Today we're talking to Jessica from The Budget Savvy Bride...
- Describe your blog in five words or less... Realistic inspiration for any budget
- Aside from blogging, what do you do? Be as general or specific as possible. I’m a graphic designer and I own my own company, JessLehry Designs, where I specialize in wedding related design such as invitations, save-the-dates, and other fun stationery pieces. I do corporate work, advertising and other design work as well.
- How does your day begin? How does it end? I am a freelancer so this is kind of different depending on what I’ve got going on that day. I’ve recently started my days by reading a chapter of a non-fiction, self-help, or business-related book in order to try to better myself / my business. I’ve found this helps me to focus my energy before diving into emails and the tasks for the day! At night I typically indulge in some TV watching and cuddling on the couch with my hubby and our pets.
- What are 5 objects that you keep on your desk? My Macbook Pro, my iPhone, a sketchbook, pens and pencils for doodling/drawing and a pic of my hubby from our wedding day.
- What did you want to be when you were younger? When did that change, if at all? I wanted to do lots of things: be a ballerina, a singer, an author, an artist. I’ve always been drawn to the arts and it hasn’t really changed. I didn’t have the body to be a dancer but I still love it, I’ve been known to sing (off-key) in the shower or in the car, I’ve found a writing outlet in blogging, and being a graphic designer fulfills the artist part. So I basically get to live my dreams! :)
- When did you start blogging? Why?I started a ‘weblog’ when I was in high school in 2001 as a personal journal and kept it up through most of college - I’ve since made everything private since much of it is uber embarrassing tales of my personal life. I started BSB in the spring of 2008 when I got engaged, as I was finding it hard to keep my ideas organized otherwise. It ended up turning into a valuable resource for other brides on a budget, so I kept it up and it has evolved over time from being a personal blog to something more!
- Do you have more than just one blog? Oh yes... I actually have 3. In addition to The Budget Savvy Bride, I created an off-shoot called Our Budget Savvy Life, detailing home, nesting, and newlywed life. I also have a blog for my design business that I update with projects I’m working on.
- What do you enjoy the most about writing a blog? The least? I absolutely love writing in general, so it helps me get ideas and thoughts out of my head. I need that ‘brain dump’ in order to be able to focus on other things. I also really love hearing from people who are reading, I get lots of emails from my readers asking for advice or thanking me for providing them with ideas and inspiration. It’s been really rewarding. On the other hand it’s really hard to keep up with all the emails!! It can also be a challenge trying to balance life and blogging/tweeting/emails/researching for posts/etc as it’s very time consuming.
- Who and/or what inspires you the most? As a graphic designer I have learned to draw inspiration from nearly everything. A photograph, a quote, a person, a color, a pattern, a texture, fashion, music, food, experience, travel, my family and friends, my sweet pets.
- If you could invite five people to dinner (living or not) who would they be? Steve Jobs. Conan O’Brien. Martin Luther. Martha Stewart. Madonna. Kind of random!
- What do you do or where do you go when inspiration has difficulty striking? I spend some time sketching or doing mind-mapping, read a magazine, go for a walk with my puppy, listen to music and/or dance around the house (shhh don’t tell anyone!)
- What is your favorite quote?"Music is the glue of the world. It's what holds it
all together. Without this, life would be meaningless." -Empire Records.
- If you were to be given an award (think Oscar quality) who would you most likely forget to thank? If I were ever nominated for anything of importance I would definitely have a list written beforehand. I dread forgetting to thank someone or leaving someone important out!!