The Liebster Award

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‘Ello Blogstars! I have received another Liebster award and I am so very thankful that Spoken Black Girl has award me this honor because it means she, like the rest of you Bloggies, are enjoying my moments however outrageous they may get at times. You must check out her blog for some high quality material. She tells powerful stories about her life and is an advocate for Mental Illness as well.

In fact, all of these blogs that I’m nominating are inspising and speak volumes about their lives in some respect. They keep me centered and motivated! So without further pomp, my nominees are:

Mugilan Raju from Prime my subconscious, one hint at a time –  The poems he writes are so original and transcendent with their vivid imagery that you will be transported through his words into the stories of each piece. You have to check him out!

Linda from Tales from the cabbage patch – I was definitely drawn to the name as it is one of my nicknames and it lives up to the hype for one of my monikers, lol. Linda has a comedic heir to her life stories that are so relateable and when I tell you her pictures add to the hilarity I cry real tears laughing at her posts. Definitely worth checking out!

Sunshine from Sunshine Rays on Life– I Sunshine’s blog because her poems are so simple and refreshing. They just wash over you like a wave and make your feel like you could have though of the same thing when you saw that object or moment in time and the poems just make me feel so HAPPY!

Megan from The Manic Years  is a fellow mental health advocate that you should keep on your watch list. Her unique mix of mental health advocacy and art is inspiring! She gives you her story as well as the stories of countless others letting you know that you are not alone and is honest about her everyday struggles letting you know that there is hope! I love it!

Deidra Alexander at Deidra Alexander’s Blog is an amazing fiction writer that poetically writes about her everyday life in such a way that you feel you are truly reading about the most spectacular adventure. I mean I really feel like I am in another world reading her blog. Please check it out. She’s one of the many talented writers that I follow.

I wish I could list all of the bloggers that I love. There are so many, please do not feel slighted if I missed you, believe me I can always send many awards around another time. 😉

Here’s the part when I answer some questions for your reading pleasure!

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Random Facts

  1. I am super competitive
  2. I have an additive personality
  3. I enjoy random facts and trivia
  4. I once got stuck under a wall under water for nearly 2 minutes and no one knew I was there because I would dig holes in the sand and swim through with friends when we were kids at a lake called silver lake and I almost drowned. I finally dug enough sand away to get out.
  5. I will try any activity at least once
  6. I have a strange quirk about touchy sticky things with my hands. It seriously freaks me out, it started in college when a 2-liter soda exploded in my dorm room and we found sticky areas everywhere for weeks.
  7. I organize my closet based on color (ROY G. BIV), season, and ‘dress’ (active wear, dressy, casual).
  8. I love cartoons and anime and watch them every chance I get
  9. I enjoy scary movies but if they are too scary I tend to have to watch cartoons after to ‘erase’ the scariness it caused, who needs those nightmares or feelings that someone is in your house
  10. Sometimes my anxiety is so strong I feel like I could crawl out of my skin and I have to find something to do with myself to distract my mind, like bust a move, sing, make a strange noise for no reason, or whatever my mind or body compels me to do at the time (I know, sounds a bit ADHD, but don’t think I am, least I have not been diagnosed as such).
  11. I enjoy planning and organization and if I had the money I would do this professionally not just with trips and homes but also with my industrial and organizational degree for HR.

Now for my questions!

  1. What’s your favorite thing about blogging? My favorite thing about blogging is talking to people across the entire world and knowing the people who tune in just like on television, chose to hear me. Each time I see a place across the map light up, especially one not in my own country I secretly get all giddy and do an dance in my head that resembles the one I did outwardly that was not so smooth (though I am a pretty good dancer. Those spur of the moment silly dances don’t always come off that smooth).

