Being Normal Gets Boring, So I Go Back To Being Me: Very Inspiring Blogger Award

TGIF, y’all! Also, Happy 4th of July to my my American friends!

I am so so ecstatic it’s finally Friday! This weekend is going to be extraordinary, but you’ll have to wait till Monday. #sorrynotsorry

Nevertheless, I have something super exciting to share with you. One of my favorite bloggers, Salt *wait… Her name is Lauren! wink wink!*, from Run Salt Run nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I love her blog and have a tremendous respect for her as an athlete and a mommy. I am so so honored that she even thought of me! *Pinky swear!* You should definitely head over to her blog if you still haven’t done so. She is AWESOME! ❤



There are a few rules I have to follow:

  • Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
  • List the rules and display the award.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  • Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

I came up with 7 FUN facts about me, so you have to promise that you won’t blackmail me with any of these! *I am serious! LOL!* 

1. When my husband asked me to marry him, I never actually said ‘Yes’.

will you marry me

That’s horrible, right?

It may sound strange, but I really had no clue he was going to propose to me that night. I should have known better because Justin even told me to pack a nice dress and a pair of high heels, when we went to Mont Tremblant for 2 days.

You’ll say it was evident. But listen to this, when we were having supper at this super fancy restaurant, he started asking me about how I would like him to propose to me, whether I’d want to ask my dad first, etc. Obviously, any suspicions that I may have had evaporated. So when Justin stood on his knee, it took me by surprise! I got all emotional and I pretty much forgot to answer the most important question of my life.

Fun fact: I am pretty sure that our waiter thought we broke up. Little does he know! *Haha!*

2. When I am scared something weird happens to my face…


and body…

Jumping over the fire

First picture

It was the first ever time I went zip-lining. I am not scared of heights or anything, but what got me super worried is the wooden block that is supposed to make you stop. I was going so fast that I had no idea how hard I would hit it… It wasn’t that bad after all. *LOL!*

Second picture

This shot was taken this past weekend. I had it all planned out in my head and was supposed to jump over the fire holding hands with Justin, but it didn’t happen. I made sure to jump up high, smile and look all pretty. It seems that the camera man had another plan for me… He decided to take a shot at the moment I was landing and when my face was in the process of registering the heat from fire. Lesson learned: Keep smiling for 2 seconds after you jump over the fire no matter what it takes.

*PS. It’s okay to laugh at my unfortunate photographs… Go on! Don’t feel bad! LOL!* 

3. I almost destroyed someone’s house is Antigua.

ATV tour

On our honeymoon, we decided to go on ATV tour around the island. Two other couples joined in. From what I overheard, it wasn’t their first time driving ATVs. I got all courage I had and pretended to be a big girl who could do it too. Well… It didn’t last long… Not even a minute into it, my ATV swerved and I almost  hit somebody’s house. I am pretty sure that one of the walls would be gone if I indeed hit it!..

Or was it an excuse to hold on to my hubby for the next 3 hours? Hmmm… I guess, you’ll never know. *Wink, wink!*

4. I believe that Monopoly is EVIL.


Once during holidays I was naive enough to agree to play Monopoly with Justin’s brother and sister… BIG MISTAKE! I will never play this game again! I swear… You see that girl crying in the corner? It was ME! And that little happy punk was Justin’s little sister who was 13 or 14 at the time… Yes, I was angry with a kid!!! And no, I don’t feel bad, she deserved it! * Love you, sissy!!! Haha!*

5. I was so scared/nervous to introduce my parents to Justin’s parents that I ran away and let them figure it out on their own!


Justin and I went to the same university (I majored in Finance & Justin – in Accounting), so our convocation took place on the same day; however, his ceremony was in the morning and mine – in the afternoon.

At that point of time, we’d been together for almost 2 years and had established great relationships with each other’s families. Justin’s parents wanted to stay to see me get my diploma too. It doesn’t take much to figure out, our families were bound to meet, which both of us were ready for. Well… kind of! Certainly, my nerves weren’t prepared for that…

What did I do? That’s how it went down: “Hi, mommy and daddy! You look great! Here is Justin with his parents and sister… These are my parents! Oh, so sorry! I already have to go to get ready for the ceremony. See you later! Have fun!!!”

Yup… I’m THAT bad! *Now judge me!*

6. I jumped out of a Jacuzzi and rolled in the snow on 3 different occasions just because someone said I wouldn’t do it.

Rolling in the snow

I was sober and cold. Why would I do this three times? Because whoever was taking pictures couldn’t get a decent shot. It was totally worth it though! Call me a daredevil! *Haha!* 

7. I make weird faces when I am bored. 


But don’t we all?!

