The Liebster blog award :)

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster blog award 🙂 It is an award that bloggers give to other bloggers; it’s a way of saying I love what you’re doing. Thank you so much Steph for nominating me.  I’m overjoyed that people enjoy my blog.


Here are Steph’s questions for me:

What is your favorite color?

My favourite colour is purple, I love all shades of it, from lilac to plum.  The feature wall in my bedroom is painted plum and my duvet and curtains are aubergine; it is my sanctuary, a place where I relax and find peace. The butterfly is embraced as a symbol of Fibromyalgia awareness – just when the caterpillar thought its life was over it turned into a beautiful butterfly, I think it’s such a positive symbol for life with chronic pain.  I have purple butterflies hanging in my bedroom and a purple butterfly photo frame. I’m sure I will be adding to my collection soon.

What is one room in your dream house you would love to have right now?

If I won the lottery I would love to have my own library, it would be filled with books, comfy chairs, bean bags and soft lighting.  I’m an avid reader, I enjoy reading the classics and also modern novels. Nothing beats snuggling on the sofa with one of my cats, a good thriller and a bar of chocolate.

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading ‘An Evil Mind’ by Chris Carter. This novel draws together every element of the psychological thriller, the cat and mouse mind games of the hunter and the hunted are compelling and gripping.  Again, Chris Carter’s creation of a character with a pathologically disturbed mind haunts my dreams.

Where do you get the ideas for your blog posts?

My blog is about life with Fibromyalgia – I’m trying to raise awareness about this underfunded and often misunderstood invisible illness.  I’m inspired by life and the people I meet – I love looking through recipe books, lifestyle blogs, YouTube videos and talking to other Fibro warriors.  I am acquiring new skills as I challenge myself each week to learn to bake, cook and make homemade gifts.

What is the best advice you can give your fellow bloggers about how to get new subscribers?

Use social media to promote your blog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumbler and Bloglovin.  Engage with your readers – they are the most important people.

Do you belong to any writers’ or bloggers’ associations and, if so, which ones?

I don’t belong to any of these associations as I’m new to blogging and it’s my personal story that I hope inspires others and raises awareness about what it is like to live with Fibromyalgia.

Who is your favorite musician?

This may surprise many people but my favourite musician is Eminem.  He is talented, entertaining and funny.  My favourite song is ‘Lose Yourself’; the opening lines inspire me:

‘Look, if you had, one shot, or one opportunity

To seize everything you ever wanted. In one moment

Would you capture it, or just let it slip?’

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I think that Jaws is the scariest movie ever made! (You can stop laughing now!)

Who is your dream dinner party guest?

Oscar Wilde! He is the wittiest man that has ever lived.  These are some of my favourites:

  • Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
  • It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
  • There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
  • The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.
  • My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.
  • Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
  • There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
  • Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
  • How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?
  • All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.
  • Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

Where do you see yourself in 50 years?

50 years? I would be 91 if I lived that long! I will most likely be with my loving mum and my grandparents, united again.

What does a normal day in your life look like?

A work day begins at 5.33am when my alarm rudely interrupts my sleep.  I’m usually in work by 7 and school lessons begin at 8.30 (I’m a secondary school English teacher).  The school day passes quickly – teaching (the best part of my job), marking, planning, paperwork and meetings. I arrive home around 6pm, exhausted and hungry.  Dinner, more school work, catch up with friends, TV and bed.  That’s a pretty normal boring day in my life.


The rules

  • Mention, link and thank the blog that nominated you.
  • Answer the nominator’s 11 questions.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and link them below.
  • Create 11 questions of your own for your nominated bloggers to answer.
  • Notify your nominees via social media.

My nominations 🙂

Claire is an ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome fighter and finds crafting is a fantastic outlet for her during times of challenge.

Janet blogs about the adventures of her dairy, soya, egg, wheat, apple and pear free daughter.

Matthew blogs about autism and how it affects his life.

Tanya is a plus size 40 something lady with a new found lust for life.

Lynn blogs about her adventures with her adorable grandson Jacob.

