Friday, May 27, 2011

Apparently, I'm Stylish!

I'd like to send out a HUGE thank you to Joyful Sparrow over at A Sparrow's Flight!

Thanks to her, I've been awarded my first Blog Award! And I am really excited about it! (And although I agree with her that maybe these are a little silly... I still can't help but be excited and pass it on!)

I'm ecstatic and flattered all in one, and from what I've read it's now my time to tell you all a little about myself with 7 Random Facts of Hayley and then award 7 of my favorite bloggers this award!

So, to start off...

1.) I love big, fabulous, ridiculous, bold, colorful earrings. It's probably the only thing truly stylish about me, seeing as how I never really follow trends anyway. And yes, below is a picture of how I keep my earrings organized.

2.) I've started running again (see previous post about what makes me happy) and instead of going all by my lonesome, I've decided to start running with two of my three dogs (the third is an 8lb Peeka-poo and wouldn't be able to keep up!). My goal is to lose the 20lbs of pasta belly that I put on while in Rome before I start my next semester.

3.) It might be cliche, but my mom is probably the most inspirational person I know. I might not always like what she has to say, but it's almost always the right thing to say.

4.) I'd love to save the world someday. Unrealistic goal? Yes. Am I still going to try anyway? Of course.

5.) I'm applying for a research grant for ten months in Malawi where, if I'm awarded the grant, I'll be researching the effects that malaria has on children's education and drop out/graduation rates.

6.) I just moved back from Rome, where I lived for four months. And now that I'm back in the States, I'm ready for the next step in my life journey, whatever that may be.

7.) I'm addicted to adrenaline. Literally, anything that will give me a rush, I'm ready to try.

And now that you all know a little more about me, why don't you check out these 7 bloggers who I think are worth getting to know!


Enjoy! And Happy Friday!


  1. I think, you are awesome. :)

    I know your mom is, I've known her for many years and she has my ultimate respect.

    Can you change the world? Yes, I think you can. :)

    Best of luck with the research project! :)

    Keep on going and do what you are doing, you are on the right path.

  2. Thanks for passing onto me! It means a lot that you deem me worthy of a stylin blogger award! lol

    I feel the same way about my mom - sometimes I don't like hearing her opinion but it she usually turns out to be right. She is very wise!

    That Malawi project sounds amazing!! I hope you get it, what a wonderful experience that would be :)

  3. I love my momma too and feel the same exact way about her. She's absolutely amazing at everything she does and is incredibly inspirational and influential in my life :)

    Thank you for adding my blog to your list!! :) So sweet of you and by the way...YOUR BLOG IS SO COMPLETELY AWESOME!!! I LOVE IT!

  4. @Dale - Thank you so much for the compliments. You're very kind :-)

    @Kim - Your blog totally deserves a stylish award :-)

    @Nicole - You're so welcome! Your blog totally deserves it :-D

  5. Thanks Hayley! :)

    I love numbers 4 and 5!
    Of course you can change the world!
    That's a lovely earring collection you've got there!

    Your life seems so exciting! :)

    Thanks again, so much!

  6. Congrats and wow Hayley I'm just in awe of the things you have done and what you have going for you! Those were 7 great facts about yourself!

    And thanks so much for giving me my first award! So exciting!

  7. @Shar - You're more than welcome! Keep up the awesome blogging.

    @Jacque - Thank you so much, Jacque! And spread the stylishness :-D

  8. Hayley...thanks for stopping by and following my blog from FTLOB.

    If you tell me you go to UD which is MY ALMA MATER AND I WAS IN ROME SPRING OF '99 BECAUSE I'M OLD, I will absolutely get the chills. Because you didn't find me because of UD but found me anyway.

    Fingers crossed.... :)

  9. Unfortunately, I didn't go to UD... I was at AUR (American University of Rome). But that's awesome that you were in Rome, anyway! It was absolutely one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life and I miss it dearly every day even though today marks (only) my two week date of being home. Haha

  10. Hah! It would have been too crazy a coincidence :)

    I don't know if it'll make you feel worse or better, but everyone I know who did the semester study abroad still misses it, even 10, 15, 20 years later. It's just such a beautiful nugget of a person's life. We hope to be able to take our kids back someday, and help them to enjoy the history, and OUR history, in a non-touristy fashion :)

  11. I think it's good that those of us who take one miss the semester abroad. It means it was an experience worth remembering and being nostalgic about.

    I, too, hope to someday go back! And I agree... definitely going back and showing your kids the Rome you know in a non-touristy fashion is the way to go :-)

  12. Aww! Fun! And thanks! Now I'll get cracking on mine!

  13. I love the fact that you are adventurous and travel around. Great experiences. I grew up in Africa and have spent much of my adult life overseas and love new places and new people. Just stumbled upon your very interesting blog!

  14. Shanda, that's awesome! Where in Africa? I was in Tanzania a few years back for part of my summer.


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