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The Liebster Award 2017 is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means ‘sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome’.

Wow – Thank You to Erin from Mrs. Mother Dirt for nominating me for this award – very kind of you. For anyone tuning in, she writes about life, children and lessons learned. She is a great encourager, and her blog is well worth a visit and follow.

As for me, I am Anna, and my blog Repeat After Me is all about me working towards the best version of myself. About finding lessons in life, and ways to make it easier. About looking for beauty and enjoying the moments I have been blessed with. About sharing what I have learned and hopefully passing on thoughts and ideas to my readers as well. I’m starting to find my feet in my writing, and enjoying making connections in the blogging community. I appreciate the encouragement, comments and tips along the way so feel free to drop me a line 🙂

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Ten Facts About Me:

  1. I grew up on the edge of the Simpson Desert in Western Australia. A hot blue-sky land of red dirt, stunted trees, quangdongs and dust-browned sheep. I learned to be self-sufficient, confident outdoors, and an animal lover. It takes a practised eye to see the beauty in some Australian landscapes, but I love my sunburnt country.
  2. I married a kiwi and moved to NZ (for the second time) in 2012. NZ is the polar opposite of Western Australia, and I love my adopted country too – green green hills, clouds of every kind (The Land of the Long White Cloud), and a kaliedoscope of natural beauty in a super-compact and convenient land area.
  3. I recently moved into a large shed with hubby and little kids, and life is a funny sort of glamping. I won’t pretend I’m loving it – the idea was far more romantic than the reality 🙂 – but I’m surviving, and as things take shape I can be grateful for each thing that makes life easier and more comfortable.
  4. English was my favourite subject, and I was naturally good at it, but it wasn’t till I became an English teacher that I had to go back to basics and learn about the ins and outs of formal language skills so that I could teach it to others. (And yes, I still have typos due to my less than awesome typing skills 🙂 haha)
  5. Art was my second favourite area – and I have taught Art, Media Studies and Photography at high school level. I have long decided, however, that art for me is a personal treat to be enjoyed at home, and I always have some kind of creative project on the go. At the moment, I am planning a play area for my kids in our shed.
  6. I have been a panel-beater’s assistant, a barmaid, a waitress, a cleaner, a lifeguard, a wanna-be travel agent, and a teacher for over ten years. And a wife and mother. My blog reflects the many hats I have worn and still wear.
  7. I love travel and have been around the world twice, as well as numerous other trips. I believe that if you always stay at home, you only read one page of the book. It’s an amazing world out there!
  8. I have 2 kids but motherhood does not seem to come naturally to me. I do my very best and give my all, but I feel exhausted at the end of the day and miss my time out – being quite an introvert, I need more alone time than is possible at this stage of life 🙂 Sometimes I bribe my husband to take them to the park for an hour so I can have a cup of tea and put my feet up – bliss!
  9. I love treasure hunts. I’m not usually the fastest or the most competitive, but I love the rush of looking and finding. I love this new rock-hunting craze! I have to cajole my kids to come along with me sometimes 😉
  10. Being an English-y person through and through, I am a great overthinker. I think quickly, can bulldoze in arguments, and am very self-critical. On the other hand, I am very loyal, and empathetic, and look for ways to be kind and useful to others. I am doing my best to round my sharp edges, look for the good in things, and enjoy life along the way. I hope you enjoy my blog.

Questions & Answers for Me:

