As I was starting my blog back in July, DH2U asked me what would be my definition of success. My answer was almost instantaneous: Someone I didn’t know in real life reading it. Well, by that definition I was a success with my first post!
I really hadn’t thought about “success” in a while, when all of a sudden I woke up yesterday morning to find out that I’d been chosen for a blog award! The nomination (and thus the award) was from Barbara at The Empty Nest Mom, where I often spend time and appreciate her travels, the yummy recipes, her social consciousness, and her journey through the next phase in her life.
About the award:
Liebster is German for sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome. The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 daily followers. Basically it is paying forward the recognition by in turn recognizing five others… a chain letter only without any expectations of money and only praise (and link love!) instead of threats of misfortune. I’m in!
I hope you will all check out my fellow up and coming bloggers who I absolutely adore:
1. Charlie Hudson. I first discovered Charlie’s blog (Living Forward, Looking Back – What an awesome title!) when she had a post about her son’s decision to become a professional dancer. I had never thought of the career choice from the parent’s perspective. Her blog is like sitting down to chat with an old friend and covers all sorts of topics.
2. Leslie Pearl. I’ve known Leslie for years. As her son graduated from high school, she had an option to follow her dream, and she went for it. She is now living in New York City, and she blogs about rooftop gardens (Looking up with Leslie). I’m amazed at the opportunities she has created for herself, all the beautiful sites, and the interesting people she has met. I’ve gained a whole new admiration for her since starting to read her blog.
3. Michelle Garrett. Anyone that has known me for more than 10 minutes knows that I spent some time as an Ex-Pat in England. Michelle is living that life now and blogging about it on The American Resident. Recent posts include her family’s attempt to be self-sufficient (chickens and all!) - The Good Life in real life! My first exposure to her blog was her discussion of corn bread, which I introduced to my British friends while I was there as well.
4. Nancy Davis. Nancy writes “a blog about hope and the pursuit of happiness”. She had me at hello. Her recent posts include a discussion of attending her high school reunion, the definition of success, and the kindness of others. So often my comments to her blog start with “I was just thinking about this” or “I could have written this post”.
and 5. Pea. Simple Humble is the blog I go to when I need my zen moment. Pea definitely lives up to her blog’s tag line: Beautiful. Simple. Things… Notes on Modern Simplicity. The issues she discusses – Focusing on What Really Matters and Think Tank (numerous photos of serene rooms) – resonate with where I am in my life right now.