We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Taleghani and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I started my blog, Consistently Curious, as an outlet to overcome postpartum depression after the birth of my daughter.
Using the blog as the voice I felt I lost in becoming a mother, I started journaling about my family’s adventures. I have always had a love of travel and wanted to share the great hidden gems, travel tips, and places we would go as an inspiration for others to create their own adventure.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One of the things that set my business apart is that I have a niche focus. Honing in on being a travel-focused parent from Cincinnati, I am able to highlight great family-friendly destinations, local weekend getaways, staycations, travel products, and being a tourist in our city. We recently had the opportunity to write articles for AAA and had the chance to highlight some incredible destinations.
The road to having a successful blog can be difficult, especially if it is uncharted territory as it was for me. I was ready to throw the towel in multiple times, but consistency paid off. I would often spend the late-night hours watching Youtube videos on web design, WordPress, and SEO while strolling endless forums searching for answers to my questions. As my blog began to make money, I would invest it back into the blog by purchasing SEO tools, training courses, and useful subscriptions.
The most important lesson I learned along the way was to believe in myself. That I was more capable than I gave myself credit for. I am a self-taught blogger who created her own website and learned social media, oftentimes in the wee hours of the evening after everyone in the household had gone to bed.
I would want the world to know that the Consistently Curious Blog is one of my proudest accomplishments, mainly because it has been an inspiration to so many to get out, make memories and experience this beautiful world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
What a tricky question, because my answer varies from season to season!
Upon arriving, I will assume my friend is famished and immediately needs to recharge with tacos and margaritas from Mazunte or eat our way through Oakley Food Hall. Once they have recovered I would whisk them off for a stroll through Alms Park which offers breathtaking views before venturing downtown to catch a show at Music Hall. We would cap off our evening with a big scoop of black raspberry chip ice cream from Graeters.
The following days would consist of a self-guided Streetcar tour, with stops in Findlay Market, OTR, Arnolds, and Rhinegeist. A stroll along the riverfront at Smale Riverfront Park, grabbing beautiful cocktails at Somerset Bar, and touring the Cincinnati Art Museum with a picnic in Eden Park.
One evening I would make reservations at Sotto, do a ghost tour of Cincinnati then venture to Ghost Baby (an underground speakeasy.)
It is absolutely mandatory while in Cincinnati to see Fiona at the Cincinnati Zoo, then visit LaRosa’s Pizza or Skyline Chili.
A few of my other favorite activities include Fountain Square with dinner at Mita’s, hitting the Loveland-Miami Bike Trail, and shopping at Jungle Jims.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family has been my biggest support system. Afshin, my husband, has stood by me since the beginning of my journey in travel writing. I am blessed to still have both of my parents as cheerleaders and most importantly my little girl, Sophie. Whom, without her, I would have never had the courage to pursue my dream career.