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Millenial Meets Midlife: Bridging The Gap Blogger Campaign

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Millenial Meets Midlife:

Today is a great day in social media and blogging history! The Bridging the Gap campaign is now live, and I am excited to introduce you to my millennial friend and tell you more about this amazing event!

Over 100 midlife and inlfulencers and 100 millennial influencers will partner together bridge the gap and break down age barriers.  Why? - to blur boundaries and end stereotypes: Women who work together to support one another are stronger. This united effort involves 200 women from many backgrounds, who have inspiring stories to tell!

Thanks to Beth Briggs, for this beautiful graphic. She is a very talented illustrator, a member and supporter of the Midlife Revolution

Bridging the Gap

What does this mean?  To me it means making friends with others who are not in your age group and supporting them in their journey, whatever that may be! Age is never a consideration with me, when entering into a new friendship. Inspiration, common interests, and connection set the foundation for a meaningful friendship. Some of my greatest friends, are ladies who are younger than me.

I am very excited to introduce you to my friend and millennial partner for this campaign- Kusum. You will be inspired to read the interview to follow: about her amazing journey as wife, new mom, and life as influencer. I am sure she has traveled the world over twice already- I am just a little jello- ha!( I have not traveled abroad yet..) You will love  reading about her amazing trips on her blog!

I met Kusum almost two years ago, here in Seattle. She had just moved here from NewYork. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know her, and spend time with her at local events. I found out we have a lot in common, as we both love style and travel.  I treasure her friendship, she is admired and respected by all in the local blogging community. She truly wise beyond her years, and beautiful inside and out.


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 Kusum is a very talented young lady and writer of the blog Sveetekapes. She inspires women around the globe with her style advice, travel guides, beauty & foodie hacks, motherhood, and tips for staying fit.

Kusum's advice for life:

"Everything worth celebrating is life, and to me, everything in life IS with worth celebrating.

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Tell us About yourself, and your journey (& story) traveling from India to a new life in  the USA

I will start talking by quoting two of my favorites quotes; ‘Life takes you to different places but love brings you home’. ‘Home is where the heart is’.  

After getting my undergraduate degree in Engineering (Electronics & Communications) I came to the US (Boston) 9 years ago (wow, it's been a long time!) to pursue my masters. I started dating my husband when I was still in school and couldn’t wait to graduate, get married and start a new adventure. We have been happily married for 6+ years and just had a little angel, our baby boy, bless our family 5 months ago - what can I say, life is beautiful! I am a true Taurus! My family and close friends are my whole life. I am not someone who has/wants a ton of friends, but the few friends close to me, I hold onto them with dear life!

I worked as a Business Analyst/Project Manager in a couple of bulge bracket investment banks on Wall Street. Walking down the streets of New York city for 5 years was nothing short of a dream come true (something I had only watched in Bollywood movies and fantasized while growing up). But it was time to bid goodbye to the East Coast and say hello to life in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle has been home to us for the last 2 years, and we love the outdoors over here, remarkable beauty all around!

Quitting the corporate world and becoming a full time blogger wasn’t ever a part of my plan in life, but amazing things happen in life and they happen for a reason!

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Tell us about your blog Sveeteskapes and Why you started to blog?

My lifestyle blog, Sveeteskapes is an outlet where I aspire to inspire others by sharing my passion for all things travel, fashion, fitness, food, and now the latest addition, parenting, will soon be including home decor too (you heard it here first, shhh!).

My hubby and I love to travel and explore new places! We started going around the world (one place at a time) when we were dating/got married. And at that time, I mostly wanted to capture our traveling adventures and memories through a blog, but back then I never really found the time to do anything towards getting started with it. And over the years, other blog topics (that I feel very passionately about) were brewing in my head and finally Sveeteskapes was born in Dec 2015; it required me quitting a full time, well paying, secure job, and moving across the country.

