Today I’m taking you behind the scenes here, as I was asked (ages ago) by my lovely friend Annie of Montgomery Fest to share. These are tough questions that I had to dig deep to answer, but I always enjoy introspection. Thank you again for inviting me to share Annie, and I’d like to pass the baton/nominate my friends Tristan, Lindsey, and Tania.
what are you working on?
In general, I’m focused on creating new + relevant content. I’ve also been working very hard on a few very exciting projects/brand collaborations that I can’t wait to share with you! In the very immediate sense, I’m getting ready to travel to France with my family, which involves a lot of organization + planning (which I revel in – no complaints here). However, in all honesty I did have a mini meltdown the other day due to my workload. It happens to the best of us!
how does your work differ from others of it’s genre?
While I feel both my interior design business and blog have a niche focus, ultimately, our own voices and talents are really what makes us all unique (as Annie so smartly said). My own experiences, voice + style sets me apart from others. I so often get comments from people who saw something French, gold, or stylish for children and they think of me. That tells me my brand must be fairly recognizable, and I’m doing something right. It makes me smile on the inside and out.
why do you write/create what you do?
I write and create simply because I have to. The motivation lies deep within my soul (cheesy, but true). I started this blog as a creative outlet, as so many do. We had just moved (from NC to PA), and I had ample time to pursue my passions during the transition. Ultimately, I was in search of community. I wanted to find and connect with other Francophiles, designers, and creatives (and now, mothers). This blog, and social media, opened the flood gates for connecting with incredibly talented + inspiring people, for which I am forever grateful.
how does your writing/creative process work?
My creative process is something I’m still figuring out, to be completely honest. I used to operate pretty freely, hardly ever scheduling content or planning ahead. Thankfully, the growth I’m experiencing has forced me to finally get serious about my editorial calendar. I’m planning at least one month out on a regular basis, and writing many posts in advance. It’s worth the effort ahead of time, as it eases my long-term stress. Since my posts include my own (amateur) photography 98% of the time, my writing is very often influenced by my images. Writing and creating content that others connect with is very fulfilling for me. Something that satisfies me creatively and hardly ever feels like work is such a gift.