Interview With A Blogger: Dream A Little Bigger
Today’s Interview With A Blogger showcases one of our very own Mom Spark contributors, Allison! She writes Dream A Little Bigger and is a serious DIY queen. (You may remember her 50 amazing DIY shoe makeovers!) Keep reading to learn more about this creative mama!
So, what prompted you to start blogging?
I started blogging for a lot of reasons, really… as a creative outlet, a new business venture, but largely because I have problems with anxiety and hyperactivity. Since I don’t like to be medicated my best way to deal with that is to constantly keep my hands moving. I was already constantly creating things so it kind of seemed like a natural next move to share them with the world.
I decided to just go for it after a discussion with an attorney at the craft store I’d regularly see on my visits. He explained that he started a blog for his wife so that they can write her glitter and other totally necessary expenses off on their taxes. Sounded like sound advice!
Tell us about your day job/educational pursuits?
My day job is kind of an odd one but something I’ve planned on since college. I always wanted to be self employed one day and I have worked toward that goal since my freshman year in college. I got a degree in graphic design and began working at a 9-5.
One day my boss explained that funds were tight and asked if I’d be willing to go part-time for a while until things got better for the company. I used that time to start to develop a client base for my marketing, copywriting, administrative services and graphic design business. When the next year I was laid off entirely, I was able to go with gusto into being self employed.
That was 5-6 years ago and I’m still self employed, or as my father says “gainfully unemployed”. As long as I can swing it, I plan to always work this way because of the time it afford me to spend with my family who all live many hours away from me.
Where’s the farthest from home you’ve ever travelled? Tell us about your experience.
The farthest I’ve ever travelled from home was to visit family in California when I was a kid.
My grandfather bought a “turtle” just for the trip. It was a camper shell that went on the back of his pickup. We covered the bed with pillows and blankets and played lots of card games.
Along the way made a stop in Las Vegas and this was a time when they weren’t so strict about kids in the casinos. My grandmother snuck me over to pull down on the coin machine handle in Circus Circus and then bought me a little mini piano thing in the gift shop I annoyed the whole family with until we finally got to California.
We went to Disney Land, Knotts Berry Farm and Universal Studios, but I remember less about those parts of the trip than how great it was to travel there and back.
What skill do you hope to master by the end of 2013?
I’m one of those people that has way too many irons in the fire. I had initially wanted to learn how to knit but I’ve have issues with my dominant hand that have made it frustrating.
I’ve decided instead that by the end of 2013 I will have latch hooked a gigantic soft and fuzzy new rug for my bedroom. Right now I’ve only gotten about 3 inch by 7 inch bit done, but it’ll happen!
What’s your current favourite song/band? And what are you reading?
I love music. If I’m awake, I’ve got music playing and I’ve got a bazillion playlists to accommodate any mood. Right now my playlists are kind of all over the place.. but Parliament Funkadelic, Harlem Shakes, Coconut Records, Love Language, Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra and absolutely any super group including Jack White are also in regular rotation.
Along with the whole attention thing I normally have several books going (I read so much that my Kindle has a name — Angela). I just finished Gameboard of the Gods — a really interesting bit of fiction by Richelle Mead. I’m also re-reading A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, The Dirty Parts of the Bible by Sam Torode and The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. I’ll be looking into a new book to add to the rotation soon!
Share three blogs you adore!
Thanks, I Made It: A great jewelry DIY blog by a gal named Erin who can make any jewelry project seem totally doable!
Studs and Buttonholes: Daniel his projects are so creative (like beads that change color by body heat) and confident and he’s such a nice guy. I absolutely love everything he’s got going on.
Messy Nessy Chic: This is the only blog I followed back in my pre-blogging days. I love the interesting stuff that they find to share.