This week I am so honored and blessed to have been nominated for two different awards! The Liebster Award is the first one, which my fellow blogger Budget Loving Military Wife nominated me for. She has an amazing blog on (well you can take a guess) budgeting! I love how she not only has great advice and wisdom to share, some I think we could all find useful, but she is also an amazing military wife and I find her ability to keep such great balance and positivity in this crazy life very admirable! I want to thank her so much for nominating me, I am truly humbled!
If you are nominated for a Liebster award this is what you should do:
1. Post the award on your blog
2. Thank the blogger who presented the award to you and link back to their blog
3. Answer the questions given to you by the nominator
4. Nominate 5 to 10 bloggers with less than 200 followers
5. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer
6. Notify your nominees by posting on their blog
The questions I received from Budget Loving Military Wife were:
- If you had all the money in the world but still had to have some kind of job, what would you choose to do? If I had all the money in the world I think I would still finish/use (If I had finished my degree by then) my degree in Psychology to help vets, military, and their families. I would buy a large piece of land, one I found beautiful and peaceful, and design a rereat like ranch where I could host camps, retreats, learning activities as well as emotionally therapuedic activites like horse back riding. I would love to have a dog recue program where I link recued dogs to veterans and families that they could help. If I was going all out I might even hire a physical thereapist for wounded vets. I’d also like it to have cabins and be a place where vets and families could come to just get away for a weekend or something to heal and/or de-stress. I would of course have therapy groups and sessions available. Basically just anything I could think of to help and support people but having all the money in the world would make anything I wanted possible!
- Have you ever participated in a Random Act of Kindness? If so, what was it that you did? If not, what is something you could do to make a complete stranger have a better day today? I have a special place in my heart for people. I often feel a tug to give back when I can, sometimes I’ve felt I needed to offer a homeless man water. Most of the time my husband and I like to give to certain causes/families whatever we can. I think everyone can always do more though, I know I can. One thing I really love is when people pay for the person behind them in line, or pay for a strangers meal. I think it is a great and humble way to show other people that there are people that care and love them in this world.
- Why did you begin blogging? I started this blog to try and spread awareness and support of military/veterans and their families, especially those battling PTSD/TBI. I also think it will help me hone in my writing skills and gather my thoughts for the book I am working on ‘Why Heroes Hide’.
- What is the best piece of advice you have received to date? Oh man, I have received a lot of great advice from amazing people in my life. One thing I really cling to though is my high school track/cc coach’s advice “You can always get better today”. Whether it’s physical activity or in everyday life I believe as long as someone is always trying to be better at whatever they do they will be.
- Who is your “hero” and why? I have a couple heroes. My father and family members who are firefighters. My biggest hero is my husband. He’s literally my knight in shining armor (cliche I know) but I look up to him everyday. He takes care and puts up with my while battling his own demons in his head. He strives to be better everyday and never gives up. He’s always positive. Believes and pushes me to be all I can be. And he sacrificed, fought, and protected this country I call home.
- If you were able to take a year off from work (but still receive your paycheck), what would you do with your time? Oh I don’t even know where I’d start. I what I’d love most is to travel all over and learn about different cultures and people.
- Where is the best place you have ever traveled and why? I really haven’t gotten a chance to see much of the world yet. (Well any really). But my best vacation ever was my honeymoon. We went to Florida and stayed at a resort (something neither of us have EVER done). Enjoyed Discovery Cove and swimming with dolphins and other fish, Seaworld, Butch Gardens, a quiet warm beach, a couples massage, and Aquatica on our last day. It wasn’t traveling the world but so far it’s the best vacation I’ve ever had!
- What 5 adjectives best describe you? active, hardworking, devoted wife, empathetic, analytical
- If you have a bucket list what is one thing you have already accomplished and one thing left on your list? If you don’t have a bucket list, why not? One thing I’ve done on my bucket list was to join the military, and one I’ve yet to accomplish is skydiving! (I know..another cliche haha)
- If someone handed you a million dollars, no strings attached, what would be your first purchase? a home!
I am paying it forward by nominating these 5 blogs!:
Pretty to the Corps because I love the honesty of her writing!
Winkandasmile because of her creativity and support of other veterans! (and those cupcakes look delicious!)
The Broke Savvy Blonde because I think her writing and viewpoints are refreshing and fun to read!
Wife During Wartime I just recently started following but I find her writing fantastic and I love the insights and passion behind her blog about the military lifestyle and struggles
Semper Spouse is another that I just started following recently and I am nominating her because I love her writing style and the positivity behind her blog even as she lives through the struggles of such a demanding and stressful lifestyle.
My questions for the nominees:
1. What is your dream job/lifestyle and why?
2. What is/has been a big struggle/difficult time in your life and how do you think you handled it well? Looking back what do you wish you would’ve done better?
3. Why did you start blogging?
4. What is the one most important thing you want to get across to your readers?
5. If you could meet and spend the day with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
6. What struggles have you faced with your blog/writing and how did you overcome them?
7. If you were givin a million dollars to use only for good/charity/ext how would you use it?
8. What is one subject/issue you wish you could write about and discuss but either don’t know how to address or haven’t yet?
9. What is one thing you would like to accomplish in the next 5 years? In your lifetime?
10. If you could go back in time and tell yourself something when would it be and what would you say?