It’s hard to believe I’ve shared my life and style in this little corner of the Internet for almost a decade. Some of you have been with me since the beginning, when the blog was called A Pretty Penny and I was in my mid-20s, sharing photos of the outfits I put together on a super tight budget, and just stepping into small business ownership with the family flower shop. Here we are, over a thousand posts later, and I’m still at it. And you’re still reading!
I can’t really explain how much I love this blog, or why I’ve stuck with it for longer than any other hobby (or job) in my life. On the surface, it’s a digital diary of me growing up and growing into my style; but behind the scenes of this space, C and I grew our business, celebrated milestones, rallied to overcome challenges (which makes up roughly 80% of entrepreneurship), built successful careers, and settled into a really beautiful life together surrounded by people we love. All of that is peppered into these pages, between photos of what I wore and posts about my favorite beauty products, and it’s really special to share it with all of you. (It’s also kinda weird, because IRL I’m pretty introverted and very private; I sometimes pretend that I’m just writing into the ether and no one really reads this thing. Ha!)
When you work in a creative field for your day job, it’s helpful to have outside creative outlets to stretch your muscles and inspire your work. In a strange and magical way, tweaking my blog design, learning new code hacks, practicing product photography, planning my outfits to share each week, and writing — I’ve always loved writing the most — makes me a better floral designer and a more balanced, focused, and patient leader for my team.
But the problem with us creative types is we’re never completely satisfied with the stuff we create. This pushes to keep improving our craft, but it can also drive us a little batty; sometimes I struggle with what to post here because I don’t know if the things I’d like to share are interesting enough (i.e., perfect). I always tell my employees — both in and outside of work — that they have to let go of their creative doubts and perfectionism and just make cool sh*t. It’s time for me to take my own advice, because you know what’s even less engaging than a post I think may not be good enough to publish? Not posting at all.
So, dear readers, if you have a moment, would do me a solid and fill out this brief questionnaire to let me know what you’d like to see around here? I just need a little push in the right direction to get the ol’ creative juices flowing (ew, David) to make fresh content that sparks your interest/teaches you something new/makes you feel inspired/helps you get dressed… you get it.
Thank you in advance. You guys are the best.