Liebster Blog Award!

I received the Liebster Blog Award from Jane Fritz. She always has something meaningful to read on her blog, which focuses on her lifetime experiences and thoughts. I’m honored that she chose me and I’m more than happy to know that there are people who enjoy my work.

The Liebster Award is for bloggers with fewer than 200 followers and is meant to encourage them to keep writing.

The rules of this award are as follows:

1. Thank and link back to the giver.

2. Answer the giver’s questions.

3. Nominate five other blogs with fewer than 200 followers.

4. Ask five questions for one’s nominees to answer.

5. Post it on your blog.

Jane’s questions:

(1) What is it that you like about blogging?

I’m able to showcase my work and express my thoughts. It’s meaningful to me because these words are mine and they come from deep within. I can write, share it with others who have similar interests and receive feedback. It’s something I’ll always appreciate.

(2) What is your favorite time of year and why?

When summer fades into fall. The air is crisp and refreshing, it’s warm but not hot and there’s a subtle breeze. It’s the perfect weather to admire the scenery or to go out and have fun.

(3) If the Internet didn’t exist, and hence the possibility of blogging, would you still write?  If not, what would you do instead to get the same satisfaction?

Of course. I still write with a pen in my diary at least once a week. I can’t escape putting my imagination and experiences on paper to preserve, and I don’t want to.

(4) What’s your biggest weakness/indulgence?

I see others my age who are successful and on their own and I’m nowhere near that. I find myself comparing myself to them. My weakness is being too hopeful about my future in writing. It’s what I want to do and I have to push myself sometimes to get that dream out of my head and to slave away in another field. Then the other half of me says to never give up.

(5) If you won the lottery next week, would you make any major changes in your life?  What?

Definitely. I’d be out and on my own, away from where I currently reside. I’d be somewhere warm, in a city where I have a better shot at my career. My college loans would be paid off and so would my brothers’ and my boyfriend’s. We’re all being held back because of them. I’d get my parents to where they want to be and I’d certainly go traveling all over the place.

I nominate these blogs for the Liebster Award:


Kirsten Lopresti


Lesley Carter

The Secret Burrow

My five questions:

What inspired you to start blogging?

Out of all your posts, which is your favorite?

What stimulates your imagination?

Is where you are in life where you saw yourself five years ago?

Out of the twelve months each year, which month best represents your eyes? Why?


  1. Jane Fritz · September 6, 2012

    Nicole, I love your answers and also your questions. (I could spend a lot of time wondering about question 5!) They prove your worth as a writer, a thinker, and, of course, an awesome blogger! I don’t think being hopeful about writing is a weakness or an indulgence with you, it’s a necessity. The great thing I find about blogging is that it helps give us self-discipline to write every day – or often, at least. You are off to a terrific start. I was very interested in your response about paying off college loans, especially since I just posted about that issue (which isn’t generating a lot of interest, in case you’re wondering). It seems to be an increasing issue, one which is keeping our young people from fully participating in the economy (buying homes, consumer goods, cars, etc.) as well as from getting ahead the way they’d hoped. I hope you can shed these constraints sooner rather than later. Best wishes.

  2. Nicole · September 7, 2012

    Thank you, Jane. I read your post about student debt. All too familiar with it. It’s a growing problem and I honestly don’t think it’s fair. I don’t like complaining, but it’s sickening how we’re brainwashed into going to college after high school to come out with an advantage and get a job and be set for life and the chances of that happening now are decreasing. Times are changing. Your major definitely plays a big part in it, but by talking with friends and other students, I’ve found that no matter what your major, it’s tough out there unless you know someone high up in your field (that likes you). Jobs aren’t easy to find. Less and less jobs and a growing population. I hate negativity, but some of me believes that the future is dark.
    Thanks again for the Liebster Award and for following my blog. I’ll visit soon!

  3. mstizzle · September 7, 2012

    Thanks for nominating me Nicole. I love your answers especially to questions 4 and 5. I had a “light bulb” moment yesterday and I’d like to share it here. I was thinking about my gifts like things I’ve been blessed with. Singing and dancing came to my mind first and then speaking crept in and from nowhere writing jumped in. I had never before yesterday thought of writing as a gift/talent. I just used to write stuff. Writing is a gift. One we should appreciate and use well. So there’s nothing like being “too hopeful” about your future in something you’ve been blessed with. Our gifts are there to propel us forward and show us to the world. So Nicole- Go forth and shine!! *waving to crowd, taking several bows*

  4. Nicole · September 7, 2012

    Thanks, Tizzle. You were one of the first bloggers to come to mind while writing this post.
    Of course I agree with you that writing is a talent. Many wouldn’t think so, but that’s because they don’t really understand what goes into it. Some people best express themselves through speech or actions, others, writing. I’m not the best speaker in front of a crowd of people, but through writing, I know I’m powerful.
    We create inside the minds of other people through writing. We stimulate imaginations, we entertain and teach and our audience takes what they picked up and communicate it to others.

    “Our gifts are there to propel us forward and show us to the world.”

  5. Kirsten Lopresti · September 7, 2012

    Thanks for the award! Hooray!

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