An Interview on Myself by Myself – Behind the Scenes of a Brand New Commuter Marriage and Lifestyle Blog
I don’t know about you but writing about myself in a non-narrative form has never been easy. It brings me back to the days of college entrance essays or those dreaded interview questions, “Tell me about your biggest strength and weakness…” which inevitably result in an internal eye roll not discernible through plastered smile (reference picture below). My biggest strength? Well, I am glad you asked. “It’s probably perseverance coupled with an endless curiosity and quest to learn. If you’re not learning something new every day then you are not moving forward. I have been criticized for never being quite satisfied, but to me complacency is boring. Or in other words, we only have one life, you know?” My biggest weakness? “That’s easy. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve, but am working on my poker face as we speak.”
But enough about that. Let’s continue with the interview.
Eleanor Roosevelt Said:
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
Coco Chanel Said:
“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty and irresistable for the rest of your life.”
Interview Question: So you started a new website, Lemons and Latitudes. Can you tell me a little bit about the inspiration and what the purpose is?
My husband and I embarked on a commuter marriage in 2016. As I would share this with people, they always seemed to have a cousin, a friend or even they themselves had been part of a commuter or super-commuter marriage at one point in their lives. When I went on-line to find more information I found that while a lot of people are in geographically separated
relationships and marriages few, if any, are blogging about it and sharing their stories first hand.
What makes your story special?
I don’t know that ours is necessarily special. For us it’s a second marriage with kids involved which keeps us apart for the time being. I think that’s part of the reason why it works is because we’d both been single and independent adults before finding one another. Interdependence is really a key aspect to making this work. As society is becoming more connected through improvements in communication and transportation, experts predict an even a greater rise of the super-commuters in the future. I think we need to start talking about it, so I started a platform to do just that.
What about the rest of the site? I noticed that you have topics spanning from Art to Current News and Career.
To piggy-back on the subject of inter-connectedness, I am fascinated by the medium the world wide web has become as a platform for innovation and inspiration. I wanted to create a space, outside of social media, where those topics can be explored in more depth. In the spirit of the 1990’s ‘Zine, I am looking forward to creating articles on topics that matter to me and hopefully resound with my audience.
Is there anything in your background that makes you qualified to do this?
(Laughs) Other than creating storyboards out of paper and cardboard boxes in the basement with my sisters when we were young? I guess you can say that I have always had journalistic intentions. It was my focus in college but then I went on to sales (not the best choice for me) and eventually found my “home” in digital marketing. You can follow my chronicle on becoming a soloprenuear here <frothmedia.com>.
What takeaway would you want someone exiting your website to come away with?
That this is a homegrown place for stories that inspire. Not just on deep topics but on everyday things. I’m going to talk a bit about the modern woman juggling family, looks and career, but it’s not your average lifestyle blog. You will not see pictures of me or anyone associated with me in a bikini on Instagram. I hope that people will comment, share and be part of the community.
And that, my friends, is how you interview yourself. Thanks for reading. Take a look around. If you or anyone you know have inspirational or unique lifestyle stories to tell, send them my way! I am currently soliciting for guest bloggers (don’t tell Google). 😉