When my hubby and I moved to Seattle from NY/NJ in June 2015, I knew I did not want to go back to the corporate world, at least not yet. There was a fire in me to start something on my own, blogging was just one of the ideas I had but I wasn’t sure if that is exactly what I wanted to do (my hubby keeps joking that I am always coming up with new ideas and that I want to do a million things, all at the same time, haha). As we sort of settled down in Seattle and started to get comfortable with the new city, one fine day, I took a deep breath and told my hubby, ‘let’s get started with the blog’.

My hubby and I like to get each other involved in whatever the other person is doing (except I can’t stand his favorite game, football), so I wanted the two of us to build the website for my blog. While I designed the look and feel of the blog, hubby took care of all the techy, development stuff. But not having any kind of background in building a website or dealing with a quirky Blogger platform (Yep, I am still on Blogger, though not many believe it when they look at my blog) we spent countless hours during week nights and weekends figuring out the platform, adding one element after another and debugging the heck out of it, and eventually the blog started to take shape and looked like what I had envisioned, and the rest is history now! You can read more about the meaning behind the name and everything else related to Sveeteskapes here.

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What opportunities have come your way from blogging?

I believe that blogging is more about the community than a one man/woman show! The biggest opportunities, as I see it, is not just working with big brands or getting paid big bucks for a campaign (though that would be amazing), but it’s much more than that. To me, it’s been all about connecting, meeting and building lasting relationships with so many amazing women who are highly passionate about their craft, it’s about being inspired by them and learning from them. These women definitely make me become a better person,! I am extremely lucky to have met some incredibly talented women (Val included) both offline and online just because I am a part of this wonderful world of blogging.

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What are your blogging highlights?

I have been introduced to many, many (many) amazing people and experiences in the last 19 months which is all thanks to blogging! From being a part of this very creative group of ‘Bridging The Gap’ women to going to LA for Blogfest during Idea World and working out with Tony Horton, Jillian Michaels to walking 60 miles during the Susan G. Komen 3 Day event here in Seattle a few weeks ago to attending fashion shows at Neiman Marcus to trying several new healthy eats, cosmetics, clothes etc - I attribute all of these and much more to be the biggest highlights of my blogging journey thus far!

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What are some of your favorite posts that have resonated with your readers most?

My readers have received and responded to various topics I cover on my blog with much love and encouragement. But at the same time, it is so hard to play favorites when it comes to your own blogposts, but let me try to pick a few:

Where are you headed next?

That is a great question! Wish I knew the answer to that one, but no, I am as clueless as a kid in kindergarten (I am sure even they have a fair idea about where they are headed, but not me). Because, by the time I have one thing figured out, I am on to the next thing. My head just doesn’t stop churning out random, crazy ideas and spitting them at me! But that’s what keeps my life exciting and thankfully, I have a hubby who supports all my crazy aspirations and dreams, I am so very fortunate that way!

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What encouragement (or advice) can you give to young mothers pursuing their dreams while raising a village?

Again, I am still figuring out this whole being-a-mommy thing and doubt that I’ll ever master the art. I do what works for my 5 month old son, my family and I, it is all a trial and error, and I am sure it is going to be that way for the rest of our lives. In fact, I learn new skills on how-to-be-a-mom from my son everyday. But to be honest, my little angel is the one who has made things easy for us new parents (touchwood!) - he allows me to do what I want - may it be me being able to walk 60 miles in 3 days (during Susan G. Komen 3-Day event) while he spends time with his dad at home or traveling (with him of course) or continuing with my day to day work and beyond, it’s all thanks to my baby boy!

One thing I’d like to tell other moms - Do not give up on your dreams just because you are a mom. Instead, involve your kids in everything you do, in whichever meaningful way possible. That way you are not guilty of spending time away from them and at the same time they get to learn so many life lessons just by looking at how beautifully (or even messily at times, but that is reality) you handle everything in life!

And mommy or not, here’s something I strongly believe in and would like to share with the readers:

* Get out of your comfort zone and just get started on something you have always wanted to do! Trust me, you will learn all the tricks of the trade along the way.
* Be inspired by others’ works but do NOT compare yourself to others. You are your own competition. So, never stop learning and never stop growing. Always aim to get better and evolve at what you do.
* At the end of the day, give yourself a pat on the back for what you have achieved and always celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how big or small they are!
* And most importantly, find your tribe and build a community. Believe me, there’s no better feeling than being among the ones who get what you do and who have each other’s back at all times.

