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That Girl With Flowers In Her Hair

I love Blogland for the fact that I've made some amazing friends along the way. Some whom I keep in touch with on an almost daily basis, many of whom I've exchanged phone numbers with and text frequently and others I may loose touch with occasionally, but we always pick up right where we left off.

Isn't it amazing we can find new life long friends among this ginormous interweb? Blows my mind. It's why I'll never stop blogging or reading blogs for that matter.

Today I have one of my gal pals, Nina. She's one of those I mentioned above. A life long friend I met through blogging. I'm going to let Nina do most of the talking today, but I must say, if you are looking for a new and thoughtful, creative, adorable friend on the internet you must go say hello to the gal with flowers in her hair. I'll bet you love her as much as I do!

1. Okay, I know you've probably received this question time and time again, but your blog name... how did it come about?

I've always been a writer but this blog started because I moved across the country from Chicago and my entire Italian family to San Francisco without knowing anyone and with only the promise of an interview. I interviewed on Wednesday, subleased on Sunday, and started on Monday. For courage, my best friend (who moved to another part of CA in a similar situation) sent me this old song that goes, "If You're Going to San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)."

At the very beginning, this blog chronicled my adventures in SF, and the name Flowers in my Hair made sense. Over time, the idea of wearing flowers in one’s hair came to symbolize a way of living adventurously and authentically wherever one resides or what stage of life one finds herself. Later, I also found other songs that mention wearing flowers in hair–The Lumineers “Flowers in Your Hair” & Mumford and Sons’ “After the Storm.” I happen to love both bands so it continued to feel right. There is a freedom that comes with wearing flowers in your hair, a loveliness, a willingness to forget what other’s may think, an inward and unplanned beauty. So now, though I recently moved back to Chicago, I still wear flowers in my hair, literally and figuratively.

I want flowers in my hair all day errrrr day. You make them look so good!
2. You semi-recently moved to Chicago (I'm so jealous). Tell us the top 5 places to visit or see next time we're in town. Obviously stopping by your apartment for tea and macarons is a must, le-duh!  

I grew up just outside of Chicago so I am still learning. I would take you to see a show at Second City because Chicago has the greatest improv in the country. Your favorite comedian probably came from Second City (Tina Fey, Steve Carrel, Amy Poelher, etc.). This time of year I would take you ice skating at Millennium Park since I've ice skated my whole life. I can hold your hands and skate backwards if necessary. Once there, we'd stop at the Bean because if you come to Chicago, you have to take photos that make you look like an alien at the Bean. I would take you to a hole in the wall Italian restaurant that will blow your mind with their home made papperdelle noodles. In the Summertime, we'd catch a Cubs game because when you roll with me, it's Cubs (not the Sox) all the way.

That all sounds just magical minus the ice skating. Never could, never will. But I will totally drink hot cocoa on the sidelines and cheer you on!

3. So I have to talk about your baby sister because... just look at that face! What is it like having a sister so much younger than you? You seem to be quite the awesome big sis! 

There was a time in my life, after my dad's remarriage, that the though of another sibling so much younger terrified me. I wrestled with God over it. And then one day, God completely changed my heart. His timing was perfect and I realized I was very much okay with another sibling hours before I found out about my sister and so I will always be able to say: from the moment I knew about you, I couldn't wait to meet you. That's something very important to me. At four years old, she is one of the best things in my entire life. We don't use the word half. I don't believe in it. I love how sassy and independent she is becuase I am too. She makes me laugh so hard. So many things that sisters closer in age do, we do too. We tell each other secrets. We have inside jokes. She is just the greatest joy

To me this is just so endearing. I have two younger siblings of my own (10 and 11 years younger) so I completely understand where you are coming from. And they are "half" siblings, but that word has meant nothing to me since their birth. They were mine when I saw them!

4. You are a writer, it's quite evident in your blog posts, but what are your aspirations with writing? Where do you want it to take you? Back to San Fran?

One of the clearest directives, or maybe even the clearest directive, God has given me is that I was meant to be writer. I struggle with what that looks like. Does it mean I am suppose to risk it all and leap and make a go of it? Does it mean waiting where I am now and He will provide the opportunity and I'll know it when I see it? It's something I think about all the time because writing really is what makes my soul sing. When I am writing, it's like I am a machine, a really happy machine, where all the gears are working in harmony. When I am writing, the world quiets and makes sense for a bit.

I struggle with knowing that here on one hand is this passion that I know is suppose to be more than a passion and paying rent and health insurance. I am in marketing so it isn't as if I am not learning in my job. But writing... that's my dream. I would love to publish novels. Now I need to write on I am willing to actually show someone. In the meantime, coming up in January, I really want to amp up the freelancing. And blogging is writing I do every single day, out of the obedience and love, but it has it's own category.

Will it take me back to SF? First, Maegen, I want you to be cool if you ever visit one of my favorite cities. Locals will make a face if you say San Fran or worse Frisco. :) I don't know where my writing will take me. I know there are cities that I love with all my heart, that I know I am supposed to spend time living in. I loved my time in SF. I am just on a grand adventure, trying to trust The Lord as I fumble along.

Who wouldn't be inspired with that adorable workspace? I think if you love writing as much as you express, that cancels out all your questions. Especially if you feel from God you are meant to be a writer. What is there to question? Plus you are incredibly good at it!

5. You are quite the fabulous DIYer and I'm oh so jealous. I mean what you did with these bookshelves? Genius. What's your favorite project to date?

My favorite project is always the next one. I knit and my mom requested a specifc scarf so I will be working on that. There are some odds and ends I need to DIY in my apartment. But to give you an example of one of my projects, I really love my deer.

Put that in my house now. Or come to my house and complete all my DIY projects I never take the time to do. Mmmmkay, thanks!

6. What is one experience or "take away" from blogging you've had that you never expected?

I have been awed, inspired, and loved by this community. Whether it is through emails, comments on each other's blogs, social media, or even meeting in real life, there are amazing women here and I have been so blessed by them!

One day, a post flowed out of me that had to do with an abusive relationship I was in at one point in my life. Women reached out to me from every corner of the world, telling me what he did was not okay and sharing their stories. I felt so burdened for them, for us, but the good kind of burden because this is a reality. Do you know six women? One of them will be abused. And keep in mind, these stats are low because it is under-reported crime.

But yes, the community and the strength of these women has surpassed any expectations I had.

Gosh I am right there with you. This community has a way of bringing people out of the woodworks everywhere just when you need them. The support system is incredible!

7. If my readers want to find you how can they go about doing so?

Find me taking pretty pictures at ninab16.
I also cram things into 140 characters here.
Like my Facebook page out of the goodness of your heart.
Not to brag but I have a skill and it is pinteresting.
Come visit me at my blog and if you like it bloglovin' is always there for you (like the theme song to Friends).

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6 comments on "That Girl With Flowers In Her Hair"
  1. Nina, you are fabulous! I loved reading about your lil sis too, and can also relate. Christian is 10 years younger than me and my "half" brother but half means nothing :)

    1. Half is just a word. And one i don't even like! I didn't know Christian was younger than you by 10 years. I love writing about her but at the same time, I want to respect her privacy especially because I am the sissy and not the mom :) Thank you for your kind words. Really.

  2. I am so glad that I recently found Nina's blog and decided to sponsor. I love this post and getting to know her more. Beautiful souls are hard to come by in this world...Nina seems like one of them. :)

  3. Love me some Nina!!!! Her blog is one of my daily reads... :)


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