I’m starting a new series called Meet and Greet. I want to get up and personal with some of my blogger friends, who I not only get to have great conversations with by they have been more than just blogging buddies but true friends indeed.
Over the last few months of networking with other bloggers and I have made a really big connection with another Canadian born citizen who is living aboard in Michigan. Her name is Amanda Ripsam.
I’ve come to know Amanda as a life long friend ( yes it does seem like it and it feels that way too). It seemed like it was fate that we met in a mutual bloggers group, where we help each other get noticed by leaving comments on each others post for support and encouragement depending on what content we have decided to write about, and we also help with retweeting other bloggers post to have more of a reach to allow for more readership to come through and connect with as well. Now we don’t always talk about blogging, we do have a normal communication happening as well LOL. We talk about our families, our children, what has been going on. We are there to lend an ear if we are having a bad day or just to chit chat about nothing at all. It feels like we have known each other longer then a few months. Feels more like years. Maybe we have even had a past life experience together has friends. We truly do have a lot in common.
Amanda and I came up with a mutual agreement to do a few guest blog posts on each other’s blogs, that way other’s can enjoy a different type of audience, and bring something new and exciting to it as well.
I wanted for you guys and gals out there to have a proper introduction and we have decided to do a few question and answer sessions so that way it isn’t a shock to see someone new on the blog.
Getting to know Amanda :
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Hello everyone, My name is Amanda. I am a lifestyle health blogger. I was born and raised in Toronto Ontario Canada and I live in Otsego Michigan. I am married to a computer nerdy techy husband who likes to help others with their computer troubles and he is a area sales rep for hp. I am a stay at home mom we have four kids in total. We have our daughter Bella who has a rare genetic disorder and I blog about our journey with her mostly to help me keep track of all we do. I also am a step mom. My step kids are girl 18, boy 16 and boy 21.
I blog about my hard story of abuse I endured as a child and I share life’s up and downs as I recovered and found happiness out of hopelessness. I also share about living life as an adult who has a a rare genetic disorder called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. My daughter also has 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.
I blog about life it’s my quiet place on the internet that has grown into a advocacy and self help lifestyle health blog. I would love to connect with other bloggers and learn how to sell my story and start public speaking. I also enjoy reviewing products that are family friendly.
I know how to stand out and enjoy helping others stand out too.
2. How did you get started in the blogging world?
I started to get sick and just started to blog just to get the thoughts out in my head then other people started to read the thoughts in my head and started to say how my story will help so many other people out there so I have started sharing and meeting other people. I love making connections with other bloggers too I have developed some really great friendships over the past few years.
3. What are some of the blogs you look up to and why?
I would hate to leave any one blogger out. There are so many friends blogs and random blogs that I have loved. I look up to other bloggers because one blogger might have great advice on how to meditate and another blogger could be very crafty which is something I’m not so great at.
4. Are you more of a fan of Starbucks? Or Tim Hortons?
5. If you had one wish and one wish only, what would you wish for?
I wish for a winning lotto ticket I don’t have any issue in my life right now that couldn’t be handled by tossing some money at it.
6. What are some of your hobbies?
I love blogging it’s my passion to help others. I love doing crafty things with my daughter and I also love going on date nights with my husband. I also enjoy working out.
7. What’s in your fridge right now?
umm foood, left overs, and condiments.
8. What are some of your favorite movies or tv shows ?( it can be a combo of both)
Adam and I enjoy watching Chasing Life – it does hit a bit too close to home though with illness and all, but I am drawn to shows like it. We also watch Big Bang Theory, we watch major crimes, Pit bulls and parolees, Master-chief (Jr USA and Canada) and other cooking shows because they are shows we watch with Bella she loves watching other people cook and she wants to learn how to cook like they do. Bella makes some pretty great brownies.
We just have a big collections of shows we watch together every single night.
9. Do you have any advice you would give to other bloggers who are starting out?
Have a plan, use a planner and use tag and categories on all of your post. Oh and back up everything.
10.Where can readers on the blog get in touch with you?
You can always reach me by sending me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I can’t thank you enough for your kindness, friendship and our late night talks Amanda. Make sure you give the kids a hug from me and tell them that I am thinking about them as well.
Make sure you head on over to Amanda’s interview with me on her blog that will go live on Friday! I can not wait to see it! 🙂
Love and Light my friends!