The Liebster Award

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I want to give a HUGE thank you to Lydia for nominating me for this awesome award. I love participating in these, because they are so fun and are a great way to discover new blogs!

~ Rules ~

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you for the award
  • Answer the questions they gave you
  • Give 11 fun facts about yourself
  • Give them 11 questions to answer
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers for the award

~ Questions for Me ~

1- What’s one piece of advice you want to give to bloggers?

Enjoy the experience! Write when you are inspired, and read when you want to; don’t feel pressured or overwhelmed by any of this. Blogging is fun!

2- Pool or beach?

I would have to say pool, because I haven’t had much luck at the beach lately… I have been stung by a jellyfish and almost stepped on a sting ray. Aside from these freak encounters, I can’t stand the feeling of salt in my eyes (ouch)! The pool is definitely my peaceful place.

3- Do you paint your toenails?

No, because it doesn’t even last a week with dance. I paint my fingernails though!

4- What’s your favorite childhood book?

To be honest, I have absolutely no idea. I remember feeling so forced to read in school that I was so happy when I didn’t have a book in my hands… Even though I still have to read a lot in school, I have a deeper appreciation for it now than I did when I was younger.

If you were to write a book, what genre would it be?

I have always thought it would be cool to write an adventure novel.

If you could act in any movie, what character would you like to be?

Katniss in the Hunger Games. I absolutely love the strong character that she portrayed, and I think it would feel amazing to be that role model for young girls everywhere!

Who was your first blog follower?

My first ever blog follower was Jessica.

If you were to dye your hair, what color would you dye it?

I think I would probably do blonde highlights.

What’s your go-to outfit?

T-shirt and printed stretch pants any day.

Bracelets, necklaces, or earrings?

EARRINGS! I am obsessed with earrings…

Where do you see yourself in 11 years?

In 11 years, I (hopefully) see myself dancing as a soloist in a professional ballet company.

~11 Fun Facts About Me~

1: I have had my poetry published in a national poetry competition.

2: I have only met ONE person who has the same name as I do.

3: I have been bitten by a lizard.

4: I am starting my freshman year of college next year at 16 years old.

5: I had been home schooled since 7th grade.

6: I performed in the Moscow City Ballet Nutcracker.

7: I have just recently started reading the Harry Potter series (oof).

8: I am learning to speak French.

9: I have a lot of freckles

10: I love mangos

11: My favorite colors are Purple and Aquamarine

~I Nominate:~

Maddy, Zeta, Mark Anthony, Raf, Bekah, Coastal Twins, Didi, Ria, Brad, Maggie, and Kaycee

~Questions for Nominees~

1: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

2: What is the story behind your blog name?

3: Do you have a summer goal? If so, what is it?

4: What are your top three song obsessions right now?

5: What stresses you out the most throughout the year?

6: What is your dream job?

7: How long have you been blogging?

8: Do you have a t.v series that you just can’t miss?

9: What is your favorite thing to do (other than blog)?

10: What inspired you to begin your blog?

11: Is there a quote that is special to you?


Wow, this is a very long post! Thank you, if you are still there, for reading. I have nominated 11 bloggers, but please feel free to participate if you are interested! I am excited to read your responses, but please don’t feel obligated to participate if you are not willing. This is just a fun award that goes around the blogging community to “discover new blogs”. Have fun, and be sure to post your response in the comments section so that I do not miss anything. Thanks and enjoy! 🙂

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The Versatile Blogger Award

It is an honor to have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by one of my followers, Didi. 🙂

“Rules:

Thank the person / blog that indicated it
Include the blog link that nominated your blog for the prize
Select and nominate another 10 blogs to attend:

And write 10 facts about yourself to the person who nominated you for the Versatile Blog Award. By participating in this contest you must wear my logo above “blue and pink crown at the beginning of the post.

10 Facts About Me

  1. I have snorkeled in the Florida, Keys
  2. I have a severe music obsession
  3. Outside of the studio, I am actually quite clumsy
  4. I have ridden an ATV and ended up pouring mud out of my boots
  5. I have a major sweet tooth
  6. I have been deep sea fishing and know how to bait my own hook
  7. I am in the process of earning my drivers license
  8. I have been dancing since I was 7 years old
  9. Camping is physically and mentally therapeutic for me
  10. I love traveling and being outdoors

I nominate all of my followers/readers who wish to participate! Be sure to paste the link to your post in the comments section so that your responses can be read and recognized. Thanks again to Didi!

Mystery Blogger Award!

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“What is the Mystery Blog Award?

It’s an award dedicated to bloggers out there who are deserving of their undying love and passion for what they blog about. That somehow inspire you and motivate you when you read their blog.”

