Meet the lovely Jaclyn! A contributor to Belong ISSUE 03, read on to discover what drives this amazing woman!
WHO ARE YOU? / Jaclyn Carlson - Founder & CEO of Blog Society, creative matchmaker, digital strategist, blogger, runner, wannabe photographer, fiance, American expat, Australian resident and die hard tribe builder ready to change the world.
WHERE DO YOU BELONG? / As an expat I call more than one city and country home, so where I truly belong is anywhere I'm surrounded by love, laughter and familiar faces.
WHAT IS YOUR "WHY"? / To move forward, to blog better, dream bigger and aim higher. To seek out news way to nourish our inner creative and enrich our lives by learning from one another. To never stop being curious and to always pursue the next adventure.
HOW DID YOU GET HERE? / I’m a Boston girl at heart who after 8 years in Sydney is finally developing a strange Aussie/American accent! I’ve always been a natural connector of people and combined with my professional background in Marketing & PR, the blogging/event planning world came really naturally to me. I instantly fell in love! It wasn’t until I found myself in a new country that I really turned to blogging to connect and since I couldn’t find a creative community here in Sydney that felt ‘right’ to me, I decided to create one of my own – and thus Blog Society was born.
IF WE WALKED INTO YOUR LIFE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY, WHAT WOULD WE SEE? / Multi-tasking! I work full time as the Australian Editor for US-based website Flo + Frank in addition to running Blog Society so you'll most likely find me glued to my laptop with my phone in hand juggling a million different projects :)
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT? / "Just start" – that is the BEST piece of advice I can give you, followed by always surrounding yourself with those that want to lift you higher and finally that relationships are always more important than numbers.
FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA TOOL? / Instagram
FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? / Oreo
FAVORITE READ? / Love interior mags - current fav is Real Living Magazine (Australian publication)
WHAT IS YOUR UNIFORM? / I'm an all black girl through and through. From jeans to dress it's all black, all the time.
IN THE INFINITE RAINBOW OF COLORS, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU BE AND WHAT WOULD YOU NAME IT? / Brave black
TELL US A SECRET! / I'm in introvert! Although I love organising big events, speaking at events and being surrounded by my tribe, I really recharge when I'm home enjoying the quiet, curled up on the couch with a good book.
UMBRELLA OR SUNGLASSES? / Sunglassases
INTROVERT OR EXTROVERT? / Introvert
COFFEE OR TEA? / Coffee
DIGITAL OR PRINT? / Print
SANDALS OR SNOW BOOTS? / Sandals
HOME OR AWAY? / Away
EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL? / Night Owl
WHAT'S ONE THING YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS YEAR? / Relaunch our Digital Bravery E-Course and welcome a flood of new, kick ass women from all over the world into class!
LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? / The Dressmaker
WHAT DO YOU DO TO STAY INSPIRED? / Travel - it's my guilty pleasure and I try to squeeze in as much travel as I can each year. From simple day trips to new places, to overseas adventures its the fresh air and new surroundings that keep my inspiration tank full.
FAVORITE SONG RIGHT NOW? / Anything by Buena Vista Social Club - I immediately feel like I'm a million miles away from any care in the world
GUILTY PLEASURE? / Reality TV (can't stop watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills...shhh don't tell anyone!)
You are not alone, Jaclyn! I have a slight (okay, major) obsession with RHOBH!
Head to Jaclyn's website Blog Society to learn more about her workshops and blog tips!
All photos via Unsplash