Christy wants to know how I got in to my career. In college I was an resident advisor in a residence hall for two years and then became in charge of the resident advisors and responsible for and entire residence hall my senior year. That job opened my eyes to all sorts of different opportunities I could have if I worked at a college or university…and I loved every minute of it! After graduation I went to on to get my master’s degree at Michigan State University in higher education administration. While in school I had a graduate assistantship as an assistant residence hall director. That position was live-in…so I had an apartment in the residence hall, meal plan, office, and it paid my school tuition. It was a total win-win! During that time I also had two different internships…one as a career advisor and one working in the alumni department of MSU’s law school. When it came time to job search I knew I wanted to stay in Michigan if possible (thanks to meeting my future husband and falling in love) and one of my advisor’s sent me the job posting for my current position….at a different law school. Bada bing bada boom, here I am today.
Jessica also wants to know what hair products I use. Okay, so I know every one’s hair is different, and that means you may need different products than me. I think Kate from The Small Things Blog has some excellent recommendations….also, I use her tutorial found here to curl my hair with a curling iron. So, with that said, I really thick, naturally wavy, hair that holds a curl really well. I like to mix up my shampoo and conditioner on a regular basis and don’t use anything fancy. My favorites right now are: Herbal Essences Hydralicious shampoo and conditioner, Yes to Carrots conditioner, and Suave Professionals keratin infusion conditioner. My favorite dry shampoo is Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo (use it all the time!) and my absolute favorite hairspray is Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing hair spray. I also only wash my hair every three days, which I think keeps it healthier and makes it easier to style. I totally recommend washing your hair less….it takes a while to get to the point where you can skip shampooing sessions, so try gradually over the course of two weeks skipping a shampoo here and there. I also rinse my hair with a apple cider vinegar and water mix usually about once a month.
The Bennetts asked lots of stuff….first up, where do I see myself in 10 years? Hopefully with one or two more kids, wearing a baseball cap and cheering on Hudson’s team. Living the dream, right? She also wants to know my biggest fear. Ever since I became a mom, my fear has been that something bad will happen to Hudson. Or that he will get really sick. Or that someone will hurt him. It’s SO hard to not let your mind run wild with horrible things that could happen. I can’t even think about it. I’m also terrified of spiders and rodents….yuck. Anyway, moving on, she asked how I stay so fit. Which, ha. First, thank you….you totally made my day. Second, I’m no skinny minnie, but have managed to feel pretty good in my body, especially lately. The BEST thing I did to get fit and loose baby weight was breastfeed. It totally helped me shed those pregnancy pounds plus a few extra! I miss those extra calories now that Hudson is weaned. I also burn a lot of calories chasing after a busy boy, I go on lots of walks with our dog Wrigley (well, I used to, back when it wasn’t 10 degrees outside!), eat sensibly, and I also do The Workout Mama’s bootcamp, which I highly recommend!