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How do I pronounce your name?
Think MonaLisa. It's pronounced ana-lisa. Aunie is pronounced aun-ee (like the proper auntie without the "t"). You can read more about my name here.
What do you do for a living?
As a civilian, I work full-time as a Wellness Coordinator at a hospital in Boise. I wrote more about my job here. I also serve our country as an Airman with the Idaho Air National Guard. I joined the Guard in November of 2013.
You're in the Air Force? How did you decide to join the Air National Guard?
Sometimes, life presents you with an open door and if it feels right—you go for it. I was looking to boost my career & resume, make a little extra money, help build a good future with Daniel (who is also in the Air Guard), and I've always had a love and interest for serving in the military—so the Guard was my open door. I consider it a great honor to be able to serve my country on such flexible and rewarding terms. You can read more about my experiences in the Idaho Air National Guard here.
What did you study in school?
I graduated from Boise State University with a B.S. in Health Education & Promotion. During my freshman year, I also attended the University of Redlands in Southern California, but transferred home sophomore year to join Boise State's cheerleading team.
What's your fitness schedule like? How often do you work out and what do your workouts consist of?
I've always been a runner, and fitness is one of my favorite topics. Daniel used to be a personal trainer, so we push each other to fit workouts in 7-days a week. You might think that sounds like a lot, but we typically only work out for 30-40 minutes—we get in & out! I typically run 3-4 days a week and do HIIT (high intensity interval training) the other 3-4 days. I'm an early riser and work out during the week at 5:15 am and usually around 7:00 am on the weekends. The locations of our workouts vary. Sometimes it's out on the open road for a quick run, other times it's at our local gym, and we also have a gym in our garage so I can get a quick workout in anytime. Fitness is such a big and fun part of my life. I love it! My current training plan can be found here.
You post about trichotillomania, when did you realize you had it? Can you tell me more?
Trichotillomania is a disorder where you pull out your hair. I pull my eyelashes and eyebrows. I began pulling when I was 16, and by the time I was 21, I didn't have a single eyebrow or eyelash left. Since then, I've been able to take better control of my pulling, though I still deal with it often. I'm really open about my struggles with trich, because I want to be able to help others who deal with this debilitating disorder. To see more about it and my experiences, click here.
How do you style your hair?
Great question! After Bye Bye Beehive (my 365-day hair project), I became fond of my natural hair, just the way it is—fine and mostly straight—and to keep it healthy, I try not to use any heat styling tools. To see how I get no-heat beachy waves, watch my video here. To see how I get my no-heat curls, click here. For a more comprehensive list of my hairstyles, click here.
What makeup/beauty products do you use?
On a daily basis, I use almost all of the same products—it's a pretty simple beauty routine. I typically only use bronzer, eyebrow shadow, a touch of eyeliner and mascara. On occasion, I'll do it up a bit more, and you can watch my video tutorial of how I do that makeup look here. You can also shop my other favorite beauty items here.
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What does Daniel do for a living?
Daniel was a personal trainer for several years, and in 2012 became a Recruiter for the Idaho Air National Guard. He joined the Guard when he lived in Wyoming, and after fighting forest fires in Idaho, decided he loved it here, and packed up and moved shortly thereafter. He's been in the Guard for over 11 years and plans on staying with them until retirement. I am so proud of my military man.
Where did you an Daniel meet?
Daniel and I met at the gym—he was working as a personal trainer at the time, and I had purchased daily workout sessions with one of his coworkers. Long story short—somehow my sweaty-moves caught his eye!
You talk about Daniel a lot, but we don't see much of him on the blog... why?
I love to talk about all aspects of my life, take photos, and put myself out there... but it's not really Daniel's thing. While he supports and reads my blog—and is always so encouraging—he doesn't love being featured, so I try to respect that.
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Who takes your photos?
I take most of the photos, though my husband occasionally also finds himself behind the camera. If you ever have a question about which of us has taken the photos, just ask!
What kind of camera do you use?
My camera is a Canon Powershot SX50 HS.
Where did you get your top/pants/shoes/accessories?
I include information (and links, if relevant) about what I'm wearing underneath the first photo in my style posts. You can also shop my closet here.
If I leave a comment, will you respond to it?
I love comments, and read every single one. I try my best to respond to comments—especially the ones that ask questions. I use the Disqus commenting system, which posts my answer to your question as a reply in the comment thread. If you'd also like my reply to come back to your inbox (so you don't have to check back at my post), make sure you register for a Disqus account. Note: Disqus has been said to not work well with Internet Explorer—I recommend Chrome or Safari for the best user-friendly viewing.
What is the Yes To Stylista and how did you win that title?
The company Yes To, Inc. held a contest last October asking for submissions from their fans to be the next Yes To Stylista (basically, someone who loves fun hairstyles, beauty, and skincare products). The winner would receive a cash prize, an all-expenses paid trip to San Francisco, and a 6-month guest-blogging spot on their Tumblr! Out of hundreds of entries, they picked me! From December 1, 2012 to June 1, 2013, I was the Yes To Stylista! You can read my post about winning here, watch the video from my amazing San Fran trip here, read about all of my Yes To Stylista experiences & guest-blogging posts here, check out the posts I wrote for their blog here, and read my final thoughts on the entire Yes To Stylista adventure here!
What are your tips for blog growth?
#1: Blog for YOU. It doesn't matter what your blog is about. If you enjoy doing it, others will enjoy reading it. #2: Network, network, network! Pick a couple of your favorite blogs with high traffic and pay for an advertisement. Comment on big and small blogs. Let people know who you are. I have a couple posts that talk about my blog tips here, here and here.
How did you start reaching out to sponsors, brands, etc.?
When I was first starting out, I looked for other blogs who had similar followings to myself. We swapped ad space and I slowly began meeting more and more bloggers. When I had a slightly bigger following, I began taking paid advertisements. Those initial swap friends made up many of the people who purchased ads from me in the beginning. I don't make a conscious effort to "reach out" to brands. If I receive an email from a business looking to promote a product, I try my best to work with them and help them gain exposure.
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