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This week we have Kirsten “Jill” Robbins from Ripped Jeans and Bifocals!
Jill Blogs about post adoption life as an older mother. Life & lifestyle, satire and a few travel stories and recipes thrown in to keep ya guessing! Come see me!
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Now lets get down to the questions:
- Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging in 2011 to record our family’s adoption story and our two trips to China. I decided to upsize my blog this past spring with the goal of reaching more people and broadening my writing topics. I would love to become more professional and more varied in my writing and take it up a notch.
- What keeps You blogging?
Well….I really just like it. I have some bigger writing goals and keeping my blog up, honing my writing and building my community helps propel me toward that. Besides, I really do just like it. I like the things I learn and the people I meet – like you! I have really made some amazing connections through my blog. Even though I don’t write exclusively about adoption, it is still a big part of my life, and I hear from other families who’ve been inspired, informed or entertained by reading my family’s adoption stories.
- What is your favorite post?
One of my favorites has always been $h!t not to say to multi-racial families, which ran on Blunt Moms this past August. http://www.bluntmoms.com/ht-say-multiracial-families/
My kids are Chinese and I’m not, and this is a funny description of some of the ridiculous stuff people say to us. I have to say, though, the post I wrote this week just kind of for fun turned out pretty well, too. It’s about pet peeves. I wrote it up kind of off the cuff and I didn’t do as much to promote it as I usually do. Interestingly, it received a really great audience response. Maybe it was the catchy title – “Things That Make My Head Explode.”
- What blogs inspire you?
My favorite blog is In The Powder Room. I can always find something to laugh at and the authors are such class acts. I am inspired and uplifted by the power of humor. I also really like Mamalode and Blunt Moms, mostly for the same reason. There are some talented women out there in the blogosphere.
I also really like a blog called The Nerd Can. It’s my friend Beka’s lifestyle blog. It’s just stories of her family’s life in Seattle but I never read that blog without coming away smiling. She is such a wonderful storyteller and her kids are so cute. Being the mom of small boys, I can really relate to their everyday antics.
- What is your Holy Grail
To be a work-at-home mom. I have been in the workforce for 30+ years. I’ve been a mom for 22+ years. I’d love to bow out of the rat race and be able to pursue more writing opportunities and to be more available to my kids. This is a semi-attainable mid-range goal for me now, but for a long time it was my Holy Grail.
- If there is one thing that you could do what would it be?
I would love to renovate an older house where budget was no object. And, where someone else did the yucky, hard stuff, but I’d have so much fun picking out curtains and wallpaper and telling the landscaping men where to plant stuff.
- Where would your dream vacation be?
Somewhere without kids. I love my family to death and while vacationing with kids can be fun, it is not restful. My daughter and I went to Malta this summer, just the two of us, and that was pretty nice, but she’s 22. Vacationing with kids who can go to the bar and get you a drink is pretty cool. I’d love to go somewhere resort-like with just my hubby and relax.
- What is your biggest accomplishment?
Happy kids. Well…they are happy most of the time.
- What is your biggest Failure?
Nothing. I have things I wish I could have done better with and a few things I would take a do-over on, but getting time and distance from life’s little failure makes them seem less of a big deal. My grandfather used to say “Is it going to matter in five years?” The answer is usually no, and while I’ve really thought I sucked at some stuff when the moment was fresh, looking back, I can’t call anything a real failure. Except cutting bangs. I am not good at that.
10. If you could change anything in this world what would it be?
I would want to see every child in a family and no more orphans. My kids had some rougher beginnings in China and through my two adoptions, I’ve had my eyes opened to the fact that many, many children wait for families.
If I could be totally shallow and cheesy in my answer, I would like to change the universe so that eating lots of carbs would make you really skinny.
To Hear More From Jill be sure to go check out Ripped Jeans and Bifocals! Come Back Next week to hear about Alyssa Serben from babies bloodhounds & booze!