Inspiring you and me

People blog for different reasons, I’m sure. I started because I wanted a place to share my thoughts and experiences about my new adventure with family and friends. Kind of like if we were sitting at the coffee house together. They get to hear my stories, and I get to talk about all the things I’m seeing, doing, and feeling. What’s funny is when other people find your blog and start reading. Even better is when you start reading other people’s blogs. It’s a way to see the world through somebody else’s eyes. And to be inspired.

Which is why I am writing today. To be inspired is a beautiful thing. To have somebody else think you’re inspiring is the nicest compliment you can get. I want to say thank you to Elizabeth Julia from southwestadventurer.com for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I am truly flattered, especially considering that the tagline for this award is “Keeping the Blogosphere a Beautiful Place”! Elizabeth Julia, a transplant from the Midwest, now lives in Arizona and writes about her explorations in my favorite part of the world. You should definitely check out her musings!

And now on to the fine print…

1. Link back to the blogger(s) who nominated you. CHECK

2. Post the award image to your page. YUP

3. Share 7 facts about yourself. HERE YOU GO

  1. I was a full-on band nerd starting in the fourth grade and all the way through high school – I used to play the clarinet; relatively well, actually.
  2. I was also on the swim team in high school, which helped allay some of my band nerdiness.
  3. I’m proud of having finished the 1-Mile La Jolla Rough Water Swim (3 times) and the 2.4-Mile Tempe Town Lake Swim, but I still would like to complete a triathlon.
  4. I love the third day of a hiking/camping trip – day 1 you’re still trying not to sweat, day 2 you’re annoyed that you got sweaty on day 1, day 3 you relish the grunginess because that’s just how it is.
  5. My favorite foods are burritos and pizza.
  6. Our parents used to make us wear Dirndls and decorate Austrian Christmas trees at an international Christmas festival every year. We hated it back then. Now we look for excuses to bust out our Dirndls.
  7. I’m a Pisces.

4. Nominate 15 other blogs and inform them about it. I’m sticking to 10 because I think that’s a nice, round number. CHECK THESE OUT

  1. http://carrierubin.com/  (The Write Transition)
  2. http://thestrugglershandbook.com/
  3. http://domesticdivamd.com/
  4. http://drevets.com/  (Snotting Black)
  5. http://whimseypie.wordpress.com/
  6. http://hellorollei.wordpress.com/ (Terra Incognita)
  7. http://germanamericanabroad.wordpress.com/
  8. http://julelostinsweden.wordpress.com /
  9. http://mylifeslist.wordpress.com/
  10. http://nakedenvelope.com/

Happy reading, and be inspired!

For me?!

I got something akin to a virtual hug! I have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award, something totally unexpected and totally exciting since I’m still very new to the world of blogging. And how very encouraging!

The Liebster Blog Award is bestowed on blogs with less than 200 followers (I definitely qualify on that point) that deserve more attention (how nice that someone thinks that’s the case!). It’s funny because Liebster is a German word meaning dearest, beloved, or favorite, and I probably would never have started this blog if we hadn’t moved to Germany. It’s been great fun though (the move and the blog)!

There are a few rules to accepting the award:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.

I want to thank Carrie Rubin for nominating me for this award. She has a fabulously entertaining blog at The Write Transition about life and her move from “real job” to writer – you should check it out!

2. Link back to them. CHECK

3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog. I always wondered how people got those nifty graphics….

4. Share the love. Reveal your five blog picks to be given the Liebster Blog Award. HERE GOES

Not sure if all of these have less than 200 followers. Also, sorry in advance if this kind of recognition isn’t what you were looking for. Without further ado, here are the blogs I would like to nominate for the Liebster Blog Award:

My Life’s List – a great blog about setting goals and making things happen

in case i’m gone – a very touching and honestly written blog from a mother to her son

thestrugglershandbook – a hilarious blog from a guy who has great stories to tell and tells them well (and he lives in Tucson, Arizona – gotta love that!)

jessseeker – doesn’t quite qualify with respect to the number of followers, but provides a laugh with every post, who doesn’t need that?

At least you’re wearing pants – a friend shares her candid thoughts through this blog on life as a new mom in a new place

5. Let your winners know that they were chosen by leaving a comment on their blog. OFF I GO

Thanks so much to those who read chanceofsun!!!