I often find myself wanting to know more about the women behind the blogs than just the little profile blurb. So here is my attempt to answer some questions so you can get to know me a bit!
First and foremost, I am a Christian. And I'm a part of a great church in Raleigh called The Summit.
While I spend a lot of time talking about hair, beauty products, fashion, shoes, makeup, crafts, food, artsy things. . .(are you catching my drift?), I know that my worth is in Christ. God has given me a passion for all of these things, and I intend to use it, and share it with you all! So what I'm trying to say here is this: don't look for your value or identity in how good you look, or how talented you are at something. Nothing will fill you like the love of Christ.
1. Where are you from?
I'm originally from Illinois, but I've lived in North Carolina for the past 5 years.
2. What made you decide to start this blog?
I love blogs. I've been reading blogs for months and months. I started mine in 2011. It is a place for me to share things I love and hopefully inspire some creativity with my readers.
3. When did you go to cosmetology (beauty) school?
The high school I went to offered a Trade School program for students who wanted to pursue a certain trade. The school offered a variety of other programs, from culinary arts to intro to nursing. The cosmetology program lasted 2 years. We graduated, and took the state board exam, at the same time we graduated high school.
4. How did you know you wanted to do hair?
It was one of those things that always made sense. I remember in middle school my friends would ask me to do their hair for the school dances. That was the first moment where I thought, "I could do this forever!"
5. Did you go to college?
I did. My dad really encouraged me to go. Of course I didn't want to because I wanted to start working at a salon. I mean, everyone knows what's best for their own life at 17, right?!
I went to a small Christian college in Michigan for 2 years. It took me forever to find a major since I didn't care about anything else. I randomly took a philosophy class titled "The Good Life", which looked at personal opinions from Philosophers about what makes life "good". It was really interesting to me, so I decided to keep taking classes in that subject. Eventually, I transfered to a university in North Carolina. It was very much a time in my life that I could really see God's direction. For example, there is no real explanation I have as to why I chose North Carolina. It just looked good and I was anxious to start a new chapter. I met my husband about 5 days after I arrived.
6. How and when did you meet your husband?
Since I didn't know a soul in NC, I went online and looked into my schools' Campus Crusade ministry. I emailed a girl named Dorothy and asked her if she could meet me at a meeting and introduce me to some people. She responded and said she wasn't attending Cru at the moment but she was going to this ministry called TwentySomething at a local church.
She picked me up on a Thursday and brought me to TwentySomething. Don't ask me why, but I decided we needed to sit in the front row. Normally I was the shy girl that sat in the back, but this time I just felt like sitting up front!
Justin, my husband, plays guitar and sings so he was on stage leading worship. As soon as my eyes fell upon him I thought, "uh oh. He's really cute".
He came up to me afterwards and introduced himself. Through some small talk we realized we were taking the same philosophy class, and in fact, we were in the same section!
We flirted relentlessly for a few months and then began dating in October 2006. We were married in May 2009 and settled in Raleigh a few months later.
7. When did your sister move to Raleigh?
Oh my sister! Where do I begin? She's my best friend and I'm absolutely cherishing the time we have while we live in the same city! She moved here in January 2011. She has come to stay for a month in the summer of 2010 while my husband was away on a school internship. And we loved living near each other. So that is what sort of inspired the move. She was looking for a new major, and a new chapter in her life, so the move to Raleigh was perfect.
8. When did you start making jewelry?
My sister and I started our jewelry line in the summer of 2010 when she lived with me. It was kind of a random start up, but we have enjoyed it ever since! Our Etsy shop opened in July 2010.
9. When did you start cooking?
I started cooking after I got married. I attempted some meals before my wedding and I made some pretty scary food. I gave up and ate Lean Cuisines and cereal. After I was married, though, I wanted to impress my new hubby and make him some good meals. I would often complain about how I just can't cook and what is wrong with me, and I just am not good at it. He said all I needed was to "put a little Love in it". (it's funny the things we remember, isn't it?) From then on, I've developed a love for cooking and actually cared if it turned out well! So I have him, my mom, and Ree from The Pioneer Woman to thank!!
10. Where do you get your craftiness from?
My mom! She's incredibly creative. Her specialty is room design and hosting. Her parties are the best! Every detail is carefully considered to make sure it all comes together. All of my confidence in doing crafts comes from knowing I have a talented mom.