The Liebster Award: Get to know me better!

A huge thank you to Katie from Kaleidoscope Peonies (such a cute name) for nominating me. She's so lovely, we connected through Twitter and i'm so happy we did because i absolutely, love her blog. Plus, her travel posts are amazing.. i could scroll through for hours. Be sure to check it out. 

What is a Liebster Award? 

The Liebster Award originated in 2011 and is a way to celebrate & welcome new bloggers into the blogging world. It helps people discover new blogs and connect with other bloggers. Liebster is a word of German origin which roughly translates as: dearest, valued, welcome, lovely. 
There are a few variations, but these are the most consistent ones:
Mention & thank the blogger that nominated you in the post.
Answer the 11 questions given by the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate 5-11 blogs.
Create 11 new questions for them to answer & let them know they are nominated!

This is such a good chance to get to know me a little better. Here goes..

1 What is your favourite blog post you've written and why?

I'd have to say my favourite post is this one here as part of of my Real Talk series. I wanted to do this series to make my blog more personal and controversial. I love reading these kind of posts myself where bloggers get into the nitty gritty and share their thoughts (which others may not agree with) on personal yet surprisingly common issues. So i'm really happy with this post considering it was an idea on a whim, i wrote it really fast. But it's down to earth, straight to the point and shares my honest thoughts

 2. What is your favourite TV series?

Oh my, how can i chose one? I've been obsessed with a fair few - Walking Dead, 11 22 63, Gossip Girl, True Blood, Love Island, Nashville, Vampire Diaries, Helix, Geordie Shore, One Tree Hill... I've actually watched far too many throughout my degree. It's quite bad now i look back. If i had to pick one right now based on the one i got the most addicted to, it'd actually have to be True Blood. I was really addicted to that. 

3 What is the best tip you've learnt about blogging?

Best tip is to be passionate about what you're writing about. Don't worry about fitting a 'niche' or creating content you think people will want to see. If you lose the love for it the content will either be crap or non-existent, to be blunt. My old blog here is testament to that, i lost my love and gave. SO BE PASSIONATE. 

4 Where is one place you'd love to visit?

Ugh, these questions are so hard. I can never pick just one. I have a full list of places right here. But if i had to pick one right now it'd had to be... Bali. Or somewhere over that side of the globe. I really want to explore more of East Asia and all it has to offer.

5 What is your favourite book and why?

I'd have to go with 'To Kill a Mockingbird' - a classic. I read this book at the ripe old age of 19 and thoroughly enjoyed it all. It's just one that pops into my mind immediately when this question is asked.

6 What is one thing you've done that you're really proud of?

Passing my degree with first class honours and achieving the highest mark in the whole of 3rd year. Like, wow, that shocked me. I wasn't expecting it at all. I have honestly changed SO much as a person during my time at university. I've valued experiences a lot more, sometimes, putting academia on the back-burner. So i'm proud i was able to live my life, enjoy travelling, exploring, meditating, shopping, watching lots of TV series - all the things for the soul, whilst still smashing my degree. I did work very hard don't get me wrong. So i'm over the moon i pulled it all off #BALANCE #PROUDMOMENT.

7 What is your favourite season? 

I'm a summer girl, hands down. Can't be doing with all that rain and stuff. 

8 Describe one of your happiest days.

I'd have to say last christmas (2014).  I woke up in another country, with the sun shining. It didn't feel like christmas and i wasn't over the moon to be on holiday at Christmas. It just wasn't the same. But we were in Fuerteventura, in the same area that i had visited when i was 9 years old. So i got up, opened my lovely gifts and head down for breakfast. We then had a walk along the coast and when to feed the fish - my ultimate holiday memory! I have never forgot doing that 10 years previous. It was such a lovely day. So full of childhood memories and it was amazing spending quality time with my family instead of sitting at home on my phone or watching TV like i usually would christmas day. 

9 What is your favourite quote? (from a book/a person/motivational)

I have this saved on my laptop as an everyday reminder!
It's a perfect reminder of what is important in life (to me anyway) - experiences! Honestly, live your life and do the things that makes you happy. We only got this one life, live it! 

10 What do you find most challenging about blogging?

Less the blogging but more the promoting, social media side. You have to be on it all the time. So sometimes it is definitely a struggle when working/studying too. Also, replying to comments/replies - i really want to interact with everyone, reply and comment on blogs myself. But sometimes it's just too much when you have little time. I can easily spend a full day doing 'blog stuff' because i do love it but, it isn't always possible. Unfortunately. 

11 What motivated you to start a blog?

Hm.. Well as i mentioned, i used to blog over at Dressing Table Delights. But that stopped due to A-Levels and falling out of love with beauty. I fell head over heels for the fitness industry instead. During university i really got into baking, cooking, nutrition, fitness and all that kind of stuff. Although i do still do beauty/fashion posts now, they're a lot less regular because i'm just not that bothered half the time to make myself look nice.  
Back to the Q (rambler - sorry!) my friend Daisy said i should put all my recipes into a blog so she could make them. I thought about it and put it off. There finally came a time where i just had SO many ideas for posts, it simply didn't make sense not to re-start, i did miss it too. So hello, here i am... again :D 

My Nominations are *drum roll please*...

Lucy @ The Girl On Trend  (a beautiful fashion/beauty blogger)
Lexie @ Lexi Life 95 (an hilarious lifestyle blogger & vlogger - love this one)
Patti @ Simply Luxe Blog (an amazing cruelty free blogger) 
Sarah @ Its Sarah Ann (lifestyle blogger with fantastic, helpful posts - i could browse for days)
Georgia @ Hey Georgie Girl (another cf lifestyle blogger with gorgeous photography)

My Questions... 

1 - What is your favourite hobby aside from blogging? 
2 - What TV series is your favourite to 'bingewatch? 
3 - If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life.. What would it be? 
4 - Are you a tea or coffee type of person? How do you drink it? 
5 - If you could have any, dream career.. What would it be? 
6 - Pick one person (can be anyone in the world) that inspires you on a daily basis. 
7 - When and why did you start blogging? 
8 - If you could pick one celebrity, dead or alive, from the opposite sex to spend the evening with.. Who would you chose? 
9 - Chose one person who's instagram you love #inspiration 
10 - What type of blog posts do you enjoy the best and why? 
11 - Share one random fact your readers may not know about you. 



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