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Liebster Award

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Today I’m honored to report that The Yachtless has been nominated for a Liebster Award! The purpose of this award is to recognize and support newer blogs, and the nomination comes from Jennifer at Simply + Fiercely, a lovely, inspiring blog about traveling, living simply, and loving life. I definitely recommend checking it out – among other things, she offers some amazing tips for finding cheap airfares. Thanks, Jennifer, for thinking of The Yachtless!

As part of the nomination, Jennifer posed 11 questions for me to answer. Here they are, with my answers:

1. What’s the number one destination on your travel wishlist? 

This is tough, but I think I would say Japan. I think the culture and aesthetics there would be really striking and surreal. (Full disclosure: part of this may have something to do with having watched the movie Lost in Translation about seven or eight times over the years.) I don’t know when a trip to Japan could realistically happen, but perhaps someday!

2. What’s a skill you’d like to learn or a topic you’d like to learn more about?

I was always really into studying languages in high school and college, so it kills me that I never quite became 100% fluent in any of them. (I know a good bit of French, some German, some Hebrew, some Spanish, and some Chinese.) I would loooooooove to have the chance to live in a country where any of these languages is spoken and really truly master it well enough to communicate effectively in the real world on a daily basis.

3. Tell me your favourite book and why?

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s set in a sort of English boarding school, but it also has elements of mystery and sci-fi, and ultimately it’s about the human condition (not to be too specific, ha!). You have to give it 80 pages or so because it’s (intentionally) not clear at the beginning what’s going on, but trust me – it’s worth it. PS: The runner-up is: Bleak House by Charles Dickens.

4. Share a favourite quote? 

“All I ask is one thing, and I’m asking this particularly of young people: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism, for the record, it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” – Conan O’Brien

5. Inspired by the Gratefulist – what are 3 things you’re grateful for today?

  • I’m grateful that I live in New England and get to experience the utter beauty of Fall every year. This weekend I was in New Hampshire, where I’m originally from (I currently live in the Boston area). The fall foliage in NH is currently at its peak, and it was absolutely breathtaking.
  • I’m grateful for hot showers. The downside to living in New England, at least for people like me who have a lot of trouble staying warm is, of course, the winters. It’s started to get chillier this past week, and so I have a newly re-discovered appreciation for hot showers as a way to warm up quickly.
  • I’m grateful for having happened to stumble upon a couple of blogs this past year that have had an enormous impact on the way I think about money. I feel like I will look back on this period as a really important turning point in my life. The two blogs that have had the greatest impact on my thinking are Budget Bytes and Blonde on a Budget.

6. Do you have a habit you wish you could break (or a new habit you wish you could start?)

I always tell myself that I want to meditate every day, since I really do believe that it has benefits. I have even tried setting myself alarms or calendar alerts to remind myself each morning/evening, but inevitably I always have something else that feels more pressing and end up not meditating at all. I would love to form a habit of meditating each day, even just 5 or 10 minutes, and find a way to actually stick with this.

7. What’s the most impulsive thing you’ve ever done? 

I moved to China when I was 25, with the intention of teaching English but with no job lined up and basically zero knowledge of Chinese.

8. Share a blogging tip or lesson you’ve learned as a new blogger? 

Well, I’m sure there’s a lot more that I have to learn, but it has quickly become clear to me that blogging is basically all about connecting with people. I was never into chat rooms or online gaming or anything like that, but I am really loving getting to virtually “meet” people in the context of sharing our stories.

9. Name a ‘go to’ happy song (I love new ideas for my playlist!)

The Jackson 5, “I Want You Back”

10. What was your first job? 

I worked at Burger King the summer I was 16. Yep. And on a related note, I have not eaten Burger King food since the summer I was 16.

11. If you had an extra hour everyday, what would you do with that time?

Spend time with friends! Read a book! Learn html and CSS! Catch up on reading the New Yorker! Improve my blog! Go running! ALL THE THINGS!!! But, if I have to choose, I’d spend time with friends.

