Friday, October 25, 2013


I am so grateful to Jenn from Life Begins with J for nominating me for a Liebster Award. Woohoo!

The Liebster Award in five easy steps:
  1. Link to the blogger who nominated you
  2. Provide answers to the eleven questions you were asked
  3. List eleven facts about yourself
  4. Nominate five blogs with less than 3,000 followers
  5. Ask eleven new questions for your nominees to answer
What a fun way to read new blogs and get to know new bloggers. 

In this post, you can read all of my answers to Jenn's questions, hear eleven rando facts about me, and if you make it to the bottom of the post, see who I nominated!

Eleven Rando Facts about Maureen
  1. I almost always sleep on my stomach. If I sleep on my back I snore. Whoops.
  2. I turn into a pumpkin at midnight. No really, I fall asleep wherever I am.
  3. I sang on a dinner cruise boat in high school.
  4. I can touch my tongue to the tip of my nose.
  5. I love Brussels sprouts.
  6. I have attached earlobes. (Did you know that trait is genetic?!)
  7. After I paint my nails, I am too nervous to touch anything for at least an hour. 
  8. I thread my eyebrows, never wax. And I def had a uni-brow circa 6th grade. 
  9. I never had braces and I have all four of my wisdom teeth.
  10. Because of that I have to use a baby toothbrush so that the head is small enough to reach my back teeth. 
  11. I have never dyed my hair.

Here are my answers to the eleven questions Jenn asked me. :)

1. Why did you start blogging?
My roommate Allison first introduced me to Julie’s blog and from that point forward it was like a new world was opened to me. Through one blog, I was able to discover an entire world of bloggers, wonderful people with fascinating lives sharing stories. I love people, so I was hooked right away. After a few months of avidly reading, I started to get the itch to start my own blog. At first, I ignored it, really hard. I was scared. But for me, the desire to blog was like an itch that wouldn’t go away. I struggled with some hard times having lost my professional direction and sense of purpose and through all my prayers for direction, God always brought me back to blogging. It hasn’t been a perfect journey—my first post is very different from my more recent ones—but I learn so much about blogging and myself each day and I'm really enjoying it.

2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I have so many places that I want to go. I love to travel and if I had unlimited funds I would be on a safari right now. Top places I want to go if I don't think and just answer: Paris, Italy (Venice), Spain, India, Bali, Africa, China, Australia. I went to Paris when I was 14 and have said ever since that "Paris is my homeland." I'd love to go back and just wander the city. But probably the top place on my list is Australia. I want to go hiking and snorkeling and see a new part of the world!

3. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Lying. Do not lie to me. I will never trust you again. Even if the truth hurts, it's better to hear it and process it. Forgiveness is a powerful thing, there is no reason to lie, ever. 

4. What is your favorite TV show?
Dawson's Creek. People, it is so good. I didn't start watching it until it was on DVD my senior year of high school and freshman year of college, but I love it. I will always love it. 

5. What is your biggest fear?
I don't know! I would say that I hate scary movies, I just don't watch them. I do not like being afraid. I think that my deepest fears center around losing someone I love and people killing or hurting others. Just not ok.

6. What is your favorite hobby?
Singing. I studied musical theatre and still perform in the evenings as a hobby. Favorite role recently: Elle Woods. 

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I've talked a little before about how I've recently been able to admit how much I want to have a family some day. In five years, I see myself married, with one or two little kiddos. I see myself blogging here and helping people find inspiration in their lives. I see myself making videos and taking photos and being an expert in the digital marketing field. I see myself drinking even more pumpkin spice lates and still singing at the top of my lungs in the car. 

8. What is your favorite sport? Team?
I love Northwestern Football and Washington Nationals Baseball. Those are the only two teams I really care about. That being said, I will always have a special place in my heart for the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Capitals as Grandpa used to take Kevin and (sometimes) me to the games when we were wee ones. 

9. What is your favorite family tradition?
I'm not sure if there is a specific tradition I love most. Honestly, I just love being with my family. Whether on vacation with my Dad or my Mom, we are always goofy. I am 100% myself around my fam and for that I am so grateful. If I had to pick just one tradition, it would be that I always open the can of cranberries on Thanksgiving. I do this with a can opener while my mom and brother take pictures and laugh. Then I put the entire can shaped blob into a dish. And put it on the table. It is my favorite and it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without canned cranberries!

10. Do you have any pets?
I grew up with 5 dachshunds. My little babies! I love them so much. I have big plans for adopting a kitty when I have my own place some day. 

11. Who is your role model?
I am so blessed that I have grown up with many strong women in my life. My mom, my step-mom, my Aunt Ellen, my cousin Rachel, and mentors throughout my life have shown me through their fearless examples what it means to be an empowered woman. They are smart, savvy, loving, and fiercely ambitious and I love them very much. 

Annnnnnnd my five nominees...

Emily from The Good Era
Stephanie from Shades of Color Art
Miemo from Miemonster
Laicie from A Thousand Threads

Emily, Stephanie, Miemo, Liz, and Laicie, here are my eleven questions for you. I can't wait to read your answers!

1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
2. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
3. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
4. What is your favorite day of the year and why?
5. Who knows you the best out of everyone in your life?
6. What would you say is your biggest accomplishment and why?
7. Do you like where you currently live? Or do you hope to move somewhere else?
8. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
9. How have you grown since January 2013?
10. You suddenly find yourself in a superhero film. What is your superhero power and superhero name?
11. What is your favorite blog to read? (You can only pick one... this one is really hard!)


  1. Thanks for nominating me! :) Happy Friday!

  2. You are most welcome! I can't wait to read your answers.

  3. Paris is beautiful! My husband and I have dreams of retiring there one day.

  4. Oh my goodness, that would be a dream come true. I'm glad your hubby is on the same page too!


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