I’m so excited/nervous/stoked to be at Alt San Francisco today, and I’m equally thrilled to introduce you to my latest blog crush MJ from Pars Caeli! I love everything about MJ’s blog. She is an inspirational and moving and shake you to the core kind of writer, and I’m so glad our paths have crossed. Read on to learn more about MJ:
When did you start blogging and what inspired you to start blogging?
I’ve been an avid blog reader for quite a few years. Design Mom was one of the first blogs that grabbed me. Gabby, the publisher of the blog, is an art director/designer and mom to six. She and her sister started the blogging conference Altitude Summit. I’ve followed its development through the fabulous sponsors, posts, and parties that they’ve shared. In winter 2012 Alt Summit opened the Alt Channel which is an online platform for classes and an inexpensive and fabulous way to continue to develop your craft (blogging tips, design, photography, coding, etc.).
I was all over these $15 opportunities to explore blogging further. I signed up for one of the first courses, and in that class was a spirited chatter named Paige who had recently started her blog. She contacted me shortly after the class to see if I’d like to do a guest post on her site. I was happily terrified and decided if I was to be a guest, I needed to have a home from which to come. That was April 2012.
And the webhome, Pars Caeli was born. It’s pronounced pars kiley meaning “piece of heaven” in Latin.
Right now I use my blog as a very current account of my life, my projects, and my inspirations. Writing, photographing, and designing for Pars Caeli holds me accountable to my dreams. It’s taken me out of the “one day I will…” to “let’s schedule it for this week.” I began Pars Caeli to share some projects I’d been cooking up, and I quickly became fascinated by the readers and now the community of folks who stop by the site. I love finding new ways to get others involved in the content through photo sharing, collaborative series, and guest posts. Pars Caeli has a become an active, thoughtful community of smart, clever, and kind individuals in search of the best in the life. I love being a part of that development.
Stillness is where I go when I need to really create out of the box. With my iPhone, social media apps, children’s needs, and the chatter of life, I find that I long for quiet to hear my own creativity amidst the buzz. I tend to steal away to a cozy spot of the house or a local bookstore when I need inspiration. Some time with my sketchbook, pencil, and some current magazines gets the gears moving.
My favorite pair ever was the first pair of heels that my mom bought me when I was ten. They were black patent leather kitten heels with hot pink lining (gorgeous!). My tootsies have long outgrown those. The new favorites are a pair of neon yellow pumps with girly bows that I wore during a recent trip to New York City.
What was the last great book you read?
Honestly I read many more books before I began writing as much as I do now. However, the last book that stands out to me is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It’s a young adult novel whose character development is brilliant. I laughed, cried, and hoped the story would not end. You’ll read it quickly, I promise.
Sometimes life is ugly. Keep going. Sooner than you even expect it, life will turn back around and amaze you.
Also, this is one of the very first sentences I typed on Pars Caeli, and I believe it one hundred percent: Sometimes we’re not fully aware of the little pieces of Heaven all around us. And sometimes we overlook our own capacity to be one of those pieces.
Creativity + kids: Jen at Classic Play, Alexandra at Alexandra Hedin, Amy of This Heart of Mine, Honest to Nod blog, Caroline of Salsa Pie
Well-lived life: Joy of Frock Files, Jill of Terra Savvy