THE LIEBSTER AWARD: My answers and nominees!

This award is given to bloggers by other bloggers and exists only on the internet. Once awarded, you nominate other blogs that you love and want to see awarded! The rules are pretty simple:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link them in your blog (thanks so much Kiana Lee!)
  2. Display the award on your blog.
  3. Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blogging.
  4. Answer the questions provided to you by your Nominator.
  5. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award.
  6. List the rules in your post.
  7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated.

I love writing, magazines, newspapers, design….hence the reason I’ve now got the job I have.

I started this website to focus on my passions – fashion, beauty, interiors, girlbosses. It’s not easy running a side project and having a full-on full-time job, but if it’s a passion you find the time! If you’d like to see a post in the future about getting organised, or starting off, let me know!

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Questions for me

  1. What is the one thing you wish people knew about you?

….I’m actually a nice person! I don’t take any rubbish. But when you’re a woman, particularly a woman in management, you get labelled with the B word for this. Men in that position are ‘confident’ or ‘strong’. Women are hard-nosed cows. It’s an incredibly outdated and silly notion.

2. What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

You can do anything you put your mind to. That was always what my dad told me. We didn’t have much when I was younger – I grew up on a pretty lousy estate and it wasn’t very nice. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have a nice childhood; my parents worked their butts off to give us a good education, take us on holidays (you’ve gotta love Haven!) and, most importantly, tell us we could do anything we put our minds to. When I moved to a relatively good school, I was told by quite a few other kids – who all came from privilege – that I would probably never amount to anything and would never move off the estate. Well here we are.

Where you start in life does not define you. Your circumstances do not define you. You can do anything. You have to work very hard, you have to make sacrifices and you will have dark days and feel like giving up. But keep going. You’ll get there; just believe in yourself.

3. How would someone describe your blogging style

…A mix of awful ‘jokes’, rambling and nonsense.

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4. Where do you see yourself and your blog in 5 years?

What a question! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have goals – I think it’s important to strategise if you want to achieve anything. If you don’t have a clear goal you’re scrambling about in the dark not knowing what you’re looking for. Things NEVER go to plan, so you have to be prepared to change your methods – but if it’s something you really really want, don’t change the goal.

To be perfectly honest, I’m pretty happy with where I’ve got to for right now; I’ve just been made Editor of the Year – something I never could have dreamed of. If I’d told my younger self I’d make it to Editor, let alone won an award, she’d have died with disbelief. It’s instilled me with a bit more confidence in my abilities….

I think I might write a post about self-doubt soon…

5. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world who would that be and why?

My family. I don’t live near them and I don’t see them enough. I’m very fortunate to have access to the digital world, which means I get to speak to my sisters every day. But nothing compares to real-life conversation; to seeing their faces or hearing their voices.

6. What is your most prized possession

My engagement ring…it’s not the diamonds or its worth, it’s what it symbolises. (OK but also the diamonds do look really good sparkling under lights)

7. Which animal best defines you?

I want to say something cool, like an eagle or a lion. But….it would probably be a red, long-haired sausage dog. They don’t take any crap and they run about with so much sass. I really want one! It would wear a diamond-encrusted collar and sleep on a bed of velvet cushions and be an even bigger diva than me.

My want of a red long-haired sausage dog, and my fiance’s contempt for red long-haired sausage dogs is a huge source of tension between us.

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Exactly the kind of thing I’d do if I had a dog. Lucky dog.

8. What are your top blogging tips?

Love what you do. If it’s a passion, it doesn’t matter how busy you are – you want to do this. It doesn’t feel like a chore if you’re writing about what you love.

Being organised is an absolute must. And another thing is interaction – the blogging community has been incredibly welcoming, but if you want people to read your stuff, you have to reciprocate. Be genuine as well. Don’t just comment a load of emojis because you’re desperate for more follows – authenticity is key.

9. Who inspires you the most?

SO MANY amazing women I’ve come to know over the years. I have an amazing group of friends who inspire me and encourage me every day. Style wise, I love Erica Davies (who doesn’t?!)

I find inspiration in courageous people; they aren’t necessarily famous and they don’t even necessarily realise that they could be inspiring. People who’ve overcome the odds, or helped others selflessly.

11. What would you rather spend your money on?

I *wish* I didn’t have such a terrible love of clothes…but here we are. At my age I don’t think this is gonna change!

Honestly, though, as I’m getting older I’m starting to appreciate quality over quantity.

But I’d rather spend my money on experiences than material things. Travelling, good food (although I am very lucky in my job that I do get to experience lots of these things as a bonus).

If I had £50 left in my account and it was a choice between a new dress and dinner with my friends/family/fiance, it’s not even a quandary. Family and friends every single time.

10. What do you do for self-care?

I am guilty of never really having a rest. There’s always something to be done – some stories to write, paperwork to finish, housework, bills to pay, blog posts to write….perhaps it’s because I’ve grown up online? My mind finds it hard to switch off and after five minutes I start thinking ‘right, I must get on with X,Y,Z’.

Exercise is a big one for me. Around four years ago, I went on a ‘weightloss journey’, lost about three and a half stone, and haven’t looked back. Is my body perfect? No! Do I still have down days and struggle with body confidence? All the time. But exercise, I’ve found, is just as good for mental health as physical health. The feeling you get after a run on a brisk winter morning is indescribable. I feel like I can tackle anything after I’ve gone for a run. Exercise has helped me through some of the bleakest moments.

The other thing I love is a nice bath. I’m borderline obsessed with detoxing bath salts. If I’ve got a rare Sunday afternoon to myself it’s likely you’ll find me in the tub, surrounded by candles, reading a book or magazine.

Questions for nominated bloggers

  1. Why did you start your blog?
  2. What’s been your biggest success in life to date?
  3. And your biggest challenge?
  4. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to start a blog?
  5. What’s your favourite thing about yourself?
  6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard?
  7. If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?
  8. Where is your favourite place on Earth and why?
  9. What do you do to relax and unwind?
  10. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

These lovely bloggers are my nominees (the @ is their twitter handle, but the link will take you through to their blogs)

@meganblogsabout

@my20staughtme

@ChloeGiolitt0

@farrahaslamblog

@livingwlashara

@amylouise_web

I can’t wait to read all your answers!

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