I only started this blog a few months ago and am already feeling lots of love from the mommy bloggers out there – thank you! Before deciding to write about the chaos of life as a mommy, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you I hesitated. With all of the judgment that seems to go on of parenting styles and the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ way to raise kids, I was nervous to put my chaotic life of work and play on the internet. It’s only been a few months, so maybe Im speaking too soon, but I’ve been welcomed by so many of you and for that I’m grateful.
I was nominated by both Mommy Methodology and Young Earthy Mama so I’m combining all of the great qustions here, and y’all can learn more than you ever wanted to know about me in this one post!
11 Facts About Me
I was born in Georgia, grew up in Hawaii and went to high school in Indiana
I am an Indiana University Grad in Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business
I Studied abroad in Maastricht, Netherlands
Ever since I studied abroad I have been constantly traveling.. or planning my next trip
I met my husband in high school and somehow he still wanted to marry me after college 🙂
My husband and I quit our jobs in Chicago to travel around the world for 18 months (see more at Traveling9to5.com)
I think a babies laugh is the best sound in the world
I drink my coffee black and my wine red
I will never get rid of a pen and paper planner – I make to-do lists for my to-do lists…
I’m a certified personal trainer – i’m passionate about all things fitness and nutrition
My biggest guilty pleasure is watching really bad reality television (aka Housewifes, Bachelor, you get the picture)
From Mommy Methodology
How long have you been blogging, and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging back in 2008 on my first blog: BubblyBride. It was all wedding all the time. I was a wedding coordinator at the time, and helping brides get through the stress of the day was near and dear to my heart. Next, my husband and I left our 9-5 jobs in Chicago and jetset around the world for 18 months, while I wrote about it on Traveling 9 to 5. This blog is still alive and active as we take Lottie Rose with us, and begin a new phase of traveling as a fmaily.
What is your favorite blog post you’ve written? Please link!
It’s a photo post I put together that takes you through every city we traveled through in one year around the world. These aren’t our best photos, but each one represents a big part of what I loved about each location.
Read it here: One Year Around The World in Photos
What is your favorite quote and why?
Two of my favorite:
“May all your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view……where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you”. –Edward Abbey
“If you don’t do something that you love because you are scared to lose your freedom, you already lost your freedom.”
My life has taken so many turns and none that I could have expected, but I have always ended up with the most amazing views. When we quit our jobs to travel, we left stability for an unknown future and if we were too scared to leave we would have never known the freedom that we enjoy now.
Do you know your personality profile, if so what is it?
ENFJ – that was determined probably over 10 years ago.
What is your earliest memory?
I have the worst memory. Literally, my husband jokes about it. Some people have photographic memories – I have the exact opposite of that. Any of my early memories come from photos Ive looked through and stories I’ve been told from my parents.
What is your favorite hobby (aside from blogging)?
Traveling. Everywhere. If I’m not traveling I love planning where my next trip is.
What is your favorite store and why?
Amazon (I know boring.) But with Prime I can get anything delivered in 2 days and never have to leave the house. Who has time to shop with a newborn?! 🙂
What is your beverage of choice?
I wake up and drink coffee… until it is an appropriate time to drink wine… and drink water during the inbetween times.
What one word of advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t worry about anything – it’s a waste of time.
What is your number 1 personal goal this year?
To slow down. Say no to commitments that I’m not passionate about and spend more time with the people I love.
1. What is your favorite kind of flower and why?
The kind that comes with chocolate.
2. Can you roller skate?
I can roller skate… if the question is “am I good at it” the answer is no.
3. What is your favorite Holiday?
Christmas. All things christmas… except the crazy shopping that goes on.
4. What are your personal goals for 2015?
Slow down. Write more. Continue learning to cook. Find an organizaiton to volunteer with consistently. Go on date nights every month with my hubby. Those are some!
5. Your house is on fire, and you can grab 2 things (not counting pets or family members), what would you grab?
My computer – My entire life is in this thing.
My phone –
6. Tell me about your favorite vacation?
We were in Botswana. My husband and I rented a 4×4 truck for a month and started driving north through Botswana and then across Namibia. We camped for the month while we were in search of wildlife in the bush. Neither of us had ever driven a stick shift car before and suddenly we were driving it through 3 feet of sand trying to not get too close to huge African elephants. The days were spent on adrenaline, and the nights were spent drinking a beer under the most beautiful sunset and sky full of starts I have ever seen.
7. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Rude people. I can’t stand them.
8. What is your favorite TV show?
The Wire. Breaking Bad. Seinfeld. Psych. Law and Order SVU. Friends.
11. What do you think is the best blog post you have written? Link please!
Above I linked to my blog about traveling the world in a year in photos.
Another older one (but a good one) I wrote it back when I retired at 26. I quit my job to chase after work that fulfilled me. On Being young and living an unconventional life
My Questions For You:
1. How did you decide on the title of your blog?
2. Wine or Beer?
3. Where was your last trip to?
4. Share a photo that represents you and explain why.
5. What’s your go to meal or dish to cook? share the recipe!
6. Vanilla or Chocolate?
7. What are 1 or 2 blogs that you check daily?
8. How do you drink your coffee?
9. What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
10. What pandora station did you listen to last?
11. Share the last photo you took on your phone.
The Laugher Ever After Blog
Dishes and Dust Bunnies
Sparkle Shiny Love
Get Realy Momma Blog
In My World of Multitasking
The Little Mama
One Mother to Another
The LoLo Chronicles
A splendid Messy Life
Mummy Goes Mad
That Wife Blog
A Little Bluebery
Looking forward to connecting more with all of the mamas who are dancing in the choas of life 🙂
6 Rules of the Liebster Award:
Acknowledge the blog who nominated them and display the award
Answer 11 questions that the nominating blogger gives you
Give 11 random facts about yourself
Nominate 11 blogs with less than 200 followers that you think are deserving of the award
Let the 11 bloggers know you’ve nominated them via social media
Give them 11 questions of your own to answer