Selection process

Brace yourselves, it’s going to be another hot weekend! It’s a good day for a nice cold cider.

Our electricity bill came and it is unusually high. Aside from the obvious culprit, the air conditioner, I have not been as mindful turning off the lights before I leave a room lately especially when I’ve been occupied with Lana. In the past I’ve been comically vigilant unplugging unused appliances like the rice cooker. If we were leaving town, we would unplug everything except the refrigerator.

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Paula in the Wild

The [X] in the Wild series has been a fun project to do because I get an opportunity to get to know different bloggers from all over the world. Plus I get to apply my interviewer skills.

Meet Paula — she has two blogs: her personal blog, The Geeky Shopaholic and her business blog, Paula Sexton Hickey, Virtual Assistant. And her 9-to-5 job is an 8 PM-8 PM job as a night shift assistant manager. That’s crazy!  Check out the interview below!

Paula HickeyWhat is your blog about? At my personal blog, I write about the things that I love – books, geeky movies and TV shows, blogging, and my life in general.

At my business website, I’m sharing my journey as I start up my own business as well as tips and tricks I learn along the way.

What’s your 9-to-5? I work 8pm- 8am as a night-shift assistant manager for a major retail store. I’ve been with the company 17 years! And I’ve been an assistant manager for five years. Four of which has been on nights. I stayed on nights because of the schedule. Four nights on and three nights off! Which is a pretty sweet schedule!

Location: Tennessee

Favorite places in Tennessee?
Pigeon Forge is one of my favorite places to visit. There is so much to do in that area. You have Dollywood, all kinds of shows and attractions, and you’re close to the Aquarium in Gatlinburg,. My husband and I like to get away over there and rent a cabin for a few days. It so relaxing and fun! You feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere but the town is just a few minutes away. I also love the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville. My sister and I saw Cinderella there last year and it was amazing! And the theatre is beautiful! Chattanooga is also a fun place to visit. Rock City is my favorite! And the Chattanooga Theatre is awesome! And if you love a train ride, you have to visit the Tennessee Valley Railroad. My friends and I took a ride a few  years ago and it was so much fun!

What was your main drive behind your blog?
I started blogging on a whim. Everyone else was doing it, so why not?! But then I found that I really enjoyed having a place to share my thoughts and connect with people. It also brought back my love of writing!

My business blog is mostly a way to showcase to potential clients my writing style and let them know a little about me.

What topics does your blog cover?
I share my thoughts on books, movies, and TV shows. But I also write about deeper issues like faith and feminism. The business blog so far is about my journey as a VA (virtual assistant) and what I’m learning along the way.

For people who are visiting your blog for the first time, what posts and/or series should they read?
Two of my most popular posts are about blogging: 8 Blogging Rules Everyone Needs to Follow and 8 Things Bloggers Don’t Have to Do. One of my personal favorites is one I wrote for International Women’s Day, The Women I Admire the Most.

What are your short/ long term goals?
My short term goal is to make enough money as a VA that I can step down from my assistant manager position. That would allow me to focus even more on my business. Long term I want to be a full time VA.

What are meaningful things/activities in your life?
Spending time with my husband and our two pups is the best part of everyday. And spending time with my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. I don’t see them a lot but I love the time I do get to spend with them.


Folks, she would like to emphasize this is not her kid, but her nephew :-).

How do you start your day?
I wish I could say that I was one of those people who had an amazing morning routine and spent an hour writing while drinking a cup of coffee, but the truth is I’m barely functioning when I wake up. The only reason I can dress myself is that I laid my outfit out before I went to bed!

What is your favorite way to end the day?
Laying in bed next to my hubby, listening to the pups snore.

You got a free plane ticket to go anywhere in the world, where would you want to go? London! I’m a Doctor Who fan after all! And I need my picture at Platform 9 3⁄4! Because I also love Harry Potter!

Most valuable advice you’ve received: “If the direction
you’re going in doesn’t scare you, you’re going in the wrong direction!” I can’t remember where I first read this quote, but it has always stuck with me.

Complete this sentence, you can never leave your home without…my phone, lip balm, and sunglasses.

Wow, you have two blogs! How do you find time to blog? Any tips on managing multiple blogs?
I actually wrote a post about this on my blog. My life has changed a lot since I wrote it though. I’m now married and I’ve started my own business. I don’t have the time to post three days a week like I use to. Now I post twice a month at each blog. And even that isn’t easy to do.

Some weeks are harder than others to find time for everything. I take advantage of any spare time I have to write and then I schedule my posts in advance. That schedule option is a life saver! I also work on my blog during my breaks and lunches at work. I’ll do things like answer emails and comments. I also keep a running list of post idea on my phone, so that when I do write all I have to do is pick a topic and start.

Get social with Paula. You can check her social medias at:

Do you blog and work a full time job? Do you want to be featured? Feel free to reach out!

Sarah in the Wild

This idea was itching my mind for a while. I wanted to do an interview series highlighting bloggers who do full jobs like me. I think we need to highlight there are certainly more things in life than work and blogging is a gateway to support and share hobbies and meaningful activities. To me it is refreshing to hear and know that we are more than our jobs.

So here it is — going forward every Monday, I’ll be doing a series call [X] in the Wild. If you’re interested in a blog interview, contact me.

For the first of the series, meet Sarah from her eponymous blog, Sarah Trademark (, a UK-based lifestyle blog leaning towards beauty products and food. I have to say, she’s got some rad magical hair! Also thank you for being the inaugural interviewee. Here’s the blog interview below!

Sarah Trademark

What’s your 9-to-5? I work as a sales admin in a busy office for a company that supplier industrial fastenings (so nothing to do with my blog!)

Location: Oxfordshire,UK

Favorite things/landmarks from your home? I love going London on day trips to see the sights or go shopping.

What was your main drive behind your blog? I enjoy writing and shaving my views with others.

What topics does your blog cover? Hair, makeup/skincare as well as fitness/food and homeware.

For people who are visiting your blog for the first time, what posts and/or series should they read? I really enjoy writing gift guide posts so I would suggest starting out to check those out!

What are your short/ long term goals? To enjoy myself. Blogging is a hobby for me, not a job, so I want to enjoy what I do and not be pressured to post at certain times etc.

What are meaningful things in your life? My husband and my pets are everything to me. We have a beautiful family (2 guinea pigs and 2 cats)

Ooh you have pets! How are your pets like? They are all so loving. We have two guinea pigs and two cats and they all get on so well it’s beautiful.

How do you start your day? I check all my social pages as soon as I get up before I go to work.

What is your favorite way to end the day? To relax and watch tv before bed.

You got a free plane ticket to go anywhere in the world, where would you want to go? I would love to go to Florida to go to Disneyworld.

Most valuable advice you’ve received? Be yourself and don’t try to conform to what you think is “normal”.

Complete this sentence, “you can never leave your home without”… My phone!

How do you find time to blog? I sometimes do it in the evening but mostly catch up at the weekends

Get social with Sarah! You can check her out at:Sarah Trademark

Do you blog and work a full time job? Do you want to be featured? Feel free to reach out!