The Liebster Award

I am so excited to be writing this as I was, once again, nominated for the Liebster Award. When I was previously Blogs for Days, I was also nominated and I was super proud! This time, I was nominated by Lisa so make sure you go check out her blog and leave some love.

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So, for this award, the person nominating you asks you 11 questions and you answer them, nominate 11 bloggers, and create 11 new questions for them to answer on their blogs! Here are the questions that Lisa asked me.

1. What inspired you to start a blog?

My blog started as an outlet for my anxiety and depression. I have struggled with this for as long as I can remember and it took me up until two years ago, when I started my first blog, to realize that I needed help. I got on some medicine and I created Blogs for Days. After awhile, I decided to change to Life of Kimberly as I felt it fit me better and I love when blog names include the names of the bloggers. Initially, I had no idea there was such a large community of bloggers but I quickly discovered them on Twitter and kept engaging and meeting new people until I got to the point where I felt super comfortable in the blogging world. I feel so welcome and part of the community now. ?

2. What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is from Harry Potter and it is said by Albus Dumbledore: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” This has been a quote that has stuck with me throughout the years. I have had many dark times in my life where I felt there was no “light” at the end of the tunnel. This is something that puts my mind into the proper state and helps me stay in the positive mindset that I have focused in on for the past few years.

3. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what song would it be and why?

In Between by Beartooth, no question. This is my favorite song and I actually have lyrics from it tattooed on my back. This song is really just something that helps with my mental health overall. Specifically, when my mom passed away this past September, I was broken. I had come to the point where I was not sure what meaning I had left in life. I still struggle daily but I got my tattoo because I needed to force myself into who I was before. She would have never wanted me to be in this state and I need to be happy for her. In the song, it says, “It’s easy to lose yourself, I know,” and that has stuck with me since the first time I hear the song.

4. What type of blog posts do you enjoy reading? (lifestyle, beauty, etc.)

I love to read all types but lifestyle, beauty, and college-related posts are generally the ones that I gravitate towards as they are what my niche is as well. I have a special place in my heart for beauty and college posts as they are what basically got me started in the blogging world. I have huge Pinterest boards for both of those areas!

5. What are your top 5 favorite films?

This is so hard! I have so many films that I love. If I had to choose just five…
#1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
#2 Alice in Wonderland
#3 Nightmare on Elm Street
#4 Freddy vs. Jason
#5 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

6. What is your favorite season, and why?

Hands down, my favorite season is fall. I love the weather, the holidays, and just the general atmosphere during that time. Plus, that weather is what the majority of my clothing is made for so I definitely get to look a lot cuter when it is the fall, windy, and cool weather. I also just love the colors, all the beautiful reds, yellows, and oranges just speak to me.

7. If you could go back in time, where would you go?

If I could go back in time, I would go back to the birthday trip to Florida I had with my mom. She was so excited for that trip and she planned it just for us after my original plans had fallen through. She was one of the most selfless and amazing human beings I have ever known. Losing her has been the single most difficult experience I have ever had to deal with and I miss her every single day. I would go back to tell her all the things I wish I got to say before she passed, even though I knew she knew them. I would tell her how much I love her, I would hug her for as long as possible, and I would be able to hear her tell me, “I love you, baby girl,” one last time.

8. What is your biggest achievement so far?

I believe my biggest achievement in life so far is staying in college. I graduate in December and I could not be more proud of myself. There were days when I just wanted to throw the towel in and these last four years have felt like they would never come to an end. I cannot believe that I will have a bachelor’s degree in December. I have worked so hard for this accomplishment.

9. What is your biggest pet peeve?

I think my biggest pet peeve is probably just rudeness. It seems so simple but I try really hard to be happy and positive all the time and when someone is rude for absolutely no reason at all, or even if they have a reason, I just find it extremely intolerable. I understand being annoyed or upset but that should never transfer into how you treat a person. You could be the difference to any person you encounter and you never want that to be a negative experience.

