The Liebster Award

Happy Friday!

Even though I wasn’t specifically nominated for this tag, Stephanie A. Daniels did this a while ago and left the nominations open-ended (you can find her post right here). Her questions were so fantastic that I couldn’t help but join in. So thank you, Stephanie!

(If you’re a long-time reader of my blog and this sounds familiar, I did this tag with different questions in February of 2021. You can find that post here. I was actually nominated for that one though, haha.)

Now first, the rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (See above!)
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions
  • Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post

So now onto the questions . . .

1. Do you make New Year’s goals?

I do! Sitting down near the beginning of the year and figuring out what I’d like to accomplish in the next twelve months is fun for me. However, I try to stay away from making a huge fuss over New Year’s resolutions, as I ultimately can’t control what happens. So setting goals I’d like to see happen works better than making resolutions I feel like I have to make happen.

My favorite thing to do is actually to pick a growth word for each year (for example, I’ve done love, trust, and courage so far, and am working on balance for this year1). Praying about it and then choosing something I know I need to work on has really helped me stay focused on God and how He wants me to grow over the next year. It also doesn’t matter what ends up happening then. I can always work on growing to be a better person.

2. What’s your favorite genre to read?

Hmm, that’s a really tough question. I’ll read just about anything, and what matters most to me is the story itself, not the genre. I tend to go on different kicks too – where I’ll read one particular genre for a long time, then switch to another one for a while, and so on, haha. It just depends on my mood. Overall, I think I read the most books in the historical fiction, adventure, fantasy, and dystopian genres. And also plenty of nonfiction!

3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Wow, five years feels like a long time, but I suspect it will go by quickly. Let’s see…I’ll be about halfway through my twenties by then. I have no idea what God will bring about, but I could see myself married and with a child by then (that’s a scary thought, haha). I’d like to be a lot better health-wise, and I’ll probably still be involved with the youth group/worship team at my church. And as far as writing goes, I would love to have at least five books published by that point, and be a lot more established as an author.

Now that I’ve said them, I’ll probably be nowhere near those in five years, haha. There are so many things that could happen if things continue the way they are now, but I really have no idea. I’m very expectant to see everything God has planned. As always, He knows best!

4. Who is your favorite Biblical character?

The obvious answer here is Jesus. But to find another one too, I’ll say John (Jesus’ disciple, and writer of the book of John). He’s always inspired me. He was the only disciple to be at Jesus’ crucifixion, and the first apostle at Jesus’ empty tomb after He rose. He suffered so much for Christ, and spent the entire rest of his life (he was the only disciple of the twelve to die of natural causes) serving and seeking God. His close friendship with Jesus has always touched me as well, as I want that close a relationship with my Savior too.

Of course, there are many other people from the Bible that inspire me – too many to list!

5. Which do you prefer? Summer or winter? And no, spring or fall are not choices for this answer.

Well, my favorite season is fall. But between summer or winter, I definitely prefer summer. I like certain aspects of winter, such as how pretty the snow looks, the holiday season, getting to bundle up in cozy clothes and blankets, and the fact that I’m usually more productive in the winter months. But the added germs, crazy cold temperatures (which my body reacts badly too), having to drive in the snow and ice, and not being able to be outside as much or as easily all make me wish for a shorter winter season.

Summers are busy, but I enjoy being able to be outside much more, and getting to see friends and family that have breaks from school. And not be freezing all the time, haha.

6. Who is your favorite main character from a book?

For a character-driven author and reader, I really don’t think I can answer this properly. Honestly, my favorite main character would probably be one of my own, haha. But from other books…I have so many that I like for various reasons. I guess the first one that stands out in my mind would be Wolfgang Dankworth from Blank Mastermind – a book I highly recommend! His narrative voice, humor, and character growth are amazing.

7. What’s one thing you wish people knew about you?

I’m going to go deep here. I wish people knew that just because I don’t say much doesn’t mean that I don’t have thoughts on a situation. I may not have a strong enough opinion to speak up about it, but I still appreciate being asked what I think and getting a chance to voice those thoughts when I know others truly care. It means the world when someone’s patient with me about it too, because it often takes me a little while to word everything the right way. There’s just so much going on in my mind that I’m slow about expressing it.

(Which is one reason writing works so well for me. I can take as much time as I need, and actually end up with something comprehensible at the end of it. Most of the time anyway.)

