My 1st Liebster Award

Wow! And just like that, one full year of blogging under my belt and the surprises just don’t stop coming. I ain’t mad at that! So, of course, I was beyond flattered when the beautiful Briana from My Spirited Lifestyle nominated Sincerely Doris for the Liebster Award. Woo Hoo! Please check out Briana’s Liebster Award post. She is super sweet and this post lets you get to know her a little bit more. 

First and Foremost. What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award 2017 is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. As mentioned on Briana’s post it’s basically designed to give exposure to blogs with a little exposure or that have small audiences.

“Get to know Me” Q&A (Liebster Style)

Tell us about your blog and how you got started? This blog started as a means for me to keep my family back in the states up to date on my life here in Spain. Then it became an online journal of things and ideas I wanted to share with the world.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Still running around Madrid like a crazy lady and of course with my usual adventures throughout Europe and the states. In 5 years I also hope to still be blogging about more topic, maybe open up my page in Spanish and better bitter grasp on blogging. *fingers crossed

What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but never had the chance? Honestly, I can’t think of anything. I try to make 2-year lists with things I want to do and normally accomplish them. However, maybe something silly like snorkeling in underwater caves in Mexico, seeing the Northern Lights, or even hiking Machu Picchu

Who are you most inspired by? My family & friends. I am from a very small town where growing up was not the easiest but we made the best out of it. My family was always built upon very strong independent women and men who encouraged us that we could do and be anything.

My friends inspire me because even through their own struggles and strife they made a way out to accomplish their own dreams and encourage others to find the beat of their own drums. I am inspired by all of these people as they helped create and strengthen my character.

Advice for someone who wants to start a blog? As Nike says “Just do it!” it took me almost 4 years before I actually took people seriously. I always entertained the thought of creating my own blog, just never felt that anyone wanted to hear my story. I am happy to say that one year down and I have had the opportunity to meet some of the best people who motivate and encourage me to keep going. Blogging is a micro community of people who are just like us, so don’t back down your audience is waiting for you!

If you could only use one social media platform forever which would it be and why? Instagram duh! I live for photography…LITERALLY, I LIVE FOR PHOTOS! I love sharing, creating and seeing other people’s art through their lens be it their reflex camera or iPhone.

What is your guilty pleasure? I love playing Pokemon Go in my free time. I have even traveled 2 hours out of my city just to catch a few legendaries and I always attend any Pokemon event with my regional team. We all have that one game and I am as techy and nerdy as they come.

What’s something that cheers you up when you’re sad? A funny dance, a terrible joke or something tasty to eat. I am such a simple person but I love to eat and I love to laugh.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why? I am proud to say that I am living in my dream country here in Spain. I remember coming here as an undergrad exchange student and once I got a taste of the European lifestyle, I basically finished my studies and came back on the first flight after graduation. Live your dreams people, we only have one life to live!

What do you do when you’re not blogging? I am probably living life, eating or sleeping. I am a people person, I love to go have tea time in the center of Madrid with a good friend and just shoot the shit with them. I am a terrible texter because I prefer to hear your voice, see your face and pay attention to you. Give or take the occasional IG food or cafe pic!

My 2017 List of Nominees

Even though I know tons of people deserve this award I personally would like to choose some of my favorite people and blogs to nominate this award to since they are all people who are very special to me or blog I enjoy looking and reading over. Please check them out they range from personal, beauty, inspirational, funny and fashion blogs. I know you will enjoy them just as much as I do on the daily:

Questions for My Nominees

  1. When do you find time to blog?
  2. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  3. When you have a writer’s block what do you do to work it out?
  4. Give a tip for other bloggers or potential blog starters.
  5. If you could only take 1 more trip, where would you go?
  6. If travel was something everyone did as a rite of passage growing up where would you recommend they go and why? (one country only)
  7. What frustrates you the most about blogging, and why?
  8. What’s one thing about you that your readers do not know?
  9. What is your top thing on your bucket list and why?
  10. What is one thing you regret?
  11. What is the best advice someone has given you and why?

Congrats to all the Nominees, winners and even if you weren’t nominated I would love to read your responses to these same questions as I will keep you all in mind for next years nomination. Share the wealth people and continue to inspire one another.

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