We had the good fortune of connecting with Joey Kaufmann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joey, what inspires you?
I’m really inspired by people. I think everyone has a story to tell, and I love connecting with others and learning about them. I started the “Life Got Me Like” blog because I wanted to create a community where women could go to find commonality. We all like to feel like we have a tribe we belong to, and that there are others who understand and can empathize with what we might be going through. I’m very passionate about helping others, and being an open and authentic person who isn’t afraid to share her story. If I can inspire one person to go after their goals by my writing, or help someone to find their confidence again, or simply to feel like they’re not alone in what they are going through, that’s all that matters to me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My creative outlet is writing. I’ve published a book, started the process of writing new ones, and now I have my blog. Getting that first book published was a project of the heart. It took me three years to finally complete, and I put a lot of truth, tears, and passion into getting it just right, and I’m really proud of the final product. I didn’t know anything about self-publishing a book, so there was a giant learning curve for me. Thankfully I have an amazing writing coach who helped me tremendously as I fumbled through figuring the process out. The way I think I stand out in my writing is I really strive for authenticity, honesty, and telling it just like it is. I might be a little blunt at times, or give a little TMI, but I want my readers to feel like we’re just two friends sitting and drinking coffee and having a real conversation.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A great day with friends would start out early in the morning and spent paddle boarding at the lake, listening to music and relaxing on the water. We’d definitely work up an appetite and need to get some tacos asap when we got off the water, so hitting up Diego Pops or Taco Guild would be a must. Looking to relax the next day, we’d spend it at the Fairmont Princess lounging at the pool, listening to the DJ, and having a cocktail or two. You can’t beat a day soaking up some vitamin D and gabbing with your girlfriends! Rounding out the weekend, I know my friends would want me to take them to all of my favorite thrift shops to find a treasure or two. I can sniff out a good deal like a bloodhound and know all the secrets to finding the best pieces!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes to my amazing tribe of girlfriends and my family! I’m usually the one that people go to for advice or when they might be struggling, but this year it was my turn and I was the one who needed the help and encouragement! They have been and continue to be such great supporters of my writing, and really gave me the confidence to continue to pursue the blog after I had a really hard year. Having a creative outlet is really important to me, and my friends and family are my biggest cheerleaders, editors, and feedback-givers! They truly are one-of-a-kind and I’m eternally grateful for them all.