What’s something you can’t live without (besides your loved ones)?
Soda. I'm an addict and I'm pretty sure it's running thru my veins. I also can't live without travel. Which sounds so cliché but it keeps my life from feeling stagnant - which is why my family jokes that I was made to be a military spouse. I'm always up for the next adventure.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?|
We're in the military so it's almost impossible to tell but I'm hoping someplace overseas! I'm pushing hard for us to get stationed over there.
What’s your favorite food?
I'm a pasta addict. Actually, give me all the carbs. Bread, pasta, and pizza for days.
My favorite dessert is homemade strawberry rhubarb pie but when I can't get that I'll settle for Key Lime Pie at Poe's Tavern or the Cheesecake at Maggianos.
That's so tough! Jacksonville has so many great options. The last place we visited was Hawkers, it's never a bad choice!
Favorite place to hang out in Jacksonville?
We love bike riding at Hanna Park and my favorite beach is Big Talbot.
What is your favorite thing to do around Jacksonville?
Definitely beach days. We live a mile from the beach and I try to get down there as often as possible. I grew up in a state where it's cold about 8 months out of the year so I try to take advantage of living in Florida.
When your family comes to town, what is something you guys always have to do while they are in town?
First, we always take them to Poe's and then head around the corner to Whit's Frozen Custard. It's becoming a tradition that on their first visit we take them to Poe's. Then they request to come back each time.
What’s your favorite movie?
Bridesmaids is always my first thought when I get asked this. I'm a HUGE Melissa McCarthy fan. But I'm also a big fan of 80s coming of age movies.
What’s your favorite song?
I grew up on country music but right now I'm loving on Ed Sheeran and almost everything he does. It's a toss up between Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran or Marry Me by Thomas Rhett.
You’re a military family. Where are you from originally?
My husband and I grew up, got married, bought our first home and had our first child in Michigan. It's still my favorite place on earth during the summer months and we go back every year. But I hate it the other 9 months of the year, which is one of the reasons we joined the military and moved to Florida! We just celebrated the 3 year anniversary of our move to Jacksonville and we love this city so much. It's definitely a place we see ourselves coming back to once we've seen some more of the world.
What’s the biggest difference between your hometown and here? Any surprises?
The difference between our hometown and Jacksonville is night and day. I grew up in a town of less than 3,000. There was no such thing as delivery. The closest major retail store was a good 20 minute drive and getting to the mall involved a day trip. Needless to say I've fallen in love with all the little luxuries that come with living in a major city and I don't think I could ever go back!
And Ashley was kind enough to send me this as well. So if you're wondering about the headshot experience:
Having my headshots done with Christy was an awesome experience. As a photographer, I'm so often behind the lens that I forget what it's like to be in front of it. Especially because when I do hand my camera over to someone to snap a photo, it's just never the same! Needless to say, I was so nervous showing up for my headshots. Especially because I have some insecurities (don't we all)? But Christy was great about addressing my issues head on and posing me in the most flattering angles. I haven't got to see all of the images yet but the sneak peek I did see took away all of my worries!
You can find Ashley here:
Christy Whitehead Photography firstname.lastname@example.org Jacksonville, Fl