Her take is Simple and Refreshing. “Mynewfavoriteweek’ly Inspiration.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Lately I find myself craving simplicity. Perhaps it’s doing too many things at once all the time, or the new year pushing me towards organization, but I have been attempting to simplify my life in some ways. I am unsubscribing from email lists, making calendars to track my various commitments and creating schedules for myself so that I don’t go crazy feeling like I am running in one direction while being pulled in the other.

My guest on today’s “Mynewfavoriteweek’ly Inspiration.’ is like a breath of fresh air wrapped up in her simplicity and focus. Her name is Nina Badzin and she is a writer and a blogger and a mom of 4, with one being just a wee tiny thing (I bow down to you!:)).   I came upon her on Writer’s Unboxed and then read her post about “Best Practices on Twitter.”  After reading her practical take on the matter, I was an instant fan. I followed her to her blog where I consumed everything she had to say, but lest you think she is all blogging and twitter tips, she is much more.

Once I found Nina, I decided I LOVED her choices on  The 50/50 Book and Movie Challenge.  Her coverage of the book, “MWF Seeking BFF.” by Rachel Bertsche, which as a serial mover (not any more, 7 years in LA and counting!),  I can so relate to, and showed me a kindred spirit in our love of books.

And then, the lovely and talented Nina announced she was starting a new series, Hobbies and Habits, for which I knew I had the perfect post…me making a fool of myself doing something I had wanted to try but hadn’t, Zumba!  As you may know from the “Me-Moon Challenge,” I am committed to doing more for me this year, and Zumba was the starting line.  Nina kindly agreed that she would feature my silliness on her series and so it was, I did Zumba and had a blast!

Finding Nina in this blogosphere has given me a bit of the nudge I needed to give myself a break. To focus , to be deliberate in how I approach this bloggy and social universe, and for that I am incredibly grateful! Keep it Simple!

Without further adieu please meet the lovely and talented Nina Badzin.

1. Shannon:  Why and when did you start blogging?

Nina:  I was spending a lot of time writing a novel, but during breaks I’d read blogs. Reading blogs and commenting led to some guest posting gigs on big blogs like Scary Mommy, Writer Unboxed, and TCJewfolk. After experiencing the thrill of receiving comments I was immediately hooked. I started my blog in November, 2010.

2. Shannon:  Where would we find you now on your blogging journey from where you started?

Nina: After a year+ I’m still playing around with my blog. I’m constantly changing the look of it and reconsidering topics. I don’t have a definite niche, but I think I have a specific voice. This year I’m experimenting with hosting guest bloggers once a month around the theme of “hobbies and habits.” I’m interested in how people manage to take on new hobbies as adults and how people let go of bad habits and start better ones. In general I find it’s hard to change. I’m fascinated with other people’s success stories.

3. Shannon:  Not only do you blog, but you are a writer with several published stories.  How do you find the time to write with kids your blog and family time and everything else that life demands?

Nina:  I wish I could provide a magical solution to the time issue. To fit in time for all the writing I want to do in addition to blogging or even just to do things like get to the dentist by myself I have a wonderful nanny who helps keep me sane. (My kids are 7, 5, 2.5, and 2 months.) One trick I can provide, however, is minimizing my television time. The TV is only on if I’m cooking, cleaning up the kitchen, or exercising. The truth is, I spend way too much time in front of my computer. My husband is incredibly supportive about the writing and blogging, but he’s the first to tell me when things are getting too virtual.

4. Shannon:  Who or what do you find inspiring?

Nina:  I find it inspiring when people forge their own paths and don’t just do what’s expected of them.

5. Shannon:  If you were trapped on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring with you?

Nina:  My husband, my kids, and a large raft to get ourselves some help.

6.  Shannon:  What is one thing about you people might be surprised to know/learn about you (Funny or serious)?

Nina:  Although I limit my TV time, most of what I watch is meant for teenagers. I love The Lying Game, Gossip Girl, and 90210. And I’ve probably seen every episode of Gilmore Girls, Dawson’s Creek, and Felicity at least four times.

7. Shannon:  Did you make any New Year Resolutions and have you followed through so far?

Nina:  I made a resolution to “eat like an adult” (aka, a lot more vegetables and a lot less junk). So far I’ve been successful on an average of 6/7 days each week. Not bad!

8.  Shannon:  What are 3 things you hope people will take away from visiting your blog or reading your stories?


  1. Blogs are great for setting goals. Because of the blog I read a book a week in 2011 and have continued that pace in 2012.
  2. It’s unnecessary to thank everyone on Twitter for every single mention. (My Twitter tips have been my most popular posts.)
  3.  As for the stories, I’d just be thrilled to know anyone has read them!

