Sunshine Blogger Award, Pt. 2!

Sunshine Blogger Award, Pt. 2!

Hello there everyone!! How’s your Monday going? (: The weekend is sadly over, but hey, it will be back before we know it! On top of that, always remember that we have the power to make today the best day ever, even if it is a Monday. ❤ Just a bit of weekly motivation for you there, as I definitely need it at the beginning of the week!

For this post, I’m back with another award, as I’ve really enjoyed doing these lately. xx Two different wonderful bloggers gave me this award, so I’d like to shout out to them here!! Patsy from Patsy Arts is a lovely girl that I recently met in the blogosphere – she shares all of her beautiful artwork and photography over on her blog. I really like her site! The other blogger is Princess Blabbermouth, whom I’ve known for a bit longer. Her posts are always cracking me up. I love her sense of humor, and reading all the different posts she shares is such a joy! I highly recommend that you go check out those bloggers and their awesome blogs.

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Now, let’s do this award!

My answers to Patsy’s questions!:

  1. What is your favorite Disney movie? Ooh Robin Hood, most definitely! It never gets old; I could watch it all the time.
  2. Do you prefer cooking or baking? For most of this year, it was strictly baking, but now I love a good balance of both.
  3. How long do you do blogging? Do you mean on a daily basis? ‘Cause if so, then too much, haha. In case you meant how long have I been a blogger, seven years.
  4. Favourite memory? Meeting my favorite band (Leeland) was one of the best moments of my life so far. I still need to write a post on that experience!
  5. Are you a gamer? I love a good strategy game every now and then, but no, I wouldn’t consider myself a gamer. I’m just a person who loves playing games sometimes. I think there’s a difference? haha!
  6. What social media do you use? Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads!
  7. What is your favorite quote? “Invest in those who invest in you.”
  8. Do you play any instrument? Yes; the piano keyboard.
  9. Use three words to describe yourself. Creative (especially in writing), funny (I’m always cracking a joke), and curious (I love coming to better understand the world around me).
  10. Do you watch any YouTubers? I used to, but I don’t anymore.

On to the questions Princess passed on!:

  1. What’s the best thing a blogger can give to their readers? I have a few things: good content, a solid online presence (whether that’s posting a few times a day or once a week, it depends on the blogger), and thoughtful conversation in the comments section!
  2. What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your blog? I read lots of other blogs and am always talking to my buddies here on WordPress, and many of them come by my blog, as well. I also tag accurately so others can find me through the Reader 🙂
  3. Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why? If I’m always showing up in your notifications, then you are someone I truly admire as a blogger! Y’all know who you are ❤
  4. What do you find most challenging about blogging about your topic? Well, for months I loved writing posts about the Lord, and that has slowly (sadly) gotten harder to do. It may be because I have so many different topics to write about that that one gets pushed to the side, but I really think it’s simply where I am in my walk with the Lord. 🙂 To answer the question, writing about one’s favorite topics can actually be harder than one would think.
  5. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I am seventeen years old, I love the Lord and my family, blogging is my favorite thing to do, I’m always listening to music, and one day I desire to work in the mission field. ❤
  6. What would be your ideal working environment? Probably a place that serves coffee – basically, a cafe!
  7. How do you want to improve yourself in the next year? I’d love to develop more patience and understanding for those around me, as well as for myself.
  8. Tell me about your proudest achievement? I completed five Spanish courses on a language learning app over the course of about eight months! That’s over 1700 words and phrases!
  9. What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging? Since I answered that above^ I’ll give a blogging achievement here: keeping up with a blog for this long (all of 2017 so far) has been an absolute joy, although quite difficult at times! (Remember the May blogging challenge, guys? haha)
  10. What’s your best advice for making money online? I have very little knowledge of maintaining an online business or anything like that, so I really couldn’t say. However, bloggers, Etsy shop owners, and YouTubers all get lots of greenbacks for what they do, so becoming one of those might be the way to go!

I nominate:

The Beyoutiful Gal, CC&C, Kittyp0p, and My Blessing By Grace! all four of you lovely ladies add SO much sunshine to my Reader! xxx

My questions for you:

  1. What’s something you did recently to make someone else laugh or smile?
  2. Where’s somewhere that you loved visiting?
  3. What are your bag/purse essentials?
  4. What’s at the top of your bucket list?
  5. One of your favorite inspirational quotes?
  6. Do you have any nicknames? What are they?
  7. Which celebrity crush have you had for the longest?
  8. Favorite type of treat?
  9. Your favorite song to listen to on road trips?
  10. What was the best moment of your week so far?
  11. What’s one piece of advice you have for other bloggers?

