The Liebster Award

I was absolutely over the moon to receive a nomination for this Award from the lovely Shevy at the Moonsomnia blog. I had heard of the Liebster Award so I was thrilled to bits tone nominated to take part. I admire Shevy as a Blogger; her blog (go visit it now if you haven’t already! You’ll find it here) she has created a truly captivating blog which is multifaceted, combining a diverse variety of content ranging from beauty to body and mind to music and TV. Because of this variety, her content is always original and engaging and always a joy to read.

Shevy gave me the following 11 questions to answer so I’ll get straight on with proceedings!

  1. If you could have dinner with 3 people, deceased or living, who would it be and why?

This is a corker of a question! I’m resisting the urge of giving you the names of the three hotties that make up my celebrity crushes but that would be an ever so shallow answer! Instead, I’ll try and give a more sophisticated answer! I would have loved to meet Anita Roddick, the incredibly successful Business woman behind The Body Shop. Anita achieved the impossible in a male dominated world and it is because of women like Anita that there are so many women absolutely nailing it in business today. Anita inspires me with everything she achieved in her relatively short life. I am incredibly passionate about women in business; it is a subject close to my heart and I never take for granted that more and more women are being taken seriously now in the business world because of the likes of Anita who proved that women could be just as successful as men in enterprise.

My second invite would go to Sally Wainwright; she’s an English television writer, producer and director. Sally is responsible for the some of the most heart warming and raw and gritty television dramas that I have seen in the last few years. She wrote Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax and Unforgiven to name just a few – all of which were totally gripping. A dream I’ve never really let go of is that one day I would LOVE to write TV drama. I am an avid watcher of TV drama and always get way too invested in the characters – usually resulting in me using half a loo roll whilst I cry over the plight of a character , or me screaming at the television desperately trying to warn one character of another or something equally as dramatic! I would love to have a conversation with Sally and find out where she creates her characters from, what inspires the gritty storylines (and what her next series will be…..obvs.).

Finally, to round this dinner party off in style I’m going to give at least one intellectual answer and say I’d quite like to share a starter with Mary Shelley. As an ex English Teacher I used to teach Frankenstein about four times a year – I could probably recite it backwards in french (not really. I’m far from bilingual.) In 1818, it wasn’t deemed the done thing for a woman to write. Hell, it wasn’t the done thing for women to read so it definitely wasn’t the done thing to write. Mary Shelley wrote the fabulous Frankenstein and published it anonymously. I suspect this was because she knew only too well that the novel would be shunned by folk if they thought for one second it had been written by a woman. People actually presumed that her husband, the legend that is Percy Bysshe Shelley, had written it. I admire Mary Shelley not only for the bad ass story she created in Frankenstein, but the fact she had the cahoonas to go where very few women had gone before – literature. Yes, she tentatively put it out there anonymously but had she not have, the novel would probably not have been read or recognised for what it is today. I love women with cahoonas. They are the best.

2. Have you ever lived abroad? If so, where? If not, where would you live abroad?

I’ve never lived abroad. We did explore the possibility of moving to Australia a few years ago. My husband applied to the police force in Perth and we were going to make the move. The economy then crashed and budgets were tightened over in Oz and we struggled to sell our house so we shelved the idea and decided to stay in the UK. I’m glad we did. I have a supportive network of family and friends here and can’t imagine what I would have done without them.

3. What is your favourite hobby?

Writing! (I couldn’t really say anything different could I?!) Out of all seriousness, I love to write. I love to blog but I also really love to write creatively. The only issue with this is that I don’t have the time I would like to spend on it. I went through a spell of writing creatively every night but then real life got in the way sadly. I still hold out hope that one day I will have a little summer house at the bottom of the garden where I’ll go to write my award winning TV dramas!!! It’s good to have dreams, right?!

4. Snakes or Spiders? (Or both).

I. Can’t. Even. Answer. This. NEITHER!!!!!!!

5. Favourite meal?

I love Asian food – in any way it comes!

6. Who do you look up to and why?

I look up to loads of people for different reasons. I look up to my Mum, she was a single parent for the best part of my childhood and I saw that she sacrificed herself for us time and time again. It was hard for her. I remember seeing that even at a young age. My birth dad wasn’t the nicest of men and my mum made the scary decision to leave him in order to raise us in a happier home but leaving a nice big house, a stable income and everything that goes with it was a huge deal. She did that for us and I will never ever forget that. I look up to her because I aspire to be the kind of Mum she is to me, to my children.

