Monday, July 21, 2014

Nominated for Liebster Blog Award!

First and foremost, thank you to the lovely and talented Velysia from A Mermaid's Rambles for nominating me. The Liebster Blog Award is being passed around the blogging community to bloggers who have 200 or less followers as a way to get to know each other. Nominated bloggers are to list 11 facts about themselves, answer the 11 questions asked by the nominator, then they are to nominate 5 other bloggers and list 11 questions for them to answer. It's a fun way to get to know other bloggers. 

11 facts about me:

1. I was born in New Haven, CT.
2.  I lived down south (Biloxi, MS to be exact) for a year and half 
3. My favorite sport to watch is Basketball. I love UCONN Huskies for college and Knicks for NBA.
4. Outside the US I've been to Ireland, Canada and St.Thomas (although that one doesn't count) 
5.  I've never been to Cape Cod or Block Island - two places it seems everyone from CT has gone too! 
6. I worked at Sanrio and had to dress up like Hello Kitty! 

7.  I love swimming!

8.  I love photography but hate my camera phone. I need to get a new phone or a new camera! My favorite things to take pictures of is nature, specifically - flowers, trees, the beach.
9. I love the summer time because I spent more time outdoors. I absolutely love nature and find serenity outdoors. 
10. I've always live by the coast.

11. I'd LOVE to live in NYC

Here are Velysia's 11 Questions and my answers....
1. What are the 2 words that you would use to best describe yourself?
Creative! I love having creative outlets, whether it be through this blog, writing stories, photography. Aware is another one. I'm always aware of my surroundings (especially since I have anxiety),  aware of my emotions and other people's. Aware that everyone has things they go through, aware that being judgmental and two-faced will get you nowhere in life and to be as open-minded and loving as possible.

2. When and why did you started blogging?
4 years ago if not longer. My first blog was more about fashion. It was fun I did sweepstakes but I didn't get to write like I wanted to. I wish I kept it up and had this one, a more personal one but I'm trying to combine the two. 

3. What's the meaning behind your blog title?
I took a picture of a beautiful flower about a year ago that was near out town library. It was so close you can see inside the flower, and I labeled it "the heart of the flower" The heart of a flower - the inside, the beauty, the pain, the life, everything inside that makes it flourish and also wilt away. The darkness and the light and all the shades in between.

4. Has your blogging experience turned out to be what you expected?
Ever since I turned it into a more writing-based blog and joined blogging communities, I really have been happy to find great blogs, follow them and have some followers. I hope I continue finding more blogs to follow and followers on my blog. It's great feeling part of a community. 

5. What's your favorite post that you've written?
My blog post "Poppy". It's very sad, and is about my grandfather's death. It's something I can always look back on. It was written so much sadness and pain and I'd like to do a follow up that celebrates his life. 

6. What are the 2 things about yourself that you're most proud of?
Buying my first car all by myself and when I got an apartment all by myself and had it for a year all by myself. It was a rewarding feeling.

7. What is the one thing that you like and dislike the most?
About myself? I like that I'm sweet, I see the good in people, don't judge and hate talking negative and perpetuating rumours. I dislike the fact I lack confidence and I'm easily scared. 

8. What's one piece of advice that you'd like to share? Life advice, blogging advice.. anything!
When I was 19 and started having severe anxiety attacks a nurse told me, in this tiny hospital office, "It takes time, faith and patience". You can use that toward anything in life.

9. What do you hope to achieve 5 years from now?
I'd like to have my stories published, a family, and a nice house :)

10. What is your favorite quote?
"Make decisions based on love, cooperation, and prosperity instead of neediness, trepidation, and anger." 

11. Who are your top 2 blogging influencers?

All my followers either have already been nominated or don't have blogs, but if you'd like to participate here are 11 questions:

1. How would you describe your blog?
2. What is your current favorite song?
3. What's your favorite place you ever vacationed?
4.) What are some places you'd like to visit?
5) What are your summer fashion essentials?
6) What's your favorite blog post?
7) What are your favorite books?
8.) How would you describe your aesthetic?
9.) What are your favorite names?
10.) If you could raid anyone's closet who would it be?
11.)  Your makeup must haves.

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