I was truly honored recently to be nominated for the Liebster Award by Niche Travel Designs.

Being nominated it a really great reminder that I enjoy blogging and all that it has to offer for me and my family. It also means that people are actually enjoying my site which is a HUGE bonus.

For those of you that don’t know what the Liebster Award it, it is a way for new bloggers to help each other by recognizing great new bloggers and the contribution that they’re making to the blogging industry.

It can be tough to get motivated in this very competitive online world, but being recognized for our efforts is an amazing thing.

The Rules of Engagement for the Liebster Award

Once nominated for the Liebster Award, there are a few rules to follow in order to properly give back to the blogging community.

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Answer the questions provided by the person that nominated you.
  3. Write a small post about what motivates you in life (not just blogging).
  4. Nominate 2-6 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award.
  5. Create 5 creative and unique questions to ask your nominees.
  6. List these rules in the post.
  7. Inform your nominees that they’ve been nominated.

Why I Do What I Do

I got into blogging, I think like most mom bloggers, in an attempt to be able to work from home so that I could stay home with my son.

If I had known then what I know now though, there are SO many things that I would have done differently.

I made a ton of mistakes in the beginning, but making those mistakes have helped me learn. They’ve also allowed me to start helping other people grow and start their own online businesses.

Working from home with a rambunctious toddler around is not without its troubles. There are days when I am so overwhelmed that I just want to go hid in the bathroom and wait for my husband to get home.

The ability though to be there for my son, watch him grow, and build my own business is something that I will never take for granted.

My son has changed my life in so many crazy and unimaginable ways, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

He is my reason for doing everything that I do. He motivates me to do more and to be more because I want him to be proud of me.

If I want to teach him to be his own person and to do the things most important to him, then I need to be leading by example.

Blogging and working online allow me to do that.

It also allows me to have a job every time the military moves my family which is a major benefit. Being unemployed sucks!

Questions from My Nominator

  • Where would you go if money and time were not issues?

Honestly? I would go everywhere. I have always dreamed of traveling the world. If money were not an issue then I would like to see absolutely EVERYTHING.

  • What is the best advice you would give to new travelers?

Just do it. We spend too much of our time waiting for our lives to happen and we really can’t afford to do that. Life is too short to sit around waiting for our dreams to come true. They aren’t just going to show up. We have to make them happen. So, get out there and see the world.

  • What is the one accessory that you cannot travel without – your phone and/or computer don’t count?

My hair straightener. My hair has a mind of its own and that casual just-got-out-of-bed look never works for me. So, I need my straightener. I can go without makeup and all that nonsense, but I need my hair straightener.

  • Where is one place you would return over and over again? And why?

France. I would go to France over and over and over again. My husband proposed to me on a vacation in Nice so I have very fond memories of France. I also am a Sommelier and I absolutely adore French wines. I would be ecstatic to be able to spend more time there trying the food and savoring the wine.

  • Where is one place you’ve been but never want to return to? And why?

Hmm… That’s a tough one. I suppose the only place I don’t want to go to would be Denver, Colorado. As much as I love the idea of Denver, I can’t support the horrible breed specific legislations that they have against dogs. I can’t support a city like that. I drove through Denver once, and that was enough for me.

  • What is the funniest travel mishap you’ve had?

I feel like I haven’t lived! I have no good travel stories. Well, I did think my now husband was bending down to tie his shoe when he was actually proposing. I wouldn’t call it a mishap, but it was funny and we were traveling. Does that count?

  • What is the scariest travel experience you’ve had?

Thankfully, I’ve not had any scary travel mishaps yet.

  • What is your favorite travel souvenir?

I don’t typically bring home souvenirs from different places. If I do, they’re generally really random and only make sense to me. It’s more to remind me of the places I’ve been and the things I’ve seen rather than let other people know.

  • What is your favorite local cuisine?

Everything! I love food and want to try all of it! I’ll try anything once. I couldn’t narrow down a favorite meal to save my life.

  • What is your next destination?

Germany. My husband and I have been planning a big trip to Germany and Austria, so that will be the next big one. There might be a short trip to Canada happening soon too. Who know?!

Bloggers I Nominate

It is hard to pick just a few of my favorite blogs to nominate for this award. There are so many that I follow and enjoy reading.

These are a few of my favorites though. I hope you take the time to check them out and see what they have to offer as well.

Questions for my Nominees

The rules say creative and unique questions, so here you go!

  1. If you could find out the absolute truth to one question, what question would you ask?
  2. What would your theme song be?
  3. What movie do you know all the words to that you could quote start to finish?
  4. If you were a mad scientist and money and ethics weren’t an issue, what experiment would you run?
  5. What fact amazes you every time you think about it?

I can’t wait to see the answers!

Thank You for the Liebster Award

Thank you again to Niche Travel Designs for nominating me. It’s an exciting thing to start your own business, and blogging is a business. Having some recognition for the hard work that you’ve put into it means so much for so little.

So thank you.

I hope that you take the time to check out the other bloggers I mentioned so that we can keep sharing this blogging love.

Until next time!