Liebster Award X 2 (Updated)

Much love to the kind people who read my space in the blog universe, y’all make my life richer.

The blogosphere continues to be a positive place for me, and I really enjoy the connections I’ve made and blogs I read, like Ashley (another Ashely!) blogging at Mental Health @ Home. Thanks so much!

I was also just nominated by Roxy, and have updated this post with her questions (11 questions from her, really enjoyed reading her responses on her blog), appreciate this and thanks for taking the time to read my blog!

What is the Liebster Award?

A recognition award from one blogger to another. The word Liebster means “dearest” or “beloved.”

Rules of the Liebster Award 

  1. Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you.
  2. Provide a link to their blog.
  3. Include the award graphic.
  4. Answer the questions provided.
  5. Nominate 10 recently followed bloggers and share your post with them.
  6. Make a new set of 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

My questions from Ashley:

  1. What is the goal and/or purpose for your blog?  This blog in particular is a reset after learning that I was being cyber stalked. The man who stalks me (yep, ongoing) would read my blog obsessively, and since he lives in another country it would show up in my stats. It got to be too much for me, so I shut that blog down and here I am, being more authentic and enjoying blogging so much more!
  2. How did you come up with the name of your blog? I had been thinking through how to successfully make some lifestyle changes that would address my struggles with PTSD in a healthier way, and I realized I would just have to practice until I got better at it. Then I made a few adjustments to get a unique domain, and here I am, Practicing Imperfection.
  3. Name three things on your bucket list.  This question made me immediately think of looking at a certain person and saying, “Ha, you’re on my bucket list…” Anyway…1. Visiting all of the space-needle type buildings (I think I’ve been to 5 or 6 already?), 2. Holding a massively extravagant dinner party with all of the people I like, and 3. Having a pro do my hair and makeup for a night out.
  4. What is your favorite quote and by whom? “To hell with more, I want better.” – Ray Bradbury
  5. What are your favorite types of books to read and why? 18th Century British novels. They’re like a long, warm hug with excellent English.
  6. What is your favorite movie and/or television show? I’m a big fan of Poldark! Thanks, BBC, for that gift.
  7. What is your best memory from the year 2017? Holding a friend as she cried because she was facing past trauma and releasing emotion. I was in a place that I could understand and cry with her, and that moved the Earth under me.
  8. What did you learn from the year 2017? That shame is not necessary to living my life.
  9. What are your hopes and goals for the year 2018? I hope I have the energy to push my company to success. I have a number of people I would like to provide for, and achieving that would be so fulfilling for me.
  10. What is your favorite post you have written. Bone Deep and Mind Breaking was a really powerful moment for me, and I spoke from my soul. It was the start of something good.

My Questions from Roxy:

  1. Describe one goal you want to achieve by the end of 2018? I want to be able to run 5k in less than 40 minutes. I am neither a runner nor fast.
  2. Are you pessimistic or optimistic? Optimistic!
  3. If there was one country you could choose to go to where would it be and why? I would really like to visit Spain. I think the vibe and the food would agree with me.
  4. It’s your last ever meal…what would you eat? Hot French bread and cold butter.
  5. What is your favourite season and why? I like summer. The hotter the better, which is exactly what the temps are NOT right now.
  6. What is the first thing you would buy if you won a million pounds? I would go to dinner to celebrate and take a bunch of friends.
  7. Would you still write if WordPress never existed? I would (and do) write through other outlets, but I wouldn’t write what I post on my blog.
  8. What is your favourite sweet? Dark chocolate.
  9. If you could have a conversation with a celebrity who would it be? I’ve always thought Jamie Foxx would be cool to talk to.
  10. What was the most recent programme you watched? Worst Cooks in America on Food Network. So funny!
  11. What sets you apart from everyone else? I’m not defensive. I like to stay open to what people have to say without taking it as a threat or a negative.

 

Since I have already had the honor of being nominated for this award and I have a lot going on at the moment (but wanted to respond to Ashley!), I am going to skip the nominations, and ask instead if you will answer the questions in the comments! That way whoever would like to respond can feel free to. Much love to the kind people who read my space in the blog universe, y’all make my life richer.

My questions for You:

  1. What is your favorite breakfast food?
  2. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
  3. What is your favorite children’s book?
  4. Do you own stationery?
  5. How much time do you spend on your hair?
  6. Do you enjoy grocery shopping?
  7. Favorite flavor milk shake?
  8. How many times have you experienced heartbreak?
  9. Do you have a favorite charity?
  10. Do you wear hats?