Thanks so much for coming by my blog today, guys! I have a very fun post to share with you tomorrow; I loved writing it and can’t wait for y’all to see it. 🙂 Also, congratulations to my nominees – thank you so much for doing what you do!!

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Awesome Blogger Award, Pt. 2!

Awesome Blogger Award, Pt. 2!

Hi there, guys! I hope that your day is going well(: Today, I bring to you part two of the Awesome Blogger Award!

As many of you probably know, I made this fun award back in April for my 17th birthday! It was my way of celebrating here in the blogging world, and I had so much fun making it and nominating the awesome bloggers that I knew. When my lovely blogging friend Shannon over at Kittyp0p nominated me for this award last month (thanks so much, girl!!), I knew that it was high time I wrote about this award again. In the months since I created it, I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet even more awesome bloggers, so I can’t wait to do more nominating in this second post!

I would also like to answer the questions Grace from Following Him Beside Still Waters asked me in her Awesome Blogger Award post a while back. I’m sorry it’s taken me SO many months to do it, Grace!! But I’m here now and I’d love to answer them today.

Here are the rules for the Awesome Blogger Award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Include the reason behind the award.
  3. Include the banner in your post.
  4. Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
  5. Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  6. Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
  7. Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
  8. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated!

This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

Now, I’ll answer Shannon’s questions!

  1. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried and what was it about (if you can remember? I am always laughing at the silliest things! I think the most recent time that happened was with something my baby sister, Elizabeth, was doing, but I unfortunately can’t remember exactly what it was.
  2. How many states/countries have you been to and what were they? I haven’t been outside of the United States yet, but I have had the privilege to visit Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and of course, Georgia, where I’ve lived my whole life!
  3. What’s your favorite feature on yourself? My eyelashes!
  4. Metal or wooden roller coasters? Metal, all the way. They’re a much more enjoyable experience to me.
  5. If you could dye your hair any “unnatural” color for a day, which would you choose? Some shade of blue – maybe turquoise! That would be so much fun haha!
  6. What was your almost name (if you know)? I don’t think that any other names were thought about for me except for the name I was given, which is Valerie Marguerite, by the way. (: (Maggie is my nickname!)
  7. How many bones have you broken (if any)? None, thankfully!
  8. Where would you like to live someday? Guatemala. ❤ Although, you guys could probably guess that, right? I think I’d also love to live in Tennessee, as well!
  9. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you have? I have this undying love for pugs, so I’d get a pug. And I would most likely name him Hercule Poirot.
  10. When did you last have a conversation over the phone and who with? Talking, not texting. I think it was my mom, but I can’t be sure! I don’t talk on the phone much.

I’ll also be answering Grace’s questions!

  1. What is the reason for the name of your blog? Beginning on January 1st of 2017, I have literally been Dreaming of Guatemala! That’s probably self-explanatory haha (if you’ve read this post, anyway 🙂 ), but there you go.
  2. How long have you been blogging for? I started my first blog at some point in 2010, but this blog was started within the first week of this year!
  3. If you could have any one superpower, what would it be? I have always wanted to fly. So I’d choose the power to fly!!
  4. What is the most beautiful place you have been to? The lookout point from Black Rock Mountain in northern Georgia. The view was indescribable. ❤
  5. Do you have a favorite song, or one that you listen to on repeat often? Recently, I have kept playing How Long by Jordan Feliz over and over again!
  6. If a genie gave you three wishes, what would you use them for? Is it awful that I have no idea? It would take me so long to really think through what the best wishes to make would be.
  7. Extrovert, introvert, or somewhere in between? Somewhere in between, most definitely. I think that’s called an ambivert?
  8. Favorite book? Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer!!
  9. A walk through the city or a stroll through nature? While I looove being out in nature, I think that a walk through the city sounds more pleasing to me right now.
  10. Share one of your favorite posts that you’ve written and why it means a lot to you. I really enjoyed sharing my updated desk tour back in June with you guys!! The photos are SO much fun to take, and going over where I got everything was a blast. (: Check it out here!

