Tara Nolan is a freelance writer, digital strategist and 1/4 of the recently launched SavvyGardening.com. Follow her on Twitter @thattaranolan.
+1 What do you read to keep current on the latest trends and news?
I read a great deal, both in print and online. Despite the fact that a lot of my career has been online, I still subscribe to (and buy) print magazines – Fast Company, Toronto Life, Vanity Fair, Garden Making and Canadian Cycling, to name a few. I love some of the smaller niche magazines that have come out in the last few years, like Anthology and Pure Green. Then, of course, I read a great deal online, from Mashable and Wired to the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and international newspapers. I discover a great deal of interesting sites and articles via those whom I follow on Twitter, too. Facebook keeps me well up to date on really important stuff, you know, like which Game of Thrones or Mad Men characters my friends are.
+2 If you could live in any city, where would it be and why?
I would live in Paris – I’ve visited a couple of times and I spent a summer there taking art history courses between my third and fourth year of university. I had the opportunity to visit many of the paintings we studied in art galleries around the city. Despite the fact there are so many other places I want to visit, I feel a connection to Paris and would love to live there again at some point. I’d also like to spend some time on the West Coast because I know that’s the direction my husband would be headed (with our mountain bikes) if he were asked the same question!
+3 What’s your “plan B” if you need to spontaneously switch careers?
I’m not really a plan ahead type of person – much of my career has been about seizing the right opportunities at the right time. Lately, though, I’ve been thinking about taking horticulture classes to complement the garden writing side of my career. So maybe I’d work in a greenhouse or at a nursery.
+4 Most coveted superpower?
I’d love to be invisible so I could go anywhere in the world, undetected.
+5 Looking back, which moment in your career are you most proud of and why?
I’m proud of moments that have pushed me out of my comfort zone, like, for example, my first time speaking at Canada Blooms a couple of years ago. When I was first asked, I thought I’d be in a nice cozy seminar room with a closed door, but then I was told I’d be speaking on the celebrity stage in the middle of the show. I’d never spoken to such a large group of people (though I think some of the audience was just happy to find a chair to rest their feet). I was terrified at first, but once I took a deep breath and got going, it was actually quite exhilarating.