Posted by admin on April 16th, 2012
Wow! It has been forever since I’ve had a Mentoring Monday! Eesh! I said I would start getting back into the swing of things so here we go. I am excited to have Kristina back here on my blog for my first Mentoring Monday back since my hiatus. For those of you who don’t know her, I met Kristina at one of the Creative Connection meet ups that I had attended. She is such a sweetie and just so cute. I am so excited to have her back on here. Enjoy!
Hometown: Orange County, CA
Turn Ons: My husband (of course), thrillers and the outdoors!
Turn Offs: Girly glam, being cold and flying
Favorite Food: Tacos!
Favorite place you have traveled to: Islamorada in the Florida Keys
Favorite Albums: I’m so bad at getting new music. But I love listening to The Fray, Sara Jarosz, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Books or Magazines: Real Simple, Elle Decor and maybe some guilty pleasure readings (like People!) when I’m at the beach
What Inspires You: My husband and family are great creative encouragers for me. They are eager to see me try things that I want to do and see me be happy and succeed in them. But when it all comes down to it, I really strive for a simple lifestyle where I can have a healthy life/work balance and still love what I do, whatever that may be.
How did you start Nook and Sea: Last June, I started a blog called Something 2 Write About after moving to the beach area for a new job. It was a real crap shoot – I had always loved writing, but didn’t know exactly what to do with a “blog”. But I decided to stick with it, brand it to my specifications and now see it as an extension of my schooling and an amazing way to meet new people and make connections that could someday turn into a new career that I love.
Do you have a Day Job: I do! I work as an Office Assistant for a country club, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. As much as I wish I could blog full time, my day job isn’t all that terrible. I enjoy my co-workers, have a stable source of income, and the ability to have health and retirement benefits. I’ve really learned to be content in maintaining both jobs. And I know it’s not forever!
What part of having a blog do you find challenging: When you first start off, consistency and purpose are extremely hard to maintain. Why am I blogging? Does anyone care? What am I going to write about today? These things are fleeting, but they’re huge roadblocks in getting started!
Any Advice for anyone who is looking to start their own blog: My biggest piece of advice is, if you have your own business (no matter what it is) – start a blog. Bakers, photographers, social media experts, health professionals, those in real estate, finances, etc. – you wouldn’t believe what opportunities and conversations come from it. And if you do not have a physical operating location quite yet, having a blog gives you the freedom to play around with your branding so that you can figure out what best suits you and your business. It’s a wonderful growing zone, but you have to keep it up!
For more on Kristina you can find her:
I hope you all have a great Monday!