Hey there Five Sixteenths readers, I've got a great person for you to meet today! If you haven't popped by the feature sponsor's blog this month (Lucky Rainbow Designs) then you totally should. Full of positive inspiration & lots fo creativity. Get to know Rebecca better through her interview below:
1. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging as another creative outlet in which to connect with other creative people. I had friends who were bloggers and I loved reading their blogs so it felt natural for me to give it a whirl! I'm also the kind of person who likes to try new things on a regular basis, meet new people whether its in person or online and generally a peek into other peoples lives, especially those living outside Ireland where I'm from and live.
2. What is your favorite part about blogging & the blogging community?
I love that you can post a question somewhere and that someone will go out of their way to assist you. I love how honest many bloggers can be about aspects of their lives, something which I would like to do more of, and I generally love finding a new blog, especially one with an incredible design. I suffer from blog design envy all the time! I also just love sharing aspects of my life - I try not to overshare, but anyone who knows me will tell you that usually within 5 minutes of meeting me, you know my life story!!
3. What is the hardest part about blogging?
For me, I would say its finding that work / life / time to blog balance. I also work a full time job which at certain times of the year is demanding so I really have to work hard at organizing my time, my blog posts and of course developing interesting content to read. I do worry that my posts are not that interesting and for this reason I've been moving my blog towards a crafty lifestyle blog as opposed to just all about crafts and craft tutorials etc.
Also, I sometimes struggle with the technical side of things! I did a small happy dance last week when I figured out a teeny tiny bit of blogger design coding. That was a great day!
4. What is your favorite feature on your blog?
Probably the 'Today I heart..' series which sees me search the internet for bits and pieces to drool over and also 'Positive Quotes' which according to the stats on my blog draws the biggest amount of readership. It seems there are ALOT of us out there searching for quotes to make our lives more inspiring or complete!
5. I see a lot of positive quotes on your blog! Is this where you find inspiration?
I am the kind of person who 'likes' positive quotes, but I wouldn't say I live my life by them. I generally a half glass full person anyways, but sometimes you need some inspirational quotes to kick start your day or perhaps bring you back down to earth when you think you're life is experiencing some drama, when really it wasn't that important at all! As mentioned above, it draws alot of readers to my blog, and I often wonder are there are alot of sad and unhappy out there sitting at their keyboards looking for some inspiring words and that kinda makes me a little sad if I'm honest!
6. How did you get into card making?
When I was younger I found a box of cards that were given to me as a child over the years. My mum had saved them and i was intrigued that she kept them. She obviously felt they were important momentos to keep. I'm sorry to say I don't know where that box is now! BUT, I've always loved giving and receiving cards and the reason I got into card making was that in Ireland I felt there was a real gap for a quality handmade card that didn't cost the earth. I was coming accross very simple handmade - like cards which were selling for about €6 euro ($9 or $10!!) and I thought this was crazy! So way back in 2009, I made my first card for my friends wedding and everyone said "You really should make more of these!"
The funny thing is, even back in Art College, I had a name for my mini business. I also loved rainbows and found them to be particularly lucky, so hence LuckyRainbow was born.
7. Give us the best blogging advice you've ever received!
Be yourself and stop looking at others! Meaning, yes you will look at other blogs, their ka-zillion of followers, amazing images and house ready photos but know that it probably took them time and energy and years to create this and get to that particular space. Blogging is a process. If you look back at my original posts, you'll cringe at how back they are, but if you skip a few years, you'll see how my blog has developed and that happens for us all, so long as your willing to work hard at it!
8. Give us the best advice on life you've ever received
Oh so much! - For work related issues, the best piece of advice I received was "They're only complaining to you, not about you." - I was the person who used to cry if someone complained to me in work, but when someone, a former manager and still a friend today gave me the above advise, it changed my thinking...forever! I still dish that same piece of advice out to younger colleagues.
For life / everyday advice - I'll draw on a Dr Seuss quote "Those who matter, don't mind and those who mind, don't matter". As someone who turned 30 last year (gulp!), this advice is incredibly true. You will find that even though with age, more winkles appear, you also become more content and the bits of drama that ruled your life at 20, 21, 22 won't even cause you to blink at 29,30,31. (This is the part of being 30 that I love!)
(Now for the fun ones!)
9. What is your favorite fruit?
Strawberries! I even grew my own last year, they were perfect and delicious!
10. What is your favorite color to wear?
From Monday to Friday, I'm in a suit for work purposes, so at the weekend its my time. By that I mean I pull out every colorful item in my wardrobe and style it up! Its hard for me to chose just one colour, I'd say for evening attire, you can't beat a red dress, but during the day, you could meet me and I might perhaps might just look like a walking rainbow complete with a lush colour of lipstick! Told you I loved rainbows!
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