Southern Belle in Training

Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle Blog || Est. 2012 || Virginia Beach, VA

May 17, 2013

Liebster Award.

     Sweet blogger Jessica from Forever Convinced just awarded me with the Liebster Award! I have copied and pasted the description from Jessica's blog on what the Liebster award is ((Because I am too lazy to paraphrase and write it all in my own words ;-))

      "The word "Liebster" is German for the word "sweetheart" or "dearest. This originated from a German blogger and I can't remember now when exactly the first one was posted, but it was for up-and-coming bloggers with less than 3,000 followers. Basically it is NOT an award that is given by judges and a panel of experts on the subject of blogging, rather it is an award from blogging peers who consider you worth giving an award to for your blogger personality. It is now for bloggers with less than 200 followers who have potential. The main point and why I am so excited about it, is that it is an award to share love and build community with other bloggers."

     I feel like I may have been awarded this or a similar award once on my old blog, but this is my first award with this blog, so thank-you Jessica! :-) The way that the Liebster award works is that I am supposed to answer the 11 questions that Jessica created for us, and then I list 11 fun facts about myself (So this post will take the place of my usual Fun Fact Friday post). Lastly, I create 11 questions for the 5-11 bloggers that I tag! 

Jessica's questions:

1) When did you first start blogging and why did you decide to become a blogger? I started blogging in January 2011 on my old blog, Confessions of a Maine Teenager. I decided to start a blog after reading my real-life friend Katie's blog. Katie and I met when we were both homeschooled, I was seven and she was eight, and she's one of my oldest friends! Anyways, I loved reading her posts and it seemed like a great creative outlet. I started my blog was right in the middle of my junior year of high school, which was one of my worst years. I had mild depression during the first semester, and had lost my best friend due to a bad falling out. My other friends weren't too great that year either. Blogging was a safe outlet for me to express my feelings about high school. It also became a wonderful way for me to grow in my faith as I "met" so many bloggers who were passionate Christians! There wasn't really a Christian population at all in my high school so my faith was lacking my junior year. Blogger Emily from Practically Pink was truly an inspiration to me and one of the first friends I made through blogging! Sorry about the super long response. :-)
2) What is something awesome Jesus has done in your life lately? Well, my prayers were answered about getting into the school that I'm transferring to, and with a bigger scholarship than I was hoping for! But I think the biggest thing is that the Lord has been really placing on my heart lately the importance of purity and waiting for the right guy. My dating views are changing and becoming more conservative then what they used to be. Patience is the word that He keeps stressing in my life. Hopefully I can write more posts on this soon!
3) How would you describe yourself in 6 words or less? Oh gosh I hate doing stuff like this! Make me feel like I'm tooting my own horn too much haha. But here goes! Funny (or attempts to be funny), Cute, Thoughtful, Loyal, Peppy and Preppy. 
4) What is something you have never done that you have always wanted to do? I would love to stand in two, three or even four states at once. I should add that to my bucket list!
5) If you could go to any concert you wanted for free, which one would you go to and why? I would love to see Britney Spears in concert, but only if she did a show of her older music from the early 2000s. I'm not as crazy about her newer music.
6) Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Hopefully working in mainstream radio somewhere in the South! I would also loooovvveeee to have a wonderful man in my life at that point, but if not then I hope to be even more in love with Jesus- may sound corny but it's true!
7) What is your favorite place to shop at and why? Gahhh why Jessica must you ask me this?! :-P This is so hard to answer! I have a whole page on this blog where I list my favorite stores and the places where I buy most of the outfits featured in my fashion posts. But if I had to pick one store then probably  Dillard's. My favorite department store hands down! I am obsessed with their shoe department, and they sell most of my favorite make-up brands. I also love so many of the clothes and jewelry at Dillard's. And they have a large Vera Bradley selection in every store! It's a good thing that we don't have them in Maine or I'd spend all of the earnings from my summer job there.
8) If you could only eat one specific type of food (Mexican, Chinese, American, etc) for the rest of your life, what would you eat? INDIAN FOOD. I love it so much that capital letters are required. If you have never eaten Indian food before then drop what you're doing and go to the nearest Indian restaurant now! I love anything with coconut and anything spicy, and these are two things that are used a lot in Indian cuisine. Fun fact: this is one of the only types of cuisine where I like the vegetarian dishes as much as the meat ones!
9)If you could hold on to just one memory from your life forever, what would that be? I'm honestly not sure! I've had some wonderful moments in my life so far, but I feel like the best is still yet to come. I am only 18. I feel like if I get married in the future then my wedding day would be a great memory!
10) Which TV show's world would you want to live? 7th Heaven- hands down! Best show ever. How I would love to call the quinessential 90s TV show town of Glenoak, California my home. *sigh*
11) What are three things you look for in a future spouse? 

