So I’m sure you all remember Alaina’s adorable bachelorette pad (I’m still trying to conjure up a way to move in, by the way), and now we’re back with the other half of this talented team. Miss Danielle Moss lives and breathes The Everygirl and it shows in each and every post she drums up. Her home? Well it’s just a picture perfect as you could imagine. And her advice? Bang on. There’s more from this beautiful space right here.
SMP: Some words you live by?
Have no regrets.
SMP: What did you think your dream job was before your dream job found you?
I always knew that I wanted to do something creative felt that a traditional office environment was not the best place for me, but had no idea what it was that I wanted to do. I enjoyed the freedom that came with running my graphic design business and while I do enjoy design, it never felt like my “dream job.” I finally found what I was looking for when we launched The Everygirl.
SMP: What’s your favorite quote that describes your creative process?
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs
SMP: If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
Never let anyone tell you that you are not good enough or smart enough to do anything you set your mind to. I dreamed for The Everygirl for almost two years, although I had no idea what it would be, how it would come together, or that it would actually ever happen. I just knew I wanted more, and it wasn’t until I met Alaina that it felt possible.
SMP: If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?
I could have been much, much happier the first half of my 20s, but I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. Had I not gotten to a point where I felt as lost as I was, I never would have moved to Chicago. This city has completely changed my life! I’ve made some amazing friends including my Everygirl co-founder Alaina Kaczmarski.
SMP: What is one piece of advice you would give to a blogger just starting out?
Posting regularly is important, but never compromise what you believe in or what you love for the sake of publishing something. Don’t start a blog because you want followers and comments. No one read my blog for years and years, but I still enjoyed blogging. Just say true to yourself and have fun. That’s what it’s all about.
SMP: What is your favorite item in your home?
The vintage white dresser in my bedroom, which was a housewarming gift from my mom right after I moved to Chicago. We were walking around Andersonville and saw it in the window of The White Attic. It was not in my budget, but she offered to buy it for me as a housewarming gift. I’ll have it forever.
SMP: What’s your best tip for balancing work and personal life?
I’m not sure I’ve figured that one out yet. For anyone who works from home like we do, my advice would be to make sure you give yourself a break every so often. It’s so easy to work until midnight (at least it is for me), but taking the time to grab dinner or relax is key. Being stressed and overworked will not get you anywhere.
SMP: What was the tipping point in your business that made you feel like your blog was going to thrive?
When were listed as one of the Top 100 Websites for Women and Top 10 Websites for Millennial Women by Forbes less than four months after launching our site. I still can’t believe that happened.
SMP: What is the hardest lesson in business you’ve ever learned?
Working from home, I’ve struggled to find balance between work and life. Months before the launch of The Everygirl, we worked nights and weekends. While I wouldn’t change a thing, I wish I had given myself a little more of a break every so often. I’ve learned that it’s important to give yourself time away from work, even when you don’t think it’s possible. No matter how much you love your job, devoting every single moment of your life to work will take a toll on you. Even if it’s a 20 min walk, coffee with a friend, or catching up on a favorite TV show, be sure to give yourself a little time for you.
SMP: Stranded on a desert island question… what’s the one cocktail you would take with you?
Since I follow a paleo diet I almost always only drink red wine. But since sugar content won’t matter if I’m stranded on a desert island, I’m going to go with a Moscow Mule.
SMP: What color do you think will stand the test of trend time?
Grey. Everything looks better in grey.
SMP: One thing every style savvy homeowner should have?
One unique statement piece. Whether it’s a vintage bar cart, an old piece from a flea market or Craigslist, or an Ikea DIY, everyone should have something that is different and unique to them. And if you’re in a small space, I recommend getting a pouf or two. They’re great for extra seating.
SMP: If you could buy yourself a single gift of any cost, what would it be?
A trip around the world. First stop would be the streets of Paris.