The Liebster Award: Get to Know Me and Other Bloggers!
Fellow blogger, Kim Acedo of Transformation Wellness for Women, nominated me for the Liebster Award, which is an award for bloggers to recognize and get to know other bloggers.
I was asked to answer some questions and I get the opportunity to nominate other bloggers to participate. Check out the blogs I nominate at the end – their writing inspires me and I am committed to reading, tweeting and commenting on their blogs because I know how much it means to me when my readers tweet and comment on mine [hint, hint!].
Here are the questions Kim asked me to answer:
1. What makes you happy?
Spending time with my family: kids and husband! I also enjoy yoga classes, stitching, meditating, reading and writing. But I get a thrill in my heart when people respond positively to my work. Motivating and/or inspiring people makes me very happy.
2. Why did you start blogging?
After I retired from my marketing consulting business I wanted an outlet and I wanted to create/be a part of an online tribe. And as we were getting ready to travel out of the country for 5 months, it seemed like it would be a great way to keep in touch with people and explore parts of my creative side. At the suggestion from my son, I thought I would develop a forum to help teach women how to mother their kids by sharing my experiences, but the blog is morphing into something new and different; I plan on changing the title soon. [Suggestions are most welcome!] I still want to reach/teach women, but now in a different direction from just focusing on motherhood.
3. What is the best thing anyone has ever said about your blog?
Recently I was invited to a yoga retreat because of a post. Receiving comments that are appreciative of my perspective and life experiences makes my heart sing.
4. What is one piece of advice you would offer or one saying you live by?
I used to say that “life was too short for shit,” but now I find myself thinking, “if not now, when?” Meaning what is holding me back from joy and love and connection?
5. What are your top three bucket list items?
1) To create an outlet to reach women through life-transformation workshops and seminars.
2) To finally find a business partner who wants to work collaboratively with me.
3) To maintain my health and weight loss through the rest of my life.
Short term goal is to have my ankle heal so that my husband and I can resume real hiking.
6. What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?
Drinking expresso and stitching! And of course because I am a woman, dark chocolate anything!
7. What is one product or service you cannot live without?
My smart cell phone/tablet.
8. What is your favorite U.S. destination?
Bottom line is that I love being/visiting any place in which my kids are living. But other than that, I love visiting New York City, where I lived in my 20’s and my father and his wife still live. If it weren’t for the weather (and money!) I could see myself living there again. Other places that I want to return to are Hilton Head, SC, anywhere in Hawaii, and Crater Lake, OR.
But I have to admit that I am loving our new home town of San Jose, CA. We just moved to the downtown area and exploring all that is within walking distance is exciting to me. After living in the suburbs for 22 years, while raising our kids, I am experiencing a re-found love affair for city living!
9. What two countries make you the happiest to visit?
Spain and Australia. I loved visiting both and would be thrilled to go back to either/both again
10. What is your dream destination?
I know it sounds corny, but at this age and stage of my life, I want to go with and where my husband and/or kids are. And I would love to get a chance to spend time in Greece and Portugal someday.
I now nominate the following bloggers to answer these questions as well. Reading their posts has inspired me and my writing. I hope they accept this award because I can’t wait to read their responses!
Lorrie Goldin of Shrinkrapped
Jennifer Arlin of Still Life with Crockpot
Janelle Daniels of Thirty Plus Mom
Dawn Quyle Landau of Tales From the Motherland
Susan Macaulay of My Alzheimer’s Story, the joys and sorrows of an amazing journey
Melissa of Psychobabble
Thanks for reading! I’d love to get to know YOU more as well. Would you care to answer a few of the questions? Please comment below!
As a blogger, I enjoy sharing my ideas and thoughts with people, and I get a special thrill when someone leaves a comment. When you share my posts on social media sites, I jump up and down doing a happy dance. So thank you!