Well I have definitely been slacking in responding to the Liebster Award nominations I received. A sincere apology to Ksenija for the long, long, long delay! I also just recently received a lovely nomination from this wonderful lady! So, I’ll go in order that I received them.
First a little run down on what this is all about…
The nominated blogger has to:
1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger
2. Share 11 random facts about yourself
3. Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you
4. List 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers (as best as you can tell based on the info provided!)
They should be bloggers that you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers that you nominated to answer
6. Let all of the bloggers know that they’ve been nominated. You cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you.
Eleven random facts about myself:
1) I hate shopping with other women. I always have. Even when I was young and it was like the ‘cool thing to do’ in going to the mall and shop with your friends, I just couldn’t do it. Granted, I’d go along with them to just hang out, but I would never actually take the time to look for clothes for myself. I like going on my own. I like taking my time and not feeling rushed or hurried.
2) I am the type of person who falls asleep right away, every night. Seriously, once my head hits the pillow, I’m out within seconds, it seems. I can’t remember the last time I had trouble falling asleep. I am SO thankful for it, too. I know of many people who struggle to fall asleep, or stay asleep, and I rarely ever have any troubles with sleeping. Once I’m out, I’m usually out for the whole night, until I wake up in the morning. The only time I do wake up in the middle of the night is often because of my cat waking me up.
3) I know nothing about beer. People talk about hops and brew styles and pale ales and dark brews (I’m not sure I’m just making these things up right now, but they do sound like real things I’ve heard people talk about in reference to beer) As much as I know nothing about beer, I do enjoy drinking it. But then again, I can’t really tell the difference either. Same with wines. I never understood how someone could describe a wine as ‘oaky’ or that it tastes like it came from a barrel. What are you people talking about!? How could you possibly taste that? Who knows what a barrel tastes like? This girl, does not. However, I again, really enjoy drinking wine. Admittedly, I buy the cheapest stuff because I like it and I really can’t taste the difference between a cheap bottle and an expensive one! I will never be a wine or beer connoisseur.
4) I have never owned a smartphone, to date. Although, that is going to change this month. My phone contract ends this month and the hubster and I are looking to get some more bang for our buck, so we’re planning on switching providers and upgrading to a smartphone. I am pretty dumb and have really not the first clue about smartphones and which ones are good or the best route to take. So if anyone has any suggestions, opinions, thoughts, I’d love (like really really love) to hear them!
5) I will probably live the rest of my life without ever touching a sweet potato again. I know, healthy living bloggers, that is unheard of. But I had anabsolutely horrible experience when I was really young. I had been in the hospital, for quite a while, and the first food I ate when I came home was sweet potato, something my mom must have thought would be not too heavy on my stomach, but still something of substance. Well, not to be too graphic, but it did not sit well and I ended up throwing up almost immediately after eating it. Now even the smell of sweet potato makes me feel nauseous, so I really, really don’t think I will ever attempt to eat it again. (I was going to include a picture of a sweet potato, but I literally got grossed out at even looking at the pictures! no lie!)
6) I get really weird about people laying/sitting on my side of the bed or resting their head on my pillow. That is my space. Nice and clean and comfy for me. I seriously don’t share my pillows with others or my side of the bed. One time someone happened to lay in my bed to take a nap and I freaked out about it. I didn’t know if they even used my pillow but I had to make sure I flipped it over before I rested my head on it. Normally I’m a very sharing person, but I will not share when it comes to this!
7) I also have my ‘spot’ on the couch. Not that I will beat anyone up over it, or make someone move if they’ve sat their tooshes in my ‘spot’. But when the couch is totally free or it’s just the hubster and I at home, I always sit in the same.exact.spot! Without fail!
Oh Big Bang Theory, how I love you.
8) Up until I was oooh maybe around 19 or 20 years old, I still had been collecting the Bazooka Bubble Gum comics. Yep, you read that right. I literally bought the gum, just for the comics. (Plus, I do love bubble gum flavored gum, but really I could have just bought Extra) I had a small collection of the comics and found out that my mother threw them away. I was really, really upset. I really don’t know why I was saving them or what I was going to do with them, but it was just what I did. She must have thought it silly for an adult woman to save them?! 😦 I also won’t lie, I have went out of my way to see if they still sell Bazooka Bubble Gum in stores and I haven’t had any success so far…And I just looked it up and found this information “Please notice: We are sad to announce that Bazooka Bubble Gum as we knew it as kids is being discontinued by Topps. In an effort to appeal to today’s children Topps has changed just about everything including taste, shape and packaging. Bazooka Joe comics are also gone. We are deeply disappointed and when our current stock is gone we will not carry the new style. It’s just not the same.” Oh the humanity! I am legit disappointed.
9) I drink two cups of coffee everyday. I have had occasions where I haven’t been able to have my normal two cups of coffee on a given day, and honestly those days just are pretty crappy. I love my coffee…and I’m used to the caffeine, so I just end up feeling pretty ‘off’ the whole day. The only time it really happens is if I’m traveling, or have somewhere I need to go early in the morning on the weekend and can’t stand to drink copious amounts of coffee with my need to always go to the bathroom afterward.
