Haven Conference is just around the corner.
Which is frankly a bit hard to believe- and is super exciting.
And this year- it is being held in Charleston- which is even more exciting.
I am excited to be joining the conference as a mentor again this year- which is one of my favorite things at Haven. Last year, I joined forces with Thistlewood Farms and The Handmade Home and we had a big group of fun folks and so.much.fun.
And, we are doing that again this year.
And today it is all about our Haven Maven Blog hop and sharing a bit more about each of us and blogging, etc. Each day the mentors are sharing a bit about themselves and about Haven- and don’t forget to read all the way to the bottom to see who I am joining.
A bit about how I started blogging:
I am a wife and mom and accidental blogger.
I became a mom at a young age and was fortunate to be able to be at home raising my babies while they were little.
And as they grew, I became that mom.
The one who went to kindergarten with my daughter. Every. Day.
The one who went on every field trip.
Volunteered in the classroom and then decided maybe I should work at the school you know… so that I could be there every day and not look like that over involved over protective over everything mom.
I was also caring for my grandmother who had dementia and it felt like everything I knew about me and who I was -was changing and I was struggling to find my footing.
And I have this very wise little sister who was in college at the time and suggested I start a blog about the run down house we were renovating.
I didn’t know what a blog was. I had not even read one before.
But I started French Country Cottage one winter day and put a post up and instantly felt NAKED.
Like everyone on the WWW was reading what I wrote that very minute.
The reality of it was- my sister read my post.
And she was the only one who read my posts for 6 months.
She is an amazing sister. And I was a TERRIBLE blogger. haha.
And then she told me something that changed everything…
you can read the whole story here.
Now, several years later- my kids are all grown up now and blogging is a full time job.
I have also just finished writing and photographing my first book
(available for Pre Order right now.)
What is your best advice for a blogger?
I would say BE YOU. Be authentic and always always be you. It is so easy to get caught up in copying someone else and their style, their business or blog model, etc. and emulate that thinking that you will find the same path and successes as well by doing so.
But here is the thing. Everyone is different. Everyone has their own path with their own way of walking it. Just remember that you are the only YOU and the only one who can be authentically you.
And also help one another grow and give advice.
I am all about helping if I can – so if you have a question and see me at the conference- I am happy to help. Or just text me or email me. Seriously. I have been fortunate and have had some pretty amazing folks take the time to help me when I was first learning or introduce me to folks who could help or even simply explain to me how to set my camera. And their kindness has not been forgotten.
And one of the best parts of being a blogger and doing this job is the ability to connect with so many people and be able to give back in many ways and that includes helping someone else along the way.
What is your best advice for a new Haven attendee?
Who are YOU most excited to see/meet at Haven this year?
I am excited to meet blog friends I haven’t met before and to see some of my blog friends I have known for years. I am pretty much just excited all around haha. And I do hope that if you are going to Haven- you will say hello!
Here are all of your Haven Mentors this year- among such amazing company!
And onto the other bloggers who are sharing today as well: