Nominated for a Liebster Award!

“Life’s a dance, you learn as you go.
Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.
Don’t worry ’bout what you don’t know,
life’s a dance, you learn as you go.”
– John Michael Montgomery’s Lyrics to “Life is a Dance”


*Note: This post is longer than usual only because there’s a lot of heart-to-heart moments and history of the origins of my blog here! If you don’t like the warm, fuzzy feelings, you have been forewarned! 😀

Hello! This morning I really wanted to hit the snooze button on my alarm clock, but stopped myself. I am helping the owners of a local book shop called Dead Tree Books install some wood carving business signs I help them create. In this digital age, I thought this couple took a leap of faith opening a book store. Most people I know use their Kindle app as Fandango mentioned in his Stream of Consciousness post. Yet, in this area of town, Dead Tree Books has steady sales.

Anyway, I received a pleasant surprise in my inbox several days ago! I’ve been nominated for the Liebester Award from Keep It Alive! I’m feeling like I’m burgeoning with gratitude. Thank you, Sadje! I like her blog for a variety of reasons:

  • Encourages you to mentally explore new things
  • Shares beautiful perspectives on life via poems and articles
  • Wonderful sense of humor expressed through funny stories
  • Lives life to the fullest even if there are physical limitations

I feel humbled and honored for this nomination which is a first for me! Don’t know too much about it, so I copied and pasted the rules below. I created a Word Press account five years ago to start a travel log to document my adventures, but it was distracting for me to blog and enjoy my travels at the same time! I tend to deeply immerse myself in the experience.

What is Liebester Award?

“It is said that this award is created to discover and encourage new bloggers to the blogosphere. Liebester is a word of German language, meaning Beloved, Dear, Sweet etc. In short, a term of endearment. Showing love and kindness to the newcomers. So in a way , it’s a welcome gesture for the people new to the blogging world. Such a kind thought and gesture.”

What are the rules of Liebester Award:

1. Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award.
2. Give 11 random thoughts about yourself.
3. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
4. Nominate 5-11 blogs and notify them of their nomination.
5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

How I got Started

After graduation, I was a bit scattered. I decided to act on a suggestion from my boyfriend to start a blog. Originally, I thought it was going to be an instrument to build my professional portfolio. I reopened my inactive account that sat there collecting dust and revamped my About Me page. I’ve only started blogging actively for the past few months, and it was a little difficult at first.

My first post was about bubble sorting algorithms which aside from the computer science community, most people could care less about. It was that fateful day when I learned that WordPress is very different than StackOverflow. 😉 There is a time and place for everything! Staring at my stack of journals, I knew I loved to write, but how in the world do I begin to blog?

Early Follows

In the famous words of Christian Mihai, I just started to “punch the damn keys” and learned as I go. Following me early on, Christian regularly writes on “The Art of Blogging”. I was very grateful for his articles. There was an article “How to be a Boss at Blogging when you Have 0 followers“.

Daunting task! Talk about gaining self-confidence! I learned a lot about editing and formatting. I followed Sheryl like a baby duck following mama duck on her Daily Word Prompts, and I felt encouraged from Dr.Perry‘s articles. DirtySciFiBuddha oddly made me feel at home with his eye catching, hilarious dystopian posts, one of my favorite genres. What was I worried about? Gradually, I began to find my voice and started to participate in a variety of fun challenges.

As you lead your chicks through danger today!

Thank You!

I have 115 followers from all over the world and 100 posts! Knowing me, that’s beyond my wildest dreams in such a short time span. I’ve come to love the community here! All of you have impacted my life! I’ve grown so much from your support, your stories, and your thought-provoking and fun prompts. You’ve certainly helped me step outside my comfort zone, that’s for sure!

