and the Liebster Award goes to...

i was so thrilled and honored when i received news from sweet chelsea at chelseaMADE that she had nominated me for a liebster award! a liebster award is one that's passed around small blogs to help them gain exposure and meet other new bloggers.


+ Link back to the person who nominated you.
+ Write 11 facts about yourself.
+ Answer the 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
+ Nominate 11 blogs with 200 or less flowers. Notify them. ( You cannot nominate the person who nominated you)
+ Create 11 questions for those bloggers you've nominated to answer.


1. i'm a 19 year old college second-year studying biology and spanish in hopes of one day pursuing a career in optometry. my ultimate dream is to be able to provide eye care in third-world spanish-speaking countries before settling down and opening up my own practice.
2. i just killed a cockroach -- something i never thought i'd have to say. ever. which leads me to number three:
3. i'm currently living in mérida, yucatán (mexico) completing a semester abroad program through my college. i've grown and learned more about myself in these past few months than i have in my whole nineteen years of existence.
4. i'm left handed. left bodied. my right side is practically dysfunctional. 
5. my bucket list includes: eating a macaroon, traveling europe, marrying my best friend, and releasing a giant floaty lantern into the sky.
6. i'm addicted to chapstick.
7. i'm a baton twirler and can juggle fire and swords. i owned my own baton studio in high school and taught lessons for four years.
8. i could not care less about politics. (i also could not understand it less than i do).
9. i'm a horrible liar. the downright worst! i can't even try to lie and try to tell you i'm a good liar. even an innocent (and false, i'm typically guilty of this) "noo, i totally wasn't the one who used up the last of the toliet paper and didn't put on a new roll..." is seen right through. to my defense, i always get yelled at for putting it on "the wrong way," because then it doesn't pull right? so there!
10. bellybuttons freak me out. i can't stand to touch mine/watch other people touch theirs. (girls tugging at their bellybutton rings is the ultimate gag session!)
11. i like to rap. here's a video.


1. What is your favorite coffee /drink?
     lately i've been on a starbucks java chip frappuccino kick. it doesn't get much better than coffee 
     + chocolate chips all in one place. as long as it's got a splash of espresso and a whole lotta milk +
     flavoring + whipped cream, i'll take it!
2. What is your dream job?
     if i could be anything, anything, it would be either a professional dancer on dancing with the stars
     a coffee shop owner, or a tattoo artist. i also have this strange desire burning deep within to be a 
     sandwich artist at subway? i probably shouldn't be a subway lifer, but maybe my day job when 
     i'm on DWTS?
3. Why did you start blogging?
     my roommate freshman year introduced me to the blog of a young married couple from her church
     (it was kelsey & eric at words of williams). i instantly became fascinated by their posts and the blogging
     world, and through them found a few of my other favorites (nat the fat rat, love taza, and the daybook
     to name a few) and was inspired to start my own blog and give writing a shot. (update: i love it! if you
     couldn't have guessed).
4. Favorite craft?
     crafting is a rarity in these parts, but i do like me a good craft every now and then! my favorite was
     a canvas wall-hanging i made for my dorm last summer (my DIY here). i plan to do more when i return
     to the states, and want to take up knitting, too!
5. What is something you would love to learn?
    TO KNIT! i have this bizarre urge to make an infinity scarf? sewing would be beneficial, too. i also 
    want to someday learn sign language, how to take "profesh"-looking photos, and ballroom dancing.
6. Favorite article of clothing?
    my "magic pants", hands-down.
    and magic pants = leggings.
    versatility. comfortability. bam. i'm built for comfort, not for speed.
7. Song that describes your life?
    that depends on the day! come back to me.
8. Favorite book?
    oh i've read so many good books and making choices is not my forte. a few i thoroughly enjoyed:
    hunger games (1 AND 2), twilight (the book, people, the book! not the movie or anything k-patz
    related), perfect chemistry, anything nicholas sparks, or tragically romantic and totally hokey, really. 
    it's questions like these that make me stop and think, what books have i read lately? what books 
    have even i read? can i read? what's my name again? 
9. What is one opportunity you passed that you wish you would of taken advantage of?
    i wish i would have taken more free (to me) college classes in high school and gotten more gen-eds
    out of the way. could i have come up with a more boring, anti-climactic answer? hmm..
10. Favorite card/ board game?
    i'm always down for a round of yahtzee or apples to apples! besides playing phase ten as a kid, 
    i'm learning the hard way that my card game-deprived upbringing left me ill-prepared for this trip
    and life in general. i'm surrounded  by card game rockstars! ugh! go fish, anyone?
11. Where did you meet your best friend?
   my best friends forevz are my mom and two sisters. i suppose i had no choice but to meet them. 
   fortunately they turned out kinda cool! ;) ha! i kid, i kid. they're the three people in my life who have
   always, always stuck by my side, never judged me, never let me down and have loved me 
   unconditionally. i got pretty darn lucky with those guys. er, girls.

well now that you know way more about me than you ever desired, i wanna know about you!

1. what's your gas station go-to snack? 
2. what's that one movie you could watch over and over and never get sick of? 
3. if you could skip work/school/etc. for a day, how would you spend your day off? 
4. if you were the head chef in a restaurant, what would be your "chef's special"?
5. finish this sentence: i wouldn't be caught dead in...
6. what are three things on your bucket list? 
7. what's your best/most unique quality? 
8. do you collect anything? 
9. if you could have coffee with one person (or dinner... or go on a date... or be seeing exclusively... oops this is getting out of hand) who would it be and why? 
10. if you were a fly, on what wall would you perch? 
11. what's your favorite book? 


and now, for a few favorite new blogs of mine

shawnee at The S Diaries 
sheree at The Hartungs
casey at Mein Tagbuch
brooke at Simply Brooke
and you!

feel free to play along and link up your blog in the comments! if you don't have a blog, i'd still love to hear from you, so answer the questions in the comment box below! i'm off to spend today debriefing from my procrastination overload -- has anyone seen oz? what's the verdict? 


  1. thank you so much for the nomination, rachel! i love all of your questions! can't wait to answer them. and your answers are great, too! (i also would love to be a professional dancer/coffee shop owner/tattoo artist combo...and maybe a baker, as well)

    p.s. I saw Oz over the weekend and I really enjoyed it! I say it is definitely worth a watch :)

    1. I'm looking forward to hopping on over to your blog and reading your answers! I hope you have as much fun with this post as I did. I ended up seeing Oz last week and oh.. it was fabulous! I'd love to see it again. Two words: James. Franco.

  2. thank you for this, rachel! you're the cutest! okay, twins on: "i'm built for comfort, not for speed" and "making choices is not my forte" i couldn't have described myself any better. i dream of owning a coffee shop too (as i'm sipping coffee in starbucks at the moment:)! twilight the book is SO good. i reread it all the time. and your questions! the best! i'm on it.. i'll link it up when i'm done. :) xoxo

    1. Shawnee, I can't wait to read your answers! Those are probably my two biggest mottos in life. ;) What other books do you like? I'm having a hard time finding ones that live up to my Twilight standard lately. Also, if we decide to just give up on college I vote we just follow our dreams and open up a coffee shop together? haha I hope you had a great weekend.