I was recently asked to do a little interview for the Organic Food Markets because of my post on obsessive bacon & egg rolls at Orange Grove markets, so I decided to talk about food, life and goodness. I found it a challenge to define my philosophies on these three ideas and put them to pen and paper but I truly enjoyed every bit of it! You can find the original interview at Blog on Bloggers by OFM.
Cute name for the blog. How did you come to this name and can you tell what inspired you to become a blogger?
I came up with PONYTAIL JOURNAL in attempt to best describe its purpose: A publication that explores my life as a model, food fiend, lover of all things functional, and adventurer. Ponytail Journal began as a place to collect my thoughts, and people started to like it! …And I started to like that people liked it! So here we are!
Your bio includes yourself as being a “pursuer of goodness”. For you, what defines “goodness” and how much of a role does this play in your everyday life?
I think the key to a great life is to seek out the things that makes you happy. For me, ‘goodness’ is the umbrella of things that make me enjoy existing in our weird and wonderful Universe. Most importantly, food (that is REAL, and honestly produced) is my sensory happy place. It’s what makes me look forward to getting out of bed in the morning, and also nourishes me with energy to explore and enjoy. Goodness is also in the embracing of what life has to offer us. Whether it be cross-stepping to the nose of my longboard, connecting with people around the world, or having a really great cup of coffee, the act of experiencing is always far more fun than the sum of its functioning parts.
You recently did a most magnificent blog post on Orange Grove Markets, for which we thank you. How did you first come to hear of us and did you come with the specific intention to write a blog?
I used to live close by to Orange Grove markets, and it still holds a special place in my mind. I am a strong believer in supporting food producers who take pride and care in their produce. AND I had a little stall myself at the Riverside organic markets called Spring St. Chow while I was studying! We sought to bring all the goodness we could find and share it, in the sunshine, with the community.
Constantly travelling, I have come to the realisation that Australia is a pretty gosh darn unique and amazing place. With incredible land, things like farmers’ markets help to funnel all the produce goodness into a kind of culinary Disney Land.
The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is absolutely represented through your photography. Do you find it a challenge to select which photographs to include or do you have it planned out prior to your search of all things goodness?
I think I’m getting better at culling unnecessary photos out of my journal. As a confessed food-blog addict myself, I have come to the conclusion that less is definitely more and I always repeat that rule to myself when curating images for a new post. It’s very easy to succumb to the urge of showing people every little detail, but that sometimes means that a post becomes arduous (snore). If I’ve bored my readers with too many images, I’ve failed as editor of my publication. On the other hand, practicing this kind of self control when I’m shooting for Ponytail Journal is a different story: My archive of imagery is ginormous! If I could be that strategically minded while shooting, I would probably have a lot more time on my hands (not spent in editing).
I’m lucky to have such a wealth of great food and lifestyle imagery at my fingertips, my goal is to constantly develop my style through exposure to incredible imagery and, of course, not stagnate or fall into a habit of producing repetitive imagery.
Some smart guy once said “To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.” … oh wait it was Picasso.
How would you sum up the world of Ponytail Journal in 5 words?
Hunting for goodness and adventure.