Today's blog might just overwhelm you. It covers the world. Literally.
Jitney's Journeys is the blog of Whitney and J.D. Todd. Rich with multimedia - videos, music and photos - the blog is a travelogue of their experiences from the U.S. to Germany, France to Israel, and even Barbados and Hawaii.
Whitney, in one of the world's greatest understatements, is talented ... and a human whirlwind of creative crafting activity.
Whitney Adams graduated from Auburn University in May 2010. A public relations major, she quickly became Whitney Taylor Todd ... as she and J.D. married right after graduation. By the way, J.D. and Whitney graduated at the same time. J.D. is a management information systems (MIS) graduate (Masters degree).
That setup is important, because it is J.D.'s job in MIS that has swept them both from Auburn to a travel schedule that covers the world.
"Growing up a mere twenty minutes away from the University of Georgia, it would seem that I would undoubtedly choose the red and black," Whitney said. "However, I stepped foot onto the "loveliest village on the plains" and knew immediately where my heart belonged."
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"I had complete confidence that Auburn University would be my home for the next four years and that the students would become my family. In fact, I didn't even apply to any other universities. The campus is remarkable, the unity of the students is unparalleled and the professors leave everlasting, positive impressions on their students," said Whitney.
Whitney was active at Auburn. Very active. Here is a sampling of her campus life experiences:
How did they meet?
JD, the graduate teaching assistant for my [Whitney] Management class, walked into Room #19 to pass out quizzes. As soon as class was dismissed, I immediately called my five closest friends and said, “Wow. I have just seen the most attractive man in my life.” A few weeks later, I was sitting in Cambridge Coffee talking with Laura Oliver and JD’s friend, Brandon Eidson. All of the sudden, a fluffy-headed hunk of meat pulled out the chair at Brandon’s table and sat down. He looked over at my Mac and saw Facebook open on my desktop. “Hey. Nice profile pic,” said the guy with the Pac-man shirt on. I giggled and said, “Well, I’ll have to add you as a friend so you can look at it anytime you want.” And that’s where it all began.
So, seque to the wedding and then to life together. How better to chronicle the journey than with a multimedia blog (videos below).
"My husband and I started our blog a couple of months after we got married," said Whitney. "Our blog, Jitney's Journeys, was initially created as a way to document our journey through marriage - lessons we've learned, exciting events we've experienced. The name 'Jitney' originated from the minds of my husband's two best friends, Chris and Matt. Yes, it is our official 'celebrity' couple's name. (Think Bennifer.) It started out as a joke but we ran with it anyways."
"Little did we know, we would be traveling around the world just a year after we so lovingly created the blog. Since May 2010, we have ventured to Barbados, the Bahamas, Hawaii, Israel, Germany, France, Austria and Liechtenstein," said Whitney.
"Most of our travels take place because of my husband's job and his company lets me tag along. We spent more time in hotel rooms than we did in our home last year, but we couldn't ask for a more thrilling season of life!"
"In essence, we are Newlyweds, seeking out adventures in castles and meadows; mountains and oceans; and most importantly, in the arms of Christ. Airplanes seem to settle our spirits more than rattle them, and there is nothing more precious to us than experiencing all of these things together," said Whitney.
"We write mostly about our travel experiences, tips on travel and marriage, decorating your home, and new products that I've been working on for our Etsy store. We also create short videos to post from segments of our trips." (See below)
Whitney is into blogging for all the right reasons. "The greatest pleasure I derive from writing is purely that ... writing. I carry a pocket-sized journal around when we travel to jot down everything I see, hear and smell. I find joy in sharing these things with people who may not have the opportunity to experience different countries and cultures."
Whitney also does something all bloggers should do - write for their audience. No doubt, it is her PR / communication background that makes her think of audience first.
"Writing a blog challenges me to put myself in other people's shoes. I'm constantly asking myself, 'How can I put everything that I'm experiencing into words right now so that the reader will feel as if he or she is here by my side?' I love that," Whitney said. "Plus, our blog allows us to revisit the countries and adventures over and over again with ease. It's like collaborating our own family yearbook."
Welcome home! Seriously. Everything we sell here is all about home. I create aprons, reversible coffee cuffees and PDFs for Newlyweds teaching them how to... well, survive and survive happily in the beautiful journey of marriage.
My husband travels for his job all around the world and he is the absolute greatest because he (1) lets me tag along and (2) encourages me to do what I love to do. Of course, there are many other reasons why I love him and you can read about most of them at our blog. We have worked together at creating a book for newlyweds which we will begin to sell in the summer here on Etsy. My Mac is our traveling companion everywhere we venture to and I sew everything I can get my hands on while we're settled in our nest at home.
Even if you decide not to buy anything, we simply hope that you feel inspiration rush through your blood as you gaze through our creations. As we realize that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, we would greatly appreciate it if you do not copy the things we have worked so tediously on to create.
This series highlights students and alumni blogging.
Whether it be for personal pleasure or for work, the practice seems to be growing.
This has now become a four-week series.
~ Robert French