Liebster Award & Other Ramblings (including the giveaway WINNER).

Someone needs to call the blog police on this post, because it is going to be a mess. Consider this your warning.  Before I proceed, check out the guest post I did over HERE yesterday!

SO, first of all, after a WONDERFUL day off with my man cycling through the city (if you follow me on instagram, you know we have been doing bike to work week, although we commute often anyways), running errands, hiking, watching a movie, and having dinner with his parents, I am feeling R-E-F-R-E-S-H-E-D. That means I am also feeling ready to FINALLY get caught up on the TWO Liebster Awards I was nominated for (thanks Jess and Francesca), among a few other errands (I am finally getting my car title in my name and I need to go to the doctor to get some weird lump checked out... uhhh)! But first, a few snippets from yesterday. 

Wednesday was free breakfast day for Bike to Work Week. We stopped at a few locations for coffee and other goodies. Matt was really excited, although you can't tell through his man beard.
He ended up in the corner of all my photos yesterday.

Still snow on the peaks in Flagstaff.

Now, on to the Liebster Awards. Well, first, what IS the Liebster Award?! Here is a brief description (modified from a number of explanations I have seen):

The word "Liebster" is German for the word "sweetheart" or "dearest. This originated from a German blogger and is for up-and-coming bloggers with less than 3,000 followers. Basically it is NOT an award that is given by judges and a panel of experts on the subject of blogging, rather it is an award from blogging peers who consider you worth giving an award to for your blogger personality. It is now for bloggers with less than 200 followers who have potential. The main point and why to get excited about it, is that it is an award to share love and build community with other bloggers.

I was genuinely honored and a little surprised to have been nominated at all. Being a new blogger, I am still trying to figure this whole thing out, and it makes me feel great that people are actually READING, let alone, LIKING my posts. So, thank you to those faithful readers who put up with my nonsense. 

After being acknowledged, you should...

1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you in a post.

2. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger created.
3. Tell 11 facts about yourself.

4. List 5 to 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers that you believe deserve some recognition.

5. Post 11 questions for them to answer.

6. Notify all the bloggers selected that they have been nominated and ask them to pass it on. 

SO, 11 facts about myself. Again, stick with me here, I know I am totally boring, but you MIGHT learn something new. 

1. I can barely go a day without working out. I just makes me feel so alive, and happy. Even on my "days off" I usually do yoga or something to get my heart pumping. 
2.  I recently graduated college and I am entering a Ph.D program in August in Columbia, Missouri. 
3. I have worked at a private golf community the last three years during the summer. This year I am working in recreation and also doing fitness classes! I LOVE my job, although it can be really hard. SERIOUSLY. Tuesday I ran our 5k trail loop ON THE CLOCK. How can you hate your job when you get to work somewhere SUPER beautiful AND get paid to workout?! 
Had to give you a look at this amazing place (even though there is a monsoon in this picture).
4. I was a PROUD atheist about 2 years ago. 
5. I have a crazy family tree. 
6. I really want to adopt someday, hopefully internationally. 
7. I learned American Sign Language in high school and I am SO passionate about it. Sadly, I rarely get to use it these days, but if I ever fail at becoming a Clinical Psychologist, I want to become an interpreter. The language is just SO beautiful. I also hope to teach my kids one day. 
8. I have seven tattoos, most of which I LOVE.  
9. When I met my boyfriend I didn't even want to look at men, seriously. God works in mysterious ways. 
10. I really LOVE food. Seriously. Mostly healthy food, but fried food too. I don't believe in diet restriction or "cheat meals." I believe in listening to your body and feeding it food, mostly plants, and not too much (kudos to anyone who can tell me where that phrase comes from). I eat incredibly healthy but I rarely tell myself "no" when it comes to a glass of wine or ice cream. 
11. I am a complete and total introvert.

I suppose this is the part where I answer the different sets of questions I was asked, so here we go.

Jessica's Questions:

1) When did you first start blogging and why did you decide to become a blogger?
Since I already wrote a whole post on this, I will keep it short. Basically, to become more vulnerable and share my heart more openly, especially in regards to my faith. 

2) What is something awesome Jesus has done in your life lately?
He has really been putting on my heart that I just need to trust him- blindly. With moving to Missouri and the start of my Ph.D. program quickly approaching, my old self would have been in freak-out mode, but now that I have Jesus, He is really just showing me to trust Him, even when I feel like being a control freak. 

3) How would you describe yourself in 6 words or less?
Just a girl saved by grace. 

4) What is something you have never done that you have always wanted to do?
I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Greece. I have not had the chance yet, but ONE DAY!

5) If you could go to any concert you wanted for free, which one would you go to and why?
I have never been to a Christian concert,  so I would definitely go to either Mercy Me or The Rhett Walker Band. I LOVE worship so I know I would just adore these concerts. I am a BIG music buff.

6) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully married, close to graduating my Ph.D. program, and starting a family or thinking about starting a family. 

7) What is your favorite place to shop at and why?
Gosh, I NEVER shop (college student budget). But, when I do get the chance to shop, or my parents help me out, I LOVE Nordstroms and Macy's. And of course, Target. 

8) If you could only eat one specific type of food (Mexican, Chinese, American, etc) for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
DON'T MAKE ME JUST PICK ONE. Mexican food or sushi, hands down. Or bacon, that's a type of food right!? I am SUCH a foodie. 

