They like me! They like me!

Posted in STORIES
on April 22, 2015

 

It’s been a whirlwind kind of month. My little blog has seen some tremendous growth over the past while, all of which is completely attributed to a networking group I’ve recently joined. If you are a blogger, you need to be a part of this group – Creative Bloggers Network – by far, the most active and supportive group of bloggers I’ve ever come across!

Through this group, I’ve connected with other bloggers from just about everywhere, and through this group I’ve also made some great new friends. It was through these friends that I was nominated for not one, but two awards! Being recognized by your peers is just about the coolest thing ever!

The first nomination, for the Liebster Award, came from my new friend, Karyn at Sand and Snow and Everywhere in Between.

The second, from my lovely friend Leslie, one of the most supportive people I know, at Life in Every Limb.

Both awards were made for bloggers by bloggers, with the intent to highlight others and give them a chance to shine and create a presence in the blogging world. Both ask the participant to “accept” the award. Both require the participant – that’s me – to answer a series of questions. Both require the participant – again, that’s me – to nominate others and post a series of questions for their nominees. Ladies, I accept the awards.. thank you!To keep you from having to hear about me more than once, because really, I’m not sure I want to hear about myself twice,  I decided to combine the questions and give y’all one big list of fun facts at the same time. Please see my list of nominees and questions after my answers!

These were my questions:

How did you choose the name for your blog?
I believe the day I was starting my blog might had been a tad bit of a challenging parenting day. The phrase “knock it off!” may have been on my list of “phrases uttered many times during the day”. Some people get songs stuck in their head, I get phrases uttered many times during the day stuck in my head. That’s not to say that I don’t get songs stuck in my head as well!  In all honesty, I later found out there was a DIY Decorating TV show also called Knock it Off! It’s no longer on, but I get a lot of traffic sent my way because of it!

What kind of writing did you do in your pre-blogging life?
I’d done a lot of creative writing – journaling mostly, and I’ve always loved writing. Once upon a time I wrote for my high school newspaper,  but that was many, many years ago and this is my first attempt at consistently writing since then.  I love it, but I’m not very confident as a writer. I write a whole lot that I never post.

What was your inspiration to write?
I think like many others, I needed something that was just mine. We have a large, blended family, one of our children is special needs, I’d left my job to stay home and hold down the fort, I homeschool – all of that can be really consuming and I felt like I was sort of getting lost in the shuffle. I needed a space that was entirely created from my efforts, from my point of view and all about me. Of course, it’s morphed into being a lot about them, but it’s still mine. It’s my voice.

How do you define blogging in YOUR life?  A job, a vocation, a hobby?
I think it depends on the day! I think I’d like it to be a vocation, but it’s more of a hobby at the moment. I’ll call it a hobby-vocation. I think I like it because it doesn’t feel like a  job. If it starts to feel like one, I’ll need to re-evaluate.

How do you maintain a balance between writing and home?
Precariously. Haha! Honestly, although I don’t have a formal schedule and post calendar, I do have one in my head that I try to follow. I fit it all in where I can.

Does your family read your blog and if so does this affect what you say or how you say it? 
Some of them do!  My husband is my biggest fan. He edits for me and sends me corrections – he’s super supportive of this blogging thing. I know many in my family read fairly often, and I have it on good faith that even our former spouses may read once in a while! It’s all good, I would probably read their blogs as well if they had them. Knowing that important people are reading does affect how I say things, but not always what I say.  For the most part, I write about things that are only marginally personal, so, it’s not normally an issue.  The only time it becomes an issue is when the topic is emotionally charged, and when I write about something emotionally charged,  I try to remember that whatever I’m writing reflects only how I feel in the moment.. which may or may not be how I feel about things an hour later.  Written words are forever, where as feelings change and evolve over time. As a result, I am mindful of what I say about others, or the stories I relay. I try to give the respect that I like to receive in return. But.. there is always a but, right?  At the end of the day, this blog is entirely about my point of view and I’m a huge over-thinker – sometimes I’m okay with venturing into territory that may not be appreciated by everyone, but only for the purpose of expressing my feelings about it.

