Our Appetizer.: A Liebster Award

April 22, 2014

A Liebster Award

I am so shocked and excited to be nominated for the Liebster Award, mostly because I was nominated by a fellow Cleverlander who's blog I read on a daily basis. I was nominated by Jessica from Anchored in Clev for an online award which is awarded by bloggers for other blogger. This award is given to up and coming bloggers who have a small number of follower or any blogger you believe deserves recognition. 

I am most honored by this because it shows that people actually read my blog. It means that people enjoy coming back day after day to read what I have to say. This award is an empowerment to want to continue my blog even with my negative thoughts lately. With everything going on in my life, I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep my blog or what to do with it. After being nominated for this, I have decided to keep it because I love it and it's a reflection of me and who I am. You can read more about my thoughts about the topic here

The Liebster Award Rules

1.) You must link back to the person who nominated you
2.) You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
3.) You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award (with a small following)
4.) You must create 10 questions for your nominees
5.) You must go to their blogs and notify the nominees
My 10 Questions from Jessica
1. What is the meaning behind your blog name?
That is a very difficult question for me to answer. It's difficult because of what is going on in my life currently. The name came from mine and Ionut's start in life together. Him and I love to travel, we love to see new places, we love exploring new things, we had a lot of firsts together and we went through a lot of happy and sad times together. The name came about our journey together.

2. Where are you from, and what if your favorite part about your city?
I am from Cleveland. My favorite part about Cleveland is the diversity. I love that it's a huge melting pot of different nationalities, different customs, different ideas and different cultures. I think learning about different cultures is benefaction because it forces a person to think outside of the box.

3. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Salt and Vinegar chips. I could eat these chips everyday and I wouldn't get sick of them.

4. What are 3 items you absolutely CANNOT live without?
My phone, water and my car. My phone is constantly with me, basically attached at the hip. I have been getting better about keeping my phone away from me so I'm not tempted to check it all the time to see if someone has texted or called. I drink water like a fish. And I couldn't do anything with my car. I live way too far from any public transportation.

5. What is your favorite hobby (besides blogging)?
I really enjoy reading and working out. When I was younger I hated reading, I never read what was required for class. As I'm getting old I find it more and more relaxing. I also really enjoy working out. The hardest part is getting to the gym or getting into a routine. Once I'm set with either getting to the gym or settling into a routine, I workout almost everyday.\

6. What is your favorite thing to drink?
I drink water all day everyday. I choose to not drink my calories and I want to keep my body well hydrated for many reasons. I also really enjoy wine on the weekends :) 

7. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would go to Fiji. I adore beach vacations but my requirement is that I need clear water. I cannot get in the ocean or a lake if I can't see the bottom, it just freaks me out. Fiji just looks like such a remote part of the world and it looks very relaxing.

8.What is an organization or cause you love/support?
I am a huge advocate for the Make A Wish foundation. I love the fact that these people work together to make a child's' wish come true. There is nothing better than giving to children that don't have many years or even days left with us. It breaks my heart just thinking what some of these children go through every single day, so any foundation that tries to ease the pain is a great foundation in my book.

9. What event/moment/person/etc has had the most impact on your life so far?
The moment that has impacted my life the most so far was when my parents decided to move to America. We moved here in 1997 in May. I was 6 years old and I still remember some of the things we went through. I will have to do a whole post about it because the story is so long. If we wouldn't have moved here, who knows where I would have been and what I would be doing now.

10. To date, link your favorite blog post you have written. 
One of my most heartfelt posts was the post named We Live In The Airport. The post is about how Ionut and I used to basically just live in the airport, check it out to get the whole story. I also really like my most recent post, Slowly getting back into it, because its about the raw emotions.

My Nominees 
- Ashley from A Faithful Passion
- Ashley from Afternoons with You
- Bella from Dateless in Dallas
- Emily from Emily Ahlbum 
- Margret from Life After Athens
- Valerie from In-Between Life
- Melissa from Making Melissa 
* I couldn't think of anymore 

My Questions for the Nominees
1. What is the reason you started your blog?
2. What is your favorite season and why?
3. Who is one person you are most thankful for?
4. If your life was a movie, what movie would it be?
5. Would your 8 year old self be proud of where you are in life?
6. What is your favorite day of the week and why?
7. Are you more of a texter or more of a caller?
8. Describe your perfect day. 
9. What are 3 things you couldn't life without?
10. To day, link your favorite blog post you have written. 

Thanks again to Jessica for this great opportunity! I'll be on the look out for the posts from the blogs I nominated. Also, make sure to check out the blogs I nominated if you haven't before. 


  1. Love learning new things about some of my fav bloggers! I didn't know you weren't from America originally how neat!

    1. Thanks!! I'm glad I'm considered a favorite blogger :) I will have to do a post about moving here.

  2. Loved learning a bit more about you! :) xo

  3. Congrats girl! These are always so fun to read.

    1. Thanks!! I love doing things like this, just answering little questions that actually make me think.

  4. Aww yay - I loved reading your responses and I TOTALLY think you should post about your experience moving to America - that is so interesting! Where did you live originally?

    Thanks for participating!!

    1. Thanks for nominating me! We moved here from Romania, so it was a huge adjustment. But I will have to post about it one day :)

  5. Thanks for the nomination! You can check out my answers here: http://www.in-betweenlife.com/2014/04/liebster-award.html#more

  6. pretty nice blog, following :)