Whenever I do speaking engagements, I always go in prepped to chat about all things wedding, all things style. And yet without fail, each and every time, I end up talking about what it’s like to write a blog for a living. It seems that people are generally fascinated by a job that is so off the beaten path and I don’t blame them. It’s a pretty great gig.
First of all, I usually write the blog while watching The View with my daughter and our sitter playing on the floor beside me. My husband is one room over, with the little dog sleeping on his lap, running what has become our family business. It’s quite a life, quite an adventure.
Style Me Pretty is open for business 5 days a week from 9AM to 5PM. Family time follows that, then we normally pick back up around 8PM until 10PM. Because it’s our own company, and we both work from home, we take time in the middle of the day to shop for groceries, organize closets, take walks in the park and do anything else that strikes our fancy. We travel around the country doing fun little speaking engagements, we host events for companies like Crate and Barrel and we “work” even when we’re at a friend’s wedding. It’s a funny, strange, fulfilling, completely challenging job and one that keeps us continually on our toes both in business and in our own personal lives.
Let me be very frank though. Above and beyond anything else, Style Me Pretty is a business. I’m lucky enough that I happen to LOVE all things wedding so it’s a business that is fairly easy to run. But it is a business, bottom line. It’s a business that I pay my mortgage with and it’s a business that helps to feed not 1, not 2 but 4 family members who work with us. At Style Me Pretty, we believe in making money, we believe in promoting growth, we believe in establishing ourselves as a mainstay in the wedding business. We struggle with staying innovative and original when there more and more competitors every day, some knocking us off, others taking similar ideas and using them as a launching pad for their own unique perspectives. We are continually challenged by every day business dilemmas…where should we put our money? how do we grow thoughtfully? how to we get the best content out there? how do we compete with those bigger than us and how do we forge far ahead of those that are smaller. Just like any business, there are big ups and big downs.
Using BackStage as our platform, we are going to start putting it all out there for you to read with the hopes that you’ll be able to laugh at us or with us, that you’ll find inspiration in the mundane business life of SMP, that you’ll find great information and ideas for starting your very dream job. Because the business of blogging is so new, there is still a lot for ALL of us to learn and I really hope that through Backstage we can build a community, a place where information and creativity thrive, where we ALL find our footing in the crazy world wide web.
So, look for us over here everyday…we hope you’ll not only come, but that you’ll stay a while too.