The world of blogging isn’t quite new to me, however with Wild Nemophilist I have actually been more social among my peers than I have in the past. Not only do I read and subscribe to more blogs than I used to, but I also belong to several Facebook groups where I am able to interact with both new and established bloggers. These have been a useful tool for building my own website, but I have also discovered some absolutely amazing blogs that I otherwise may have not. I have seen many of them discussing various peer awards, where nominations or awards are handed out to bloggers, by bloggers. The honored bloggers then nominate or award those that they feel are deserving. It seems like a great concept, and I have never considered that I might receive one. That changed this week, however, and I am pleased to announce that Wild Nemophilist is among the nominees for the Liebster Award 2017!
This particular award is designed for smaller blogs, those who don’t yet have a substantial following and are still growing. Only blogs with less than 200 subscribers are nominated, and this award helps them to gain exposure among peers but also among the public. My surprise nomination came from the ever so sweet Deah over at Life of the Fatty D. and it just warmed my heart that she thought of me. I discovered her blog not too long ago, but immediately fell in love with the cheerful personality that radiates from each post. You can feel the passion and excitement that she puts into her pieces, and I am looking forward to watching her blog grow.
Deah’s Questions for Me:
- What is the craziest thing you’ve done so far? These questions always make me feel insecure, because honestly I don’t feel as though I have done too many “crazy” things in my life. However, if I had to pick one I would say my recent adventure at a Depeche Mode concert would be up there. They are one of my all time favorite bands, and they recently came to play a sold out show at the local amphitheater. I could not for the life of me find anyone who wanted to, or could go with me, and I was heartbroken at the thought of missing it. So, in a completely out of character move, I went by myself! If you’ve read any of my posts, you know that anxiety is a constant battle for me. Sometimes just going to the grocery store on my own can induce a panic attack, and yet I made it through this event unscathed. I splurged and bought myself a great seat where I sat alone, I dealt with probably close to 4 hours of traffic getting in and out of the venue, I walked around by myself in an enormous crowd… and I had a friggin’ blast! The show was amazing and I am so thankful that I was able to go. To some it may not be a big deal, but if was definitely “crazy” for me!
- If you’ll win a major TV contest, what would it be and why? If only Rock & Roll Jeopardy still existed… I am not big on TV contests, but if I had to pick one I would say that Beat Shazam show. I am not a huge fan, but from the few episodes I have seen I am pretty confident that I would kick serious booty.
- Who or what inspires you the most to get moving with your life? I don’t feel as though I grew up with an abundance of role models, however in recent years my sister Christian has become quite an inspiration. We have both struggled with mental health issues our whole lives, and I can say without a doubt that she had a much harder time than myself. During a particularly difficult time in her life she came to a crossroads, and she took the higher road, leaving behind a life that at the time was quite destructive. Since then she has started a beautiful family, has built a business as a spiritual teacher, and has really become my #1 support in life. We call each other with our good news, our doubts, and just to chat about life. I think that many of the positive changes that I have made, and am planning to make, have been inspired by not only seeing what she has accomplished, but by the unwavering support that I honestly have never felt before. I am grateful that I am finally realizing where I want to go in life, and that she has helped me to do so.
- Tricky question that’s being debated for years: Who existed first? Chicken or Egg? Getting a little crazy with your questions here Deah! I am going to go with the chicken. Fertilization needs to happen for the chicky in the egg, and the egg itself is so fragile and needs to be protected and kept warm. It isn’t a perfect theory, but I don’t see a little unprotected egg surviving on its own. Of course, I don’t see a full grown chicken popping up out of thin air either…
- Power or Money? I suppose it depends on the type of “power”, but generally speaking I am not that type of person. I guess I would have to go with money, as this would allow me to travel with the various volunteer programs that I want to join and attend herbal classes in different countries. I feel that I could do more to help myself, my fellow humans, and our planet with money than power.
- If given a chance to be anywhere in the world as of the moment, where would you be? I have so many places that I want to see, but in the top I think I would go with either Iceland or New Zealand. Though, I might also pick Portland, OR since I am moving there and just zapping there would avoid the inconvenience of a move…
- What would make you quit blogging? I think that once I am settled in somewhere, not traveling as much and living a quieter life, I will stop. Though I don’t know what my future as an herbalist will hold for me, I do know that I plan to eventually have a farm, an enormous herb garden, and a much more peaceful life.
- What item in your life that you can’t live without and why? There are many conveniences that I would certainly prefer to keep, but something that I can’t live without… I don’t know. In theory I think that I could do without most of what I have. I may go really practical here and say my glasses or contacts, since I couldn’t see very well without them and it might make life difficult!
- If given a chance to choose who you could have been in your past life, who would it be? I honestly don’t know that I could choose something like this. When I was younger I always idolized Charlie Chaplin, and the glamorous life of early Hollywood. He was simply brilliant and I always felt a connection to him, yet the more I learned about him I realized how difficult his life was and how it affected his treatment of others. Things often look better from the outside, and when it comes to those whom I hold great respect for, I feel as though somehow I couldn’t appreciate them had I been them!
- Are you Team Batman or Team Superman? I have always loved Batman, and that cartoon especially was amazing to watch as a kid. Plus the Star Wars nerd in me loved that Mark Hamill provided the voice for the Joker.
