Monday, August 26, 2013

Liebster Award Nomination for New Blogs

How cool is it to be recognized for something that I enjoy doing and sharing with others? To my surprise, Kristi from Confessions of a School Counselor nominated my blog for a Liebster Award!  I am very new to blogging and began this blog to share ideas and resources about high school counseling.  I love to read blogs about school counseling (all levels) and discover new ones as well.  It seems like a neat a idea so I'll share.

The rules are:

1. Link back to the blog that nominated you.
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
3. Answer the questions posted for you by your nominator.
4. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
6. Contact your nominees and let them know you nominated them.

Here are my answers to Kristi's questions:
1.  What are your favorite blogs?
Confessions of a School Counselor
One Stop Counseling
School Counselor Blog
Savvy School Counselor
Jyjoyner Counselor
Stylish School Counselor
2.  Why did you start blogging?
Towards the end of the last school year I was looking for some inspiration.  I was feeling overwhelmed with the end of the year tasks and was looking for organization and creative counseling ideas.  I came across fabulous elementary school counseling blogs which helped me get back to my happy place.  Although I have found some high school blogs since then, I didn’t see anything that focused on high school counseling and the creative ideas that I was in search of. 
3.  What would you like other bloggers to know about you?
I love what I do and my students inspire me everyday. 
4.  Why did you decide to work as a school counselor?
I started my career in education as a high school English teacher and working with students and thinking about what I wanted to do next in my career led me to school counseling.  I used to think that it was cheesy to say that I want to make a difference-because that is why we are in education, right?  However, that is what I want to do.  I want the students to know that I am on their side and I will be here to support them but also show them how to navigate a tough world.
5.  What are your favorite things to do outside of school?
Besides writing my blog, I love to spend time with family and friends.  Going to the movies, out to dinner, or just watching some reality television is a treat for me.  Another fun thing I have been doing lately is going to Disneyland!
6.  What is the best part of your job?
The best part will always be the students.  However, when a student has a breakthrough, gets accepted to college or gets the grade on a test that he has been studying for is so rewarding.  I love that students share those moments with me.
7.  How many years have you been working in a school?
This is my 8th year, but my 5th year as a counselor.
8.  If you could only have 5 books in your office which ones would you choose?
1.    Real College Admissions Essays that Work
2.    Ruggs College Guide
3.    Teen Workbook for Stress
4.    7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
5.    Chicken Soup for the Soul
(of course all books I can use with students!)
9.If you could live any where in the world where would you live?
My answer is always Washington state.  I know, anywhere in the world.  I visited Seattle a couple of years ago and fell in love with it.  I imagine the rest of Washington is as gorgeous.
10.         What is your #1 go to resource at school?
My job is about 90% college counseling so my go to resource is Naviance! I love it.  It helps me stay organized and I can easily communicate with students.
11.  What is your favorite quote?
There are so many wonderful quotes by some very inspirational people.  However, I made up my own quote that describes my past, present and future.  It is “Follow your heart and make decisions that make you happy.  Live life with no regrets.”  I live my life in the now, keeping in mind my future, but I have learned from my past.  It’s all about remembering where you’ve been and looking to where you want to go! 

My nominations for the Liebster Award are:

Your questions to answer:
1.What are your favorite blogs?
2.Why did you start blogging?
3.Why did you become a school counselor?
4.What are five resources a new school counselor should have (can be any level)?
5. What is the best part of your job?
6. What is your #1 go to resource?
7. What is your guilty pleasure television show?
8. What if your favorite part of the school day?
9. What book are you currently reading?
10.How do you use technology in school counseling?
11.Who inspired you to become a school counselor? 

Have fun!!

1 comment:

  1. Christina, thank you so much for the nomination and thank you for all the tips and tools you share. It's tough to find other high school Counselors that blog. I am looking forward to sharing more tools & tips this year. Thanks again and best wishes for a positive & productive school year.