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Great news, you guys! Our Home on Purpose has been nominated twice for the Liebster Award. I’m super pumped, but if you’re wondering what that is, you’re in good company 😛
The Liebster Award is an award that is given to bloggers by other bloggers via the internet. It’s been around since 2011 and has helped new-ish blogs be recognized & encouraged! The name comes from the German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, etc. so it’s a great compliment 🙂
I feel really encouraged that two bloggers noticed Our Home on Purpose and gave me that “shoutout”! It means so much, and every bit of success goes a long way when you’re establishing a blog to help others. Now I get to pay it forward to other bloggers like me!
Thanks to friends at Navigating the Years & A Hesitant Housewife!
First, I want to say thanks to Ashley at Navigating the Years for nominating me. Ashley actually gave me my very first dollar in income by purchasing through one of my Amazon links*! She has been so encouraging, and her blog about raising teens & tweens is SO GOOD. She gives intentional, practical, encouraging guidance & ideas to help parents raise their kids in what can be an awkward, difficult but also amazing stage of life. I joke with her that I’ll remember her blog in 15-18 when I might have kids that age 🙂 You should definitely check out her blog, as well as the nomination post!
Secondly, I’m so grateful and flattered that Sloane at A Hesitant Housewife also nominated me! She offers “Real Solutions for the Perpetually Busy Home” – who doesn’t identify with that?! She shares her real meal plans every Sunday and has an awesome section devoted to the Happiness Project. Plus, her blog is beautiful, and you can read her nomination post here. Enjoy 🙂
How This Liebster Award Thing Works
The basic rules of the Liebster award this year include:
- discussing your favorite blog post that is not your own
- nominating 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award
- sharing the rules, which can be found here,
- of course, sharing the love by informing your nominees of their new status as Liebster award winners
Since I’ve been nominated by 2 folks, I’m going to combine their suggestions into a massive Liebster post 🙂 I’ll be choosing 10 new bloggers to recognize and responding to both of their questions.
My favorite blog post
I feel like I should choose something more personal & deeply meaningful, BUT this post about DIY eye make-up remover is one of the first “life hacks” I found on Pinterest and it still stands as my #1. It costs pennies to make this stuff- and only seconds to actually put it together- whereas buying even a generic brand from the store is easily $6. It’s my favorite find ever, so I hope you enjoy this post at a traveling wife!
Both Sloane and Ashley provided questions for me to answer on my own post. I’ve included my answers below, and I encourage my nominees to pick their 5 favorite questions to include in their post so we can get to know each other!
1. What is your ‘why’ for blogging? Why did you start?
I first started writing as a hobby in college, then as part of a “25-before-25” list (which is a personal challenge/bucket list to complete before you turn 25). I decided to blog about systems I create around our house, such as putting our meal plan on auto-pilot because I hated doing the exact same work every 2 weeks, or our yearly home cleaning & maintenance rotating system because I kinda had an anxiety attack about all the to-do’s after we purchased our first home. I thought, if this helps me, surely it would help someone else!
I was drawn to blogging platform because I love to write – but I have loved using my business, marketing, and design backgrounds to learn and grow. I find that all the aspects of blogging as a great fit for my strengths, but also a challenge that develops new skills and stretches me outside my comfort zone.
I also, of course, would love to establish it as a source of income, so that we have more flexibility when we do start a family one day. ❤
2. How do you help people with your blog, and how would you describe your blogging style?
I work to provide resources that enable stress-free, restful, intentional, & well-functioning homes- and lives! I believe that systems can make room- in our minds and in our schedules- for more meaningful activities, such as time spent with family & friends, recreation & rest, and personal development. I noticed that my mental energy is a lot more freed up when I’m not constantly worried about things slipping through the cracks!
I provide things like step-by-step guide for meal planning beginners, weekly planner & personal mission statement worksheets, gifting resources, and tons of other printables. Nothing encourages me more to see people using my resources & feeling relief or encouragement in their homes, meals, or life in general!
As far as my style, I try to be encouraging, gracious, and as helpful as I can. I have committed to myself & my readers to stay far away from shaming, guilting, or “should” language. I want to provide solutions, not just more expectations. We don’t need any more of those 🙂
3. Who helped you start your blog?
Similar to many people, Suzi at Start a Mom Blog helped me find the confidence that I could blog & I could make money doing it!! While it would have been great to purchase her Blog by Number course on Day 1 (I ended up getting it much later and still loved it!), I used a ton of resources on her size, including the 12-month plan, the first 30-day checklist, and more.
