I’d like to thank my cats

#239: You are receiving an award – either one that already exists, or a new one created just for you. What would the award be, why are you being honored, and what would you say in your acceptance speech?

Argh! Just realised I have missed yesterday’s deadline by 37 minutes! However, I do have a very good reason for it… I was wrapping up a couple of last minute birthday presents for my brother (whose birthday is now today… HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) and didn’t realise the time!

The award would be The Most Organised award… ask anyone I work with, I am THE most organised (borderline obsessive compulsive) individual they have ever come across. But, this of course regularly comes in handy when I’m in charge of organising and managing promotional events & festivals 🙂

I’ve never had to make a speech before as such… tonnes of educational presentations throughout sixth form and uni, but never a speech. So, I’d of course keep it incredibly short – I’d do the typical thing by thanking my family and everyone who has contributed to creating the person I am today, but I’d then thank the person who recognised just how much effort I put into my work, striving to make it as perfect as possible.

Another award… this time the Quartet of Radiance!

The lovely Monique over at Mind of Monique has presented me with the incredible Quartet of Radiance Award! This amazing honour came only a week and a half after my Liebster Award nomination, so I couldn’t believe it! I was literally floating on cloud nine the entire day.

I’ve tried to find the origins of this award but it has proven pretty tricky! What I have found however, is that this award is made up of four separate ones… The Influential Blogger Award, The Awesome Blog Content Award, The Inner Peace Award and The Sunshine Award. Yikes – what an overwhelming honour!

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The rules when accepting this award are:
1) Thank the person who gave you the award
2) Describe yourself using the alphabet
3) Pass the award to others
4) Notify the nominees
5) Smile from ear to ear for the rest of the day!

My A-Z took longer than I first expected, but I think that was more because there seemed to be two appropriate words for each letter! Here goes…
A – Anti-bacterial hand gel: I’m known for having some in my draw or my bag!
B – Blog-aholic: a newly born blog-aholic at that…
C – Comic book heroes: I love DC/Marvel films & of course, The Big Bang Theory!
D – Duck Egg Blue: the colour that I’m super obsessed with!
E – Enthusiastic: thankfully, in everything I do.
F – Family: I’m extremely family orientated & wouldn’t know what I’d do without them.
G – Gerbera’s: favourite flower.
H – Hard-working: I couldn’t imagine being anything less!
I – Intelligent (98% of the time): I like to think I’m quite a clever little cookie in general.
J – Journalism: I love writing and being in the magazine industry!
K – Kids mags: I get to be a kid everyday… who wouldn’t enjoy that?!
L – Love to travel: love the thrill if discovery.
M – Music: it runs in my veins!
N – Northern Lights chaser: I will not rest until I have seen them with my own eyes!
O – Organised: to an OCD level… ask anyone who knows me.
P – Paralympics: was lucky enough to see London 2012 Paralympics, meet David Weir, go to last years Sainsbury’s Anniversary Paralympic Games and see The Last Leg broadcast live!
Q – (the) Queen: I just think she’s adorably amazing.
R – Rollercoasters: I’m a theme park junkie!
S – Shows (theatre): absolutely love everything to do with West End musicals.
T – Thai food: this is a newly introduced cuisine and I can’t get enough Dim Sum!
U – Unique: I love tonnes of things but thrive at filmed junkets 🙂
V – Volunteer: I love helping people and making them smile.
W – Willingness to learn 24/7: I’m a giant sponge… I love learning something new!
X – X-tra mile (cheating, I know!): I always give that little bit extra in everything I do.
Y – Yoga – it’s just incredible and really allows you to relax.
Z – Zumba – paaaaaaaarty!!!!!!

The blogs I am nominating are ones that I really enjoy, but unfortunately were unable to nominate for the Liebster Award. They are:
Nikkitarobert at http://penpadandthoughts.wordpress.com/
Natalieslovelyblog at http://natalieslovelyblog.wordpress.com/
Lifeoutofthebox at http://lifeoutthebox.wordpress.com/
Projectlighttolife at http://projectlighttolife.wordpress.com/
Bepresentyoga at http://bepresentyoga.wordpress.com/
Foodlikecake at http://foodlikecake.wordpress.com/

All images: http://julialidman.wordpress.com/

My Liebster Award nomination!

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Firstly, thank you so very much to the fabulous Bepresentyoga for nominating me for the Liebster Award! I still can’t quite get my head around it! Secondly, when I started my blog at the beginning of the year, I could never have imagined that I could be nominated for any awards… I just hoped that a few people would read and hopefully enjoy the content I was producing.

