Wayyyyy back on Monday, Erin tagged me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and I’ve been slowly pulling myself together to answer her tag ever since! In case you’re not familiar with Erin; she’s a fellow teacher/fitness enthusiast with the CUTEST DOG and some truly awesome daily content.
What is your best advice to a new blogger?
Blog because you want to be blogging! I feel like there were so, so many “blogger guides” out there pushing me to grow this into a “business” before I’d even gotten used to like…having a website and keeping up with posts and pages. I’d had online journals on different platforms on and off since my teenage years, but self-hosting was a big jump for me. I’m only 6 months into this self-hosting blogger lyfe, so it’s really helped me to focus on just writing and producing content that makes me happy!
What is your favorite form of social media and why?
I love Instagram! I love being able to catch up with my friends and family members quickly through a few well-chosen visuals. I’ve found facebook to be totally overwhelming and anxiety-producing in the last few years, but Instagram feels less crazy to me. I have a personal instagram that really helps me keep up with friends and family from far away, and my running/blogging insta is ReadWriteRunBlog and you should all check it out and follow me!
What’s one thing your mother/father taught you that completely changed your life?
Oh, okay, this one’s gonna get deep: I was a very, very anxious child. I was always a strong student, but it took WORK. By the time I was in (a very selective) high school and taking (very competitive) advanced classes, I’d started having panic attacks. In these moments, I wasn’t able to focus on what was actually bothering me- which was usually just sleep deprivation + schoolwork and extracurricular overload. Instead, I’d start doubting my ability to do anything for myself; I was 16, and I truly believed that if I couldn’t do advanced algebra in my head with ease, I would never make it as an adult. One night when I was on the brink of a freak-out over a polynomial problem set that I’d messed up because I’d flubbed some basic multiplication, my dad said to me “Kerri, in real life you always have a calculator.”
Literally life changing. See, in school you’re forced to practice skills in isolation, using a teacher-dictated method. But in real life you can figure out what tools you need to be successful and use them as you need them.
For what would you be famous?
I mean, hopefully writing. I have a life-long goal of becoming a published author, and part of my reason for blogging is to get myself back into regular writing practice:) Churning out words has always been the activity that feels most natural to me, and I try to write a little something every day. So hopefully I’ll someday get some kind of notoriety for my writing… that, or I’ll do something clumsy and going viral for it.
What does your dream day look like?
Okay, so, I sleep past 7. Vanilla latte and banana pancakes for breakfast. My favorite Lulu’s are clean and folded. I get to work out somewhere fabulous, and then I get to eat some amazing fro-yo. Later, I hit the beach with some friends, grab some seafood for dinner, and we wine it up until 9pm, which is my bedtime.
me on the beach with my bag of berries and grapes last summer!!
If someone were to play you in a movie, who would you want it to be?
Ellie Kemper. I’ve been told that Kimmy Shmidt and I have a lot of eerie similarities. I think it’s because I talk really fast and I sound really enthusiastic a lot of the time. But I’m not a mole woman so…..
For what are you most grateful today?
My health. I’ve had some major health ups and downs in my life; last spring being decidedly down. People whose bodies just work have no idea what it’s like to live with a chronic condition. I had thyroid cancer as a teen, and had my thyroid removed as a result. This puts me into a life-long state of hypothyroidism that I manage with daily hormone replacement medication and a watchful eye. It took 10+ doctors visits and several tense months to get my hormones back on track after last spring, and I am so grateful for it. But I’ll admit that I’m kind of always waiting for the other shoe to drop, and that’s just the life I lead.
What is your most-used emoji?
The smily face with glasses. It looks like me!
What was your first job?
Unofficially, babysitting. Officially, I was a one-to-one aide for a camper with Autism Spectrum Disorder at a day camp in New Hampshire. I was 15, and it was the hardest job I have had to date. Not only was I completely untrained and working with a camper who, while lovely, had some pretty impactful needs; I was also totally alone there. I was from out of town, spending the summer in a place where I was very much an outsider. I learned a lot about my ability to persevere- and to work with kids- through that experience.
What is special about the place you grew up?
I mean, everything is special about Boston. Boston is an incredible, diverse city with tons of history and a hum to it that no other place has. I love that I can have a neighborhood-style life and big-city style opportunities here, and I love Boston’s commitment to education and innovation.
What was the best compliment you’ve received?
Oh, my gosh, this is a tough one. I was raised in a pretty irish-catholic style home, so compliments weren’t necessarily part of my daily life. I remember being told that I was a “really good kid” by a teacher once, and that really stuck with me. I have always strived to be the kindest, most helpful version of myself that I can be.
Okay! There it is!
- Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 5 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
- Why did you decide to start a blog?
- Where did you grow up and what’s unique about it?
- Besides blogging, what other hobbies do you have?
- Favorite movie?
- Are you a morning person or a night person?
- What’s your favorite travel destination?
- Do you have siblings and where do you fall in the birth order (Oldest, middle, youngest, etc)?
- What was your favorite class that you’ve ever taken, and why?
- What’s one achievement you’re really proud of?
- If you could travel back in time to one historical time period and live there, what time period would you pick?
- What’s your favorite/most used smartphone app and why?