Thanks to Carin of Moose Travelling, I’ve got the Liebster Award. ‘Liebster’ is actually German and means “favorite, lovely, nice, dearest”. It’s not an award in the usual way. It’s more of a challenge cup or chain letter, but in a good way. If you are awarded with it, you have to answer 11 personal questions, asked by the former cup owner. Additionally you have to propose 11 new questions and nominate 10 other bloggers. It’s meant for new bloggers with less than 200 followers on bloglovin.
So I thought it would be fun to answer the questions and nominate some of my favorite bloggers and get to know them better, too. Since the content is too long for one post, I will post the second part on Monday. But first here are the answers to Carin’s lovely questions.
1. What’s your somewhat secret pleasure (or one of them)?
One of my (secret) pleasures is staying in bed as long as possible and just read a book or blog feeds or surf the internet. That’s a thing, we – my boyfriend and I – try to do every weekend, at least every Sunday, when there are no dates. It’s my favorite time of week. With our cats cuddling inbetween our blankets and sleeping on our legs, while we’re reading.
2. What is your favorite quote?
The quote that sounds most with me at the moment is: „Do something today for a better tomorrow.“ That’s the one quote that accompanies me for over two months. It’s the most motivating one I’ve found so far. Because it states exactly what will make the difference. I have to do something today, everyday and may it be a tiny action, it will better my future in a way. If I do nothing, nothing will change or probably not in the way I want it to.
3. What do you eat for breakfast?
I’m not a breakfast person. Most of the time I eat nothing till lunch time. All I need is a cup of coffee, when I get up. But when I can convince myself to eat something, then I like cereals, especially spelt cereals with dried berries and yoghurt. But since I’ve started at my new job, I have a guilty pleasure of buying a chocolate croissant once or twice a week. They are so delicious!
4. What is your favorite recipe?
I have to say: lasagne. Although I’m a pleasure eater and like to eat a lot, that’s the one thing I’ve always come back to. I’m a little Garfield. You know: drink too much coffee, hate Mondays and love lasagne. But if you want to know, the one recipe I like to cook or bake myself the most, that would be the lemon platter cake of my mom. It’s very simple and fast to make, but so delicious; sweet and sour at the same time.
5. What do you like to do but aren’t really good at?
At the moment that’s definitely knitting. A few weeks ago, I started meeting with a group of young creatives in Berlin, where everyone does what he or she likes, but mostly knitting and crocheting. I started knitting because I learned it already in school, but was never good at it. My scarves always had a „waist“ because I knitted too firm or too loose. So when I met this amazing group, I gave it another try. We will see, if I can finish my first well shaped scarf till end of the year.
6. Which song would you liked to be played/performed at your funeral/cremation? (Which of course is still very far away!)
What a question! I had to swallow at first but remembered that I asked myself the same question years ago, when I participated in a school workshop about death. Back then I would have chosen another song, but it would have been a happy one too. Because I don’t think of a funeral as an solely sad event, but a time to remember the dead person and what good he or she had brought into the world. And to celebrate this person and his life. So at the moment I would like to „hear“ „Happy“ from Pharrel Williams at my funeral. Because that’s what I am at the moment. And this song kicks my mood even more every time I hear it.
7. What’s you number one on your bucket list?
Honestly, I don’t know. My bucket list is long, say alone for Berlin, and I’ve already experienced and did so much on my bucket list. But I don’t have the number one thing, that I have to do. But if you are interested in my bucket list, here are three that at least more important than some others: travel New Zealand, make a bike trip through Europe and write and publish a book.
8. What is you favorite blog and why?
That’s a really hard question. Because there are so many, many creative, inspirational blogs out there… at the moment I would say Elise Blaha-Cripe’s blog. I treasure her well written, thoughtful posts, her creative ideas and her happy and meaningful photos. It’s a mystery to me, how she has a beautiful, content filled post up almost everyday. I like to read her stories about little Ellerie and her home and business stories. She’s a real inspiration and ideal to me.
9. On what do you waste time?
Mostly on Pinterest and Online shops like Etsy or Dawanda, looking for inspirational products and projects. I try to minimize the time wasting, and I’ve become better. But it’s still one of my favorite things to waste time.
10. What is your favorite picture and why? (show & tell)
First I thought this was a hard question too, because there are so many beautiful pictures I adore. But when I started going through some of my favorite pictures in my mind, I got stuck on one very fast. It shows my boyfriend and me with my godchild, a moment after I was asked, if I would like to become her godmother. I was so overwhelmed, so happy. This was one of the happiest moments in my life and it shows on the big smile on my face.
11. What is the most beautiful or nicest thing you’ve ever made yourself?
I think, that’s the wedding paper I designed for my best friend and her husband. I put months of work into it and that showed at the end. I collected stories and letters of friends and family about the happy couple. And it was amazing, how many shared wonderful, emotional stories about the two. Many wedding guests told me, that it was the perfect wedding paper they’ve ever seen and that it looked like a professional magazine. My best friend and her husband shed some tears reading it. It was the perfect gift.