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  1. Do you enjoy any other forms of artistic expression outside of your blog? Yes, I paint, crotchet, play instruments now more on my technical devices than my clarinet and keyboards, sing, write, and I would love to pick up dance again.
  2. What was your favorite book as a kid? I love you forever
  3. Have you lived in multiple neighborhoods, states or countries? Which shaped you the most? Do tell! I currently in above a complex of art Galleries in an art district which is truly expanding my artistic views and I love it. It is reestablishing my art basics and now I am fully back into and just truly appreciating it all.
  4. What’s your number one guilty pleasure food? POTATOES, I am like the bubba gump of potatoes people! I can eat/ cook them just about any way, fried, scalloped, boiled, baked, broiled, mashed, whipped, julienne, sliced, diced, I’ll eat cheese potatoes, garlic, in a boat, on a moat, I Love potatoes the MOST!
  5. What’s your spirit animal? I would have to say a fish and in specific I love the Koi fish. I have always loved water and I at one point in my life I was certified I was certified with just about everything dealing with water, lifeguard, scuba diving, swim coach, swim instructor, and so on. I just love water. It keeps me at peace. I can sit and listen to the waves lapping all day long. Storms and water just calm me.
  6. Okay, if you could time travel. When, where?! If I could time travel I would travel to 1999 to when my brother was 13. I would give him some critical advice and love that he would need to help veer his life in the right direction hopefully before it got too out of hand to the point it is at now.
  7. What’s one thing about you that your readers would never guess? I am made of up the most random things ever so many people say all the time you JUST NEVER KNOW WITH CHRIS so this one was fairly easy. Picking ONE was the hard part. Each year, I must watch the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week shows. I DVR them or watch them live but I must see them. I know all the episodes and which ones are from previous years to catch you up to the current year when they show snippets and my husband just sort of looks at me in amazement but he doesn’t say anything.
  8. What is one current issue that really moves you? Well all my readers know mental health is really important to me but another issue is children’s advocacy and hunger. I cannot stand by and watch a child go without for any reason not just because it is wrong but because I was once that child.
  9. Where do you go / what do you do when you want to feel completely relaxed? I go to a spa and get a massage and/or a place near water and just listen to water.
  10. If you could help one thing from the 90s make a comeback…So many things from the 90s are already making a comeback so that is hard, but if I had to pick one thing it would have to be it’s a tie between Planter’s cheese balls and Fruitopia. When I was younger you could always catch me with a baggie of cheese balls because my parents would buy me the cardboard and metal or the HUGE clear container that was bigger than your head and I would walk around eating them. I even took them with me on my first trip to New Jersey and spilled them while helping my cousin move into his new apartment on his new carpet, LOL. I felt like a boob because I was like 15 trying to be cool and everyone made me feel so bad for it. It was an accident and I was trying to clean it…It didn’t stain it. They did get free labor out of me geesh! With that said maybe I will pick the Fruitopia, it never got me in trouble, LOL.

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Now some instructions for my nominees:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to them.
  • List these rules somewhere in your post.
  • Name your favorite blog that is not your own with a short description.
  • Answer the questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 5-11 bloggers for this lovely award, who have fewer than 200 subscribers.
  • List 11 Random Facts about yourself.
  • List 11 questions for your nominees to answer on their posts!
  • Let your nominees know you nominated them!

My questions for you to answer:

  1. Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
  2. Do you have any phobias?
  3. What was the last thing that really made you laugh?
  4. What is the weirdest thing you have ever done?
  5. What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
  6. Are you an introvert or an Extrovert?
  7. What was the last book you read?
  8. If you could tell your past self one thing, what would it be?
  9. If you could spend an endless amount of money on any one thing, who/what would it be?
  10. What is your one guilty pleasure?
  11. If you could have one super power what would it be and why?

Another Liebster Award! I Feel So Loved!

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Big shout out to My Eye Candy for nominating  me for the LIEBSTER award. I am so flattered to be nominated again for this award. I think My Eye Candy’s blog is amazing and you should really check out her blog.

THE RULES:

  1. Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you and include the Liebster Award sticker in the post.
  2. Nominate 5-10 other bloggers and notify them of this in one of their posts.
  3. All nominated bloggers are to have less than 200 followers.
  4. Answer the 10 questions posed by your nominator and create 10 different questions for your nominees to answer. Or, you can repeat the same questions.
  5. Copy these rules into your post.

