Tell us about your personal blog Live Creating Yourself! You still pop in and say hello occasionally. Do you think you'll keep it up for a little while longer?
Well, if any of you happened to read my first post on Live Creating Yourself back from 2009, you'll find this:
"'Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.' As a 23-year-old more than a year out of college who works from home and is constantly thinking about the next step in life — only to come up with a million different options — this quotation hits home . . . I have a difficult time boiling 'what I want to do with my life' down to one job title."
The whole goal behind my blog was to write about all of the things I was interested in — design, photography, travel, architecture, music, fashion, artists, etc. — in hopes that what I should do with the rest of my life would present itself in the content. For a while that was graphic design and interior design, both of which I've been able to do on a freelance basis. But ultimately the blog allowed me to network, meet and collaborate with amazingly talented individuals from around the world, and shape my dream job: editing a magazine-like website, The Everygirl. (Side note: I was a magazine journalism major in college and have been a part of publications since I was a sophomore in high school, so this truly has been my dream job since I was 16.)
All of that being said, and to answer your question, I guess Live Creating Yourself has sort of served its purpose. I used to frequently post about decorating projects around my home and still do from time to time, but my Instagram has kind of taken over in that regard. Much easier to snap quick updates to my followers. So we will see! I miss it, but I also don't really have time for it. Now when I walk away from work, I want to walk away from the computer screen. So the sporadic posting will continue for now. But as for officially shutting it down, well, it's hard to let go of something I've loved that has been such an instrumental part of my life.
In addition to The Everygirl, styling, graphic design, and blogging, you're also the creative director at the newly launched design site decorBase! Tell us about the site and your involvement in it.
I'm so glad you asked about this! decorBase is truly the ultimate online platform for anyone designing their home, both design experts and novices. It offers a variety of tools, from a comprehensive shop page with over 15,000 items from our favorite retailers to an interactive design program for creating room mock-ups to a hiring board for designers to post their portfolios. My good friend and founder of the site, Peter McCarthy (husband to Bailey of Biscuit Home), came to me with the idea and asked if I'd help with some of the creative guidance of the site. I recognized what a valuable tool it would be for design bloggers (not having to do complex mock-ups in Photoshop!), so I was happy to jump on board and offer what help I could! We recently debuted a soft launch to the public and have had a great response from the design industry. We are relying on feedback to work out a few of the programming glitches (like I said, the site has a lot of great tools), but decorBase is live for users to sign up! The team is expanding, and I am so excited to see what the future holds for the new company!