Definitely, trying to convince others that whilst I did not have a conventional job working 9-5 that I still ‘worked’.They would see me posting on Instagram and were convinced that my efforts were a ‘hobby’ or me just being cute and crafty.
Very frustrating. This includes demanding the respect of my other half (this is very hard to talk about but I know I’m not alone in this). Working from home means that you are home all day and you can’t help but feel the expectation is that you are the one having to do the chores, be the main parent, doing school runs and weekly sporting events, manage the house and grocery shops and make sure everyone has clean undies! You are expected to do this AND try and build an empire in between the crevices of it all. It’s bloody tough and it’s so easy to feel that whilst you are doing everything, you aren’t really nailing anything at all... it’s exhausting.
A huge challenge was respecting myself enough and backing myself enough to change that way of thinking in our family. You need to have the respect and support of those close to you otherwise it will get you down and play with your self-confidence and it is really hard to try and run/build a business when you think you aren’t enough.
Working through this challenge and having the courage to have those difficult conversations working through it all, has been hard - but I’ve definitely come to learn in this life, from hard comes good.
With social media comes negative and positive; how do you overcome these obstacles?
I’m super lucky that my experience with social media has been very positive. I have such an amazing community of magical life lovers who love food, art, and life... and they especially love love - who totally get what I am about.
And for that, I am so grateful. What I do struggle with, being quite the introvert actually, I do find the attention sometimes daunting - and will find myself taking mini breaks for a day or four here and there to recalibrate and just focussing on my mental health, my family and making sure my business is running smoothly away from social media. I pretty much break every Instabiz engagement/growth rule - but it’s my way of self-preservation and what I find works for me.
What is your favorite piece from the range that you offer?
I’m proud of my poetry. I still get customers asking who ‘wrote’ the poem I ‘write’ in pretty ink... and I have to answer - me! I figure, I can’t sing.... so pretty hand lettering is my voice so my lyrics and message can be heard. So yeah, all the prints that feature my original poetry make me super proud.
What is your favorite thing to do for some down-time for yourself?
You are going to think I’m very boring and one dimensional, but... just sit and play with my pen and paper. I don’t think I will ever tire of putting pen to paper and writing words that look good and make sense together.
I also love to shop. Haha.
From following you it is evident you have a love for cooking- where did this come from?! Do you think you would ever release a cookbook (I know I would buy one)?
Growing up I was always in the kitchen, sitting on the kitchen bench of our humble home in Logan watching my Mum make traditional Thai and Indonesian food. It’s something good that came from a troublesome time and I’m pleased I’ve been able to bring something good forward with me from that time, into my life as a Mama now and leave the rest behind.
I would TOTALLY be open to releasing a recipe book. I actually have gone as far as going through my camera roll and writing down all the meals I’ve created on the fly over the past couple of years, whether I have shared them on Insta or not and there are HUNDREDS. Someone, please get in touch if you have any clue how I turn that into a recipe book while I juggle everything else going on right now. Haha.