I like to thank some individuals for their support & inspiration on my journey!
Cee: Cee’s Photography
Laura Bailey: All the Shoes I Wear
Kerri Elizabeth: Sunshine- Courage in Living
Christian Mihai: irevuo
VJ Knutson: One Woman’s Quest
Natalie Swift: The Midnight Ember
MNL: Cactus Catz
Richa: iScriblr
Jenna: Sunshine Artist
Winnie: Musings
Proscenium: Framing Life
Godly Chic Diaries: Grace for Purpose
Kristen: Tales from the Mind of Kristen
lwbut:  Love Will Bring Us Together
Dr. Perry: Make it Ultra

I hope my blog will inspire you and develop into a safe place where we can share our insights on a myriad of interests. In my free time, I hope I can share book reviews, snippets of my research, photos, and other experiences from my hobbies. I love writing stories as well! I have many ideas for content stored! As I’m exploring various mediums, I find new, exciting ways to express myself! Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. ❤

So, let’s get this shindig on the road and learn more about me, shall we? 🙂

11 Random Facts about Me

  1. I once drew a huge Christmas tree on my parents’ living room wall with a green crayon. I explained to them that I saw a blank canvas! If mom and dad didn’t discipline me right then and there and teach me the concept of boundaries, I could have been a graffiti artist!
  2. I auditioned for several theatrical plays such as Shakespeare and Greek tragedies to help me with shyness and public speaking. Although I was pleasant and sunny, I did not like to talk at all as a young girl. My yearbook tagline was “Most Mysterious” for a reason. I love memorizing lines and being on stage acting as someone else. It was easier to step into someone else’s shoes. Other thespians understood where I was coming from.
  3. When I was about 7 years old, I wrote my first “serious” story about a jelly monster that lived in the sewer who ate peanut butter sandwiches. My 9 year old friend who lived down the street severely edited it with her famous red pen! 😀 It was inspired by an episode of the TV show Ghost Writer about a slime monster.
  4. As a teenage girl, I really looked up to France A. Cordova as a role model, who is an internationally recognized astrophysicist and former chief NASA scientist. I consider her to be extraordinary mentor I follow from afar. Here’s a 2 minute video clip of how her career was inspired by watching a moon landing and a marshmallow.
    france cordova
  5. Most unusual item on my desk drawer is a Russian nesting doll. I love it because it reminds me of the many layers that people have! I’m always encouraged to look beyond the surface and dig deeper.
    russian doll.jpg
  6. I once had a pet chicken until mom cooked it in a delicious soup. Sad day! Dad got me some gold fish to make up for my sense of loss. I also played with the crickets, grasshoppers, and rollie-polies while playing in the yard.
  7. Dream job always changes the more I learn! Right now it would probably be to a photo journalist for National Geographic.
  8. The library has been my second home since I was five years old. I am an avid reader and the librarians probably see me as one of their family members since I spend so much time there.
  9. I memorized the first twenty lines from The Canterbury Tales in Middle English with gusto if I may add. I attribute it to my affinity for foreign languages and linguistics!
  10. In college, I spent a lot of time hanging out in architecture libraries checking out the students’ 3-D models and reading Architectural Digest and Interiors magazine. I loved learning about material sciences and catching up on latest design concepts. It seemed like there were a lot of creative possibilities. I loved how spaces can evoke certain emotions.
  11. I’m a recent college graduate who majored in information technology and minored in English. WOOT! I am now pursuing a masters program. Long story behind this!

11 Questions that Keep it Alive Asked Me

1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
I’m generally a patient person, but it bothers me when a family member has asked for help to organize their clutter and next time I visit them, it’s a mess. Why did they ask me in the first place? I spend some time knowing what style may work for them. I’ve come to accept that some people just get caught up with life, and being a minimalist might be the way for them. 🙂

2. Where did you get your name?
At the time of creating this blog, I was experiencing the effects of extreme culture shock. I moved to a new town and a new school. I encountered people with different mannerisms and approaches to life. I was emotionally haywire! I read so many books that broadened my horizons. I found it all so fascinating and wanted to document my experiences and reactions. Lots of gong moments!

3. If you could change your name, what would it be?
When a friend first shared this quote with me, it stuck with me for the rest of my life. I probably call this blog in an alternative universe “Evanescent Moments“. 🙂

4. What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
I really enjoyed Card Captors after school. A 10 year old girl, Sakura, has been granted magical abilities after she accidentally released all the cards from the Book of Clow from her dad’s study room. She’s in charge of capturing them before the images in the cards come to life and wreak havoc in her town. Her friends step in to help as well.cardcaptor-sakura-anime-hd-wallpaper-2560x1440-44904.jpg

5. Do you have any weird habits?
I tend to think backward. Like I visualize what I’d like to accomplish, then work on the steps to make it happen. Generally the final product is better than what I initially envisioned. I also catch myself walking on the curb like a balance beam!

