Thursday, September 5, 2013

Liebster Award!!

I am so excited and honored to have been selected for a Liebster Award by my fellow blogger and Sweat Pink Ambassador sister Nicole at A Wild Hope.  A Liebster Award is something given by a fellow blogger to any new-ish blogger that he or she feels is worthy.  It is a way to let the world know about your favorite up and coming blogs, and because it is something that comes from within, it means so much to me!  Thanks Nicole and I am glad that you enjoy reading my blog!

As an award winner, my job is to complete the following tasks:
First I must tell you 11 random things about myself:
  1. I don't like to go out in public without makeup, I feel naked without it!
  2. I am a very quick learner and love learning new things.
  3. I love workout clothes!  I could spend all day in them, and usually do!
  4. I wish I could dance.
  5. My biggest love is reading fiction novels, I don't find as much time now that I am a mom.
  6. I'm really shy until you get to know me.
  7. I married my college sweetheart and know we will be together forever.
  8. Cats freak me out.
  9. I wish I took a year off after college to travel.
  10. I've always wanted my own cabin up north on the water somewhere.
  11. I secretly hate running.  I am more of a weight lifter!
Next, you should know I am nominating these 11 bloggers for a Liebster Award
  1. Run Jess Run
  2. Get U moving fitness
  3. This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
  4. The Little Blog Dress
  5.  Our Three Peas
  6. Fruity n' nutty
  7. The Fit Chronicles
  8. Sparkles and Bugs
  9. Lindsay Weighs In
  10. Racing Bananas
  11. Live, Love, Run
And, I have to answer these 11 questions created by Nicole:
1. If you could have lunch with any person in the world, living or deceased, who would it be and why?
I would have lunch with Jewel Kilcher, she was such an influence in my teenage years.  She made a name for herself and never gave up, even when she was living in her car.  Her songs, story, and poetry are beautiful and inspirational.  
2. Describe a turning point in your life,and how things changed after its occurrence.
The turning point in my life was when my best friend tragically took her own life.  It was a very hard time in my life, and I was really depressed.  I gained a ton of weight, but was able to get my life back through fitness and nutrition.  I truly learned the power of exercise.  When I am feeling down, a good workout always gets me through!
3.What is your mantra at the moment?
Do I have to choose 1?  I would say the one that has been with me the longest is "Victory comes from sweat, courage and preparation".  The one that I have been using recently is "There will always be an excuse, instead find a reason", which is one I came up with to get be out of bed every morning for my 6:30 am workout!
4. If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would love to live in Italy.  I have been once and it was amazing.  Their way of living and outlook on life is so different from here.  Not to mention the wine and food is amazing!  As long as my hubby and daughter are with me, I am happy anywhere.
5. If you could only decorate your house in 1 color, which would you choose?
I would have to say orange/ is the color of fire!
6. Which element of nature (earth,wind,fire, water) do you find most calming?
Calming I would have to say water.  However, I chose On Fire Fitness because, I want to fire people up about fitness and healthy living!
7. Who is your favorite Disney character?
I don't know if a Pixar movie counts as Disney, but I would say Dori from finding Nemo, she is so positive and her mantra rocks- "Just keep swimming"
8. What is your favorite indulgence?
That's easy, red wine and dark chocolate.
9. What is one thing you would like to do in your lifetime that people wouldn't expect of you?
Sky would be conquering my fear of heights!
10. If you had to leave your home in the middle of the night and you knew you might not be able to come back, what three things would you take with you?
My wedding pictures, my wedding dress, and my family (does that count?)
11. If you were stranded on a deserted island, which book would you want to have with you?
I would have to say a book about survival on a deserted island!

Finally, here are 11 questions to be completed by the nominated bloggers:
1. If you could only do one workout for the rest of your life what would it be?
2. What is your greatest accomplishment?
3. What is the song that always gets you pumped up for your workouts?
4. Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?
5. Flats or heels?
6. What is your favorite body part and why?
7. Who is your biggest role model and why?
8. What is your favorite food?
9. What is the reason you started blogging?
10. If you could be anything what would you be?
11. What is your favorite movie?

To the nominated bloggers, here are the rules to follow:
   1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
   2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
   3. Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
   4. Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200  followers(or are relatively new if you can't see their followers). They should be bloggers that you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love.
   5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers that you nominated to answer.
   6. Let all of the bloggers know that they've been nominated. You cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you.