Provide a link to the post you think is the most popular.
My most popular post is definitely my daughter’s 50s sock hop birthday party. It was such fun.. we limbo’d and had root beer floats! You can find it here.

Have you made virtual friends because of blogging?
Yes, I have! Each person I’ve met has brought something different to my days – I’ve learned so much in such a short time from each and every one of them. Some are funny, some get me to thinking, and all teach me something that I wish I’d known before. In many ways, as I get to know them, they are not only becoming great and super supportive friends, they are also my team mates! I stumbled upon such a diverse, talented group of people and I’m so grateful I did.

Provide a link to your favorite blog post.
This was tough, because I think my answer could change day by day! For today, I think I like this one because it just reminds me of my life. A million funny little moments that add up to being amazingly blessed.

What was your very first job and what did you learn from that experience?
I did alot of babysitting in my teen years, but my first official job was as a cashier/server/donut maker at the Canadian equivalent (at the time) to Dunkin’ Donuts, Robin’s Donuts. I actually learned a lot from that job, some of which I still use today. One of my responsibilities, besides boxing donuts,  was to pipe the whipped topping on the “fancies” – the chocolate, whipped cream donuts with maraschino cherries on top? To this day, I can ice a mean cupcake! I also learned that I look terrible in brown polyester.

 

Not me.. but see the fancies?!

What was the kookiest job you’ve ever had?
I’ve had some kooky jobs, but probably the kookiest was telemarketing for an insurance company. People do NOT like telemarketers. I think that was my actual reason for leaving – “I’m sorry, I’ll have to quit because I can’t stand it that so many people don’t like me!”

What is your dream job?
I used to be in IT and I LOVED that. I used to think that was it for me, but honestly, I think I have my dream job now. There really are so many things I’d love to do, many of which I’m doing now..  I always wanted to be a writer – I’m a blogger. I always wanted to be an interior designer – I spend my days redesigning our space, otherwise known as home, and bouncing ideas for other projects off of friends and family. I always thought I’d love teaching, and here I find myself unexpectedly homeschooling! It’s challenging, and I do occasionally miss corporate lunches and the salary to match, but I love that I get to spend time at home, time with my family and that I have the freedom to be creative in so many areas.

How many days a year do you spend traveling?
I used to travel at least three times a year – I have family quite far away – but the past few years it’s been difficult to do that. Now, we make sure we get away for at least a week, sometimes two.

Favorite television program?
The Walking Dead. I’m a die hard fan (see what I did there?), and a serious Daryl lover. I even asked for a crossbow one year for my birthday.. just in case. A close second would be Homeland!

So needs a shower.. but so pretty! Source

Who was your hero growing up?
I always thought pretty highly of my friends, but in hindsight, it should have been my mom.. she was pretty amazing. Hindsight is 20/20 of course.

What do you do to take care of yourself?
I try to eat well.. and I often fail. I try to get a good nights sleep and be in bed before midnight more days than not.. oftentimes I fail at that, too. I try to get in a 30 minute power walk, or slow jog if I’m so inclined, a few times a week, practice yoga at least once a week, and swim when the opportunity arises.. but there isn’t always time or there are higher priorities. I try not to take on more than I can reasonably handle, but there is always alot to do, and I’m pretty convinced I’m invincible. I try to make time for family, and myself, and my friends, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Some would say that I don’t take care of myself.. but I think the best way I take care of myself is I forgive myself for not always achieving any of these things, while I’m getting up to try all of them again.

Sand or snow? 
Oh, definitely sand. But.. I’m afraid of actually going in the ocean so it literally is the sand with a view of the ocean.

Favorite spot to vacation?
The beaches of North Carolina or anywhere with a mountain view on one side and a water view on the other. I’m also pretty partial to Mexico.

