Pubslush, the cool online marketing resource for writers. The site profiles a wide range of bloggers in its Project Blogger column, and it was neat to see So About What I Said... featured. Here's a peek at our chat...
I am a freelance writer and blogger. I launched So About What I Said… in November 2008 as the natural next step in my writing career. The title of the blog comes from my tendency to sometimes say the wrong thing at the wrong time, and then wishing you could go back and say, “so about what I said…” I’ve always envisioned my blog – even from the beginning – kind of like a magazine, and I’ve loved writing about such things as love, my disability, fashion, shopping, design, food and home decor. I’ve been known to Google old crushes, hoard magazines (I call it research…), burst into song and sip a tall glass of root beer on a lazy summer afternoon. I sometimes fear that I’ll end up an old lady with a bunch of cats, but I’m learning to embrace it.
What is your favorite quote?
"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous." --Ingrid Bergman
What are three things you wish someone had told you when you were younger?
1. Everything you think is so important now will seem inconsequential later.
2. Be who you are and never apologize for it.
3. Time goes by in the blink of an eye, so make sure to surround yourself with the people you love…and tell them how much you love them often.
If you were going to write a book what would you call it and what would it be about?
Naturally, it would be called “So About What I Said...” and be part memoir, part humorous look at my life and all the lessons I’ve learned along the way.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
My parents always stressed to never give up and always be yourself, something that can be applied to everything in life.
What would be your best achievement to date?
I was born with a physical disability and spent my childhood and teen years in the hospital and doctors’ offices. I had 26 surgeries by the time I was 16, and I am proud of myself for all I’ve been through. I’ve gotten through it all thanks to the love and support of my family and friends. They’ve been my rock and cheer team!
Do you think society is progressing positively with beauty standards/expectations? What do you feel can be done to further this progression?
I've been pleased with the progress that has been made, especially with regards to showcasing more diversity and differing body types. It’s so important that we as a society embrace everyone’s beauty, and that needs to be reflected in the media. I’d still like to see more people with disabilities in ads and on the runway. This would add a great element of diversity to the mix, don’t you think?
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