Mystery Blogger Award

Laken at Dazed and Still Dreaming is my jam. She keeps it real, even in the really cold, and I look forward to her posts. She inspires me with her yearning for positive change, and I am looking forward to what she will make happen this year!

What is the “Mystery Blogger Award” ?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

It appears to have been started by Okoto Enigma. At least this is the information I am copying!

Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Things About Me:

  1. I watch a lot of cooking competitions. I don’t have any desire to compete, but I like to see what people who are really into making food do. If I had the time to housewife around, I would try a lot of what I see people do, I think it’s a great expression of creativity.
  2. One of the happiest days of my life was when smoking indoors started to be banned. I hate the smell of cigarettes.
  3. The better I get at managing anxiety, the less OCD I am.

Questions Laken Asked Me:

1. If you had one superpower, what would you wish to have? Flying. And fast enough to not need to teleport.
2. Out of every fantasy realm you can think of, if you had to be stuck in one world, where would you find yourself? Middle Earth seems pretty romantic and dangerous. I also don’t know of too many fantasy realms, my nerdy has other outlets.
3. What’s the weirdest conversation you remember hearing about, or the most recent? I have definitely had a very detailed conversation about cannibalism while in design school. Most of my weirdest conversations happened there.
4. Would you rather be in a place that’s too hot, or too cold? Hot, no question.
5. If you were to recommend me your favorite book or movie, what would they be? Watch Layer Cake. It’s fun and unexpected.

My Nominees (the 10 new blogs I’m following):

  1. Orme Svelate
  2. Letters Unsent
  3. Sands of Time 10
  4. On the Couch
  5. Living in a World of Wonder
  6. Sad Not Mad
  7. Reckless Love
  8. With Being Alive
  9. Searching the Meaning of Life
  10. Mentally Not Reyt

My Questions for You:

  1. What attracts you to a blog (i.e. what makes you hit the “follow” button?)
  2. If you got a tattoo (or a next), what would it be and where?
  3. Do you eat ice cream if it’s cold outside?
  4. What is your optimal sleep amount?
  5. And the weird one, do Instagram pics of hot, gooey food turn you on?

My Best Post (per # of likes) is Restoring Through Sleep.

If you choose to participate, many thanks, and if this doesn’t fit your blog style, please know I appreciate what you add to the world!

Awesome Blogger Award – Thanks!

Hunida was so kind to tag me for the Awesome Blogger Award! Blogging has been the best gift I have given myself in a long time, and bloggers like Hunida expand my view of the world in ways I deeply appreciate. She also posts some really yummy recipes with reviews, so if you’re looking for new, healthy cooking ideas in 2018, check her out!

Awesome Blogger Award Is:

“This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

Created by Miss Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala

The Rules Are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated

Hunida’s Questions:

  1. At what percentage is it time to charge your phone? I start thinking about it at 7%, I’ll get up and plug it in at 3%.
  2. If you could travel anywhere but, it has to be outside of the USA, where would you choose to go? Back to New Zealand! I didn’t see enough of it the first time.
  3. What animal would you choose to keep as a pet? (It would love you and be house-trained.) A sloth…I could probably use more chill in my life.
  4. If you were on death row, what would your last meal be? (They let you choose whatever you want.) Cheese enchiladas with guacamole.
  5. What would your dream kitchen look like? It would be full of friends and food!
  6. What was your favorite meal as a child? Has it changed now that you’re an adult? My grandma let me help make biscuits for breakfast in the morning when we visited her, and I loved it. I still love biscuits, actually…you can do so much with them.
  7. What is your favorite/most used phone app? I almost hate to say this, but Fitbit. I helps me keep track of my water intake, anxiety and how much I’m taking care of myself physically. I like data, and that is me-data.
  8. Are you a multi-tasker? Yes, but I’m not as good at it as I used to be so I’m trying to transition to focusing on one thing at a time.
  9. Do you need noise to fall asleep to or complete silence? If you need noise, what kind? Ceiling fan or it’s a long night for me!
  10. If you could choose; how would you choose to die? Any way I don’t see it coming. I stared death in the face once, and I don’t want to do it again.

My Nominees:

 

I really enjoy y’all’s blogs! Some bloggers do their own thing and I respect that, but if you want to answer some questions, here’s what I’d like to know:

My Questions:

  1. What color eye shadow?
  2. Do you like sandwiches? (If yes, please describe favorite!)
  3. Flats or heels?
  4. How much water do you drink every day, on average?
  5. What is the best coffee you’ve ever had?
  6. How do you feel about the smell of rain?
  7. If there is one blog you think I must follow, which is it?
  8. Corn chips or potato chips?
  9. Number one thing you want to do before summer 2018.
  10. How long have you been blogging?

