Daring Spirit: Beth Daigle

Beth Daigle is a wife, mother, writer, columnist, editor and, most recently, blogger. Her husband, two teenage daughters and ten year old schnauzer keep her busy at home, but in her spare time, writing is her passion. She currently writes for Merrimack Valley Magazine, keeping readers up to date through her column “Matters of Life & Beth.” She is also the editor of Merrimack Valley Home Magazine and loves exploring the finest in local home décor, interior design and beautiful architecture.

Beth began writing when her youngest daughter started school full-time. Prior to children she had a career in marketing. She wanted to get back to work, but needed to find something that would allow her to remain available to her girls. At that time, she was binge watching ‘Sex and the City” and dreamed about being the next Carrie Bradshaw (from a writing standpoint). She watched Carrie write her column out of her NYC apartment and said to herself, I can do that. In 2008, she wrote her first article for Northshore Magazine and has been writing ever since.

Today, you’ll find her working on her first book, “Musing Mediterranean,” a lighthearted travel memoir chronicling her 2012 family trip to Greece, Italy and Turkey and her lifestyle blog, 3 Olives & a Twist.

Daring steps, indeed. Let's find out more about this creative spirit!

 

Daring Spirits: Tell us about a decision that felt really bold.

Beth: I am not much of a risk-taker – I tend to play it pretty safe, but when I launched my lifestyle blog, 3 Olives & a Twist, I was really unsure of myself. I knew if I was going to do it, I wanted to do it right. I decided to invest money into the logo design and website creation, all the while knowing that my goal was not to make money from the blog. I wanted it to be a fun place where I could continue writing in a way that was more personal and frequent.

I knew that writing in an online forum would open me up to a new set of readers. Ones that I hoped would like what I have to say, but maybe some who wouldn’t. I feared not knowing whether this creative outlet I’d created would be worth the time and investment.

I’ve always read my daily horoscope and I was looking for a sign that this blog was a good idea. On my most conflicted day, my horoscope read (an excerpt):“Expressing yourself creatively means putting yourself out there and allowing yourself to be vulnerable. Whatever you create you will have to deal with the reality of being judged…keep in mind that what is most important is that you are happy with your effort… this is about letting your true spirit shine.”

From that point on I’ve moved forward with clarity and confidence.

 

Daring Spirits:  Describe a time when things went "wrong" and then the Universe delivered.

Beth: I often feel like the Universe is looking out for me and delivers in a “this was meant to be” kind of way. 

I think the most traumatic time in my life was when I first became a mother. My first daughter was premature by 6 weeks and spent 5 of those weeks in the hospital. I had my second daughter 18 months later. Right from the beginning I was fully engrossed in being a mom. I loved every minute of it – maybe a bit too much. I was so over-involved that I think I exhausted myself to the point of delirium. Although I needed to take a step back and give my girls some independence, the Universe delivered by providing me with a wonderful support system in my husband, family and friends. Each one of them taught me things about myself and parenting that helped me to become the best mom I can be. At the end of the day that is what I am most proud of. I think the experience of having a preemie and then a second child so close to the first took a physical, but more so, mental toll on me. I lacked balance in my life back then and, for some, that can lead down a bad path. But, I feel the Universe helped me take the deep bond I created with my girls when they were little and turn it into a strong, healthy and wonderful relationship with them now. I often think that if all of that hadn’t happened then, I wouldn’t have the same perspective on how lucky I am now.

 

Daring Spirits: What's one thing you really want people to know?

Beth: I honestly believe we, as a society, need to slow down. I try desperately not to rush or over book myself. I’m sometimes feel out of the loop, socially, or worried that my kids aren’t getting involved in enough activities, but I truly enjoy the ease and contentment of a slower-paced life. I have gotten really comfortable saying no, but with the caveat that I value my family and friendships and do the very best I can to setup quality time when it makes sense. I am just not a go-go-go kind of person. There are always times that get busy, but when I have nothing to do, I couldn’t be happier. My absolute favorite place to be is at home with everyone in my family here with me. We might all be doing our own things, but there is such peace and joy that comes from being quietly together.

 

Daring Spirits: Beach or Mountains? Sweet or spicy? Window or aisle?

Beth: Definitely mountains. I am not a beach girl – too hot, too sandy, too many freckles. My favorite seasons are spring and fall – the perfect time for a mountain hike and fresh mountain air.

Sweet! I actually have a problem – I can never get enough.

Either really. I can happily dream while gazing into the clouds or people watch up and down the aisles. I’m not that tall, so I’m comfortable in either spot.

 

Daring Spirits:  Thank you, Beth. We are so glad you said "yes" to being a featured Daring Spirit and appreciate your words of wisdom when it comes to parenting, slowing down, and going all in! To find out more about Beth, check out her website:  Bethdaigle.com.

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