Liebster Award

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I was recently nominated by Alyssa from The Wise Willow blog for the Liebster award! I am thrilled to accept this award. Thank you, Alyssa!

The Goal of the Liebster Award is to help others discover new blogs!

Here are the questions Alyssa posed, and my answers:

1 // Name three things in nature that you find most beautiful and why!

My first is always the sky. I love sunsets, sunrises, clouds, snow, rain, and always sunshine! The sky is ever changing and especially living in Colorado, the sunsets over the mountains are always pristine. Next, I love bodies of water like the ocean and lakes, as well as mountains. I love being outside and appreciating the wilderness around me.

2 // What are your top five favorite foods?

Raspberries, Green-bean casserole, tacos, salmon, and peas.

3 // Do you prefer rainy days, snowy days, or neither?

Both! I love rainy days and being the Colorado skiier I am, snow days are the best.

4 // What is your favorite inspirational quote at the moment?

“Love Does” (Coincidentally, I would highly recommend reading this book by the same name, as written by Bob Goff!)

5 // Who or what inspired you to start a blog?

I am not actually sure who specifically inspired me to start my own blog. It comes down to Peanut Butter Fingers and Lady Ilg Photography. I was consistently reading their inspirational blogs and was tempted to start my own blog!  I still love following both of these inspirational women in their journeys! Lady Ilg is now a full-time wedding photographer. My first blog was 5 years ago!! Eek. Although I started my first blog in college, I really got in to blogging 1 year ago.

6 // Would you ever consider living abroad? If so, where?

Definitely! London in a heartbeat.

7 // If you could have any job, what would it be?

I honestly love what I do so much. Teaching is my dream job and I am so grateful to be living out that dream.

8 //What is your favorite time of day and why?

Sunrise! I love the morning. I feel I am most productive and I love the quiet before the hustle and bustle of the day.

9 // In your opinion, what is most important in life?

The people around you are so incredibly important. Make connections, and go out of the way to show people you love just how much you love them.

10 // Coffee, tea, or neither?

I’ve never been a big coffee drinker, however lately I will gladly have an iced vanilla latte! Otherwise I have always been and will always be, a tea drinker! Preferably Earl Grey!

11 // What would your ideal room look like? What color schemes, decor, etc.?

Anything and Everything Fixer Upper! I am obsessed with the HGTV show, and I love the style Joanna Gaines brings forth to each of her projects. Otherwise, some sort of neutral and calming theme with unique antiques and displays.

 

Thank you again, Alyssa, for your nomination!

Here are my 5 nominees: (Also some fabulous bloggers to check out!!)

  1. Rebekah Blogs Rebekah talks all about the whole-hearted living of life in her blog, as she reflects on life as well as offers strategies to college students.
  2. Melissa Manning Melissa blogs inspirational tips and tricks for the 20-something, as well as recounts favorite books and playlists!
  3. Peonies in the Pacific Saba recounts her adventures as well as tips for navigating the college life.
  4. S’More Happiness The name of Stephanie’s blog was what caught my eye on Twitter, and her posts also bring about an honesty and positivity of life after college!
  5. Live Life Inspired I was so excited to stumble across Erin’s blog. She and I both share attendance at Luther. She’s got some great posts on DIY’s and I love her vision and goals for the future.
  6. Sweet and Awkward I really love Sabrina’s honesty and determination on her blog! Also check out her Etsy and Society6 prints.
  7. Faith’s Girly Life You can feel the passion Faith has for life through her blog, and you will love the positivity she brings forth in each post!

If you choose to accept this award, please nominate other bloggers and answer the following questions in a blogpost. Once you have written your post, pingback to my blog!

  1. What was the inspiration behind your blog?
  2. If you had one day without any obligations, what would you spend your time doing?
  3. What is your biggest dream?
  4. Who is someone who has inspired you most along your journey so far?
  5. Go to snack?
  6. Favorite book?
  7. An Inspirational Quote to describe your life right now?
  8. One event you are most looking forward to in the coming year.
  9. A goal you are currently working on.
  10. Your go-to store to shop in?
  11. Favorite part in your blogging journey so far?