10. What is the number 1 thing on your bucket list?

The number one thing on my bucket list is probably to move to a big city and make a life for myself. It seems like something that’s not over the top but I have lived in small towns my entire life where there’s not much to do and going on trips to big cities always make me so happy. I would love to live some place where I could literally walk anywhere and get where I need to go and I can just get work done in a little coffee shop around the corner. That kind of living has always been something I have strived for.

11. What is one thing you have learned since you started blogging?

I think the one thing that I have learned is to make content for you as well as your readers. Writing a blog generally is targeted at reaching a specific audience and, although you still want to do that, readers are not going to keep coming back if you are just writing for views/engagement. You need to write about things you love, things that have to do with you as a person. From my experience, these are the types of blogs that have the most success.

Now here are my 11 questions for the bloggers that I will be nominating.

  1. What is your favorite type of blog post to read?
  2. Do you have any special talents that no one really knows about?
  3. If you could brag on yourself about one thing, what would it be?
  4. What is your favorite kind of animal and why?
  5. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  6. What is your favorite part about the blogging community?
  7. What are your blogging goals for the rest of this year?
  8. What are your all-time favorite skincare products?
  9. Do you have a favorite band? If so, who are they and why are they your favorite? If not, why not?
  10. What are three things that you say all the time in real life?
  11. Do you believe in love at first sight? Why or why not?

Finally, these are the lovely people that I am nominating for the Liebster Award.

  1. Jacqueline at Jackie O My
  2. Stephanie at Steph & Home
  3. Indya at The Small Adventurer
  4. Briana at MySpiritedLifestyle
  5. Kasey at Adventures in Adulting
  6. Kami at Life with Kami
  7. Shaz at The Shaz Diaries
  8. Lay at Lay Summers
  9. Joyce at The Joyce Collective
  10. Cassidy at Cassidy’s Adventures
  11. Steph at Unwind with Steph

Congrats, guys! Don’t forget to tag me in your posts on social media so I can leave some love. ❤️

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The Fun Questions Tag

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Since it’s been awhile without me really sharing things about myself, I figured I’d do the fun questions tag and allow you guys to get to know me a little better. I’m not tagging anyone so feel free to do this on your own blog and maybe we can do a link up? 😉

1) When is your birthday? (You don’t have to include the year if you don’t want to.)

May 23rd!

2) What are 3 of your favorite colors?

Chartreuse, purple, and turquoise.

3) What are your 3 favorites quotes?

I don’t know that I have favorite quotes because I love so many but here are some that appeal to me!
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. – Marilyn Monroe
We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy. – Albus Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling)
In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take. – Unknown

4) Are you addicted to YouTube?

I mean… define “addicted”…?

5) What are 3 of your favorite shows on TV or YouTube or both?

My Mad Fat Diary
American Horror Story
Gossip Girl

6) What are 3 qualities you like in a best friend?

Kind, funny, and loyal!

7) Do you like your name?

I don’t mind it? I was kind of given it at birth, ya know.

8) If you have the choice to pick your own name, what will it be?

Hmm.. I’m not really sure I’ve thought about this. Maybe Dahlia or Aurora? Something boho-y and natural.

9) What is your fantasy dream?

To be a witch at Ilvermorny. ?

10) Do you wear makeup?

Yes, pretty much daily.

11) If you could write a book, what would the title be and what would it be about?

Probably something supernatural or magic related. Maybe… “I’m a Witch?” because my life is constantly a series of questionable occurrences and acts.

12) What makes you cry?

Any pain to animals or people I love (or myself), sad movies, sad books, sad ANYTHING… I’m an emotional rollercoaster.

13) What makes you angry?

Ignorance, purposeful stupidity, being rude, being prejudice, etc. The usual for most decent human beings.

14) What makes you happy?

Animals, Harry Potter, music, my family, my friends, my boyfriend, Asian food, chocolate… I could go on.

15) What is “Fangirling?”

