2015 Liebster Award

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Hi everybody,

I know, I know……………long time, no blog.  I’ve been pretty busy for a twelve year old.  Last month I only found the time to write two blogs, and I have a lot to tell you.  I promise I’ll do better.  May was a busy and exciting month for me.  In my next blog post, I’ll tell you about the end of the school year and my first end-of-year dance recital at my “new” studio (which I guess isn’t new anymore), and a bunch of other things.  But first, I want to tell you about the Liebster Award.  This award was created to help “Discover New Blogs.” The Liebster Award is a way to give lesser known bloggers a boost and to help them gain readership.  I was nominated by a nice lady who writes a really cool blog called “Life in the Front Seat.” I am supposed to answer the following questions and post them to my blog.

  1. How did you decide on the title of your blog, and what is it about?
    “What Ainsley Likes” is the name of my blog. Obviously, my name is Ainsley and my blog is dedicated to all of the things I like.  I use it as a way to express myself, to talk about the things I do on a regular basis, to talk about the things that I am thinking and what I care about, and to explore and discover interesting things in life.
  1. Where does your blogging inspiration come from?
    My blogging inspiration comes from all of the things in my life. I gather inspiration and ideas from school, dance, friends, family and everyday life.  I love clothes.  I love holidays.  I love to read.  And I really like reading the news on the Internet, so I try to discover something interesting about those things and post them to my blog.
  1. Can you give 11 random facts about yourself? 
    I love to dance.I love fashion.
    My mom calls me a clothes horse!
    I’m an awesome reader. I can read up to two books a week depending on what else I have going on.
    I love arts and crafts.
    I have a very close knit family.
    I have a dog named Ziggy.
    I started playing the clarinet this year. Still not sure if I like it yet.
    My favorite color is pink.
    I like to play Trivia Crack on my I-phone.
    I like to try new things at least once.
    I have a large doll collection, especially American Girl Dolls.
  1. What was your biggest accomplishment of 2014?
    I danced in a professional ballet production for the first time, The Nutcracker. I had a small part, but it was very exciting to dance with professional ballet dancers.
  1. What is it you love most about blogging?
    Blogging gives me a way to express myself. I love to write.  And what better way than to write about everyday things.  I also have started getting into cooking (simple things, of course).  I craft too.  My blog gives me a way to share what I like to do.  I’ve gotten the opportunity to meet other people and make new friends from blogging.
  1. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
    The first thing I would wish for is MORE WISHES!
    Then I would wish for world peace. I do not like to see people suffer.
    Of course, who wouldn’t want a million dollars? So, I’d wish for M – O – N – E – Y!!
  1. What is one country in the world you would like to visit? Why?
    I would like to visit France. According to Forbes Magazine, France has some of the most beautiful cities in the world.  They are also known for their awesome clothes, especially Paris.
  1. What are you currently watching or reading?
    I read a lot of books. There’s a library around the corner from my house so it’s very convenient for me to get books.  I’m currently reading Little Women.  I have two shows I like to watch…The Voice, which just ended, and Dance Moms, of course.
  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
    I love living in the United States. I hope to one day be able to live in New York City and be a famous ballerina like Misty Copeland.
  1. What is something you do when you need to take time for yourself?
    I go in my room or find a quiet place and read. Sometimes I like to take a long bath, but after about an hour, my brother always yells from the hallway, “Your spa day is over, Ainsley!  Get out of the bathroom!”
  1. Where do you see yourself in 20 years time?
    In 20 years, I hope to be in the middle of a dance career! When I am finished dancing, I will go to college and study dance performance and sports medicine or nutrition so that I can go back and help dancers with their health, including physical problems, injuries, and managing their bodies and their weight.

I would like to nominate the following blogs for the Liebster Award.  Thank you to Adrianne for nominating me for this award.  It is an honor that she likes my blog. You should check out her blog. “Life in the Front Seat.”

Enough about me… let’s talk about this Liebster Award.  The rest of this Liebster fun involves nominating other bloggers and their blogs.

