Liebster Award!

Liebster AwardHappy Saturday everyone! I’m so glad that this week has finally seen the official start of spring. While we are still experiencing winter temps in the northeast, I take some comfort in knowing that there is an end to this miserable winter in site. There just has to be.

In addition to the start of spring, this week brought good news to this blog. Green Money Stream received two nominations for the Liebster Award from awesome fellow bloggers: Dee at Color Me Frugal and Mel at Broke Girl Rich. I’m just surprised and flattered that anyone would nominate me.

For those of you who don’t know (I had to do some research myself), the Liebster Awards are a way for bloggers to honor and acknowledge some of the up and coming blogs that they enjoy reading. In fact, the word “liebster” means “dearest or favorite” in German.

There are some rules that come along with the nomination, so here they are:

  1. You should post the award and publicly thank the blogger who nominated you by linking back to their blog.
  2. Answer the questions posed to you by the nominating blogger.
  3. Nominate 5 to 10 bloggers who have less than 200 followers. (I take this to mean email subscribers).
  4. Pose 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Notify your nominees by posting on their blog.

Answering the Questions

So I decided to answer 5 questions each from Dee and Mel. I’m not sure if this is breaking any official Liebster rules or not, but then again, I’m not sure there are any “official” Liebster rules. Here are my responses to the great questions posed by Dee and Mel:

  1. If someone gave you a million dollars, what would you do with it? (Dee) Um, is this a tax-free million? Well I would pay off my mortgage first. I know other PF bloggers might disagree with that, but truly debt free living has been something I’ve believed in for a long time. The remaining cash would get invested. Probably mostly in low-cost index ETFs. Then I would stop working in the next couple of years since I’d be much further down the path to financial freedom. I know, it’s not a very sexy answer.
  2. What is your favorite thing about blogging? (Dee) My favorite thing has been forming connections with others who have similar views and goals to me. As someone who lives frugally in a society where consumption and spending are the norm I sometimes feel like I have to hold back my true feelings when around friends, family, and co-workers so they don’t think I’m “weird”. I love knowing that there is this whole group of other weirdos just like me out there!
  3. When cooking, are you more likely to follow the recipe or make it up as you go along? (Dee) I’m more of a recipe follower since I don’t consider myself super creative in the kitchen. But with lots of the foods I prepare like soups, sauces, or muffins, the recipe is usually just a guide and I modify it as I go along.
  4. If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what advice would you give? (Dee) Go all in on Apple stock when it was $15 a share. No, seriously, I would have read Benjamin Graham’s The Intelligent Investor and started purchasing stocks in my late teens or early twenties. I was always a saver and pretty good with money but I just stashed it in bank accounts. I’d be so much further along now if I would have been buying stocks of solid dividend paying companies 20 years ago.
  5. How does your financial situation compare to your parents? Are you better off or worse off? (Dee) I’m definitely better off than my parents. Neither of my parents have a college education which limited their earning power.
  6. If money were irrelevant, what job would you want to do? (Mel) I would love to work with animals and help protect animals that are endangered. I could see myself working with an organization like the Wildlife Conservation Society.
  7. What TV show just destroys your ability to be productive? (Mel) While I don’t watch much TV, I have to say I am hooked on Downton Abbey. Yes, I’m one of those people.
  8. What advice would you give to someone who is $50,000 in debt? (Mel) If someone wants to really pay down a debt I would say that you will have to make some sacrifices. This would mean cutting unnecessary expenses like eating out, cable TV, and cell phones. You shouldn’t be drinking $5 lattes if you are in debt.
  9. Have you had a “doh” moment since starting blogging? (Mel) When I first started I didn’t understand the value of Twitter. I’m not a person who generally feels comfortable with self promotion and I thought that was all that Twitter was about. Once I realized it was about making more connections and helping to promote others the little light bulb went off.
  10. Where would you want to travel if money were no object? (Mel) I would go to Tahiti, and probably never come back.

Liebster Award Nominees

Now it’s your turn. Here are my nominees for the Liebster Award.

Thrifty Dad

NZ Muse

Budgeting for More

Personal Finance Utopia

Income Surfer

The Broke Professional

My Questions

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is something you couldn’t live without?
  3. Tell us about the most influential person in your life.
  4. What is the best trip you ever took?
  5. What is the worst financial decision you ever made?
  6. What is the best financial decision you ever made?
  7. If you could give everyone one piece of financial advice that they had to follow, what would it be?
  8. Time for a shout out: what’s your favorite blog?
  9. What is your favorite way to unwind?
  10. What has been your biggest challenge?

