Liebster Award: Oh Goody, I Get to Talk About Myself!

I started this little ole’ blog in January of 2015 after finding a suitable web hosting provider at I 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!


    14 Comments on Liebster Award: Oh Goody, I Get to Talk About Myself!

    1. Kirsten
      July 13, 2015 at 9:58 am (7 years ago)

      First of all, congratulations on your award and welcome to the world of blogging. You will find it is more of a marathon than a sprint, but it looks like you can handle that. 3 of them? I can barely make 45 minutes on the treadmill, sigh. Possibly more impressive is that you are a litigator and blogging too. My husband is a litigator and I am the travel writer. If I had to do both, I would never sleep! Kudos to you and wishing you much success!

    2. Becca
      May 29, 2015 at 7:57 pm (7 years ago)

      Congratulations!! It sounds as though you definitely deserved it 🙂

      Thanks for linking up at the Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party!

    3. wendy
      May 28, 2015 at 9:46 am (7 years ago)

      This was such fun to read! I love the way your personality comes through in your writing. Coffee = liquid personality …. Oh My, Yes!!! Thanks for sharing this.

    4. Mary Gilbert
      May 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm (7 years ago)

      Congrats! I was recently nominated as well!
      Moonlight & Mason Jars

    5. Katie (Growing Up KaterTot)
      May 27, 2015 at 12:25 pm (7 years ago)

      The Liebster Award is so fun, isn’t it?! It’s such a great way to get to know other bloggers. The Little Mermaid was my favorite Disney movie as a kid, too! 🙂

      • jenniferdaku
        May 27, 2015 at 9:54 pm (7 years ago)

        Thanks, Katie! I had so much fun doing the Liebster award and hope you had fun reading it.

    6. Julie
      May 25, 2015 at 5:28 am (7 years ago)

      Congrats! But seriously how is cleaning up a dogs accident not worse than folding laundry????
      I’m guessing form reading this your kid/kids are small, once they are just a bit bigger they can empty the dishwasher and when they are quite a lot bigger you can put them in charge of their own laundry – (that’s why we have them after all isn’t it? To help round the house?)

    7. Cass
      May 18, 2015 at 6:10 pm (7 years ago)

      Steak and wine and wine. Yes. Every time!

    8. Diane Tweedy
      May 17, 2015 at 2:13 pm (7 years ago)

      You are such a spitfire!! Love you Jen!! PS – cannot believe you ran 3 marathons – that excuses you from ever having to do cardio again! xoxo

    9. Emily W
      May 16, 2015 at 11:48 am (7 years ago)

      The original writing wasn’t bad, it was just missing your personality. Glad you’re shining through!

    10. Emily
      May 16, 2015 at 8:07 am (7 years ago)

      Spitfire you are! Love the advice to your younger self.

    11. Debbie Cantwell
      May 15, 2015 at 10:08 pm (7 years ago)

      I always liked the Little Mermaid, but that being said, I think it’s absolutely disgusting that you were a KID when it came out when I already had a 3-year old! My son liked the movie too up until King Tritan yelled ‘Ariel!’ He’d tell me he’s seen enough and to turn it off!

      PS – My son is now 27 but he still remembers that!

    12. Sara Glomski
      May 15, 2015 at 9:38 pm (7 years ago)

      Little Mermaid is my fave too and we honeymooned in Kauai also. The best!! Your “would you rathers” are so great.

    13. Michelle
      May 15, 2015 at 9:27 pm (7 years ago)

      Oh my, you had me laughing before I finished the first paragraph. I bet you are a hoot to hang out with on a girls night out! Spitfire – definately! Thanks for answering the questions. Loved getting to know you better. I laugh at everything from your instagrams, to your posts. LOL!


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