When one obsesses over something, normally a TV show or book series, to the point of almost total consumption.

16) What are your 3 favorites snacks?

Chocolate, fruit, and bread.

17) What are your 3 favorite foods?

Asian food, chicken, and Mexican food.

18) What are your 3 favorite drinks?

Ice cold water, coffee, and hot tea.

19) Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Well, my name is Kimberly. I am twenty-one years old and I’m a senior in college. I am studying to be a special education teacher, preferably at the elementary level. I live in Kentucky and work at Sonic Drive-In. I am in a relationship and we have two cats and his bird (who is older than him!).

20) What are 10 random facts about you?

1. I’m weirdly obsessed with playing Township.
2. Cats are my favorite animals but I love all animals.
3. I really want my apartment to be Pinterest-worthy.
4. I am going to Ireland this May!
5. I am getting a new puppy soon (pictures and a full post coming!).
6. I am a member of the Epsilon Omicron chapter of Alpha Delta Pi.
7. I’ve never learned to play an instrument.
8. I currently have four books I am in the middle of reading.
9. I am a heart patient.
10. I want to have five children (but my nieces and nephews are slowly making that number dwindle).

21) What are your 3 fun things to do?

1. Play video games.
2. Do makeup, play with makeup, have… makeup.
3. Play with cats.

I hope you guys learned a little more about me and had fun doing it. I try to be somewhat comical in these posts but y’all know I’m just a cheesy little nerd. Love you guys!

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Blogger Spotlight | Alex at “Me So Hapa”

For my next blogger to featured in my Blogger Spotlight series, we have an amazing lady that likes to represent and embrace her culture as well as advocate for those who are similar to herself! I am featuring Alex from “Me So Hapa“. I recently became friends with this blogger through Twitter and she’s been a complete sweetheart from the start. I love her blog – especially how she features another hapa, like herself, in a segment called “Hapa Hour” every week! Now, onto the interview!

 

1. What do you think the biggest misconception is regarding “hapas”?
Oh man, there are several that come to mind. One being we are this “exotic” species. It drives me crazy. I am continually being asked, “what are you?” My response has literally become “I am human.” Another big misconception is how people are continually trying to put us into a “box”. For example, because I am half Japanese, I, therefore, am considered full Asian. Never mind the other half of me, that’s completely irrelevant due to the fact that as American’s we only see the “ethnic” side of someone rather than the “white”. However, it’s  hilarious because I am continually being told I am not Asian enough.
All these misconceptions are why I am producing a multicultural cabaret at The Triad in NYC (Click the link to check it out!), September 12th. I want to tear down the stereotypes, show the world that we Hapas are human and the bridge between cultures, ethnicities, and creeds. We are human.

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2. What is your favorite food dish, why, and what does it include in it?
OMG, I love food and having to pick one dish sucks! Haha. Well, since I have to pick one, I’m gonna go with my maternal Grandmama’s Sweet Sour Cabbage with Marrow Bones, Short Ribs and Flanken in Tomato Sauce. This dish has been in my family for generations all the way back to Romania and France.

 

3. Are there cultures other than your own that you want to learn about? If so, which ones and why?
I want to learn about every culture! I think it’s absolutely fascinating how we are all so similar! Being a half Japanese, French, Russian, Romanian Jew I’ve really only explored the Jewish and Japanese side. I’m really excited to being going back to Paris with my family. I can’t wait to explore Parisian Culture. I feel like the last time I was there it was just all about hitting as many museums as possible.
I LOVE to travel! I’ve always been interested in Egyptian culture. I hope to visit Egypt one day. I also want to explore Asia! So much good food to eat!
I basically want to travel so that I can eat foods from different cultures.

