I’ve noticed comments and tweets about Liebster Awards over the last couple of months and really didn’t have much of an idea about it. I assumed that the people who won them were from the elite ‘tots100’ type communities.
And then it happened to me, I was nominated for a Liebster Award by @Mumwithbrain and again shortly after by @firstooth , @_rainflower and @scandimummy. I was elated and humbled that anyone reads what I have to say and is interested in knowing more about me. I’ve since read a bit more on the Liebster Award and am such a fan of this movement. It helps introduce new bloggers into this scary but fun world, helping people to get to know one another and hopefully helping to improve their confidence and in turn their following.
In homage to this movement, I will be answering the questions sent to me first by @Mumwithbrain; I hope everyone else doesn’t mind but it’s taken me a month to get to the stage where I’m ready to nominate myself. If the other women will wait a little while longer I’ll write another post with their questions and answers (so sorry this is late!)
Thank you so much @mumwithbrain. Sorry it’s taken a few weeks, I am the worst for typos so I’ve been writing and proof-reading this for weeks and trying to make sure I get it right. It was great to read your Liebster post and in return here’s mine:
1. Why did you decide to blog?
I decided to blog initially as a bit of a release during my pregnancy. I felt constantly ill, overweight and uncomfortable. I also felt a sense of guilt that I wasn’t enjoying the pregnancy as much as I should so I decided that writing my thoughts down might help me deal with some of th emotions better. It also made me focus a little more on my unborn baby, what I’d say to her when she arrived and how much I’d coo over her and all such lovely things. I kept my first blog private, just for my own eyes and after 7 wonderful months of maternity leave I had to go back to work. After a few months in work, I was desperately missing my daughter and our special time together. I decided to create a blog that could support and inspire other mothers/ parents going through similar experiences. It’s been so much fun that it’s now taking up most of my free time.
2. What do you do for your day job?
I work as a business analyst for a credit insurance company. It pays the bills and lets me enjoy my time with my family so is great for me though I do pine over the thought of someday being able to work for myself and take greater control of my time. Hopefully blogging will enable me to do this, who knows, maybe some day in the future but until then I’m going to have lots of fun with it and celebrate every opportunity to share my thoughts with the big www!
3. Where’s the best place ever you’ve travelled to?
I think I’d have to say Barcelona has given me some of the most enjoyable holiday moments. It’s such a vibrant and colourful city and every time I go I see something I haven’t seen before. I’ve been at least 10 times over the last 15 years so I’m no stranger to the city. You would think it must get boring but I love to explore and there’s so much culture and beauty, it keeps me coming back for more. I have a post about my latest trip, 36 hours in Barcelona, but totally fun packed. Have a read if you have a spare minute.
4. If you can only have one desert island disc, what would it be?
I love a song with good lyrics, and i melt when the words evoke an emotion from me (not the ones that annoy me obviously); the ones that inspire me to be better and to do better. But can I think of just one of those songs now? Sod’s law means I’ve forgotten. I was a child of Alanis Morrisette and she really spoke to me in my teenage years. I found a way to channel my confusion with boys, parents, everything teenage-y and angst-y without being destructive nor disrespectful. I think her songs really did help. I channelled all my feelings into music during these years and became quite the singer and poet. As I grew out of my teens real life seemed to get in the way of some of my more grandiose ambitions. Alanis will always rock!
5. When did you last really, really laugh?
My daughter has little laughing fits when my husband or I do something, usually completely normal, but totally cracks her up. In those moments, I’m so elated; she is happy, safe and loved, and she knows it. These moments help to suppress the regular feelings of guilt and inadequacy while I’m at work earning money to keep a roof over our heads and desperately missing her while I know she’s being spoilt rotten by her grandparents.
6. What irritates you?
Well, quite a lot really irritates me lol. I don’t like it when it takes too long for someone to get to the point. Draw me a picture but then please colour it in so maybe I can get what you’re trying to say. Get to the point! Another thing is that I have a youthful face and many people tend to think I am a child. This is in every setting you can imagine. A school bus stopped for me when I was in my late 20s going to work! When I do start to look older maybe I’ll miss these days but for now it’s quite irritating.