9) If you could hold on to just one memory from your life forever, what would that be?
I think the first time I really TRULY felt God's presence after begging for it for SO long. The church I attended in Scotland was just absolutely AMAZING, you could not walk into that church without feeling God's arms wrapped around you tight. Makes me want to cry thinking about it.

10) Which TV show's world would you want to live?
FRIENDS, or Sex in the City. I love my friends and both of these shows depict such true friendships, and comedic friendships at that. I like to think my friends and I are that funny. You might think otherwise.

11) What are three things you look for in a future spouse?  
Someone that loves God, is patient and kind, loves my faults, encourages my healthy lifestyle, and honors the drive I have to meet my goals. All traits I know I have found in my boyfriend- lucky me. 

Francesca's Questions:  

1) What's your favourite book ever? And no, you can't say the Bible ;)
EVER?! Girl you are really trying to stump me here. I am a HUGE book nerd. I can't pick one so I will just say anything written by Jodi Picoult. Books that transformed me as a Christian include, "Crazy Love," "Enemies of the Heart," and "Christian Atheist."

2) When was the last time you laughed so much you cried? What was it about?
Pretty much every time I am with my boyfriend. For example, yesterday, he was helping me do handstands (although I don't really need help). Don't even ask.

3) What is the most unattractive quality in the opposite sex?
In the past I would have said being a heavy drinker/drug user. Now, I say not having any type of faith. 

4) If you could travel to any time or place in history, what would it be and why?
As I mentioned above, I would DEFINITELY go to Greece!

5) Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? (yes I am stealing Jessica's question!)
See above. 

6) What is your favourite scripture right now?
 Jeremiah 29:11

7) Do you thrift? What's the biggest bargain you've ever found?
 I have ALWAYS wanted to be a thrifter, but I  fail usually. I did find a FABULOUS vintage couch (FOR THIRTY DOLLARS) that my sweet boyfriend and his brother had to haul from quite a ways away for me. It's a lovely green, probably from the 70s and I am OBSESSED. Although, it is incredibly uncomfortable so it might get donated to a nice home when we move. 

8) House in the country or an apartment in the big city? Which would you prefer and why?
I like something right in the middle. I like to be in a city, not too big or too small. I also prefer a house. Flagstaff is great for me. It might be a little small though, it tends to have that "small town" feel, especially when college is in. I am looking forward to moving as Columbia is about double in size and has a similar feel! 

9) What's your favourite thing about blogging?
I love blogging because I am brave behind a keyboard. I am able to express my feelings more openly and share them with a big audience. This is especially great when I have something interesting to say, not so great for you all when I am rambling on about random things... 

10) Who is your favourite British person? 
My friend Emily. I met her while living in Edinburgh last winter and I absolutely ADORE her. She really encouraged me when I was first meeting Christ. I have lost touch with her which makes my heart ACHE, but she is definitely my favorite. 

11) What's your favourite book of the Bible and why?
I CAN'T PICK ONE. Currently, I might say 1 Corinthians, cliche I know. 

And now for what I'm sure you all have been waiting for with this entirely TOO LONG post... MY nominees! I did not re-nominate these ladies since they have already been nominated (in addition to a few more, like Brittany), but I love their blogs nonetheless. The following are in no particular order and I am not nominating many.
Chantal @ BeVirtue
Lacy @ Chosen

Nominees, here are my questions for you!
1. What motivates you to blog?
2. How did you get your first name?
3. What do you think about the phrase, "Let go and let God." What significance does this statement hold for you?
4. What is your opinion on reality television?
5. Public school or homeschooling (even if you are not a mom), and why?
6. Today, the church is sometimes portrayed negatively. What do you think we, as Christians, can do to change that portrayal?
7. Can we pray for you? About what specifically?
8. If you had unlimited funds, what is the FIRST thing you would buy?
9. What is your favorite Christian charity? Why?
10. What is clinical psychology? (This one is for my own entertainment, many people have misconceptions about what it is and I am going to fix that in a future post!)
11. If you were to have five minutes with God, what would you tell Him?

AND FINALLY, the winner of the creativeXelegance Spring Welcome Wreath giveaway is....  BRITTANY COOPER! Although this was a completely random raffle, I adore this gal and I am so happy she won, she really deserves it!!!! Maybe her and her [now] boyfriend (meaning she might possibly be engaged soon!!!) can hang it in their future home!

If you actually stuck with me throughout this whole post, you deserve MAJOR brownie points. I barely sat through writing the whole thing... I may have gone cross-eyed once or twice, but who's counting?


  1. I am soo happy and excited I won! What a sweet giveaway. How funny, I actually had that same thought because Ronnie and I have just started looking for houses that we might want to buy for us to share when we get married. (Obviously only one of us would live in it until our wedding day) But I know that ring is coming just any day! I can feel it!! :) Thanks again, this wreath is so adorable I can't wait to hang it!

  2. Awesome!!!! Loved reading all your answers! Thanks for nominating me too, friend! :)

  3. You are so funny..."Blog police" LOL~ I love it! Love this post, friend!!! :)

  4. I loved reading your responses to my questions, I was so happy to nominate you! I am thankful for all of the new blogger friends I am making on here! I was so encouraged by what you said about how Jesus is teaching you to trust Him blindly right now. Gosh girl, that is exactly what He is doing in my life right now, too! The old Jessica almost two years ago would have given up WAY long ago in the situation I am in now with my life. I love how Jesus makes it so evident that He is in our lives and that we can truly trust Him. That is so cool that you are starting a Ph.D program right after college--how awesome!! Thanks again for responding to my questions! :)

  5. I just wanted to say thank you again for the nomination!


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