Liebster Award Nomination

Today, I was nominated for a Liebster award by fellow blogger, Karen, of the blog Blue Sky Days 365 ( I am honored by this nomination, and hope I am able to respond appropriately.


About Karen and Blue Sky Days 365

Karen is an inspirational blogger who started her blog as a way to share her thoughts, promote positive, healthy living, and chronicle her own personal story through her achievements and struggles. Being a survivor of breast cancer and living with ongoing depression, anxiety, and PTSD, Karen is no stranger to adversity. Her moods and emotions fluctuate, but where she is consistent is in her strength and genuine desire to see opportunity where others may see only despair. This is inherent in her nature as well as in the title of her blog, which is, as she puts it:

A reminder that the blue sky is ever present behind the dark clouds.

About the Award

The Liebster is an award given to new and upcoming blogs, as nominated by fellow bloggers, in order to give exposure and foster a community of recognition and appreciation. The award was first implemented in 2011, and has been in place each year since.

The official rules for 2018 are as follows, and can be found in entirety on the blog The Global Aussie, at

Rules – Overview

  • Link to official rules blog post in your Liebster Award blog post
  • Answer the questions given to you (11)
  • Create more questions for your nominees to answer (11)
  • Comment on the official rules blog post with a link DIRECTLY to your Liebster award nomination post.

Entries start 1st Jan 2018 and ends on 25th Dec 2018. The winner will be picked on the 31st of December.

Rules – Detailed

Note: I modified these slightly for readability outside of the context of the original official rules post.

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  1. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  1. New to the 2018 Liebster Award: Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting.
  1. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (Optional)
  1. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award the award.
  1. List these rules in your post
  1. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or to the official rules post if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it! Post a comment in the comments on the official rules post so others can view your post and check out your blog.

My Responses to Questions Posed

The questions posed by Karen, and my responses thereto, were as follows:

  1. What is your favourite time of day, and why?

    Early Riser
    I am an early riser.

    I am called

    In the morning hours

    To trade

    Blankets of warmth for blankets of

    Stars outgoing, they are indifferent and calm

    To salute

    The rising of

    A new day-

    Clouds or clear skies

    Snow, rain, or golden beams

    Welcomed just the same

    Falling on

    My home/the Earth

    Absent judgment, not repelled

    Know then, this

    That there will be days

    When I will wake before

    You can stir

    Your eyelids, corner of mouth

    Twitching, but calm

    And while you dream

    I may wander in my ways

    To places distant


    Still hours to rise

    Know though

    That though the sun may have already risen

    It is the light, the embrace

    Your warm and thoughtful glance

    Arms open

    Or at your sides

    That drive the shadows from

    My heart

    Waits for you

  2. Which country have you visited most often?

    Beyond Borders
    Seldom stepping

    Beyond borders,

    Always America.

    Canada: cannot.

    Mexico? Maybe.

    Dominican dancing?

    Tanzanian travels?

    Lazy, layovers…

    Sweden; surprise!

  3. What one thing would change your life for the better?

    I am learning to draw



    To be crossed

    Not necessarily by the rulers edge

    But by my own




  4. What decade did you enjoy most and why?

    Live for Now
    Live for


    For yourself

    A future

    Shining, brilliant rays


    In your eyes

  5. What would you spend a £1000/$1000 prize on?

    What is this life

    These currencies


    If there is no-one to share it with?

    If no face

    Comes to mind

    In the small hours of the day

    If the heart

    Is all alone

    When it wakes suddenly in the night?

    What keeps us here

    If not the knowledge

    Or hope

    That another is aware of our existence

    That another


    I am so alone


    So completely overwhelmed.

