Blogging It Forward

liebster award 2 

The Liebster Award was passed on to me from the lovely blogger Miranda at Miranda in the Middle!
I've just learned what this things is.
Basically, bloggers give this award to other bloggers.
Kind of like a chain letter,
except more of a nice little "pay-it-forward" things
rather an "if you don't do this everyone around you will die on Sunday at 3AM"
sort of thing.
There are a few different instructions I've seen,
so I'm going to do it the same way that Miranda did hers:
1) Answer five questions from the nominator
2) Create five questions of your own
3) Nominate five more bloggers 

Alright, let's get to it!
weird habits
The only thing that really pops into my head is that I still rip my food apart when I eat it.  When I was 13 and had braces, I was always so self-conscious of getting food in the front wires and looking gross, that I would rip my food so I would bite into anything.  Well, seems that habit hasn't gone away, and I now either look like a cannibal ravaging their meal, or a complete OCD ritualistic eater.
current addictions
Current? More like forever addiction - the music of the 60's.  I've gained an unhealthy obsession to the Beatles, the British Invasion, and pretty much the 1960s in general.  I've never found a genre of music that I can listen to ALL THE TIME, and still want to listen to it more.  It's become such a big part of who I am, and it's given me the greatest experiences and memories of my life.
Current addiction? This is embarrassing - but I've been obsessing over Dancing with the Stars lately.  I have never watched the show, but have seen the past few episodes of the last season, and have become obsessed with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis's partnership.  I have watched these dances over and over again because I'm actually mesmerized by it.  I think I may have a calling in professional dancing .. but only if my partner is Maksim.
Just watch. Ugh someone please agree with me. 

looking forward
I think this blog is kind of the answer to this question - there is nothing I've ever looked forward to in my life more than this move to London.  It feels like my life is about to really begin - I really can't explain it other than that.
favorite quote
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
"Not all those who wander are lost" has been my favorite quote for quite some time.  I love this entire poem as a whole as well though - perspective is everything.
son gin head
The song I have been singing non-stop lately is Led Zeppelin's "Going to California." I'd love to learn the song on the guitar .. if I knew how to play the guitar.

And now for my questions!
start blogging
I started this thing in the end of 2011 as a way to document my study abroad semester in London.  I used it to ramble and write a few times a month, just to have something that I could go back to and read when I'm missing memories - which I still do from time to time.  Once I came back, I wanted to keep this, because I knew I'd be working my way back to the UK, or at least would have some adventures that I felt I wanted to keep writing down.
what song
Hmmmm .... there are SO many of these.  Lately, I've been hardcore jamming to 'Dig A Pony' by The Beatles.  I always have to blast Billy Joel's 'Allentown,' whenever it comes on too.
And then there's those generic songs you can't help but scream, like ' Bennie and the Jets,' and 'Party in the USA.'
Judge me.
gre up
Really weird, and really random - I used to want to be an author when I was growing up.  I had this little notebook where I would write stories in, and I remember coming to class and reading them in the last few minutes before we were let out of school.  I was pretty positive one of those stories was going to get published.  I was clearly a very over-confident 8 year old.
visit anywhere
I would really love to take a trip to New Zealand - it looks absolutely gorgeous, and I've heard how friendly everyone is there.  Also to Africa-I really want to go on an African Safari!
next five years
In five years,
I want to have a stable job, where I am able to support myself
I'd like to be with someone who I'm going to spend the rest of my life with
I don't know or care if we are married or settled by then - honestly I'd rather still be traveling
And most importantly,
I'd love to be applying for my UK passport.
This girl's got dreams.
It'll be nice to come back to this post in five years and see what's really going on in my life.

And lastly, I want to pass it on to five more bloggers to do this! If you've already done it, then sorry .... do it again!
1) Heather at Bird in Britain 
2) Ashley from Ashley in Adventureland
3) Van at On The Road Again
4) Camila at Things I Am Crazy For
5) Darci at Freedom of Excess


  1. Funny that this is the version you saw the most. I only encountered the 11 questions – 11 people version :D
    So am I right to assume that we have to answer your 5 questions? It’s just that I’ve never seen that anyone answers their own ones ;)

    1. Oh whoops! I actually hadn’t heard of it before Miranda passed it to me! And she answered 10 questions (five of them being her own, and the other five being from the person who gave it to her), so I decided to follow suit and do it the way she did! But you’re welcome to do it how ever you want!

  2. You moved to London? My husband and I went there for our honeymoon and did not want to leave. I love it there.

    1. I’ll be moving there in August – I previously lived there and fell in love! You are right – it’s very hard leaving such a wonderful place!

  3. Im so glad you did this! I think it has evolved so much with different people doing it their own ways! J and I definitely want to go to NZ too, its just so beautiful!

    1. Thank you for passing it on to me – it was fun! NZ does look incredible – I hope we both get to go one day!

  4. Congrats on the Liebster! I also read your story on meeting Paul. OMG I would have been a blubbering mess. I also can’t believe you slept on the street!!

    1. I was even worse than a blubbering mess – I didn’t know what to say! I still can’t believe I slept on the street either, but the entire experience I had with everyone else was one of the best of my life!

  5. Great blog!! You have made it so creative! I love Dancing with the Stars. :)

    1. Thank you! It is a very fun show, and some of the dances are so good!

  6. Yay, the Liebster award! ;) I’ve never been to London, so I’m jealous! Honestly, I can’t say I like Dancing with the Stars. Idk, just never really got into it. I like So You Think You Can Dance though. :D

    1. I have never watched a season of Dancing with the Stars, so I’m similar to you – I was just blown away by the dances in the finals of this season that I saw! I think overall I’d like SYTYCD more though – they are all professionals there so all of their dances are probably close to perfect!

  7. Great blog and congrats on the Liebster!

  8. Congrats on the Liebster! There are far worse shows than Dancing with the Stars and that is a beautiful quote :D

    1. Thank you! And you are VERY right about there being plenty of worse shows!

  9. This is fabulous! I love that you break apart your food and have a love for Maksim! I’m a Derek fan! :) (so embarrassing). Follow your dreams, you made the move to London, why not become an award winning author too? Get it, girl!

    1. Thank you! And I’m glad someone shares the embarrassment (and love!) with me! : )

  10. Confession, I’ve been watching Dancing with the stars too ;) I love your 5 year goals. I hope that you obtain all of them. That’s so exciting to live in London. I would like to go on a vacation there someday.

  11. Thanks so much for the nomination! :) Oh and that quote is probably my favourite quote as well, it’s just everything!

  12. So happy to read someone my namesake passed onto I can see the pay forward working really nicely. Would love to go to NZ too an your are welcome to London x

  13. Congrats!! I always love reading everyone’s answers!

  14. Congrats!! I remember winning this award. So fun, you put a lot of effort into making your posts look good – I appreciate that. Also. I was obsessed with DWTS and Meryl and Mak too. How could you not!?

    1. Thank you, that’s really nice of you to say! And I never watch the show but those two were just AMAZING! I may have to tune into next season after my newfound love for Maks :)

  15. I love the 60′s, and the Beatles. I had the same dream when I was little, too, I wrote a whole book when I was about 8 (ok it wasn’t amazing) but it was about 80 pages long and about a homeless family! Strange child – didn’t play with dolls too much! Great post :)

    1. Haha! I started writing a chapter book too! I remember it was called ‘The Diaries of Samantha B. Good’ and it was these diary entries of this girl Samantha who would always get teased because her name was ‘be good’ .. we were both definitely off the wall with our stories!


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