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This week we have Lisa from The Lisa Kerr! I will let her introduce herself:
I’m a former sex writer (*blushes*) who finally fell in love and settled down. My blog is about how my boyfriend and I fell in love, things we cook together, and I also blog about freelance writing, editing for a living, and how to blog better. I’m a published writer whose work has been published in various literary magazines and seen in Huffington Post, NPR, and New York magazine. I live in California with my two cats and a dog who has her own Instagram. My social media content is usually focused on blogging how-to’s, how to write better, and humor.
Be sure to go check Lisa out at these sites:
Portfolio site: http://www.thelisakerr.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thelisakerr
Bonus Instagram (my dog): http://instagram.com/olivethedogwithablog
Now lets get down to the questions:
- Why did you start blogging?
Believe it or not, I first started blogging to organize a book idea I had but it turned into a social movement instead. Blogging was amazing for this because it instantly connected me to readers who had an emotional connection to my story and I was able to rally a community together to fight for change in certain cult-like environments. Unfortunately, my book idea was based on some tragic things that happened to me in my early twenties which I wrote about for Huffington Post’s TED Weekends segment on cults, so the topic was very dark to write about. To sum it up, I escaped from a cult when I was 25 and went on to blog about what it was like inside, how I coped with my triple diagnosis of anxiety, major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, and how I moved on.
- What keeps You blogging?
Readers’ comments and emails. They make my day. Every time someone emails me that they emotionally connected with one of my posts, I feel like a million bucks.
- What is your favorite post?
Oh boy. I’ve written hundreds of posts and there’s no way I could pick just one. But since you’re forcing me to, I really love this one. It’s raw and vulnerable. When I post things like this, that’s when I feel most connected to the art of writing: http://www.lisakerr.net/2014/06/how-to-cry/
- What blogs inspire you?
I like reading Dooce when I have time and Cup of Jo. They’re both lighthearted and fun with great photography. Both women have great editorial eyes and far better fashion sense than I have.
- What is your Holy Grail?
Treat everyone with kindness, even if they don’t deserve it. Be humble. Admit when you’re wrong. Always keep moving forward.
- If there is one thing that you could do what would it be?
I’ve lived a very full life and I’ve filled my “bio” quite full. One thing I haven’t done yet, and would love to experience, is be a mother. I’ve loved kids since I was a kid and even spent my youth babysitting and my early twenties as a nanny. It’s great to watch other people’s kids but my mom keeps telling me everything changes when you’re a mom and hold your baby in your arms for the first time. I want to experience holding my child in my arms and as silly as it sounds, I want to have a little girl who’s just like me so I can explain all the confusing things she’s going to struggle with. Being “me” can be hard and confusing because I’ve always been artistic and weird. So if I have children who take after me, they’re in for a quite a weird ride. I’d love to guide them through the really hard parts so they can always have a little light at the end of the dark tunnel. I know my mom (who I very much take after) has been that for me.
- Where would your dream vacation be?
I’ve been very fortunate to have a family who loves to travel and to have been raised by a “man’s man”, so I’ve been everywhere from glaciers in Alaska to Myanmar (South East Asia). My dream vacation is one we took in the past: My sister was married on the island of Oahu and we stayed at this gorgeous beach house on the North Shore. I would love to go back there for a few months and just live on that nearly-private beach, tucked away with a good book and some local Hawaiin coffee. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
- What is your biggest accomplishment?
The day Huffington Post asked me to write for their TED Weekends felt like I’d “made it.” As a little girl, I dreamed of being a published author and I did publish by the time I was in my late twenties but it wasn’t until Huffington Post asked me to write for them that I felt like I’d accomplished something big.
- What is your biggest Failure?
This is a tough one because I sometimes wonder if it’s my depression or whether I just have low self-esteem, but I often have days when I feel like everything about me is my biggest failure. If I had to pick one thing, it’s how nice I can be, but that can also be a really great trait to have. It’s all about perspective, I think.
10. If you could change anything in this world what would it be?
Back to the first question, I entered a cult at the age of 17, having been recruited from my public high school. If I could change one thing it would be the way young people can so easily can be brainwashed by religious movements and organizations.
To Hear More From Lisa be sure to go check out The Lisa Kerr! Come Back Next week to hear about Kirsten Jill Robbins from Ripped Jeans and Bifocals!