10) Until I was married, I never tried sushi. I was always a little bit intimidated by it, not sure what I was going to get myself into. My family never went out for sushi (I still don’t think my dad has ever tried one single piece!) so I never really experienced it before. But when I met Scott, we tried different things together and he told me how great it was. So, I gave it a shot. My findings? It is AH-mazing! Now I absolutely LOVE it!
11) I love reading. I wish I had a lot more free time to sit and read. I view a good book as an adventure, something takes me out of my life and into the story. I’ve been able to completely submerse myself in a good book before, and it is literally one of the best feelings in the world. It’s similar to what happens when you see a good movie that just draws you in…you almost feel like you were a part of it or that the movie was about you and your life. When I read a good book, I’m able to be almost part of the story, and I love that feeling.
Questions from Ksenija:
1. What has blogging taught you?
To be more open and honest about my life, my recovery, the ups and downs that I face in the day to day. It’s been a platform for me to be completely raw and sometimes entirely vulnerable and real. But at the same time it has shown me that nothing bad will come from being open and honest about how you feel or what you think. It’s shown me that it’s okay and that a lot of people can identify or relate in some way to the struggles that I face. There’s a sense of peace knowing that you are not alone and others can understand where you face obstacles and challenges.
2. How you your perfect day look food wise?
Hmm…(aside from perfect, 100% compliance with my meal plan, which is a given) let’s talk specifics…breakfast would be a huge waffle with pumpkin and apple butter on top, or fresh strawberries or blueberries with strawberry or blueberry sauce on top. Lunch would be a jazzed up grilled cheese sandwich with sauteed onions and mushrooms, and hell, maybe even a big meat patty on there to make it a cheeseburger 😉 paired with a side salad with thousand island dressing and waffle fries. Dinner would be probably something breakfast related. I love breakfast foods. So maybe a veggie and cheese omelette, with a side of biscuits and gravy and hash browns. For dessert, a big slice of cheesecake with strawberry sauce on top! (Granted, I’d have to be a hungry hippo for the duration of the day so I could eat all of this!)
3. What is your favorite movie?
Favorite movie…hmm. This one always gets me! I don’t know if I really have a favorite. But I definitely tend to prefer dramas or quirky, off-beat movies. I’m not big into comedies because I find they are more dumb than funny. I don’t really like horror movies because they just seem to be all the same, unrealistic, and dumb (plus, needlessly gory).
4. Share a childhood memory!
Hmm, the first one that came to mind was from car rides when I was little, especially on long road trips. My parents would be in the front seat, and my brother and I would be in the back seat. I was really young and still in a booster seat. My brother kept unbuckling my seat belt, then would ‘tattle’ on me and say that I unbuckled my seat belt. My dad would pull the car over, I’d get a good scolding to not unbuckle my seat belt, get buckled back up and then we’d start driving again (all the while my brother was idly sitting by letting me get in trouble for something he did!) Well, one time my dad saw him in the rear view mirror reach over to my seat belt to unbuckle me and then he got it good! Muahaha, sweet, sweet revenge big bro! 😛
5. What is your dream career?
Doing something that is inspiring or motivational to others, in some way. I’d prefer it to be somehow related to eating disorders, but at the very least something with mental/behavioral health.
6. If you came into a fortune – what would you do with it?
I think first and foremost I would give my parents quite a bit of money so that my mom could finally retire and be able to enjoy her time with my dad now. I would also make sure they had enough money to find a new place to live, preferably a really nice condo since that is what they’re interested in now…and also to not have to worry about anything financially going forward. I’d want them to be as worry-free as possible and to simply enjoy their remaining years together as much as possible.
I’d save a good chunk of it. A lot of it, actually. I’d use some money to go back to school to pursue further education. If money was no object, I would see no reason not to pursue psychology, in hopes to someday be a therapist for eating disordered individuals, or at the very minimum, obtain a degree that would allow me to work with eating disordered individuals in some capacity.
I would donate a large portion to eating disorder organizations, like Project HEAL, that provide scholarships for those who need treatment but can’t afford it. Also, to eating disorder treatment/advocacy.
I’d share what else I could with my other friends and family, giving what I could to them to make sure they would be assisted financially in any way possible.
7. Where in the world would you love to live?
Any of these places that Thomas Kinkade has painted. Plus about 100 more of his paintings.
8. What celebrity (or character) would you love to meet one day and why?
Jennifer Lawrence. I think she just seems like a really rockin’, down-to-earth, real girl. I like her as an actor and as a person. I think she would probably be really candid and pretty straight forward about anything you would talk to her about. I think having a conversation with her would be really awesome.
9. What makes your blog special?
I think the fact that I’m really honest. I don’t pretend to be something I’m not, nor portray my life in a way that isn’t true or realistic. I also don’t write about things or say things that I think others will want to hear. I speak what is on my mind. I’m human and I show my faults and failings. I can show my vulnerabilities and weaknesses and I think that is a pretty special thing.