 

4. What made you decide to start a blog based on your ethnicity?
I’ve never really felt like I belonged. When I moved to NYC I met so many other Hapas who felt the exact same way. I thought why not start something where I can bring people together that have always felt like an outsider. Hapas are a minority within a minority. Also, I love food! Hapas have a unique approach to food. I thought this could be a really cool blog. Oh, and each week I feature a Hapa and we talk about food and difficulties being multicultural in the entertainment industry. Like I said before, Hapas are continually being told they aren’t “white”, “black”, “Asian” etc. enough. With the lack of diversity on stage and screen, I wanted to voice these problems. Change begins with me.

 

5. If you could give one piece of advice to someone struggling to “live life”, what would it be?
Stop worrying so much about what other people think of you. Seriously, it will make your life soooo much easier and less stressful. Find what you are passionate about. Stop being scared of failure, that isn’t actually a thing… That is a state of mind. Surround yourself with good, positive people. Eat yummy food. Dye your hair that crazy color you’ve always wanted to try. Live your life to its fullest capacity and fill it with love! You and you alone have the power to change your life for the better! I feel it is our duty to leave this planet a better place. And remember to breathe!

 

Visit Alex’s blog by clicking the banner below. Be sure to also follow her on all her social media!
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Blogger Spotlight | Stew at “The Guy With The Owl Tattoo”

Praising bloggers for their amazing work is something that I think isn’t done enough in our community. We are always quick to promote our own blogs and try to get all the comments and views we can but sometimes we can forget that all our other blogger friends have the same goals and ambitions, even if they’re in different forms! That is why I started the Blogger Spotlight. I began this series on Blogs for Days and I want to continue it on Life of Kimberly.

The first blogger to be featured on LOK is Stew from “The Guy With The Owl Tattoo“. He is a blogger that has supported me from day one and we always keep in contact on Twitter. He’s a great guy with an awesome blog! I love that he posts as if he’s just communicating with his friends. I feel like I really know him when I read his blog and that’s amazing blog quality, in my opinion. So, without further ado, here’s my interview with Stew!

1. What made you go from being a podcaster to blogging?
I was in the middle of moving house and I really couldn’t dedicate enough time to the podcast I was currently on, I still have a Podcast Network that I am involved in and run but decided to give blogging a go as another avenue to still voice my opinions on bits and pieces. I will be going back to podcasting over the coming months but it will be something a bit different to the comic/geek style one I was on before.

2. How many tattoos do you have and do they have any meanings?

I have lost count of how many tattoos I have now, I have one completed sleeve (bar a few touch up’s) which is just full of things I like and think look cool, I have an incomplete sleeve on the other arm which is bird themed, (its how I came up with the name for my blog as well) which I am trying to finish by the end of this year if I can. I have a few others dotted about on my legs and chest. Most of them don’t really have any meaning, apart from one of two of them, I have a tattoo of my parrot which I really like, and one of a tooth that I have so much trouble with I had to get it removed after spending a small fortune trying to save it. I also have a quote from Shawshank Redemption which is one of m favorite Books/Films, I have “Get busy living or get busy dying” which I think is quite cool.

3. What is your favorite movie genre and movies within it?

I love all movies, it’s really hard to pick a specific genre as its all about what mood I’m in when I pick a movie to watch. I was born in the 80’s so I am very fond of the movies from that sort of era with Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Back to the Future films being some of my all-time favorites that I can just watch over and over again. That being said I watch all the new stuff that comes out when I get a chance and you can not beat sticking on a Disney film every now and the as well!

4. Have you ever played in a band with your drumming skills? 

When I was younger I played a couple of Pop Punk bands at School, but since then all I really haven’t been involved with another band fully, Now I like to do is Jam with some friends of just sit in my drum room and play along to some of my favorite songs. I’m sure my neighbors love me.

5. What is one piece of advice you’d give to a new blogger?

Just do you! Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, we all start somewhere and come from different backgrounds so everyone’s audience/readership is different. There is no right why to blog so do what you like when you like, just enjoy it! The blogging community is nice, bunch of people for the most part so interact and you will make some friends in no time.

Visit Stew’s blog by clicking the banner below. Be sure to also follow him on Twitter and Instagram!
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