Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Zwolinski.
Christine, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started the Instagram account in 2015, to showcase Chicago and all the amazing places it has to offer. The food, culture, people, etc. I started the blog in 2016 and was pretty inconsistent because of the birth of my son in early 2016. Now, I am back in full swing doing what I truly love. It amazes me how awesome the people of Chicago are and how I still have so much to learn. It’s been a journey through blogging, eating and meeting so many people, I can’t wait to see what else is in store for TheChicagoGoodLife.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Great question and honestly, for me, it’s all a work in progress. I use so much trial and error. I try many, many different things like instastories, different blog ideas, events, etc. A lot of the time, it just doesn’t work. I am still learning the ropes, but I am trying. Prior to blogging and motherhood, I was in education for ten years. I have two master’s degrees in education and I left in June of 2017. I was terrified, it’s all I ever knew. But for anyone out there looking for a change or wanted to pursue something, do it. There is never a right time. I know people say this, but it’s true. I couldn’t imagine my life any other way now.
What should we know about TheChicagoGoodLife? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I focus a lot on three things: Food, family and life. My tag line on my blog is “Babies, Brunch and Bitchin’ Food”. I feel like this sort of sums me up. I love to dine out, cook, be with my family and explore the “good life” in the city. I feature so many different things from restaurants, recipes and events through out the city and Chicagoland area.
I think I am most proud of the inner hustle I have found. Blogging is a lot of networking and that doesn’t come natural to me, but I sort of have a new found love for it. If I like something or someone I meet, I will follow up and find ways I can incorporate them or it into my own brand. It’s more fun that way, too. I also love finding local companies or brands people have never heard of before and sharing their products. If I can recommend a restaurant or brand to anyone, I feel like I am doing my job. I measure success that way.
What sets me apart? I wear many hats. I am a mom, a wife, friend, blogger, wine drinker and lover of fine dining.
It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
Yes! The podcast “Side Hustle Nation” is the best for entrepreneurs. I highly recommend it. As for apps, I love photo editing apps like Facetune and Snapseed, but there are so many out there.
- Website: http://thechicagogoodlife.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thechicagogoodlife/
David and Christine Zwolinski