I’d like to nominate
John Hansen, Julia Byers,  and Kira Budge at “Teens Can Write, Too
Chandelle at “seed & feather
Ava at “OMG! All the Cool Girls: Girls, Tween, Teen Fashion Blog

Here’s what you need to do if you accept the nomination.  You’ll need to answer the eleven questions listed below in an upcoming post.  Be sure to comment here and let me know that you’ve posted.  I’d love to read it!  In your post, please link back to me (linking to this post would probably be most helpful to trace the Liebster trail).

You’ll also need to nominate bloggers for the award in your post.  Your main criteria is that the blog needs to have less than 200 followers on your social media platform of choice and that you need to love that blog!  Just be sure that you notify them of their nominations and that they have the link to your post so they’ll know what this Liebster Award is all about.

Here are your questions:

  1. How did you decide on the title of your blog, and what is it about?
  2. Where does your blogging inspiration come from?
  3. Can you give 11 random facts about yourself?
  4. What was your biggest accomplishment of 2014?
  5. What is it you love most about blogging?
  6. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
  7. What is one country in the world you would like to visit? Why?
  8. What are you currently watching or reading?
  9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  10. What is something you do when you need to take time for yourself?
  11. Where do you see yourself in 20 years time?

Me and My I-Phone 5s

iphone 5sTwo days ago, my parents bought me a cell phone – my very first cell phone.  It’s an I-Phone 5s!  And I’m so happy!  My birthday is in a little over two weeks, so it’s an early birthday present.  I found out on Monday at school that on Thursday it would be Electronics Day.  They were having a fundraiser to support the cancer drive.  If you wanted to be able to use an electronic device at school, all you had to do was pay a dollar and it would be donated to cancer research.  We had Electronics Day when I was in elementary school too, but I always brought my Kindle.  I’m in middle school now.  And EVERYBODY in middle school has a cell phone.  My parents always said that they would get me my own cell phone when I was twelve or thirteen.  I actually wasn’t really interested in getting a cell phone until recently.  I just got my own Instagram account back in June.  I originally signed up so that I could do the 100 Happy Days Challenge.  I used my mom and my dad’s phones all summer long to post to Instagram.  I think it was getting really old for them.

Once school started, kids started following me on Instagram and I started following other kids too.  That’s when I really knew that me using my parent’s phones was getting old for them.  And then I started to want a phone of my own.  Once I found out about Electronics Day, I knew I had to get one.  So, I waited until Tuesday morning at 6:45 a.m.  I was sitting on the couch in the den watching Monday night’s episode of The Voice that I recorded on the DVR the night before.  I was all ready for my dad to drop me off at school and my mom was in the shower.  So, I pulled out my Kindle and sent my mom an e-mail asking her if I could get a phone in the next two days, in time to take it to Electronics Day on Thursday.  Well, the rest is history folks!  My parents are very good to me.  My dad has an I-Phone.  My sister has an I-Phone.  My brother has an I-Phone.  My mom has an LG Android phone.  She always has to be different!  Well, most of the kids at school seem to have I-Phones too.  So……..I decided that I wanted an I-Phone as well.  I wanted the newest one that I could get my hands on in the next two days and that was the 5s.  Actually, the I-Phone 6 was released just two weeks ago, but we would have had to pre-order it and it would take two weeks to arrive.  I said Awww Heck Naw!  I need that phone by Thursday, so the I-Phone 5s it was!  We went on Tuesday night after dance to look at phones.  I picked out a white one.  My parents brought it home to me on Wednesday.  My brother helped me set it up that night and I put a picture of it on Instagram so all my friends could see it.  On Thursday morning I took it to school with me.  It has a black case for now, until I find one I really like.  Armed with a one dollar bill, my new I-Phone 5s, and my earbuds, Thursday was awesome! Between assignments, I texted my mom at work and looked at pictures on Instagram and searched the Internet and listened to music.  I can’t wait until the next Electronics Day!