WOW! I Have Been Nominated For The Liebster Award
I recently returned to blogging after a six year break to focus on my growing family. It didn’t take long after my return before I saw the phrase, “I received the Liebster Award” on some of the new travel blogs I was reading. Despite being six years since I left blogging, I knew what a blog award meant!
A blog award is like an award program where your
colleagues (heroes) choose the new and rising star. It is a lending of credibility and a helping hand! It is an opportunity to shine!
It is a MAJOR AWARD!
Okay when you finish laughing, you can read about what it really is!
When The Travelling Sociologist notified me that I had been nominated for the Liebster Award, I let out a little squeal of delight. Not really, but I was doing the happy dance on the inside. Be sure to visit their site, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. By the way, for my American friends, I did not misspell “travelling”. Americans always have to do things differently than the rest of the world. We only use one “L” while our European and Canadian friends use two. I this know because I already had to look this up when my Canadian friend wrote a guest piece for me.
Really? What is a Liebster Award
What is the Liebster Award exactly? It is an honor awarded to new and upcoming travel-bloggers by those who have gone before them. It’s an opportunity to let new blogs get some exposure. In German, Liebster means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. I find it a most gracious award and that is one of the things I love most about the blogosphere. It may be crowded, but there’s always room for more! For a complete list of the rules go here.
My Acceptance Speech
In order to accept this award, I will answer some questions posed by The Travelling Sociologist as well as write a short commentary on my favorite blog.
Before I answer The Travelling Sociologist’s questions, I wanted to share 10 random facts about myself.
- I am married to my high school sweetheart and celebrated 21 years of marriage this past August.
- I am a Doctor of Pharmacy. I practiced retail pharmacy until 2007. After my first born, I transitioned to Diabetic Counseling for 14 years until my third born. Now I am a SAHM and homeschool teacher.
- Writing has always been my passion. As a very young girl, I wrote creative short stories that won the attention of a school teacher and thrilled my young heart.
- Each of my siblings have some creative skill: I love to write, one brother is musical, another creates costumes, special effects, and runs a haunted house, and my sister is an insanely gifted artist.
- Until I met my husband, I had not traveled more than 2 hours from my own home. He began to change all that. 🙂
- I am a reformed Baptist Christian
- I was engaged at 16
- I was in college at 17
- I was married at 18
- But I didn’t become a mom until I was 29
Now, To Answer The Questions
Q1: Out of all of the countries you've visited, which one did you like the most and why?
Actually, I have only been out of the country a few times for mission trips and some all inclusive resorts. The majority of my travel is US travel. However, this is going to change next year as my children have now received their passports. At the risk of sounding narcissistic, I have to pick my home country. I’m enthralled lately with our National Parks. We have visited five this year already! I am now on mission to make it to all 59 before my oldest graduates high school. This gives me about eight more years. That doesn’t mean I won’t be squeezing in time for some international travel though, and I have plans to make it to the Southern Caribbean this year, and Norway and Canada in the year to come.
Q2: What is the most out-of-your-comfort-zone thing you have ever done while traveling and what did you learn from that experience?
Probably when we visited the Jefferson Pools in Warm Springs, Virginia. Inside this old octagonal building is a natural warm spring dating all the way back to the 1760's. It wasn't so much the swimming with others, but the "changing area" which consisted of rooms on a platform around the swimming pool with a small curtain to change behind. Essentially, you were on display for everyone already in the pool. My poor husband's room also had a window that was open to the road. Needless to say, we were a little uncomfortable when we emerged from the behind the curtain to get into the pool with the audience swimming below us.
We learned to have our swimsuits on before heading to a hot spring!
Q3: What is the scariest thing you have experienced (to you or around you) while traveling?
This would have to be when my husband and I traveled to Central America for a mission trip in 2006. We had traveled into one country and were crossing the border by bus into another country in the late hours of the night. When we tried to cross the border, apparently there was a child with us with a visa problem. The authorities held us for numerous hours. Many men with very large weapons were around us. We didn’t know if we were going to be allowed to cross or even go home at this point. Thankfully, after numerous hours, they were ‘persuaded’ to let us pass. I was definitely out of my comfort zone!
