We had the good fortune of connecting with Nina Jackel and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nina, have you had any interesting or funny online dating experiences?
I tried online dating exactly once — and met Mr. Right. Going through a messy and traumatic breakup, I reluctantly signed up for OKCupid at the advice of a close friend. I didn’t really think I was ready for a relationship, but lo and behold, my first date was with a sweet, strong and gentlemanly sculptor who was going through a breakup of his own. We’d go on marathon, 8-hour dates around the city, from LACMA to Venice Beach, though it took him 6 weeks to finally kiss me. Nine years later, I happily call him my husband.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Lady Freethinker started out as a tiny blog in 2013. Today, we’re a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit media organization with a team of writers and editors working every day to fight animal cruelty. We publish petitions, news, investigations and more to expose and stop animal abuse. Was it easy? Not at all. I self-funded LFT until 2017, pouring my time and savings into it while working another full-time job. It wasn’t so much a choice as a need to do what I believe in. Nearly three years ago, I quit my day job to see if maybe, just maybe, I could make LFT sustainable. Today, LFT has grown far beyond my expectations when I took that leap. I would tell anyone with an urge to create their own way to go for it — when the timing is right. And I think you’ll know when that is.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A visit to LA Louver gallery, right at the end of Venice Blvd., and then a stroll on the beach afterward. Lunch at Sage Vegan Bistro — they have an insane Buffalo cauliflower wrap and amazing jackfruit “carnitas” nachos.” A walk up the Culver City steps may be in order afterward, to work off those calories and get a view of the city. And then Alibi Room for margaritas and Korean-style tofu tacos.

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?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my hubby, Ben Jackel.

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