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Bohemian Nation Wins the Liebster Award!

Bohemian Nation Wins the Liebster Award!

Liebster Award Winner

Exciting news today! I was just nominated to receive the 2017 Liebster award, which recognizes new bloggers for having great content, message, and design. I am so grateful to Chelsea at The French Lemon for nominating me. She has awesome posts about spending time with her family, reading, and cooking (including a recent post about homemade doughnuts!), so check her out. (:

Answering Questions

Part of receiving the award is answering the questions your nominator poses. This is what Chelsea asked me:

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?

My dream vacation has always been a Mediterranean cruise. Cruises are so relaxing, because you don’t really have to worry about transportation and you get to see a small slice of many different places… plus the food and entertainment is always fantastic. I’ve been on maybe seven cruises, mostly to the Caribbean, but also to Hawaii, Alaska, and the California Coast/Mexico. I blame my mom for my love of cruising. (:

2. What is your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is probably House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I had to read this in college as part of my American Literature course, and it sucked me in. It’s a fascinating story with a very unconventional layout and page structure (lots of footnotes with references and appendices, which make you feel like you’re reading a non-fiction account). I love the way this novel uses multiple narrators and unique style to draw you into a horrifying love story with a house as one of the leading characters.

3. What is your favorite food?

I LOVE this obscure recipe I found on the internet a few years back, called Greek Blatzara. I was doing a Whole 30 at the time and looking for a breakfast recipe that wasn’t just straight eggs and potatoes. I found this Blatzara recipe on a small little blog and converted it to a paleo egg/greens/lemon/coconut milk casserole. I know that doesn’t sound appealing, but one week I honestly made two pans of this and ate it completely by myself. Sorrel, parsley, kale, spinach, leeks… yum.

4. Why did you start blogging?

I just had a flashback to my Xanga days in high school when I thought I was a blogger and I’m sure I posted the most embarrassing stuff. I’ve got to go dig that up and see if it still exists on the internet. (:

I’ve started (and abandoned) at least three blogs until I landed here at Bohemian Nation. My first blog was mainly Whole 30/paleo recipes, but I started it when I was in grad school, so I didn’t have much time to keep it up.

Then I decided I wanted to include how-tos and crafty stuff, so I evolved that blog to one with a really strict schedule (like…Make it Mondays and Favorite Things Fridays and Self-Care Saturdays). It still didn’t feel right.

Next, I decided to start a new blog when I developed severe mystery illnesses/infections after backpacking through Europe, but I struggled about 50 symptoms at that point, so I didn’t continue. I didn’t want to just sound like I was complaining all the time, and I didn’t have the energy or health to be encouraging and positive like I wanted to be.

FINALLY, I decided to make this blog, originally as a companion to my jewelry/natural bath products business. The name finally fit… Bohemian Nation. it encompassed everything I wanted to talk about. I’m a true hippie at heart and I’m really into natural medicines, hiking, travel, nature, healthy/clean recipes, and self-care. So it’s a bit of a lifestyle blog, but I’m happy to have the writing outlet and have enjoyed meeting some talented bloggers and boss ladies.

5. What is the one piece of advice you would give to bloggers just getting started?

I would say don’t be afraid to be honest and raw. Something I see a lot in the blogging community is an attempt to portray life as perfect (especially through social media highlight reels, which I talk about a lot in my blogging). I relate so much more to realness.

Talk about the struggles. Talk about how you’re feeling, tough things you’re going through, accidents that happened when you were trying to get that perfect shot of your butternut squash soup and knocked the entire bowl all over your new couch covers (me). Not that you have to complain all the time in your writing… but don’t be afraid to portray the messiness of life, too.

Passing on the Award

I’d love to nominate some wonderful bloggers in the food, lifestyle, and wellness industries. These ladies have inspired me with their beautiful photos, thought-provoking content, honesty, and intelligence.

Shay at Modern Livingston 

Samantha at Doing Life With You

Carlie at Rice and Repeat

Lauren Grace at Sweet Life of Lauren Grace

Yvette at Wayfaring Kiwi

Kristin at Sassy Holistics

Christina at Uncaged Health

Kelly at Unapologetically Kelly

Check out their sites–these women are amazing!

My questions for these bloggers:

If they accept the award, my nominees will make a post similar to this one, nominate their own inspiring bloggers, then answer these five questions:

  1. What is your favorite form of self-care?
  2. What was the best dining experience you’ve had this year?
  3. What is one piece of advice you’d give someone ten years younger than you?
  4. What are three things on your 5-year “vision board”?
  5. Why did you get started blogging?


Thanks again Chelsea for the nomination, and I can’t wait to see who these wonderful ladies nominate. I always love reading new blogs. (:

If you’re reading, answer one of these five questions in the comments–your favorite question. Or all of them! I want to hear from you.

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