The Liebster Award

I must confess that I was pretty disappointed when I first started blogging and I did not accumulate a large following (and for the record, I still don’t have one). I would put links to my blog posts on Facebook and other social media sites and would feel so bummed that only a few, if any hit the like button or leave a comment. But after much whining talking to my husband about my disappointment, he reminded me not to get caught up in the numbers or lack thereof.  I was to remain focused on why I started to blog…to share Jesus. He reminded me that if I only reach one then my blog is a success.  Great advice, so I have been typing away, sharing my heart and aiming not to focus on the numbers.

Needless to say that I was pretty excited when I found out that I was nominated for the Liebster Award.  In short this award allows your blog to get more exposure and then gives you a chance to share other blogs with your readers.  I had never heard of this, but who doesn’t like to win an award?  A big thank you to Tanya at Williamstand for nominating me.  Her transparency and love for Christ is refreshing and has blessed me.  Be sure to check out her blog.

 

To accept this award I was asked to include 11 random facts about myself, which you can read here.

I was also asked to answer the below questions.

  1.  What activity do you do that makes you forget time and space?

A great conversation with a person who lives life with an undeniable passion!

  1. What is your all-time favorite movie?

Sound of Music!

  1. Do you dance in public when you hear your favorite song?

Absolutely!  I even sing along (off tune of course).

  1. Whose music are you listening to right now?

Good Good Father  by HOUSEFIRES II

  1. When Jesus called, did he say your name?

What a great question!  No He did not, I just felt His loving embrace and the weight I was carrying for such a long time lift.  I cried in a way that I had never cried before.  Hands down the most defining moment in my life.

  1. What 3 things make you happiest?

Spending quality time with those I love (Jesus, family and great friends).

Really good food

Accomplishing a longstanding goal

  1. Have you ever visited Jamaica?

Yes, as a matter of fact I was born there (York District in the parish of St. Thomas).  I moved to the United States when I was eight years old.

  1. What is the best writing tip you have ever received?

Write from your heart, edit later if necessary.

  1. If you knew blogging would be this hard, would you still do it?

Absolutely!  Writing is such a great outlet for me.

  1. Are you ridiculously happy?

Most that know me say yes.  I have many reasons to be and if you hang around long enough I will be sure to tell you!

 

I was also asked to nominate other bloggers with a small following. The following blogs have proven to be a blessing to me.  Be sure to check them out when you have a chance.

http://www.kendrabroekhuis.com/ Kendra Broekhuis

http://becomingchristinesmith.com/ Becoming Christine Smith

http://www.cherihartsfield.com/  At Home with Cheri Hartsfield

http://momonassignment.blogspot.com/ Mom on Assignment

http://familyhomeandhealth.com/ Family Home and Health

http://lashandalewismusic.wix.com/lashandalewismusic Lashanda Lewis Music

http://robertgladstone.org/ Heaven Rules

 

If you chose to accept my nominations, I ask that you answer the following questions and visit this page for the official rules on what to do next.

  1. What does your name mean?
  2. What was one of the most defining moment in your life?
  3. How do most people describe you?
  4. How do you describe yourself?
  5. Where would you like to be right now?
  6. What is the best yes you have received?
  7. How do you want to be remembered?
  8. Why do you write?
  9. What makes a day perfect for you?
  10. What is one of your favorite books?
  11. What is your favorite song?

Hope you accept the nomination, happy blogging!

 

 

Anika Jones

About the Author

Anika Jones

Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!

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D Robinson

Congrats

    Anika Jones

    thanks!

lashanda Lewis

Thats awesome! I love these facts about you! I love what you said about keeping your focus on the purpose of your blog. You are so dedicated and I hope you win. Thanks so much for nominating me!

    Anika Jones

    You are welcome! THanks for all your support and suggesting ways to improve my blog! I think its a once you are nominated you are considered a winner kind of thing. It is a great way for others to learn about your blog and for you to promote others.

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