Thanks so much for the nomination Dee and Mel!

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33 Responses to Liebster Award!

  1. I showed up to congratulate you……and here you’ve nominated me. I really appreciate it, thank you. Have a great day!
    -Bryan

  2. I would love to go to Tahiti too! And I may also enjoy a good scene of Maggie Smith and Shirley MacLaine verbally sparring, so no judgement there either.

    Congrats on the double nomination!!

  3. NZ Muse says:

    Aw shucks!

    One of my biggest annoyances is that due to a mistake by my travel agent, which I didn’t pick up in time, is that our overnight in Tahiti last year turned into a 2 hour stopover (not enough time to do anything, and it was way too expensive to alter the booking after that) Such a waste. Ah well!

    • Green Money Stream says:

      Oh man, that would be annoying! I want to go someday, but since I’m in northeast US it’s very far and expensive just to get there.

  4. I’m so with you on Tahiti and I love Downtown Abby as well!

  5. Congrats, well-deserved! I loved your answer on your favorite thing about blogging- the PF community and getting to network with like-minded individuals in my fav thing too!

  6. I’m honored. Thanks, Kay. I feel like one of those actors or musicians who has won a prestigious award, but hasn’t prepared a speech to give :-)

  7. Congratulations on not just one nomination, but 2!!

    I’m like you, when I started, I really didn’t know how useful Twitter was to getting traffic and driving traffic to my site. It’s still early days, but it seems to be helping me.

  8. Liz says:

    I remember when I graduated from high school in 2007 and bought a macbook for college. I specifically told my parents that they should invest in Apple -that they were the big thing. At the time Apple was trading for about $100 per share. A few months ago my Dad was laughing about my stock pick and said he really wished he would have listened to me.. I wish I would have listened to myself! Not as impressive as $15 per share..but still would have made out pretty well :)

    • Green Money Stream says:

      That shows you had good instincts. That’s good, it’s important to buy what you know. Too bad your dad didn’t listen!

  9. Thank you so much for the nomination! I’m honoured. And congrats on your own! It’s always nice to get noticed :)

  10. Congrats…it’s always fun to learn more about a fellow blogger. As for this winter that never wants to end…I’m tired of it. Beautiful day Saturday and then there is talk of snow again tomorrow. Enough!

    • Green Money Stream says:

      Thanks Andrew! I know, I can’t believe these temps dropping again. Even my four year old is sick of winter!

  11. Love the first question about a million dollars. It’s always fun to think about what you’d do if you received a big chunk of cash.

  12. Huge congrats on your nomination, Kay!! Funny: I stopped watching Downton Abbey because I was becoming WAY too obsessed with it. :-) Love what you said about working with animals too; that’d be right up my alley.

    • Green Money Stream says:

      Thanks Laurie! Glad to hear you are a Downton fan. I guess the one good thing is that the season is pretty short, so I’m only obsessed for a couple of months!

  13. I like your answer to number 8 so much. Maybe because I am aware that there are indeed sacrifices to be made in order to cut unnecessary expenses which in turn would definitely help save money for more meaningful purposes. But it is so hard to do. Sigh!

    • Green Money Stream says:

      Thanks! It’s hard to do if you try to do everything at once. But I think if you start with little things one at a time it can be easier to cut expenses. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Congrats Kay! You definitely deserve it! If money weren’t an object, I would absolutely work with animals as well. I think running a rescue would be amazing.

  15. Congrats for being nominated Kay! For me, my favorite way to unwind is to go to a beach with my family and playing with my daughter, for me it’s a stress reliever for doing that.

    • Green Money Stream says:

      Thanks so much! Playing with my son is definitely a great way to relax and relieve stress for me as well.

  16. Poor Student says:

    I’m also not that creative in the kitchen! But sometimes I like to modify a bit, like maybe make it more of my taste.

    • Green Money Stream says:

      Yeah, following the recipe usually works best for me too. I figure you can’t go too wrong if you follow the recipe!

  17. What a great idea! I have never heard of these awards before, but it is a great idea to help promote lesser known blogs and increase your user base.

    Congratulations :)

    • Green Money Stream says:

      Thanks! I hadn’t heard of it before either, but I agree that it’s nice to help introduce the newer bloggers like me!

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