am convinced you are never too old for Disney movies.
7. Blue is my favorite color, but purple is making a run for it.
Both pairs of my current run shoes = Purple!
8. I am pretty sure I have the coolest family ever and actually love spending time with them.  Plus I am crazy aunt level obsessed with my new nephew.
Any excuse for a Jackson picture.
9. I was excited to turn 30 and actually rounded up starting 6 months early (no clue why).
10.  I would love to travel more:  visit new countries, have big adventures, run races in amazing places, but I am too budget conscious and know I cannot afford it.
11. There are certain things from my childhood I can never get sick of, namely: The Princess Bride (as you wish…), Dirty Dancing, and New Kids on The Block.
Alana's Questions to Me: (you'll all answer my questions below instead)
1. What is your favourite summer activity?  In Charleston summer is sweltering, but I love having extra time off work to do things I normally wouldn't.  Walk/run the bridge, take barre classes, piddle around the Whole Foods salad bar and eat lunch there, etc. 
2. What is your guilty pleasure? Sweets and gossip magazines like US Weekly.
3. Do you have a favourite book? I love books. I have so many favorites.  I love kids books like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, but I also love historical fiction because I feel like they teach me something - check out Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.
4. What is your favourite topic to blog about? My overall favorite blogs are those that really get people thinking about running in ways they haven't before.  My two favorite so far have been one on 5Things Newbie/Nonrunners Need to Know and my National Running Day Post on What Running Has Taught Me
5. Coffee or tea? Coffee if it is in mocha light frap from Starbucks otherwise iced tea.
6. What decade do you identify with the most? Present day, past decade?  I'm really happy with where I am in my life right now.  There is so much I have learned over the years, but so much more I am sure I will learn still.  I am just enjoying living in the moment.  Check out my letter to my 20 year old self to see how I've grown.   
7. Where do you feel most at home? Falling asleep on my parents couch while watching a movie with them after Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
8. What do you do when you're having a bad day? Run, call a friend, blog.
Helps, Trust me.

9. Have you met blogging friends in real life? I am brand new to this, tomorrow is only my 3 month blogiversary, so I haven't really traveled to any bloggy conferences yet and there are not many health & fitness bloggers in SC.  My adorable sister-in-law juststarted blogging so that is one blogger I know in real life:)
10. What is your favourite subject to blog about? Health & fitness
11. What's your favourite way to relax? Reading in bed.

My Questions for You All:
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What has been your favorite part of the experience so far?
3. If you could gain one thing from blogging what would you hope it brings to you?
4. What are you most looking forward to right now?
5. What do you do when you are stressed?
6. What is one food you could not live without?
7. If you could only watch one TV show a week what would it be?
8. Where is your dream vacation?
9. What is one goal you are currently working towards?
10. Do you have any children or fur babies?
11. Favorite ice cream or fro-yo flavor?

My 11 People Victims:
11.The Chocolate Mile


  1. Awesome!!!! I will work on this tomorrow!!! Fun!!!!

  2. Congrats on your nomination! I hope you win! :)

    1. It's not like that Beth. Just one that bloggers pass on to another as a way to say I like your blog.
      I almost sent it to you, but worried you didn't qualify as a smaller blog.

  3. I love this, I enjoy hearing more about other bloggers and your nephew is adorable!

    1. Thanks so much. I am crazy level obsessed with him and cannot wait until he visits in a week.

  4. Thanks for the tag! Will work on my answers for tomorrow. Will take a look for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

  5. Congrats on the award! I"m a major klutz too. I don't know how I ever did ballet nor how I run without falling half the time.

    1. I totally trip on every single run. Luckily I (usually) catch myself.

  6. Challenge accepted! I've already started writing it :-)

    I loved getting to know more about you Your nephew does look adorable, and TrueBlood is BRILLIANT. You know what? We're the same height and read the same kinds of books. Harry Potter and Snow Flower are two of my all time favourites.

    1. You're starting to freak me out Kate. Do I have a cooler Aussie twin?

    2. Haha! I don't know about cooler...

  7. Thanks so much Abby for thinking of me! I'm already planning my answers :-)


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