Mystery Blogger Award-with appreciation!

Good morning, fellow morning go-ers! The sun is bright. The breeze is cool. Most importantly: the coffee is strong.


I am humbled to accept the nomination for The Mystery Blogger award! Kudos to Okoto Enigma for the creation of this particular award. Can I just say that I think it’s so neat that the blogging community has opportunities to “pay it forward” with recognition and gratitude? I am so appreciate of Sue over at “My Loud Bipolar Whispers” blog, where she bravely and authentically shares her journey, challenges, and triumphs. You can visit her here

So here are the rules of this award:

  • Name the creator of the award and link their blog.
  • Place the award logo or image within your blog post.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog in your post.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer your nominator’s questions.
  • Nominate 10-20 people.
  • Ask your nominees 5 original questions of your choice.
  • Share 5 links to your best blog posts.
  • Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.

I think I can manage that 😉

Three things about myself:

  • Coffee shops are my FAVE scene (surprise surprise). I’d take this over a bar (while I love my cocktails!) or restaurant any day.
  • I struggle a great deal with using the word “no” (I know, I know, I’m the ONLY one 😉 ). Fostering this and feeling empowered through this is probably one of my largest goals in this season of life!
  • My first interaction with my (now) husband occurred when he generously held the door open for me, and I opened the door next to him and said “no thanks, I got this”. Bold, much?!

Alright Sue, here are the answers to your questions! 🙂

  1. What is your favorite sport? My fave sport to play is volleyball, while my favorite sport to follow and watch is Hockey. The fast-paced nature of the sport and physical intensity it requires is incredible to me!
  2.  What is your favorite NFL Football team and do you watch football every Sunday?  Ahhhhh, sorry! I’m actually not a football fan-NHL all the way for me!!! Chicago Blackhawks is my team of choice. 
  3. Why do you write and why did you decide to write a blog? This is an awesome question-In all honesty, writing is probably my most secret passion. Not many people who know me (even those that have known me for quite some time) are aware of the fact that I adore writing. I guess it’s always been something I did just for ME, and never felt the need to share that with anybody else. However, that wonderful hubby of mine encouraged me that I should more actively share my written voice, and I don’t regret it! Through writing, I desire to share real, raw truths that hopefully many others can relate it. It won’t always be pretty. It won’t always be smooth. But it will always be authentic. Connecting with others through the written word in this thing we call life is now more of a draw to me than I’ve ever given myself permission to feel before ❤
  4. What is your favorite television show? Goodness, this is a hard one! Thank you Netflix for making this question so challenging. Currently, I’m a tad bit obsessed with physical challenge shows, such as “American Ninja Warrior” and “Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge”. I’m also a sucker for decor reality TV such as “Fixer Upper” and “Flea Market Flip”. But what will you catch me binge-watching on a rainy day? “One Tree Hill”. Don’t judge. 
  5. Besides writing, what is your favorite hobby and/or talent? MUSIC! I’m a musician by hobby and by passion. I sing as well as play flute, piccolo, some piano, and some guitar. I’m also involved in a worship band that musically leads worship through my husband and I’s church. My dad said I was singing the words before I was actually speaking the words 🙂

My 5 questions for my nominees to answer:

  1. What do you identify as your greatest accomplishment?
  2. What fear are you hoping to tackle?
  3. What’s your favorite type of beer/wine?
  4. If your personality were an animal (oh, boy), what would it be?
  5. What are the main passions/interests that show through in your blogs and why?

My lovely nominees are….(drum roll please…!)…….

Links to my 5 best (?) blog postings (I’m new to the blogging world, so here are 5 that I think are worth reading to learn a bit more about me and one of my themes!)

Happy blogging. Grateful living. Hopefully striving.

Stay tuned,




One Lovely Blog Award-With Gratitude!

Hello, beautiful souls!

My heart is full today as I sit down to write this afternoon (as well as my glass, with some delicious homemade sangria I’m sipping on during this warm day! Interested in the recipe? Let me know!). I’m humbled today to be nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award-a writing recognition that features bloggers whose writing has sparked some interest and meaning in the eyes of viewers (what a wonderful experience!). Many thanks goes out to the wonderful Shawna at Whole Hearty Happy for this generous nomination. I’ve been enjoying her writing since I’ve hit the blogging scene. It is truly appreciated to be recognized-especially with being a new face to the blogging world :). During my first week of blogging, I’ve learned that readers are so supportive and encouraging, and truly desiring to hear what I have to say. I pray that I can continue to provide you with stories worth hearing, insights worth applying, and truths worth aligning with. Let’s be real, together!



Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in their post.

They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
Must add 7 facts about themselves.
Nominate 15 people to do the award!

7 Facts About Myself:

  1. I’m definitely full-on embracing the role of dog mama-and quickly!
  2. I’m newly married-which comes with its blessings and challenges (like sharing a clothes hamper with the hubs-does anyone else but me think that’s weird?!)
  3. I LOVE to try new coffee concessions as well as beer and wine styles-the more unique, the better!
  4. Anxiety has been an ongoing battle for me-you will see themes of that woven throughout my written works
  5. I’ve given more money to Bath and Body Works that I’d care to admit-I’m OBSESSED with soothing scents. Candles are a staple in our home
  6. I’m also a lyricist that takes great pleasure in putting fitting words to flowing melodies. I believe that music is truly a central mode of communication, and one that can tie us all together in ways that are unexplainable.
  7. I’m challenging myself to balance being realistic with being optimistic. Because a healthy mentality is healthy for the soul ❤


So Let Us Know

Tea and Tales

Mind Haven

Anxiety, Depression, and Me

Calrevoyant Curves

Courageous Yoga Chick

Sherina Speaks

Sensible Nonsense

Drizzle Me Skinny

Currently Lately

I Hate to Weight

Living in Stigma


Living Uncovered

Cooking with a Wallflower


Happy reading, all! Let gratitude overflow your day. And as always, stay tuned!