So, to pass it on, I’d like to nominate a blog that I recently discovered: Katasha’s Broke Girl Blogging. This is a very honest and funny blog about working to pay off debt by making smart choices, and learning about money and the economy along the way.

Katasha, if you’d like to pay the nomination forward on your blog, here are the Liebster Award rules as they were given to me:

  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions given to you by the nominator (see below!)
  • Nominate up to 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
  • Create 11 questions for the nominees
  • Notify all nominees via social media/blogs

And here are my questions for you:

  1. Where would you most like to travel (if the trip was 100% free)?
  2. What’s the best secondhand item you’ve ever purchased?
  3. What’s something about blogging that’s been surprising to you?
  4. What’s your favorite book, and why?
  5. Name a go-to recipe/meal that you love to cook for yourself or for others (because I need more ideas for my challenge!)
  6. Name a person, living or dead, who you truly admire.
  7. What’s the last TV show you binge-watched (if you’ve ever done that)?
  8. What was your favorite course that you took in college, and why?
  9. What’s the most impulsive thing you’ve ever done?
  10. If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice upon graduating from high school, what would it be?
  11. Other than paying off debt, name one goal that you have for yourself in the next year.

That’s it, folks! I’ll be posting an update on the October Challenge, with some number crunching, later this week!

If you’d like to answer any of the questions above, just for fun, feel free to do so in the comments section below!

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9 Comments

  • Reply Michael @ Financially Alert October 14, 2015 at 4:41 AM

    Wow you moved to China without a job or knowing the language? That’s so cool and super courageous!!

    BTW, love the name of your blog. 🙂

    • Reply Sarah Noelle October 14, 2015 at 6:52 AM

      Hi Michael, thanks so much, and thanks for stopping by! Yeah, the China adventure was pretty interesting; I’ll have to post about it sometime. 🙂

  • Reply DC @ Young Adult Money October 14, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Wow that’s pretty incredible that you moved to China at 25 with no job lined up! I’m with you on Japan. My wife and I are *hoping* to go there for the 2020 Olympics. One of my good friends in high school was an international student from Japan and the Olympics will be relatively close to his home. We also have a friend moving there in 2016 for at least 5 years to be a missionary. Definitely need to go there someday!

    • Reply Sarah Noelle October 15, 2015 at 6:42 AM

      Ah, visiting friends — that’s the best way to travel. (Too bad I don’t have any friends in Japan!) That sounds like a really fun trip to plan. And I bet if you start racking up airline miles now, you could have a free trip by 2020! One thing I’ve been thinking about recently is how to plan ahead for travel, and specifically budget for it (rather than just raiding my bank account when I go somewhere and hoping I don’t spend too much). Travel can be expensive, but has so many benefits, so it’s something I want to prioritize.

  • Reply Jef February 25, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    congrats on the nomination Sarah! 🙂 did it come with a nice shiny and possibly pointy award 😉 ha?
    Awesome to hear your want to travel to Japan, how’s that going? I was there in 2007 and loved the place, good on you for moving to China for a bit too!

    How’s the meditation going too? If you need something to help guide you I can highly recommend http://meditatewithac.com/ (I generally meditate 4 – 5 times a week for 10 mins and it’s amazing how much presence it gives you)

    • Reply Sarah Noelle February 26, 2016 at 8:38 AM

      Thanks, Jef. I like the Liebster award because it’s totally unofficial — just a way to help new bloggers connect with more people. 🙂

      Thanks for the meditation recommendation! I will definitely check it out. I definitely still haven’t been to Japan, but it’s very much on the list…maybe when I’ve saved up enough travel points on my credit card!

  • Reply Elle @ New Graduate Finance March 13, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    I’m just like you when it comes to languages!
    In high school, I was so into the idea of quantity that I lacked quality.
    Today, I still understand a fair bit of Spanish and French. I will overhear my coworkers and understand them perfectly, but I lack the fluency to respond.

    • Reply Sarah Noelle March 14, 2016 at 5:45 PM

      Ah yes, it’s so hard to decide which language to focus on, isn’t it? I am actually studying Spanish pretty hard right now because it is relevant to my job, and I reeeeeally want to actually get fluent this time!

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