Liebster Nominations

LIebster Award

I wish to thank my friend and inspiring author, Tammy Banks, ( ) for nominating Gwynn’s Grit and Grin for the Liebster Award.

I am pleased to announce that we have won an award for this blog.  After receiving the award, Tammy Banks, the author of Sketch People passed it on to us.  This award is normally given to bloggers by other bloggers, and we are honored to be part of this tradition.

The Rules

  1.  Link back and thank the blogger who nominated you in your post.
  2. List 11 facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  4. Pick 5 – 10 new bloggers (must have less than 300 followers) to nominate and ask them 11 new questions.  Do not re-nominate the blogger who nominated you.
  5. Go to each blogger’s site and inform them of their nomination.


11 Random Facts about Myself

  1. I loved to tease my brother.
  2. I was exceedingly quiet and shy in school, BUT look at me now!
  3. German Shepherds are my favorite dog, as I have owned four.
  4. I love to dance: square dancing, ballroom (cha-cha, rhumba, swing, waltz), country 2-step, and just plain funky!
  5. I HATE hardboiled eggs to this day, as they made me vomit when I was a kid.
  6. My first job, at nine years of age, was babysitting four kids.  I earned a whole $0.25 per hour!
  7. I loved swimming and body-surfing.  As a teenager, I nearly completely lost my two-piece swimsuit top, when it snapped, in teaching a boy to body surf.  I lucked out as I caught it before it floated off.
  8. A high school friend created false I.D.’s for four of us, so that we could go dancing at the Hullabaloo Club in Hollywood.  In those days, you had to be 18 and we were 16 nearly 17 at the time.
  9. I LOVE to read, all genres, but especially romance and mystery.  I am a romantic!
  10. The type of music I play depends on my mood!
  11. Supposedly, I was named after a Welsh town… I just can’t find that town

Questions Asked by Marie Lavender

Name three secrets you never told anyone.


  1.  Hmmm, I just told you about my dancing at the Hullabaloo Club.
  2. I received an A+ on a high school social studies paper, but the teacher wouldn’t give the paper back to me for fear someone would cheat and use it.
  3. My brother had a suicidal tendency, but I’m the only one who knew and watched out for him.

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would do.

Breathe a huge sigh of relief, pay bills, bank the money, and share some with each of my children.

Looking over the last ten years, what is one goal you have achieved and one that you have not achieved? 


I am just figuring out who I am as a writer and what I want to write.  I have published a few small articles.  Then I have realized some big mistakes I have made in my life due to my passivity.  I am working at changing that about me.

What are your plans for retirement?  And will you travel, if so where and why. 


In essence, I am retired, but I’m working at changing that situation.  I have traveled in my life to Europe.  If I travel now, it probably will only be around the Northwest.  I would like to travel to California to see the museum about my family that I didn’t know existed, until recently.

Favorite drink on a Friday night? 


Geez, it has been so long since I have had a drink on a Friday night, I couldn’t tell you.  However, periodically I do like a glass of wine.

What do you think the secret is to a good marriage or relationship with a significant other is? 


It helps to have some common interests and good communication skills.  Oh yes, understanding and humor… the ability to play and have fun together, as well as work toward mutual goals.

Name three words that describe your personality. 


Respectful, humorous, and persistent… I would sneak in spiritual too.

Home-cooked meal or take-out? 


Definitely home-cooked… BUT, what about GOING OUT?  😉

When was the last time you blogged and what was the topic? 


Yesterday I finished the 2014 A- Z Bloggers’ Challenge.  I can’t believe I succeeded in completing it!

What do you think the key is to happiness? 


Learning to be Proactive in life and looking for love, respect, and humor.  Humor can get one through some really tough times.

Who is your favorite poet and why?   

Sadly, I’m not a huge poetry fan. Therefore, since I love humor, I would say my favorite poet is Dr. Suess.


In keeping with our theme, I have decided to nominate these blogs.

My Liebster Nominations

  1. Patricia Garcia         
  2. Kimberly Kay         
  3. CJ Schwartz            
  4. Charlotte Comley    
  5. Cecilia Clark           
  6. Bridgina Molloy      
  7. Michelle Stanley     
  8. TaMara Sloan          
  9. Debi O’Neille          
  10. Glenda Cates    

About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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13 Responses to Liebster Nominations

  1. Thank you so much Gwynn for nominating me for the Liebster award. I wrote my post. Michelle

  2. Congratulations, Gwynn, on winning the Liebster Blog Award! You certainly have earned it. Your persistence has brought you far, especially during this April. You set an example for others.

  3. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Thanks Samantha for your positive words regarding my blog and my growth. I’m beginning to come out of my shell. Again, it is part of learning to be “ok” with me. Again thanks for your support! I do appreciate it!

  4. wow, thanks for nominating me, I’ll get to it ASAP.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Have fun with the Liebster Award Bridgina. It helps us to network and develop other friends. I look forward to hearing more from you. I “think” I’m a follower of yours now as I tried to sign up through Facebook. Hopefully, I succeeded. Have fun!! Remember to enjoy life!

  5. Nice to have learned more about you, Gwynn. And I agree on the lottery win. Me too. 🙂 And Dr. Suess, oh, I love D. Suess. Great thought and honest response on the mistakes made due to passivity. I so relate.

    Congrats on the award!!!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Silvia, it is great hearing from you! I was given a fabulous poem about passivity. I should post it on my blog… as it is so true. Learning to do things differently and to stand up for myself has been a huge growth for me… as it is hard.

      I would SO love to know how you made the journey from Romania to California. The cultural differences… ESPECIALLY in California are tough. Living in California, for me, was really a struggle. I’m much happier in the NW… being home.

      Also, have you met Tammy Banks’ “Sketch People?” Tammy’s roots are Romanian. I forwarded your blog link to her. I think you would enjoy one another. Tammy writes about some interesting people.

      Anyway, have a lovely day and weekend. I’m hoping the rain will stop so I can go do my streetwalking! 😉

      Thanks for stopping by to comment!

      • Thanks so much, Gwynn. I was very young when I made the journey, when everything and anything was possible. One day I’ll have to blog about that in detail. What I remember the most, though, was how friendly and welcoming everyone was, so that made it much easier. Also, it helped having friends and family around (many distant family members had already made the journey years before).

        Thank you for mentioning Tammy Banks. I will pay her a visit shortly.

        • Gwynn Rogers says:

          Ahhhhh, I understand. You were so lucky to have friends and family around to welcome you to the U.S. Having support around you is so beneficial.

          I was young when my parents moved us to California… first Upland to rent, and then a year and a half later to Hermosa Beach. I was VERY quiet and shy so the moves were extremely difficult for me especially since the culture and attitude of the NW is vastly different from the Los Angeles area. It was like falling into the Twilight Zone. Even now, some of the young officers from the Navy base who are from California say the same thing about the cultural differences between our two areas.

          Oh, I should see if I can find you in LinkedIn. I am connected to Tammy, Susan Scott, and others via LinkedIn. We have developed some wonderful friendships! If you can’t find Tammy’s Blog, Sketch People, let me know and I’ll send you the link.

          Wooo- Hoooo… I can’t believe I survived the A to Z Challenge!!! YES!!! 😉

  6. Margo Kelly says:

    Congrats on your award, and congrats on making it through the AtoZ Challenge!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Margo, Thanks for stopping by my blog. I LOVED reading your various reviews of books. Then the film of having one’s book accepted by an editor and publisher was hysterical. Thank you for the chuckle.

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