Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Writer Wednesday - Jill from Champagne for Everyday

Jill is a finance professional and blogger from San Francisco. On her blog, Champagne for Everyday, she writes about fashion, fitness, travel and ways to maximize her personal and professional life in a fun and friendly tone. Also, her ideal trip (to South America) sounds incredible and definitely like one I'd like to take. I hope you'll hop on over to her blog after you finish this interview!


Who are you? I’m a young finance professional and blogger living and working in the Bay Area. I would describe myself as high-energy, driven, and loyal. I’m passionate about health and fitness, and I see myself as a sort of long term health experiment. I love the self-expression that can be achieved with fashion, as well as sharing information that makes a difference in other people’s lives. I thrive on building meaningful relationships and bringing people together.

Where can you be found online? Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work? If so, how would you describe it to a stranger you've just met while on vacation? Remember, you're in a hot tub with them on a clear cold night, stars twinkling above you. They want all the details. If not, tell the hot-tub- stranger about your writing in such a way that makes them urge you to get an online receptacle for it.

You can find me online on my blog, Champagne for Everyday (www.champagneforeveryday.com). The name represents the importance I place on celebrating the abundance in everyday life. I also hope that it encourages others to make positive changes in their own lives, to never settle for being unhappy or under stimulated. Life is a gift; we should strive to make every day worth toasting with champagne.

I wanted my blog to be bright, bold and visually appealing. This is partially an expression of my personality, and a symbol of my appreciation for my surroundings. I post about fitness, life hacks, and fashion in equal quantities; my fashion posts capture my quirky style and usually entail everyday pieces mixed in an unexpected way. I also share tips that I’ve picked up in my quest to optimize life, from travelling to maximizing time on the weekends. My fitness posts are research driven and inspired by my own personal experience with living a super healthy lifestyle.

What inspired you to start writing/blogging? When did it happen? I’d been fantasizing about blogging for some time, but it was after my first year in New York City that I was really inspired to start. I was fielding a lot of questions about my diet and fitness routine from co-workers, and I realized how much confusion surrounds health and fitness. This was a huge reason as to why the majority of my co-workers couldn’t establish lasting healthy habits. I thought blogging would be a great to share my tactics for living a fit life.

I wrote a few posts, but quickly became uninspired by the limitations of being a fitness blogger. There was a lot I wanted to cover, but I wasn’t sure how to package it. I had also started a demanding new job, and the blog went on the back burner.

This changed in July of last year when my dad got sick (he has recovered and is doing well). It was a pivotal moment and I realized that life really was short. I was inspired to be more proactive about creating my own reality and working to realize my dreams. I felt that only a small portion of my natural talents were being utilized in my finance job, and I needed a creative outlet. I decided it was perfectly okay to not fit into either the fitness or fashion niche as a blogger, as long as I had valuable information to share. One day in November I sat down to teach myself to use WordPress, and Champagne for Everyday came to life.

Why do you write? I write because allows me to express myself creatively and it’s a practice that comes easily to me. To be able to express thoughts in a way that feels effortless is a gift; it energizes and inspires me. I’m always seeking more intelligent ways to live everyday life and sharing my experiences through writing with the intent of helping others gives is satisfying.

Your writing inspires me. Who inspires you? I’m inspired by those who are aware of the power of their own intent, and seek to live their lives in line with those intentions. Entrepreneurs (including bloggers) and activists who can visualize results and turn dreams into reality by creating something from a mere idea are the most inspirational to me. We all have the ability to make a positive impact on the world on a large scale, but it can be difficult to achieve with the pace of our everyday lives. I’m also inspired by those who’ve overcome the most atrocious adversity and are able to put it aside and focus on the present.

In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would pack my bags for Argentina! After spending a few months exploring here, I would continue on to Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay, and Bolivia. The history of South America is fascinating to me and I can’t wait to immerse myself in these colorful cultures. It’s also on my bucket list to become fluent in Spanish, so this would be a great place to practice.

What is your favorite place on earth? My favorite place on earth is the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada where I grew up. It wasn’t until I moved to the concrete jungle of New York City that I truly appreciated the supernatural beauty of the forests, ocean and snow capped mountains in the Pacific Northwest. When I sit on the beach at the edge of where the forest meets the ocean, I’m reminded of how vast our universe is. It takes me outside of myself and puts my problems into perspective. Realizing how small you are in relation to the rest of the world is a great way to make your worries seem irrelevant!

Anything else you'd like us to know? I have recently realized that when I think I’m about to fail at something, it’s when I decide to approach things a little differently or give it one last push that I tend to be successful. This has given me a sense self-efficacy when it comes to regrouping in the face of adversity and pushing forward. I wish we could package this and give it to every young person who hasn’t got there yet, including my 18 year old self.

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