What's up friends? I've got this cool thing to tell you about.
Apparently there is an internet award given by bloggers to bloggers. You know, share the love, build the community kind of thing. I dig that. I love it when people support others in the same field... the world needs more builder-uppers and less selfish buttheads.
Sorry, I was beginning to digress there.
The award is known as The Liebster Award. And I am so happy to accept the nomination from Breeana (Momming with Grace).
As they say in Pirates of the Caribbean, these are "more guidelines than actual rules."
My Nomination and the Q&A
1. Which element (earth, wind, fire, water) best describes your personality and why?
Fire. Without a doubt. Fire represents inner strength, transformation through action, willpower. And it is associated with anger and passion. I laughed when I read them. Those pretty much sum me up.
Fire is the most dangerous of the elements, but it also one of the most incredible. It has a wonderful balance of destructiveness/unruliness and warmth/beauty. I love that Fire is intimidating to some; people tend to fear (or dislike) that which they do not understand.
2. What quote, scripture, or mantra do you live by?
"A real man will be honest, no matter how painful the truth is. A coward hides behind lies and deceit." and "Making mistakes is better than faking perfection."
Although those two might seem unrelated, to me they are intertwined. I try incredibly hard to live an honest life. I am not fake. I found out as a teenager that I am a terrible liar (my mom used to tell me I had "lying eyes"). And lying seemed like too much work, always having to remember who you told what to, not to mention it's just a flat out sin. So, as a teenager I gave it up. I may not answer a direct question, I may sidestep an issue, but you can rest assured that what I say is the truth as I know it. I do not aim to deceive or trick. It's just not me. And that is not always appreciated... Actually, it's usually disliked and undervalued.
I learned another valuable lesson in high school: fake people suck, and they are not worth the time of day. I could go on and on and on about all the fake, phony, two-faced, fair weather peeps I have known (and still do). But I won't. I learned that everyone makes mistakes, no one has a perfect life. Some of us just make our mistakes loud and royally (I've been wearing that crown for decades). Mistakes don't make me less of a person - they make me a person. And I would rather mess up publicly so maybe someone could learn from my blunders than project a false reality for my own benefit or so people will think I'm cool.
3. Tell a story about the most defining moment in your life.
Honestly, I am not ready to talk about this yet. Even 20 years later, the thought of writing about it has increased my blood pressure and might trigger a panic attack. Sorry. This one is going to remain secret for a while longer.
4. What's your favorite parenting hack?
I know this is not super cool or glam, but I keep a Sharpie next to the fridge. Each time one of my kids (or adults too) opens a bottle drink, I write their initials on the cap. We've got S, M, RR & RC written on lots of stuff. This way, I can say, "Reagan, do not open another water bottle. There are three RR waters open in the fridge." This is especially important and useful when peeps are sick. NO SHARING!
5. What's your go-to road trip snack?
Oh, that's easy: Skittles.
6. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I've always wanted to be a writer and editor. I'm living the dream, baby. Although, in my fantasy, I make more money and have earned the title "New York Times Best Selling Author."
7. What book(s) are you currently reading?
As I am writing this, I have just begun Harlan Coben's Stay Close. And am about half way through James Patterson's Cross Fire.
8. Who is your biggest advocate/motivator?
Cheesy and unbelievable as it may be, it's Stu. I know, Stu? Yep. He pushes me to do this whole writing thing. He tells me how great I am at it, he tells me he's proud. But more than that, he tells other people. And that means a lot to me. I have a hard time with self-promotion.
I also have to say that my Mom and friend Jess are my biggest "Mommy" advocates and motivators. Both have had to talk me off the parenting ledge many times. Both are there for me whenever I need to cry, complain. Both have a 6th sense and seem to know when I need to hear that I am not a failure, that I am in fact a good mom, that what I am dealing with is normal and not the result of my mess-up.
9. Why did you decide to start a blog?
I started this blog on Valentine's Day 2011. I cannot believe that it has been 6+ years. The blog began on Blogspot, and several years ago I moved it, creating an entire website for it.
But why did I start it? Well, two reasons.
1. I was not sure about blogs when I started. I didn't know anyone who did it or read any. I kind of walked in blind. I chose blogging because my sister (Jackie) was not on Facebook, and I wanted a way to share things with her. A blog seemed like a great place for me to document funny stories and share pictures of my kids growing up. I wanted a way to remember all the crazy stuff that happens.
2. I LOVE writing. I have always written. It's cheaper than therapy and healthier than drinking. Writing is my passion, no way around that.
10. What's one thing your readers don't know about you?
Well, you guys don't know that I get super chatty very late at night.
So, last night Stu went upstairs about 20 minutes before I did. I came in (he was near snoring) and climbed in bed. It was at that exact moment that I remembered about 30 things I wanted to talk to him about. And I preceded to chat his (now awake) ears off. I was actually explaining this whole Liebster Award to him. I told him about the nomination, what I had to do, I rattled off some of the questions that Breeanna had answered in her post. Finally, I began the run down of these ten questions. I got to this one, and said, "I have no idea what to share here. What do people not know about me?" He goes, "No one knows that you TALK CONSTANTLY EVERY SINGLE NIGHT WHEN YOU GET IN BED." Then he laughs for like 10 minutes. And adds, "And you have done this every night for as long as I can remember. It's something about the bed. You can go the entire evening without so much as a complete sentence to me... then I want to go to bed, and BAM! a 45 minute conversation." By this point I was dying. He's spot on. His final words were, "You better write out this whole conversation. Good night. Stop talking."
So, there you have it. My midnight secret.
My Lucky Nominees
I would like to shout out the following 5 super incredible bloggers:
Jenny @ Princess Turned Mom
Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog
Annie @ The Real Housewife of Fresno
Casey @ We Took the Road Less Traveled
Kelle @ Enjoying the Small Things
I LOVE these blogs. They are all fantastic. If you are on Bloglovin', you can easily follow all of us. I'll put a link at the bottom for you.
To these 5 power moms, below I have 10 questions for you to answer in a post.
10 Questions to Answer
What does a typical day look like?
When it comes to spoiling yourself, what is your favorite way to self-indulge?
If you were going to be marooned on an island and you could bring 3 material possessions with you, what would you take? Why?
Do you have a secret skill?--Something you are amazing at, but perhaps not many people know it...
If you had the chance to visit with a 16-18 year old version of yourself, what would you want her to know?
Is blogging a career or hobby for you?
What do you love most about blogging?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
Hollywood comes knocking. They want to make your life into a movie. You get to cast the film. Who do you choose to play you, and why?
Which is your favorite: Twitter, Instagram or Facebook?
Family & Life
Nothing super fancy here. Probably not life changing either. But you might enjoy a peek into our world.