   1.  I would definitely prefer to marry someone with the same religious views. I might differ from some other Christian girls in this, but I would not object to being in a serious relationship someday with someone who wasn't a Christian, as long as they had morals and were respectful of my beliefs. Don't mistunderstand me though and think that I'm seeking out just anybody and everybody, because that's not the case. As of now I'm waiting to meet a Christian guy before getting into a dating relationship, but what I'm trying to say in vague terms is that I'm not sure I will always say that they have to be a Christian depending on the person and the circumstance. However, my deal breaker in any relationship would be if they didn't respect my convictions. I am committed to purity before marriage and any guys I date will have to respect that, or they're out!
   2. Humor! My future husband will have to make me laugh, and also hopefully laugh at my attempts at jokes! I think that humor is such a wonderful thing, and I couldn't see myself in a long term relationship where that didn't exist.
   3. Looks aren't the most important thing... but I don't really want to marry someone that I'm not attracted to either! I don't really have a "type" because I believe that it's what's on the inside that counts, but hopefully my guy won't be too bad on the eyes. ;-) 

11 Fun Facts about me:

1) I love taking baths and hate showers. One of my least favorite things about college is that I don't have access to a bathtub. 
2) Speaking of showers, I never sing in the shower. Or the bath. 
3) But I do sing in the car! I actually hate driving in silence. I always have to have some sort of music on. Even hearing a commerical is better than silence.
4) I've been on only two dates in my life. Neither was with the right person. The first date was near the end of high school and I realized within the first five minutes that I could never think of the guy as more than a friend. The second date took place during my first semester of college. A guy I liked took me to Waffle House. Fellow Southerners should know right away from that why things never worked out. ;-) For those of you from the North that don't know what Waffle House is, think a very ghetto and sketchy version of Denny's... you get the picture? Haha. Where we went on our one date actually isn't why things worked out, it turned out to be a distance thing (I think). But I'll just keep things short and blame it on the Waffle House!
5) I've never been kissed. The Waffle House guy from fun fact #4 really wanted to kiss me, but I wouldn't let him. I want my first kiss to be with my first boyfriend, not just some guy who shows me a little bit of attention before leaving my life. 
6) I've come to learn that if I'm in a bad mood, a never fail method of cheering myself up is by watching That 70s Show. Not the most "clean" show, but the characters remind me of people from my high school and many of the episodes have made me laugh until I've cried!
7) I don't have an exact moment of when I became a Christian or came to know Christ, but a defining moment was a youth retreat that I went on in 7th grade with my old church. We spent the weekend at a camp in New Hampshire. The subject of the retreat was the persecuted church around the world. For the first time I remember considering how lucky I was to be able to attend church when so many people around the world didn't have that luxury. 
8) The timing of that youth retreat I went on was also was important because a lot of stuff was happening in my family at the time and my parents were separated. I don't like to talk about this time very often, and the only person that ever trusted with it was my former high school best friend who I had a bad falling out with during junior year of high school. That's all I'll say about this on my blog. 
9) Since this is number 9, I think this would be a fitting time to address the fact that I'm literally obsessed with 90s pop music. Old Britney Spears, boybands, one hit wonders... all of it! I know that I've blogged about it before but it's really one of the defining things that makes me who I am. My dream would be to someday work at a radio station that played 90s and early 2000s hits 24/7. If there's a song that you like from this time that no one else remembers, chances are it's in my iTunes library!
10) I want to honeymoon someday in Asia, preferably Thailand. I've fallen in love with the beautiful country after seeing it on The Bachelor and Bachelorette!
11) I'm a very messy person, but I try and keep my Lucy (my name for my car) as clean as possible. I joke that my car and my closet are the only organized areas of my life. I hope to become a neater person in the future!

Now my questions for the ladies that I'm tagging!

1) Why did you start blogging, and who are a few of the bloggers that influence you?
2) What is your faith?
3) What is your most memorable birthday?
4) Do you enjoy cooking or baking, and if so, what are your favorited dishes or treats to make?
5) What are your favorite TV shows?
6) What's one of your funniest memories?
7) What piercings do you have?
8) Are you a morning person or night person?
9) What do you hope to do for a career someday?
10) Do you want to meet any bloggers in person someday?
11) What are your thoughts on love (as well as dating, marriage, etc)?

And I choose to tag:

*mQs from The Shore Life According to M
*Katelyn from Southern Samplings
*Taylor from The Pre-Vet Prep
*Ali from Yours Truly, Ali
*Stephanie from Steph Said What?

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. Hi, I just found your blog from Jessica's nomination. And Woah! You posted back to that Liebster award fast. I didn't expect to see your response yet, but I loved reading it! Brit was my jam and still sometimes is ha! But Christina and Justin were my favorites (0:
    Love and blessings,

  2. Indian Butter Chicken, batsmati rice and naan bread is one of my favourites. Unfortunately I'm the only one in my family who agrees so it's an extra special treat when I get to eat it!

  3. Hey. Found you thru Sweetness itself. :D

    Looking forward to reading more of your blog. would love for you to come check me out and follow me if you wish.

  4. I love #5. I wish I had done that. But sadly I didnt.

  5. I just posted!! And, I'm getting you on my sidebar ASAP!! My blog designer is adding the gadget soon!! :) thank you so much for tagging me! I LOVE your sweet blog!! :)

  6. Okay, I have a million responses to this post, so ill try to make it quick. Haha. First of all, I loved reading ALL of it. What stuck out to me in the beginning was where you described your high school experience--it sounded so incredibly similar to mine. I too became depressed my junior year and had a falling out with one of my closest friends. Crazy! . I have always wanted to stand in a few states at once!! The Lord has also put on my heart lately the importance of patience in waiting for a Godly man (look for some upcoming posts on that this week.)I totally agree with you on sense of humor, my future man has to some a lot of that! ;). lastly, I absolutely love 90s music too!!! B spears, n sync, backstreet boys, you name it girl! I loved that part. Anyways, thanks so much for responding to my questions, I was thrilled to nominate you! It has been such a blessing getting to know you and becoming friends! Looking forward to all God has in store!
    Xo Jess


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