A few weeks ago, I was very honored to be given the popular Liebster Award from Robin of Bringing Home Europe. Robin’s blog is incredibly inventive and enjoyable; she shares “traditions and tidbits” from her past travels in Europe — from recipes to rituals to decorations and much more. Her blog reminds me of the magical, well-known, nostalgic feeling that comes with traveling: we return home, but we are ever changed and can never completely shake away our experiences abroad. Plus, Robin’s love for Polish pottery won me over as soon as I saw her post about it. I’ve never been to Poland, but I have always had a soft spot for their pottery, and I cherish my few little pieces of it. Simply put, it’s nice to be connected with a mutual Polish pottery enthusiast and fellow blogger across the country. Sometimes it’s the little things, you know?
As you may know, Liebster means “favorite” in German, and the award with this name is just what you would imagine: it’s a way to honor your favorite blogs. I don’t know where or when the Liebster Award started, but from what I hear, it is to be given to 3-5 of one’s favorite bloggers who have fewer than 100* followers. To accept the award, the recipient chooses his or her own Liebsters, writing a post that both names those favorite blogs and mentions the one from which the award came. I’ve already talked about the generous giver of my award, so it’s time to pass it on. Drum roll, please…1.) Life Seeking Beauty. First of all, I adore the name of this blog. I’m a longtime advocate of rescuing beauty from its contemporary, shallow definitions and of recognizing it in its fuller, more sacred, often subtle ways of surfacing. For me, this blog exemplifies an unexpected way beauty can surface, as its author — a true introvert in real life — is so wonderfully open and honest in her writings here. Whether she’s sharing her goals, her frustrations, her faith, or her favorite things, Elizabeth is unguarded and unashamed in her writings. Even those of us who lean toward being extroverts are rarely brave enough to be ourselves so candidly and to share our daily lives with such courage, and surely, beauty.
2.) Emmy Cooks. Emmy is a Seattle mom who started her blog to refresh her love for cooking. She posts a new recipe and photos every single day! I don’t know how she does it, especially with three kids. I am truly impressed not only by the frequency of her blog posts, but also by their content. Her recipes are always varied — from dessert to homemade pasta to vegan dishes — which, in combination with her upbeat writing style, make for an uplifting read. Plus, Emmy makes cooking seem easy and un-intimidating, and she is refreshingly realistic; in her own words, “mostly wholesome, mostly vegetarian, always delicious real food.”
3.) My Sleepy Kitchen. As its author puts it, this is “a blog about a wheat lover’s adventures in gluten free cooking as a tool to overcome Chronic Fatigue”. I am so inspired by Sarah, who was diagnosed with the syndrome in 2011 and, in response, embraced a gluten-free, whole foods diet — and is now on the road to recovery. With beautiful photos, delicious-looking recipes, and poignant posts, Sarah’s blog shares her research with others and offers a creative expression of how she’s taken her health into to her own hands.
4. and 5.) These spots were reserved for two of my favorite blogs, Krug the Thinker and Dining with Dostoevsky, but alas, they have both received the Liebster award already (no surprise there!). With my rather overzealous commenting, I trust they know they are two of my favorites already. So I will just say that if you’re in the mood for the musings and makings of creative intellectuals, you won’t want to miss these blogs!
Many thanks again to Robin from Bringing Home Europe for honoring me with the Liebster Award and for giving me this opportunity to pass it on! And to everyone I named above, I send you my warm wishes, my gratitude for the entertainment and inspiration you’ve given me, and a wholehearted, enthusiastic (and, naturally, sweet) high five!
*I read somewhere that the blog being given the award should have fewer than 100 followers, but I have since seen the number mentioned as 200 and even 300! In any case, this can be a tricky requirement to meet, as many blogs don’t display their quantity of followers. I did the best I could here!