I've been nominated for the Liebster Award!

by - July 01, 2017

Thank you so much, Vanessa Jone of  Just Little Things, for nominating me for the Liebster Award! This is my frst nominee as a blogger, and apparently there are a few rules for this award:

- Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you. Done!
- Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you. Below!
- Nominate 11 blogs. They have been contacted separately.
- Give them 11 questions to answer. At the end!

Questions from Vanessa:
1. Describe how did you first get into blogging?
I used to run the blog for Melissa's, Sorority Source, in college. We focused on sorority recruitment and things to do in Austin. I liked designing & tweaking the blog more than I liked the actual writing.

2. What would be your ideal working environment?
I need windows!!! I also love traveling so as long as I have a laptop and a wifi connection I can get work done anywhere. Thankfully, I've been blessed to work with companies and people that understand and allow this kind of mobility and freedom.

3. How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
I'm really working on being less fearful. Years ago I was accused of being "too confident" and that really affected my future relationships and ability to make them. I would so enjoy being "too confident" again not being afraid to let people be my friend and become close friends.

4. What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
I don't think that this qualifies as a "failure" when compared to success, but it was a mistake looking back. I grew up competitively swimming on teams, starting with the almost youngest age group in a summer league way back in elementary school. But when I didn't make my high school team, I was invited to practice with the team and tryout again at a later date and instead I quit. I was disappointed because I hadn't done well enough at tryouts, and I was burned out of competing against and with the same girls for years, and I was just done. Walking away from something that I not only enjoyed doing but had been good at is still my biggest regret to date.

5. What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?
I've done a lot of things that I'm proud of -- graduated a semester early with honors from the University of Texas, spent less than $8,000 on our wedding & honeymoon (with some help from parents along the way), I've shared my faith with friends acquaintances and not been shot down. I think one thing I am SO proud of is moving to Missouri. My husband and I moved away from friends and family and the state we called home just to try something new - new weather, new jobs, new friends, new church. It feels like it was exactly what we were supposed to do.

6. Who takes the majority of your photos?
I do take a lot of my own photos, but it depends on the post. For anything having to do with modeling most of my photos come from events & collaborations with fashion photographers. I've worked with eGolden Moments, Joseph Oliphint, Steve Gibson, and others. I've even gotten B to take a few photos along the way.

7. How would you describe your personal style and is there a person who is a fashion inspiration to you?
Classic. Kate Middleton epitomizes classy and modest dress so she is on my fashion inspiration short list. You can even see her in a few places on my Pinterest board. I like to dress modestly and I'm rarely dressed super casually. "Snappy casual" is what we called it in back in my sorority days.

8. Which movie or book do you think is ridiculously overrated?
I was (sadly) disappointed by the Fantastic Beasts movie. I grew up with Harry Potter and am still a huge fan of that world, but this movie just didn't have the substance I've come to expect from the series to back up the effects.

9. Who would you most like to sit next to on a 10 hour flight and why?
My great-grandma. I knew her as well as I could when I was young, but I was too young to truly appreciate her for the woman she was and things she had done. I would love to have 10 hours to just talk to her about her life. About being married to my great-grandpa and how she handled things when he went to war and how life was on the farm in Indiana and raising my grandpa and moving to Texas and her relationship with Jesus and her love of shoes. She was only ever Ma to me and I'd love to learn who Jane was.

10. What are two things you think you should know how to do but don’t?
I still have to ask my mom about certain laundry techniques; yes, I'm 23 and married and still don't know all of the different stain-removal techniques. I also don't know how to drive a manual car.

11. What makes you say “What was I thinking?” when you look back on your life?
I've had some bad haircuts and outfit regrets, and when my parents divorced when I was in high school there were a lot of big decisions to make, but I must be living pretty well if I don't think I have a "what was I thinking" moment!

Questions from me:
  1. How do you take your coffee?
  2. What is the farthest you've ever traveled from home by yourself?
  3. What is your least favorite color for walls and why?
  4. What was the best gift you've ever received?
  5. What is the best advertisement or commercial you've ever seen? Please provide a link to the video or include an image.
  6. What is your greatest disappointment and what did you learn from it?
  7. What is the weirdest food combination you're embarrased to admit you like and how did you first experience it?
  8. If you could be any fictional character (movie or book) who would you be?
  9. Which teacher made the biggest impact on your life?
  10. What are three things on your bucket list?
  11. If it started to rain while you were out on a walk, would you run for shelter, continue on your way like nothing was happening, or dance in the rain?

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