Happy 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:
- You should post the award and publicly thank the blogger who nominated you by linking back to their blog.
- Answer the questions posed to you by the nominating blogger.
- Nominate 5 to 10 bloggers who have less than 200 followers. (I take this to mean email subscribers).
- Pose 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Why did you start blogging?
- What is something you couldn’t live without?
- Tell us about the most influential person in your life.
- What is the best trip you ever took?
- What is the worst financial decision you ever made?
- What is the best financial decision you ever made?
- If you could give everyone one piece of financial advice that they had to follow, what would it be?
- Time for a shout out: what’s your favorite blog?
- What is your favorite way to unwind?
- What has been your biggest challenge?
Thanks so much for the nomination Dee and Mel!