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pay it forward {the liebster award}

As a relative newbie to the blogging world, one of the things I’m constantly battling with is spam comments. I haven’t quite found the perfect spam filter {please send suggestions!}, so admittedly, I often go days … okay weeks… without fully reviewing and approving comments.

But, WOW! WOW! WOW! Did checking my spam filter last week pay off! I found the sweetest comment from Cammi who blogs over at From Nearly to Newly saying she wanted to nominate me for a Liebster Award. My first thought? I hope this is legit, because it’s exactly the encouragement and motivation this delinquent blogger needs!

Liebster Award - yay!

The great news? The Liebster Award is a real thing and the purpose it is to encourage new, smaller bloggers to “pay it forward” in the community. Now, I’ve heard just how wonderful partnerships, collaboration, and general support is in the blogging community but I haven’t truly experienced it myself… until now! When a blogger gets nominated, she is asked to (1) provide 10 facts about herself, (2) answer 10 questions that come from her nominee, and (3) select new bloggers to nominate and provide a new list of questions for them. I absolutely love the idea of taking a moment to learn more about our fellow bloggers and recognize all the hard work and passion that goes into even the smallest of blog.

So, here goes a marathon blog post…

Cammi’s Questions

1.  If you could have any career in the world [regardless of money and any skill you have] what would it be and why?
I think I’d be a party planner. Either that or a dolphin trainer. That was my dream when I was about 11 and there’s something so sweet and innocent about going back to childhood dreams {even though I did see Black Fish and highly recommend it…}

2.  If you could have lunch with any person [living or deceased], who would it be and what would you ask them?
Usually I’d say any US President but I just finished reading The Wolf of Wall Street and I’m pretty fascinated by Jordan Belfort. I’d love to ask him how honest he was in his book.

3.  If you could live in any city in the world, where would it be?
Except for the fact it’s on the other side of the world, I’ve love to try Sydney, Australia.

4.  What are your 5 favorite blogs to read?
Style Me Pretty Living
Glitter Guide
Jones Design Company
I Heart Organizing
Instagram — yes, I realize this is not a “blog” in the traditional sense of the word, but it’s largely how I keep up with bloggers I love and adore. I might not catch every post, but you better believe  I know what they are instagramming about 🙂

5.  Why did you start blogging?
Blogging was a creative outlet for me when I had hardly any free time while living in New York. As many of us do, I also wanted to be sure to document as much of our wedding planning process as I could. Over time, my life has changed and I’ve developed new interests and priorities so my blog reflects that.

6.  What’s one skill you wish you had?
To speak multiple languages.

7.  What’s your favorite recipe to make?
In the winter, I try to make a crockpot meal at least once a week because of what a time saver it is. This shredded pork & black beans is one of my favorites.

8.  What’s your favorite book/series?
Catcher in the Rye

9.  If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be and why?
One of the Today Show hosts, probably Ann Curry before she fell out of favor. I would hate waking up so early but think it would be incredible to experience their life/travel/jobs for one day.

10.  What’s your favorite topic to blog about?
Parties, hands down. I love planning, designing, styling, and even photographing a party. Sharing it on my blog is literally the icing on the party cake. It allows me to document and re-celebrate all the hard work that went into it!

10 Random Facts

  • I’m a really good speller.
  • I’ve never taken any formal graphic design classes but have a huge passion for it.
  • I’m obsessed with lyrics. I read into all of the lyrics in my favorite songs and really try to understand their meaning.
  • My childhood bedroom was a very pale shade of lilac.
  • My favorite chocolate is a white chocolate Lindt truffle.
  • I’ve been to Paris twice, loved it both times, but don’t have any desire to go back.
  • My interest in Greek mythology started in middle school and never really stopped.
  • It wasn’t until recently that I purchased a pair of jeans over $100 {so worth it!}.
  • My hair has been at least 5 different colors in my lifetime, including blue!
  • I played piano for almost 10 years and only memorized Fur Elise and Colors of the Wind {yes, from Pocahontas}

My Nominations
One of the coolest things about this nomination is that it made me realize how I haven’t fully developed a network of bloggers like myself. I spend a lot of my time reading the “big” blogs, but there’s a lot to be learned from those in the same stage of blog development. So, here’s a short list of blogs I’d love to recognize (some are probably bigger than others) with a total confession that I would LOVE to add to this list as I open the doors a bit to some of my fellow bloggers.

And please, if you have a recommendation, please drop it in the comments so we can all take a look and continue this beautiful pay-it-forward style recognition!

The Party Girl {discovered from my nominee’s list of nominations!}
Bedknobs and Baubles
Pretty Grounded
All Who Wander
Sarah Lederman Design Studio
Snapshots & My Thoughts
Simply Jessica Marie

My Questions

10 Liebster Award Questions for my nominations {jessalayne.com}Happy reading & blogging, ladies!

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1 Comment

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    April 16, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Yay! Loved reading your responses! We’re on he same page with graphic design and it being fascinating! 🙂

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