Far too many women are caught up in the disease of competition with one another; everyone just wants to be Instagram famous, with no qualms about tearing one another down in the process. My hope is that this becomes a series that builds community and friendship in the blogosphere.
Meet Kelly Stillwagon; Marine Wife, Mother of Kittens, Blogger, Ghost Hunter, Teacher. She currently lives in Japan, and is enjoying the experience thoroughly. She is a photographer and would love to hep you get some memories captured.
People talk about taking risks all the time, Are there any that you have taken?
I feel like I have taken a lot of risks in my life. The most recent would be attempting to turn my blog into something that would let Americans on base know about the Japanese businesses around us. Most of the time I have a translator but late I have been going out on my own and winging it. I don’t speak any Japanese. Google translate is my best friend.
Is your blog earning for you? What are the different ways of monetizing you are using?
Very rarely I do actual paid pieces in my blog. If I do something to be compensated it’s usually in a product or service I am reviewing. Right now I’m in the states visiting my family and thanks to blogging I was able to take my mom to a bed and breakfast in Charleston, take my mom and sister on a trip to the mountains while staying in a gorgeous cabin, maintain my weight loss journey with a membership to Gold’s Gym, and saved $300 on my plane tickets all in exchange for reviews. While it may not be actual money, I’m able to provide my family things we wouldn’t normally be able to afford.
My main blog (www.idoandadieu.com) isn’t really monetized but the blog I’m getting ready to launch, Catnip And Chill, will be. It will be easier to advertise products, sell cat food/ treat cook books and other items on it. I hope to have it fully up and running by the end of the year.
What would you consider to be the biggest part of your life right now?
Blogging is the biggest part of my life. Being stationed in Japan, finding work outside of the home is next to impossible. Through blogging I am able to create a way to help my family, the base, businesses in Japan, and find reasons to explore my host nation.
Do you have a process that you need to follow before you can start writing?
My process before writing is to make a big mason jar of hot tea and put on a show for my cats to watch (they are VERY spoil and currently watching The Walking Dead). Then I put on either a podcast (currently listening to Generation Why) or 90’s music. If I have photos for my blog, I edited those first before I dive into writing.
What is something about military life that terrifies you?
The uncertainty of the military life scares me. In a year or two (depending on when my husband’s reenlistment package is accepted) we maybe going recruiting and who knows where we will be sent to or if we will be extending and staying in Japan. As someone who likes to plan everything out, not knowing terrifies me.
So far, which is the most awesome moment in your blogging journey?
My most awesome moment in my blogging journey was when I announced I was starting my weight loss journey and dozens of people who live on my base but I hadn’t met yet started messaging me saying that they read my blog and they wanted me to come work out with them or walk with them. I had a support system I never knew about.
Can you please describe how the military has affected your life?
The military has affected my life by moving half way around the world and giving me the opportunity to become a blogger.
Faith can be a touchy subject; what are your beliefs?
I am struggling with my faith. I was raised Southern baptist but that church crumbled when I was a teenager. I have been talking with missionaries from the Church Of Latter-day Saints. I feel most comfortable with their preachings but I am hesitant to do something this big without my husband. My husband wasn’t raised in Christian home so he isn’t as comfortable with religion as I am. We are a work in progress.
Do you consider your living habits to be mainstream, or ‘crunchy?
I am not crunchy at all. I have nannied for crunchy families and found it to be too much work.
What would you like people to remember you for?
I want people to remember me for being kind. I am willing to help anyone and love to volunteer. My husband and I are known for being the people you call on the middle of the night if someone needs help.
Thank you so much for your time Kelly, I look forward to being bloggy friends and following along on your journey.
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