What’s the one recipe you can make with your eyes closed?
Creamy Chicken enchiladas.. my family would probably sell each other off for this dish.. whoever was left would just eat.. and eat.. Come to think of it, I haven’t shared this recipe! Maybe that’ll be next. 🙂

The Liebster Awards also ask that you post 11 random facts about yourself.. here are mine.

11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I’m a licensed Hair Stylist… in Canada.
  2. I have a permanent scar between my pointer and middle finger on my left hand – a result of repeatedly cutting myself while cutting hair, something I took to be a definite sign that I needed to change careers.
  3. I was born in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, a small town outside of Vancouver.
  4. The first conversation I ever had with my husband centered around Ren and Stimpy.
  5. I failed my drivers test the first time I took it, on Christmas Eve. Sadly, my parents gave me a car for Christmas that year. Wah Wah.
  6. I love to sing and have been snuggling and singing at least one child to sleep every night for the past 23 years. To me, this is the best part of my every day. Our favorite lullabies are Songbird by Fleetwood Mac, You are my sunshine, and Close to You by the Carpenters. My son once told me that I should be on American Idol.
  7. I love Top 40 Music – my playlist is constantly evolving.
  8. My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing.
  9. I love lemon anything. Lemon meringue pie, lemon bars, lemon cookies, lemonade..
  10. When I was 4 years old, I colored my entire body with crayons. I was supposed to be sleeping.
  11. I’ve had the same best friend for 31 years.

Thank you to Leslie and Karyn.. I’m extremely flattered that you wanted to get to know me better and I’m so glad to know you both as well!

Now, for my part – I have to pick an award to nominate you for – I’m going with the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I hope you’ll play along! I can’t wait to see your answers!

The Rules
  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you (link back to their site)
  2. Answer the 10 questions sent to you
  3. Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer
  4. Nominate 8 fellow bloggers, link them in your post and let them know

My nominees
Justleesha
Uncookiecutter.com
Green Issues By Agy
Six Pack Mommy
Ice Cream Off Paper Plates
MommyTime365
Limeade Gal
Ruffles and Rainboots

My Questions:

  1. What do you like about blogging?
  2. What do you dislike about blogging?
  3. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
  4. If you could go anywhere, right now, where would you go?
  5. What’s currently on your DVR?
  6. What is your favorite book?
  7. What makes you laugh out loud?
  8. What is your favorite quote?
  9. What is one of your favorite memories?
  10. What’s something you’ve done that is outside of your comfort zone?
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38 Comments

  • lesliesholly

    I loved your answers!! Thank you for taking so much time to answer so thoughtfully. We have a lot of things in common. My first job also involved brown polyester–Taco Bell! I, too, love to sing, to my kids or to anyone who will listen! And I failed my DL test the first time also! Plus my reasons for blogging are a lot like yours too.

    April 22, 2015 at 4:47 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thanks Leslie, I loved yours too! It's I think there was an entire decade of polyester brown uniforms. Terrible, terrible choice. And there was always an awful hat to go with. It's always so fun to find out all the things you have in common.. I saw more than a few things in your responses, too!

      April 23, 2015 at 3:39 am Reply
  • Aprilrutherford

    Thank you so much Kim! This is so fun, I'm very flattered! I'll sit down and do this tonight (or let's be honest – tomorrow morning). Thanks!

    April 22, 2015 at 4:59 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Yay! I can't wait to see your responses!

      April 23, 2015 at 3:35 am Reply
  • Jane H

    Thank you Kim for the nomination. I am honored that you selected me. I throughly enjoyed getting to know you better! I will work on this over the weekend. Thank you for your kindness, so sweet of you!

    April 23, 2015 at 2:25 am Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thanks, Jane! I loved your answers, too! It really is so fun getting to know one another this way!

