Liebster Award

Officially Accepting the Liebster Award!

I was nominated for a Liebster Award! Yea! What an honor for someone who’s been blogging for just two months.

Thank you to Faye at Leap of Faye who nominated me. Faye has a great blog where she writes about parenting, blogging, and finances. I especially appreciate her posts where she writes about her experiences writing for various content brokers. I had a brief and moderately successful stint writing content for a few years ago. I stopped after writing an article about how to survive shark attacks.

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is a distinction given to bloggers by bloggers to highlight new and upcoming blogs. “Liebster” means beloved or dearest in German. The award not only recognizes good work but also gives the blogger encouragement to continue writing.

What happens when you accept the Liebster Award?

  • Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you (thanks again Faye!)
  • Create a post on your blog, displaying the Liebster Award logo
  • Answer the 11 questions assigned by the blogger who nominated you
  • Provide rules/instructions for accepting the award
  • Nominate 11 new favorite bloggers for the Liebster Award
  • Come up with a list of 11 new questions for your nominees
  • Notify the nominees
  • Post your Liebster Award blog post link in the comments column of the related post of the blogger who nominated you

My answers to Faye’s 11 questions:

  • What inspires you to write?

My motivation to write is world peace, and my inspiration is the positive feedback I get from readers. I used to think that my role was to work for peace at the individual level. I would help people find peace with themselves, their pasts, their families, and all of the other things that make up their lives. After starting this blog, I’m beginning to think that I can have a larger impact. I want to nurture compassion at the global level.

  • Who are your favorite bloggers, and why?

I really love Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian. The author is a social worker who writes about diversity and social justice. I most appreciate the high bar he sets regarding accountability for allyhood and his direct and informed writing style. His posts always inspire self-reflection.

  • What is one thing you could not live without, and why?

My passport!

  • What book has most inspired you, and why?

Animal Farm by George Orwell inspired me to be a life-long reader. I think I was in 7th grade when I first read this. At the time I was devouring mass market novels on a regular basis. My favorite author was Dean R. Koontz, and I was reading a novel a week.

Animal Farm blew me away. I realized that a book could be more than just an entertaining story. There could be layers of meaning and big ideas. A book could make you think and challenge you. Also, it didn’t hurt that cute farm animals were being critical of the government.

  • What would a perfect weekend look like to you?

This was the hardest question! I like variety in my weekends. Sometimes fun adventures in the mountains with my friends, sometimes lazy times on the couch knitting. I guess the perfect weekend is when you can do whatever you want.

  • What experiences have had the most profound effect on you?

Meditation. Not only the practice, but the people and ideas I’ve been exposed to have been life changing. It would be meaningless to explain more. You have to practice in order for the insights to become available to you.

A lot of people tell me that they are interested in meditation but don’t know where to start. I suggest finding a friend who has a regular practice and asking to meditate with them. Trust me: they will consider it an honor and gift to sit with you.

  • What television or movie character do you most identify with?

Peter Gibbons in Office Space except I chose to work internationally rather than in construction. Another key difference is that I don’t like Kung Fu. I used to be so burnt out at work that I watched that movie a few times a week. I think I can quote the whole thing.

  • Where is your favorite place in the world, and why?

Oh, there are so many wonderful places. I had an amazing couple of weeks with some dear friends trekking in the Nepal in 2009. It seemed that everything came together. I felt so connected.

  • What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I most enjoy the challenge to do good research for articles and the chance for reflection. And of course, I enjoy positive feedback. Right now I’m working on setting up an infrastructure so that the blog continues to grow. I’m also trying to pace myself so that I don’t get overwhelmed.

  • What is the biggest risk you have taken, and did it pay off?

A couple of years ago I decided that I would just do a life experiment. I would act as if all these things that I assumed about life where not actually true. And most of those assumptions were limitations. Yes, it’s paying off. I had assumed wrong and was living in a box.

  • What is your drink of choice?

Vietnamese iced coffee. So delicious.

My Nominees

I think these blogs are pretty great.

