There are a lot of incredible women out there. Women who do brave things, step out of their comfort zone, see a hole and aim to fill it, Jaclyn Carlson is one of these women.
Director of the popular meeting place (online and in person) for creative bloggers, Blog Society and Boston-native-turned-Sydneysider, Jaclyn is not just another blogger and go-getter, she is my friend. She is a woman with passion and energy in such bucketloads that she amazes me with all the plates she is constantly spinning, yet she is kind and humble and someone who I love to be around!
Jac is an inspiration to me, and I dare say anyone else who knows her and I am so thrilled to have her as part of the first Woman to Woman interview.
Tell us a little about you:
I’m originally from Boston, MA but moved to Sydney almost 8 years ago after meeting and falling in love with an Aussie, overseas. I started my career in marketing/PR/advertising while living in LA and then moved back into the marketing world when I moved to Sydney. I’m a social media addict, white wine lover, avid reader, writer and hopeful photographer. I used to be a triathlete and runner and hope to get back into that soon, along with yoga, as one of my goals for 2015.
Tell us about your blog/business/work/life and how you arrived where you are:
As someone with past experience in marketing, advertising and PR, blogging came naturally to me. More than just a space to write, ramble and remember, blogging shifted my thinking and strengthened my creative spirit. It became an outlet and the more I wrote, the more my confidence grew and I recognised there was a whole world of women out there just like me that were waiting to be connected. That’s when the idea for Blog Society was born and it’s been an incredible adventure ever since.
Describe your perfect Sunday:
Zero plans, a long sleep in and a movie marathon on a rainy Sunday. This rarely happens, but a girl can dream right?
You just can’t live without:
My partner and my family. The rest is all replaceable.
Who is your role model?
The women who get stuff done, who make things happen. There are so many business women, bloggers, leaders I admire however the older I get the more I value, appreciate and respect the women in my life who selflessly give of themselves – my mother, my sisters, my girlfriends. They care, provide and guide family and friends tirelessly and I take strength from their strength.
What would you tell your 16-year-old self?
There are far better things ahead – just trust your gut (and while you’re at it – take a web development and graphic design course – those skills would have come in handy!)
What has been one of your biggest triumphs and how did you get there?
The moment I decided to forge ahead with my idea of Blog Society. I had a list a mile long of all the things that weren’t ready but my gut told me to go ahead anyway, so I did. The response, almost overnight, was so incredibly supportive that it gave me the courage (and energy) to keep going, slowly paving my path as I went. Even today as more milestones are met, it was finding that courage to shake off self-doubt and take the first step that I’m most proud of.
What is your favourite quote?
“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese
I’m a quote addict but I find myself coming back again and again to this one. As someone who can get totally focused on a project and spend hours behind the screen, this reminds me to live in the present and create real life experiences with the ones I love.
Woman to woman – what would you like to say to Kaleidoscope readers?
Only you have the power and complete control to carve out a life you love – don’t let you, hold yourself back.
Fast, Fun Five –
Hot or cold? Hot
Sweet or Savoury? Savoury
Book or Movie? Book
Coast or City? Coast
Early bird or night owl? Night Owl
Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us, Jac. You have an amazing story and I’m sure many of the women reading this will find encouragement in your words!