I am incredibly thankful to have been nominated for this award by one of my lovely followers, May. I love reading her blog, Ballet.to, and I highly encourage you to go check it out! Also, be sure to visit the creator of this awesome award here!

RULES

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 interesting things about me:

1) I love to travel, and by the end of summer I will have been to 20 states.

2) I have been deep sea fishing, but I quickly learned that I get very sea sick.

3) I have been stung by a jellyfish when we were visiting Key West one summer… I was pretty young, so I remember screaming to my mother and telling her “a puffer fish got me”.

I frequently find that many of my followers do not like to be nominated for awards/tags. Therefore, I nominate any of my readers who would like to participate! 🙂 Please feel completely free to attach your post in the comments section so that others can read your post.

5 Questions for me:

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

In 5 years, I hope to be in a professional ballet company. I hope that all of my intense training in this professional trainee program will get me where I really want to be… Dancing full time as a company member.

  • What is your favourite place on earth?

I absolutely LOVE the beach. I visit the beach as often as my schedule will allow, and I enjoy every second of the salty midst, the sand between my toes, and the fresh ocean breeze…

  • Why is your passion your passion?

I have a special connection with ballet… I am not even sure how to describe why it is my  passion, but I just feel like it is what I am meant to do. I feel like it is a part of me, and I couldn’t see myself ever being the same without it.

  • Where (a place) does your heart draw you to?

THE THEATER!! I absolutely love dancing on that stage, and my heart leaps whenever I hear the audience roar. As much as I perform, it never gets old. Every performance brings something new, and I don’t think that I will ever get tired of it.

  • What is the wildest dream you ever dreamed?

Quite honestly, I am not sure!

5 Questions for my participants:

  1. What is the story behind your blog name?
  2. Where is your dream travel destination?
  3. Do you prefer the mountains or the ocean? Why?
  4. Would you rather live in the city with skyscrapers and busy streets or the country-side with corn fields and cattle?
  5. Food choices: Sweet VS. Sour. What would you choose?

My Best Posts:

I have placed a few of my recent top-hit posts below in order of the most views/likes.

1st Place: Standards

2nd Place: Escape

3rd Place: Motivation on Monday!

4th Place: We dance

5th Place: Flash Back Friday

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Thank you so much for reading!!! I hope that this has encouraged you to participate as well, and I am looking forward to reading some of your posts. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 🙂

*Photo credits to my great friend and wonderful editor. (This turned out lovely! Thank you.)

The Snowman Tag

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Christmas is getting closer, and that means holiday themed nominations and tags are going around the blogging community!! This tag, in particular, was created by https://elatedbooks.wordpress.com/ . One of my incredible followers from https://dreamingofguatemala.com/ nominated me, and I will gladly participate!

Rules:

  • Credit (ElatedBooks) with a link
  • Answer all questions
  • Nominate as many people as you want, spread the Christmas cheer!

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Body: How many snowmen have you made? Feel free to share some memories!

I don’t even know! It may sound childish, but I make a snowman with my family whenever there is snow on the ground (big or small). We actually made two just a few days ago! 🙂

Head: What’s your favorite Christmas memory?

I have A LOT of great Christmas memories, but I would have to admit that last weekend was the most snow that I have ever seen in my entire life! I will never forget how incredible it felt to walk outside to over a foot of snow crunching under my feet…

Carrot nose: What’s your favorite vegetable for Christmas dinner/ whatever you eat on this day? 

I love it when my mom makes baked sweet potatoes with marshmallows and cinnamon! It is a family favorite…

Buttons: If you have a Christmas jumper, what does it look like?

Unfortunately, I do not own a Christmas jumper. Sorry!

Stone Smile: What makes you smile the most at winter?

My family and friends bring such great joy to me, and they always make me so happy around the holidays.

Stone eyes: What do you have to watch at Christmas? (This could be a movie, TV show, or even an advert!)

There are so many movies that I watch each year at Christmas time, but Home Alone and The Polar Express are always the first two that I watch. 

Twig arms: Have you ever done any snow angels?

Absolutely!!

Gloves: What’s your tactic in a snowball fight?

I don’t really have one!

Hat: What kind of hat do you have?

I have a hat that my mother knitted for me a few years ago, and it is super warm!

Scarf: What’s your favorite Christmas preparation?

I love decorating the house and putting the ornaments on the tree! I look forward to this every year…

I had a great time participating in this tag, and I am so thankful that Maggie nominated me! I nominate all of my awesome readers to enjoy this special holiday tag (if they wish), and I invite them to place the link to their post in the comments section so that we can read their responses. I hope that you all have fun with this!

The Fall Tag!!!

