My Acceptance Speech: The Liebster Award

And the winner is: FAB Haute Mama

“I won, I won, I won.”


Through social media I have met so many fabulous bloggers. I ventured into blogging as a way to get back to me. You know the me before motherhood. Then blogging slapped me in the face really, really hard. A backhand slap at that. I had no idea the time, the power and the impact blogging has on the world. I read and follow blogs but I never considered what it took to be successful in this world. I am pressing on even though my knowledge is pre-school at best. With that said I am grateful for the wondering and inspiring women I have met through blogging. I have to control myself because sometimes I want to type “hey boo” like we have known one another forever. Now let me get to my acceptance speech for my Liebster Award. Thank you Courtney of The Brown Girl With Long Hair for nominating me. Courtney connected with me and I can always count on her support, a comment or a like right when I feel like quitting (again.)

I still read some of the first blogs I found years ago including In Her Shoes by Renae. I love Renae. Her confidence and business savvy are pure genius. If ever I am featured on In Her Shoes, I will know I made it. Dream list for sure! I also enjoy Pretty Girls Rock Dresses, Smitten Kitchen and The Style & Beauty Doctor. There are more but these ladies will always be in heavy rotation.

And then there are the amazing women I “met” within the last few months. Christine of Moms ‘N Charge, Ashley over at Mommy Week, Moe of Chasing Moe, Ariel of Ariel Says Now, and Arsha of Brand Build Sell all keep me on my toes. These women take mommy PLUS to another level. Just see for yourself. Need help blogging say hi to Kim at Her Name is Kim. As Kim would say “thank me later.” Need inspiration on a tough day? Look no further than Inspired by Beatrice Clay. Her gratitude posts have definitely put things in perspective on a cloudy day. Stiletto-Nation will keep you connected with food, fashion and hair. Speaking of hair, if you don’t know about Vee then here you go The Hodgepodge Files. Vee rules.

So my Liebster acceptance speech is pretty simple:

“Thank you for the inspiration, support and knowledge my fellow bloggers. I promise to make this space great because of you!”

Here are my nominees for The Liebster Award:

Grown Girl Glam

Blood Sweat and Cheers

Frugal Flirty N Fab

Wedding Rings To Teething Rings

Lady Lolinda

Nominees who accept are to write a blog post which includes the following:

*Thank the person who has nominated you and link back to their blog (by posting a link on yours).
*Copy and display the award in your blogpost (save the pink image above and upload it to your own post).
*Answer the 11 questions about yourself, which are given to you by the person who nominated you.
*Write 11 random facts about yourself.
*Nominate 5 – 11 blogs/bloggers that you feel deserve the award. They need to have less than 1000 followers.
*Think of 11 new questions for the bloggers you have nominated and write them in your post.
*Inform the selected bloggers that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and link back to your own post so that they can learn about it (if they don’t already about it) and so that they know what questions to answer.
The 11 questions for my nominees are:
1. Winter or summer?
2. Favorite color and why?
3. Paris or Italy?
4. Gym day or spa day?
5. Soup or salad?
6. Your favorite book is?
7. My favorite season is?
8. What is your favorite thing about YOU?
9. Coffee or tea?
10. What is your guilty pleasure?
11. What would you do if you were not afraid?
Here are my answers to the 11 questions from Courtney:
1. Beach or mountains? BEACH, BEACH, BEACH
2. Car or SUV? SUV (lots of kid stuff and shopping to tow)
3. Back in the day before reality TV took over…MTV or VH-1? Neither. I watched the Soaps with my grandmum or the Cosby Show. Other than that I read books and played with my Barbies.
4. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds
5. Bagel or donut? This is a trick question. I won’t lie and say neither. Donut it is. Boston Creme is my very best donut friend.
6. Shower or bath? Shower but I love a relaxing bath on occasion.
7. Jean cut-offs or denim skirt? Not a fan of either. I’m a maxi skirt or skinny jeans kind of gal.
8. Colonial or ranch? Colonial with a wrap around porch, and a swing.
9. CDs or radio? CDs or Pandora (sans commercials)
10. Riding boots or ankle boots? Another trick question. Both!
11. Beer or wine? Wine but after taking a beer class and a tour of a brewery I can honestly say I love GOOD beer. Emphasis on GOOD.


My 11 Random Facts:

1. I can write with both hands.

2. I sleep in 1 position. Use to be corpse position but I made myself change that for obvious reasons.

3. I am British by birth, Jamaican by heritage and a Brooklyn, NY girl by life.

4. My favorite color is BLACK.

5. I am a published author (poet.)

6. I once played man-hunt (similar to hide and seek) in platform sandals and a wide leg pants suit. Yes I was stylish and rugged at 13!

7. I didn’t know my aunts real name until I had to mail her my baby shower invite. She will always be aunt Marcia.

8. My arms turn out in an awkward way making push-ups harder than they already are. I hate them. They don’t love me either. The push-ups not my arms.

9. I hate clowns and porcelain dolls. They scare me.

10. I know how to swim but I am petrified of deep water therefore I don’t swim!

11. Courtney and I have something in common: My favorite singer is Bob Marley.


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  • Reply
    Courtney Conover
    February 20, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    You are simply awesome, MJ. AWESOME. Thank you for the kind words, and the heart-felt quote. You are great at what you do, and you help the energy of the blogosphere when you put your writing out there. You. Must. NEVER. Quit. Have a good night, and thanks, again.

  • Reply
    Lady LoLinda
    February 21, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    YAY! Thank you so much for the nomination! You’re awesome! 🙂

    • Reply
      M J
      February 24, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Thank you Lolinda. I love your blog especially your nails.

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