Wild Women Wednesday is a monthly interview with amazing military mama bloggers. The goal is to connect more with the blogosphere and get to know more of my ‘coworkers’. Really build *my* community.
Boston based mental health advocacy and lifestyle blogger who spends way too much time on Netflix and not enough time crafting her novel. She recently moved back home from Minnesota to help take care of her mom leaving her boyfriend and his two girls behind. She will soon be trained as a NAMI speaker to advocate through public speaking. Also, she just turned 30 so feel free to send her presents 😉
What do you think is the most important question of this year’s election?
You will inevitably be the start of WWIII (either candidate), please tell me your plan to fix this before it starts.
If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?
California. A lot of people will get mad at that. However, it is because of the big networks creating ridiculous television and reality shows plus more and more unnecessary movies. Children are so focused on tv and movies (all which are now watched on their smart phones or computers) that the art of reading and being creative is slowly vanishing.
How would your dog describe you?
Cuddly. When he lays down he needs to be touching me in some way. It could be a paw on my leg or his head on my head, but this dog thinks I’m his pillow.
What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
Getting any type of reader engagement or sponsorship opportunities. I have my niche and it’s great but I feel like I’ll never be noticed.
Do you believe in God? Why or Why not? What caused you to feel this way?
Yes, I always have. However, after my Mom was diagnosed at 42 with Parkinson’s and also when I got divorced were very trying times of my faith. There is too many intricacies and decisions and the universe is so large that it would be impossible to say “just science.” Where did the very first (I mean the VERY FIRST) tree come from? If it’s seeds, then why hadn’t it happened before and where did those seeds come from? A lot of good has happened in my life and a lot of bad. I feel solace when I turn to faith to help me level out.
Do you have any specific goals for the rest of this year?
Pay off all of my debt! Also to increase engagement and possibly start making some money from my blog and to have my photography business get some clients.
Have you met anyone interesting/famous on your blogging journey?
A lot of people I met through blogging in 2010 while I was living in Houston. A lot of them are really big professional bloggers and vloggers now. I also met a good core group of people through Minnesota Blog Conference. I’m hoping to find another conference to attend soon!
What is something from your childhood that you really miss?
Lack of responsibilities. Being an adult is hard.
Tell me about your military experience?
I was married just after my 22nd birthday to a man that I met in college years earlier who had already served two tours. Our senior year of college, he received a letter stating that they wanted him to serve for the last year in his contract. Our first year of marriage he was deployed, and when he came home he was even worse in his interactions and communications with me then he was before (which was still bad). At the end of the day, I couldn’t change his experience nor could I live with it.
Currently, my boyfriend (who is now living 2000 miles away) is Active Duty Army National Guard, so he works for the Guard every single day. There will be times of PTSD or exhaustion and barely communicating. I love him very much but it was hard enough with being there and seeing him not as the himself that I met, but being away has made it way worse and it’s so difficult when you love someone, can’t take away their pain, but also need to take care of yourself. Military life for the soldier and for the families is tough.
Everyone has a favorite/least favorite post. Name yours and why?
My favorite posts are one where I don’t focus on SEO. They are the ones that are just free flowing through my brain that I need to vent out. They’re raw and messy. Don’t get me wrong I love the How to xyz or 5 tips to xyz, but for writing purposes I love the freeflow posts.
Thank you so much for your time Kelly; it was wild getting to know you!
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