Q&A: Avenue Midwest & Jenny

Ah, welcome. Thank you for stopping by and here I am, getting ahead of myself and hoping you’ll stay awhile πŸ™‚ Read on to get to know me a little more and see if you’d like a second date. 

About Avenue Midwest

On this little site you’ll find a collection of musings that celebrate the everyday – the beautiful things in life that I don’t want to keep to myself. Avenue Midwest is a source for inspiration, creativity and authenticity on all things life and style.

Why did you create this blog?

For months, part of my brain has been begging me for a creative outlet and I loved the idea of designing a platform others can visit for a regular dose of thought inspiration on everything from fashion and faith to home decor, food & drink, and a whole lot more. 

This blog is the little corner of the internet where I get to share my life with you, and the swirling thoughts in my mind that I think might resonate. I’d categorize myself as a lifestyle blogger, heavy on the ‘life.’ You could say I’ve got a bit of a thinking problem, and writing is my medium of choice. Here, I’ve found a place to express myself freely and with abandon. My hope is you’ll find that this blog has substance. In my hesitation to put myself out there and publish it, I realized there may be a million bloggers, but there’s only one me. I’m humbled if you come to appreciate my unique voice. 

In the end, Avenue Midwest is my way of ensuring I keep writing and pouring myself into the world creatively without a thought for anything in return. It’s a small part of who I am, but it’s a part I’ve come to treasure. This little blog is the hobby I come home to, one that I embrace and one that wherever you are, I’m so grateful you’ve taken time out of your day for. 

Why did you decide to call it “Avenue Midwest?”

Because first and foremost, I want this blog to be an avenue for expression, an avenue to do good, an avenue to inspire.

Secondly, I want it to be a comfortable destination (this is where the Midwest comes in), a place you visit with a cup of coffee after you open your computer at work – or perhaps more realistically, as you’re jammed next to the guy on the train and need a distraction. Nothing says comfortable to me in these unassuming ways quite like the good ol’ Midwest, my forever home. I love everything about the Midwest – that lovely little collection of states that appreciate the changing seasons, smile as they pass each other on the street and pride themselves on genuine integrity and Midwestern values.

Where do you currently live?

Chicago – a city I fall more in love with each day, in a little apartment with my husband Andrew. 

Oh, the one you decided to take that highly difficult last name from. How do you pronounce it?

Musbach – German in heritage – is neither prounounced ‘mus’ nor ‘bach.’ It’s pronounced mush, as in a portobella mushroom, and baw, as in rhymes with law. If you’re a Smith, you’ll never complain again πŸ˜‰ 

What’s your job?

I work at a great boutique PR & marketing firm in the city started by a badass mother of 5. 

Prior to my current job, I was an elementary school teacher for a couple life-changing years through Teach For America in Cincinnati, Ohio. I’m grateful to still be working towards social justice and educational equity in just a bit of a different way through my work with various education and non-profit clients in my current position. 

Favorite quote?

“Whatever you are be a good one.” – President Lincoln & “Wherever you are, be all there.” – Jim Elliot

Favorite cocktail?

Vodka mojito…the “bride’s choice” at my wedding! (Basically, if a cocktail has leaves in it, I’ll probably love it. Mint leaves top that list.)

Perfect Saturday?

Coffee (half caff as I’m pathetically prone to caffe-induced shakiness), candles, writing or Pinteresting or reading in the morning, going for a walk or run on Lake Shore path, exploring the city with my camera, and spending the remainder of the day with friends & family, ending it with drinks on a patio in warm weather, perhaps from 3PM-bedtime. Yes, about 8 hours of friends and drinks on patios.

Favorite food?

I included this question because I happen to think about it a lot (elementary teachers, unite). #1 would be white cake (mostly the frosting and don’t play me with the cheap kind), #2 maybe avocados (w/ salt and pepper…I eat this almost every day at work) and I’ve recently added french fries to this elite list because it’s become a joke between me and Andrew how many times I request a restaurant solely because I Yelped it and the french fries looked solid. I’m also forever on a mission to kick my “side of ranch” habit.

Anything else you’d like to know? Comment or email me anytime at jenny@avenuemidwest.com

So happy you’re here,


PS- Want to know what each category of this blog entails? See this post. Want to know the additional reasons I decided to create this blog and who inspired me to actually do it? See my very first post or this post to my husband on his birthday.