A little bit about the award… It is an award that is given to bloggers by bloggers and has German origins, with Liebster translating as ‘dearest’. I’ve read that some bloggers unfortunately see this as an irritating chain mail style award, but I couldn’t think of any better way to give fantastic blogs the recognition they deserve! If Bepresentyoga hadn’t nominated me, it would certainly have been one of the blogs that I would have nominated, as it truly is one to check out! The rules to this award are as follows:
1) Thank the blogger who gives it to you.
2) Answer the eleven questions he/she asks.
3) Nominate eleven bloggers with less than 500 followers.
4) Ask these eleven bloggers eleven questions.
5) Let these bloggers know that you have nominated them.

The following questions are the ones that I have been asked to answer. Here goes…

1) If you could change careers and start a brand new one tomorrow, what would you do?

Without a shadow of a doubt, it would be a career as a Wedding Planner/Events Manager! It was always an equally split decision between working in magazines/publishing/writing-of-some-sort and going into the wedding planning industry. I can’t quite remember why I chose my editorial path over the other but I’m so glad I did, as not only do I get to work on the editorial team but I’m also the Events Manager from time to time! I’ve got the best of both worlds!

2) You win a 2 week vacation, all expenses paid. Where would you go?

Hmmm this one’s tricky! This is equally split between working with Orangutans in Borneo, working with Gorillas and Chimpanzees in Africa or going to Egypt to enter Tutankhamun’s original tomb (not this false one they’re going to build in order to preserve the original) and retracing Howard Carter’s steps in the lead up to his famous discovery!

3) You’ve been given one super power. What would you choose?

I was trying to think of one that could help others, for example be able to heal all illnesses… but then I started thinking about how there would then be too many people to fit on Earth etc etc. So instead, selfish I know, but I’d love the ability to breath under water unaided. Ever since I was little (thanks to the Disney classic which is The Little Mermaid), I’ve had a fascination with what’s under the water… all of the dolphins, turtles, coral etc and I’d love nothing more than to swim freely under the water without a hefty gas tank strapped to me!

4 & 5) You have the opportunity to create a cure for one disease. What would it be and why?

Hands down, cancer. It’s just a vicious pain in the backside and it needs to be kicked to the kerb. Bring on next months Race for Life!

6) You could have dinner and discussion with anyone living or dead. Who would you choose?

The Queen. Or the cast of The Big Bang Theory (more specifically Jim Parsons aka Sheldon Cooper)!

7) Favourite movie?

Annoyingly, I don’t have one favourite 😦 I never have. Although I would say anything from Disney/Pixar or DC Marvel.

8) Favorite childhood memory?

Going to Disneyworld in Florida… I just looooove Disney!

9) If you could make a living writing on any topic. What topic would you choose?

Holiday destinations/events. Just writing about fun, inspiring or daredevil things that everyone should have a go at, would be super cool. I’m happy to be a guinea pig, testing them all out!

10) Why did you start your blog?

I wanted to improve my writing ability and become part of a community, so that I could learn even more from people around the world.

11) You have the chance to guest star on your favorite tv show. Which show would you pick?

The Big Bang Theory. Easy peasy!

The next step of this award required me to nominate 11 of my favourite blogs. This was super hard to choose as all of the blogs I follow are amazing in their own way. That said, my chosen 11 are:

1) http://rachbaznsime.wordpress.com
2) http://mindofmonique.wordpress.com
3) http://thatsassychick.wordpress.com
4) http://stupidmonsters.wordpress.com
5) http://suestrifles.wordpress.com
6) http://theonlydeadheadinthehameau.com
7) http://annotatedaudrey.wordpress.com
8) http://lifeundetermined.com
9) http://lulubellaloveslife.wordpress.com
10) http://aishasoasis.wordpress.com
11) http://mchelsmusings.wordpress.com

The following questions are for the above nominees… Enjoy!

1) If you could be any TV/film character, who would you be?
2) What is your special/hidden talent?
3) What is the first thing on your bucket list?
4) You win big on the lottery (over a million) but you’ve been told that you can only spend it on three things. What are they?
5) What is the best book you’ve ever read?
6) If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
7 & 8) If you have a role model, who is it and why do you look up to them?
9) What has been your proudest moment in life so far? (Either in yourself or someone else)
10) Tell us your favourite joke.
11) What is your biggest phobia (if you have one)?

I hope that my nominees thoroughly enjoy this award nomination 😀

Picture: http://prayersandapples.com/liebster-award/