My Answers are:

1. Spider man or venom? I prefer a bit darker and more edgy costume so venom, LOL

2. Where are you from? Raleigh, NC (USA)

3. Where is you dream holiday destination? Japan when the cherry blossoms bloom

4. 100,000 dollars to eat a can full of worms, would you? Yep as long as I can prepare them the way I want and plug my nose, I would do it ‘Bizzare Foods’ style like television show and try to make it gourmet, lol

5. What is you favorite holiday? April Fool’s then Halloween

6. Who is you ultimate celebrity crush? LL Cool J then Idris Elba

7. Do you play any sports? yes, I swim, do adventure runs, whitewater raft

8. Do you believe in life after death? I believe in Heaven

9. Are you married, single or dating? Married and I still date my husband 🙂

10. If you could be anyone who would you like to be? Sanaa Lathan or Angelina Jolie

I nominate (because I love your blogs and the content is what just keeps drawing me in- check out these amazing blogs) :

Whyinda

mad243

Julius Tyson

Graceburke2

of life she writes

Here are the questions you need to answer:

1. If you could be any superhero or Supervillian would you be?

2. Where are you from?

3. Where is you dream destination?

4. 100,000 dollars to eat a can full of worms, would you?

5. What is you favorite holiday?

6. Who is you ultimate celebrity crush?

7. If you could choose one sense to lose which would it be (sight, touch, smell, hearing, or taste)?

8. If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?

9. Are you married, single or dating?

10. If you could be anyone who would you like to be? 

Blog Tips and Award Business!

Just like NenaMy first blog post was in July of this year and I remember feeling apprehensive about what the whole blogging experience would be like. I experienced my first mishap with WordPress right off the bat because I scheduled my post for a particular time and it ended up posting at the wrong time.

I realized(a month later) it was my fault because I did not have my blog set to my time zone 😛

I actually didn’t realize it posted at the wrong time until I kept seeing when the post would say it was most popular or someone had just made a comment. I was excited because someone actually read and liked my post! But I was also frustrated that I couldn’t make WordPress work like I wanted it to.

Blogging is a wonderfully amazing thrill that never allows me to to sit back and come of my tippy toes for the very moment I do I feel like I am missing something, but in a good way, LOL.  Being able to express my thoughts and bits and pieces of who I am with the world has allowed me to feel connected to the world in a whole new way that I have never felt before. However, I would not have been able to feel as confident and motivated to give to others if it were not for you…my readers.

The best part of blogging is the community of people out there, bloggers and non-bloggers, that support the freedom and beauty of expression.

People like Nena and Claire that so graciously nominated me for the Liebster Award. They are both beautiful bloggers with gorgeous spirits who are encourage, love, and support in life in its many endeavors and are worthy of following so I would recommend checking out their sites.

Liebster AwardExposing yourself to the world through writing can be difficulty enough without including the learning curve for managing a site.

Here are a few technical blog tips and links that have helped me find my way around WordPress and improve my blogging experience:

  1. How to add a photo gallery like I did in my Challenge | Photography post
  2. How to Reduce Your Bounce Rate
  3. How to add multiple pages to a post like I did in my 33 Questions post
  4. Pingback to alert a fellow WordPress blogger of a post you mentioned them in (I used this to notify my nominees for this post; link to a specific post on their site instead of linking to their main URL/site name)
  5. WordPress Smilies Commands
  6. How to Add a Downloadable Printable to a Blog Post
  7. Adding Titles and Alt Text to Images
  8. WordPress.com versus WordPress.org

Hope this list helps some of you like it has me 🙂

Ultimately, the key to a successful blog is being a giver like those I mentioned above. Visiting and sharing your genuine thoughts and “likes” on other blogs will result in the reciprocation of that same love back to you.

In the spirit of giving, I am going to pay forward the Liebster Award nomination to all my nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award.

