Do as I say, not as I do.
I am a HUGE proponent of blogging for your business. And here I am, more than 18 months after my first blog post, writing my second blog post.
Life has been busy – in a fabulous, fun-filled, totally unreal way. For one, when I wrote that first post, I had been pregnant with my baby girl for just a few weeks. There’s nothing like looming motherhood to kick your butt into gear in order to work harder, make money, and get organized.
I have been fortunate to never have to drum up business. I have somehow attracted the most delightful clients to Tall Poppies. They predominantly arrive via word-of-mouth referrals from my past clients. New ones trickle in right when than moment of panic sets in as to whether I have enough work on. Well, I ALWAYS have enough work to do, but every other boutique business owner will probably relate to that occasionally niggling feeling as to whether everything you are currently doing is enough… As long as I accomplish more-than-enough for my wonderful clients, I believe I will be blessed with more than enough work.
So, since that first post, I have designed and built several beautiful websites, and have also brought to life online the designs of some fabulous graphic designers, such as JessicaProcini.com, AliShapiro.com, MyMarchConsulting.com, HistoricRouttCounty.org, and many others; in addition to giving birth to my incredible baby girl in April this year.
There are many firsts after you have a baby. Some of those are first-time-ever firsts, and others are just kickstarting old activities, like the first time hiking the mountains around my home, the first time back on my mountain bike, the first time back at yoga after having a baby. No matter how much I love these things, the first time is always daunting, and often humbling.
So I’m keeping things light and simple for this first ‘second’ blog post. April from Blacksburg Belle ran a series of posts back in August in order to get our blogging community talking about different topics and getting to know each other a bit better. Fun, right? I thought it’d be fun to play along, as the first topic is ‘20 Things You Might Not Know About Me‘, and April came up with some fun questions for the folks she tagged to answer. I’m a little late to this party, but heck, why not join the fun!
Question 1: How tall are you?
5′ 7″ or 171 cm – depending on where I am when you ask: In my homeland, Australia, or in Colorado, where I currently hide-out.
Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?
I am an artist, but this is more of a proclamation than an activity. In fact the artist inside me has been dormant since high school, or perhaps even university. It shines it’s light on my design work, but it rarely gets to break free of the computer and experiment all over a canvas., with clay or whatever beautiful utensils strike its fancy. I have a deep longing to nurture this artist, but life and time puts it lower on the priority list.
Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
Same sameness. I’m a voracious blog reader, especially right now as I thumb through feedly while feeding my baby girl Lily. Feedly empowers me to consume a lot of articles and so many are just regurgitating the same ol’ crap. There’s a lot of noise in this tangled web we weave.
Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
These new-ages sales people who throw their head back laughing in their sales page hero shots, alongside a tagline of “Oh my god. You can make more money than you know what to do with if you just buy my product! It’s soooooo easy.” This just tickles my nerves. That terrible saying “Those who can do, those who can’t teach” pops into my head. While I wholeheartedly disbelieve this idiom, it’s amazing how many people preach lessons their learned without that much history of success.
On the other hand, if you ignore my negative-nellyness, the fact that soooooo many people can launch these courses successfully shows me that there is a ton of opportunity out there just waiting for those of us who do have a genuine message to share.
Question 5: What’s your favorite song?
The Time Is Now, by Moloko. I wanted to walk down the aisle to this song, but I didn’t have the guts to do it (to walk down the aisle to this song that is)!
Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?
I’m a lurker on Etsy and favorite lots of things, but don’t buy very often so I don’t know if I have a favorite. I was recently on a mobile inspiration search and fell in love with Dancing Seeds Mobiles and Jikits.
Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?
I love to hike and mountain bike around Steamboat, where I live, especially on the Howelsen Hill / Emerald Mountain trails. Now, if it’s a dreary rainy day (my favorite kind of day) I used to love curling up with foreign films and a packet of Arnotts Kingstons. I can’t imagine having a day to do this any time in my future with Lily in tow!
Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?
Chocolate. I can’t help myself. I love Cadbury chocolate – from Australia (Sorry, but it’s better than the stuff we get in the US). I used to love Nestle chocolate. Now I feed my habit with Chocolove.
Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?
Matilda. She’s a rambunctious rascal of a Golden Retriever and I adore her. I wish I could emulate her bountiful enthusiasm every time you meet someone again, even if you just went from one room to the next.
Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?
I love Louis de Bernieres. My dad and sister are voracious readers and we all read entirely different books, but when asked what our favorite books are, we all proclaim Louis de Bernieres The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts, which is part of a trilogy including Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord, and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman.
As for non-fiction: I love recipe books. I’m currently loving Smitten Kitchen and Nourished Kitchen. I love all of Jamie Oliver’s recipes. They work. They’re easy, the ingredients are accessible and they’re delicious. I also love Nigella’s cooking, as well as Neil Perry, Maggie Beer, and Bill Grander (all fellow Aussies).
And, I have recommended the Green Kitchen Stories app (and book and blog) to anyone I know who is vegetarian (which I am not, but I eat a lot of vegetarian food) or a health-nut. The GKS app has some unusual recipes, but they are delicious and have become many go-to week-night meals – such as the Beetroot Soup, or Kale and Chick Pea soup. Oh, and the chocolate mousse! My kiddos are going to devour this mousse one day.
Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?
I love Dr Weil’s Origins skin care. I have super sensitive skin and his moisturizers are just about the only creams that don’t flare up my skin.
Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?
Childbirth is pretty embarrassing, don’t you think?
Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Wine. I mean, if that catastrophe actually happened that forced us to only be able to drink one thing, well, we may as well be tipsy too!
Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?
I have always loved Stealing Beauty. I could also watch Love Actually over and over. And I love love love The Horseman on the Roof [Le Hussard sur le toit]
Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?
I was a “spock” – one of the smart ones. I was also described as “a good artist.” I was probably seen as a dork, or dweeb by the cool kids.
Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I live there. Steamboat Springs, Colorado. …But I’d like to be able to easily live at home in Newcastle, Australia too. I think it would be wonderful to spend lots of time in New York, and Paris too. In fact, I’d just love to be traveling around the world, A LOT… But I’d always come home to Steamboat and Newcastle.
Question 17: PC or Mac?
Mac. I went to design school in Sydney (Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications (aka VisCom) at the University of Technology). I had a PC for a few years while at Uni, but soon upgraded to my beautiful Mac(s). Once you go Mac, you can’t go back.
Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?
Oh man, it’s already hard to remember life before Lily. So, right now, the most romantic thing I lust after is being allowed to go back to bed in the early mornings after I feed Lily, and Chris takes care of Lily for a while. This sleep is delicious and so nourishing!
Question 19: Favorite celebrity?
I’m currently taking Tara Gentile’s 10,000 Feet coaching program. I have been following Tara for several years now, and have taken a few of her wonderful programs. Throughout this time, I have followed one business celebrity or another, and I soon lose interest in most of them. But not Tara. She always have new nuggets of wisdom that spark ‘a-ha’ moments for me.
Is Tara celebrity? Well, she is in my world, so that’s who I pick.
Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?
Well, Tara, naturally. I also love the bubbling enthusiasm and abundant creativity of Jessica Swift.
…aaaah. Phew. Number 2 blog post done. If you could only see the long list of posts I have planned! Now this hurdle is hurdled, I can get serious with much more interesting and useful posts just for you! If you want to see what I have in store for you, be sure to sign-up to my email list.