6. Do you like fall scents /Tastes?
YES! I love the smell of cinnamon pine cone. I also regular stop by the BHG scented wax cubes section to get a sniff of Winter Berry Zest, Chilled Pomegranate Wine, Woodland Forest Floor, Mahogany & Sandalwood, Spiced Vanilla Embers! 

7. What is your favorite holiday and why?
While stressful for most people, I love Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Vietnamese New Year mainly because I love the spirit of gratitude and giving surrounding those holidays. I love that I get to spend more time with my family. I love cooking for these holidays and bringing desserts to parties.

8. Do you prefer writing it down or typing it up?
I love writing in journals which helps with the flow of my thoughts. Typing is easier on my hands though. I tend to write with heavy impressions on the paper. It’s getting better though… Light as a feather! Reminds me of a feather quill… Nah, I like my ball point pen gel rollers! I digress…

9. Netflix or cable?
Netflix has been a great source of entertainment for me! Although some commercials can be interesting, I love that the shows are uninterrupted!

10. If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life?
I probably need to add if I also had unlimited time and energy, I’d…

  • Volunteer More. I learn towards a lot of environmental causes, but there are others near and dear to my heart. Election seasons are tugging at me.
  • Travel the World. Not just as a tourist, but be an ambassador/diplomat on an important mission.
  • Invent and Build. Produce innovative things
  • Act in more theatrical shows. Spend time building sets, designing costumes
  • Create fun multi-media content. Work with boyfriend to make movies, comics, stories, video games.
  • Raise a big family. Enjoy the craziness and beauty of life together.

11. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
I love that I care about issues that people struggle with everyday. All the time, many fall into apathy and I’m glad that my pulse is still beating there. I love that I can share joy with others. I love that I can be resourceful and creative! 🙂

Blogs I Nominate


I’m pulling a Sadje, and I’m choosing to make this simple for myself! You can answer a few or all of same questions as above:  🙂
1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
2. Where did you get your name?
3. If you could change your name, what would it be?
4. What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
5. Do you have any weird habits?
6. Do you like fall scents /Tastes?
7. What is your favorite holiday and why?
8. Do you prefer writing it down or typing it up?
9. Netflix or Cable?
10. If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life?
11. What is your favorite thing about yourself?

Have a wonderful day everyone! Here’s to a creative week! 🙂

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. A wonderful post. Congratulations on your very well deserved award nomination, and thank you for the honourable mention. 😉 Keep doing what you’re doing, you’re doing great. 🙂


    1. theresaly520 says:

      I remember first following your tales like it was yesterday. Met a lot of interesting bloggers through your blog, so for that reason, I’m very grateful! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. That’s wonderful, It is really a nice friendly blogosphere isn’t it? Thank you 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Sadje says:

    Loved reading your answers. Great post. Thanks for the appreciation and vote of confidence. Hope you grow and achieve all that your heart desires.


    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you for the nomination! I think my responses to these questions allows my readers to get to know me better! I’m grateful for your well wishes and support! ❤ 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome.


  3. How wonderful! Congratulations! You are doing fantastic and you are building a fantastic community! Keep up the great work!💕

    Liked by 1 person

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Laura! I’m learning so much from the blogging “veterans”. I appreciate the encouragement! ❤ 🙂


  4. iScriblr says:

    Congratulations sweetheart! What a lovely post!❤
    Wish you loads of love, luck and happiness! #godBless

    Thank you so much for including my name on the list – I’m humbled!🙏❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! I know you’ve been very supportive of many bloggers here. We appreciate you very much Richa! Your presence has encouraged me to dive into different things especially with OctPoWriMo. Many hugs! ❤


  5. Chiru says:

    Loved your answers.. Congratulations…!!


    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed them! I wanted to elaborate on my random facts and it was fun to reminisce and write about them! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Chiru says:

        Yes it was interesting to read…. Goo day..!!


    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! Thanks for the follow. It’s nice to meet you 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. daneelyunus says:

        You are most welcome

        Liked by 1 person

  6. MyPoems says:

    Congratulations 👍

    Liked by 1 person

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Oh my goodness! I feel like giving you a big hug. You are responsible for beating my current record on likes in a day today! What a great way to start the new year! I’ll try to write more book reviews in dedication to you! 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      1. MyPoems says:

        wow .. you are so sweet … I love to read book reviews 🙂


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