Liebster Award: fake award, real interview :)

This afternoon while sitting in the Trader Joe’s parking lot I was excited to learn that Blended Ever After, another new blogger mom had nominated me for the Liebster Award! Though I’m pretty sure there is no actual award, this is a great way to get to know me and other new bloggers. I really love answering lists of questions, and I bet you do too. In fact go ahead and put your own answers in the comment section if you like

Here are the questions she chose for me:

  1. Why did you decide to start blogging?

Actually OTSJ isn’t my first blog. I started a few others, that I never really kept up with because they were too specific to one of my interests (Cooking, Genealogy, Catholicism) and I didn’t have a place I could blog about EVERYTHING I loved. I actually tried to start an online newspaper but that was not the format for me either, so eventually I came to start OTSJ and I’ve been at it for almost two years now!

  1. Of all the posts you wrote until now, which one is your favourite and why? Share a link! (Borrowing this Q from Travel the Unbeaten Path, as I think it’s a good one!)

My favorite post has to be my birth story. It took me the longest to write, actually it took me the longest to get past the trauma and gain the courage to write it out. I think I cried a few times in the process too. But those are the best pieces, the ones that you put your sweat and tears and hard work into.

  1. What’s your favourite season and why?

Spring Maybe because it’s Spring now. I love crawling out of the wool and fleece and seeing the trees and flowers bloom. In school it always seemed like everyone found love and was friendlier in the spring time, and I love that. I also love winter, because of Christmas and my birthday.

  1. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Trust your instincts. I think that probably will be the best piece of advice I give in my whole life, and I imagine I’ll say it over and over to my sister and daughter and friends and strangers.

  1. How do you spend your downtime?

What’s downtime precious? No just kidding, I spend it here I’m always working on OTSJ, but in the evening I relax and watch TV with Bodie which is nice. We love sci fi shows.

  1. What’s an accomplishment you’re really proud of?

I stopped lying. I used to lie all the time, for no reason, and it made my life absolutely miserable. Now I always tell the truth, and I am so much happier. I am not anxious, I have nothing to hide, and I make good choices. It has set me free. I’ve been extremely honest for about 5 years and it feels great!

  1. What’s your favourite topic to write about?

My family, parenting I love writing when I have an amazing idea and I think of just the right words and it all comes out smoothly — but that happens very rarely. Maybe a few times a year. Most of the time I have to work hard to write.

  1. What’s your favourite family activity?

Visiting family and holidays. I love getting together with members of my extended family, I always think in terms of “this is the next big holiday with family to look forward to”.

  1. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

People choosing hate, spreading negativity, gossiping. Today someone said something really unkind in the grocery store, I don’t even want to say it because I don’t like to spread the negative around. But I hate when people gossip or make rude comments about strangers.

  1. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Today… maybe China. I was thinking yesterday about how most women in China are only allowed to have one or two children and if they become pregnant again, sometimes they are given injections that kill the baby or they are forced to have abortions. It’s horrible. Officially, it’s banned, but it still happens a lot because there are a lot of provinces and local officials have birth quotas to meet. Beijing doesn’t have a tight leash on the provincial officials and they often are the ones to order these atrocities.

I was imagining setting up a program where other families could adopt these extra children so they wouldn’t stay in the country and raise the population. Then at least their mothers would know their babies were alive, even if they couldn’t raise them. I don’t know how I’d ever get something like that started… it’s just an idea… but I would have to try if I had the chance. I know nothing about that kind of thing, but I bet I could enlist people who do.

  1. What’s the number one thing on your bucket list?

Serve God Most people don’t realize how big a part of my life God is, but everything I do I try to walk on the path He has for me. I listen, I follow my instincts, and I spend time trying to understand what He wants from me.

If you want a more traditional answer, I’d like to have a big happy family. That would be awesome

Now it’s your turn!

I choose Jana of Midwest Southerner, Crystal of Fun Things To Do In Central Mass and Sharisse of Savvy Sweet Life to be nominated for the Liebster Award. Here are your rules: Answer the questions below in a post (dear readers, you are welcome to answer these ones too if you like ) and then nominate a few other bloggers with under 200 followers on social media. Here are your questions:

1. What inspired you to start your blog?

2. Which post was the hardest for you to write?

3. Where do you write?

4. What was one pivotal moment in your life, or a moment where you had a great epiphany that changed you forever?

5. Who is your greatest supporter?

6. What is one of your biggest career goals?

7. If you were suddenly able to devote your life to charity / philanthropy, what would you do?

8. What is your all-time favorite recipe?

9. If you could visit any person alive in the world and speak with them today, who would you choose?

10. Best parenting moment ever?

11. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?


I’m a writer, new mom and foodie. I love sharing what I know while making others feel beautiful. On this blog, I share my healthy lifestyle, simple meals, fitness tips and experiences.

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