Truth be told, I could wax poetic about my dear friend Lexi of Glitter Inc. forever and a lifetime and never get sick of it. She is the true definition of light and radiates positivity every which way. And today she’s sharing a behind the scenes peek at her life, her love and the things that make her tick. With stunning photos from the talented Harwell Photography, there is, of course, more right here!
SMP: What are some words you live by?
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Days after my honeymoon a few years back, I found out I needed surgery, weeks after that, I learned I had cancer and needed another surgery. It was one of the worst moments of my life, the worst sentence I had ever heard; “Lexi, we found cancer.” I was sitting in a hospital room alone with a surgeon I barely knew. It’s not something you want to hear in your twenties. You can read more about that here. But blogging helped; it helped so much. And my amazing husband, family, friends … they were all just what I needed (they always have been). The moral of the story: Be strong. Be brave. Be fierce. Do you. Cry when you need to. Feel sorry for yourself (it’s normal and healthy), but then move on. Get it out and then start again. Smile. It’s good to smile. No, it’s utterly necessary to smile. Laugh. Wear tutus (they’re essential.) Find people to love and who love you right back. And love like crazy. Stay positive. Don’t let stupid things bog you down. Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Well, do, but then take a deep breath, laugh it off and have a cookie, dance in the rain.
SMP: I love that! You are such an inspiration. So tell us, do you have any guilty pleasures?
Diet Coke, bubble baths, a good book, and an excuse to bake … in no particular order.
SMP: What did you think your dream job was before your dream job found you?
I wanted to be a mermaid for the longest time. Eventually, when I realized that was maybe not the most practical of occupations, I decided on writing. And then I became a lawyer. I had always loved reading and writing and worked hard for years to follow that passion. But truth is, I can’t believe how much my career has evolved over the years! I went to law school first without a plan. When you graduate college with an English degree (and a Creative Writing minor), and you don’t want to teach, it’s hard to know what to do. My Dad is a lawyer, and I always overachieved, so I thought, “Why not law school?” (Very Elle Woods style.) Once I graduated law school, I started working for my family’s practice, but after focusing so much on writing (I ran the fashion column in our college magazine and was the Editor of our law school paper), I missed creative writing every day. So I started a blog. Best decision ever. And suddenly, I got to be a writer. Pretty cool. Now I’m just waiting for the whole mermaid thing to happen.
SMP: HA! Crossing my fingers for you! What’s your favorite quote that describes your creative process?
Do more of what makes you happy.
SMP: If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
Gosh, I’ve learned SO many things over the years about blogging, law, life, myself, even love. I guess the best lessons I’ve learned are a combination of things: Smile often. Love with an open heart. Work hard (harder than you can imagine). Be your own biggest supporter and then surround yourself with a great support system. Try not to compare yourself to others, but if you do, use it as fuel to make your purpose that much better. Be kind. (See above.)
SMP: If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?
Not a chance.
SMP: What is one piece of advice you would give a blogger just starting out?
Blog because you’re full of passion, share as much or as little as you’re comfortable with, but be very you.
SMP: Amazing advice! What is your favorite item in your home?
My big fluffy bed … or my KitchenAid Mixer.
SMP: What’s your best tip for balancing work and personal life?
That’s a tough one! I really LOVE blogging, and balancing law right along with that has been interesting, so the lines get blurred a lot. Even when I’m out with friends or shopping or baking (a.k.a., a few of my favorite things), I’m still snapping away for instagram, e-mailing myself notes for future blog ideas, and checking in at the law office. Hubby and I are really into travel too, so we try to plan out big trips as often as we can sneak away (and you know I’m photographing our trips every step of the way!) But balance is hard, and probably the thing I am most worried about figuring out when our baby girl arrives this Summer.
SMP: What was the tipping point in your business that made you feel like your blog was going to thrive?
After about a year-and-a-half of blogging, I decided to get serious with it. It really just brought me so much joy. In the last two years, I signed on with a media company, began working with brands I had always adored, hosted events, expanded into consulting (offering blog and legal consulting to fellow creatives), wrote an e-book on Blogging and the Law for The B Bar, traveled to New York Fashion Week twice, was flown to cities (i.e., New York, London, Minneapolis, etc.) to sit down for meetings with people and brands I never imagined I could collaborate with, and have dreamed bigger than I ever thought possible. But I’m never satisfied, and I’m always hungry, so I still have plenty to learn and a long way to go.