  • What is a piece of advice you’ve received that you want share with others? I read a list of advice from a lady who had turned 100 and got her letter from the Queen.. and one of the things she said was ‘not to worry – because it was never the things that you worried about that got you in the end‘. A bit tongue-in-cheek, but so true – often we are blindsided by accidents, hurts, losses and trauma that we had no way of seeing coming. So why worry? If something is coming your way, you can’t stop it, hurry it, or end it by worrying about it – so the true goal in life is to live to the fullest the time you get, and not mar it by worrying it away.
  • Who is the most inspiring person in your life and why? I am in awe of a girl from our church who has dragged her new husband off to Africa, into a dangerous, war-torn and disease-ridden area, to nurse sick babies and children as best she can with very limited supplies. She is just heading back for another 6 months after 3 at home. Incredibly brave and such a heart for people, she truly is inspiring.
  • How do you de-stress?  My guilty pleasure is holing up in the caravan (alone, hello!) and trawling pinterest, blogs and the internet at large for awesome ideas and projects which I rarely have time or motivation (or money) to make happen in reality. I tell you, if I was a millionaire, I’d have one pretty awesome home haha. And a personal chef, of course.
  • How would you describe your personal clothing style? Hmm. In reality, or in dreamland?? I would probably call it frumpy-classic. My true style is quite minimal, with clean lines and block colours, but after 2 kids and many, many (oh, so many) icecreams, I am resigned to wearing what still fits. Stay tuned, fitness and weightloss loom on the horizon 😉 Much to my chagrin.
  • What is on your bedside table right now? Considering I’m on a bed in a caravan… a box full of English lecturer resources, a filing-drawer with things that will never get filed because I cleverly thought I’d go ‘paper-free’ and digitise my filing stuff (insert loud, echoing laughter trailing into sobs here), 3 empty water bottles (apparently the maid ddn’t get the memo to refill them), half a mug of cold camomile tea, 2 notebooks I am supposed to be writing meaningful letters to my children in, but I’m doing this instead, a roll of alfoil (aye?), a remote control, a pair of my husbands shorts (no idea what they are doing there and no, they ain’t from hanky panky), an icypole stick, 1.5 earrings and a hairclip. I wonder where my phone is..
  • What is your favorite on-the-go snack? I’d like to say fruit or nuts, because those are excellent healthy answers, but I guess I’ll have to say Mars Pods. But I often feel guilty eating them, so I eat icecreams instead. Lol. Go figure.
  • Do you consider yourself more of an introvert or an extrovert? Explain. I’m a solid introvert but in a group I can be loud and funny and come across as an extrovert. AND then.. in the car on the way home I get grumpy if husband asks too many questions and I have to talk more.. lol. I’m spent. In our relationship, he’s the woman when it comes to words. Women as supposed to speak 70,000 words per day, and men only 10,000, but my husband is a chatterbox and I have to be drawn out, so when I was teaching all day long, this caused obvious issues and resulted in plenty of ‘yeah, uh-humm’ conversations.. Poor hubby. All he wants is to tell me alllllll about his plumbing issues of the day. Super excitement, can’t contain myself. Please, please, tell me about the 15mm pipe that was bent on a 45 degree angle and wouldn’t join to the 100mm tee. And the female crox nut that refused to solder to the copper bend. And the P-trap that was the wrong fit for the inside waste. I’m riveted. Really. Go on.. (and here is the crux of the marital stumbling point 😉 hehe) Hey, at least one of us wants to talk, I suppose.. I’m grateful, really 🙂
  • Describe a fun date you’ve been on! I do love me a comedy evening. Last year friends gave us a Michael Macintyre DVD, so we sat down and watched that one night (with icecream) and that was a laugh. Added him on my facebook feed so I can waste time sniggering instead of sleeping when I get distracted watching his recent clips. Not super romantic, but good comic relief 🙂
  • If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead who would you dine with and why? I would like to have dinner with my parents. Once a week would be nice. I miss them. They live in Australia and I’m over here in li’l NZ and I KNOW that was my choice but but it’s so FAR and sometimes I just miss Ma and Pa, you know? And I worry that I’ll regret not living closer and spending more time with them once they’re gone. Sigh. It’s a hard one.
  • Tell us about an item on your bucket list! I would love to go to Japan. It’s been on my list for aeons and only having children stopped me.. but not for long! I’m dying to get amongst those amazing temples and cherry blossoms. Look out, good people of Japan! Oh, and I’m really hoping that when I go, it’s not a huge flop (like my much-anticipated and dreamed-about trip to Morocco at the end of which we went to the airport early and counted down to leave – but that’s another story for another day!).
  • What do you like most about blogging? I can say what I like 🙂 And you can comment but you can’t shut me up! Just kidding (not really). I like that I’m creating a little memoir of moments that I enjoy in life. It’s a bit of a wordy treasure box.

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My Nominations:
1. thenewmrsmblog.wordpress.com – a blog about life, being a mum and a wife – and looking for the good in life. I’ve enjoyed her recent blog series on completing 40 random acts of kindness, and like her honest, open style of writing.
2. The Play At Home Mummas – https://theplayathomemummas.wordpress.com/ – Rosie and Emilie offer heaps of wonderful ideas for entertaining kiddies and keeping mum sane – I really like the idea of their 5-minute-fixes – activities you can set up in 5 mins or less to keep the littles busy – and their themed activity ideas.
3. Slow Days Small Feet – slowdayssmallfeet.wordpress.com – Jo writes about life with her two kiddies and keeping them busy, parenting, cooking and finding a creative outlet in her art. She’s got some excellent kids activity ideas.
4. 1kindnesstoday – 1kind609032946.wordpress.com – a lovely blog about kindnesses small and large in daily life – I enjoy her little anecdotes about beautiful moments in life and how kindness is contagious.
5. Wisdom, Grace and Curls – www.wisdomgraceandcurls.com – Kay writes about her family, faith and overcoming struggles such as anxiety. She’s got some great words about following God through easy and hard times and does her best to encourage her readers.

If you decide to accept the award, here are the 10 questions you will need to answer 🙂

  1. What movie do you REALLY wish had a different ending?
  2. What makes you feel truly happy?
  3. What is your favourite strange sandwich filling?
  4. Where is the most memorable place in the world you have visited and why was it memorable?
  5. What was an act of kindness that stood out to you, in your life or another’s?
  6. What is something you are proud of having accomplished?
  7. What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
  8. What is the last thing you did that you feel guilty about?
  9. If you were to leave your partner for a famous person, who would it be?
  10. When was the last time you laughed uncontrollably and what was it about?
  11. What ‘home help’ would you most like (personal chef, nanny, gardener etc) and why?

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Rules of the Liebster Award 2018~
1) Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you.
2) Display the award on your blog.
3) Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting.
4) Provide 10 random facts about yourself (optional in 2018)
5) Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award.
6) List these rules in your post.
7) Inform the people/blogs that you nominated.

For more detailed information on the Liebster Award 2018 visit here.

To accept the nomination, answer my questions, tag me and notify me of your post by commenting on my post! I look forward to reading your answers! Remember to nominate other bloggers so we can all continue discovering new blogs, building relationships, and supporting one another!

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