How was your turkey day? What are you thankful for this year? Did anyone do any Black Friday shopping? Have we already moved onto Christmas festivities?
Questions, questions, questions...
This year, I’m thankful for:
My relationship with God, and how I’ve been more consistent than ever with praying.
My health, especially during times of a pandemic.
Finally taking the plunge and starting my blog. Getting my first sale on Etsy.
Buying a townhome with Thomas.
Feeling stronger than ever about my relationships with my friends.
Being financially comfortable.
Helping my dad find a place to live that improves his happiness and overall well-being.
Getting to live with my brother and mother again and spend time with them.
My cat. She’s my baby. 🐱
I asked you guys to send me questions you would like me to answer, and in return, I would post a link to your business (if you have one). I feel that it’s important, now more than ever, to support our small businesses, make connections, and spread kindness.
I got some fantastic questions—a good mix of fun and thoughtful. So here we go...
What has been your PRIMARY inspiration to create your blog? Like at what point did you go "I am finally going to just do it and see how it goes?"
There is a little bit of history that goes along with answering this question.
I first knew I wanted to be an influencer around the age of 10. This is when a lot of the early beauty gurus on YouTube, such as Elle & Blair Fowler, Michelle Phan, Ingrid Nilsen, Marlena Stell, Fleur Bell, and Gigi Gorgeous, were getting established. I knew when I watched hours of their videos that I would someday want to influence too. I even made some cringe-worthy videos copying them.
It was closer to the age of 17 that I decided to start with a blog. I had done a ton of research about blogging and knew I liked to write. However, I always gave up on it—frankly, before I ever really started. I got lost at the web design part and never prioritized it, even though it was something I wanted and envisioned for my future.
However, to answer your question, the point I finally decided “I’m just going to do it and see how it goes” was when YOU created your business. You were so driven—more than I had ever seen in anyone. You clearly had a dream, a goal, and you put hours into achieving it. I knew that, if I truly wanted something, I needed to put in the time and effort. It wouldn’t happen magically. Plus, knowing you could help me get over the initial hump of web design was extremely helpful too. You’re still my primary source of inspiration and the one I go to when I need help with my business. I can genuinely say I wouldn’t have done this without you.
Sent by Thomas Kirschbaum (aka my boyfriend)
Owner of Smart Cloud LLC
a tech support business
Do you plan to keep reviewing all different kinds of makeup? High end? Drugstore? Brands you can receive from boxy charm?
Yes, I most certainly do!
I like to post about the things I would want to read about, and makeup is definitely on that list. In fact, I just did a makeup look the other day using new products I’ve received in subscription boxes over the past few months, and I plan to write reviews on them soon.
I love to compare drugstore to high end products, showcase looks I’ve created, do reviews on brands, etc. I'm also still subscribed to Boxycharm. Stay tuned for more posts like these. :)
Sent by Lauren T.
When are you going to open your shop to the jewelry you make?
I haven’t worked on jewelry in quite a few months. I think one reason is because I’m still getting my office organized, and I don't gravitate toward working on certain projects when I can’t do so in a clean, maintained environment. Especially jewelry-making, with all the little bits and pieces.
Also, I’ve been working on creating and selling other crafts, but things happen slowly around here because I’ve got so much to juggle business-wise. I’ve got this blog, social medias, Etsy, Olive Garden… even TikTok!
Eventually, my plan is to start working on jewelry again. My products would first get posted on Etsy, and then when I figure out the legalities and web design of opening a shop on my website, I’ll definitely be posting my work on there.
If I were to consider a timeframe, it would probably be somewhere from one month up to a year. Even though I love working on jewelry, it just hasn’t taken precedence this year.
Sent by Jennifer Wheatley
Owner of Ariel's Thingamabobs
a jewelry and craft business
If you could go back in time and change one thing, would you? If so, what would it be and why? (Only pertaining to you and your life, you can’t go back and kill Hitler as a baby or anything).
I’m not someone who lives with any regrets because I’m a firm believer that all things, mistakes and hardships included, shape who we are as people. We learn from our past, as much as we may hate it sometimes. If I were to go back in time and change events that were pivotal moments of my life, I would likely never learn the lessons that came out of those experiences. I would argue that my well-roundedness as a person is derived from such kinds of lessons. A little chip of who I am today would be taken away. And who knows what could occur as a result? Maybe a mistake even worse than the original one I went back in time to change?
However, if I had to choose one thing, it would probably be the death of my friend, Bryan. A couple years ago, he died in a motorcycle accident. With much thanks to God, I’ve been blessed to not have lost many people too early on in life. His is the only real death I’ve experienced. I grieved relatively quickly because though I talked to him more than I did most people at my high school, we were never the closest of friends who spent time together outside of school or texting. However, my heart broke for his family, and over the fact that he was just getting started in life. So if I had to change one thing, it would be that crash. I would save many people a lot of pain, and though I still stand by my previous statement that tampering with the past could potentially not work out for the best, I think it’s a risk I would take for his family.
Sent by Morgan S.
If you could pick any three superpowers, what would they be?
This is one of my favorite questions. It makes me think of my favorite show Charmed, which is about three witches with superpowers. I always wanted to be like them.
The first would be telekinesis. Maybe I’m just lazy, but the idea of getting to control and move objects with a flick of the wrist is so cool to me. Think of how powerful, and therefore safe, this could make you feel.
The second would be teleporting. I almost chose flying because I love rollercoasters and could just picture the wind in my face, feeling free in the air. But honestly, couldn’t I just skydive and achieve this? With teleporting, I could be anywhere instantaneously. I could experience all the world has to offer without draining my pockets. Not to mention, I could finally be on time for once! LOL.
I had a tough time picking the third power. I want to say to heal people, but I worry about what kind of effect this would have on my life. I would feel morally torn; how could I not be at the hospital 24/7 saving lives with a power like that? But then I’d be sacrificing my own life, which sounds extremely selfish in comparison to helping thousands of others live theirs. So I thought, maybe the power to freeze time. I could save people from ever getting hurt in the first place. But realistically, there wouldn’t be much else to use this power on, except for nefarious intents. I would choose telepathy if it meant there was an off-switch. So I guess I’m just going to leave off with… I don’t know! I'd be happy with any of these. :)
Sent by Morgan S.
I loved answering these questions. One of my primary goals has always been to give YOU all what you want from me, and sometimes I forget that the best way to figure out what that is is simply to ask.
If you would like another Q & A sesh, shoot me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also message me on social media or comment on my posts with your questions. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can go to the homepage of my website and submit a suggestion for a future post.
This time, I asked for 5 questions to write a Q & A post. Next time, I think I'll do one when I receive 10.
Thanks for reading! Stay safe everyone.
Until next time...