    All that I ever really wanted

    Was to look out

    At all of the beauty that surrounds us

    Side by side

    With someone

    Who knows what I see

    And sees

    All of this

    For what it is

  6. What was your favourite band as a child?

    The Rustle of Branches and Falling Leaves
    I am no longer

    Frantic and wild

    Searching for someone

    Or waiting for them to find me

    I sit

    I watch

    I breathe

    The clock is alive

    Motion is a poetry

    Only time understands

    There is peace in solitude

    There is a musical hum
    I have always admired

    The rustle of branches and falling leaves

    I tell myself

    The warmth of the sun against my lips

    Is a kiss from the sky itself

    Is just as satisfying

    As your lips against mine

    (But I don’t know if I believe that, yet)

    I stare into the water

    As I used to stare into your eyes

    And what looks back

    Shows the same compassion

    I am learning
    Once again

    To be alone
    To hear
    The rustle of branches and falling leaves

  7. What could you not live without?

    Love Itself
    Is any single cloud

    In that brilliant, burning horizon

    Set against the setting sun

    More brilliant than the others

    To be cherished in isolation

    All others ignored?

    Or is the beauty

    Not contained within any one

    Floating ocean


    Each drop within

    The sun itself

    That warms

    And separates

    The bonds between

    The time it takes

    To fall to

    The Earth below

    The stars above


    Fixed in place by

    Love itself

  8. What is your favourite play/musical/theatre show?


    A stage

    You, the lead

    Supporting cast(e?)

    Director: “Action!”

    Lights dim


    Script: erased


    End scene.

  9. Which movie character do you identify most with?

    A Quiet Camaraderie
    Boom, seen.

    Scene: Hero speaks valiantly from atop…


    Credits roll.

    Names: larger than


    Fiction still.

    Applause, toasts.

    In backrooms:

    A quiet camaraderie.

  10. Which person living or not, would you invite to dinner?

    My Father
    My father smelled like horses

    Like grains

    Like clothing tossed as a tool in a truck bed

    My father looked like patience

    Like yearning

    Like ambitions held back by a world run dry

    My father was a pioneer

    In a day where there was nowhere left to go

    An adolescent tasked with a fruitless art

    I am the son of a coyote.

  11. What is your favourite ice cream flavour?

    Call Me Vanilla
    Call me Vanilla,

    But I prefer the classics;

    Give me water over lemonade

    Any day.

My Nominees and Questions Thereto


I hereby nominate the following blogs for the 2018 Liebster Award:

Author: Anushkalovestruck15

Blog: Lovestrucksatire (

Description: Lovestrucksatire is a lovely, frequently updated blog filled with short stories, poetry, and bits of wisdom carefully arranged within thoughtful and intentional posts. Despite the name, this blog covers a range of topics, though love and relationships are a central theme.

Author: Grateful Single Mom

Blog: Thriving not Surviving (

Description: Out of the tragic end to a marriage, this author forged a path forward through the creation of this blog, where she documents her journey through single motherhood. There are a variety of posts, ranging from delicious recipes, personal stories in a journal format, prompt responses, and various others. Each post generally contains an appropriate photograph as well.

Author: Various

Blog: Morality Park (

Description: Mortality Park is a self-described “Art and Lit Collective”, full of brilliant minds posting a menagerie of poetic flows straight from their hearts to yours. The posts are very broad and varied in topic, often requiring some patience and knowledge/research to parse, but ultimately very fulfilling and thought-provoking, both in terms of content and subject matter. Posts are generally accompanied by visual media that compliments the writing.

Author: Thought for Change

Blog: The Rendezvous Club (

Description: Though this is a very new and developing blog from a young writer, there is a great deal of potential in the words, style, and content of posts. Posts are typically short journal entries, but there is poetry, social commentary, and visual media as well. The most powerful element of this blog, for me at least, is the genuine nature of the author’s approach. The posts speak directly from the author’s heart, and carry with them great wisdom, insight, and a pursuit of truth/justice.

Author: A.B. Guy

Blog: A.B. Guy Stories (

Description: A.B. Guy Stories is another very new blog that is still developing and finding its legs. But that is really what made me nominate it… The author is straight-forward and honest in their growth, with many of the posts detailing the writing process and seeking to drive the author further along. I am impressed with the commitment, passion, and overall writing skill of this blog.


The following are the questions I request that the nominees answer in their acceptance post, should they choose to do so.

