I am so honored to be nominated by Janelle at Mommy Lives Clean for the Liebster Award! The Liebster (German for dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, etc.) Award gives bloggers with under 200 followers the opportunity to share more about themselves with the blogging community. The Liebster Award also introduces you to fellow bloggers and encourages new connections, which I am all about.
The rules are as follows:
1. Answer the questions given and then come up with 10 new ones to ask your nominees.
2. Nominate 8 other blogs, let them know you have nominated them and put a link to their blog in your post.
3. No Tag backs.
4. Nominees must have under 200 followers on any platform.
5. You must tell all the blogs that you have nominated them.
Here are my answers to Janelle’s questions:
1.) Why did you begin blogging?
I actually started a different blog (affectionately called “Jac Heart” after one of my nicknames) when I was 21. It started as an outlet for some wonderfully-worded rants, but soon turned into a journal of life lessons tat I sincerely wished I could share with other and prevent them from going through the same experiences as me. I transitioned to this blog soon after having my son, but the idea is kind of the same. I want to share knowledge so that others can avoid the negative experiences I’ve had (or at least go into them with more knowledge). Encouraging others is my biggest reason for blogging and social media-ing. (You can do it, mama! Whatever it is; you can do it!)
2.) What are your favorite blogs to follow?
My absolute favorite fellow mommy blogger is Kate Conner. She is the most real, down-to-earth, and entertaining mama I’ve ever followed. Another favorite blog of mine is Evolutionary Parenting, which is a God-send to my mothering skills. You know that whole knowledge thing I gushed about in question 1? Yeah, she’s got that whole thing down. My newest favorite blog is Moms Without Answers. These 2 mamas are spunky and truthful, with all the right humor included!
3.) What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about loving people well, sharing knowledge, and fighting for changes that need to take place. I know those are some broad ideas, but “leaving the world a better place” just doesn’t have the commitment that I’m into.
4.) What is a great memory from your past?
A great memory from my past is the day that my sister was born. I was 11 years old, watching the whole birth. I was the first person to hold her, the first person to designate a sacred place in my heart for this brand new, unknown human. Then I promptly handed her back, lost color in my face, and had to go get water. That is our relationship in a nutshell, actually.
5.) What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is One Day. (Although I have to admit, the book was better.)
6.) Who is your best friend?
My best friend is Heather, who I met in 4th grade (17 years ago!) and who remains the one person on this planet that is the yin to my yang. We are opposites in every sense of the word, which is the very benefit to our friendship. We have seen elementary school, intermediate school, high school, college, jobs, boyfriends, weddings, and pregnancies together. She was my biggest cheerleader through breastfeeding struggles. She tells me I’m the nicest person she knows and that I always see the good in people. (To be truthful, she doesn’t know that many people. Shhh, I’m still nice.) She sticks up for me without asking any questions and she assumes the best of me. She questions my opinions, fills me with knowledge, and accepts me even when I don’t agree with her. Yeah, she’s my best friend.
7.) What is your favorite place that you’ve ever visited?
So far, my favorite place has been Baltimore! My husband and I went there for a conference for my company and we really enjoyed walking around the city, taking in it’s old buildings and northeastern duds.
8.) If you could change one thing about this world, what would it be?
If I could change one thing about this world, it would be the way we raise and educate children. In both parenting and education, there are so many improvements that need to happen in order for our future generation to become a loving and accepting one…and it all starts right here, right now, with how we raise them up.
9.) What is your favorite post that you have written? Include a link!
My favorite post that I have written is definitely the post about pumping from my 10 week breastfeeding series. The whole series is really heartfelt, but that post was the biggest motivator for the overall series. I saw mamas struggling, I saw mamas stressing, and I saw mamas resorting to things they didn’t choose because they felt helpless. I’m really proud of myself trying to reach out and help other mamas. I couldn’t see myself just sitting by and watching others struggle. I’m only one person and I can’t help everyone who has struggles with pumping, but I can definitely reach a good few and I sure as hell mean to try.
10.) What is your favorite type of food to eat?
My favorite type of food to eat is junky american food, which I know Janelle will cringe at reading! (Interpretation: Chili’s, Friday’s, etc.)
My nominees for the Liebster Award:
Darling Dressed Duo
The Little Bits of Us
Mama at Home
Stripes in Bloom
Short Broke and Happy
Those Young Twins
The 10 questions for my nominees:
1. What is your favorite topic to read about on other blogs?
2. How did you come up with the name of your blog?
3. What is your go-to staple clothing item?
4. What is the 1, classic clothing item that you think every girl should own?
5. What is your favorite book?
6. If you’re a mama, what is the scariest thing you’ve experienced with your little? If you’re not a mom and hope to be sometime, what do you think will be the scariest part of having a little? If you don’t plan on being a mother, what do you think would be the scariest thing if you found out that you were going to become a mother?
7. What is your favorite item from your childhood?
8. What is your favorite store?
9. Are you personal friends with any other bloggers??
10. When is the last time that you did something for the first time and what was it?