10. Play favorites! Which of your posts did you like the best?
Strides are strides, no matter how small, What happens when your pants don’t fit, Thoughts on what really matters, You do your thing, I’ll do mine, An honest post: treating my body with kindness
Life lessons I’m learning lately, Change your focus, See your real worth
11. You’re invited to my costume ball! What costume will you wear?
Ah I really love this question! I think the idea of a costume ball is most fabulous! I would love to attend one some day. It depends on if it would be a fun costume ball or a formal, fancy costume ball. I will answer for each scenario, though. For a formal one, probably a fancy, big ball gown with a simple mask (like you would wear for a masquerade). For a fun one, maybe any costume inspired by Lady Gaga’s outfits. She’s got the weirdest, quirkiest outfits ever! (These are actually some of her most ‘normal’ ones)
Now in response to the second batch:
1. What is your favorite song to workout to?
I’m not sure if I have an absolute favorite song…but I usually find myself going to Kesha, Karmin or Cher Lloyd for some good upbeat music to get me pumped and high energy for my workouts.
2. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?
I think Italy. I’ve always wanted to go there, for as long as I can remember. I think it would be a fabulous place, full of lots of things to do and see. There’s a great variety of history, art, architecture, food, and drink that would be well worth exploring and experiencing.
3. What’s your favorite dinner to whip up for friends?
Hmm..I love making fajitas. It’s quick, easy, and super customizable with all of the different toppings. It’s a winner every time I make it!
4. What was your college degree – if you are in the process, or have received one?
I have an Associates Degree in Accounting. However, I do not do Accounting for my current profession. I am totally okay with that. Numbers are fine and dandy, but it can be quite boring and tedious to work with numbers all day, everyday. I am currently thinking of going back to school, though. (only part-time) I will continue to work full-time at my current job and either take a couple night classes or take some online classes. I want to either pursue nutrition science (i.e. dietitian) or human services (i.e. something related to counseling, therapy, or an intake specialist for mental/behavioral health)
5. What’s your favorite quote?
6. Favorite smoothie recipe?
I used to be a master smoothie maker. When I was still living at home, come summertime, I would make big batches of smoothies for my family. I think my favorite combination was strawberries, bananas, yogurt, and a flavored crystal light mix. Sometimes I’d add in some honey or other mixed berries. But the strawberry banana was always my favorite to make!
7. What was the most significant moment in your life thus far?
As weird as this may sound, I think it was the day that I reached out and contacted an eating disorder treatment clinic for help. It was the biggest step I could have taken and one that I do not regret. It was one of the best decisions I think I could have made. I was at a really, really bad point with my eating disorder. Eating nothing but saurkraut and vegetables, and still trying to cut more and more. I felt trapped. Like as much as I knew I needed to eat something, I just simply couldn’t. My mind was battling me every.single.minute. I knew that I couldn’t go on this way. I am just so thankful that I had the ability to rationalize and realize that I needed help; that I was really, really messed up. Sadly, a lot of people with eating disorders don’t either want help or are too blind to their problem and think they don’t need help/that there’s nothing to fix. Yet, I am so thankful that I saw I had a problem and could take the necessary steps in order to obtain help. The day I called the REDI Clinic was one of the scariest yet important days of my life. I had an intake session with one of the psychotherapists there who suggested that the best course for me to take was to be a part of their IOP (intensive outpatient program). I was not on board with that. Three nights a week for three hours each group…on top of working full-time? I really was not a fan of the idea. But on talking with some of my family and upon thinking things through, really giving it a lot of deep thought, I decided it was what I needed. I am forever thankful that I chose to follow through. I really don’t know where I would have ended up if I didn’t take those steps when I did.
8. What is your favorite kind of wine & cheese duo?
I haven’t the slightest idea of what wines and cheese pair well with one another, so I really have no clue. I know I’ve had wine and cheese before, but I never paid much attention to what wine and what cheese I had at the same time.
9. What makes you motivated to run, workout, etc.?
In the past it was to burn calories and to lose weight. Now, it is to incorporate exercise into my daily life in order to be the healthiest I can be. Exercise is important in order to be healthy, and I want to do what I can to be at a healthy and happy medium with my exercise.
10. What is your favorite yearly get away?
I don’t really have a certain place that I go each year, really. When I was younger and living at home, my family would take a trip each year in the summertime and that was always a highlight! We didn’t really go many places that I really loved but I always enjoyed just having that time with my family and getting away from home and work for a while.
11. What is one emotion that blogging makes you feel?
Satisfied. For me, I take great satisfaction in being able to write and share what is going on in my life. For so long, I used to be an extremely closed off and private person, but that has changed so much in the last year or two. I like writing and I like sharing my thoughts and feelings and events that are going on in my life. So I get a great sense of happiness and joy and satisfaction in writing my words down to share them with others…and it is also very, very therapeutic for me.