Shalom Life | October 25, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Conversation With a Blonde, Bronzed, Twenty-something

Shalom Life chats with relationship expert, blogger, and columnist Jen Kirsch.

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: June 27th, 2012 in Culture » Society » Interviews

EXCLUSIVE: Conversation With a Blonde, Bronzed, Twenty-something

Although small in stature (some would even say pint-sized), Jen Kirsch packs a punch. Not one to be holed up in her abode tethered to a computer screen, this “woman about town” is in the thick of it, navigating the urban milieu. The Toronto-based relationship expert/blogger/columnist deftly dispenses advice, telling it as it is with humor to boot, regarding all things love, lust, et al. This is why Kirsch is so sought after, bestowing wisdom to singles and couples on the likes of CTV’s Canada AM, her wildly popular blog blondebronzedtwentysomething.wordpress.com, and numerous publications, just to name a few.

Shalom Life was able to have a chat with Ms. Kirsch, despite her suffering from a dreadful summer cold, and a bout of quasi laryngitis.

You just got your own show on Cosmo TV; can you tell us a bit about it?

It's a reality show called Love Trap where I get the luxury of providing tips for people who want to seal the deal with their crush. I've been having such a jokes time on set doing the filming, but am surprised how emotionally involved I've gotten with the new-found-couples. I leave the set each day feeling fulfilled and so grateful for my job, and the opportunity to help others find love.

What made you interested in becoming a relationship columnist?

It's a whole been there, done that sort of relationship that I have with my writing. I never look at my past experiences as something to be mad or upset about, but instead they have forced me to grow in so many ways. I love that I can discuss these situations that we are all going through, in a general way, using what I've learned through my own experiences to benefit others. I have a lust for the written word, so becoming a relationship columnist seemed like the best place to establish a voice on a topic that drives us all mad.

Presently, you are a relationship expert on Canada AM, eTalk, CTV News Channel, City TV News, and Breakfast Television, in addition to being a columnist for ELLE, how do you manage such a hectic schedule?

Managing a hectic schedule is easy when you're passionate about what you do. I can't believe I actually get paid to do what I love day in and day out. But with that in mind, I focus on having a good balance between my work and personal life. People are always surprised to hear that I maintain a daily yoga practice, but I can't imagine not making time for it. No matter how busy someone is, they can always make time for the important stuff.

Are you currently in a relationship yourself, and if yes, for how long?

After being in a few serious relationships for the past ten years, I'd like to call my current status my "research phase."

When you’re not working, what do you do in your spare time?

Oh, that's an easy one: housewife training camp. I love to cook and bake and am constantly trying out new recipes, hosting friends and family and putting dinner parties together. They say practice makes perfect, right?

Can you tell us something that perhaps we wouldn’t already know about you?

I majored in broadcast journalism at Ryerson University because I had a life long dream of being a sports broadcaster. I was a die hard fan of the Stanley Cup champions, the LA Kings. So much so that I wouldn't answer my phone or talk to people during pre season and regular season games.

If you could dispense one piece of relationship advice to people, what would that be?

Relationships work best when the balance of power is equal.


Seinfeld Finally Joins Facebook and Instagram [VIDEO] Seinfeld Finally Joins Facebook and Instagram [VIDEO] TrendingSeth Rogen and Megan Fox Join James Franco’s ‘Zeroville’ Seth Rogen and Megan Fox Join James Franco’s ‘Zeroville’ TrendingMila Kunis Dolls Are Coming To a Store Near You Mila Kunis Dolls Are Coming To a Store Near You Trending
 

Seinfeld Finally Joins Facebook and Instagram [VIDEO]

October 24, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Seinfeld Finally Joins Facebook and Instagram [VIDEO]

A hilarious video shows Michael Richards asking Seinfeld to take out Netflix and Hulu.

Read More

Seth Rogen and Megan Fox Join James Franco’s ‘Zeroville’

October 24, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Seth Rogen and Megan Fox Join James Franco’s ‘Zeroville’

Rogen and Fox will be co-starring alongside Will Ferrell, Danny McBride and Dave Franco

Read More

Mila Kunis Dolls Are Coming To a Store Near You

October 24, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Mila Kunis Dolls Are Coming To a Store Near You

Adorable dolls featuring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum in 'Jupiter Ascending' are coming out in January

Read More

Jews Around the World to Take Part in the Shabbat Project

October 24, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Jews Around the World to Take Part in the Shabbat Project

Jews in 460 cities across the world to take part in the inspirational Jewish initiative, including Paula Abdul and Mayim Bialik

Read More

Wix Named 'Hottest Middle Eastern Startup'

October 24, 2014 | By Viva Sarah Press
Wix Named 'Hottest Middle Eastern Startup'

Inc. magazine credits Israeli DIY website creation platform with taking a complicated task and making it enjoyable

Read More

‘Fury’ A Blistering Account of World War II—Sans the Holocaust

October 24, 2014 | By Jason Stack, JNS.org
‘Fury’ A Blistering Account of World War II—Sans the Holocaust

The Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf-starring film essentially omits the brunt of the Holocaust from World War II

Read More

Israeli Company Shows that Energy Does in Fact Grow on Trees

October 24, 2014 | By NoCamels Team
Israeli Company Shows that Energy Does in Fact Grow on Trees

The eTree is a solar-powered urban habitat that is constructed from metal pipes and topped with solar panels

Read More

For the First Time Ever, Women of the Wall Hold Torah Reading at the Kotel

October 24, 2014 | By Kobi Nachshoni
For the First Time Ever, Women of the Wall Hold Torah Reading at the Kotel

Western Wall rabbi says "This will never happen again" after the group managed to smuggle a tiny scroll into the women's section of the Western Wall

Read More

More Headlines