  • London at London J Bell is a lawyer specializing in international human rights and diverse communities. Her writing is impassioned, informative, and values-driven. It’s possible that she’s actually a super-hero. Also, I’d like to have her over for dinner.
  • ViIlissa at Ramp Your Voice! is an advocate for people with disabilities. Her blog isn’t a blog– it’s a movement. I love the blend of information, analysis, call-to-action, and personal stories. She has important content and sets a good example of how to use social media to spread a powerful and engaging message.
  • Peter at Child Protection Lessons is a social worker whose blog provides great information, resources, and analysis regarding child protection. Anyone working with children should subscribe.
  • Gringa at El Salvador from the Inside is great.  The posts are short and informative glimpses into El Salvadorian culture, daily life, and social justice. Her writing reveals a sincere respect for the El Salvadorian people.
  • Colleen at The Way Nets Can Not Hold Water. I came across Colleen’s blog after reading some of her very excellent Huff Post articles. I love her writing style– personal and elegant.
  • Barbara at Spoonfoolery writes about cooking. Advanced foodies will love it. The blog has lots of recipes, reviews of equipment, and travel-blog style posts about eating well in Europe.
  • Cheryl at Lass O’Luanda is an American expat living in Africa. She writes about her personal experiences and the differences she notices. Her descriptions are always thorough and vivid. Most of all I appreciate the kind, easygoing, and nonjudgmental stance she maintains.
  • TherapyDoc at When Therapists Blog blabs on and on. Yes, sometimes this happens when you’ve made a career out of listening.
  • Anastasia at Pink and Tattoo Ink is an expat living in Taiwan. She writes about herself, her experiences, and cultural differences. She’d be a nonconformist in any culture, but I think that trait is especially important in expats. You have to be pretty comfortable being “the different one.” I like her insights and fresh perspectives.
  • Sarah at Sarah’s Heart Writes provides posts about her personal experiences. Her writing style is so authentic that you feel as though you’ve just gotten an email from a friend. Sarah is also skilled at making the personal universal. You can always find something to relate to in her posts.
  • Froglivers at Lily the Dog is nothing but pictures of a happy rescued fur-friend. This blog makes you smile.

My Questions

    • What’s the best compliment you’ve gotten about your blog?
    • What did you learn yesterday?
    • Who are your teachers?
    • What are you excited about right now?
    • How do you define “success” for your blog?
    • Any blogging advice?
    • What book has been most impactful in your life?
    • What keeps you up at night?
    • What do you wish you were better at?
    • What do you hope people will do differently after reading your blog?
    • What blog post are you most proud of?


  1. Thank you so much for the kind words and the nomination! I appreciate it.:) I really enjoyed your answers and would love to know more about trekking in Nepal…that sounds amazing on every level!! I really look forward to reading more of your writing!:)

    1. Oh, trekking in Nepal was amazing. I went solo and ended up meeting some other solo travelers. We formed a little group and did the Anapurna Circuit together. I’m still friends with them. Enjoying your blog too 🙂

  2. Wow! The accomplishment is all yours! I’ll get to answering questions later in the month, or maybe next year, and surely will link to your blog, which is wonderful. So thanks so much for this prestigious honor.

    1. Yea, it took me a while to get to the response too– there’s a lot of stuff to do! Thanks for the positive feedback. It’s nice when bloggers do some behavior management lite with each other. I like your blog a whole lot, too, both of them. Have a cozy winter friend.

  3. Hello Jodi!

    Thank you sooo much for nominating my blog for a Liebster Award! I feel very honored and your words were so nice. Thank you so much and I will be posting a blog on my page accepting your nomination and answering your questions. I am also looking forward to nominating fellow bloggers. Thank you again, and your website is amazing, I plan to follow your work and I know I will learn alot! – London

    1. You’re welcome London! I enjoy your blog, too and your voice– values-based authority. I think it’s important to show that idealism and knowledge bolster one another and that your blog does that eloquently. Excited to read more posts, your answers, and see who you nominate!

    1. I just read it– what a great post. Thanks so much for the kind words about my blog. I really appreciate it. And great nominees– I’m going to check them out right now.

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