A Self Interview

Thursday, June 27, 2013

As you know, I'm the editor over at Alabama Women Bloggers, and we've been live for two months now. We've had such a wonderful response to our blogging community, and today we are getting to know our sister bloggers a little better through a Self Interview.

***If any other bloggers not in Alabama want to do this self interview, you can... just comment below or tweet me so I can read yours!***

Alabama Women Bloggers

1. What part of the state do you call home?
We live just a few miles South of Birmingham — what I like to call the center of the state!
2. How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging in January 2009. 
3. Why did you start blogging?
Originally I started this blog as a way to way document all the social events I was attending as the editor of a social magazine in Mississippi. After meeting the man of my dreams and now husband, the blog changed to more of an online scrapbook and a lifestyle blog.
4. What is your favorite part of being a member of the Alabama Women Bloggers community?
Hands down, it's meeting all of my sister bloggers in Alabama and seeing they love blogging just as much as I do!
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
If you're like me, you grew up planning your life out. You know, married by 22... mom by 24... yeah, that didn't happen. I've learned that you can't plan your life, because God already has. What I'd like to see in 5 years is a house full of little Sowell kids for the Mr and I to chase around while enjoying our sweet southern life.
6. If you could choose an actress to play you in your life, who would you choose and why?
Okay, y'all might laugh at this, but I love Melissa McCarthy. Everyone always loves her character and laughs throughout whatever she plays. 
7. Name 5 things on your Bucket List that you hope you’ll check off before you die?
Giving birth to little Sowell's, visit New York, vacation in Hawaii, see our 50th wedding anniversary, own a little cabin on a lake. 
8. If you could be known for one thing, what would it be and why?
I'd hope I'm already known for this, but being a Christian. I want my light to shine for Him through my words on my blog, through my actions and my conversations.
9. Describe the best moment in your life.
March 12, 2012 — when I married my soulmate and best friend.
10. If you could “be” anything (no consequences, no fear), what would you “be”?
A talk show host. Call me crazy, but I'd love the chance to interview folks for a living and give them a good dose of southern hospitality. 
11. What or who inspires you to blog?
Life... our life inspires me to blog. I truly do love our sweet southern life, and I want others to enjoy my writing and hopefully inspire them to continue to write posts for their blog.
12. We’re headed to your neck of the woods… what restaurant would you recommend?
One of the first places we ate at once we moved to Alabama was Jim N Nicks... if you haven't been, well you've got to give it a try!
13. What’s a southern tradition you and your family have?
We sit down at our table for every lunch and dinner at our home. We both think it's very important to come together and talk about our day and enjoy each other's company while eating our meals together. 
14. If you could pick your favorite blog post from your blog this year, what would it be?

It's funny, I came up with these questions, but some of them are hard to answer! Ha! However, I think this would be my most heartfelt post this year... A Mother WIthout A Child
15. We all love social media, tell us your links so we can follow you!
Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  Bloglovin


  1. You would be a great talk show host! Making everyone feel at home & you could teach us all to cook good southern food :)

  2. I love the southern tradition of sitting down at the table as a family. We have always done it as much as possible even if we were just eating a sandwich. Now that my kids are grown and runing on their own we still eat together at least once a week.

  3. Joy - as SOON as I read the TV Show Host - I could picture you all cute in a big fun chair interviewing away - you'd be awesome!

  4. I agree, that was one of your best posts! I love reading your blog and am so happy to have found the AL Women Bloggers! I'm pretty sure it came from Beth @ Love you Muches. She was the only friend I had blogging regularly when I started mine back up. I appreciate all the hard work you put into it!

  5. Oh my, I could so see you as a talk show host! We need to figure out how to make this happen!!

  6. Joy, thanks for doing this! I enjoy getting to learn more about women bloggers in Alabama!

  7. I love this! Ok. So about the talk show host... you would be awesome! You have a great perspective, very intelligent, and you know the Southern way. I'll just give good ol' Barbara WaWa a call and get you squeezed in!

  8. Thanks for the great link-up!! I just have to say that I love Melissa McCarthy! I wish she was my bestie. : ) She is hilarious, yet sweet.

  9. Thank you so much for bringing this group of bloggers together! Just the short time I have been here has been awesome. Thank you again!

  10. Oh my gosh Melissa McCarthy is hilarious! And I love your family traditions - it's so easy to plop on the couch with the t.v. blaring - there needs to be more traditions like that! Thank you so much for bringing us all together.

  11. I love this Joy! This is a great way to get to know the other Alabama bloggers! I love number 8....and you're right: you are definitely already known for this :-) O.M.G. you would be an awesome TV host! Seriously that would be a great job for you!

  12. Love your talk show host dream! I would totally watch/listen to your show every day. I'm so glad you put this link up together, I have really enjoyed reading and getting to know all our southern ladies better.
    Your blog has been one of my favorite reads since I met you. I love that who you are online is who you are in person. That can be rare. I also love that you're not about link ups but post genuine from the heart things.
    I would also love to see you have some babies because they would be just as precious and pretty as their sweet mama!

  13. I hate talk shows, but I'd watch yours! I think you'd be great at it.

    I adore Melissa McCarthy and I'd pick her to play me too!!!

  14. darn it! I want to change my answer to "talk show host!" That's awesome!

  15. I would most definitely watch your talk show!

  16. This was a a lot of fun to complete even if it made me think about topics I don't tend to contemplate much (the future). I love how touching and funny your list is. Thanks so much for sharing and helping up share as well.

  17. Oh Jim N Nicks....now I want a cheese biscuit!!!! Ugh.

  18. I saw on Darby's blog that it's your birthday! So happy birthday sweet girl! Hope today is fantastic! I'm so glad I found your blog through Darby :)

  19. I love this Joy! I laughed at Melissa McCarthy because that's who I put too! I've loved getting to "know" you this year and I hope we get to know each other better in the future!

  20. I love your tradition. That's something I wish M and I got to do more often. It has been great getting to know you lately! I love your posts, and you are so sweet!

  21. I am a Michigan blogger with Alabama ties:)
    I'm adding this interview soon if that is okay with you...

    Thanks, Diane

  22. Very nice! Thank you for putting this together for all of us. It was fun to do and I am enjoying reading everyone else's interview too. I do love a great community of woman who also happen to blog! :)


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