I Have Been Nominated for a Liebster Blog Award!

April 21, 2016

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I’m so excited!!! I have been nominated for a Liebster Blog Award!liebster-award

What is the Liebster Award you ask? It’s an award given to bloggers by other bloggers. Award nominees must be blogging for under 2 years and have less than 1,000 followers. It’s a way to connect with other bloggers and share or exchange feelings, advice, confidence, support, experiences or anything you want to talk about or get off your chest. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

I’m very excited and honored to be nominated for this award!  I want to thank Heather at Silly Kids, Trix Are For Moms, for nominating me.  It means the world to have my blog be recognized as being a Leibster (i.e., sweet, valuable and welcome).  I did a little happy dance when I found out I was nominated.  Check out my happy dance in the video below.  It’s dorky, but I’m ok with that.  I own my inner nerd. 🙂

There are a few guidelines that need to be followed when you are nominated for the Liebster. You have to:

  1. Write a blog post about your nomination, displaying an image of the award.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked you in his/her blog post.
  4. Nominate 5-11 other new bloggers who you think deserve this award, and come up with 11 questions of your own for them to answer.
  5.  List these rules in your blog post for the next nominees
So now that I have completed 1, 2, and 5, I’ll be answering Heather’s questions:
1) Why did you start your blog? 
We (my brother Marc and myself) started this blog as an off-shoot of our iphone app, the Checklist Mom.  This checklist app has been downloaded over 100,000 times and we had this huge list of e-mails.
We realized that there was a huge community of moms/parents out there that wanted to get organized.  When we surveyed our moms, we found that their biggest challenge was finding time for themselves.  This blog was started with that in mind.  Also, because I love writing and sharing stories, I thought I’d use this format to hopefully help those parents out there.
2) What’s your favorite season (time of year) and why?
I live in Los Angeles, where there is not that much difference in the seasons.  You have to get used to the subtleties.  There’s slightly more rain in the winter and days are shorter.  Early summer, you get the marine layer coming in the morning from the ocean so it’s foggy and often cooler at the beach in the mornings then at other times of the year.  We call it June Gloom.  September and October can sometimes be the hottest months.  Weather is strange, but I love it.
With that being said, I love summer best in LA.  The days are longer and more people come out to play. Even though we have beautiful weather all year long, people still hibernate a bit in the winter months.  In the summer we have all sorts of free outdoor concerts and movies and other activities.  It’s really fun.
Outside of LA, in places where there are actually seasons, I love autumn best.  I love when the trees are in full color.  I think I also love autumn because my birthday in in October and I feel gifted and celebrated at that time of year.  Lastly, because the school year starts then and I’m often starting new projects/classes around that time in my business, I love that September always comes with a sense of new beginnings for me.
Wow, what a long answer to a short question. 🙂
3) What’s your favorite subject to write about?
I love writing about thriving.  How to thrive as a woman, how to create thriving relationships, how to raise thriving kids, etc.  I’m a bit obsessed with it (I think in a good way).
4) How do you come up with new ideas to write about?
I created an editorial calendar at the beginning of the year and looked at the holidays and significant events happening for each month.  I have that to refer to.  I also just write about what inspires me and what I hear about in the news.
5) What’s your favorite book? Author?
It’s hard to limit myself to 1.  I will share my favorite 3: The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
6) What’s your favorite TV show?
I don’t generally watch television, but over the holidays I did have a delicious binge on Netflix of Jane the Virgin.  I thought it was hilarious.
7) What kind of pets do you have?
I have a Chihuahua mix named Pinky.  She’s the perfect pet for our family.  My husband wanted a cat, I wanted a dog.  We got a sweetheart of an 8 lb dog that doesn’t bark.  When she wants to communicate she says “meeeeee.”
8) What’s your favorite post that you have written?
My favorite post was “How Being More Selfish Could Make You a Better Mom.”  I got very vulnerable in that post and was terrified to put the story I share out there, but now it’s my favorite post.
9) What is one thing that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet?
One thing that I’ve always wanted to do is visit Antartica.  I came pretty close – I was in Ushuaia, Argentina – that’s the Southern Most City in the world and where many people board the boat for Antartica.  Alas, I didn’t have the thousands of dollars needed to pay for that boat.  I hope to get there one day.
10) Would you rather, fly to the moon? Or, sail the seven seas?
I’d much rather fly to the moon.  Even as a kid I wanted to be an astronaut.
11) What is your inspiration for writing?
I imagine that there is a really overworked and overwhelmed mom who might just need a little bit of advice or to hear the story I’m sharing.  It might help her feel a little less overwhelmed or at least a little less alone.  She is my inspiration.
My questions to my nominees:
1)What gets you out of bed each day?
2)If an alien landed on earth, what would your top tip ‘for living here’ be?
3)What is your ‘happy song’?
4)Do you have a special place real or imagined?
5)What childhood fable, fairy tale or movie stretched your imagination and sticks with you today?
6)What is your favorite type of movie?
7)What is your idea of a perfect evening?
8) What’s your favorite post that you have written?
9) What is one thing that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet?
10)If you could visit anywhere in the world where would it be?
11)As a kid, what did you want to be when you grow up?The-Liebster-Award-pastel
And now here are my Liebster nominations:
5 great blogs and bloggers:
Inez Bayardo of Diary of a New Mommy
Reuben Wadsworth of Wadsworth Longfellow
Luanna Spinetti of Mommy Soul
Check out these great blogs!  And in the comments I’d love to hear your answers to some of these questions too.
Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers.  She’s a busy mom and stepmom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @monickpaulhalm.
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4 Responses to “I Have Been Nominated for a Liebster Blog Award!”

  1. Reuben Says:

    All I can say is wow! Thank you so much for the nomination! I’m flattered and don’t think I deserve it, but I’m grateful for your confidence in me. I’ll mull over my answers and who I’d nominate and probably make it my Sunday post. I have to say I like your answer to No. 9 the best. Who would think to want to visit Antarctica?!?


  2. Jeanine Says:

    Hi Monick! First of all, congratulations!! How wonderful. But secondly, thanks so much! I’m so excited. I’m already working on my blog post…

    Loved your answers. I’m still mulling over my own.


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