  1. What/who provides you the highest level of inspiration and why?
  2. What is your passion; what makes you do what you do?
  3. What do you desire most in life, and what are you doing to achieve it?
  4. If, upon death, you were to be forever captured in human memory as a single piece of writing, what form would that writing take and what would it be about?
  5. What are the most pressing concerns you have regarding barriers to a more positive future?
  6. If you could choose between sleeping forever, lucid but unable to control the context of the dream, and awake forever, unable to dream but never tiring, which would you choose and why?
  7. Think to the moments just before falling asleep and just after waking. Generally speaking, what is the biggest difference in your thoughts, in your presence, in your being?
  8. You are presented with the opportunity to rule the world, knowing without any doubt that in doing so, you will bring about a small period of total peace and tranquility before you ultimately become corrupt, leading to much loss of life and followed by a return to the status quo. Should you decline, you are aware with the same level of certainty that the world will go on exactly as-is; nothing will change in the slightest and you will eventually dismiss the memory as a delusion. Do you accept, and why?
  9. You have the option to forgive any one single person completely of all their misgivings, famous/infamous or personal, alive or dead, good or evil, and in doing so, those misgivings are undone and that person is fully restored to a positive/neutral standing with everyone they ever wronged or were wronged by. Who you do forgive and why?
  10. What excites you most about the current advancement of technology and what makes you most wary? Why?
  11. If you could remove or alter any one natural law or human behavior, what would it be and why?


25 thoughts on “Liebster Award Nomination

  1. Congrats. I was going to say thanks for the nomination but more than that I should firstly say thanks for the description that you gave for me. You can’t imagine how happy and emotional I was after reading the description you gave me. You asked some tough questions I didn’t even understand the half of it but still I’ll try to answer them. 😀

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    1. Thank you. 🙂

      And it is my pleasure/honor to have written about your blog. I meant every word; I am so glad to have discovered your blog and am certain that if you keep writing and pursuing your passions, you will be a great writer and overall an impactful and effective part of the world.

      As far as the questions, I almost added a disclaimer/apology. I created them in a typical streamofconsciousness fashion, and realized they are not as straight forward as the set I was given… I would just say to answer from your heart; there are no wrong answers. If you would like clarification ok any of them particularly, let me know and I would be glad to answer your questions (with no shame at all).


  2. You have done an amazing job of answering and setting questions. Congratulations to all those nominated.
    And a very big thank you for the lovely paragraph that you included about me and my blog xx

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    1. Thank you, I actually really enjoyed to process. It required a different style of writing and helped to stretch my thinking a bit.

      As far as the paragraph, I am happy to have done so. It allowed me to really get to know your blog and content, and was fun to write.

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  3. Congratulations. I am really honoured that you have nominated me and I am extremely happy the way you have described about my blog. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. ♡
    Amazing questions that you have set up is a great job indeed I must say. I will try to answer them as per my understanding. 😊

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    1. You are very welcome; it has been a joy to follow your blog and read all of your writing. I look forward to seeing how your answer. As I noted to another nominee, the questions may be a bit unusual, but my advice would be to just answer from your heart. You have all the answers there, there are no wrong one’s if they come from the heart.

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  4. Hello! Firstly, I am writing as a representative for all of us over at Morality Park. We want to thank you kindly for taking the time to consider us for your award. It means so very much to us! However, we generally do not participate in these awards. This is primarily because it is hard for all of us to get together to complete the answers together and since there are 8 of us we would want to fairly represent each author’s perspective and not answer on the very personal questions on their behalf…
    But, once again, thank you so much for consider us. We are ever so grateful.
    Your friends at MP.

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    1. I completely understand, and was actually thinking that as I wrote up your nomination. I did want to make sure you were recognized though; I thoroughly enjoy your blog and think you should be aware of how appreciated your work is. You are a very talented group of authors.

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    1. Thank you, Megha! I was actually quite anxious about the post at first, as I had never intended this blog to be anything more than a repository for my thoughts, like a drawer full of “unsent letters” that just happened to be visible to the outside world. But coming from someone like Karen, I could not possibly decline… So I got started and quickly found that I was able to enjoy the activity by making it my own. I also developed a higher appreciation of all the other authors that I have come to follow as I reviewed and researched potential nominees. This was a good experience and I am grateful for the opportunity presented by it.

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