Here are my nominations *who weren’t yet nominated by somebody else*:

  1. Stamped With a Heart
  2. Run For The Pizza
  3. Abs of Steel
  4. Must Love Jogs
  5. Fueled by LOLz
  6. Running on Healthy
  7. Northern Ambitions
  8. Liveng Proof
  9. Daydreams & Shoestrings
  10. The Gluten-Free Treadmill
  11. Fairytales & Fitness
  12. Life Between the Miles
  13. Runaway Bridal Planner
  14. Mar On the Run
  15. NY Life Supply

have a great day


Here are some of my previous nominations:

Anyone else forgot to say ‘Yes’ to man of your dreams? Any horror Monopoly stories? Bad race shots? Spill it out! Haha!



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24 responses to “Being Normal Gets Boring, So I Go Back To Being Me: Very Inspiring Blogger Award

  1. Thanks SO much!! You’re awesome!! I love your facts!! Hehe!! The Monopoly one made me laugh!! Tehehe!! You’re awesome!! Have a wonderful day!! XOXO!!

  2. Thanks for the nomination! I swear that monopoly game is the longest board game i’ve ever played. I still don’t know if i’ve ever played a game all the way through till the end. I think we’ve just gave up and called it quites!

  3. absgoldberg

    Aww, your scared face is so cute! I so agree about monopoly, that game is the devil! If I want to play a game I literally have to remind myself the whole time to keep it cool cause it’s just a game.

  4. Your scared faces are so funny! At least you still look cute! Hope y’all have a great 4th!

  5. OMGOMGOMG the scared face and trex arms hahahahhaha

  6. What a great fun list of pictures and loads of things I didn’t know – thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. haha the weird faces when your scared is so awesome and I’m probably the same I just haven’t captured it on camera. When Ian’s parents met my mom I was so nervous, I felt like I was setting two people up! Thanks so much for the nomination Olena, I so very much appreciate it as I love love love your blog xx

  8. My hubby states that I become very agressive when playing any board game while consuming a single cooler. I have no idea what he is talking about. Everyone likes to win, right?

  9. Monopoly IS evil. My family all get really serious and competitive when we play it. It is more than just a game haha

  10. The first handful of times my husband asked me to marry him, I said no. We had known each other for about 2-3 months and I had lots of plans for myself. I was trying to get a job in another country and wasn’t interested in tying myself down before that. Finally though I said yes and we went to pick out a ring together. I wanted an opal but he loved sapphires and for some reason thougt he had to get me a diamond because that’s what an engagement ring is in is age – a diamond. I couldn’t care less about diamonds though. We found my ring the first day we looked (not a whole lot of store options either). It has an opal front and center plus diamonds and sapphires on either side of it. PLUS it was in our poor price range! I knew right there that it was meant to be. We’ve had our issues since then but we’re happy. 😀

    I have toms of fun stories about myself and my life. They used to be embarrassing but I’ve learned to laugh at myself. Just as. I laughed at your photos actually. I’d say sorry but I’m not cuz they were funny! I even showed your Spartan one to my dad and read the situation to him. He laughed too. Hehe I love reading your blog. You’re funny! I’d usually be the one crying in the corner too after Monopoly cuz my sister would wipe the floor with me. She’d even give me IOU cards so I’d lose AND be disgustingly in debt to her. My dad learned early on never to play any board games with anyone cuz he’d be the angry guy in the picture. Lol!!

    • Ahahaha! No worries! If I didn’t want people laughing at those pictures, I wouldn’t put then up 🙂

      Also, your hubby seems to be as stubborn *good thing* as mine. It’s good to have a guy who doesn’t give up on you 😀 xoxo

  11. Happy 4th of July everyone!!!!

  12. I refuse to play Monopoly! It lasts forever and it’s not even a fun game! I know exactly what you mean about being scared while zip lining. You’re going so fast it looks like you’re going to smack into the end and get whiplash or something! Luckily like you said you slow down and when I went there were strong guys at the end to catch you 🙂

  13. Aww, thank you for the nomination!! My husband and I were just talking about his deep dislike for Monopoly bc its the game that NEVER ENDS! HA! I loved learning a bit more about you…and I give you a lot of credit, I would NEVER jump into the snow after being in a hot tub 😉

    • You are very welcome, hun! And believe me, jumping into the snow is lots of fun, and is actually not that bad as it looks. You should totally try! Oh, and it’s awesome for your skin 😉 xoxo

  14. I LOVED reading this and learning more about you! You are too cute. And thanks for nominating me!! xoxo Hope you had a great weekend!

  15. I love your race faces. Please make them all the time! 😉

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