Liebster Award

This week I was nominated by Lori of These Days for my first Liebster Award.  Of the different awards I have been nominated for this one has the coolest concept.  It’s a great way to connect with readers and other bloggers.  It’s a way of learning about each other by what others want to know vs what we choose to share. Blame my philosophy major background, but my 10 questions for others got kind of deep.  I hope through your answers I can get to know you better and maybe even find new inspiration.

Lori thank you so much for the nomination.  If anyone wants to read her answers click here.  One of Lori’s recent posts on friendship and goodbyes really hit home with me as I left Australia and just recently wrote myself on letting go.

Here are my answers to the 10 questions I received from Lori.

1. What is your weirdest quirk?
Too many to just pick one…
I will put Franks Red Hot Sauce on anything.
For someone who loves books and writing I’m a terrible speller.  79% of the time I use Google it’s merely to see how to spell a word.
Also, I may have a mini case of OCD.  I have to have things look a certain way and lined up in a certain order.

2. What is the most embarrassing thing you did as a child?
My parents were having a garage sale when I was about 7 years old and I was sitting near the cash register telling

3. What is your favorite type of weather?
I love a light breeze and a temperature of about 75 degrees.  Not too hot, Not too cold.  Southern California Style.

4. What is your favorite summer activity?
When I can, I love going to the beach.  I enjoy people watching there.  The families have fun, the couples enjoying the sunset, the friends playing games and laughing.  I love the sound of the waves crashing.  I love staring at the horizon and feeling insignificant.  I love taking a blanket and spending the day reading and napping.  My perfect day will always involve a beach.

5. Who is someone that you have known that really influenced your life?
My cousin Sue and her husband Dirk.  I only get to see them a few times a year but try to pick their brains every chance I get. Ever since I was little they have encouraged me to think for myself and follow my dreams.  They’ve also shown me that there is no real blue print to life and that it’s okay to deviate from the traditional conservative life of a typical Nebraskan.  They are both clever, open minded, and love to travel which are three things I admire in anyone especially family.

6. What are the top five things on your bucket list?

1.Find my passion
2. Visit a new country every year
3. Attend the TED conference and give a TED speech
4. Run for political office
5. Go on a date with Emma Watson

7. Where is the coolest place you have traveled to?
I’ve done a lot of traveling in the past few years so “favorite” for me is like a parent picking a favorite child.  But I was able to narrow my ‘favorites’ so far to:
Hvar, Croatia
Port Douglas, Queensland
Port Denarau, Fiji
Florence, Italy
Prague, Czech Republic

8. Where is a place you would love to travel to?

This is a never ending always changing and shifting list but my current top 5 are
The Maldives
Cape Town, South Africa

9. If you had to pick a different time period to live in which would you pick?

The Middle Ages (I’ve always wanted to be a Knight) and been fascinated with swords, myths, and figures from that time King Arthur, Robin Hood, etc.

10. Why did you decide to start your blog?

To start with Of Whiskey and Words was nothing more than a way of telling people back home about my travels and what I was up to.  I had no plans for it to turn into what it’s become.  In the beginning I didn’t think anyone would even read it.  Eventually, it became my outlet.  The main tool in my “mission to civilize” the world.  It’s become my haven and something I enjoy looking back on and take pride in seeing how far it’s come.

So thanks to everyone who’s helped me with it- that’s anyone who;s ever read it, liked something, commented, or given me ideas for its improvement and growth.

I picked the following 10 blogs to nominate:

The Ninth Life
Live to Write- Write to Live
Ordinary Adventures
Ms Elena Levon Traveling
 Reality Sandwiches 
Empower Love
Sarcasm & Scars
Wonder of my Worlds 

The rules of the award are pretty simple:

One- Thank the nominator
Two- Display award in post
Three- Nominate 10 other bloggers
Four- Answer the 10 questions

Here are my 10 questions for the nominees to answer

1. What or who is the greatest love of your life?

2. Who are your favorite writers?

3. What interest haven’t you pursued, but have always wanted to and what draws you to it?

4. What’s your favorite travel destination? (been to and want to go)

5. Which talent would you most like to have?

6. What is your most treasured possession?

7. What thought or message would you want to put in a fortune cookie?

8.  Who is your hero of fiction?

9. What is your idea of perfect happiness? 

10. What is your motto?

Be sure to let me know when your answers are up so I can read them!

Stay Gold.


The Encouraging Thunder Award

Encouraging Thunder

Shout out to Antonio V from Living the Dream for nominating for this award.  He’s a former Military man and current blogger and dream inspirer. The award is called the Encouraging Thunder:

What you can do with the award?

Post it on your blog
Grant other bloggers with the award

What you can’t do with the award?

Abuse or misuse the logo
Claim that it’s your own handmade logo

What you should do after receiving award:

Enjoy the award
At least give thanks via comments and likes and/or mentioning the blog who gave the award.

Mention your purpose in blogging.

The reason I blog/write is pretty simple.  One is selfish, I find it a great release for whatever I’m going through on a personal level.  But the main reason is for you, my reader,  I’m on a mission to civilize and inspire.  I’m sick of reality TV and uninformed people dominating the discussion.  I’m sick of short attention spans and the increased emphasis on materialism.

The end goal for Of Whiskey and Words is that you leave the blog being exposed to something that improves your life. Improvement  can come in different forms.  Maybe it’s an inspirational talk or quote.  Maybe it’s an idea that expands your mind.  Or maybe just a simple reaffirmation that you’re not alone in what you’re going through.
I blog in the hopes of enlightenment.  I blog to limit isolation.  I blog to inspire.

My nominations are:

A Dose a Day

The World is a Book

Be Like Water

Wonder of my Worlds

Go Check them out!

Stay Gold.


versatile-blogger (1)I was working the other night when I received a notification on my phone.  It was from one of my followers; Sabrina who’s blog Queen of my World always gets me thinking.  Anyway she has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.

I really appreciate the honor. It’s my first ever nomination and it means so much to me.   At times I wonder if people really enjoy the blog I’ve created over the past few years. I ask myself why I keep adding to it day after day. Each time someone writes or posts to their blog they leave a piece of themselves out there for the world to see.  You open yourself up to criticism. But you also open yourself up to connecting with people all over the world.  That’s the main reason why I write and add to Of Whiskey and Words to help people realize that they’re not alone and that we’re all in this together.  My writings, quotes, videos, pictures, etc are posted in the hopes that they bring a smile to your face or make you think about life differently.

Once again thank you Sabrina for the nomination.


  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.


I’m knew at this and their is a chance that some of my nominees will have received this award before so no hard feelings if you decline my nomination.  But be aware that if you are on my list then it means that I enjoy seeing you on my reader and are one of my most frequent reads. Thank you for making this experience so much fun and amazingly exciting for me.  Keep up the amazing work!

Chateau Heartiste 

Wonder of My Worlds

Brian Mooney

Elite Daily

The Quotidian Hudson

The Noisy Songbird

Do Better Always 

Thought Catalog

Daily Inspiration Blog

Into The Wilddd



Young & Twenty

1001 Scribbles 

Living the Dream


  1. I put Franks Red Hot Sauce on everything
  2. I love reading on my balcony while drinking a cup of tea (green or earl grey)
  3. I worked as an au pair/English teacher in Dolni Bousav which is a little village in the Czech Republic for 6 months last year
  4. I had 3 kids in my Elementary School class.
  5. I love telling corny jokes and laughing at them.
  6. I can dunk a basketball
  7. I’m a terrible speller

 Your Turn!