8. Besides reading or writing, what are your hobbies?

I’m actually releasing a post about my favorite hobbies on Sunday, so I guess this is a fun ‘sneak peek’! Besides reading and writing, I enjoy playing the piano, singing (to myself mostly), acting (I did theatre in high school, but now just act out scenes from my stories while I’m writing, haha), hiking in forests (I love forests) or just walking around town, playing card/board/computer/Wii games, and doing really anything with loved ones.

I also crochet sometimes, but I’m such a perfectionist that I have to be in just the right mood to actually enjoy this. Most the time it just makes me want to pull my hair out. Tangled yarn is essentially a torture device.

9. What is your greatest fear?

Hmm, to go deep again,my greatest fear is failure. Failure to measure up to what’s expected of me, failure to help people, failure to be liked or loved by others, and especially failure to do my part to lead loved ones to Christ. No, it’s not always an entirely rational fear, but it’s still there. God’s helping me develop a healthier mindset little by little. Although of course I’m going to continue being a witness for Christ however I can.

More superficial fears include spiders, the dark, the deep ocean, and space. I’m not a fan of surroundings where I can’t see, feel, or know what’s around me. And spiders just have far too many eyes and legs to not be creepy to me, haha. Bravery is not one of my strong suits.

10. What do you feel has been your greatest success so far in life?

I’ve honestly never liked using the word success in this kind of context, because to me it feels like I’m attributing the good things in my life to me rather than to God. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but I prefer to think about the ways God has blessed me. And that’s of course a lot of ways. So I guess I’m not really sure how I’d answer this question, but I’m especially grateful for the loved ones God’s put into my life and how we can continue to grow closer.

11. What are your go-to pizza toppings?

Since discovering some food sensitivities, I can sadly no longer have normal pizza, but my go-to toppings were typically black olives and sausage, or ham and pineapple (yes, I’m one of those people). I’m not picky though. The only things I ever didn’t like on my pizza were artichokes *shudder*.

Actually, the toppings are really the only part of pizza I can still have. I just always need to share pizza with someone who only likes the crust and cheese, haha!

Well, those are my answers! Thanks for sticking around and joining me in this fun activity!

I’ll tag the following people to join in, if they’d like:

1. Kristina Hall
2. Vanessa Hall
3. Jordyn Hadden
4. Maribeth Barber
5. Grace A. Johnson
6. Kate Willis
7. Kristianne Hassman
8. Joy C. Woodbury
9. Miles Lawson
10. R. M. Archer
11. Lauryn Trimmer

And YOU, if you’d like to join in!

Even though I tagged a few people I thought might enjoy it, I’d love for anyone to hop in if they’re interested! I just can’t tag everybody, haha.

And here are my questions:

1. Do you prefer books or movies?
2. Which fictional character would you choose to spend a day with? What would you do?
3. What’s something on your bucket list?
4. If you had to describe yourself with one sound, what would it be?
5. Would you say you’re more a leader or a follower?
6. If you could choose to have something definitely happen in the future, what would it be?
7. Do you have a favorite smell? What is it?
8. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
9. What’s your favorite movie or book right now?
10. When you’re having a bad day, what makes you feel better?
11. What’s the funniest joke you’ve heard recently?

Once again, thank you again for joining me today! I really enjoyed answering these questions, and I hope you enjoyed reading through them as well.

I’d love to find out how YOU would answer these questions! Let me know on your own blog, or in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you!

1.I talked about my growth word for 2022, here.

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11 thoughts on “The Liebster Award

  1. Ooo I love the questions at the end… I might have to steal this haha!! Yesss, I very much relate with wishing people knew that just because I don’t say anything during a discussion doesn’t mean I don’t have thoughts to share. Though it’s ALSO true that, like you said, it can take a while to express those thoughts and form a complete opinion. (Ohhh I love acting out scenes from my stories too! Looking forward to that upcoming post!)

    1. Yay, always nice to know someone else acts out their own scenes too, haha 🙂 Thank you so much for commenting! Definitely go ahead and steal it – I’d love to see your answers!

  2. Thanks so much for joining in. I loved reading your answers. I could really identify with your answer to 7. I think when I gained a few years, that one got a little easier for me. Though writing out my thoughts is still what works best for me.

    1. Thank you for giving me the inspiration! And thanks for sharing your thoughts too. That’s encouraging to hear it’s gotten a little easier for you. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. 🙂

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