Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Blogging Interview With JennyPennyAho!

I'm so excited to introduce my new blogger friend, Jenny from the blog JennyPennyAho! Jenny emailed me a while back about collaborating together to help grow each other's blogs. It's been great working with her & getting to know her. I wanted to interview her to help YOU as the reader, get to know her better. Check out her awesome blog HERE & stay awhile! Also, over on her blog, she interviewed me which you should definitely check out!

Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born and raised in Delaware. I have a younger sister named Becky. After 24 years of living in Delaware, I made the decision to move out west to be with boyfriend. I’ve always been a beach lover, but after living in Colorado, Nevada and now New Mexico, I now have a love for mountains and gorgeous western sunsets.  Seth and I met on a blind date ten and half years ago and we’ve been married for the almost five years. I’ve been a Registered Nurse for 12 years and most recently switched gears and obtained my Master’s in Nursing Education.  I just accepted a teaching position at a local university and I start next week. I’m stoked to start my new career in teaching.  My husband and I own three houses, but we have tenants in two of them. We have a two-year-old Finnish Spitz named Hugo.  My husband calls me a “crazy dog mom.”

How did you know you wanted to take up blogging?
Last August, my husband was in a terrible ATV accident and a week later I joined a website to spread news about his progress to family and friends.  It has been 11 months and we have over 9,000 visits to the site.  Everyone who visits the site has informed me they either start or end their day by reading my journal entries.  After posting entries about Seth’s progress, I decided to start a blog so I could talk about my passions – spirits and eats, travel and my lifestyle.  My parents and grandparents have always called me Jenny Penny, so it seemed fitting to name my blog:  JennyPennyAho.

What or who inspires your blog?
Everyday happenings inspire my blog. Sometimes I have a list of things to write about and other times something happens to me and suddenly I am inspired to write my next post. I am inspired to write more blog posts when my readers have positive feedback about my posts (especially my “Great Eats Edition.”)

What do you enjoy blogging about?
My “life” posts are near and dear to my heart.  I am an extrovert and I love being around people. My “life” posts are the easiest to write and before I know it I’m clicking the “publish” button.

Besides blogging, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
-I was a runner in high school and I still get out to run several days a week. Running helps me to de-stress and sometimes it helps me burn off my “crazy” too.
-When I lived in Vegas, my friend Tawnya started a wine club.  Wine Club is a great way to spend time with good friends and taste different wines while eating a nice meal together.  
-I love taking Hugo to the dog park.  Watching him run around with a happy face (if you have a dog — you know what I mean) and play with other dogs makes me happy.
-I love making personalized gifts for friends.  My mom passed along her craftiness and I have a knack for it.
-I love to get out of the house and explore new places. We have a group of friends whom we go skiing with every other year, but since Seth’s accident, we decided we would switch to summer instead of winter.  I look forward to planning our next “BAMM-cation.”  (BAMM is the first initial of our last names).
-I binge watch CSI Las Vegas on Hulu Plus and I don’t feel guilty one bit!

Who is your favorite blogger?
My favorite blogger is Emily on The Freckled Fox. I was on Pinterest looking at hairstyles and ended up pinning one of her gorgeous hairstyles. I’ve been following her blog for months now. I like how “real” she is and I love her style of clothes and reading about her lifestyle. She is a realistic blogger — I feel like I know Emily and her family.

What are your overall goals for your blog?
My overall goals for my blog are to put a smile on my reader’s faces, make them laugh and/or contemplate what they’ve just read.  I know those are not “measurable goals,” like what I learned to write in my graduate studies, but when I read comments left by my readers, it provides affirmation of why I started this blog.  In the end, if I can make someone happy, smile or view something through different colored glasses, then I know I did my job as a blogger.

Thanks, Jenny, for your awesome interview! Remember to check her blog out here & feel free to leave her a comment or two! ALSO, make sure you check out the interview that Jenny did for me on her blog as well! :)

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