Liebster Award for heartfully done - 11 questions, 11 answers

Dearest blog readers!

Heartfully done has been awarded the Liebster award by Juliane from My Expat Days! How cool is that?!!! The Liebster award is a (virtual) award to recognize new bloggers and welcome them into the blogosphere. The award is intended to connect new bloggers with other bloggers. Someone nominates you, and when you accept the award, you have to answer 11 questions that were asked from the blogger that nominated you. Then you have to nominate other new bloggers and ask them 11 (new) questions. “Liebster” is German and means “sweetheart”, “beloved” or “dearest”.

Thank you Juliane for nominating me. Here are the questions and answers:

1. Why did you start with blogging?
I started blogging because I wanted to stay connected with my family, my husband’s family and our friends. When we moved from Berlin to New York in 2014 I wanted them to be able to take part of our life, although we are living across the ocean.

2. Why is your blog called "heartfully done"?
It’s a play on words with the term “artfully done” and “heart”. I chose this name, because it’s on my heart to make beautiful things of high quality.

3. Which three hashtags best describe your blog?
#sincere #creative #newyork

4. Who or what inspires you (to blog and in general)?
In the beginning I was fascinated by the blogger and artist Ruth Simons. I loved how she was able to unite the different parts of her life in her blog and website - art, everyday life and faith.

5. Which talent don't you have, but want it?
I'd love to be able to play the piano, guitar and drums. Emphasize on "to play" and not on "learning how to play". ;-)

6. Where would you like to wake up every day?
I'd love to wake up in our own little house every day.

7. How do you get new ideas for blog posts?
Actually, through everything I experience. As soon as I see something new (which happens pretty often in New York City) I start reflecting about it and want to share it with my readers in a blog post.

8. Besides the nominated blog are you blogging on other blogs?
I used to write four blogs: Two creative ones, in English and German; and two Lifestyle blogs, also in English and German. Now I combined all four of them in heartfully done and am glad that everything is under one roof.

9. Is there a blog post that is dear to your heart - and if so which one?
At the moment I am (again) in a life season of learning how to give my stress and sorrows to God and not carry the entire burden by myself. A glimpse of my thoughts and the reality of my limitations you can read here. Gladly I don’t go through challenging moments only but also some exciting moments of which you can see an example here.

10. What advice do you have for new bloggers to reach more people?
I recommend searching for Facebook groups about your blog topic and to be a part of their community. It's fun and interesting to learn what people are curious about and great conversations can happen. Also you can share your new blog posts and give people something new to read about the things they already have an interest in. For example I am in several USA and New York City groups, as well as in card making and crafting groups. You can give to the group and can also take great input from them.

11. Do you have a favorite book - if so, which one?
My favorite book is called "Walks the Fire" from Stephanie Grace Whitson. It plays in the time when the American settlers went from the East Coast to the Wild West. The heroin is a young woman that loses her family and is found by a Native American tribe and starts living with them. This novel touches me so much, because of the strong faith of the main character, sadness, excitement, drama and of course romance.


These bloggers I nominate for the Liebster Award:

Svenja, Retrobeeres Welt
I know Svenja from studying Theology as she was a fellow student. I just learned recently that she blogs. What is special about Svenja's blog is that she has dyslexia but chooses to dare blogging and doesn't hide from the world. I think that's so brave of her and I wanted to honor her courage with the Liebster Award. Svenja's blog is in German and the name is Retro Berry's World.

Kerstin, Kerstin in Island
I know Kerstin from my bible school year (I did that before studying Theology). Kerstin used to be my Old Testament teacher and in 2015 she decided to go to Iceland and start something new. She writes about her adventures on her blog and shows also fantastic pictures. Kerstin's blog "Kerstin in Iceland" is in German, but the pictures are of course international. ;-)

Astrid, One Million Words
I know Astrid because one of her cousins that couch surfed at our apartment told me about her. Astrid lives in the US as well, but grew up in East Germany. She writes in English about growing up in the GDR and about the changes after the wall fell. I myself grew up in West Germany and never learned very much about the GDR in school. Only later on when I lived in Berlin did I learn more about it. Astrid's blog shares a good picture behind the scenes.

Joan, Be Brave
I know Joan from the church I go to in Queens. She and her husband are church planters and are coming once a month to my church. Joan also took the beautiful picture of Daniel and me that is on top of the heartfully done blog. She blogs about creative DIY projects, but as well sharing about the difficulties of infertility. Everything she does shall reflect God's beauty to make the world a more beautiful place.

And here are my questions for Joan, Astrid, Kerstin and Svenja:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What's the story about your blog name?
  3. How can your blog change the world in a positive way?
  4. Which three hashtags best describe your blog?
  5. When was the last time that something embarrassing happened to you (something you could laugh about later on) and would you share this story with us?*
  6. Is there a blog post that is dear to your heart - and if so which one?
  7. What advice to you have for people that would like to start blogging, but are still feeling a bit scared to dare?
  8. What besides writing is one of your gifts and is as well enjoyable for you?
  9. What helps you to calm down inwardly, when your head is too full?
  10. What is your life dream?
  11. What are you grateful for in your life?

*To be fair I will add my own last embarrassing moment at the end of this post.


The Official Rules Of The Liebster Award

If you have been nominated for The Liebster award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you follow the rules below:

  • The Liebster award is intended to connect new bloggers with other bloggers. Someone nominates you, and when you accept the award, you have to answer 11 questions that were asked from the blogger that nominated you. Then you have to nominate other new bloggers and ask them 11 (new) questions. “Liebster” is German and means “sweetheart”, “beloved”, “dearest”.
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. If possible leave a comment underneath their blog post that you accept the award - so that it is visible for everybody.
  • Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post. You will find plenty of Liebster award logos in the internet or if you feel like being creative you can just design your own Liebster award logo).
  • Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • If you like to give 11 random facts of you, you can but it's not a must.
  • Create a new list of 11 questions for the blogger to answer (or keep some of the old ones if you really like them).
  • Copy the rules and display them on your blog that your nominees know what they have to do.
  • You can nominate between two and eleven new bloggers that you like and recommend and who have less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  • List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  • Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!). It is highly recommended to ask the people before you nominate them if they even want to be part of it and don't feel overwhelmed. Have fun!


My embarrassing story:

My German friend Konni and I were sitting in the subway from Manhattan to Queens and talking in German about all the things we want to buy when we visit Germany. Because female hygiene products are quite pricy in NYC tampons, pads etc, were a long topic of the conversation. We talked quite open because there were no Germans around (I can easily see who is German - somehow they act and clothe a certain way. Daniel can do the same with Portuguese and Brazilian people and our friend from Israel can see all the other Israelis). And then a man right beside us starts talking to us in German! Nooooo!!!! I wish it would have been a woman, but no, it had to be a guy! He wasn't German but learned German in school or so. Gladly he didn't say anything about tampons. That was so embarrassing for me! I felt so relieved that he had to leave the train at the next stop. Well, my friends, be cautions, even if you have a radar for Germans, you never know who might have had a semester of German in college. Or you can choose to speak softly. ;-)

I am wishing you all a happy day! My mom and youngest sister arrived from Germany and will stay for two weeks. So I am quite busy and can practice my soft German non female hygiene conversation in the subway. lol

A big hug, Kati

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