A special thanks to Denise from My Lesson Earned for the nomination. I am honored that you chose my blog. Denise has some great articles on health and lifestyle topics. She is also a librarian who writes book reviews, so if you are looking for a good read check out her blog.
What is the Liebster Award?Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
The Liebster Award has several rules, which include:
- Create a blog post accepting the nomination.
- Answer the 5 questions given to you.
- Create 5 more questions for your nominees to answer.
- Submit your entry.
You can find the official rules here.
Here is my story
I grew up on Long Island in a first-generation immigrant family on my mother’s side. Since my grandmother lived in England, trips across ‘the pond’ happened from an early age. I even had a passport before I was one year old. In fact, so much of my early childhood memories are from our family vacations. We were a driving family. At first in a station wagon and then in an extra-long van. My father converted it into a convertible ride. To do this, he added 4 bucket seats and a removable table for us to play on while traveling. Since we had a fabulous ride, we packed it up and took off for the horizon. We mostly stayed on the eastern coast but went into the first half of the midwest as well.
With the room in the van and my mom’s desire for family time, we camped. My mom preferred sitting around a campfire with s’mores and everyone telling stories than going to a hotel where the TV would be on. We camped in all sorts of weather but favored KOA campgrounds for the convenience of water and electric at our site. We also only chose campgrounds with a pool, flush toilets and proper showers. My parents called it luxury camping. Nowadays it’s not even close to luxury camping. But it is where I started off camping and it’s also some of my fondest memories.
Now with my family, we generally camp once a year. Although my body isn’t loving the ground anymore and I require at least a blowup mattress to sleep on. I honestly prefer a nice hotel with good restaurants such as this Marriott hotel in Cancun. However, put me near a campfire and I’m happy as well.
Questions from Denise of My Lesson Earned
1. You are the CEO of a non-profit company. What would you change and why?
My non-profit would work to reduce trash, recycle and use waste food as fuel. First, I would work to get legislation passed to get manufacturers to use more sustainable packaging that can be used for another item. Adding onto that to cut out single-use packaging. I’d work to have recycling programs in all countries around the world and I’d find a use for the recycled materials. Next, having a worldwide program to collect food waste and turn it into biofuel would go a long way to help the overall health of our planet.
2. Do you have any phobias and what are they?
I think my biggest fear is tight spaces. Not like elevators or anything like that but of tunnels when hiking or exploring. The blue grotto scares me. I’m afraid the water level will rise while I’m inside and I won’t be able to get out except for swimming. However, I’ve never been trapped like this so I’m really not sure where the fear comes from.
3. What is your favorite book character and why?
Maisie Dobbs. I am fascinated with WWII. I love to read about the era and to learn all I can about that time in history. The Maisie Dobb stories are set during this time in history and in England which is like a second home to me. I hope to go to the various neighborhoods in London on my next visit to see some of the areas talked about in the books.
4. If you could change into any animal, place or things, what would it be?
I love horses so I guess a horse. However, horses are skittish so it does put me in a precarious position. Still, I would love to run free along the surf as the horses of Assateague Island do.
5. As a writer, what one word do you use often?
I don’t think I have one word but I do have a theme I talk about a lot. That is water. The ocean mainly. I love to walk by the ocean and listen to the waves rolling in. As a teenager, I used to drive down to the pier and listen as the waves lapped against the pylons. It’s what I use to calm my mind. Growing up on Long Island and having a sailboat, we were always on the water. I guess you can say it’s in my blood.
My nominees for the Liebster Award
I would like to nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster Award!
Lee Anne from The Hable Way. The Hable’s love to get outside and go on an adventure. With young children that keep mom and dad on the move, they hope to inspire others to get out of their comfort zone.
Brandi from Loving Living Green. The Green’s travel all over in their RV enjoying the simpler and ‘greener’ lifestyle. They enjoy all things in the southeast US and pass on their tips for greener travel as well as saving money on your travels.
Jay from Jay Walking Around The World. Jay is a solo traveler who loves to find adventure. Once while dropping a friend off at the airport he decided to take a trip. He simply went up to the ticket counter and (thankfully he had his passport with him) he bought a ticket on the next flight out. Now that’s an adventure.
Here are the questions I pose to my nominees:
- What person in history, alive or dead, would you like to meet and why?
- If you had the power to change one thing about society what would it be and why?
- If you could relive one day of your life which day would it be and why?
- What do you think is the most useful invention man has ever made and why?
- What would you do for pleasure if you couldn’t do your favorite activity anymore?
Thanks again to Denise, and I hope my nominees will accept this nomination!