9.  Shannon:  What pearl(s) of wisdom can you leave us with that you suggest to make each say ‘anewfavoriteday?’

Nina:  It’s become cliché, but it’s true: If you don’t try, you’re sure to fail.

Thank you so so so much Nina for being here.  If you would like to visit Nina, please visit her at Nina Badzin’s Blog.

You can also find and follow her on Twitter at @NinaBadzin


Happy “newfavoriteday’ everyone!  If you would like to read more interviews from the “Mynewfavoriteweek’ly Inspiration,” series, our featured guests would love to hear from you!

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About Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday'

Welcome to 'mynewfavoriteday. This space is about gratitude and connecting through being open, vulnerable and real. I hope you will enjoy my take on motivation, inspiration and advocacy and will take the opportunity to tell me of your own thoughts and stories. Why I started 'mynewfavoriteday.' I am a childhood surviving, divorced, now happily married, IVF (and now natural pregnancy) success story, working mother of 2 amazing babies who were born 12 weeks premature. As life often seems to surprise you when you least expect it, we added another sweet baby girl M to our family in July of 2013. While our angel minis, Q and E are now 7 years old, our son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. And so, as she has grown, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. Thus, while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives. A little bit about me and who I am. In my professional life I am a marketer in the Entertainment Industry; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone's book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life. Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired or motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else 'anewfavoriteday.' By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine. xo, Shannon

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33 Comments on “Her take is Simple and Refreshing. “Mynewfavoriteweek’ly Inspiration.”

  1. Nina Badzin Says:

    Thank you SO much Shannon! It’s an honor to be included in your thoughtful, inspiring blog.


  2. I Choose Happy Now Says:

    Thanks for sharing. I am visiting Nina’s blog right now!



  3. Pamela Greenberg Says:

    Thanks Shannon and Nina!
    Gratitude and simplifying life are two things currently high on my “to do” list. Organizing, time and exercising … Right up there too! I am inspired by your thoughtful musings and grateful that you make the time to share with us.
    Zumba IS awesome and I am motivated to get back to doing it!!


  4. Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson Says:

    Yay Nina! Wow Shannon. We really are stalking the same people! 😉


  5. kvetchmom Says:

    I, too, love Nina! Her interest in helping hew bloggers/twitterfolk inspires me. I am so excited to have found your blog via Yeah Write.


  6. Nina Badzin Says:

    And I’m stalking both of you! It’s a small world after all. 😉


    • Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday' Says:

      Small world indeed! Speaking of your tips I am trying to figure out how your friend Jana taught you to do the email reply within Word Press!


      • Nina Badzin Says:

        SO easy! Instead of checking your comments from you blog, check them from the email address associated with your blog.

        1. When you want to respond, hit reply, which will put the big long response blog address in the reply box. Leave that there. It was to be there. Also leave the entire comment in the text area.
        2. Copy and paste the commenters email address into the “cc” area.
        3. Write your response and hit send. The comment then appears right where it should on the blog as well as in the other person’s inbox.

      • Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday' Says:

        Thank you I so appreciate this!

        Shannon Pruitt

  7. Ado Says:

    Love the Twitter tips – omg I thought I had to thank everyone for every single mention. THANK YOU (pardon the pun) for telling me I DO NOT. Whew! That’s a relief!
    So glad I read this.


    • Nina Badzin Says:

      Ado, I have to warn you that not every person agrees, but if you read the comments on that post, I’d say that most people 100% agree that the constant thanking is overkill–especially the thank yous that are written as regular tweets (rather than @mentions) that everyone has to see. If 1800 people follow me then 1800 people do not need to read my thank you to one person.


  8. XLMIC Says:

    Nina offers us some very practical wisdom! Thanks for featuring her…heading over to get to ‘know’ her better 🙂


  9. Alison@Mama Wants This Says:

    Nina, I love your advice about trying. My dad used to say, it’s better to try and fail, than fail 🙂 Off to read your Twitter post!


  10. Nina Badzin Says:

    Thank you Alison and XLMIC


  11. Lindsey Says:

    I love this interview. Like you, Nina, I watch very little TV … but Gossip Girl is a must in my week! xox


  12. Tempo Life Coaching Says:

    I just recently found Nina and a new favorite blog. Lucky day…now I find you too! Great interview!


  13. Nina Badzin Says:

    Carrie and Shannon–you two will like each other!


  14. Jay- The Dude of the House Says:

    Nina is a great blogger and an even better person. She has inspired me and I’ve learned a lot about blogging from reading hers. Great subject for a great post.


  15. Jamie Walker (@chosenchaos) Says:

    Thanks for this introduction Shannon! Going to check Nina out now!


  16. eof737 Says:

    Lovely job. Pleasure to meet Nina. I’m enjoying stopping in again. Finally catching up on the 500+ posts I have in my email box. Phew! 😉



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