I’m excited to introduce a new series we’ll be doing at Life Your Way, called “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow in the Life of…” Each week I’ll post an interview with someone as they share how their past has shaped who they are today as well as who they hope to be in the future. We’re starting with the Life Your Way contributors, but I’d love to include readers as well. If you’d like to participate, just send me an email at email@example.com and I’ll send you a questionnaire!
1. Looking back on your childhood, what events do you think shaped who you are today?
Wow, you start out with a tough one. I would say that performing as a violinist and later as a solo vocalist were both experiences that gave me confidence. My strong family life, a good relationship with my mom — these aren’t events, but I think they gave me the independence that I have today.
The decision to go away to college was a biggie. Again, I think all of these experiences forced me to step out of my comfort zone and helped shape me into the person I am today.
2. Were you always interested in fashion?
I always loved to talk, so I guess it follows that I found a home blogging. Seriously, my teachers always gave good reports with one caveat – that I talked too much. Well, no one can tell me to be quiet on my own blog! So there!
I always enjoyed shopping, and now I run a style blog. The design part, though, that’s kind of a surprise. I was never particularly artistic or craftsy. I kind of fell into that.
3. How would you describe yourself today?
Fun, honest, passionate.
4. What do you most love about your life?
I love that I have found a way to make a career for myself from home, that I can be my own boss, that I have the luxury of a flexible schedule, and that I love what I do. I love that I have the opportunity to travel, and that my husband supports me in all of the above.
5. What would other people be surprised to know about you?
I’m not sure much would surprise people; I’m pretty much out-front on my blog. Anything they don’t already know, I’m probably not tellin’.
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
I hope that I’m able to make more of a career out of this blogging thing. I’d like to think that I will find a focus. Right now I feel like I’m doing 155 things part way, but it’s hard to turn down great opportunities when you don’t know where they might take you.
7. What legacy do you hope to leave behind?
I hope people remember me as kind and generous. I’d like to leave the world (and the interwebs) a better place than I found it.
|Jo-Lynne Shane is a happily married mom to three lively school-aged children. When she’s not buried under piles of laundry or a kneading a mound of bread dough, she writes at Musings of a Housewife about faith, family, food and fashion, as well as blogging and design tips. As if that’s not enough, you can also find her beautifying the blogosphere at DCR Design.|