Okay, this is a very exciting moment for me. I got nominated for a blogging award. I don’t get an actual award. And a lot of new bloggers get nominated for this award. It really isn’t that big of a deal. Except for the fact that someone had to have seen my blog in order for me to get nominated for this. And THAT, my friends, is a very exciting thing for me.
And what is even MORE exciting, is that I got nominated by two different people! Now, to me this felt like I won two awards. Again, I really didn’t win anything. But two different people saw my blog, and both of them nominated me.
First and foremost, a huge thank you to Rashi Gupta and Alice for nominating me for the award. It’s an honor that you read any of my content, and an even bigger honor that you thought it was worthy of any amount of recognition. Check out Rashi’s blog for a her real and honest thoughts on things in life with a constant focus on optimism. Alice has a lifestyle blog where she shares her photography, thoughts on married life and various other topics like becoming fearless. Spread the love and visit their blogs!
So what exactly is the Liebster Blogger Award? Someone who has previously been nominated gets to go find 5-11 blogs they think has exceptional content and deserves recognition. They nominate those individuals for the award, and ask them to answer a set of questions. Then the nominated (me) gets to nominate nominees (any bloggers I think deserve recognition). I know it might sound a little strange, but it is a way for writers to get their content seen, which is pretty awesome.
Rather than answering two separate sets of questions from Rashi and Alice, I’m going to answer half of each of their questions. No one wants to read my answers on 22 separate questions. Please feel free to skip over the boring things about myself, and go straight to the people I nominated for the award. No one will judge you. There’s actually a chance I will judge you if you don’t skip my answers to the following 11 questions.
Here we go.
Questions from Rashi and Alice:
1. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging when my daughter, Ayden, received a terminal diagnosis at her 20 week ultrasound. At first it started out as a way for me to process what was going on, and the new reality I was living in. It turned into people falling in love with our little girl, and becoming a part of her story. Even after she was born and passed away, I kept writing about her, and she impacted people in ways we couldn’t have imagined. She still does. I still write about her, though I haven’t been posting that writing as much (just because of where I am at in the middle of all of this grief stuff…). In the process of all of this, I fell in love with writing. I never imagined I would love writing like I do. Writing has been a very healing thing for me, and I hope to continue to use it to constantly find healing, and maybe help others find it as well.
2. When life pushes you down, how do you motivate yourself?
Whew. I’ve gotten quite a bit of practice with this one in the last year and a half. I’ve got a few things as my go-to for getting myself out of bed every day. First, my faith. I’ve learned that joy can coexist with pain, and that shouldn’t be possible. I wholeheartedly believe in a God that can use the absolute worst of circumstances to accomplish good (I’ve lived that out time and time again). That gets me out of bed. Second, I married the most loving and supportive person in the entire world, and he motivates me like no one else. Constant encouragement and knowing when and how to push me, he keeps me moving forward, and doesn’t let me give up. Third, I’ve committed to always, always, always looking for the positive, no matter how horrific life is. Always finding things to be grateful for truly retrains your brain and helps you become a better, more positive person. A combination of those things keeps me motivated when life gets me down.
3. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Got bit by a monkey. In the middle of the jungle. In Panama.
4. What would you do if you could drop all your responsibilities and problems?
Go backpacking. Oh, wait. I already do that. This question insinuates I don’t already ignore all my problems and responsibilities. But yes, I go backpacking. As much as humanly possible.
5. What is the best place you visited? How did you like it?
Malibu Club, British Columbia, Canada. It is a Young Life camp I have had the privilege of going to several times now, and it beats Iceland, Fiji, Panama, Mexico, and Hawaii. It has forever stolen my heart. You can see it all over my Instagram feed here if you are now curious about it.
6. What is your favorite book?
The Wind in the Willows. This is for sentimental reasons, because my husband gave this book to me as a gift just a few weeks before our daughter’s terminal diagnosis. We’d dreamed of reading it to her. Between her diagnosis and going to heaven, we had four months, two weeks, and four days. Each night Nathan would read that book to us as I fell asleep (sleeping was difficult, for obvious reasons). These nights of him reading to us are some of my favorite, most treasured memories with our daughter.