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I am so pleased to participate in this lovely fall tag that was created by one of my wonderful followers, Maggie! Maggie is a regular visitor on Maysa Rose, and she always places a smile on my face with her sweet comments. I try to stop by her blog, Dreaming of Guatemala, as frequent as my schedule will allow. Be sure to read a few of her posts before you leave!!! https://dreamingofguatemala.com/

The Fall Tag

Rules:

  • Put the tag badge and rules in your post.
  • Answer the 10 fall-related questions.
  • Tag at least 5 other bloggers to join in the fun!

“everyone answers the same 10 questions, then passes it on to all the other fall-loving bloggers they know. xx If you’d like to participate in this tag, comment ‘Tag me!’ down below, and you’re in!

1)What’s your favorite fall outfit?

This question is actually almost impossible for me to answer, because I am not much of a fashionista… To be completely honest, I am in ballet attire 98% of the time that I am out of the house.

2) What is fall weather like where you live?

The weather gets very cool and windy throughout the fall season. I call it the season of “dancing leaves”, because the wind sends the leaves spiraling across the sky.

3) Your favorite drink to have in the fall?

Again, this question is super difficult for me to respond to. Unfortunately, water is almost all that I drink due to the amount of time that I spend in the studio.

4) Does your family have any fall traditions? If so, what are they?

Absolutely! About a week from Halloween, my family hosts a chili cook-off for our neighbors, friends, and family. Everyone discretely brings their chili in their dishes, and everyone votes on their favorite. The winner receives the Chili Champ Trophy and a gift card. After dinner, we all carve our pumpkins and light them up at dusk. I LOVE being a part of this celebration.

5) What are some activities and events you enjoy going to in the fall months?

I love going to the apple orchard with my family, and I also enjoy picking pumpkins near Halloween. Did I mention Homecoming????? 🙂

6) What’s your favorite fall-scented candle?

I don’t really have a favorite fall-scented candle…

7) Tell us about one of your favorite fall memories.

Oh, goodness… I don’t even know!! From homecoming, the chili cook-off, all of the years trick or treating, my baby sister’s first time at the apple orchard, I have a lot of wonderful memories! I can’t even choose one over the rest!

8) What are some fall movies you enjoy watching?

I actually can’t even remember the last time that I had time to sit down to watch a movie, aside from last night. I am sorry for all of my boring responses!!

9) What’s your favorite fall treat?

I am obsessed with candy corn, hot apple cider, pumpkin pie, and caramel apples… I pretty much like every fall treat that you throw at me. 😉

10) If you celebrate Halloween, what is the best costume you’ve worn?

Ooooh, I think that my vampire costume from sixth grade is definitely one of the top costumes that I have worn for Halloween. I have to thank my mom for helping me with that incredible makeup. It was a great year.

I implore every single one of my followers to participate in this awesome activity! I would love to read your posts, so please share your Fall Tag with all of us in the comments section below! Happy Fall everyone!

Blogger Recognition Award!

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I am sending a big thank you to Didi/ Didis Art Design for nominating me for this award!!

Didi is such an incredible artist, writer, and supporter from https://didisvgp.wordpress.com/ If you have not visited my wonderful follower’s blog, please stop reading now and head right over!

The Rule Book:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award.
6. Comment on each blog to let them know you’ve nominated them and a link to the post you created.

*Unfortunately, I do not remember why I FIRST started blogging… 😦

*The best advice that I can give to new bloggers is to just always be aware of the publicity of your blog and always be very cautious about what you post; you never know who may be on the other side of the screen… This isn’t to discourage you, but it is important to always keep this in mind! Lastly, don’t become overly obsessed with the number of followers and likes that you receive. It is true that you will go through a constant cycle of followers, and you may not get a lot of likes on some posts. However, you are initially blogging for YOU! Don’t let the number of likes that you receive dictate what you post about! Enjoy blogging and post about what you want to, whether it is interesting or not! 🙂 Remember to HAVE FUN!!

~The response above was shared from my ‘Is A Blog Right 4 You?’ post that was published on April 4, 2017.

I NOMINATE:

1: Purplerays (spiritual enlightenment and self improvement)

https://purplerays.wordpress.com/

2: Ballet.to (Girl chasing her dreams) 

https://balletmtocom.wordpress.com/

3: The Caged Bird Sings (The song of a heart can never be caged…)

https://thecagedbirdsingsweb.wordpress.com/

4: From An American Girl (traveling through the eyes of an indy girl)

https://fromanamericangirl.wordpress.com/

5: Lamb of Grace (Be merciful and gracious to all)

https://spokenwithtruthblog.wordpress.com/

6: Blooming Ballerina (Let’s Dance Up A Storm)

https://bloomingballerina.wordpress.com/

7: Dreaming of Guatemala (happily trusting the Lord and learning Spanish while I wait.) 

