The Liebster Award

I was really excited to find out I was nominated for a Liebster Award this week! It's a nomination given to smaller bloggers by other small bloggers. Its a fun way to be recognized and acknowledge other bloggers, as well as spread the word about great content and new ideas. I had seen the award once previously, and forgotten about it, so I am thankful that Angela at Setting My Intention nominated me. I accept Angela! Stop by her blog as well and see how she is working to simplify life one step at a time with her family. She talks about decluttering, children, fitness, and minimalism, among other things. She also has some great posts about finances. I particularly enjoyed her advice on purchasing rental property for an income stream.

The Rules: 

1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Answer the questions given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate up to 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
4. Create 11 questions for the nominees.
5. Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.

Questions for me: 

1. When did you start blogging and why? I actually started blogging about five or six years ago when I was a K-8 technology teacher/integrationist. I had a great PLN (personal learning network) on Twitter and blogged about the neat things we did in the classroom using technology. I blogged right up until I left teaching about a year ago. Since then, I have missed the creativity and connections of blogging, so I tried to start my own person blog (about three times actually!) I finally found my voice on the topic of living a simple life and started this blog five months ago. 

2. When you're not blogging, what would we find you doing? Reading! Reading books, other blogs, the internet, newspaper, and magazines. I am a learner at heart. However, now that it is summer, I might also be riding my bike :)

3. What book are you currently reading? Well, I just finished a book that was a mystery/love story and involved quilts. Another hobby of mine is quilting, and I like books that have quilting as one of their themes. 

4. What is our favorite food? Pizza probably wins that one. Mushroom, sausage and onion on a thin crust. We have a really good pizza place by us and we pick up a pizza as a treat once in a while. 

5. What's your favorite way to exercise and get movement in your day? I absolutely love to ride my bike. We have a 20 mile bike trail (40 miles round trip) right near our house. We usually only do about 12 miles in a trip as that takes an hour, but I go as often as I can. This year I challenged myself to ride 500 miles. I am just met the 300 mile mark. 

6. How do you relieve stress? Biking, reading or walking. Sometimes, I just need to be by myself. I am very fortunate that my new job has very little stress, compared to my last one. 

7. What is your favorite thing about blogging? I love reading other's blogs including the comments, and I hope that I inspire a few people with my posts. Sharing information is what I really love about it. 

8.What is the most challenging thing about blogging? Finding the time to do it consistently! I have tons of ideas, over 100, and since I am trying to be true to creating a simple life, I only post about twice a week. That is why it has taken me a few days to finish this post. 

9. If you were gifted $150, how would you treat yourself? Hmm, I have been thinking about buying one really nice purse, instead of the the four I have that I sort of like. This would be a real treat since I tend to buy things too frugally. 

10. What is your favorite quote or saying? As I have gotten older, I have learned to "never say never." You just never know what things will happen to you or how your views may change. 

11. What characteristics do you most love about yourself? I am very organized and reliable. If I say I will do something, I will do it. Both characteristics have served me well in life. 

I nominate: (I am not sure on readership, but these appear to be newer blogs)

Northern Expenditure
Compass of My Heart
Present Path
The Simplicity Journey
Simple Family Home
Simple is the New Green

My questions for the nominees:

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. List one blog that inspires you.
3. How has blogging influenced your life recently?
4. What hobbies do you enjoy doing?
5. Do you enjoy traveling or nesting?
6. Describe your favorite place to be.
7. Tell us one goal you have.
8. Would you rather read a book or watch a movie?
9. Would you rather vacation at the beach or in the mountains?
10. What is one frustration you are trying to solve?
11. What is one activity you like to do with your family/friends?

Thank you Angela for the nomination and I hope my nominees enjoy the award :)


  1. Hey Lisa! This was fun to read! I feel like I know you better - and I'll be checking out those other blogs as well.


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