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Lastly, Tell us your greatest joy that has come from blogging and an interesting/funny fact not many know.

Hmm greatest joy, I would say it is definitely realizing just how lucky I am to be married to my husband. Not that I didn’t know I was lucky from the very beginning, but I say this because... not until you do something drastic, something out of the norm do you realize just how much (or how little) your partner, family and friends stand behind you and support you. I don’t know how my darling hubby is doing it (if I were him, I would have lost my mind with me, my insane schedule and my crazy ideas), but he’s been my rock, my greatest support and my biggest motivation (as always). Simply put, I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing without his unconditional love and support! Knowing that you are with the right man is definitely the greatest joy!

What is interesting to me about blogging (among other things) is that it has helped me learn so much about myself. It very clearly lays out my strengths and my weaknesses before my eyes and it makes me want to learn every single skill required to excel at being a blogger/influencer. Like just the other day, I spent almost an entire day trying to get a video done for a brand campaign - I knew nothing about it up until then but I learnt it during the process and I was so proud of the end result. Sure, there were many mistakes but I learn from them and do better the next time.

Oh, I wake up at 3 AM (sometimes 2 even) in the morning to get my work done. I am most productive when the entire world is sleeping and when it is still dark outside. Call me weird (or nocturnal even), but I get easily distracted as the sun rises, so anything that needs my utmost attention and focus (like writing blogposts) is done super early in the morning - not sure if that is interesting or funny but it is bizarre for sure!

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I hope you will follow Kusum on her blog and social media channels. You will  be encouraged on your daily journey, and be inspired by a " million fancies."


If you enjoyed this post and want to learn more Bridging the Gap Campaign : Do check out Catherine McCormick of the blog CATHERINE GRACE O . She is the creator of the campaign, and runs a very inspirational life and style blog.

Catherine is also the Administrator of the " Midlife Revolution" Movement on Facebook. We are all so thankful for her vision to connect women all around the globe.  I had the honor of meeting her this past summer in L.A. at the Fierce 5o Meet Up. I am blessed to call her friend, along with many other lovely women who attended the event.

Many Blessings, Until Next Time,


Hello beauties, I'm Valerie! I reside near Seattle WA, and am a proud Canadian from Vancouver B.C. On this site are guides for travel in the U.S., Canada and Europe. I hope to inspire Women 40+ live their best life: by seeking adventure in the city, at a beach or at a mountain escape. Subscribe for destination tips and style guides for the trip.


  1. How fabulous to meet up with such an amazing woman, Val!!
    Loved her story, and you are definitely two incredible women!!

    1. So True Jodie, I cant wait to read all the stories! Thanks for stopping by amazing lady!

  2. Jodie is right! You are two incredible women! Great story!

    1. Thank you Nicole for stopping by, and for the kind words!

  3. That is really wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us, it's nice to bridge the gap and see different stories.

    1. Thank you really was an amazing experience and even sweeter because Kusum was already my friend!

  4. I love this campaign! One of my greatest friends is a wonderful lady I met at work who has kids around my age. We both have different perspectives, so I feel like that adds more to our creative projects!

    1. Thank you Raine, that's what I love about blogging..connections with so many ladies where there are no age barriers!

      Thanks for stopping by!


  5. This is awesome! Love all the photos too. Such a great concept.

    1. Thank you Melissa, it was such an amazing project! Have a great weekend!


  6. I love everything about this campaign and I have admired Kusum for so long!

    1. Thank you for stopping by Debbie, she is quite amazing!

  7. So nice to learn about Kusum. I too like to work when the world is quiet, it's peaceful! (Not as early in the morning as you, haha!) This is great campaign, we have so much to learn from each other.

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    1. Yes we do!! I can't work this early..I do best in the late afternoon! Thanks for stopping by!


  8. What a great story, Val and such a beautiful blog you have. Thank you for sharing Kusum's story! <3


  9. thank you so much for the kind words, and for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous week ahead!


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