Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Liebster Award: Q and A :)

A BIG thanks to Elicia Shephard for nominating me for the Liebster Award, which if I'm understanding this correctly, is a nice why of saying, "I really like your blog". It's kind of a pass-it-on from blogger to blogger in which you answer these 10 questions to help get your name out there.

She is a beautifully, smart, and talented young lady, living and working as a teacher in South Korea! If you're looking into teaching abroad, love traveling, or are simply looking for an inspirational read, she has some great things to say. You can find her fabulous blog here :).

So here are the questions I was given:
1.What was the last thing you ate?
I'm glad this is only asking about the last thing I ate, instead of everything I ate today. Much less embarrassing this way. It was crackers and peanut butter :). One of my favorite, easy, to-go-to snacks.  
2.Do you ever get bored with blogging? Why or why not?
Never. Blogging has become my baby. It's actually beginning to cause me a lot of restlessness, because I'll wake up in the middle of the night with a million ideas running through my head. Every good writer knows that the best ideas come at night, and that you must get them written down immediately. Blogging and writing in general gives me so much peace and purpose, and I love having this as a way to document my life abroad. I'm making it my life goal to turn blogging and/or writing into a career, and thus turning traveling into a long-term, full-time lifestyle. 
3.If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Well, I really wish my already thin hair wasn't falling out by the handfuls in this country. But in all seriousness, I wish I wasn't such a softie. While sometimes a good thing, I become overcome with emotion over the littlest things, and it's actually borderline embarrassing. Like when little 3-year-old Emilie grabs my face, looks into my eyes and says, "I love you" and "You're my best friend". Or when Lola begs me to stay for dinner and holds on to me for dear life. And how she falls asleep on my lap nearly every night, while I try not to desperately fall in love, for the fear of having to one day say goodbye to them :(. Whoops. Too late. These little girls are my life. And all of my kids along the way, have somehow turned me into an emotional wreck who falls in love with people way too easily. The most beautiful curse I've ever been blessed with. 
4.Where is one place you would never go and why?
I don't know that there IS a place I would never go. I think every place has SOMETHING to offer. Danger, poverty, and illness scares me a little. But I did apply for the Peace Corps, so I'm clearly up for the challenge. Yep. That's my answer. I'll go anywhere. 
5.What seemingly insignificant thing drives you crazy?
So many thingssss actually. 

Stupid drivers. My road rage is bad. real bad. I even caught Emilie in the back the other day saying, "Come onnnn!" while we were stuck in another traffic jam. Whoops. #nannyoftheyear. I'm much more mindful of this now :).

When people care more about their phone, than the people right in front of them. This drives me SO insane! Put the damn phone away and how about you have a conversation with the real-life person next to you? It has been such a freaking blessing, and such a good wake up call, to be damn near phone-less in this country (texting/email/etc works when in wifi and that's it). 

People talking and texting while driving. How about you take the time to talk to people when they can have your full attention and not just when you want to kill time on your drive. While it's nice to drive and catch up with people simultaneously, it doesn't make me feel good to know that that's the only time I cross your mind or you can make time for me. Sort of feels like you're getting talking to me out of the way. By the way, I'm highly guilty of this. As a person who traveled so much for work, having people to talk to and pass the time with, made it much more bearable. But it's SO unsafe for you and the thousands of people on the road. PLEASE stop. You are not invincible. And people die everyday because of this. I don't want that person to be YOU.

Or people smoking near their children. It's sooo harmful to their health. Smoke all you want, but leave your kids out of it, please. 

And ignorance. That's not really a seemingly insignificant one. But it bothers me to the point of tears. 
6.What is one thing you like, but your friends don’t?
Gosh. I have such a wide range of friends that it's hard to answer this one. I think in general, most of my friends are so similar to me it's kind of scary. Otherwise, I don't think they'd really still be my friends? 

But maybe being commitment-less? In general, I think most of my friends, and people in general, like the idea of having stability, a place to call home, a long-time career, person to love, etc. I don't. Not yet anyway. 
7.If you could say one sentence to everyone around the world at once, what would you say?
Live in a way that you'd want to be remembered positively. 
8.Whom do you look up to?
People who are passionate about life. People who recognize their sense of purpose and live accordingly. People who value things that are really important. People who recognize the struggle in the world that is far bigger than themselves. 

Ellen Degeneres- Gosh. Don't even get me started on how much I love her. Attending one of her shows is on my bucket list. She is so incredibly selfless and giving. And promotes so much of what I believe in. You GO girl. 
My Parents- This goes without saying. They're incredible. 
My Sister- The most hard-working, friendly and social young lady I've had the pleasure of knowing for 23 1/2 years :). 
My Friends- All for different reasons.
Military members- So incredibly brave and inspiring. 
Writers- For being so honest and creative. And giving me something to work for!

so. so. many people. 
9.What is your secret obsession?
Hm. This isn't such a secret obsession anymore. But writing. It literally is starting to consume my life. On my daily run/walks, I think about all of the things I'm going to write in my first book. Even started the first chapter :):)! Too bad my memory and exhaustion allows for me to almost completely forget all of my creative one-liners by the time I get home. Oh well. I will keep going anyway. 

And chicken wings :). And fat tire. 
10.If the world were to end tomorrow, and you knew it, how would you spend it?
Easy. Back home in Wisconsin. On a lake. With many ice cold beers, and all of my fat girl favorites: cheese curds, chicken wings, and mac n cheese. Arms around ALL of the people I love. Laughing about all of my crazy hilarious stories from the last 25-years.
Here are my some of my favorite (and nominated blogs) for the Liebster Award:

I'm still working on this part. But will update with my favorites once I get their approval :)!

A special thanks to Elicia for nominating me and to everyone who believes in this blog as much as I do. So blessed to have you as readers and followers!


  1. Hi, Jerrica! I just found your blog, and I LOVE it! I love that you're out there living your dream--I am a total travel junkie, too, and I am always planning my next trip (which probably won't be for a little bit seeing as how I just had my first little one this past summer). I enjoyed reading your answers here (we're so similar--I've always wanted to adopt, live an unconventional life, and travel EVERYWHERE), and I look forward to future posts!

    1. Aw! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. It's so refreshing to find other people who feel the same why I do. I'm working on the next post now, so stay tuned :). Keep living out your dreams!