liebster award

Nikki from NCsquared Life recently nominated me for the Liebster Award. I’ve never gotten a blog award here, so I’m excited to participate. Here’s a little background on this award if you’re not familiar with it:

The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers. Bloggers who are awarded a Leibster usually have a small following, and are hidden gems that other bloggers want to see grow.  If you’re given the Leibster Award, you get a series of random questions to answer, and then you pass the torch by “tagging” or nominating 3-5 other bloggers and asking them questions of your own.  It’s a great way for each blog’s following to grow, and a really fun way to get to know each blogger a little better.

Nikki provided 11 questions for me to answer, so let’s get started!

1.  What made you want to start blogging?

Last summer, my husband and I moved from North Carolina to Alabama. In the moving process, we packed up the TV pretty early, so I was left with internet as my sole source of entertainment for at least a week. During that time, I discovered several style blogs via Pinterest. I pretty much binged on the archives of some of my favorite style bloggers during that time. Eventually, I decided to give it a try myself. 

2.  What keeps you motivated to blog?

Maintaining this blog has become a very necessary creative outlet for me. Fashion has become a new hobby of mine, and I really enjoy participating in this style blogging community.

3.  What makes your blog stand out in the crowd?

I think this is a question that every blogger continually asks herself/himself. I seek to connect with young professionals learning how to dress themselves by sharing my classic and colorful looks on a regular basis.

4.  Where do you see your blog a year from now?

I hope I’ll still be expanding my fashion horizons…and maybe my photography skills will have improved a bit.

5.  On a personal level, what are you looking forward to in 2014?

If all goes according to plan, I’ll finish my dietetic internship in the summer and finally become a registered dietitian. That’s a milestone I’ve been working toward for a long time, so I’m pretty ecstatic that I’ve almost achieved that goal.

6.  Do you actively grow your blog or do you blog for fun?

Well, I’ve had nutrition blog for a really long time (6 years as of Sunday!), and I’ve done the whole “blogging for profit” thing. Truthfully, that kind of blogging can get stressful and exhausting. I think of this blog as more of something I do for pure enjoyment.

7.  What is your favorite quote and why?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

This quotation pretty much sums up why I do what I do. I am passionate about helping people take better care of themselves through healthy eating, and I believe healthcare professionals (including dietitians) can lead the way to a healthier and happier world.

8.  If you could go back in time 10 years and tell yourself one thing, what would it be?

I would tell myself to slow down and stop taking life so seriously. I spent much of my college experience with my nose in a book rather than making lasting connections.

9.  Name your top three comfort foods.

Ooh! A fun foodie question! It’s hard to choose just three, but I’ll try: 1) peanut butter and jelly sandwich 2) Mom’s spice cake with maple frosting 3) tomato soup (with Goldfish crackers, of course).

10.  What is the number one thing on your wishlist right now?

I would love to have a pair of rain boots. The rainy spring season has begun, and I am always wishing I had a decent pair of rain boots to make it a little less miserable!

11.  Do you tell people about your blog or is it a secret amongst the community?

Oh, it’s definitely a secret. My husband is pretty much the only one who knows about it. I even got a little nervous when my husband accidentally mentioned it in passing to my dad. I’m hoping he forgot about it…

And now for a few facts about myself. (I hesitate to call them fun facts, as many of them will probably be very boring to you).

  • I am a life-long student. Nerdy as it might sound, I just really love learning. For that reason (and a few others, of course), I’m currently enrolled in both the dietetic internship and the PhD program for nutrition sciences. So basically, I just want to stay in school forever.
  • I am a crazy Jack Russell Terrier lady. My family brought home a JRT when I was five years old, and I’ve been in love with the breed ever since. I have two of my own right now, and I’m pretty sure I’ll have one for the rest of my life–they’re just such a perfect blend of intellect, sweetness, and spunk! I don’t discriminate when it comes to dogs, however–I love them all!
  • I’ve been pretty much every type of vegetarian there is. Back when I was 15, I announced to my parents that I wanted to become a vegetarian on the basis of moral and ethical reasons. My parents allowed it, provided that I researched what I needed to eat in order to make up for the lack of meat in my diet (coincidentally that was what got me interested in nutrition in the first place!). I tried out veganism for one summer in college, then I added milk products back in (lacto-vegetarian), and then eventually I added eggs (lacto-ovo vegetarian) once I met my then-boyfriend/now-husband). Fish came on the scene too and even poultry at one point. Right now, I would describe myself as a pescatarian.
  • I am pretty militant when it comes to grammar. I was an English major in college and made money by being a writing tutor for freshman students taking their introductory composition courses. As a result of those experiences, I am pretty picky about grammar. I’m not rude enough to correct someone’s sentence structure while they’re speaking, but you better believe I’m thinking about it in my head.
  • My birthday is December 24th. Accordingly, Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday. When I was younger (OK, so it continued into graduate school), I used to make a countdown for Christmas starting in September. It is indeed the most wonderful time of the year to me 🙂
  • I met my husband on the treadmill. After about two months of running on the treadmill next to me, Seth finally got up the courage to introduce himself to me at the gym. I go back to the blog post I wrote on my other blog explaining the encounter and laugh. It’s funny how life turns out sometimes!
  • I have a nutrition blog. Speaking of the “other” blog, I have a food and nutrition blog that I started when I was a sophomore in college. I’ve been neglecting it in favor of this one in the past several months, but I do intend on returning to recipe development at some point.
  • My dream job is to be a (published) cookbook author. Maybe once I’ve had enough of nutrition counseling and/or research, I’ll become a cookbook author at the end of my life. I think it would be such fun to develop a whole book of healthy recipes!
  • Moving up in the alphabet is one of my greatest accomplishments. My maiden name starts with a “Y,” so I became very accustomed to being last for everything when I was growing up. So when I married my husband, whose last name starts with a “C,” I was delighted to move so far up in the alphabet.
  • I have two older sisters. Both of them live nearby, and both have children. I love being able to see my niece and nephew whenever I want!
  • I can sing in five languages. I took voice lessons throughout middle and high school. During the course of all those lessons, I learned to sing in French, Italian, German, Latin, and English, of course. German and Italian are my favorites, while French is my least favorite (mostly because I have to look up how to pronounce everything).

Wow, that was surprisingly difficult to come up with 11 facts!

Now it’s your turn–you choose any of the questions above and answer away! I’d love to learn more about you.



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