I also have Business crushes – people who I look up to and think ‘one day I want to have achieved what you’ve achieved!” Women like Caprice and Anna Karmel are outstanding female business people who have achieved the most amazing businesses. I certainly wouldn’t mind in even having a little tiny bite of their success.

7. What is your favourite quote?

I’ve got two – is that allowed? I’m going to be a rebel and include them anyway! The first is ‘What is for you won’t go past you’. I totally believe in fate, and that the universe brings to us what we need, when we need it. If something doesn’t work out, it’s because there is something better round the corner. I’ve always felt that this is a really positive mindset to have; it has certainly helped me to deal with rejections or disappointments. My second quote is ‘A positive attitude will lead to positive outcomes.’ I firmly believe that the way we think, the way we act and speak and the way we look at things determines the outcomes. I believe in the power of positivity. I think with a positive mind, there is nothing you can’t achieve. Positivity is so important.

8. If an actor / actress could play you in a biopic of your life, who would you choose?

Tough question! Probably someone like Sharon Hogan. Have you seen her in Catastrophe? She’s bloody brilliant. Good comedic value. I think she’d play my scatty, chaotic, disorganised but perfect life very well!

9. Favourite Twitter account to follow?

That is a sold question!! There are too many to mention! I do love Twitter comedy gold though – and there’s a lot of it out there. Love following Comedians on there, anyone who gives you a ‘laugh out loud’ moment when you’re sitting at your desk in a silent office at work is worth a follow!

10. What is the next item on your bucket list to complete?

To turnover £1 million with my business. We are half way there. It’s been a hard and gruelling slog but we are on target and with a positive attitude, we CAN do it. It’s just a question of doing the ground work to get there. There goes me being all positive again!

11. Do you have any blogging tips to offer your blogging friends?

I haven’t been blogging for very long so don’t feel qualified or experienced to give advice  on this topic as I am very much a learner myself at the moment but the only advice I can give is to be yourself. There are so many bloggers out there who try to be blogger-like. That might not make sense to some, but I see bloggers sometimes carving out their blogs like a carbon copy of other blogs. It’s an industry plagued by ‘trends’ and sometimes we are all too eager to fit in with those trends, take the pretty lay photographs like other bloggers do, blog about similar subjects – but writing for my is very personal. It’s almost therapeutic for me actually. If I tried to be someone else, or disturbed my natural flow of thought when writing by trying to sound like all the other bloggers and ‘fit in’, I don’t think it would be a) enjoyable and b) purposeful for me.

That’s not to say that those bloggers aren’t valid. I wish I could take beautiful lay photographs (whenever I’ve tried it just looks like I’ve spilt my shopping all over the floor) but I think we all should be one thing in our writing and that is: authentic. We must be us. We must write like the person we are. Even if that doesn’t always sit well with the latest blogging trend. We are what makes our writing interesting. We are our writing. We should have the confidence to be ourselves in our writing.

Wowsers! What a fab list of questions! I suspect I have given far more long winded responses than needed but hey! you should know me by now! I have real issues with being concise!!!

So, the next task to do is to identify 11 Bloggers to nominate for the Liebster Award.  This is tough for me as I have interacted with some absolutely amazing Bloggers and so many bloggers have been super supportive of me and have inspired me with their writing so to get it down to just 11 is going to be really tricky. But here goes!

Amy @ The Rolling Baby Blog

Rachel @ Nippersnips Blog

Cath @ The Anxious Mama Blog

Charlie @ Sounds Right Phonics Classes Blog

Helen @ WelshMumWriting

Ashlee @ A Blended Momma



Katie @ Twintessential



These beautiful people now need to complete eleven questions created by me –  Now the 11 questions!

  1. If you could re-live just one day of your life, which day would you choose and why?
  2. Who would you share your last rolo with?
  3. What is your biggest ambition in life?
  4. What is your biggest fear in life?
  5. What’s been your favourite holiday to date?
  6. If you could only save one outfit from your wardrobe what would it be?
  7. If Bear Grylls kidnapped you, dropped you on a desert island and offered you a plus one, who would you want with you? (Celebrities included – knock yourselves out with the choice!)
  8. Which word do you use the most in a day?
  9. If you won the lottery (silly mega bucks type win, not £2.30 for two numbers) what would genuinely be your first purchase?
  10. What does ‘a happy life’ look like to you?
  11. What is your one biggest regret?

Once you’ve answered them, nominate eleven bloggers and come up with 11 questions of your own to ask them! Don’t forget to tag me in to your answers so I can keep up to date with all of your posts! I can’t wait to see them!