Some say opportunity knocks once. But what do you do when it knocks twice.
You just have to answer it.
On the 3rd of march, Corinna Smith of the mommyclause.com nominated me for the Liebster award.
And then Rachel Newfire of dig a little deeper did it again on the 17th of March, 2016.
I did a little happy dance because if I was nominated by two unrelated people for the same award, then I must be doing something right. Yippeeeeeeee.
Thank you so much, ladies.
Corinna Smith is a wife and mother of eight (8), a real life super mom, btw*. She blogs about the unexpected circumstances or incidents that happen when we become parents. In her own words, “These are the things that strengthen us, challenge us and make us laugh after all is said and done”. She sees every day being a mother as an adventure. So if you want to trade stories or just chuckle over some antics of children, head over to mommyclause.com.
Rachel Newfire is a lady of pledges. She likes to set goals and follow through on them. She has built expertise in customer satisfaction as she has twenty years in both administration and waitressing. She blogs about how we can achieve a wonderful relationship first with ourselves, then others. So head over to dig a little deeper and rediscover yourself.
The Liebster Award
I first asked myself, now what’s that?
Google being the non-techie momma’s BFF, was kind enough to explain it to me.
I quickly learnt that it was an award given on the internet by bloggers to fellow bloggers as an acknowledgement of what they do.
The word Liebster is german and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
The beauty of this award is that it is for bloggers with few email subscribers, 200 or less.
As new bloggers, we all have 1000 subscribers as a goal to reach and sometimes, we just sit and think to ourselves, saying when?
However, here is a chance to get some traffic to our sites, learn of other new and noteworthy blogs and build meaningful relationships across the globe. Yeah!
The Rules are simple.
Here are Corinna’s questions
- What is one thing you would change about your home?
The color of the walls. I really don’t like yellow for walls especially the Living room. I prefer neutral colors or two colors that complement each other. But certainly not yellow.
2. What is your favorite restaurant and what do you order most?
Hmmmm. This is tricky. It depends on what I’m in the mood for. If I want us to eat out as dinner/lunch then it must make sense. Jevinik has the different kinds of soups that would take me hours to prepare.
So the entire family settles down to eat food and then when we get home I wouldn’t have to think about what anyone would eat.
3. What is one thing that you love about yourself?
I am a goal-getter. I like to make things happen. I can’t be complacent wherever I find myself. Whatever I put my hands to do, I do it with all my energy. Living by the mantra, whatever is worth doing, is worth doing well.
4. What has been the hardest part of starting a blog so far?
Tackling the techie issues. I was totally clueless when i started and still am in some areas. There’s so much to learn. Kevin’s definitive blog post was a big help.
5. What countries have you traveled to?
Just one. Benin Republic. But within my country Nigeria, I have visited 21 states out of the 36 states. Reason being that my Dad is from the south, Rivers, my mum is from the middle belt, Adamawa, I did my NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) in the north Yobe and often accompanied my parents on road trips growing up.
6. What is one goal you have for yourself/family in the next year?
To have multiple streams of income.
7. If you could take one vacation completely free, where would you go/with whom?
Wow. Greece. And my husband, of course. Some alone time would be awesome.
8. What kind of pet(s) do you have?
No pets. I don’t know yet if I want to have any. Maybe the kids would ask for.
9. What is your dream job?
Being able to generate passive income. Lol. I don’t know if that counts as a job. But in my dreams, I don’t see a 9-5.
10. What has been your scariest moment as an adult?
When my older son was about 7 months, he fell from my arms with his head. I can’t forget the sound it made. I was so scared and called my husband frantically. He had to close from work early to come home. I had imagined all sorts of brain damage. Hahaha.
11. What is your must-have in your morning routine?
My quiet time. It’s something I’m training myself to keep doing. I find that when I don’t pray and study my bible before I enter the hustle of the day, it affects my focus.
What a journey!
Rachel asked me the following questions.
- What strength/s are you glad you have?
I’m an organizer. I can plan and sort out details. I’m also able to work under pressure. And yes, I have an amiable personality. This has opened doors for me countless times over.
2. What are two things you want to do before you leave earth?
Impact lives as much as possible especially the youth. And make a difference. Leave a legacy.
To be fondly remembered by my children. Not just as mummy who does stuff outside, but mom who is present at home.
