Mountain Gypsy is inspired by my West Virginian mountain heritage, love for adventure and creativity, and my tendency to go against the grain. I write about yoga, DIY projects, home decor, cocktail recipes and beauty tips, but I also write essays about my life and lessons I learn along the way. At Mountain Gypsy, I believe in everyone being real and being yourself, and I extend that truthfulness into my posts.
Who is the Mountain Gypsy Girl?
She’s someone who lives life by the seat of her torn up jeans.
She is fearless, funny and forever humming a folk tune.
She never misses a bonfire, carries a tambourine and likes her whiskey neat.
She wants her lipstick to outlast her coffee and dreams of driving a Volkswagen bus across the country.
She has a garden of her own and a big porch swing for coffee-drinking.
She sings Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” at karaoke, reads while walking and prefers waffles over pancakes.
She can drink from a crystal glass or red Solo cup and aspires to be a yogi or an outlaw.
She is forever changing, a life-long learner and a little mysterious.
She’s a hippie at heart, lover of nature and knows that life is the biggest adventure.
A little more about me
I grew up in the embrace of the Appalachian Mountains in a small town called Huntington, West Virginia. I attended Marshall University’s journalism school as a print major, and after graduating in 2010, I drove 450 miles to Savannah, Georgia, to live with my then boyfriend/now husband. This was the beginning of my quest for blogdom. I began blogging in college, but when I moved to be on my own for the first time, I really started my research and love affair with its opportunities.
Three years and as many states later, Mountain Gypsy was born in our tiny apartment in Louisville, Kentucky. I had worked several jobs since graduating, which ranged from retail at malls to non-profit office jobs, and never felt fulfilled. Writing and having a creative outlet was the only thing giving me that sense of purpose, and I finally realized having a blog was the way to go. Using my writing and journalism background with my knowledge for beauty, DIY, cocktail mixing and the like, I was able to create a space for the free spirits of the world.
Favorite movies: The Reader, The Aviator, His Girl Friday, Sleepless in Seattle
Favorite books: The Harry Potter Series, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Bossypants
Favorite drinks: Old Fashioned, Margarita, Gingerbread Latte
Favorite foods: chips + salsa, crab cakes, the Warren Pear pizza from Backyard Pizza in Huntington, West Virginia
Hobbies: crocheting, reading, running, yoga, coffee-drinking
Habits: staying up too late, not replacing the roll of toilet paper, picking at my cuticles, forgetting to take my vitamins
Top 10 Favorite Posts About Life
10. All of my wedding series posts, but particularly my Favorite Moments.
9-8. A more serious series of posts are From This Valley, when I wrote about being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and Welcome Home, when we moved back to West Virginia after my diagnosis. These two posts are the most significant to what Mountain Gypsy has become. It’s about the mountains and family and being a free spirit who wants to do awesome things in this crazy world.
7. A Level of Lucky was a fun post I wrote after attending two concerts in two days to see my favorite band, The Avett Brothers.
6. Right after moving, I wrote Thirteen Point Freaking One which is the post about my first half marathon.
5. It may seem silly, but I loved writing the post Every Age: A Parenthood Farewell, about the NBC show Parenthood.
4. Inheritance is about my great-grandmother’s crochet hooks, which I now use for my own love of the hobby.
3. Our first Christmas in our Huntington home brought lots of emotions, which resulted in The Prettiest Tree.
2. I wrote a post for our One Year anniversary and still love reading it.
1. Why I’m a Feminist was a popular post last year, and I’m still very proud of it.
Photos by Melissa Stilwell Photography.