17 April 2016

Liebster Award!

I'm so honored to have been given a Liebster Award from Tierrany at www.misstierraney.com!

The Liebster Award is given by veteran bloggers to new and upcoming bloggers!  The award was first given out in 2011 to give attention to new blogs and bloggers.  Every year, previous recipients of the award nominate others.  It is a great community and I'm so proud to be associated with all these wonderful bloggers!  

In case you were wondering where the name "Liebster" came from, I'll tell you!  "Liebster" is a German word, meaning "sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome".  What kind things to say about my blog! Thanks, Tierrany!

One particular goal of the Liebster Award is to give blog readers insight to the personal side of bloggers.  So, Tierrany has asked me to list 11 random facts about myself, then to answer her 11 questions. So here goes!

11 Random Facts
1. I have lived in 3 countries, but only 1 state.
2. I love traveling and have been to over 25 countries.
3. I love college sports, especially Michigan State Spartans, but don't care much for pro sports.
4. I am an avid reader.  My son's name came from a book that I was reading while pregnant.
5. I love the beach and Jimmy Buffet songs!  My daughter's name comes from one of his songs.
6. I am married to my high school sweetheart.  We began dating when I was 15.  
7. I am an only child, so friends are like family!  I'm still tight with my best friend who lived across the street from me as a child and my college roommates.
8. I dabble in writing and editing.  I'm trying to get a children's book published, and I've written articles for a parenting magazine in Switzerland called "The New Stork Times".  I've also edited a travel guide titled In and Around Zurich with Kids and a romance novel titled Starting from Lost.
9. I have been teaching for over 15 years.  I've taught pre-school through 8th grade, only skipping 1st and 7th grades!  I have a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Michigan State.
10. I believe in life-long learning.  I only began running at 31 and ran my first half-marathon at 36. I learned to speak German at 32 while I lived in Switzerland. I learned to ski in my 30s, too. Just last week, I took my first surfing lesson! I take online courses for fun to learn about technology, teaching-related topics, and writing/publishing.  Starting a business on Teachers Pay Teachers was a brave leap for me last year;I'm considering taking some business classes soon!  You are never too old to try something new! 
11. I'm a manic multi-tasker.  I usually have 4-5 projects going on at once.  I'm trying to be better about focusing on one thing at a time, but my brain is like a computer with 10 tabs open all the time!

11 Questions from Miss Tierrany
  1. What is the best compliment you have ever received? I've been told many times that my children are kind and polite.  That is the nicest thing a mom can hear!
  2. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be? crab legs and baked potato
  3. What did you do to celebrate your last birthday?Perfect timing for this question!  I just celebrated 40 a few weeks ago!  I learned to surf (something that had been on my "bucket list") and then this weekend my husband threw me an amazing surprise party!  
  4. What youtube channel do you watch the most? I don't really watch youtube...unless I'm looking for videos to use in my class. In that case, my go to channel is "Shmoop".
  5. Why do you blog?I love writing, teaching, and my family...blogging is cathartic and I want to share ideas with others who also love teaching and family!
  6. Who do you trust the most? My husband and my mom
  7. What is/was the most challenging part of being a working in education? Negativity.  It is hard working in a field where someone is always saying negative things, whether it is kids, parents, politicians, or other teachers.  
  8. What is your dream job? Either being a curriculum designer/consultant, an author, or a travel guide!
  9. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working? Read, exercise, play with my family
  10. Would you rather change the past or be able to see into the future? I think I'd worry less if I could see the future...but not all of it!
  11. What was the last picture you took with your phone? A picture of my niece, nephew, and me celebrating our birthdays.  We are all 10 years apart, so we celebrated 20, 30, and 40 together!

I'm nominating some of my favorite new blogs and bloggers too!  Liebster Awards all around for:
Samantha @ Aurora Publicity
Christopher @ Courage to Core
Cristina @ Nerdy Music Mama

Here are the questions I want you all to answer:

1. What is the best vacation you've ever taken?

2. What is your favorite hobby?

3. What social media/tech tool is your favorite and why?

4. Who do you most admire?

5. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

6. What is the one article of clothing or accessory you can't live without?

7. Who is your favorite author?

8. What is something you'd like to learn?

9. Are you an early bird or night owl?

10. What is your "theme song"? What song represents your life or personality best?

11. What is your #1 goal for 2016?

Make sure you go check out their amazing blogs and tell them I sent you!

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)  

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