I started this little ole’ blog in January of 2015 and can’t believe how much my writing has improved since then. I laugh when I read some of the first few posts because of how formal and crap-ola they sound. I’ve grown as a blogger, mainly because I stopped caring what people would think and, instead, started caring solely about what I think. Working full time and being married with young kids has its own challenges, and I wish I had more time for blogging. One of my blogging buddies, Michelle of Grammie Time, recently nominated me for a Liebster Award and I was stoked! Thank you Michelle! And then I thought “Huh? What is a Liebster award?” You can find out more about it here.
First, 11 random facts about me: I went to law school (and hated it); studied abroad in the Netherlands at the same university where Einstein used to teach; recently went to Italy with my Dad (oh just wait… there will be a post about it!); have run three marathons; can do a goat impression; am an amateur photographer (read: wannabe professional); have a Barbie collection of nearly 100 dolls that I started collecting when I was 7 or 8 years old, all of them are still in their original boxes; speak-a a little-a bitt-a of Espanola; enjoy taking over juke boxes anywhere there is a juke box (I will injure anyone who puts their quarter in ahead of mine); grew up wanting to be a plastic surgeon until I realized that I suck at math; and sneakily hand my infant off to my husband every time I catch wind of a dirty diaper (because the last person who touches the child, cleans the child!)
Michelle’s questions for me to answer:
How long have you been blogging and what made you start? I launched my blog five months ago and started because I didn’t have any meaningful hobbies and wanted a creative outlet to fulfill my passion for writing, connecting with others, and laughing. For a lot of people, they get put off starting a blog as they think they need to have lot of followers of social media or they’re embarrassed at the idea of people seeing their blog. As long as you’re proud of it, what should it matter? And also, you can always use the services of companies such as socialfollow if you feel like the number of followers is holding you back when it comes to starting a blog.
What is the best and worst thing about blogging? Best: Making new contacts and meeting awesome people from all over the world. Worst: Finding time to do it, battling writer’s block, and trying to create posts on topics that haven’t already been written about ad nauseam.
How long have you been married and where did you go on your honeymoon? Six years next month. We went to Kauai, the smallest, northernmost Hawaiian island. There was wine. Lots of wine.
What was your career before you became a parent? A full time litigator. And now, aside from being a baby booty wiper, snot wiper-upper, and drowner-preventer, I’m still a full time litigator. Shoot me.
If you could only wear one makeup item, what would it be? Fuchsia lipstick.
Would you go out to dinner or a movie on your date night? Dinner. And I’d order a steak and drink lots of wine (see Answer to Number 3).
Advice you would give to your younger self? Do what you authentically want to be doing, hang out only with people who will make you better, don’t sweat the small stuff, and don’t take any crap along the way.
What is one household chore you dislike doing? ALL of them. The absolute worst: folding laundry and putting it away. Second worst: unloading the dishwasher. Third worst: cleaning up the floor after my geriatric labrador has an accident.
Your best Disney movie? The Little Mermaid. When I was a kid, I wanted to marry prince Eric and live in his family’s castle with Sebastian and Flounder.
Coffee, tea, or cola drinker? Coffee. It’s liquid personality for me.
Describe “YOU” in one word. Spitfire.
This was fun! I list the following nominees for the Liebster award:
Julie Borm of Everyday Happiness
Casey McMillan of Fly Away with Me
Julie Bedford of The Bedford Wife
Julie Tingley of A New Happy Hour
My questions for my nominees are (in addition to providing 11 random facts about yourselves):
1. If you could take three people (dead or alive, famous or normal) on a trip around the world for a month, who would you choose?
2. Would you rather have a leg growing out of your forehead or still be connected to your mother via umbilical cord?
3. What are the things you love and dislike most about yourself?
4. What is your biggest pet peeve in others?
5. What do you think is the difference between serving others with an attitude of selflessness and love verses having people take advantage of you? (oh man, that’s a deep one!).
6. Who is your favorite Disney villain?
7. What song epitomizes your childhood?
8. If your first name wasn’t already ______, what would you choose for it to be?
9. What is the best and worst part about blogging?
10. Have you received any negative blogging feedback and how have you dealt with it?
11. What was your first car?
Cheers to all the Liebsters out there!