Liebster Nominated!

The lovely Anna from Are Ya Gonna Eat That nominated me for aย Liebster Award! Thank you so much for the nomination, I’m definitely honored that a writer of a blog that I read actually reads my blog, too!

What is a Liebster Award, you ask?

Well, basically this award is given to up and coming bloggers and nominations are from other bloggers! The word “Liebster” means “dearest” in German. Basically, it’s a way for new bloggers to be discovered and recognized. To me, it feels like an unofficial introduction to the PF blogosphere ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s a post thatย further breaks down the origins/rules of the Liebster award.

So here’s the deal – once you’ve been nominated, you have to a) post 11 random facts about yourself, b) answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you, and c) nominate 5-11 blogs who you feel deserve the award (must have less than 200 followers) and ask them 11 questions!

Let’s get started, shall we?

11 Random Facts About Lisa E.
1. I am a Bay Area girl at heart! I was born in Oakland, raised in Vallejo, went to college in San Francisco, and now currently working in SF and living back in Vallejo. The Bay will always be a huge part of me.
2. I am a proud Catholic.
3. With that, I’m also the ultimate Catholic school girl – I attended Catholic schools from kindergarten, through elementary school, junior high, high school, and all the way through college!
4. I am incredibly introverted. I know many people who have eventually told me that they were intimidated by me when they first met me because of how I acted around them, but it’s really because I’m shy!
5. When I’m watching TV or listening to the radio, the volume has to be either an even number or a multiple of five. I know, weird!
6. I love to dance – I’ve danced ballet as a child, hip-hop as a teenager/young adult and now I teach ballroom and hip-hop with my boyfriend for special events as my side hustle! I’m looking into learning more, unfortunately there aren’t too many classes around me ๐Ÿ™
7. My parents were both accounting professionals, so I majored in accounting, too!
8. However, I have chosen not to become an accountant. Instead, I am a financial analyst!
9. My boyfriend is my best friend – we’re high school sweethearts!
10. I love reading about personal finance, budgeting, productivity, and lifestyle! Discovering new blogs is my hobby.
11. Big Brother is my guilty pleasure. If I were to be on a reality show, that would be it.

11 Questions From Anna
1) What do you mostly write about and what has been your experience with it?

I mostly write about my personal journey to debt freedom. Originally, I started this blog with the intent to focus solely on my student loan debt, but I decided to expand to all debt (credit card, car, mortgage), net worth, retirement, savings, ministry, and even my battle with weight loss!
2) What are your goals in life?
WOW. Great question. My general goal is to be happy with what I’ve been blessed with and to make the most out of my talents/gifts. I would love to be financially independent and hopefully I can retire early!
3) Whatโ€™s your favorite kind of food?
SUSHI. Hands down!
4) If you were able to take a month off and travel, where would you go and why?
It’s a toss up between Japan or the Caribbean. I’m a city girl at heart, but I love the beach! Hmm… can I do both? Haha.
5) Are you more of a cat person or dog person?
I used to think I was a both person, but now that my boyfriend has both a cat and a dog, I choose dog! I do love both, though!
6) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Quirky. Hungry. Loving.
7) What is your favorite book?
Oh man, this is impossible! I will say that I’m a huge fan of the Hunger Games trilogy!
8) What is a piece of advice you would give your 18-year old self?
Stop spending so much on shoes!
9) Do you like where you live?
I do and I don’t. As I said above, I was raised here, so there’s definitely a feeling of “home”. But I miss living on my own in San Francisco!
10) On a scale of 1-10, how adventurous are you?
I’m going to be generous and say 6! I’d like to think I’m the adventurous type, but really I like consistency and familiarity.
11) Do you have any financial advice for me and/or others?
In general, I just want others to be aware. It’s easy to write off finances as a yucky or boring subject – but that’s exactly what gets people into thousand of dollars in debt! Once you’re aware of your financials, you can do the fun stuff with what you have!
Liebster Nominees
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Questions for the Nominees
1. What’s the story behind your blog name?
2. What’s your most favorite thing about blogging?
3. Most expensive thing you’ve bought this past year?
4. What is your guilty pleasure?
5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
6. What’s your favorite hobby (other than blogging)?
7. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
8. What is your favorite color?
9. What kind of food do you like to eat?
10. What is one thing you’re incredibly bad at?
11. Do you have any advice for me and/or other bloggers who are just starting?
Well, that was fun! Thanks again to Anna at Are Ya Gonna Eat That for nominating me! Can’t wait to read the answers of my nominees!


  1. Rita P August 27, 2013

    It was good to know about you Lisa and congrats on being nominated for Liebster award. Keep growing and all the best

    • Lisa E. August 27, 2013

      Thanks Rita! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Troy August 24, 2013

    I was nominated for the Liebster awards a while back, but never got around to it. Maybe I should try.

    • Lisa E. August 26, 2013

      You should do it! It’s pretty fun haha

  3. Joshua @ CNA August 22, 2013

    Hey Lisa, I remember when I was nominated! Welcome to the PF Blogosphere…you made it in!!! By the way, Sushi Rocks!!! I’d love to see you come join the conversation over at CNA one day!

    • Lisa E. August 22, 2013

      Thanks, Joshua! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the pf community – so inviting and friendly! And YES, sushi rocks!! I just had some last night! ๐Ÿ˜› Thanks for stopping by, I’m heading on over to CNA as we speak!

  4. E.M. August 21, 2013

    It was great getting to know you! I also identify with #4 – I’m shy and a lot of people say I come off as aloof. Not my intention! So cute that you and your boyfriend are high school sweethearts. I like how you used hungry to describe yourself, and then picked the Hunger Games as your favorite book. I sense a pattern ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lisa E. August 22, 2013

      Whoa, I didn’t even notice that – Hunger games and hungry… Haha! And yay – introverts unite! Haha, thanks for dropping by EM! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Thank you so much for nominating me for this award. I will write a similar post soon and will answer all your questions ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lisa E. August 21, 2013

      You’re very welcome, Eva (and very deserving)! I look forward to it!

  6. Budget and the Beach August 21, 2013

    Thanks for nominating me Lisa! In your random facts I could totally relate to #4. I’m so introverted and I’ve been told by friends I look too intense (I’m always heady and daydreaming, which I think somehow comes off as intense looking) and they thought I didn’t like them when I first met them (I’m just not super conversational when I first meet you). I’m glad they are starting to talk about introverted people more because I think it’s very misunderstood. BTW I am also always freaking hungry. Always.

    • Lisa E. August 21, 2013

      Of course Tonya! You deserve it ๐Ÿ™‚

      And YES, I’m glad introvertedness (totally not a word) is being talked about more, too. It’s definitely helped me out with interacting with others. And I’m not conversational AT ALL. Small talk is so difficult for me!

      Also, hungry is a constant, haha.

  7. areyagonnaeatthat August 21, 2013

    Yay, loved getting to know you more! I had a couple of friends from college that grew up in Vallejo, so I’m a little familiar with the area – Bay Area is so much fun. And I *loved* how one of three words was hungry – we’re kindred spirits in that respect. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the great read!

    • Lisa E. August 21, 2013

      Whoa, what a small world! That’s crazy that you know some people in Vallejo. Maybe I might know them, too?

      And yes, I’m constantly hungry!

      Thanks for nominating me, Anna! ๐Ÿ™‚

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