EXCLUSIVE: Conversation With a Blonde, Bronzed, Twenty-something
Shalom Life chats with relationship expert, blogger, and columnist Jen Kirsch.
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.