https://dreamingofguatemala.com/

8: My Blessing by Grace                                                            

https://myblessingbygrace.com/blog/

9: Ballet Basics (Tutucool ballet facts,tips,tricks, and more)    

  https://ballet182.wordpress.com/

10: Soul Gatherings (Spiritual Moments in the Human Experience)     

https://soulgatherings.wordpress.com/

11: SKYLARITY (Mindfulness, Spontaneity, and Authenticity)

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12: Atomic Words. (I speak because that’s the only thing I know how to, I write because that’s what I have)

https://sunesiss.wordpress.com/

13: Teresa Creation’s (Living Life To The Fullest!)

https://teresacreationsblog.wordpress.com/

14: Laura Lecce’s art and photography (my colorful view of the world)

https://lauralecce.com/

15: Just that one Girl (teenager trying to find her way)

https://sophieadvice.wordpress.com/

This is just a small portion of the amazing blogs that I follow. 🙂 All of my followers are so talented and special in their very own way, so it was difficult to choose only fifteen… In this case, I nominate all of my readers (listed or not) to enjoy this activity! This is completely optional, so please do not feel like you have to participate, but I would like to give you all a chance to have fun with this. Please put your link in the comments section so that we can all read your responses! Thank you for reading!

Blog Award!!!

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I am pleased to announce that I have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by Ballet Basics on https://ballet182.wordpress.com/

The rules of this award:

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.

3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 11 blogs.

5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.

6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

My 11 questions:

1: When/why did you start blogging?

I actually began this blog in 2013, but I haven’t been actively blogging for that long. I took a break from posting for almost two full years before I came back around mid-2015. To be honest, I don’t really remember why I FIRST started blogging… 

2: What is your favorite thing to do?

Dance!! I love being able to express myself through my movements, and the power/ joy that I feel when I am onstage is not even explainable! It is the most incredible feeling, and nothing else makes me feel the way that I do when I perform.

3: If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?

I have always thought Paris would be an incredible place to visit…

4: Who inspires you?

New York City Ballet’s Ashley Bouder!!!!!!

5: What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is definitely my mother’s homemade chicken and dumpling soup! She is absolutely outstanding at cooking this, and it has always been one of my personal favorites.

6: What is your favorite color?

PURPLE!!! 🙂

7: If you could be anyone for one day who would it be?

I think that it would be cool to step into Sara Lane’s shoes for the day, literally. 😉 I think that it would be pretty amazing to dance as a soloist for the American Ballet Theatre. She is such an inspiring dancer, and I would love to be her for the day.

8: Are you a morning or night person?

I would definitely say that I am a morning person, (once I pull myself up out of bed and resist that snooze button). 

9: Favorite vacation?

Visiting Key West, Florida has to be one of my most favorite vacations!!

10: Most exciting moment in your life?

One of the most exciting moments in my life was the day that I held my baby sister for the very first time…

11: What scares you the most?

I think one of my biggest fears is something bad happening to me or someone I love. I hope that my loved ones continue to be happy and healthy for years to come. 🙂

11 random facts about me

1. I scored High Honors on my American Ballet Theatre exam, 2015

2.  I have two dogs

3. I love going to the beach

4. I placed 8th and scored high gold in Universal Ballet Competition, 2016

5. I use to play the piano

6. I have been home schooled since 7th grade

7. My favorite subject in school is science

8. I performed with the Moscow City Ballet Nutcracker, 2016

9. My favorite season is spring

10. Photography has always been a hobby of mine

11. I have a music obsession…

And now, the moment that everyone has been waiting for… I NOMINATE:

1: https://clumsyandsilly.wordpress.com/

2: https://inspirationalsteve.com/

3: https://adashofjhaee.wordpress.com/

4: https://hitherandyond.wordpress.com/

5: https://untraveledroutes.wordpress.com/

6:  https://bloomingballerina.wordpress.com/

7: https://didisvgp.wordpress.com/

8: https://estersgblog.com/

9: https://maniparna.com/

10: https://amummyfirst.wordpress.com/

11: https://thesnowmeltssomewhere.wordpress.com/

YOUR Questions (if you were one of the 11 ^)

  1. How did you come up with your blog name, and why did you choose it?
  2. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  3. Do you prefer the beach or the mountains? Why?
  4. What is one of your biggest habits?
  5. What is your top goal in life?
  6. Do you have any pets?
  7. What is your dream job?
  8. Would you rather fly or drive, if you were given a long-distance transportation option?
  9. Name two things that you absolutely HATE!
  10. Name two things that you absolutely LOVE!
  11. What is your favorite holiday?

Again, I am super thankful to have been nominated by Ballet Basics! I really enjoyed participating in this fun award, and I cannot wait to read my nominee’s responses. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your day everyone; thanks for reading this very long post!