I thought I would have a partner this week, but alas, I do not. So… I asked myself the questions. This will be a little different from my last mix-ups. Here we go!
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Echo from The Mad Mommy
1. What’s changed most about your blog since you started blogging?
When I started blogging, I read blogs that were real but I was completely afraid to be that person. I didn’t want to seem like I was a complainer. I didn’t want to seem fake, so I started with a lot of informational posts. They were cool, but it really wasn’t me.
I’m so thankful that I have found the blogging community. There are Facebook groups for almost every type of blog, including no type. I have found support and a sounding board. Both have given me the ok to be me. As I evolve to really open up, tell stories, and become a better communicator, I have found that there are people who want to read it.
2. What’s changed most about you since you started blogging?
When I started blogging, I was pretty lost. As someone who graduated law school, but did not pass the bar, you are stuck in a precarious spot. Law firms aren’t that interested in hiring graduates who haven’t passed. If they hire you as a paralegal, they want a paralegal – not a lawyer. Yet, they don’t want to hire you as a paralegal, because they know that there’s a strong likelihood that you want to take the bar and actually practice. They know, and you know, that you did not spend possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars on a degree to make only 50% of the pay.
I am thankful that I kept going. Changing with each blog post, evolving and learning on what I want to be and what I don’t. I’m still not sure whether I will practice law in a traditional sense, but I have started to find a direction with my life. I’m not sure I would’ve gotten this far if I was just working a day job.
3. What are you looking forward to most this year?
There are a lot of things in the works ~ personally and professionally. I am thankful that I get to look forward to travels, possible family moves, a growing business and stepping into a role as a work at home mom, instead of a stay at home mom. I’m also very worried that I won’t be able to keep up, but I won’t know unless I try.
4. Have you accomplished any big goals recently?
No… and yes. I started Crossfit last week and have been going consistently. I am thankful to Groupon (and to the gym) for offering such a deal that I couldn’t turn it down and it’s close enough that I can go and they have a place for my children to go while I work out.
I’m also thankful that the transition from 100lbCountdown.com to aprilnoelle.com has gone fairly smoothly and except for working to get my subscribership up, my viewership is very strong.
5. What chore do you like least?
I am very thankful that my husband sweeps and mops the floors because I hate doing them. I hate picking things up too, but at least I feel some sense of completion.
6. What was the last movie you saw in theaters? How was it?
I am thankful that I had the opportunity to receive free tickets to see the new “Annie” prior to its release with my daughter, Bee. Annie was the first (and only) movie she has seen in the theater and she thoroughly enjoyed it. I wish it had more singing though. We have spent more time watching the original at home. Thank you Netflix!
7. It’s a beautiful day and you have finished all of your work. What do you do?
I am thankful that here in Florida, there are very few bad days. I am also thankful that we live in a relatively safe neighborhood, so I open the garage door, pull out our chair and let the kids run wild. Not only do they have tones of fun, they exhaust themselves for the evening.
8. What’s your dream date night?
I am thankful for the date nights that my husband plans from top to bottom… ones where all I have to do is get ready to go. I like to go to dinner and dancing, but not really clubs. I just like to have a place to talk to my husband. A walk along the beach has been a favorite.
9. When’s the last time you received something besides junk mail or bills in the mail? What was it?
I am thankful that I have made a lot of great connections in my new city. I love being able to go to some awesome events. The downside (but also upside) is that I get invited to a lot of things. Sometimes things way outside of my budget. The most recent was an invitation to the Inlet Grove Foundation Awards with guest speaker Iyanla Vanzant. As much as I would love to go and think this would be worthwhile cause, I don’t think it’s in my budget this year.
10. What’s your dream car?
I used to really want a Jaguar. Then I was blessed to have several friends who had acquired my precious Jaguar. I am very thankful that they showed me the err of my judgment and the extremely high cost of maintenance. Thus, my new dream car is an A8 Audi with Brilliant Black exterior, Velvet Beige Valcona leather interior, with Dark Brown Walnut wood inlay.