Nominations:

Amelia in Hull || Christ, Crafts, & Cuisine || Elle Online || Jirah Merizz
Life – Rose-tinted! || Living vs. Existing || Maysa Rose || My Blessing By Grace
rocksandminerals4him || Smiling Dreamer || Veronica Marie

And here are my questions for you:

  1. What is your favorite classic film? What is it about?
  2. Are you usually early or late?
  3. What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
  4. A song that always gets stuck in your head?
  5. What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?
  6. Something special about the place you grew up?
  7. One thing you thought you’d grow out of – but haven’t?
  8. What book impacted you the most?
  9. What risks are worth taking?
  10. When do you truly feel “alive”?

Thank you all sooo much for reading – and special thanks to Shannon and Grace for nominating me! I loved answering your questions; getting to do a second part to my award was lots of fun. (: Also, to my nominees: no pressure on doing this award! If you’ve already done it or you can’t fit it in to your schedule right now, I’m totally cool with it. Just know that I love your blogs and, like the award states, that you are all awesome bloggers! ❤

I hope that everyone’s week has gotten off to a beautiful start! I had a blast doing the blog party over the weekend; I’ll definitely be doing another one some other time!

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The Sweet Blogger Award

The Sweet Blogger Award

Hi again, guys! This is a bit of a bonus post I wanted to put up today because I’ve been meaning to write it for a while – not only because it has been so long since I did an award post, but also because a wonderful blogging friend of mine made this one!

Back in June, Maha from Beyoutiful created her own award – The Sweet Blogger Award! It is for “bloggers who are inspiring writers and beautiful souls and always take their time to shower other people/bloggers with so much love & care! They tend to always give encouraging & thoughtful comments, appreciate their work, and supportive in making them a better blogger 🙂 ”

That is just the sweetest reason ever to make an award! 💖✨ Thank you so much for nominating me for it, Maha – I’m excited to get to write about it now, even though it did take me a while to do it!

  1. What is one thing you would change if you were to go back to the past? Sometimes, I wish that certain scary or sad events hadn’t happened in my life, but I know that without those experiences, I wouldn’t be as strong, my faith in the Lord wouldn’t be as strong, without those things. So, I wouldn’t go back and change a thing. ❤
  2. What is the story behind your blog and what made you start one? I have loved blogging since I was ten years old, and at the beginning of this year, I knew it was time for me to start another blog! (All of my old ones are inactive or were deleted.) My Guatemalan calling, as well as my love for writing about the things I admire in life, is what always has me so excited to blog.
  3. Which blogs are your favorite and why? Most recently, I have been enjoying Kittyp0p, Elle Online, Veronica Marie, and Beyoutiful the most!
  4. Who has been a big inspiration in your life? My mother! She is always inspiring me to be a better daughter, sister, friend, and student. I don’t know what I’d do without her. xxx
  5. What else do you like to do (hobby) other than blogging? I love writing stories, reading novels, digital photo editing, watching movies, studying different subjects I’m interested in (especially history and science), and singing / listening to music!
  6. What is your hidden talent? I’m really good at graphic / blog design – oh, and American Sign Language!
  7. Are you pursuing the same dream that you’ve had since childhood? Yes; I am still a writer, and no; I’m not an animal caretaker or veterinarian.
  8. What are a few things on your bucket list? Go horseback riding, travel around Europe, and publish one of my books!
  9. What traits make you unique and stand out from the others? I love joining in on intellectual conversation. Whether that’s about the Lord, history, science, or another subject I know lots about, learning what others know is always fun to me, and sharing my own knowledge is a joy, too.
  10. What are your strengths and weaknesses as a blogger? I’m good about coming out with new content every week and being consistent with that, but I’m always falling behind on reading others’ blogs!

I Nominate …

Amelia | CC&C | Apoorva | Grace | Jirah | Maysa Rose

Pamela | Princess Blabbermouth | Pooja | Shannon | Veronica

My Questions For You:

  1. What is something most people don’t know about you?
  2. Your favorite song at the moment?
  3. Are you allergic to anything? If so, what?
  4. If you could trade lives with any fictional character, who would it be and why?
  5. What are a few things you love to do?
  6. Your favorite moments from 2017 so far?
  7. Do you have a lucky number? If so, what is it?
  8. A few places you want to go?
  9. Something that never fails to make you grin?
  10. What are you thankful for?

Thank you so much for reading, everyone! I loved getting to write about your award, Maha, and I hope that some of my nominees will enjoy writing about it, too! ❤

Happy Thursday!

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