Also, of course, my best friend & husband, Evan, helped me start my blog by assuring me that it was okay to spend $94.15 to actually purchase the domain & hosting through SiteGround*. (By the way, it is totally worth the investment! Their chat support has helped me about 10 times already, and their security & privacy protection keeps my personal information safe from spammers & general internet creeps. 🙂 )
4. For what are you grateful?
Man… where to begin?! Gratitude has been one of my personal areas of focus this fall. Reading the chapter on gratitude in Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection*, has changed my life, and I have really enjoyed using both a Thanksgiving & Christmas printables to help me intentionally identify things I am grateful for each day. There is so much research out there about how gratitude actually changes your brain, and it definitely changes your attitude!!
All that being said, the most common themes of my daily reflections are (1) a husband who is the best partner in life, (2) so many of my basic needs are well-beyond-provided-for, and (3) I have the opportunity to grow & mature in the context of grace & “being enough.”
5. What are your top 3 non-fiction books?
Hands-down, my top two are 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey* and The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown*. I’ll throw in Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller as an easy 3rd.
6. Which actor / actress would you like to play you in the movie about your life and why?
Emma Watson because…. well, Hermione*. But also because she’s a really wonderful person.
7. Tell us about one of your first jobs and how it impacted you.
Alright, I’ve gotten a little carried away with these questions, so I’ll try to keep this short! Working at a Fatz Cafe in high school, as well as a Zaxby’s later in college, has made me appreciate how hard employees in food & bev work. I now try to be patient and understanding, as well as a generous tipper!!
8. What is the best tip you learned as a teenager to handle money?
“Give every dollar a job description.” I went through Dave Ramsey’s student workshop, and it set an early precedent for the importance of budgeting, living within your means, saving & investing. My husband and I have been able to pay off our student loans, purchase a home with 20% down, save a 3-6 month emergency fund, start saving for retirement, and even take a few trips in our first 4 years married & out of college- by living simply & frugally and intentionally saving toward these goals.
9. What life skill do you wish that you had as a young adult? Why?
I wish I had more self-awareness and a deeper understanding of my personality. It wasn’t until my early 20’s that I realized how critical it was to know yourself, and though it can be hard at times, the definition has been so freeing as I work through those questions!
10. How do you want to improve yourself over the next year?
Pursue balance in the many roles of my life, but not perfection and with room to fail. I’m also committing to be more physically active because I’ve seen how much it helps the way my body feels (of course) but also how much it clears my head. I am also committing to continuing to build my habit & mindset of gratitude! …. so basically my goals are this TedTalk.
And finally, my 10 nominees:
- Sheila at Practigal Blog is so genuine and writes about minimalism, introversion (yes!!), and organization. Her blog is beautiful and I’m sure you’ll find things to simplify your life there!
- Kim at Good Wife Life is fun, practical, and so helpful. She has lots of resources for great meals, home projects, self-care, and budgetting!
- Jess at Messy and Mine blogs about anything from parenting and personal growth to planning and travel. I love her honest & genuine approach to her life & blog. You’ll like it too 🙂
- Debbie at A Sweet Home Life is a super-creative blogger with lots of crafts, organization, and DIY tips.
- Emily at Lilies and Life is full of ideas for DIY projects, decor, style, beauty and saving money. She has great free printables and is currently detailing her 1978 home remodel if that’s up your alley 🙂
- Denise at List Nixie rounds-up the best resources around for recipes, crafts & DIY, home decor and more!
- Carly at The Mamma’s List offers mom advice & tips, organization resources & lots of lists along the way 🙂
- Amy at Living Free with Amy T offers a wide range of finanical advice and resources, plus some fun things for life in general!
- Sheena at The Stay at Home Wife & Mom keeps it real and is so fun! She has a wide variety of tips for couponing, food, and life as a parent and spouse.
- Heidi at The Caffeinated Bibliophile blogs about all things book, coffee, and tea. I mean, truly, what else do you need?!
Thanks again to Ashley & Sloane who encouraged me in this way, as well as to my nominees for all the great work they’re doing! I love that the Internet can be a place of connection, support, and so many solutions to our everyday problems. I would love to connect in the comments or stay connected via email or Pinterest!