Seeing as how you all take the time to read my posts, I thought it might be fun to get personal today and share a little bit about the person behind the blog. I’ve had fun getting to know my fellow bloggers through their posts, and I’d like for my readers to feel the same way.
|Me and the hubs.|
First, I’ll share the basics, and then I’ll get to the questions. If you’ve taken the time to visit my “About the Blog” page, you may already know some of this. I am a stay at home mom of 2 sweet little boys – 2 & 4 years old. We live in the Atlanta suburbs where I try to juggle all of the chaos that comes with the combination of motherhood, blogging and DIY projects. I am (sorta) a freelance writer on the side, and I have a regular column in a local community newspaper. I grew up in Indiana but I love being an adopted Southerner.
Now for some reader questions!
Q: Would it sound very vain if I said that I would like to know how you can get your hair to do that Farrah Fawcett flip (MSRIP)?
A: LOL! This question cracked me up. Ok, if you enlarge my profile pic you will see it is curled, but I guess in the small version it does look quite Farrah Fawcett-esque. My hair is longer now and I wear it straight most of the time, but I used a 1-inch curling iron. (So funny!)
Q: What are your favorite colors to decorate with?
A: Ooh, good question. I have new favorites all the time. I am big on neutrals, but I’m trying to branch out. My favorite color is blue – really any shade. I love robin’s egg/turquoise, so you’ll see a lot of that in my house. I like using gray as a neutral right now, and I love the combo of navy and gold at the moment.
Q: How do you stay in such good shape?
A: This one made me giggle too! Mainly because the whole “being in shape” thing is an optical illusion. I may be petite, but I am not in shape. In fact, I need to work on this. I get out of breath just running around the back yard with my boys! But I would say specifically if anything, I create the illusion of being in shape just by being a mom and chasing around two very active children all the time. Oh, and believe it or not, you can get quite a work out by painting a room or stenciling a rug!
Q: What motivates you?
A: So many things! As for projects and working on the blog, YOU all motivate me! Knowing that thousands of people take time out of their day to read what I write is the best kind of pressure there is. It motivates me to get off my rear-end and get stuff done so that I’ll have something to show you! I am also motivated by my love for my family and the desire to contribute financially by growing my blog and turning it into a business. I am motivated by the thought of being in a position to inspire other people the way I have been inspired by others. I’m motivated by my love for creating, transforming, writing, and making our house feel like home. And I am also motivated by the fact that this stay-at-home mom gig won’t last forever. Unfortunately, kids grow up. I am trying to lay the groundwork now so that I’ll really have something to pour my time and energy into when they go off to school in the not-so-distant future.
Q: What are you going to decorate after your house is all done?
A: My house will never be all done! I’m sure if it ever is, I’ll get tired of it and start all over again. Or by that time, we’ll move. But seriously, if and when it ever is done, I have dreams of refinishing furniture and repurposing/transforming things to sell. I’d love to open a shop someday.
Q: When did you move to Atlanta?
A: I moved here in early 2006, right before I got married.
Q: Did you become a DIY diva because you wanted to due to money or because you are just creative?
A: “DIY diva” – I like that! I would say I do it as a creative outlet and because I truly enjoy it. Earning money doing it is an added bonus. I’m certainly not making big bucks or anything, but I do see this blog as a small business which I am trying to nurture and grow, and the goal is to make an income. But I would absolutely not be doing this if I didn’t enjoy it, period. To be honest, I think if you blog just for the money, chances are you won’t be successful because you will lack authenticity and that will come through to your readers. I’d be doing DIY projects whether I had a blog or not, but the blog certainly motivates me to push my creative limits and do things I didn’t necessarily know I had it in me to do, which has actually been a wonderful thing.
Thank you to everyone who submitted questions! And thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my blog. It means more to me than you know!