The Cottage Retreatist nominated me for a Liebster award which is very kind of her. As far as blogger awards go, this is a for new and small blogs (less than 200 followers). Here is more information about The Liebster Award from The Wording Well.
There are some questions I need to answer and then I pick 5 nominations as well.
1) Why did you start your blog?
I decided to blog as we are over two years into a very long debt repayment journey and I was starting to suffer from a bit of debt fatigue. I wanted to increase my motivation but also help others who need to take the steps that we did. I want to show that there is life during debt repayment and a frugal living. So I thought what better way to combine both goals into one by working through my blog.
Originally, I was thinking of asking my pastor if I could offer financial tips to any members in our church community who needed some assistance. But the more I thought about it, I wondered if it would be too difficult because people wouldn’t want to come forward, my pastor may not want to be in the middle of it or what if there were legal implications. I’m still thinking of this as a possibility down the road or maybe when I retire. I really do want to help people, so at this point I am still learning even more financial strategies and getting experience at it, so it’s all good.
2) What is your favourite blog post so far and why?
I have a few favs but I guess my best fav is Mother’s Money Moments. It kinda sums up my life and what makes me tick and was filled with emotion.
3) What is your perfect Sunday?
A sunny day at my Dad’s cottage when I have Monday off and don’t have to go to work until Tuesday! Swimming, playing scrabble, a little sudoku, maybe a walk, some reading… oh and a nap. Laughing and chatting about life with family and neighbours. Eating leftovers for dinner, cheap and not much fuss or cleanup.
4) What is your favourite quote?
My favourite quote is my own. It is my twist on “You have to eat a pound of dirt before you die”. Well in Canada, we are on the metric system so I say, “You have to eat .6 kg of dirt before you die”.
5) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Determined, genuine and lazy.
Now I’ll be honest with you, I’ve got some additional bonus questions here because I didn’t read the instructions well and started answering the same questions that Cottage Retreatist had, before I realized I can make my own questions up for my nominees. So since I had already answered these three ones that CR had, I will let you see them as well. No point crying over spilled milk!
a) How long ago did you start your blog?
I started mid March, 2014, so I’ve been blogging for four months. I started in WordPress.com and actually just migrated over to self-hosted wordpress.org last week. Well that was a big job. You can read all about it on two posts I did, especially if you are looking for some tips and tricks.
Moving Blog from WordPress.com to Self-Hosted WordPress.org – This addresses the migration process and some of the lessons learned from mistakes I made or things I had to figure out, all called out in the form of gotchas!
Migrate WordPress.com to Self Hosted – The Live Version – After settling things in there were still some things I was not happy with or that remained outstanding and so I reached out through Twitter to get some blogging buddy assistance and it worked very well! I blogged live about what I was doing to address the issues over the space of a couple of days (Sat to Mon) until all open items completed and I could take my construction man picture off that post!
b) What is your favourite thing to blog about?
Personal experiences and tying them back to personal finance, career, stress management and mental health. I think it helps to add credence to what you are writing about if you can walk the talk and give examples and analogies. I just love reading blogs that have personal stories in them too, so I want my blog to be that way as well. Oh, and I also like funny. Sometimes I’m just in a strange mood and I can put some wacko stuff on these pages, and other times I’m more serious or philosophical. I guess if I someone was to describe my blog as one of variety, I would be very pleased with that.
c) Do your family and friends know you blog?
I think I blogged for at least a month and no one knew. Then I confided in my husband. Next my sister. Then a close friend. Then my children and just this past weekend to my Dad! And not one of them reads my blog! At first I didn’t want them reading it, then I did, and sometimes again I don’t. I try to keep things respectful, but if I’m going to be sincere and open about the ups and downs of our journey, I can’t hold everything back or paint only a rosy picture all the time. Sometimes a girl’s gotta rant. I want people who read to feel comfortable in confiding that things are not always smooth sailing for them either. This is what personal finance camaraderie is all about. Don’t sweat the small stuff, but if you do, please share.
It was easy to come up with this list. I had too many to choose from so I’m going to give you a bit of variety here in these nominated blogs:
- John @ The Hill of Beans – I found John’s blog when I was reading a minimalism blog and I found things there that inspired me. It’s very peaceful and comforting at his blog. I suggest this is a good one to read if you are stressed or right before you go to bed.
- Jason @ Islands of Investing – Jason’s blog is also very comforting (hey do I sense a trend, here?) even though he writes on investments! Can you imagine that? I like to read investment blogs too, because I’m preparing to manage my our investment portfolios by myself and I need all the help I can get.
- Asset Grinder is quite the character and is another investment blog I follow. He really does his homework and has lots of insight to give on investments. He helps his MIL and buddies out with their retirement and debt strategies. Nothing like giving back!
- Hypocritical Accountant is a very new blogger who has just gone back to work after maternity leave. She’s trying to find her groove balancing work and family, and boy, I know how that can be!
- Kayla @ Shoeaholic No More is last but certainly not least. She’s got debt repayment, decluttering, house and car maintenance, pet care, cross-fit, part-time job, blogging, and a whole lot of busy going on! I hope to gain some of her energy vicariously through reading her blog.
- Why did you start your blog?
- What is your favourite blog post so far and why?
- What part of the day do you like best and why?
- What is your favourite quote?
- Describe yourself in 3 words.
No worries if you don’t want to participate, but if you do, it’s great to spread the camaraderie. You can add the Liebster image to your blog – pick a button of your choosing (I’ve included the feminine and masculine versions of the button here) by downloading and adding to your post and in your sidebar if you wish. Prepare you own 5 questions (you can reuse or modify above) and let your own 5 nominees know. Link back here in your post as well, to let me know who you have selected so I can go and read. Oh, I almost forgot…have fun!
Speaking of blogger awards, last week I was put up against some great competition at the CNA Finance MVP Awards and Josh
felt sorry for me and kindly decided to put my name in the hat again because he didn’t realize I was a relatively new blogger. So now I’m up against some other steep competition in the new blogger category – Shoeaholic No More and Practical Cents. I read and love both of these blogs, so it’s kind of bittersweet to be in this competition with them. But, I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth, so if you voted for me last week and still want to again, please email CNAFinanceHelp@gmail.com or leave a comment at post linked above. Good luck gals!
Here’s some blogger carnivals my posts have been featured in this week. Thanks to the hosts for including me!
Financial Carnival for Young Adults @ Millennial Cents – Debt Debs Super Duper Advice
Lifestyle Carnival @ My Life I Guess – Top Ten Reasons You Need to Manage Your Finances
Yakezie Carnival @ Smart Budgeting – Canada Day – Be Mindful and Be Brave!
Looking forward to getting back to personal finance posts next. Enough of this blogging stuff for a bit!