Today we're talking to Dana from The Broke Ass Bride...
- Describe your blog in five words or less... bad-ass inspiration for broke-ass brides & beyond!
- Aside from blogging,
what do you do? Be as general or specific as possible. I recently quit my day job (woot
woot) so I'm now a full-time blogger! Hunter and I are also an actors and
screenwriters, and do freelance social media consulting on the side. I
guess you could say I'm a broke-ass of many trades, which is perfect because I
- How does your day begin? How does it end? It varies from day to day, depending on what we've got scheduled. I've never been much of a morning person, but I'm working on making a habit of freestyle writing first thing in the morning, then exercising a bit, then getting online where I spend most of the day blogging, tweeting, and researching. At night, we try to spend some quality time away from work, watching tv or hanging with friends - but we often can't stay far for long.
- What are 5 objects that you keep on your desk? Well, since my desk is usually the table on my porch..... my laptop, blackberry, a diet coke or glass of water, lip balm, and a snack.
- What did you want to be when you were younger? When did that change, if at all? I guess the better question is, what didn't I want to be? Archaeologist, astronomer, teacher, psychologist, author, forensic investigator, movie star, doctor, chef, kung fu master... you name it! At a certain point, I realized what I'd really love most is to play all these characters on TV - so I settled on pursuing acting. I've always loved writing, and started blogging when acting was slow and I was feeling creatively starved. Now I do both... and I'm so grateful to have the opportunity!
- When did you start blogging? Why? Hunter and I had a very short-lived food blog about 4 years ago, but I came back to blogging in April of 2008... 6 months after we got engaged. I needed a creative outlet and had become absolutely addicted to and infatuated with wedding blogs. I thought, maybe I can help other brides the way these blogs help me... and 2 years later, I've roped in the Fresh Hubby, and we're still at it!
- Do you have more than just one blog? Right now, just the one. We're working on developing a lifestyle blog, though, so stay tuned! We're very excited about getting to share some of our tips for life before and beyond the wedding, and becoming more full-service. It's going to be hella fun!
- What do you enjoy the most about writing a blog? The least? The best parts for me are being my own boss, and connecting with the readers and others in the industry. I get such a rush of warm fuzzies when I hear from the brides who read our blog, and have found amazing support and friendship in the community. The worst part? I guess that there's not enough time in the day to flesh out all the ideas swimming around my brain. But having too many ideas is much better than the alternative, right?
- Who and/or what inspires you the most? My fellow bloggers inspire me quite a bit. There's so much creativity out there, I'm constantly impressed! Other than that, women entrepreneurs who've created a movement that inspires and empowers people really blow my mind. The success of people like Oprah and Martha remind me that there's nothing I can't do, if I really set my mind to it.
- If you could invite five people to dinner (living or not) who would they be? Oh, this one changes all the time for me... but today? I'd say Ghandi, Anthony Bourdain, Ben Folds, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Oprah.
- What do you do or where do you go when inspiration has difficulty striking? I get out in nature. LA is blessed with such majestic and diverse beauty. I love hiking in the hills and gazing at the ocean. Getting out in the fresh air and away from the hubbub helps me feel centered and focused. I also love yoga, which gives my brain a chance to marinate and relax a bit. Usually, the minute I stop trying so hard is when inspiration hits.
- What is your favorite quote? This one comes from my mom: "The hardest thing to do is almost always the right thing to do." Its so, so true.
- If you were to be given an award (think Oscar quality) who would you most likely forget to thank? Oh gosh I hope I wouldn't forget anyone! I tend to ramble when I get excited or nervous, so its more likely that I'd go on and on, and have to be carried off the stage still listing names. Or, I'd be that girl who cries too hard to thank anyone appropriately :)