Kristyl shares her life in the Valley on her popular blog www.valleymom.ca
Jami: What are your Accolades and Accomplishments?
Kristyl quickly ducked out on this question… what a turkey (although I’m not surprised!) She was recently voted one of Vancouver’s top 30 Mom Bloggers and has a long list of accomplishments that she wouldn’t share with me. She’s pretty awesome though… if only there was an award for that. Check out her answer to the question, it’s proof that she’s pretty fantastic:
Kristyl: Hmm… this is a tough one. Of course, I’m so proud of my two young daughters, Molly, 5, and Zoe, 3. I look at them and think, wow, they came out of me???? However, I can’t really take credit for amazing they are. That’s all them, their handsome daddy’s genes and Mother Nature.
But to be truthful, it’s my marriage that is my biggest accomplishment. This August will be our 10th wedding anniversary, which just blows my mind. It still feels like yesterday that I picked him up at a karaoke bar over a shot of Tequila.
“Cheers, you’re hot!” I told him as we clinked glasses.
Jason was only supposed to be a week-long distraction until I left for Journalism school in Kamloops, but we ended up falling, hard, after two weeks.
He put a ring on my finger after just four months of dating. Isn’t that crazy?
We were so young by today’s standards. I’m pretty sure everyone thought I was pregnant, which was why we were in such a rush to tie the knot. But no, just two crazy kids head-over-heels in love.
The first couple of years were tough, many days –impossible, but we powered through them. Even now, it’s not always easy, but we fight tooth and nail to make it work. I look forward to being grandparents with him one day… hopefully not anytime soon though.
Jami, “What do you do when you’re not writing your blog?”
Kristyl, “Writing blog posts for other people! You see, I’m a professional ghost. Boo!
Actually, it’s really not all that scary being a ghostwriter, but sometimes the topics assigned my way can be a little eerie. I once wrote a 1,000- word post on how to survive a Zombie Apocalypse using wood pallets.
When I’m not glued to my seat with a coffee in hand, I love to be active. Whether it’s chasing the ball around with the kids at the park or going for a run — exercise is the only thing that gets me out of my head… well, that and scary movies. Love them all!”
Jami, “Okay so tell us about your blog!”
Kristyl, “ValleyMom.ca (formerly known as She’s a Valley Mom) started two years ago as a hobby, and as an online portfolio of my work. I had left my full -time reporting job after my second daughter, Zoe, was born and was really missing writing. I also couldn’t find a job anywhere and was beginning to feel pretty down and sorry for myself.
Other than work at a newspaper again– and trust me, there are rarely job openings in that field– I felt like I didn’t have anything to offer the world.
So, I started blogging about our adventures in the Fraser Valley. I’ve always had friends asking me for tips and ideas of things they should do, whether it’s for a date night or with their kids, so the theme seemed like a natural fit.
I also wanted to connect moms, dads and grandparents with all the resources, hidden gems, hot spots and events in their own backyard, proving that you don’t have to leave the Fraser Valley for fun and adventure.
Within a couple of weeks of launching the ‘blogazine,’ I already had a strong team of talented contributors, was featured in ‘a handful of newspapers, including The Province’ and had sold my first ad.
The past two years have been a complete world wind of adventures. From spending an evening in a haunted location with the Vancouver Paranormal Team to taking and river rafting to a romantic helicopter ride over the’ valley with Jason, I have had more excitement since publishing the blog than in the past 33 combined.”
Jami, “What is your favorite inspirational quote?”
Kristyl, “”Why fit in when you were born to standout” ~ Dr. Seuss.
It would take me until my 30’s to figure this one out, but I think I’ve finally got it down pat. Even as a young child, I never truly felt ‘normal.’ This was probably due to the fact I was born with a very rare nerve disorder called Markus Gunn Jaw Winking Syndrome that causes my left eye to dance whenever I move my jaw. Imagine being six-years-old and having the entire playground watch as you bite into granola bar. Nowadays, it’s fun ice breaker at parties.”