Sandy’s blog features all kinds of tips on home design/ maintenance, recipes, lifestyle and health & fitness.

Rachel is a strong and inspirational mother who blogs about her life and her family.

Em is a food and lifestyle blogger.  Amazing recipes!

Chanpreet writes about the heroic activities of people.  I admire her selfless positive attitude.

Jaime blogs about experiences as a foster parent, adoptive parent, and the challenges of raising several kids with special needs.  What an inspirational mother!

Ivan blogs about his travels, the food he eats and he takes great photos.

YOU!  Yes you, my lovely blog reader, please choose one of the questions and then share your answer below  🙂

My questions for you…

What’s your favourite book?

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

If you could be any animal what would you be and why?

Why did you start blogging?

If you could hold on to just one memory for the rest of your life, what would it be?

What is the best compliment you have ever received?

If you could travel back in time where would you go and why?

What is your greatest fear?

If you had a plane ticket to go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

What is your favourite season?

If you could dance with anybody who would it be?

Keep smiling 🙂



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32 Responses to The Liebster blog award :)

  1. Em says:

    Thank tou lovely 😘😘😘

  2. sr1062 says:

    Well done for being nominated! I would also love to have a library in my house – I own so many books!

  3. Daniella says:

    My greatest fear is my children dying before I do, it’s something I think about quite often and it scare me.

  4. Great answers Claire. I love the Liebster Award its a great way to learn more about your favorite bloggers.

  5. Rachel says:

    Really well done for being nominated!

  6. You Baby Me Mummy says:

    Ha ha! I love that your day starts at 5.33am, why not 5.30? are you trying to eek all the extra minutes you can 🙂 x

  7. Renna says:

    Well done on the nomination!!
    I think I might have to start getting more personal on my blog posts.
    Jaws is scary by the way!!

  8. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops says:

    Great answers to some great questions! I love Oscar Wilde! I would love to have a library in my house too, it’s definitely on the …if I won the lottery list

  9. I would absolutely love to have a library in my house; have you seen those fancy houses where they’ve turned an entire wall – floor to ceiling – into one massive bookcase? How amazing would that be?! x

  10. I’d love a library too; have you seen those fancy houses where theyve turned an entire wall – floor to ceiling – into a massive bookcase? How amazing would that be?! x

  11. Well done on your nomination!
    I like purple too but my fave is red 🙂

  12. Deniza says:

    Hi dear, congratulations! I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award! Find out more on my blog 🙂 Have fun with it :*

  13. Melanie Edjourian says:

    Summer, I hate cold weather, much prefer heat.

  14. Congratulations on the nomination. I love reading these posts and getting to know the person behind the blog x

  15. Ickle Pickle says:

    Lovely post – I love peeping into peoples lives! My favourite colour is purple too – any shade! Kaz x

  16. laurasidestreet says:

    Well done for being nominated – really enjoyed reading this post and feel I know you a little bit more now

    Laura x

  17. Congrats and great post 🙂 I’ve loved reading about you and your life!
    I would have my own library if I won the lottery too – pure bliss!
    X X

  18. thefreerangefamily2015 says:

    Congratulations on your award! So exciting!! I love reading your blog and look forward to reading lots more in the future x

  19. Congrats on your nomination! You have really nice blog! I wish you all best for future.

  20. kacielmorgan says:

    if I won the lottery I would buy my own house and have a swanky office to do my blogging in 🙂

  21. Aby Moore says:

    You are right it does surprise me that your favourite musician is Eminem! Lovely interview x

  22. Tori Gabriel says:

    The Liebster Award is such a cute award. It inspires such a community feeling to be nominated by another blogger.

  23. Sarah Bailey says:

    Yay well done on your award woohoo! I love the fact it means you get to know a little more about the blogger as well.

  24. Tori Gabriel says:

    Congratulations on your well deserved nomination! I think the Liebster Award is such a cute award in the blogging community!

    Loved your questions. I would choose to be a cat if I can be any animal. They eat and sleep all day and are so independant. You can never own a cat. The cat owns you!

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