3. When you look in the mirror, what is the first thought that comes to mind?
God’s Beloved. Redeemed.
4. How do you relax?
Read a good book. Although it’s been a while a settled down to read fiction. It’s been business literature and blog posts by friends and associates.
5. What tips do you have when you come up against writers block?
I do things unrelated to writing. It could be watching cartoons with my boys or singing nursery rhymes, or checking up on social media. Things would definitely pop up as noteworthy. And then I have a note for keeping post ideas. So it’s more of the discipline to take the ideas to develop than a total block.
6. How do you reward yourself when you have reached a goal?
I really don’t. This is one habit I need to change because as I achieve one milestone, I’m already looking at the next goal. Need to work on that. Thanks, Rachel.
7. What is your favorite indulgence?
Greek Yogurt with New York Cheesecake fruit and biscuit toppings. Yummy. when eating out. At home, it is cassava flakes (aka garri) plus milk, groundnuts, sugar.
8. What makes your heart swell with delight?
Watching my boys play. The other day, my younger son had a cold and so his nose was running. His brother reached for a cloth and gently wiped his nose. He’s 2years and 6months. that just melted my heart.
9. If you could spend a couple of hours with a politician who said, ‘we’ll listen to your views’, what would you talk about?
I’d find out where his interests lie and channel my discussion accordingly. Most people really don’t care about what you say, unless it aligns with their pain point.
10. You’re invited to a summit where homelessness is the topic. What would you suggest?
I’d suggest an excursion and actual commitment made by individuals to better the lot of those who are currently homeless. Those who don’t have money can have skills the homeless can learn, can have talents to lift their spirits, etc.
It was such a ride.
These questions really drilled me. I thought deeply for some and identified things I hadn’t put words to before now.
11 Random Things About Me
- Because of my position in the family as first and responsibilities growing up, I have aged beyond my years. It’s usually the one thing no one, meeting me for the first time, gets right.
- I used to be a Tom- boy. I climbed fences, trees and ran races with my brothers and their friends. Luckily for me, my bestie, Kaycee changed all that.
- I’m a sucker for love stories.
- I love drinking water. A cool glass of water gets me every time like it’s the first time.
- My husband and I started our relationship over the phone. Long distance. Looking back, I can’t imagine how we made it 3 years before we tied the knot.
- Like the typical melancholy, I didn’t always see the good in me.
- If I could play a sport, it would be Tennis. Love the whites and especially the non-contact and sweats! Hahaha.
- I once pulled an all-nighter reading a book using just a torchlight, at age 11 or so. That’s how much i love reading.
- I place a high value on building relationships.
- I have always adored little girls. They’re so gorgeous without making any effort. Plus, I’d like to see what a mini-me looks like.
- I love to travel. I’m an outdoor girl. Nature calls to me. Green fields, ocean waves by the beach, or just the thrill of seeing trees pass by on a road trip.
Now, enough about me. I hereby nominate the following new bloggers:
- Naomi Osemedua of Sparkle with Naomi
- Pascale Recher of Roots for creativity
- Tolu Dairo of tolusworld
- KyAnn Betz of PTSD chick. What’s PTSD, by the way? I’d love to hear about it in the comments
- Seun Akinlosotu of love dey shack me
- Yusuff Busayo of Start tiny
- Eneghalu Joy of I model africa
- Deborah Odubunmi of how to raise a parent
- Natasha Rivera of Mommy tasha
- Adeyemi Adetilewa of ideas plus business
- Omolola Opatayo of lola opatayo
Questions for my nominees
- What inspired you to start blogging?
- What do you think about entrepreneurship?
- What’s your most memorable moment, either now or growing up?
- Do you think education as it is today does justice to life and learning?
- What’s your view on eternity and life after death?
- What kind of person would you be if your sexes were reverse? That is, if you are male and then turned female and vice versa?
- Give a tip to other newbie bloggers. What has helped you the most in your blogging journey?
- What is the one thing that you love most about yourself?
- If you were given $1,000,000 today. Would you still blog? Give reasons for your answer.
- What has been the most memorable act of kindness you have witnessed?
- What are 2 not-so-known things about you?
Congratulations on being nominated for the Liebster Award and I can’t wait to learn more about each of you!
Don’t forget to check out the great blogs listed above to learn more about these fabulous bloggers! You can read to know more about the Liebster awards here.