Liebster Award

So, I am a little late in posting this (I am going to blame grad school and my lack of skills when it comes to technology), but I was nominated for a blogging award called the Liebster Award (Liebster means dearest or lovely in German). I am very thankful for being nominated and I will gratefully accept.

I would like to thank Shelly Najjar ( for the nomination.

Here are the rules I was given to follow:

The rules (in general) are

  • thank the person who gave it to you
  • write a certain number of random facts about yourself
  • answer the certain number of questions the nominating blogger asked you
  • nominate that same certain number of bloggers with less than 200 followers
  • ask them that certain number of questions for them to answer when they accept the award

I am going to choose the number 5 (because I am following Shelly here), so here we go.

Random Facts

  1. I graduated from university with a B.S. in Political Science after only two years of study (I am currently working towards my Masters).
  2. I have more than 10 tattoos.
  3. My heritage includes English, Irish, Scottish, French, French-Canadian, Norwegian, German and Dutch roots.
  4. R. R. Tolkien is my favorite author (and I have many Tolkien related tattoos).
  5. I know for a fact crickets and beer do not make a good combination (beware of Cambodia carnival markets).



Questions from my Nominating Blogger

1.If you were going to rename your blog, what would the new name be and why?

Wow, I honestly have no idea. I would probably name it something travel related – make it a play on words or something, but I would have to think that one through for a while.

  1. What is your best mistake?

My best mistake was believing that some people could change. For a long time I held on to this hope that certain people in my life would change. Though I know now that will never happen, I am glad I could remain hopeful for so long and learn all of the things that I did (even if I had to learn them the hard way).

  1. What is a dream you have for your life?

One dream I have for my life is to be able to travel the world and help people. I would love to visit every country one day, and be able to affect at least one person’s life in each place in a positive way.

  1. What is the best advice you ever received?

The best advice I think I ever got – though it may sound a bit odd – was from my sister. At a time when I felt really lost, and unsure of myself, she told me, “Be a bold bitch.” For some reason that has always stuck with me and every time I need a little boost of confidence, I think about her (one of the few people who has always supported me unconditionally) and her words.

  1. What is a time you felt brave?

I felt brave when I traveled to Guatemala this summer. Though I did so in partial secrecy from my family (some members still do not know I left the country for a time), I did so by myself and it was the first time I traveled out of the country alone. It was definitely a growing experience and now I feel more confident as I am about to make my next trip to Haiti (which my family does know about).


Blog Nominations/Recommendations


I am going to be rather lame here (mostly because just about every single other blog I follow as more an 200 followers) but I am going to nominate 1 person.

I am going to nominate Melissa Thibodo ( I have known Melissa for a few years now – we went to high school together – and she is an absolutely amazing person and an incredible photographer. She will be traveling abroad to Spain and I think everyone should follow her story and check out her amazing pictures.


5 Questions for them to Answer


  1. What do you look forward to most in the coming year?
  2. What is one thing you would like to accomplish during your life?
  3. Who is your greatest inspiration?
  4. If you could photograph any one person from history – or an event from history, who or what would it be?
  5. What was the greatest piece of advice you ever received?

Again, I want to thank Shelly for nominating me.

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