I “met” today’s blog crush Theresa (from inspirationCOOP) serendipitously via my original blog crush Joy. Even though I haven’t met Theresa in person, she is one of those bloggers who I instantly felt like was an old friend. She is so kind and supportive, and her blog is always thoughtful and inspiring. I treasure her posts, and I know you will too! Read on to learn more about Theresa:
I started blogging in November of 2010. I was a year and half into having two little ones, nose deep in mama duties, and found myself as a full time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom). I needed a creative outlet for myself: A place where I could escape for a little bit and share beautiful, inspiring things. In the midst of all this sharing, I’m also trying to figure out the next leg of my creative journey, and the blog is helping me to pull back the layers.
First and foremost, I cherish the community. I love that if I’m grappling with something, I can take the topic to the blog and start a discussion. I’m so grateful for the feedback. I’ve met some pretty incredible people through blogging that I would not have otherwise met; It’s quite remarkable when I think about it.
The part of blogging I find most challenging is time management. From my personal life to living a life worth sharing to creating content that’s post worthy to keeping up with social media to supporting fellow bloggers – One ball inevitably drops. I also have more ideas than I have time to implement. (Though, I suppose that’s a good problem to have. 😉
What is the favorite post you’ve written recently that made you feel like Yes! that was awesome!?
Hmm. I can’t pick one favorite post, but I can tell you that I write a series on my blog titled, At this Moment, where I share my thoughts and/or things I’m struggling with in more depth. I’m always scared to hit publish on these posts, but they’re the ones that resonate the most with people. I’ve come to realize that people want to share in your ups and downs. They want to share in your triumphs and hold you up when fear has a stronghold on you. Community – It’s a beautiful thing.
I find inspiration in the likely places such as museums, art, periodicals, literature, design, fashion, and music. I also find a lot of great inspiration from reading interviews with creative people. I love to see how their mind works and how/why they see things the way they do. It’s fascinating to me. For example, we recently attended the Stanley Kubrick exhibition at the LACMA and I was captivated by his creative process.
Well, at this moment, my pair of red Supergas. Second to that would be my red sandals from Madewell. And then my high top Converse. Ok, I’ll stop.
What was the last great book you read?
Quiet by Susan Cain. “The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.” I’m endlessly interested in cultural anthropology (e.g., I have all of Malcolm Gladwell’s books) and this book is right up there with the best of them. It takes a closer look at the difference between introverts and extroverts, and how both have their own unique benefits and contributions. In a surprising way, it helped me understand myself better. (Read Theresa’s recent insights on Quiet here)
A goal I’m currently working on at the moment is learning to embrace my role as a full time SAHM. Now, I realize this goal might sound like an easy one. However, I really struggle with this role. For as long as I can remember, I have always thought I would work and have a career and make my own money. It’s becoming more and more clear to me that my purpose right now is to feel grateful for this gift I’ve been given and embrace it. Oh, and then there’s Alt NYC – a small dream I’m making come true this June. I’m really excited to take this adventure offline and make some real life connections. Plus, it’s New York!
I found this recipe for shrimp, cannellini beans, and couscous via Real Simple many years ago and it has been a mainstay in our dinner rotation. It’s quick and easy to make, and so tasty. Oh, and I usually make some kale chips to go on the side.
Oh man, I collect quotes and inspiring words like its my job. One that I’m finding particularly helpful these days, given what I explained above, is a quote by Rilke (that was shared with me by someone in a Mini-View):
No fair! That’s like asking which of my children I love the best. 😉 First, my blog crushes and the bloggers I would like to meet in real life would be all the bloggers that I’ve become friends with on this journey. I follow many blogs and cherish each of them for different reasons. (My blog roll has them all listed.) I know, ever the diplomat. I will say that one of my favorite bloggers included on the list introduced me to you. (Thank you, Frock Files!)
I am so greatful Theresa and I crossed paths. She is such an inspiration! Make sure to check out her blog: inspirationCOOP. You can also follow her on twitter, facebook, pinterest and instagram. Don’t be shy!
Interested in meeting my past blog crushes? You can find them here.