The following are the rules for the Blogger Recognition Award:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • Write a post and give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  • Let the nominees know you have nominated them and provide a link to the nomination details.

*For the rules on the Liebster Award visit Anand’s post or click on the Liebster Award image above. If you have already received the liebster award, then feel free to use the idea of paying it forward to at least one blogger.

Nominees

1) Finesseh

2) The Happy Healthy Kiwi

3) Deborah Bryan

Keep up the sword and pen and enjoy your love for expression!

Much Love,

Chris

Liebster Award! Many Thanks!

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Thank you Kerri Williams for the nomination! I am so honored. Each time I get nominated for an award I can hardly believe anyone is reading my little blog! I am still shocked that I have one and that people read it, LOL. Well let’s get started! Here is how it works:

  • Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated me and include the Liebster Award sticker in the post.
  • Nominate 5-10 other bloggers and notify them of this in one of their posts.
  • All nominated bloggers are to have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator and create 11 different questions for your nominees to answer.  Or, you can repeat the same questions.
  • Copy these rules into your post.
  1. And now for the questions to my nominations:
    1. How do you take your coffee? Um I don’t but If I drink a coffee type drink once every three months it must be like a frozen caramel macchiato.
    2. How do you respond to sex if your medication has taken your sex drive away? I don’t even want to be touched and I do try to do so just for my husband because I empathize for him. It’s not his fault and I try for him. However, this has not been an issue for a long time, LOL.
    3. What is your sexual orientation? I am female who is very tomboy
    4. What do you think is the kindest, most selfless thing you have ever done? Told my now husband that he did not have to marry me knowing that I loved him because I was just diagnosed with MG 2 weeks before our wedding because it was a chronic disorder and I did not want him to be tied down to possible taking care of me forever not knowing fully how bad it could be, but that it could be really bad. I wanted him to know that I loved him and did not blame him if he wanted out and no one in my family would either.
    5. What do you think the meanest and most selfish thing you’ve ever done? I took for granted my ability to have children when I was younger and now it may not be possible
    6. Do you have or want children? I do not have children but I want to
    7. How do you react to people that get up in your face? I breathe and try to meditate if it is in anger and if it is just a bubble buster I try to breathe and try to find natural ways to create space such as an object like a desk between us something of that nature, LOL.
    8. Have you told your employer, employees, school friends or teachers that you suffer from mental illness? I have told people that I suffer from having high anxiety and that I exercise and organize things as a form of reducing my anxiety but they do not know the extent to mental illness because it is well controlled thankfully! But yes, they all know! Many people suffer from anxiety and since it is a more common or mainstream mental illness I’m lucky in being able to express it versus other more stigmatized mental illnesses.
    9. Where would your perfect holiday destination be? In Europe during the fall or Christmas time. I Just have always had so many books and dreams and movies setr during that time it seems so magical. Harry ‘Potteresque’. I would have a butter beer, lol and be bundled up with my husband and eat tons of great food and seem many historical places and museums and take a little gondola ride. Yep!
    10. How often do you shower daily? 4-5 times a week I sometime go no where on the weekends AT ALL, LOL
    11. Do you floss? Yes but not as often as I should, LOL (only a few times a week)

And now for the questions to my nominations:

  1. How do you like your eggs?
  2. What is the wildest thing you have ever done?
  3. What is your sexual orientation or that you most relate to (there is a difference, lol)?
  4. What do you think is the kindest, most selfless thing you have ever done?
  5. What do you think the meanest and most selfish thing you’ve ever done?
  6. Do you have or want children?
  7. How do you react to people that get up in your face?
  8. Have you told your employer, employees, school friends or teachers about your blog?
  9. Where would your perfect holiday destination be?
  10. What is your favorite movie?
  11. What is one thing or person that makes you smile no matter how bad things are?

OK I nominate the following people:

Modern1marvel

Alexa

Marie

Tyrone Pierre

Claire

Rayven Satterfield