10 Random Facts About Myself:
- When I was in elementary school, every day when I would get home I would watch the Star Wars trilogy. The entire thing. Every day. My poor parents…
- Once when I was 9 years old I was sledding with my sister and a huge branch broke off one of the trees, having been weighed down by the thick layer of snow. It fell directly on my head, while I was in motion, in one of the weirdest instances of chance I have ever experienced.
- My favorite ice cream flavor is cinnamon, and I still dream about the cinnamon and cayenne flavor from Mallard in my home town.
- My grandfather was a Hollywood stuntman, he worked in several films and television shows and was a regular on the Wild Wild West.
- I have been learning Italian for the last year.
- To my never ending embarrassment, in a job interview when I was 17 I was asked what my pet peeves were and I said “loggers”. It was one of my first interviews and I was so nervous, and had no clue what to say. I don’t know which of us was more confused or mortified. No, I did not get the job.
- I am terrified of the ocean, yet I love to be on/in the water.
- Within the same year, on two completely separate occasion, I won plane tickets. That was a good year!
- I once cut chunks of my own hair off to make a bed for my Barbie. Note: Kid scissors can still cut through hair.
- My secondary career goal, after makeup artist, was to become an archaeologist.
Blogs I Love:
As mentioned, I am supposed to choose a few blogs that I feel are deserving of this award and could benefit from the exposure. I’m also supposed to pick one favorite blog, regardless of size. For this I have chosen my sister’s Truth Testimony Blog which focuses on spirituality in many different aspects of our lives, from personal healing to business practices and beyond. I feel that her experience both personally and professionally has given her a unique insight, which she is able to express in a manner that is accessible and interesting to people from all walks of life. Not to mention, the graphics that she creates for her pieces are seriously stunning!
As for my own nominees, I have selected a few that I have come across recently and found to be well written, beautifully designed, and up my alley topic-wise.
Peppermint & Spinach – Like me Chelsea is an herbalism student, and her blog focuses on natural products, a holistic lifestyle, and helping the earth through climate change awareness and sustainability. The first post that I read on her site was her most recent, called How to Practice Mindfulness, Reduce Stress, and be More Present. What really drew me in was the fact that she approached the topic with knowledge and care. These types of articles don’t always get into the nitty gritty, and might just tell you what you already know: Stress is bad, you should relax. Instead she outlines the possible health risks, and how to approach it using food, herbs, mental and physical exercises, and lifestyle changes. As I read her detailed post I found myself nodding in affirmation, realizing some changes that I absolutely need to make. I immediately bookmarked her blog and proceeded to check out what other information she had to offer.
Travel for Change – This blog has already received a peer award recently, however I still feel as though it is deserving of another. The name is what first caught my eye, because that is exactly what I want to do! She travels around south Asia and sheds light on both beneficial and detrimental tourism practices, as well as important issues that are present in each region she visits and better ways to volunteer to make a difference. Her posts feature captivating images of animals, foods, people, and landscapes from each adventure, highlighting the negatives along with the positives. As one who hopes to be able to travel the world and volunteer, her blog is on my list of resources to help ensure that my own experiences aren’t seen through tourist goggles.
Purely Flourish – Maegan offers another holistic lifestyle blog, but slightly more focused on nutrition and natural living. Her eye-catching images are filled with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, and immediately pique your interest in the topic at hand. She doesn’t have a large number of posts quite yet, but I am certainly keeping my eye out for what she does next. Plus anyone who offers soy free recipes is aces in my book!
Inspiration de la vie – I might be nominating this particular blog on sheer beauty alone, though it does have more to offer. It is styled so well, and the images are breathtaking. I love her style of writing, it honestly does feel inviting and makes you want to hop on the next plane outta town! Her posts are detailed in their tips, providing you with step by step guides to make the most out of your trip.
So HYGGE by Mrs B – Hygge, so hot right now. Seriously though, this Danish practice has really blown up recently, and for good reason. If I had to sum it up, I would say that it is basically the art of being cozy and content. Who wouldn’t want some of that?! Mrs. B shows us how to bring these practices into our daily life and home, and how even seeing it in the world around us can bring that feeling of warmth (like the adorable little cottage down the street from her!) I am all for adding a little bit of Hygge into all of our lives, so bring it on Mrs. B!
The Modern Female Hiker – As a newer hiker myself, I am always looking for great resources to find trails and spots to visit. Mesmerizing visuals are are plus, and one that the Modern Female Hiker delivers! These posts aren’t super lengthy, but instead focus on the necessary information. She includes some beautiful photos to showcase the area, and that’s it! No frills, she cuts to the chase and leaves you wanting to explore these areas yourself. I can dig it, and hope to see more!
Questions for My Nominees:
- Who is your favorite historical figure, and why?
- Where is the least favorite place that you have traveled or visited?
- What did you want to be when you grew up, and how close did you come?
- Why did you start blogging?
- Who would play you in a film about your life, or who would you want to?
- Is there a #1 item on your bucket list? If so, what is it?
- What was your favorite subject in school, and does it still influence your life?
- What is your “spirit animal”?
- If blogging were your main income source, what would you do with the freedom it can provide? Spend more time with family, travel the world, open a new business?
- Would you rather be snorkeling in the sparkling ocean off of a tropical island, or snowshoeing your way through breathtaking mountains?
- What is your favorite creative outlet (other than writing)?
Nominees head over to the Global Aussie for a full list of requirements for accepting and passing on this award.
Thank you again to Deah for selecting me! I had a lot of fun answering the questions, coming up with my own, and taking a closer look at some blogs that I already loved. I hope that my nominees will get just as much enjoyment!