Liebster Award 2016

Feisty Green Polka has been nominated for its first award! The Liebster Award is an online recognition given to new bloggers by fellow bloggers. The award is designed to provide encouragement among the blogging community to help bloggers grow and to highlight new and upcoming blogs within the blogging community.
Feisty Green Polka Dot was nominated by Jen at Jennadesigns. Jen is a mom, wife, and writer. Her blog is full of great posts on art and crafts, photography, family, and much more. I suggest you go and check it out.
The rules are as follows:
  • Thank the blog that nominated you and link back to them.
  • Answer 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you.
  • Tell readers 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate up to 11 bloggers to receive the award next.
  • Give your new nominees questions to answer about themselves when they post their nomination.

Here are my questions from Jen at Jennadesigns:
Where did you grow up?
When I was younger, we moved around a bit. I was born in Illinois, lived in Connecticut for 7 years, and then moved to Tennessee. So I guess I grew up the most in Tennessee, but I don't consider myself Southern.
Where do you live now and why did you choose it?
I currently live in a suburb outside Portland, Oregon. I came to Oregon because I wanted to see it. Honestly, I'm wanting to live a bit closer to my family now that I have children.
What motivated you to start blogging?
I can't  put my finger on exactly why I started blogging. I think it was a combination of things. I needed an outlet to express myself since I had moved far away from my friends and family. I also wanted to serve as a resource for people. I love sharing information that might be helpful to someone.  I also love to talk, while not the same, blogging allows me to share my opinions.
What is the most challenging thing you face as a blogger?
I think it is easy to get discouraged, especially when you don't have a ton of followers. 
How would you spend one hour of free time – no responsibilities?
I'd sleep. I have a very active toddler that keeps me very busy and I'm pregnant, so I am never well rested.
What’s your favorite form of social media? Why?
I really love visual social media, like Instagram. I love to see great pictures, they can be so inspiring. I just started a new account and I am trying to learn from the best. It really takes a lot more time and planning than I thought.
When you’re not blogging, what are you up to?
I am always needing more time in the day. My hands are kept very full by my little boy. He has more energy than any other person I know. I spend most of my time with him or cleaning up his messes. When I do steal away time for myself, I usually nap.
If you could choose one person to happen across your blog, who would it be?
I'm really in love with The Everygirl. If one of the founders read my blog I would be both ecstatic and embarrassed. 
Describe your family.
I am married to a man that might as well be my polar opposite. He is very relaxed and go with the flow. It is a great counter to my personality. My oldest child, has a very big personality. He is so full of life. He brings such joy when he is around. He is also a handful. I am learning how to be a better person everyday by having him in my life. I am currently pregnant so I am waiting to see what kind of person he will be. I know he doesn't kick as much so maybe he will be a bit more relaxed. We shall see.
What is one item you cannot live without?
I'm pretty sure I could live without anything I own. I have been trying to be more in the moment and less tied to things. If I had to pick though, it would be my iPhone. It has pictures of friends and family on it. I love looking back at pictures of my little boy or of me and my husband when we were dating. 
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Before I had children, I could have given an answer to this question. I have always been very driven and planned on having a very successful career. Now I can't imagine anything but being with my boys. I don't want to be a stay at home mom forever because it isn't financially feasible, but I don't know what returning to work would look like at this point. 
Here are 11 random facts about me:
  1. I am nomadic at heart. I've moved a lot in my life and I don't like being in any one place too long.
  2. Some people think I'm an introvert, but I'm not. 
  3. I have dropped my keys down an elevator shaft on accident. They managed to fall through that little gap. Don't worry, I got them back.
  4.  I thought I would never get married or have children. Both are the best things I have ever done. 
  5.  I have no desire to return to Tennessee. Ever.
  6. I am too afraid to do DIY projects. I'm just not very handy. 
  7. I am very competitive and hate losing. 
  8. I love to read, but haven't had time to read a book since my child was born.
  9. I would lose my head if it wasn't attached.
  10. I prefer dogs, but I have two cats. 
  11. I hate wearing shoes. 
And here are my nominees! I’m excited to learn more about you!
Your questions are as follows:
  1. What motivated you to start blogging?
  2. What is your ultimate blogging goal?
  3. What is the most challenging thing you face as a blogger?
  4. What’s your favorite social media platform?
  5. How do you spend your free time?
  6. What is one of your goals for the year?
  7. What do you like most about where you live?
  8. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
  9. What is your favorite recipe?
  10. How would you spend a million dollars?
  11. What is your dream vacation?
I can’t wait to read your answers!