As I mentioned in my July Goals, I’m working on growing my blog, and I joined a challenge called #30DayWriters. I’ve successfully kept to my goal, and have written a post every day so far.
Yvette, one of my fellow bloggers in the challenge who blogs at Hello World, nominated me to tell you 11 things you don’t know about me. She sent me the questions, and I’ve answered them for you. At the end, I’ve nominated some other bloggers, so you can check them out too! I think it’s pretty fun to find out about the people behind the blog, and I hope you do too.
Question 1. Why did you start blogging?
After my twins were born at 25 weeks, 5 days, I needed a way to inform everyone of their condition, as well as an outlet for my emotions. A therapist suggested a site called Caringbridge. It’s a free website with a journal to keep your loved ones informed during a health event. It really helped me process and express everything we were going through.
Once the boys got home from the hospital (91 and 93 days in NICU,) I wanted to continue writing. That’s really when my blog began.
Now that they are older (3-years-old,) I have more time to focus on writing and helping others.
#2. If you could see anybody (dead or alive) in concert who would it be and why?
When I was in my teen and 20’s, I went to A LOT of concerts. I’ve been lucky enough to see most of my favorite artists perform. I’ve seen everyone from Icons like Madonna, David Bowie, Prince, and the Beastie Boys to smaller bands like The Lemonheads, Fountains of Wayne, and Ben Folds Five. I used to go to Lollapalooza when it was a touring show, as well as a music festival we have in WI called SummerFest. I love music, and I love a great concert experience. There are actually 2 artists who I still have yet to see, and are on my list. One is Lisa Loeb, who is a singer/songwriter. She still tours, so I’m hoping one day she’ll come close enough. The other is George Michael. I’ve loved him from back in the Wham days. I even choreographed a Pom Pom routine to Wake Me Up before you Go Go back in the day. I’m pretty sure his touring days are over, but if he ever comes around, I’m there.
#3. Where’s your happy place and why?
I would say my happy place is at home, specifically in my bedroom. I have a TV, a computer, and our comfy bed. I like to be snuggled in watching a show, playing spider solitaire right before going to bed. It helps me relax and think. It may seem strange, especially the doing two things at once, but it helps clear my mind.
It’s also nice to have everyone come in and snuggle in the morning or when the kids get up from a nap. And no food allowed! It’s the one room we have nice new carpet.
#4. What’s your favorite season and why?
My favorite season is Fall. I love the feeling of “Back to school,” the cooler temperatures, and the way everything changes color here in WI. It’s also the time of my birthday and my oldest son’s birthday. We got married at the beginning of October, plus Halloween, which is my favorite holiday. I LOVE to dress up.
# 5. Where would you like to be right now and why?
I was going to say Vegas or Arizona, but then I remembered how hot it is right now. I went to college at University of AZ, and Vegas is a favorite spot for me and my husband. We went there on our Honeymoon.
So, I’ll say right now I’d love to be in London. I’ve been there before, and I loved it. Great shopping, great people, and tons to see. Plus, the public transportation is awesome. I wasn’t a huge fan of the food, so that would make it easy to stay on my diet.
#6. What’s the most amazing thing you have achieved?
I’m very proud that I danced with a Modern Dance Company, and went back to school to earn my MBA.
#7. What do you like to do in your down time?
I honestly don’t have much “down” time with three boys. When I do have time to myself, I like to wander around a shop, watch one of my shows on Netflix, take a nap, or take a long, hot shower. Pretty exciting, I know.
#8. If you could be an animal, which one would you be and why?
I think I’d like to be a sea otter. I love watching them glide around the water. I also read a book to my kids about them holding hands when they go to sleep. I don’t know if it’s true, but it sounded super cute.
#9. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would they be?
My first wish would be for me and my family to be happy for the rest of our lives. The second wish would be that we all stay healthy. And the third would be for enough money to live comfortably, travel, and not have to worry about it.
#10. Who’s your role model and why?
I can’t just pick one because I look up to both my parents equally for different reasons. My Mom stayed home with us, took us to all our activities, made lunches and dinners, and kept the household running. Until I became a mother, I had no idea how hard this truly was. In addition, she still helps me out all the time and it a wonderful Grandma. My Dad worked hard at his job until he became part owner of his company. I’ve always looked up to his strong work ethic. Even though he traveled a lot, he still made time to play with us kids too. Now, he always makes time to play with his grand kids. He goes to every one of my nieces soccer games, and always helps me when I need a pick-up from pre-school.
#11. Who’s the most famous person you have met and what were they like?
After I graduated from college, I moved to Los Angeles for a couple of years. I did “extra” work on TV shows and movies, so I got to see a lot of famous people, but not really meet them.
Later, after I moved back to WI and got engaged, I had a chance to go on the Rachel Ray Show. She was helping people find wedding dresses on a budget, and I wrote an essay, which was chosen. I got to fly to Boston, participate in the “Running of the Brides” at Filene’s Basement (a huge bridal gown sale,) pick a dress, then fly to New York and be on her show. I met Rachel before the show and talked with her a little bit after. She seemed exactly like she does on TV, but is really tiny in person. I also met her style segment producer Gretta Monahan and an Olympic Runner Brianna.
Here are your questions:
1. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
2. Where is your favorite place to travel?
3. Tell us one of your guilty pleasures.
4. What is your favorite color and why?
5. What did you want to be when you grew up?
6. Tell us one of your must-have items.
7. What is your favorite TV show or Movie?
8. Tell us about your favorite birthday.
9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
10. Do you have any special talents?
11. If you could travel in time, would you go forward or back? Why?
Good luck with your questions, and I can’t wait to read your answers!