Being in a place where armed men patrol with automatic weapons every day was scary. My husband went into the prisons every day to do eye exams, and I was very frightened for his safety. As a Christian, I definitely felt that the Lord protected us on this mission trip. Thankfully, we went on to have a wonderful experience and accomplish some good for the people of Central America.
Q4: Traveling helps us learn, grow, and discover who we are on a deeper level- what is one lesson you’ve learned and grown from, during travel, either from a minor mishap or a major challenge?
I would have to say that I have learned just how much I appreciate nature. It was a major challenge to take all three of our kids on an 18 day road trip across the state of California in a small car to see that beautiful state and its National Parks. However, it was well worth it. It ignited a love in my heart more than ever to get out and explore the vast beauty that is in the world. As a homeschooler, I love the lessons and concrete learning my children receive from traveling and experiencing things rather than just reading about them in books...as much as I love books.
For my favorite blog, I chose Leigh of Campfires and Concierges because right away I knew her style was so similar to my own. The title of her blog says it all. Like me, she loves the outdoors and the thrill of hiking up a mountain to discover an amazing view. BUT, when that’s all over, like me, Leigh enjoys nice accommodations with all the amenities and services that entails.
I was enthralled by her blog from the first article and inspired by her extensive US travel. Leigh has visited 49 states (still lacks RI she says) and 32 national parks! I am so envious!! She also does international travels and is currently trekking her way all over the world and US for 6 months (give or take) after quitting her job of 11.5 years. It’s been a blast following her journey so far! You should definitely follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and on her site if you want some great outdoor inspiration for your travels followed by a relaxing time soaking in a hot tub!
- Sarah from Moment Mom who has one of the sweetest and most endearing tag lines as a mother that I have ever heard: Collect Moments, not things! I absolutely LOVE THAT! Given that we spend most of our disposable income on travels for that very reason, I immediately connected with that idea. Sarah blogs about family travel and extensively about Disney as well as helps co-hosts MouseFanMondays and administrates our Twitter chat for Disney fans called the #disfanchat on Tuesdays at 9pm
- Rebecca of My SoCal Style is a fun, Disney loving, California girl who offers tips, tricks, and hacks for Disney planning and fun, she also shares recipes, DIY projects, and reviews and recaps of her adventures.
- Kassandra of MouSeekers (are you noticing a trend here? Sorry, I’m a Disney nerd and I attract other Disney nerds) is a lifelong Disney fan who is determined to keep Disney in her heart no matter how close or far away she lives. She loves to help others flame their passion for Disney by bringing it into the home in between visits to the magical parks.
- TravelPlusFamily does have Disney on their menu, BUT WAIT, like VeraVise WOW Travel, they also blog about outdoor family travel, hotel reviews, local travel, and travel tips.
- Shaina with Gone With The Twins (don’t you just love that title? I do!) blogs about life with twin girls, including Travel and, yes, you guessed it, Disney adventures with her littles! She describes her blog as, “the warning markers on the Oregon Trail” for moms with twins. However, her articles and tips on travel and Disney are beneficial to all families who like to travel with their kids!
- Caitlin with Typically Twitterpated writes about all things travel (yes that includes Disney) as well as “on loving someone with Autism” and managing a gluten free diet in all this. Being a mom of kids with food allergies that loves to travel, I can relate completely!
- Why did you decide to start blogging?
- How has your blog evolved or changed since you began?
- What aspect of writing a Travel Blog do you most enjoy?
- What aspect of writing a Travel Blog do you least enjoy?
- Since I know you love Disney, tell us about why you became passionate enough about Disney to write about it?
Thanks so much for helping me celebrate this minor achievement. I hope you enjoy reading the other blogs and don’t forget to subscribe to VeraVise WOW Travel to receive all our updates and travel adventures.