I had such a great responce to the first two entries of my Australian Creatives Series. Thank you for reading. Sometimes I feel that the beauty of blogging is also its downfall. You can go wherever you want in a whim. In some ways it is lovely but in others it can be quite surprising where you end up. With the realities of sleep deprivation, the demanding nature of having small children and the need to create posts that have the potential to be shared, pinned and gawked sometimes you forget why you wanted to blog in the first place. The reality is that I came to this medium by being the person who askes the questions, not the one in the spotlight. My journalism degree found me time after time ending up focussing on the online world, and it was never a question that I would bypass news journalism and move into features and more creativly based persuits - my medium of choice. Blogging. So this series gives me a space to return to asking the questions, along with a place to gush and engage in a little fan-girling. Let me introduce to you another of my favourite creative people. Jodi Wilson.
Jodi Wilson is the brain mumma of Practicing Simplicity, (formerly Che and Fidel) one of the most successful Australian blogs - and also an all-time favourite of mine. Jodi is one of those bloggers that truly inspires thoughtful living and parenting. If you have ever read the phrase 'a picture of my children once a week every week' then you can thank Jodi. She has me seriously considering cutting my kids off from TV cold turkey (yup she did it). A, writer, mother, a yoga teacher and temporary solo parent, it is no doubt so many women visit her blog to find inspiration and support - having little ones is intense and her blog is my online zen garden. I'm so happy to get a chance to share with you this honest, inspiring and thoughtful little interview.
I describe myself as - an idealist with a penchant for the natural, imperfect and handmade. I'm a yoga teacher that easily feels anxious, a writer that takes lots of photos and a mother to two little people - Che (6) and Poet (2).
I blog because - it's a fulfilling creative outlet and it allows me to work from the comfort of my dining table (or, let's be honest, my bed/lounge/balcony). I started blogging in 2007; it was very different then, brands and sponsorship are a big part of the medium now. If someone had of told me that one day I would earn money from my blog I would have laughed at them. To be honest, I'm still shocked at the fact that it now contributes to a significant part of my income; delighted but shocked. It's also paved a new career for me in the form of photography - crazy but true. I didn't take photos before I blogged and now I get paid for my captures. It's opened an incredible amount of doors for me; I've met beautiful people I now regard as friends and I have been involved in some inspiring collaborations.
My ultimate weekend would entail - a getaway with my family (or staying home, just pottering) a big bed, white sheets, cooked breakfast, coffee, a beach walk, an ocean swim, book reading, photo taking, a romantic dinner, cake and sex (am I allowed to say that?)
I am in love with - a beautiful, intelligent man named Daniel Grey who is currently travelling the world for 3+ months shooting a tv doco series. We've been together 7+ years and the most time we've spent apart is 8 days, hence this experience has taken a while to get used to. It's been such a whirlwind of emotions for me - saying goodbye was awful and the first few weeks were quite difficult, but now I'm finding my rhythm and I can honestly say, with all my heart, that I love and appreciate him more than I ever have. Three years ago he told me he wanted to leave his trade and start working in the film industry. I remember thinking: "Oh god, this is going to be tough." But it wasn't and now he's being paid to travel - 12 countries in 12 weeks, meeting inspiring people and capturing their stories. In the first few weeks that he was away I was brimming with resentment, fear and jealousy - I was at home stirring the bolognaise whilst he was on a boat in Mexico City drinking beer and listing to live music - the extremes! Those feelings keep popping up but I'm finding, as time goes on, that it's becoming easier to let them go.
I once met - Kirsten Dunst on Oxford St in Paddington when I was working in Alannah Hill (heels and red lipstick were mandatory). She was promoting Spiderman and came into the store wearing a cap; she was slightly hunched to deter fans. She was tiny and gorgeous and incredibly friendly. She bought a cat scarf - as you do.
The most amazing meal I ever ate was - nothing fancy, but it was home cooked and made with love.
I am at my best when - I'm practising gratitude for who I am and what I have.
Back in my day - I was a young mum (23) flailing in the craziness that is life with a young baby. I've grown so much since then.
I am forever - dreaming of a little cottage to call our own. One day, one day.
To be entirely honest - I don't think I have ever been so candid in an interview. Good questions will do that!
Photo Credit Jodi Wilson
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