Liebster Award

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Do you remember those email surveys in middle school, where your friends would send you 20 questions with their answers, you had to put in your own answers and then send to 5 other friends before midnight or something horrible would happen? Haha I never believed those threats (well, mostly not!) but the surveys were SO fun. That’s what the Liebster Award is about- new bloggers getting to know each other through fun questions. A blogger nominates 11 fellow bloggers and gives them 11 questions to answer. That blogger then nominates 11 other bloggers, and the chain continues! It’s specifically for new or smaller bloggers to increase awareness and readership.
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Huge shout-out to Class Meets Couture and Soulfully Southern for nominating me!
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Here are the 11 bloggers I nominate:
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My answers:
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When did you start blogging and why? I started blogging this fall. I’ve wanted to start a fashion blog for a while, but it always seemed like a bad time. Now that I’ve graduated, gotten a job, planned a wedding, gotten married, and moved into a new apartment, I don’t think I have any more excuses! I live in such a lovely area near Old Town Alexandria, Virginia and have my best friend (and photographer!) nearby, so it seemed to be a good time. I use blogging as a creative outlet and to share snippets of my life.
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What is the story behind your blog name? I chose This Side of Paradise for two reasons. One,  I love how it evokes Fitzgerald and the beautiful prose of the jazz age. Two, I truly believe we are living on this side of paradise. Or rather, in between two paradises: the garden of eden (Genesis 2:8)  and the new heavens and new earth (Revelation 21:1). This world isn’t perfect, but by God’s grace I’m living to enjoy each sweet moment, looking forward to the day faith is turned to sight.
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What is your biggest pet peeve? Insincerity. I’m really passionate about all-in, intentional relationships with honesty and trust as the base. I can’t stand when people don’t make your friendship a priority and forget things that are important to you, or when they feign interest. Authenticity is a must.
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Coffee or tea? Chai tea latte, so kinda both I guess? Not a huge fan of either coffee or tea, but I’ll have a chai any day!
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What is one of your goals for the year 2015? Journal more. I want to be really intentional about using my prayer journal, but it’s a lot of material to cover each day (takes around 45 minutes), but I need to get in the habit of just doing some if I can’t do the full time. I get discouraged easily!
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If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you eat? So hard…probably ramen, like the authentic Japanese kind. (see my post here) It comes with noodles, broth, meat…what else could you need?
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What is your guilty pleasure? Spending mindless hours on Pinterest. I do use it a lot for decorating and DIY in my defense, though!
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Cookies, cake, or ice cream? Definitely cookies, especially chocolate with white chocolate chips!
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If you had to live in one place for the rest of your life, where would you live? Somewhere warm where people are active, like San Diego or Honolulu
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What is the craziest adventure you’ve been on so far? Probably navigating Paris, France for 72 hours with a high school friend on 1 semester of French!
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If you had to be a color, what color would you be and why? Definitely teal- I am a bit partial because it’s my favorite, but I think the calm blue and active/creative green captures me pretty well!
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Here are my 11 questions for the bloggers I nominated. Feel free to answer the questions on your own in the comments section, too- I love hearing from readers!

  • Favorite type of flower?
  • What’s your favorite place you’ve ever been?
  • What do you like best about blogging?
  • What are some of your hobbies? (other than blogging!)
  • Is there a meaning behind your blog name?
  • If a famous actress were to portray you in a movie, who would you choose?
  • Dogs or cats?
  • What’s your favorite blog post you’ve ever written?
  • If you had $500 dollars to spend at any store, which store would you choose?
  • What is your dream job?
  • What’s one thing you want to accomplish before you turn 40?
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