Interview With A Blogger: The Diary Of A Curly Girl
Today is the launch of a BRAND NEW series on Mom Spark! (Hurrah! Exciting!) Each Sunday we’ll be featuring a mini interview (minterview?) with a lovely blogger gal, to share some fabulous ladies with our readers and to learn more about what these bloggers are all about!
Interview With A Blogger
Our very first interview is with Jess Anderson who writes The Diary of a Curly Girl — an absolute must-read for any curly haired gals out there. She’s all about haircare tips, healthy (and tasty!) recipes, DIY, and more!
So, what prompted you to start blogging?
I really just wanted a creative outlet that combined a bunch of my passions. I’m someone who really needs to express myself creatively in some format, otherwise life feels a little bit stale. I started an original blog that just focused on baked goods, but after a bit of a personal growth, wanted to focus on more healthy, wholesome things — and I kept getting questions constantly about my haircare routine!
Tell us about your day job/educational pursuits?
I attended university for 5 years — 4 years spent doing my undergraduate in History and English, one year obtaining a Bachelor of Education. I am a qualified high school teacher who is currently employed at a private school that has an entire program geared towards students with learning disabilities. It’s incredibly rewarding work; I couldn’t imagine *not* doing something with kids. It’s what I care about the most.
Where’s the farthest from home you’ve ever travelled? Tell us about your experience.
My farthest from home experience would be Italy, twice. The first time was to work at an English day camp for Italian kids – I was stationed in a tiny little village in Toscana (Tuscany), and lived with one of the families. It was wonderful! The second time, I was nannying for an Italian family for 5 weeks over December/January, and got to live in Milan. It was exhausting and emotionally difficult to be away from home over the holiday season, but a very rewarding experience. I picked up so much Italian that by the end of my trip I understood a solid 50% of conversation topics that were being discussed around me. I definitely recommend you go and eat and enjoy!
What skill do you hope to master by the end of 2013?
I’d really like to master the art of living in the moment. As a history student, I spent a lot of time delving into the past, and that often reflects on my daily living. Past, future — I need to hone the skill of enjoying individual moments as they are happening.
What’s your current favourite song/band? And what are you reading?
I’ve rediscovered some of my old albums after cleaning up my room, so I’d have to say that I’m really digging some 90s tunes at this moment. Remember Big Shiny Tunes? I’m finding new inspiration in Moby’s big album, Play. So many good tracks. I know that’s not very hipster or indie or cool necessarily, but damn, it’s good.
As for what I’m reading — Wildwood by Colin Meloy (he’s in the band, The Decemberists!) — it’s more of a children’s novel, and I actually borrowed it from the school I work at. It’s nice to be able to enthusiastically recommend books to students that you’ve actually read! I’m also slowly making my way through the super fat September issue of InStyle. I save my money to buy these beastly issues every year!
Share three blogs you adore!
The Average Girl’s “How To” Guide: This adorable, smart, funny, quirky blog that features daily advice on “how to” — short and sweet and always gives me a laugh.
Tulle & Trinkets: Just so pretty!
Keiko Lynn: Her photos are to dieeeee for. So crisp and colorful and just right spot-on.
Thanks again to Jess from The Diary of a Curly Girl for being our very first Interview With A Blogger feature! Here are a few posts from her site that I know you’re going to love:
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