The Liebster award was created to recognize new bloggers and given to bloggers by other bloggers. It is a way of allowing individuals to discover other new blogs! I am so thankful and honored that my friend Alex Cote Schmidt from The Mindful Mermaid nominated me for this award. I actually found Alex through Instagram from her Croatia photos. Since I am a Croatian Bosnian I was drawn to her photos and felt that we had something in common. The fact that she lives in Croatia really intrigues me and I love hearing her side of things as she is from America.
Here are my answers to the bloggers Q & A
1. What inspired you to start blogging?
I started blogging because I wanted to share my travels and experience with other people with the same passion. I honestly never thought that I would start a blog, but after a lot of thought I decided to turn my passion for travel into stories and tips for others traveling in the Balkans and other countries I have visited. I have a huge passion and love for the Balkan region because that is where I am from, and I want to spread the word on all the beauty in the region. It is so dear to my heart that I want others to fall in love with the Balkans as I have my whole life. I still new to blogging, but I am learning each day and really enjoying this hobby of mine.
2.What’s the ultimate goal of your blog?
The ultimate goal for my blog is to reach out to other curious travelers and provide my experiences and tips for travel throughout the Balkans and the other countries that I have traveled to. I would love to continue to inspire others on the beauty of Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, and Montenegro. I am not necessarily looking for fortune from this current hobby of mine, but just a way to express my love for travel and share stories with other travelers.
3. Where in the world do you always find your mind wandering? (Could be a place, or memory of a place)
Well that is easy for me to answer! Most days especially when I am having a hard day or stressed from the daily duties of life, I find myself day dreaming of dipping my toes in the Adriatic Sea in Croatia. Or I find myself enjoying the gorgeous Balkan mountains in Bosnia along with the breath taking valleys and rivers. I have so many fond memories in both countries (mainly because my family still lives there) that I find my mind constantly wandering to those moments.
4. What do you do in your daily life to live more mindfully/sustainably?
I practice patience and not sweating the small stuff. These concepts are so hard for me because I am such a perfectionist. I will continuously stress myself out if situations in my life are not perfect. With age I am beginning to realize that life will not be perfect and that is alright, adding stress will only take away from my life. Patience is truly a virtue and I am still learning on how to be patient. I am the type of person that wants it done now, but I have realized that good things take time (like this blog). This is definitely a work in progress for me but is allowing me to live my life more mindfully.
5. If you could eat any food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Lets see, I would have to say pita zeljanica! This is a traditional Croatian/Bosnian food that is made from layers of dough stuffed with spinach, feta cheese, and ricotta cheese. It is than baked and absolutely delicious! I have eaten this my entire life because my mother always made traditional food growing up. This pita never gets old for me and I am always in the mood for it!
6. Nutella or peanut butter?
Nutella, hands down! How could you ever say no to chocolate and hazelnut? I have been eating Nutella since I was a toddler and could not imagine my childhood and adult life without it.
7. What’s one experience that has shaped your life thus far?
I would have to say when I moved from Germany to the United States when I was 6 years old. I remember that day so vividly even though I was so young. It has been a memory that has stuck with me throughout my life. That move changed my life in so many ways and has had a substantial impact on my future. It has shaped me to be tough and to handle change and hard situations with positive thoughts. It has allowed me to never give up and take challenges as blessings. It has taught me to hold dear the people who mean the most to me, and to treasure all of the changes that life may bring. And lastly, it has taught me to be very thankful for the life that I live.
8. If you were a mermaid, where would you live in the world and why?
If I were a mermaid I would probably live in the Makarska Riviera! The Riviera is probably my favorite place in Croatia to this date. The gorgeous mountain range backs up to the crystal clear sea. Makarska is such a cute place with palm trees lining the entire port. It is not a big city like Split and Dubrovnik but has so much charm. As a child when I lived in Germany, my parents and I went every summer to Makarska and Tucepi. I also learned how to swim in Tucepi in the Adriatic sea when I was about 4 years old. The Riviera holds some of my fondest memories as a child.
9. What’s one of your favorite adventures you’ve ever been on?
I would have to say every adventure I have had in Croatia and Bosnia, but in this case I would say when my husband and I went to Rome. It was a surprise trip that I had planned for my husband because we have always wanted to go to Italy. From the moment we landed in Rome and found our hotel we were absolutely mesmerized by the city. We also enjoyed going to the Isle of Capri and Sorrento while in Italy. It was an adventure of a lifetime for sure!
10. What three things can you not live without?
My husband, my dog, and my parents no doubt! My husband is so supportive of me and shares my passion for travel. I love my dog more than anything and I seriously cannot imagine life without him. My parents are my best friends next to my husband and I cannot imagine spending long periods of time away from them.
11. If your life is your message to the world, what’s yours?
You can overcome any obstacle life throws at you. I moved to the United States at the age of 6 with my parents. We moved with 3 suitcases and little money searching for a better life after the war was over in the Balkans. I did not speak a single word of English and had to adjust to a completely different life than I was used to. As a child I did not see the impact that moment would have in my life. The older I get the more I realize that If i overcame such a huge life changing obstacle that others could also overcome their personal obstacles, and make the most of their situation. There is not one day that I am not thankful for my life, but I dearly miss the Balkans and all of the family that I have left behind.
Here are my nominations of travel and lifestyle bloggers:
3. Krysti Jaims
6. 31 and Over
1. Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you
2. Create a post on your blog, displaying the Liebster Award Logo
3. Answer 11 questions assigned by the blogger who nominated you
4. Provide rules/instructions for accepting the award
5. Nominate 5-11 new favorite bloggers for the Liebster Award
6. Come up with a list of 11 new questions for your nominees
7. Notify then nominees
8. Post your Liebster Award blog post link in the comments of your nominators Liebster Award Post
1. Why did you decide to start a blog?
2. What is the main focus of your blog?
3. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
4. What is your favorite city that you have traveled to? and why?
5. Would you move to your favorite city if you could? why or why not?
6. Which country that you have traveled to has the best food you have ever eaten?
7. What are the top 3 hotels that you have stayed in while traveling?
8. What is your favorite travel gadget?
9. What is the most beautiful thing that you saw while traveling? (can be nature, historic monuments, etc)
10. Why do you travel?
11. What do you miss the most while being away from home during your travels?