Liebster Award

The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

TO CARINE

Thank you, Carine, for nominating me and taking the time to complete the Liebster Award on January 27th, 2019. I really love getting nominated for awards, because then I have a reason to show my appreciation to other WordPress authors.

Carine, has a site called Unsent Letters. She will take you along a journey of understanding/coping with what it is like with borderline personality disorder (BPD). She has an elequent, humorous, and surprising way of expressing her memories, dreams, and emotions. Thank you, again for the good words.

WHAT TO DO IF NOMINATED FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD

Back in 2011 the rules were a simple case of acknowledgement of the nominator and to nominate 5 more. Now eight years on it is a little more involved and will continue to evolve as blogging becomes more accessible. If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, or you chose to start a blog post about the Liebster award; you should do the following:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  2. Answer the 5 creative and unique questions given to you.
  3. Write a small post about what motivates you in life (not just in blogging)
  4. Nominate 2 – 6 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award
  5. Create 5 creative and unique questions for your nominees
  6. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link to this post.)
  7. Once you have written and published it, you then have to: 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.

QUESTIONS FROM CARINE TO ME

1. Which historical person are you related to?

From a bit of studying my mom’s side, I can say: most likely some colonist who landed at Jamestown, Virginia. If one does the math going back just 400 years, then you could see just how many ancestors we each have, which is over hundreds of thousands.

2. What song/piece of music would play as your theme on the soundtrack of a movie about your life?

3. What time period would have been more appropriate for you to have been born in based on your personality?

I would have loved to see [and would feel at home in] the 60s. I like to keep things natural, and I dig the hippie look. There was much great music, and things happening during that time, as well.

4. If dog owners resemble their pets, what breed would your dog be? A little duchshund wiener dog. I have short dark hair, I like to think I’m funny, sometimes hyper, I get cold easily, and I get along.

5. What’s the difference between a duck?

The kind of duck, the space where they keep their eggs, and sometimes the intensity of colors in their feathers, and goose.

WHAT MOTIVATES ME

I’m motivated to tell/show people that I appreciate them and to inspire happiness.

MY NOMINEES

  • Alex Nova, thank you for following dearinternetkats. I’m wishing you luck on your blogging journey. I see you have put a lot of work and love into your site.
  • StephanieDanielsonAuthor, thank you for your support and feedback on dearinternetkats. She writes great conversational articles. If you are feeling writers block, check out her posts on writing, and you may find a strategy around it yet.
  • Check out this cute, funny, and heartwarming cartoon from 4msbipolarmom. Her story is especially moving, and she has a great sense of humor.
  • I have a feeling TPF Spiritual Services is not going to stay a small blog for long. There is something very magical and practical about her writing. I included in that link an article she wrote about loneliness.
  • Everday since the start of the new year Jnana Hodson has found a small passage from the Bible, and has interpreted it in a profound way. My favorite so far is one about hope.
  • Thinking Moon inspires me with ideas like a vision board and reading 60 books in a year.

UNIQUE QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES

1. Let’s say something happens with the economy and you only get to choose 3 different dinners (maybe for each season, or a change between the 6 months) to eat for the next 5 years, what would you choose based on what’s available locally?

2. What song describes your mood today?

3. What is your favorite reading genre, this year so far?

4. What do you consider to be the most fun way to get exercise?

5. Do you have (or what seems like it could work) some advice on how to stay focused or non-reactive in a scary/emotionally rattling situation?

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Affirm your Great Qualities

Here is a great article from Aishwarya Sha’s blog, Eclipsed Words. It’s about building self-love by giving yourself little reminders of what is great about you, aka affirmations.

Basically, when you are aware of your worth at all times, then no one else can sell you short, or make you doubt that you can handle a certain situation. Because, after all, we change and get better every day with practice, anyway.

So keep inventory:

Are you focused/hard-working, a networking hub, or idea factory?

Is your writing organized/educational or entertaining/cinematic?

Are you great at diffusing difficult situations, kind, good at coming up with win-win solutions, or making everyone laugh?

Put these little reminders somewhere you’ll see them every day, so when you are feeling bad for being in a bad/tired mood, you’ll be reminded of all your good characteristics and you can have faith it will pass. You might even be able to help someone you love feel better about a certain situation that’s bothering them when you remind them of what they have going for them. ❤

What are some ways you remind yourself of your true value? Can you think of 100 great qualities that you have?

The Nicest Things

No one can compete in the nice department with my parents. They have shared so much of their time, resources, and wisdom with me. They are the most selfless people and I hadn’t realized that growing up.

Back before internet, and if I could not quench my curiosity with my collection of books, I asked lots questions. We would talk of origins of objects in the universe, ghosts, aliens, history, minerals, bugs, movies, current events, religion, and psychology. They no doubt sparked my interest in learning and had high expectations for me.

They inspired me to think about being an architect. I got to watch my dad remodel a couple of the homes we lived in. My mom would draw up the plans, they would go and buy all the materials and we’d knock out the lattice and plaster. They would talk over which beams they wanted to keep and which ones to remove, and which ones to add. My dad would do all the measuring (and remeasuring), cutting, insulation, electrical work, and nailing together. And my mom and I would plaster over the drywall and paint.

My parents were also busy with fun things as well. We went boating for a few years. The old little speedboat still sits in the forest in the back yard reminding me of those exausting tubing adventures, evaporating in the summer sun, and going fishing. We had fun visiting museums, zoos, and going roller skating.

My mom got me to push my limits on drawing. In first grade I was almost frustrated to tears trying to learn to draw from a drawing book. I felt if I could see what was in mind and project it on to the paper, and with enough patience for my hand to keep coordination I could draw whatever I imagined. But my mom gave me some strategies on tool use and remembering observations from other drawings. Later in college I would practice drawing what I see, and finding a way to fill up the page with a perpective, plus gesture drawings.

While we worked there was always music playing, and my dad let me play his guitar. We would sing country songs in the car together, or I would ask figurative questions like, “Why can’t humans fly?” But he replied, “We are right now. In this car, even though we are only a foot off the ground.” And he would quiz me on all the US units and how they converted to other units including some metric.

My mom made homemade Halloween costumes for me and my grandma. We made lots of crafts together with different kinds of clay like salt dough and paper mache. And I really liked to watch her make decorations, dolls, and carasol horses.

So many times my parents brought my brother and I shopping. And I loved to watch and help my mom cook. We were never in want of food, clothing, or utility. They are the best parents a human could ever ask for.