The Liebster Award is an example of the fun, collaborative side of blogging. It gives bloggers the chance to nominate a few of their favourites to answer some questions about themselves as well as introducing your own readers to some blogs they may not have come across yet. The other great thing about this award is that it is aimed at those of us who are still starting out in the world of blogging and haven’t got the huge readerships that some more established bloggers do. So it encourages, motivates and shares the love around the blogging community. From what I can tell, the rules vary as to which version you receive but the sentiment is the same.
I was delighted to be nominated by Holly and loved reading her answers to the questions she had been asked. TOTALLY jealous of the fact she has tortoises and we also share a love of the West Country.
Holly has set six of us eleven questions and the challenge to nominate our own favourite bloggers to continue the award cycle.
So my answers to Holly’s questions are…
1. What’s your biggest goal in life?
I have lots of different goals including some proper bucket list-style items (skydive, travel more, get on the property ladder, one day start a family) but actually what I hope I can look back on is that, in everything I strive to do and achieve, that I’ve done it well, with honour and have been good to people. I would really like to be able to look back on my life and see a life lived well that has done good. That isn’t meant to sound high and mighty, but merely an acceptance that sometimes we have to remember to be happy with who we are and the decisions we make…whether or not that includes jumping out of a plane!
2. What’s your favourite book?
I love to read and it’s one of my 2015 goals to read more. I love The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell. My Dad gave my siblings and I all a copy in June 2010 and he wrote the most amazing note in the front of mine: “To Beckie, have this in one hand and your bible in the other and don’t be a bystander, love Dad – June 2010”. It lives in my bedside table and I try to dip into it regularly. It is a book written in the early 1900s and paints a vivid picture of political, cultural, social and economic life in Britain at the time. It’s a reminder of the depths of poverty and a call to action to be part of a community that works against that.
3. Do you prefer summer or winter holidays?
This is a tricky one! I love skiing (despite having dislocated my knee and fractured my leg once!) but I also really love a boost of Vitamin D and an active holiday in the sunshine. I’m going to swing slightly more towards summer hols but it’s only just beating winter. I once went on a holiday to Lapland and learned to cross-country ski as well as going on a husky safari and we even saw the Northern Lights – it taught me that a winter holiday isn’t all about the après!
4. What’s your favourite item of clothing and why?
I’ve got a gorgeous gold dress from Jaeger that I bought on the King’s Road Christmas before last. It’s knee length, cut beautifully and such a classic that I can’t help but pin it to the top of my list. I’ve definitely made it earn its keep but it is such a useful dress to have in the wardrobe.
5. Do you have any pets?
Nope! My parents have an energetic Blue Merle Border Collie that those of you who follow my instagram will have seen appear from time to time, when I visit them it’s good to take him for long walks but there is no way that I could give a pet the time it deserves in my lifestyle at the moment. For the record, I’m definitely a dog person. My poor boyfriend must be sick to death of the recent puppy picture obsession (I think I’ve worked it out of my system now though).
6. What’s your motivation for blogging?
I love to write and it’s giving me a platform to do that which also gives me a creative outlet. I’m not sure where this little adventure is going but it’s fun and I’m enjoying the ride.
7. Who’s your favourite comedian?
Another great question! I love comedy so I’m not sure who to pick. I think at the moment I’d lean towards Miranda Hart because I empathise with a lot of her subject matter. I’m not the most graceful or elegant girl and I often manage to add clumsiness into the mix too.
8. What beauty product couldn’t you live without?
My pot of Nivea Soft. I have had skin battles since I was about 10, I had terrible acne and was eventually treated with Roaccutane (yuck yuck yuck) in 2010. It’s a nasty drug and the effects on my body were awful. The dry skin is still a battle that I’m fighting and Nivea Soft is one of the only moisturisers that I can slap on morning and night without worrying about reaction. It’s super cheap too so I don’t ever go anywhere without it.
9. What would you tell your 16 year old self?
All sorts! I actually wrote a post about this recently. I desperately want to be able to tell my 16 year old self that it’ll all be ok…but the biggest battle for my 16 year old self was self-acceptance and that’s a tough one.
10. Describe your dream house/ place to live
I would absolutely love to build my own home somewhere or take on a big renovation project mixing old with new. I love having a browse of the website Houzz for inspiration! I’m not sure about location though, I love the South Coast where I’m based at the moment because there is a gorgeous mix of seaside, countryside and village-life with easy access to town life and London just an hour or so away. I can see why so many people move to the area to raise families. However, I spent my early years in mid-Wales and that part of the world still draws me back to it. I love Wales, the culture and the countryside. I just haven’t the foggiest where I’ll end up, I’m sure it’ll all depend on what suits my future family and our careers.
11. What’s your favourite type of food or signature dish?
Being a self-confessed foodie who goes through food obsessions on a regular basis, this is hard but I have to admit that nothing much can beat a good Sunday Roast with all the trimmings, preferably with the Grand Prix to watch afterwards, log burner roaring and the Sunday papers strewn about. Bliss.
Holly, thank you so much for your questions. I really enjoyed answering them.
Now for my nominations and questions!
The rules Holly passed on for the Liebster Award is that it is for Bloggers with under 200 followers and the rules are:
1) Thank and link the person who nominated you
2) Answer the 11 questions the nominator asked
3) Nominate your favourite blogs who have less than 200 followers to take on the tag and link to their blogs below
4) Create 11 new questions for your nominees and let your nominees know they’ve been tagged so they can get started with their Liebster Award Blog Post.
It was hard to pick who to nominate as so many of those I thought including have actually recently completed their own Liebster post. My nominees are (ladies, I haven’t a clue how to work out your readership so I’ve used Bloglovin stats which I know aren’t at all accurate but at least then I had something to work with, I hope you don’t mind!):
Elaine over at Dining on Style – Elaine and I have recently been linking up with the #thebloggerssnailmail project – more on that soon.
Yara who blogs at Our Twenties – who posted some awesome shots of Copenhagen recently that made me want to hop on a plane!
Fiona who is The Escapologist’s Daughter – who writes ruddy brilliant body positive posts that I just think are fab.
Jess at Simply Being Young – I know Jess has loads of readers but I love her injection of fun!
My questions for you four are:
1. What is your favourite way to travel?
2. Why did you start your blog?
3. What’s your favourite way to spend a Saturday?
4. What two things would you save from your belongings in a disaster?
5. Do you have siblings?
6. Pick a language to learn and tell us why you chose it.
7. What would you say is your go-to dish in the kitchen?
8. What’s your favourite quote?
9. What was your favourite TV show from your childhood?
10. Heels or flats?
11. What on the top of your list of goals for 2015?
So consider yourselves nominated ladies! I look forward to reading your answers. x