18 Nov Monday Member Spotlight – Jennifer Willey
Jennifer Willey, writer for www.toddlertrails.com, entered the work force at age 16, working for Price Club, now known as Costco Wholesale. At Price Club, Jennifer Willey was a jack of all trades, working in several different departments. After 8 years, Jennifer Willey decided she wanted an office and a change of pace and became an Executive Assistant. Jennifer Willey worked for The Spa at South Coast Plaza, Farmers Insurance, then Wells Fargo. In 2007 she was put on bed rest with Pre-Eclampsia and never returned to work. Now, as a stay at home mom, Jennifer Willey writes for www.toddlertrails.com, helps out in her kid’s preschool and assists her husband with whatever he needs as a teacher and head coach of his high school Softball and Golf teams.
Niche Mommy (NM): What influenced you to start blogging and why?
Jennifer Willey (JW): I originally started blogging to share the day to day hustle and bustle of my little family with our extended relatives. Then, while looking for fun places to take my toddlers, I came up with a sort of directory of toddler friendly places and events. Now I share both with readers.
NM: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
JW: Executive Assistant to Oprah – What an amazing opportunity to see the world and work daily with one of the most influential people. She is just so inspiring.
NM: Name someone who has had an impact on your life and how?
JW: My Husband; He has taught me how to get myself out of a $20,000 debt when we first met without claiming bankruptcy; has encouraged me to be myself and has boosted my confidence and self esteem in my athletic ability, communication skills and more. Being raised a quiet and shy girl, I internalized feelings. Now I’m finally learning to speak my mind – watch out world!
NM: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JW: A preschool teacher.
NM: What on your resume are you most proud of?
JW: Graduating from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelors. Proud because I completed school and paid for it myself without financial assistance (hence the $20,000 credit card debts ).
NM: Do you have any hidden talents?
JW: I feel I am great with children – preschoolers. I’m also a crafter, but don’t seem to have much time for it.
NM: Why did you join The Niche Mommy Network?
JW: Looking forward to meeting new blogging friends, have a place to go for blogging tips and tricks
NM: What’s on your bucket list?
JW: Travel! I’d really like to visit Japan, New Zealand and Australia. Also zipline through a rain forest.
NM: What is your favorite restaurant and what do you get?
JW: Mr. Stox in Anaheim; I’d get the Ahi Tuna and Lobster Bisque.
NM: What is your greatest fear?
JW: Someone hurting my children.
NM: Money is not a problem for you, where would you visit and why?
JW: Japan, to visit some of my heritage, roots.
NM: What is one gift that you would like to unwrap Christmas morning?
JW: Pretty Shiny New DSLR Camera
NM: Which came first: the chicken or the egg?
JW: The Chicken
NM: If you could have dinner with any three people, who would they be?
JW: Oprah, Harrison Ford, Janet Jackson
NM: Coke or Pepsi?