What is a Liebster Award, you may ask? It is a way to recognize and discover new bloggers. I want to give a shout out to Sarah at Ditching Your Desk for nominating FIREDup for a Liebster Award recently! From one new blogger to another, it means a lot to know there are others out there who are on a similar journey.
To get to know the Leibster nominees a little more, Ditching Your Desk put together a list of questions for us to answer…
Why did you start your blog?
I’ve gotten more interested in the FIRE/personal finance community in the past couple of years and wanted a way to get more involved in it. Also, I love finance and writing, so it made sense to finally have a space of my own where I could share my family’s journey. It also keeps me accountable to my goals.
What gets you up in the morning?
Coffee!! 🙂 Seriously though, in addition to the thought of breakfast and coffee (I’m always thinking about food), I get excited to spend time with my daughter and husband (and my pug dog).
Describe your perfect day.
My perfect day would involve most (or all) of the following: a good night’s sleep, coffee, delicious food, quality time with my family (and friends), outdoor time/exercise, and some time to read. Bonus points if the day involves an adventure, whether locally (like a visit to the zoo) or on a vacation. If the evening involved a date with my husband and a glass of wine or a cocktail, that’d be pretty great, too.
What have you found to be the best thing about starting a blog?
The personal finance community in general is very positive and welcoming. I feel like a bigger part of it now that I have my own blog. It has also been a great way to get more writing under my belt, which is something I enjoy doing.
What have you found to be the worst thing?
Despite the fact that I created the blog as a creative outlet and not a business venture, I sometimes feel guilty that I don’t spend enough time on it. That kind of takes the fun out of it.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I am late to being a mom and for many years actually didn’t think motherhood was in my life plan. In fact, I was a little scared that I would be one of those moms you read about on the Internet who says she hates being a parent.
I’ve actually found the opposite to be true. I am so crazy about my daughter! I was pretty satisfied with my pre-kid life. But now that I’ve experienced being a mom, I can’t imagine not having her in my life.
Where is the best place you’ve visited?
In the summer of 2013 I went on an epic trip with my best friend, who at the time was in the Air Force and stationed in Germany. I flew to Germany to meet up with her, then we traveled to Istanbul, Turkey and a few different cities in Italy. It was fantastic!
Where do you dream of traveling?
It might be easier to list where I don’t want to travel! I imagine there are more places I’d like to see than I’ll ever get a chance to visit in my lifetime. Australia/New Zealand, an African safari, Thailand, and Bora Bora are just a few fun ideas. There are also many amazing places within the United States to explore. I would like to visit some of the best National Parks when my daughter is a little older.
What is your favorite book?
I enjoy reading. I don’t have a specific favorite book, but I’ve read some good ones this year, including The Bear and the Nightingale, What Alice Forgot, Heartburn, and At Home in the World. They are all very different books but I enjoyed each of them.
What do you want to be in your next life (figuratively speaking)?
I’ve worked long enough in cubicle land to say it would probably not involve staring at beige walls all day while hunched over a computer. Writer? Teacher or professor? Librarian? Financial planner? Personal trainer? Yoga guru? Entrepreneur? Who knows. But in my next life I’d also like to be a wife and mom and daughter and friend.
Who is your favorite musician or band?
The Avett Brothers!
A Few Suggestions…
Go check out Ditching Your Desk if you’re looking for new blogs to follow!
A few other newer blogs I suggest checking out as well:
Lean Fire ATL – LeanfireATL is a GenX early 50’s chick’s blog about the journey to FIRE through spending, saving and investing.
Women Who Money – Women who Money is a collaborative blog created to provide trustworthy personal finance information for women.
Birds of a FIRE – Olivia is a 25 year old FIRE blogger living in New York City.
Financial Pilgrimage – A St. Louis family who is on a journey to pay off nearly $200,000 in debt since 2011.
Readers – any suggestions of other new blogs everyone should check out?