      April 29, 2015 at 1:53 am Reply
  • Stephie Ortiz

    Wow! I hopped on here to read your post, and love being able to get to know the personal side. (Had NO IDEA you nominated me- THANK YOU! 🙂 What a great way to get to know each other in our network in a real way.

    My favorite was your list of unique facts about yourself. The car at Christmas; was it wrong that I laughed? I think it was the 'wah wah" that got me… 🙂

    April 23, 2015 at 3:41 am Reply
    • Kim Young

      Stephie! I'm glad that you laughed about my car – the irony wasn't lost. haha I had sent you a message on FB, but I bet it went to your "other" folder. Glad you stopped by anyway, and loved your answers!

      April 29, 2015 at 1:58 am Reply
  • Agy Lee

    OH wow!! Thank you so much for nominating me. Muax! I was thinking how lucky to have your hubby edit your posts; mine doesn't read mine 🙁 but he does give me advice on how to make it more presentable. Oh, and I love lemon too, and I miss Canada terribly after visiting a few years back.

    April 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      I'm excited to see your answers, Agy! It is nice to have him read, although, it's always a little humbling to have him correct me.. It's usually the other way around! Where did you visit in Canada?

      April 29, 2015 at 2:00 am Reply
  • Alishia

    Thanks for the nomination Kim!! Will work on it sometime soon and let you know! <3

    April 23, 2015 at 2:44 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thanks, Leesha! I'm looking forward to your answers!

      April 29, 2015 at 2:00 am Reply
  • Jen

    Great answers! I love the creative bloggers group.. it's been so helpful!! I am also a walking dead fan, love Daryl!!

    April 23, 2015 at 3:19 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      I do too, Jen – CBN rocks! Daryl is such a cutie, in a really-badly-needs-a-shower kinda way. Why is that attractive? Do I care? haha

      April 29, 2015 at 2:02 am Reply
  • happyandhumble

    I love Mexico too!! we are only an 3 hour drive to Ensenada so we do a lot of trips to Baja. Thanks for sharing some fun facts about yourself!

    April 23, 2015 at 3:40 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Sara, I know who I'll be visiting soon! One of my good friends grew up in Yuma.. not exactly near to you, but she's told me all kinds of crazy stories of times spent across the border. My mexican experience is limited to Playa del Carmen and an all-inclusive, but I'd love to really be able to explore the area though. One day!

      April 29, 2015 at 2:09 am Reply
  • Elaine Ann Allen

    Congratulations! I loved your answers–especially about former jobs:) I also pinned the sock hop theme to my party ideas board. Might do this for my daughter this year. She loves the 50's theme.

    April 23, 2015 at 7:49 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Elaine, thanks for stopping by! The 50s sock hop was a huge, huge hit. My daughter and her friends still talk about it today. This year, we went a lot lower key for a change. My daughter pointed out that it was the first year we had a party without costumes! I just know I was a lot more relaxed!

      April 29, 2015 at 2:11 am Reply
  • Kim Seghers

    Congrats on your awards! It's nice to learn more about you I had no idea you were from Canada. I also failed my first driving test and my written test .

    April 23, 2015 at 8:04 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thank you, Kim! I was so excited to have been nominated. Although I have recovered from my failed test, it was a point of contention for a LONG time. Okay, maybe I haven't. But, someday, I'll get over it! haha

      April 29, 2015 at 2:13 am Reply
  • Kim

    Great answers! I grew up in Chilliwack, (but am now on the Island)! So we were practically neighbours 😉

    April 23, 2015 at 11:46 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Oh wow, Kim, my sister lives in Chilliwack. 🙂 I love the Island, some of my fondest memories are of Victoria. I have family there as well. My family moved out of the valley fairly soon after I was born. I grew up in the Port Moody area. The whole lower mainland sure has grown over the years! I barely recognize it when I get a chance to go home. It'll always have a piece of my heart though. 🙂

      April 29, 2015 at 2:16 am Reply
  • Nicole Mommytalk

    I was going to pick you too Kim, but then I saw Leslie already did! Congrats! Well deserved!!! 🙂

