Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Pulpy Mimosa Interview

Alright, here we go. The first interview for the year! We have two very special guest,  Amanda and Laura from the Pulpy Mimosa!  (This is my favorite post from them) I met thes ladies in college. They were a couple of classes ahead of me, so they were the cool older gals. They had this big blue house and they always had the best get togethers. As college students they even had a full blown real friendsgiving dinner. (This was the first time I ever had mulled wine and I have not looked back since).
These ladies were even there for me and my friends when we went to the ~*bars*~ the first time. (They told us we couldn't order a bloody mary at 9pm, which I am forever grateful they told me this). Then of course you can not forget the New Years Eve where our friend group were the only people to go downtown in our college town, leaving the whole bar to ourselves (or so it felt like). 

Seriously way to much fun with these gals, and they have not toned it down in the slightest. They moved to Italy for their military careers, and you can follow along on all their adventures on their blog. Lets jump into the interview!

1. Who are you and share a fun fact.

I am Laura Chall, a Human Resources Officer in the US Army, living in Italy, married to  the biggest doofus in the world, dog mom to Eleanor Rigby Cadwell Chall, and avid crafter

I'm Amanda Dolsen. I'm a Quartermaster Officer [logistics] in the US Army, been living in Vicenza for the last 3 years, but moving to Richmond for the Captain's Career Course. I have no idea where I will be living this time next year, and I am only mildly freaking out about it.

2. How did you end up in the military?

(Laura) I originally joined ROTC as a way to pay for College, but soon found the military to be a passion of mine. After graduating from Michigan State Universty (Go Green!) in 2015, I commissioned as an Adjutant General Lieutenant and I've been doin' the damn thing ever since

(Amanda) I'm an army brat to an officer dad. He kept trying to get me interested in ROTC when I was in high school, but ultimately it was a decision I made on my own. I ended up signing up for a "general conditioning class" for one more credit my second semester freshman year at MSU. Needless to say, I was super surprised when I showed up on the first day and it was for PT with the ROTC cadets. After the first week or 2, I wanted in.

3. What was the leap to start a blog?

We had been toying around with the idea of beginning some type of creative endeavor for about two years. We wanted to write a book, then it turned into starting a podcast, which evolved into starting a small event catering. We eventually realized that the best starting point would be a blog!  Both of our families have always asked us to share more of our travels, so it was easy to jump into a blog, since is relatively low risk for us, but still encapsulates a lot of creativity. We are able to create and share our travel itineraries, our favorite drink & food recipes, all while developing our writing and photography skills.

4.I love the name pulpy Mimosa, where did it come from?

(Amanda) Honestly, one day in the summer of 2016, I was with our friend Melissa, having a Netflix and chill kinda day (not the creepy kind, the kind where you binge on TV and mimosas with your gal pals all day). We were watching Stranger Things and drinking mimosas we had squeezed the juice for ourselves, so they were super pulpy. I was pretty tipsy, not gonna lie, and I said when I opened the brunch place I have been dreaming of having for the greater part of my adult life, I declared that was what I would want to call my place. So... when Laura and I were brainstorming names for the blog, it ended up sticking.

5. How do you balance a full time career and a blog?

(Laura) Honestly, it hasn't been very hard for me. I don't find much joy in the day to day activities of my job, so the blog has become my creative outlet. Its nice to have something that I (let me put alot of emphasis on IIIIII) get to work on and decide what content I'm putting up and it isn't boring old Human Resources. I like coming up with new drink recipes, or trying out what Amanda has cooked up in her kitchen, or sharing our travel experiences. I also get to hang out with my best friend even more (as if we weren't hanging out enough already), so I aint mad.

6. What have you learned from blogging?

Don't be afraid to try new things or be afraid of failure or looking silly. And don't be afraid to let your freak flag fly.

- What would you tell someone wanting to start a blog, but it is the complete opposite of their career?

Just. Fuggin. Do It. Like Fa Real, just start something and throw it out there and work from there. Who gives a friggin heck if its completely opposite from your career?! As long as its something you're passionate about and you're living it & sharing it in an authentic way, people will share in your enjoyment of whatever it is you love. 

7. Best Advice you have ever gotten?

(Laura) There's three things that have always stuck with me that aren't necessarily advice, but motivation instead:
1. The first draft of anything is Shit
2. Passion never fails
3. Despite what that dumb voice in your head is saying, People WANT to see you succeed.


1. Stop waiting until "the time is right". The time will never actually be right for anything so just go for it and see what happens.

*These are Laura's and Amanda's opinions and in no way does it reflect the opinions of of the military*

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