Last Sunday, Samantha Nitti and I sat down and had a little chat over coffee. This is nothing new to us; coffee and good conversation is our best past-time. Samantha and I have been friends for about 2 years and I think I know her pretty well. She has a creatively visual soul with passions to help people in need, live simply and wander to new places. She is the person that you really want to go grab a coffee and chat with, so pause what you’re doing right now, go grab a coffee and then come back to read through our conversation.
First off, tell us, who are you?
Samantha: Hi, I’m Samantha. I’m from the Chicago suburbs and am pursuing a bachelors of science in nursing at university of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. I live on the east side of the city in an apartment off of downer near the lake. I spend my time reading, creating, volunteering, exploring, and blogging.
Samantha: My biggest inspirations for my blog and creative pursuits are things from every day life strolling through the city to the accounts I follow on social media. I keep up with Treasures and Travels, The Way Family Blog, Chelsie Antos, and of course, my sister, Kara Nitti. I take photos of “ordinary” things, like my morning coffee or a recipe I tried, and of adventures through cities and national parks. I definitely believe in the idea that really, nothing is ordinary; beauty surrounds us wherever we are! My blog and Instagram are mostly outlets for me to document those simple, every day things that bring me joy.
Where is your favorite place to grab a cup of coffee in Milwaukee?
Samantha: I’ve been to almost every coffee shop in Milwaukee at this point, but Valentine is probably my favorite. The Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Mocha is delicious! Kickapoo Coffee Roasters is definitely a close second, though. You can’t really beat biscuits with maple butter plus a bright, clean interior.
in MilwaukeeWhat are your favorite things about living in Milwaukee?
Samantha: I love living in a city. I like for life to be fast-paced and purposeful, and Milwaukee has given me that. I also enjoy that Milwaukee is so accessible. I’ve been very lucky to see a lot of it with public transportation. Most of my social activities revolve around coffee, museums, concerts, or outdoor pursuits. Milwaukee isn’t lacking in any of these areas, so I have felt very socially fulfilled here.
What have you enjoyed the most about creating a blog?
Samantha: I like having a blog to have a creative outlet. Art has always been a really big part of my life. I grew up taking art classes since I was in kindergarten and was also involved with National Art Honor Society in high school. Before I started blogging, I felt like I was lacking something in my life and realized I hadn’t been putting much time into anything artistic or creative. It can be difficult to juggle different passions in life, but blogging has allowed me to achieve a little bit more balance that way and relieve some everyday stress.
Do you have any tips for someone who wants to start blogging but isn’t sure about how to get started?
Samantha: If you want to start a blog, really think about content you’re passionate about. If what you want to take photos of and write about is very important or interesting to you, the product will be of high quality. If you’re planning to incorporate photos, either invest in a camera or utilize a contact to take photos for your blog.
What are some of your most defining characteristics and how do you think they are emulated into your personal style?
Samantha: I think to me, the most important characteristics I want to convey are kindness, empathy, and authenticity. In terms of style, I have become increasingly interested in simplifying wardrobe and buying quality items, preferably for life. My closet consists of a lot of earth tones: whites, olives, beiges, rusts, and greys. I like to layer with t-shirts and button ups/jackets or accessories with necklaces, rings, and hats. My staples are denim, stripes, and plain white t-shirts.
What are some of your goals for this year and what are some things you’re looking forward to?
Samantha: My personal goals for 2016 are to focus on travel and meaningful conversations, continue to create, focus on self care, and rely on God more.
You can find Samantha on instagram here.