Liebster Awards + Random Musings

Good afternoon! I don’t know about you, but northeastern weather has been awful this past week. Lots of cold and rain. I visited a suburb of Cleveland a few days ago and it stormed and flooded endlessly. Pittsburgh wasn’t much different. I thought it was spring? Hope you’re having better luck!

What else has been going on lately…That you should know:

1.) I made Pecan Butter from Scratch. It was FABULOUS. Probably doing this for every nut now. Pretty easy, too, just takes some patience. I used this C + K post for directions.


2.) I’ve started my bib wall! Ok, so when I move it will be transferred. But I like the idea of it. These are the only races I’ve ever run: 3 5Ks and 2 half marathons. I need that 10K in there for balance!

3.) I’m newly addicted to Mad Men and just recently binge watched the entire series. OK, so it took me about 4 months to crank out all the episodes. But now I’m on Season 7 and can’t wait to see what 1969 holds for Don Draper. Ooooo I can’t wait.


All right. Moving on to the super important stuff.

I’m finally getting to post my response from a Liebster Award for which I was nominated. Chrissy at Pink Polish and Running Shoes so generously chose me and is such a sweetheart. Please check out her baking, fitness and blogging adventures. Thanks girl!

For those of you who aren’t aware of this award for newbie bloggers, here’s some info:

The Liebster Award is an online award by bloggers for bloggers. It helps to generate attention for new and upcoming bloggers, generally those with 200 followers or less.


The Liebster Award Rules

1.) You must link back to the person who nominated you

2.) You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you

3.) You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award (with a small following)

4.) You must create 10 questions for your nominees

5.) You must go to their blogs and notify the nominees

Here are some questions I answered from Chrissy so ya’ll know a bit more about me. Interrviewww time.


Me, pretending to be as cool as my fedora in NYC last summer.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Mmm, you can’t go wrong with anything peanut butter and chocolate. Or coffee-flavored. I usually stick to one of those or a combo.

What would you consider your guilty pleasure?

Probably most of the EDM music I run and work out to. I wouldn’t normally jam to Tiesto, Hardwell or Dada Life when I’m hanging out designing… my music taste can be pretty calm (i.e. Daughter, Snow Patrol and the xx). I also hate the stigma that comes with liking electronic music. Like… I’m not a crazy clubber or anything, but I can still enjoy it during a run, right?

What is your biggest blogging challenge?

I found it hard to stay on top of the new trends, honestly. I always feel like I’m behind, I mean I just started cooking with coconut oil this year. And keeping up with other bloggers is tough. I’m not trying to be huge, I like blogging for me and document what’s happening at this point in my life. But I do find it time-consuming to constantly read, contemplate and comment on other bloggers’ posts. Not sure how I can do that with a full-time job!

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Definitely running 2 half marathons. The fact that I completed both of them in well under 2 hours was great, especially for a new long-distance runner!

Do you prefer cardio or strength training?

I prefer running and power yoga, but I also love a good strength sesh. It’s probably 70/30 for my routine.

What is your favorite go-to healthy snack?

A power-packed and sweet green smoothie makes me so happy. My go-to is kale, banana, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, chocolate protein powder, a dash of almond butter and spirulina!

Why did you start blogging?

I’ve been blogging for about 3 years now, but I’ve moved from blog to blog. Live Run Coffee is only about 3 months old!

What is your favorite TV show?

Right now, I’m on a Mad Men kick. Finally caught up to season 7! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for all the characters. I’m warming up to Sally as of late.

What is your dream job?

It’s always changing! Right now, all I’ll say is that I dream of working for a company with an established brand that I truly believe in. I also dream of working with people who are as ambitious and passionate about publishing as I am. That’s all I want.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.” This is only one of my favorites, but I love the idea of perception and distortion. Experiences shape us, and hearing other people talk about what they’ve seen and learned really interests me. I like getting to know new people and hear their stories!


This is one particular story that I love to tell: I visited the Woodstock site last August and it was incredible. I pretended I was one in 400,000 in this shot. How amazing would it have been to be a part of that history?

My nominees:

1.) Megan @ A Slice of Avocado

2.) Soleful Runner

3.) Kenzie @ Strong Like My Coffee

4.) Ashley @ Musings and Oats

5.) Lish @ Jump Eat Run

Congratulations, ladies! If you’re not a small or new blog, I’m sorry about that. I’m still jumping into this community.

My 10 Questions:

You’re alone on a desert island for a year and can only drink 1 thing besides water. Go.

Car-a-mel or Carmal?

What is one fitness goal you’d like to complete within the next 6 months?

What are a few of your blogging strengths?

Do you consider yourself motivated?

Name your favorite dessert to bake.

What’s your favorite magazine or publication?

Name one fruit or vegetable that absolutely repulses you.

What city (domestic or internationally) would you like to visit next?

Do you think that the idea of healthy living makes some people panic?

Yay! Can’t wait to read the responses.

Do you watch Mad Men? Have you made anything interesting from scratch lately? What are you doing this coming week?

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6 thoughts on “Liebster Awards + Random Musings

  1. I love that quote!! It’s really true, even from day to day. If I’m in a pissy mood, I see everything in a darker light. When things are going well for me, everything comes up roses. I think that our perspective about ourselves truly alters how we see things in the world.

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