Also, my love language is ‘acts’. A love language is the importance you place on certain things. If someone shows me through acts of kindness that they care about me, I’m more likely to believe and appreciate the gesture than if they had only just said those things to me. No matter how many times you say you love me, you like me, are my friend etc… I see your acts and your behaviour as the true representation of that. If you’re not acting in love then your words are empty to me. Coincidentally, my husband’s love language is words, and he loves to hear romantic, lovely things. Go figure!
Another annoying thing is growing older and wondering why younger people act the way they do. I should already know; I’m not that old, yet I can’t stand some radio stations and can’t bear to watch some things my younger self would have loved. Basically I annoy myself with this. When did I get old?? I want to watch top of the pops and not feel like I’m past my sell-by date.
7. If you could have a superhero power, what would it be?
I’d have all of Superman’s superhero powers and yes i know that’s cheating but he’s fab! – I’d fly, see people’s true feelings (I think he can do that), use my x-ray vision, and superhuman hearing to suss people out, and all the rest of his awesomeness. Sometimes I feel like an alien and to struggle to open up to people. However I’m also very strong and would love to be as cute (well the female equivalent). If
8. If you could witness any historical event, what would you choose to see?
The moments when earth was created. If you’ve ever watched the movie ‘Lucy’ looking back to the start of creation you’ll know what I mean. The world is perfect for humans, how amazing that was all created at a point. Prof. Brian Cox gets us close but not cricket!
9. Do you read novels? If so, what are you reading now?
I’m rubbish and I’m not reading at the moment, well nothing other than children’s books and guides to understand my daughter’s developmental stages so I can better support her. I’ve moved online to ebooks and skim read a lot because I find I don’t have much time to myself these days.
10. Do you have a hobby? If so, please tell us about it.
I am loving the discipline of writing thoughtful and interesting blog posts. I also love cooking and am on a low glycemic index food adventure which I might tell you more about in later posts.
11. Please give five words that summarise your personality.
Loving, thoughtful, friendly, witty, generous
And now for 11 general facts about myself:-
1. I took a big gamble leaving my family and friends in London to move to South Wales but I’m now married, have a baby girl and can see that it’s clearly paid off.
2. I’d love to have more close friends. It’s never been a problem making friends but rather my problem is with keeping them and life seems to always get in the way.
3. A cliché but I love receiving flowers and wish I was given some everyday; in reality I mostly buy them for myself.
4. I miss my daughter everyday while at work, so much so it makes me feel like I don’t belong in the rat race. However, we need the cold hard cash so that is my motivation to get up everyday.
5. I’m a Christian, I love God, but I’m not currently attending church as I feel completely lost in the environment. I would love to go and feel at home. I’ll keep praying about this till I find the solution.
6. Being a mum is the toughest thing I’ve ever experienced. I honoured but am constantly tired. I wish I would moan less and enjoy it more, cherish the moments as they seemingly race by.
7. I’ve never liked drinking or clubbing. I love singing and sometimes dancing. When I’m sad those two things stop but when I’m happy again, you’ll hear me singing all day and all night long.
8. I miss my family. I don’t see them much and I must make more of an effort to visit more regularly.
9. When I was 7.5 stone, I felt fat and people would tell me I was fat. Now at almost 12 stone, I feel fat and people are still telling me I should lose some weight. The moral of this story? Be happy with yourself no matter what, there’ll always be critics no matter what size you are.
10. I love to travel and am planning to visit a dear friend in Singapore next year so long as I can hurry up and book the tickets now.
11. I pick my face when I’m nervous, worried, or sad so if you see me fiddling, you’ll know why.
My 11 questions:
1. Do you go to blog conferences and why?
2. What’s one moment in your life you wish you could do over again?
3. If you were a superhero, which would you be?
4. If someone where to ask you right this minute, who are you, what would you say?
5. Whats your favourite movie of all time?
6. How has your week been (the last 7 days)?
7. Do you ever wish career-wise you’d chosen a different path? If so, what?
8. Do you have enough time to devote to your blog or do you struggle to find the time?
9. Have you made meaningful friendships through blogging?
11. Do you believe in man-made traditions like mothers and fathers days?
My nominations go to:
Rules for the Liebster Award
1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog.
2. Post the Liebster Award badge on your blog.
3. Write 11 facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 4-11 bloggers who you feel deserve the award.
5. Answer the 11 questions posted by the blogger that nominated you.
6. Write 11 new questions for your nominees.