Stephanie from Hello Natural is the kind of person I feel like I would click with immediately. Completely real and down to earth, her interview is like a lovely breath of fresh air. A believer in the power of pink, a good bath, and the power of delegating, there is a lot I feel like I could learn from this lovely lady (starting with how to menu plan each week – why is that so hard?!).
SMP: Some words you live by?
Quit thinking about it and just do it! I have a tendency to overthink and over plan, and I have to remind myself to get out of my head and get on with it. Because if you wait for everything to be perfect nothing will ever get done.
SMP: Any guilty pleasures?
In a lot of ways, blogging has been my guilty pleasure. I always say ‘oh, it’s for the blog!’ to justify doing or trying things that I feel a little guilty about – that was especially true when I started out and was a stay-at-home mom. Right now, buying kombucha – when I know I should learn how to make it myself – is another guilty pleasure. And I totally just binge-watched the show Awkward.
SMP: What did you think your dream job was before your dream job found you?
I was in brand marketing before I stopped working after my second child was born. I thought when I went back to work I would go into consumer research because I loved that aspect of marketing – figuring out what people liked and why. Instead I started the blog when he turned 1!
Now I’m trying to figure out the next evolution of the blog and what other fun things we can do. My dream job right now would be creating my own skincare line because I’m fascinated with natural ingredients and being able to make your own products.
SMP: What is your favorite item in your home?
Hmm, that’s tough. I really, really like having space for my own office (along with cabinets to hide all my DIY supplies) but I also love my bathtub. One of my goals this year is to spend more time there.
SMP: What’s your best tip for balancing work and personal life?
Focus. My phone now stays in my purse because the kids love to grab it to play games, which drives me crazy. And if they aren’t allowed the tech distraction then neither am I. And not being able to check email or social media is actually a relief. I can focus on them instead of constantly trying to do two things at once.
SMP: What is the hardest lesson in business you’ve ever learned?
That sometimes you just aren’t going to be good at something, no matter how much you want to be. I knew I wanted good photos on my blog, but I just didn’t know how to do it. I took classes and read books, but it just never clicked. When I accepted that I wasn’t good at it and found someone who could help me it was like a weight lifted off my shoulders. It’s hard to not be good at something but sometimes it’s just not going to happen – and no one is awarding medals for struggling. Find people who have skills that you don’t.
SMP: What color do you think will stand the test of trend time?
Pink. It’s funny, my daughter’s room is the typical 8-year-old Pepto-Bismol explosion with pink walls, pink canopy, pink everything. I laughed at her obsession with pink, until I realized that I’m really drawn to splashes on hot pink when I decorate.
SMP: One thing every style savvy homeowner should have?
Plants! I think everyone needs a plethora of houseplants. Not only are they amazing air detoxifiers but having something alive and green makes a house welcoming and cozy.
SMP: What’s a typical work day for you like?
I’m embarrassed to admit that the first thing I do when I get up is check email and the blog. A terrible habit, right?! After the school bus picks up my daughter I take my 2 sons to Montessori and then go for a morning walk/jog. That does wonders for my energy level and productivity for the rest the day. When I get home I work on making and testing a DIY project or writing a post. Every couple of weeks my photographer comes over to shoot the projects, and those days are both fun and exhausting. I try to have at least one day of the week to shop for supplies and get out of the house so I don’t go stir crazy. Then I put the computer away and get the kiddos at 2:45 – it feels like I never have enough time to get everything done! I used to work more on the computer at night but now I’m just too pooped.
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