Happy Happy Friday from me to you! I hope your week has gone splendidly and you’re getting back into a routine if your kids have gone back to school! It was a hot one for us this past week so we did our best to stay indoors but we did get a few long standing projects completed as well as another week down of Whole60! Today, I’m happy to be doing another # Ask Away Friday! Today’s swap partner is Tia from Becomin Neurotic who is super sweet! Tia shares her experience of depression, anxiety and auto immune disease. Her site is a great resource to realize that you’re never alone in whatever you’re battling. She is engaged to be married next summer and has a teenage son that is her world. Go check out her site for a look into her honest, brave world.
1. I love DIY and have been trying my hand at any number of things now that I stay home. I’ve found I love paper crafts the most-cards, scrap booking, etc. What is your favorite kind of project?
My favorite type of craft is paper craft as well. I like making cards for people. I love Smashbook and I’m starting Project Life soon. I just got a new photo printer so I’m going to be completing some of my books soon!
2. Jimmy John’s is fairly new to our area, they just got here about a year ago. But Scotty and I are BIG fans, so I loved seeing your wedding photo with them. What is your favorite thing to order?
I’m glad you guys love it! My saved order on my phone (online ordering) is a #1 ez tomato, ez mayo. If I’m really hungry I’ll add BBQ chips and a triple chocolate chunk cookie.
3. I was so inspired by your 35 by 35 list! I may just have to create my own, though I only have three years to get there. Are there any goals on your list that scare you a little (or a lot)?
I’m glad you liked it! I’m excited to read yours! You could do 40 by 40. I am scared of going in a hot air balloon. I’m afraid of heights but I think hot air balloons are beautiful. I’m going in a small plane this weekend to push my fear, so wish me luck! Everything else on my list I’m super excited about.
4. Tell me about your family. Do you have siblings? Who are you closest to?
I am from a family of 4. I have one sister who is 4 years older than me and the person I look up to most in life. I could write 10,000 words on memories of our childhood and why she’s amazing but you wouldn’t want to read all of that. I could write 100,000 words more of my family because they are the greatest. I’m a very lucky person to have been born a Robertson.
5. August has flown by and fall is on it’s way. Fall is my favorite season by far. What kinds of things do you love about fall, or do you hate it?
I do love fall! I love every season for a different reason, although, I only love winter because of Christmas and my Birthday. I love going to the pumpkin patch in our town, I love chai lattes, I love sweaters and kicking crunchy leaves, and I’m OBSESSED with pumpkin everything.
6. Scotty and I are tying the knot in August 2015 and I’m trying to do it Pinterest style to save as much as possible. Do you have any tips for me?
EEEE! Exciting! I did a Pinterest wedding when we got married and it saved tons! I found templates for the table numbers and seating arrangement and wrote them myself, spray painted all the thrifted vases for flowers that were bought in bulk from a florist and arranged by my family members. My biggest tip would be to figure out your color scheme first and go from there. You can easily get overwhelmed on Pinterest though so try to keep on the same path. Also, don’t have a champagne wedding on a beer budget. It’s better to have a few quality touches rather a bunch of things poorly executed.7. You’re a relatively new blogger, but you seem to have a pretty great hand on it. What 5 tips would you give to someone just starting out or someone looking to spruce things up?
Thank you! I don’t feel that way, but I’m glad it looks like it from your side. 1. Find out what you struggle with (content, organization, photography etc.) and take a course. I’ve taken 5 courses now and have learned information that would have taken me years to learn on my own. 2. Make a content calendar that excites you. Make sure everything you write about is something you’re passionate about, otherwise, it will come through in your writing. 3. Find a good support system, whether it be family, friends or a bloggy group. 4. Learn what your strongest social media platform is and master it before moving on to a new platform. 5. Don’t force it. If you’re rushing posts for the sake of getting posts out, take a break.
8. What is your favorite social media platform-for blog promotion and/or personal use?
My favorite social media platform for blog promotion is currently Pinterest because I’m taking a course online called Pinning Perfection (over in my right sidebar) to improve my strategy. Currently 90% of my traffic comes from Pinterest so I’m trying to learn why/how to improve that platform. My favorite platform for personal use is Instagram for inspiration.
9. I know you love Disney and rom-coms, what 5 movies haven’t you seen yet, that you’re most excited for?
The Fault in Our Stars (I love John Green), Mockingjay, This Is Where I Leave You, Dumb and Dumber To and Big Hero 6.
10. Give me the numbers:
Years you’ve been married- It will be 4 years next Friday!
Kids you’d like to have- 2-3
Current projects in varying states of completion- Including scrap books 11…that’s only craft projects not home projects.
Teeth Sophie now has- 8
Books on your shelf (or e-reader) waiting to be read- countless. I could count but it would take a long time. Between Jeffrey and my books/e-readers there’s probably over 100 that I want to read. Yes, I still buy new books because I’m crazy.
Broken bones- 1 wrist, 1 toe, 1 metatarsal (not bad!)
Major moves (not just across town)- 3- to college, to Disney, to Illinois
Length of time it takes you to get ready- weekday-20 minutes/going out-an hour
Items on today’s to-do-list- 7
Stuffed animals Sophie has- around 25 (she’s asleep so I don’t want to go check)
Thanks for the awesome questions Tia! Loved our swap! What suggestions do you have for new bloggers (like me)? What kind of DiY tips do you have for Tia’s wedding? Anyone else on Pinterest or Instagram? I’m always looking for new people to follow!