That Time I Was Nominated for the 2018 Liebster Award

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Liebster Award

I was flabbergasted to see the email from Prerana at Inside Travellers Shoes, informing me she’d nominated me for the 2018 Liebster Award. Prerana is an extraordinary woman who (better) discovered her voice through an intense physical injury. Through her hardship came the blog in which she shares these insights and her travels. Thank you for thinking of me, Prerana. I love that the Lieber Award is for bloggers, by bloggers.

2018 Liebster Award Rules

There are rules to follow once a nomination has been issued:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • List the 2018 Liebster Award Rules in the post you write when nominated
  • Display award on your blog
  • Link to this blog post in your Liebster Award blog post
  • Write small post about what makes you passionate about blogging
  • Provide ten random facts about yourself (optional)
  • Answer the questions provided by the person/blog that nominated you
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs
  • Inform the people/blogs that you have nominated them and provide links for them to your post
  • Create new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Drop the link to your Liebster Award blog post in the comments to this blog post

I Just Like To Talk, Really

I am passionate about blogging because I am passionate about communication. While I love reading books I would still rather be exposed to new ideas by exchanging them in person. I enjoy dialogue about ideas, research, feelings, recipes, books…everything. Blogging seems to be a bit of a perfect storm; in the sense that it’s a way to connect with a large audience in a medium I enjoy (writing).

And there’s so many different things to think about and ways to be creative! I didn’t know that going in. From different blog post formats, pictures, links, posts, using picture apps, navigating Pinterest…there’s so much to do and so many different ways to visually represent yourself. I like that aspect of this whole adventure. I never thought I’d understand this much technology, let alone enjoy it.

Ish Mom injected a renewed (and welcomed) sense of purpose to the day-to-day. Don’t get me wrong, motherhood is fulfilling. But it’s also repetitive. And the repetitive actions are often boring. My autistic toddler screams at me a lot. After a long day of yelling and messes, it can be difficult to measure up solely using the “Mom” yard stick. Add multiple sticks and spread the mediocrity around, feel better overall.

If the boys and I have a rough morning, I can get half an article written during nap time, work on some social media stuff, and feel accomplished. It’s easier to start over again in the afternoon. Blogging provides a new way to express myself and communicate with others during this new phase in my life. I couldn’t be more grateful.

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10 Random Facts About Me

  1. One of my favorite movies is Freeway. It’s one of Reese Witherspoon’s first movies; a fucked up re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood, with Kiefer Sutherland as the Big Bad Wolf.
  2. My mom has an amazing sugar cookie recipe and some of my favorite Christmas memories is making them with her and my sister. They live in another state now; I miss them, this time of year especially. The cookies get mailed to me though. So there’s that.
  3. I got cavities filled without anesthetic once. Because I was scared of the shots. That was a terrible decision.
  4.  At eighteen I was wandering through a Welsh cemetery where I came upon a man with serious eyes who gently ridiculed me for having an “old woman’s name.” The talk of old names led to talk of the dying Welsh language. He said he knew it and spoke the most lyrical language I’ve ever heard for several minutes. I don’t know what he said but I’m pretty sure it was a sad.
  5. I get real anxious about print media dying. It seems inevitable. (And here I am, blogging). I don’t wanna buy magazines or newspapers (can’t afford it, especially when they’re at the library), but I need them to exist, you know?
  6. One of my recipe goals for 2019 is to veganize chicken and noodles.
  7. Enough time has passed in which I am comfortable admitting that Taylor Swift’s Reputation is not that good of an album. There was a certain magic in the intersectionality of musicability and story-telling that was captured in Red. I was impressed with 1989 as it was if that magic was presented in smaller, more digestible chunks. It seemed a perfect transition from country to pop. Reputation did not deliver on this promise. There. I said it.
  8. I begrudgingly like getting up early. Just because I know it sets me up for a better day.
  9. At the height of my hand flexibility, I could span an octave and two keys on the piano.
  10. I often scroll Instagram and envy the “glossiness” of others. But I know what’s up. We all do. I also know that when I can afford a bigger ring light, I’ll look “glossier” too. So it goes.?‍♀️

My Answers To Prerana from Inside Travellers Shoes Questions

1.How has blogging helped you evolve as a person?

*Blogging demands self-discipline. Following a posting schedule, researching, engaging with an audience, choosing media, taking pictures-all of this demands time, organization, and prioritization. When you add motherhood, I’ve truly never been so busy in my life. It’s not as if I thought bloggers, VA’s, vloggers, etc, sat at home and ate bon bons, but I didn’t know that it was like this. Turns out, I relish the mental gymnastics of it all. It’s refining.

2. What is your fondest memory from childhood?

*My mom and I would take spontaneous trips out to eat and/or shopping. When I was older, sometimes I’d be coming home from practice and she’d be walking to meet me. She’d get in the car and I’d get to drive us. We’d listen to CD’s and sing and laugh the whole way there and back.

3. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

*I suppose a catch all answer would be a better education/modeling of boundaries. From immediate, to intermediate, to my friends’ families, to media, I didn’t witness much proper maintenance of boundaries. How to recognize if boundaries were being breached. How to respectfully and emotionlessly protect them. To be fair, I don’t think these skills are taught to anyone, anywhere; and that’s a shame.

4. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

*The ability to let shit goooooo. In one of my favorite Joan Didion stories she details accidentally finding on the back of one of her hung pictures, “For God’s sake, let it go” written by a lover years before. I keep turning my stuff over. Nothing yet to report.

5. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?

*Damn, Prerana, we’re getting deep. The answer to my previous question could be used again. More time would be spent  with Josh and The A Team, less time would be spent doing things like scrolling and Netflixing. I would eat less junk food. Or more. I’m not sure. One extreme or the other, for sure.

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6. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

*Walking after sustaining a paralyzing nerve injury after the birth of Big A. Several neurologists and physical therapists predicted it would take a year to walk normally; I was jogging in six months. Not being able to feel my left foot from the ankle down made balancing, walking, pivoting, running…impossible. Never trying to address that, I took the attitude, “We’re doing football runs no matter what left ankle, even if I have to drag you by your hair.” And I did. I forced that ankle to participate with the rest of my body until I could feel it nine months later. But, before? I was walking around, not feeling it. That’s a feat of mind over matter.

7. What would constitute a perfect day for you?

*I thought about this, not sure what angle to take. A fantasy day involving a cruise and a beach, one I can’t imagine navigating with two young boys? Or a perfect average day? I think the best answer is my current, realistic point-of-view as a working from home mom. A perfect day would we one in which I got early (and worked and put on makeup) and the boys slept in. Josh and I could make breakfast together. Going out sans meltdowns and Little A naps. Lunch goes over well and I get work done in the afternoon. Big A wakes up without screaming and “helps” me do chores for thirty minutes. The day ends in alone time with Josh.

8. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you’re going to say?

*Depends how mad I am. If I’m incensed, a certain phrase may stick in my head. One that’ll burst out, probably when I’m in the shower. When I was upset about Big A’s meltdown at the WIC office, I kept thinking (and sometimes saying aloud) “he can’t be the only toddler who’s ever melted down at that office!” That sentiment informed the phone call I later made. Mostly, I wing it.

9. What do you value most in a friendship?

*In general, sense of humor. Life can be terrible sometimes; surrounding oneself with people to laugh about it with makes things better. With me specifically? The ability to withstand persistent questioning. From the mundane “Have you used this? What does that word mean? to the “Why did you do that? Are you scared of death?” the people in my life hear it all. Straight to their face or accompanied with some random article in Messenger at 3:14 AM.

10. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

*Since you’ve used the word “what,” I’m going to say my relationships. All of them: my marriage, my friendships, our wonderful family, the kindness of strangers. Without the fulfillment I experience from the relationships in my life, I wouldn’t be nearly as happy. I feel like a shining example of the Jay-Z lyric, “I got 99 problems/but a bitch ain’t one/

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And The Nominees Are…

These are the eleven new bloggers I’m thrilled to nominate for the 2018 Liebster Awards:

  • Ashley from Living A Life That’s Lit. Ashley believes that each one of us are born with a light inside us and that it is our duty to find it and illuminate the world. She operates a curated blog that encourages her readers to spark creativity and spread love through the world.
  • Emily from This Crazy Maze, a new wife and mom who blogs about peaceful parenting and natural living.
  • Cedar at Content With Coffee, a health and wellness blog. Cedar’s a bonafied nurse and personal trainer who writes about nutrition, exercise, and mental wellness.
  • Sylvie with The Foodie Journey is a Belgian ex-pat living in Australia. She shares excellent recipes and cooking/baking tips!
  • Hannah at Sage and Citrus publishes natural, clearly-written recipes with beautiful pictures.
  • Yolima, a spunky lifestyle blogger from That Girl Yoli, is a Jersey Girl living in the desert, writing about beauty, fashion, fitness, and travel.
  • Kendall, the woman behind Keeping Up With Kendall, blogging her thoughts on beauty, fitness, and life.
  • Ashley at Hitch By Hitch is Living Life One Hitch At A Time. Her blog centers around home/family life, marriage, food, and home-schooling.

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It’s Basically My Version Of Would You Rather

My Ten Question For You, Nominees:
  1. If your blog (or other creative endeavor) became wildly lucrative, but it meant you had to keep creating the same content for the next twenty years, would you do it?
  2. Based on the reality that your first celebrity crush is your current spouse, what is the most annoying thing about being married to them?
  3. If you had to pick (for life) between cutting your hair/messing with your appearance or experiencing a shady rebound period after heartbreak, which would you choose?
  4. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?
  5. Tell me about a Christmas tradition you’ve created as an adult. Please?
  6. What’s a moment in your life in which you paused and thought, “Remember this?”
  7. If it were actually true that changing your location could bring you happiness, but you had to keep moving until you found it, would you do it?
  8. Would you rather always forget other people’s names or have them always forget yours?
  9. If you could purchase one thing, solely for convenience or vanity, regardless of cost, what would it be?
  10. What are you most looking forward to in 2019?

Wanna answer some of these questions whether you’re a nominee or not? Please do in the comments below! Share this article to spread the Liebster Love.

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Megan

Megan

Megan writes everything on Ish Mom. She lives in the Midwest with her wonderful husband, three boys, and a bunch of corn. She’s a voracious reader and a life-long recipient of questioning looks.
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