This weeks guest is Jodi, a writer, blogger and aspiring author. On any given day you will find her blogging at jfgibson.com.au or writing snazzy copy in her copywriting business. She is also working on her first fiction novel, which is almost ready to send out for query. A self-confessed introvert and recovering perfectionist, Jodi loves nothing more than living a fearless and creative life that involves seeing the world, reading good books, listening to music and watching movies. She lives in regional Victoria with her husband and four daughters who fill her days with fun, frustration and frivolity.
Well it’s no surprise that one of my favourite things is writing is it? And thankfully so, as I do it for work and play. Writing for me is something I’ve always loved, but I’ve not always been confident in my ability. I first started blogging back in 2007 and have had many blogs since, and this was really my first step back into writing. It wasn’t until 2012 where I realised that I wanted to write for a living, and that I wanted to set a goal of one day becoming a published fiction author. For me, writing is the one thing that calms my soul. When I write I feel like the truest version of myself.
Writing and reading are like two peas in a pod. The more I read, the better I become at writing, and the more I write, the more I love to read. I love being swept up in a good book driven by captivating characters that by the end of the book, feel like best friends. I don’t necessarily have a favourite author, as I try to read as widely as I can. My top three books this year would have to be:
Guilt by Matt Nable
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
It Started with a Kiss by Lisa Heidke
Growing up we didn’t do a lot of travelling, so I never really had the urge to travel and see the world. That was, until my first trip overseas in 2004. My now husband and I went for a spur-of-the-moment trip to the USA and I was hooked. The following year we travelled to Europe for a belated honeymoon and have since returned to the US twice and Europe again. There are so many places I want to visit. We have also just booked another trip to Europe, this time London and Paris for two weeks with all our four girls. I can’t wait. I love the plane trips, the exploring other cities and cultures, food and way of life. I love the history, the architecture, the scenery and the many stories that every place has to tell.
Growing up as an only child, music was my sole companion. I would have the radio on 24/7 as a kid, and when I got my first ‘Walkman’ I was so excited. The thing I love about music is that there is always something to fit your mood. Music to transport you when you need to escape, music to lift you up, or music to cry to. Music to tell a story, share a message or music to simply let yourself go and dance like crazy. I couldn’t imagine music not being part of my every day.
Autumn is by far my favourite time of year. The balance of warm days to enjoy the outdoors, and cool nights to snuggle up under the covers is just perfect. I love how the smells of summer make way for the cooler, earthier smells of winter. And of course the colours; the yellows, ambers and reds changing day by day are just glorious. There is something about Autumn that evokes all five senses, and that makes me truly happy.
Thank you so much Jodi for sharing your top five favourite things with us. I love your description of Autumn and everything that it evokes, I think it is also the best season for reading! I cannot wait to hear all about your travels in Europe with your girls.
What is on your #myfridayfavourites list this week?
Did you have a Walkman?
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