Joanna Terpstra and her husband always planned to move back home to Chicago when it was time to start their family. After living in Los Angeles and New York City, Joanna knew that the values of the Midwest and having family close by were what she wanted as a foundation for her children’s upbringing. She and husband Ryan, Founder and CEO of a financial technology company, are now happy to call Hinsdale home. After graduating from the University of Illinois in Champaign and being an elementary school teacher for 11 years, she was excited to shift her focus from nurturing other people’s children to caring for her own as a stay-at-home mom. She is now the mother of 3-year-old Hunter and 1-year-old twins, Evie and Brynn. Terpstra loves being involved at her son’s school as a room mom and school committee member. She also enjoys supporting local charities as a member of the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club and will serve as a co-chair of the Social Committee during the 2019-2020 club year. Here are a few of her favorites around country and town.
Mantra? Try to find balance in everything. Eat healthy as often as you can, but have the slice of deep dish once in a while. Let your kids take over your life … it’s inevitable … but make sure to carve out time for a date night with your spouse and alone time.
Best grooming tip? Every now and then, take a bath instead of a shower. It’s good for the soul.
Guilty pleasure? Binge watching a Netflix or Bravo series with my husband with glass of wine. Also, Taco Bell.
Favorite foods? Short rib pasta and truffle fries.
Music you love? Around the house we relax to music by Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, John Mayer, and reggae. For fun, I love anything from indie rock to Taylor Swift to The Cure.
Best advice ever given to you? “The greatest gift you can give someone is your time. Because when you are giving someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life you will never get back.” – Rick Warren
Best advice you’ve given? Always go on the trip! Whether it’s a day trip to Lake Geneva or flying out of the country, traveling takes you away from everyday life, allowing you to spend quality time with your loved ones, and create lasting memories.
Earliest memory? Playing in my late grandma’s vegetable garden. To this day, whenever I smell fresh tomatoes on the vine, I think of her.
When you wake up, you? I try to get in about five more minutes of sleep, before one of my kids will inevitably start crying for me from their cribs.
Before bed, you? Text or FaceTime with friends. Or, talk to my husband about the funny, great, and not-so-great things that happened during our days.
What’s on your bookshelf? Right now, we are in the heat of interior designing our home, so it’s filled with home design books and magazines. I also love anything by Don Miguel Ruiz and Malcolm Gladwell.
You can’t live without? My sweet babes and husband. And my mom … I wouldn’t have survived having three kids within two years without her support.
Love to escape to? St. John, Santorini, or Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Advice you would give to your younger self? Everything will unfold as it should. Even the disappointments happen for a reason and will ultimately make sense.
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Casual and classic. T-shirt with jeans or nice leggings, slip-on sneakers, and a cozy cardigan. I almost only wear neutral colors.
Can’t leave the house without? Kissing whomever I’m leaving behind at home.
Transportation? An absurdly large white Navigator … aka the kid bus. It’s one of the few cars that can fit three car seats and a trunk full of strollers.
Driving music? Typically none. I usually spend my car time catching up with family and long-distance friends via Bluetooth.
Place to eat? Beatrix, Fourteensixteen, Il Poggiolo, and Davanti Enoteca. Shop? Vintage Charm, Lepa Boutique, and Nordstrom.
Best thing about country? The rolling hills, beautiful homes, and abundant trees. It truly looks like something out of a story book.
Worst thing about country? The unexpected, uncontrolled intersections.
The perfect day is? Taking a morning walk with my family to the Starbucks in town, meeting up with girlfriends for a brunch with Bellinis, and ending the day with a barbecue in our backyard with family and friends.
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? Skinny jeans and heels paired with a cute blouse and blazer are my go-to. On a summer night, I love a sundress with a pretty wedge.
Can’t leave the house without? Being excited about what the day will hold.
Transportation? Walking or an Uber, depending on the weather.
Driving music? My Spotify playlist.
Place to eat? Cabra, Monteverde, Aba, and Momotaro.
Shop? Boutiques in Bucktown and the Gold Coast.
Best thing about town? The ever-changing skyline and neighborhoods. It looks like a completely different city from when I lived there six years ago. I love how the city keeps evolving and offering us new things to explore.
Worst thing about town? The congestion.
The perfect day is? Sleeping in, grabbing a cappuccino at Eataly, and heading over to The Peninsula Spa for a massage. Afterwards, swinging by my younger sister’s apartment for some pool time, followed by dinner at an outdoor restaurant with friends.