 

Thanks for being you, keep at it, I appreciate the inspiration, insight and human connection!

Liebster Award Nomination!

Pancakes are my love language.

I started blogging on my birthday earlier this year. I had to shut down that blog because of a stalker, and for a couple of weeks I really struggled with whether blogging was a good thing for me. So many thanks to Girl With The Paw Print Tattoo for nominating me! She shows stunning and raw vulnerability through her blog, and she is what the world needs more of. Blogging has connected me to some incredible humans, and I appreciate this so much.

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What is the Liebster Award?

The Abroad American described it thusly: “Bloggers are a funny bunch. We read a lot, write a ton, scour the web for new content to consume, and even give ourselves awards for this stuff. That’s what the “Liebster Award” is – a recognition of bloggers by other bloggers. It’s only coincidental that the name is derived from the German word that means “beloved, or dear” in English. It’s been around in some form or another since 2011, so I think there is at least some credence to its name.”

 

Rules of the Liebster Award:

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award.
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nominations.
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer.

 

Questions for Me:

  1. Why did you start blogging?

I was looking for connection. I was looking for an outlet to express myself, a way to be honest in a space that wasn’t connected to my everyday life and all of the stress in it. I wanted to see how other people deal with PTSD and anxiety, I wanted to talk about my experience and I didn’t really care if a single person read my blog, I just needed to get it out of my head.

2. What is your favorite movie?

I really like Layer Cake, starring Daniel Craig and Sienna Miller before they made it big. Craig’s character is so frustrated by everyone around him and he just wants to do his thing on his terms. It’s fantastic and surprising.

3. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I’m a Texas girl and here I stay. I would consider New Zealand though.

4. What is your favorite season?

I like fall. It’s often hot here, but the air feels different. There’s a relief from summer heat and it’s before holiday stress kicks in, so in my mind it’s the perfect time of year.

5. What is your favorite holiday?

New Year’s! I don’t make resolutions or do anything crazy, but a lot of memories for me are from New Year’s, good and not so good but experiences I learned so much from. It doesn’t have the stress for me that comes from other holidays, and half the time I stay home and am sound asleep before midnight, which was my first conscious foray into ignoring the expectations of others and doing what was the best for me at the time.

6. Dogs or cats?

Dogs. Recently an adorable muppet named Falkor nosed his way into my life, and you couldn’t replace him with a cat.

7. Coffee or tea?

Earl Grey with a splash of half and half.

8. What is your favorite book?

I just read Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey, and it is a stunningly beautiful book of illustrated poetry. It was recommended to me as a rape survivor, and I will continue to benefit from reading it.

9. If you were only given one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chips and Guacamole.

10. What is your favorite hobby?

Dreaming up business ideas. It seems to be a good creative outlet.

11. Who is your favorite band?

Shinyribs! They are a hoot and a holler, and the amazing human I’m dating got us tickets to see them. So excited!

 

11 Things About Me:

  1. I’m a 6th generation Texan.
  2. I love to eat butter and sugar creamed together.
  3. I have a large collection of art that includes painting, sculpture and jewelry.
  4. I won’t sit on a toilet seat I haven’t cleaned myself.
  5. I love to give gifts outside of holidays and birthdays.
  6. I have thus far out-lawyered every attorney I have interacted with professionally, and I am not an attorney.
  7. I love bamboo fabric.
  8. I don’t like Christmas music.
  9. I am not nearly as sexy in a baseball cap as I would like to be.
  10. Pancakes are my love language.
  11. I read really fast.

 

Now I Nominate:

These blogs have all made me think or make me want to do me better this year, I hope they impact you too!

 

Questions for the Bloggers I Nominated:

  1. What is your favorite food memory?
  2. What is your favorite way to get outdoors?
  3. What are you having for dinner tonight?
  4. What is your preferred mode of transportation?
  5. Do your family and friends know you blog?
  6. M&Ms or Skittles?
  7. Do you think pennies (one cent pieces) are necessary?
  8. Can you curl your tongue?
  9. What would get you out of bed on a day you could otherwise sleep in?
  10. What makes you happy?
  11. Do you sunburn or tan?

 

So grateful for what y’all write, and looking forward to reading your answers!