I was just given the Liebster Award! I am thrilled!! Neat hygge moment, actually. :)
The Liebster Award is a form of recognition that comes from one blogger to another. Or, I should say, from one blogger to 11 others. :)
The name is said both to be connected to and coincidental to a German word, which translated into English means beloved or dear. I love the word beloved, so I am going to align myself with those who believe the name was chosen deliberately for that meaning.
And since it is a way of recognizing and honoring other bloggers, I am really ... well, honored ... to be receiving it. Technically, you are only nominated until you respond to the award in your own post. Once you have followed the rules, you can say that you have won the award.
I have won it 2 or 3 times now and the rules have have become a little like a game of Gossip. As it continues to be passed on, a wee bit gets altered. But in a fun way, I believe.
The blogger who nominated me this time was Vidya Tiru from Lady in Read Writes. Thank you so much, Vidya!!
Check it all out below...
The rules for The Liebster Award are:
Here are the 11 facts...
(1) I love to sing and once won a karaoke contest. There were levels and such, so I had to sing three songs. The first was "Last Dance," by Donna Summer, the second was "Boogie Oogie Oogie," by A Taste of Honey and the third was "Superstar," by Karen Carpenter. Have you ever tried karaoke?
(2) I once lost 80 pounds without exercising at all. Unfortunately, I have gained a little of that weight back, but I am still proud that i was able to do it, and tickled that I didn't start exercising until after I had lost it.
(3) Speaking of exercise, when I was younger, I used a rebounder twice a day because I had heard it wasn't just good for exercise but as a detoxifier, too. And when I got home from work, I'd put on music I loved & it always felt more like dancing than working out, so 45 minutes would go by without my noticing a lot of the time. If only I could make that happen now, when sometimes even 20 minutes feels like a struggle. Is exercising hard for you, too?
(4) I decided that if I couldn't actually believe in Santa again, I'd act as if I did, which turned into a spiritual practice and that led to one of my books, The Santa Spiritual Practice. I know, cheesy plug, but it is random. ;)
(5) A year ago, I set an intention to write two books and see them on Amazon before the end of the year. I forgot about it & discovered that piece of paper in November. But I made it happen and on December 31st, there were exactly 2 books on my author page. But it was SO exciting to start writing again that I kept going, and now there are more.
(6) I once dressed up as Diana Ross for Halloween and was asked to sing at every house. Naturally, I did.
(7) I once was at a training conference and each of us was asked about making an autobiographical movie. I said that mine would be a musical and that I would want Paula Abdul to play me.
(8) I have sometimes wished I could be Paula Abdul. Or, at least, step into her life for a little while. And I can't watch the video for Coldhearted Snake without wishing I could dance like that. I took years of dance lessons as I grew up. But we didn't learn that. Do you like to dance?
(9) I love sweet tea! Because I am so sensitive to caffeine, it's like rocket fuel to me. But because I am so sensitive to caffeine, I can't drink it all day the way I would like.
(10) My tastes seem to be changing! For 3 decades, my favorite dessert has been apple pie a la mode with vanilla ice cream on top and plenty of whipped cream on top of that. And my favorite tea was Apple Crumble and I always ate an apple cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast. But now, I just don't want it anymore. I think I have somehow outlived my love of that combination of tastes. Has that ever happened to you?
(11) I also don't like sweet potato casserole as much as I did when I was younger.
Next, I will answer the questions Vidya asked me ...
Fun questions! Here we go...
Kayleigh: at Hello Hygge
Alice Gerard: Alice's Grand Adventure
Paul Taubman: Digital Maestro
Jo Kneale: How to Hygge the British Way
Asia Suler: One Willow Apothecaries
Janet Yarwood: Mummy's Monkey Bread
Claire Justine: Over 40 Fashion, Food and Fitness
Stella Scott: The Sleep Fairy at The Energized Me
Shane Hennesey: Rising Tides Life Coaching
Jason Chesnut: Sojourners
Sara Shisler Goff: The Slate Project