I’m looking forward to hearing your responses!

-Caitlin

 

WILTW VII

What I've Loved This Week

Happy Weekend, y’all! I’m looking forward to spending time with friends and family this weekend and getting out to enjoy some of this gorgeous Colorado cool September weather!

What I’ve Loved This Week:

1 // First and Foremost, my biggest WILTW has been The Girl Tribe!

I am thrilled to talk about TGT and be apart of its start-up as the Graphics Designer and Contributor for this up-and-coming publication. TGT is a group of girls encouraging you and helping through life, letting you know it is okay to eat cake in the morning. I am loving being apart of this group of strong women. Our start up date is the beginning of October. Until then you can follow TGT on Twitter, InstagramPinterest, and Facebook!

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2 // Jennifer’s European Travel Diary

Jennifer’s got some great stories and tips from her travels in Europe with her husband! Her blog has me drooling to adventure sometime soon…

3 // Keeping Your Authenticity as an Online Influencer

It is so important to remain authentic as an online blogger. Summer states things well as to why this is so essential to maintaining a blog.

4 // Instagram Hashtags

Since I have started an Instagram account for my blog, I’ve been learning more and more about the Instagram world. Here are some popular hashtags to make your content discoverable!

5 // What Kids Wished Their Teachers Knew

As a teacher, I know teaching isn’t solely about teaching the kids material, but rather understanding where kids are coming from and how to best help kids thrive. I ended up using the same activity right after I saw this article and it helped me to better understand my students. Always a good thing!

6 // 9 Things No One Tells You About Friendship

A very sweet article from The College Prepster!

7 // Loving this bike and flowers from The Denver Zoo last weekend!

8 // Banana Republic has the stripes game goin strong.

What You’ve Missed on Lemonade Press Blog this week:

  1. Authenticity Even in the Busy Season
  2. September Goals
  3. Ways to Help You Dress Cool and Professional in the Heat
  4. Priorities List
  5. Mountain Love

Happy Weekend!

-Caitlin

Authenticity Even in the Busy Season

 

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It is September 9, and I feel like my head is swimming. I’ve been running non-stop from school to appointments to meetings to meeting up with people. This summer, when I pictured what this year would look like, I certainly wasn’t expecting things to be this busy.

For those of you who are new to the blog, this is my second year teaching elementary school! I love teaching, and each day the kids go away feeling encouraged and learning something new is a day well-spent. I have found my teaching journey to be so rewarding.

Even though this year seems even busier than my first year teaching, this year has been incredibly fulfilling. We’re three weeks in to school, and I am so grateful for my teammates, my students, my school, and my community. I never really thought I could love my place of work so much as I do.

Despite the busy season of life right now, I am grateful for it. It’s been a good challenge in organization, planning, and balance.

However, when I accomplish all those things perfectly, I’ll let ya know. 😉

The biggest realization I’ve had from this season of life is that there is so much value in authenticity, and putting your whole self forward, even in the busy season.

Last week, I didn’t wear makeup for a few days. And I definitely haven’t made my bed in a while…and there have been a few days, I have sleepily worn an outfit or two I wasn’t particularly proud of. At the time, I was more preoccupied with getting things done at school. Anyway, things were sometimes far from elegant.

In the end, I have to laugh. There are days when nothing goes right. Maybe the lessons don’t go as planned at school, or the “to-do” list is longer than the “things finished” list.

Whatever it is, it’s okay. Things will get done.

I’ve realized that no matter what happens…it will be okay.

Life will go on.

If today you don’t have your makeup on, or your bed is unmade, or the coffee spilled, don’t worry.

You’ve got a bright future ahead!!

No point in worrying now. 🙂

-Caitlin