7. What is one of your guilty pleasures?
8. Who is your hero and why?
My husband, Nathan. For roughly 7 billion reasons. Let me just gush for a moment. Reason #1 – he was born with an incredibly rare muscle disease called McArdle’s Disease. He lives every day in unreasonable amounts of physical pain, and he never, ever, ever complains. He was told his entire life he would not be able to do a lot of things. Rather than become limited by his disease, he works harder than anyone I know to constantly be a better, healthier person. He has more drive and resilience than anyone I’ve ever met, and he refuses to be held back, become angry or bitter, or use his circumstances as an excuse. Reason #2 – he married me. Poor guy. I’m crazy. And he never tries to subdue me, but he somehow has found a way to harness my crazy and show me how to use it to go out and accomplish things. He encourages me and motivates me in a way that makes me want to be a much better human. I still don’t understand how he does it. Reason #3 – he is the best daddy in the world, under the most impossible circumstances. When our daughter was still alive, he took better care of us than I can ever put into words. His only experience as a dad has been to a daughter with a terminal diagnosis and then straight to a daughter in heaven. Even in his absolute brokenness, he has continued to love in ways that are mind-blowing. I literally don’t understand how so much amazingness could be encompassed into one human. I could keep going forever. Bottom line, Nathan James Hutson is my hero. If you want to know more about him, just ask. I’d love to tell you. Oh, and he is an incredible writer. Maybe if you all request a guest post by him, he will write one.
9. If you had to describe yourself with one word, what would it be?
Love me some one word answers.
10. If you could relive one day in your life what would it be and why?
The day my daughter was born. I’d give anything in the world to be able to hold her and see her perfect little face again.
11. If your life had a tagline, what would it be?
This is an awesome question. I’m torn. Here are my top three. Vote and let me know which one you think it should be.
- Huh, I didn’t see that coming…
- I really wish there was a manual for this
- Love and kindness win, always
If you read all of those, I’m so sorry. But in my defense, I really did tell you to just skip to the bottom where I nominate 11 bloggers I think are worth of recognition.
Here are my nominees!
- Wandering CEO – read her bio if you want to feel bad about yourself and realize how little you have accomplished. Just kidding. Sort of. But for real, this is one impressive woman. Can I be her when I grow up? Her blog is exactly as it sounds. She travels the world while remaining the CEO of her company. Check her out
- Wandering Thoughts, by Zarnain – Med student, solo traveler, writer – quite the impressive individual.
- Find Your Adventure, by Mo and Jo – travel buddies with great advice and beautiful pictures
- Adventures With Asha by Asha – you can read about how she is building confidence through adventure, beating anxiety and seeing the world little by little.
- Prairie Pine Designs, by Brianna – creates and sells custom, hand painted wooden signs, and simultaneously striving to sustain forests
- An Ecstatic Dilemma, by Chandra Shekhar – a computer ninja who loves traveling and just has a way with words.
- Simply Saidy, by Saidy – travel and lifestyle blogger
- Cookie Cutter Vegan by Krista – lots of beautiful Vegan recipes here! I’m not vegan, but her site made me hungry.
- Live Clean Nourish, by Ania – a woman after my own heart – lover of nature, travel, and healthy eating
- Love Living Digitally – Someone who has done an excellent job as a digital entrepreneur after quitting their 9-5 and deciding to create their own schedule and be their own boss.
- A Sneak Peak into My World, by Mehr- this blogger is only 8 years old!!!
Okay nominees, here are the official rules (make sure to read them carefully, please).
And here are my 11 questions for you to answer!
- Why do you write?
- What is 1 thing about you that really defines who you are?
- What is your favorite memory?
- What are you most passionate about?
- What would you do for a Klondike Bar?
- What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
- What is your favorite place in the world?
- What piece of life advice do you wish everyone lived by?
- What is the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever given?
- When was the last time you did something for the first time?
- What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned about yourself?
Nominees, please comment back on this post with the link when you post your Liebster Award post, I would love to know the answers to all of your questions.
Thanks for bearing with me, folks. I love getting to know my readers – feel free to answer any or all of my 11 questions in the comments below!