    April 24, 2015 at 1:38 am Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thanks, Nicole! I had such a fun time.. I so appreciate Leslie nominating me. It was really hard to pick.. Many of the people I'd have picked already had been, and I missed a few as well. I have a feeling we'll all get a chance though. 🙂

      April 29, 2015 at 2:17 am Reply
  • Amy Nielson

    Congrats on the nominations!! So I just have to tell you, that it is my daughter's dream to work in a donut factory, that and being an astronaut. Go figure 🙂

    April 24, 2015 at 4:05 am Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thanks, Amy! Hey, donuts are pretty fun.. I love an apple fritter, even today. I'll have to write a post for her all about my adventures.. of which there were many.. in the donut shop. Hopefully, though, she goes forward with the astronaut thing. The pay is definitely better!

      April 29, 2015 at 2:20 am Reply
  • Judith

    Loved reading this and finding out that you are a fellow Canadian! 🙂 Always interesting to read about the background of awesome bloggers! Keep up the great work!

    April 24, 2015 at 4:13 am Reply
    • Kim Young

      Aww, thanks, Judith! I always love to hear where people are from. I do get a bit homesick sometimes, and some how, finding out someone is from the same country I am? It helps. Thanks for stopping by!

      April 29, 2015 at 2:21 am Reply
  • Jacquelyn Ward

    Congrats! Also, I love Walking Dead…I asked for a cross-bow too! Nobody will buy me one…but I think walkers in our future is all too possible, lol. Be prepared for the Zombiepocalypse…you and I better team up!
    Jackie

    April 24, 2015 at 6:57 am Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thanks, Jackie! I actually have one, but I've only shot it once, but it was SO empowering. My husband bought me this amazing bow but secretly, I think he bought it for himself because it's really a bit too big for me. But.. I can shoot it! I won't be catching dinner.. and I'm not Katniss Everdeen, but I can hit a bale of hay, perfectly placed in my suburban backyard, let me tell you! We'll take out those walkers.. or look really great trying!

      April 29, 2015 at 2:24 am Reply
  • Allison Smith

    Congratulations on your awards! My husband dis my editor, too. I think he does it, so I won't write about him:).And he just binged on five seasons of the Walking Dead, but I can't do it. And I love to travel, too. We leave in six weeks for our annual summer road trip – me and four kids on the road for 30 days!

    April 24, 2015 at 11:21 am Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thanks, Allie! I'm pretty sure that is why my husband does it as well.. that, and so he knows when I've said something I maybe shouldn't have. It's important to be prepared for the fallout. Your trip sounds SO fun, and I really mean that! I would love to take off with my kids for 30 days! Well.. wait, how big is your car?

      April 29, 2015 at 2:25 am Reply
  • Annabel @ Simply called food

    Very nice post and it was nice to learn about you a bit more. My husband too is very supportive, he is the one who always arrive with new equipment for photography after any little requests I make. It is so important!

    April 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thanks, Annabel! It really does help to have a supportive spouse. It's hard to balance time with this blogging stuff, and without a spouse who supports what you're doing.. I can't imagine it would remain a positive thing. Thanks again for stopping by!

      April 29, 2015 at 2:27 am Reply
  • Kathy Herbig

    Great answers! Is always good to get to know fellow bloggers better. Bur post all that stuff that you write, you're a great writer!

    April 24, 2015 at 6:09 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thanks, Kathy.. that's so sweet, and I appreciate your kindness! i'm getting better with it, and with every new thing I post, I become a little more comfortable.

      April 29, 2015 at 2:28 am Reply
  • Irene B.

    so fun, love getting to know people thru these types of posts!

    April 29, 2015 at 12:56 am Reply
    • Kim Young

      I love them too, Irene! I can't wait to see everyone's answers as we move through the group!

      April 29, 2015 at 2:30 am Reply

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