I’ve been getting a lot of the same questions lately on Instagram and here on the blog so I thought it would be fun to share some of the most frequently asked questions I get so you all can get to know me better! From being a content creator and what I would have done instead to the boys’ schooling, and everything in between, I hope you enjoy this FAQ!
Get to Know Me/FAQ
How are you able to manage life with a five-year-old, a little one, and be a full-time influencer?
I’ve scaled back a lot and tried not to put so many expectations on myself. I have to remember the reason I wanted to do this as a career was so that I could enjoy my family, especially during the early years. Also, I have help. I have a virtual assistant that helps me with a lot of tasks so that I can have more time present with Uriah and Ezra.
If you weren’t an influencer, what career path might you have taken?
I have a degree in paralegal studies so I would have probably followed that path, and potentially gone on to be a lawyer.
What is your favorite perfume that lasts all day?
Recently I have been obsessed with Tom Ford Lost Cherry.
How do you manage to keep a clean house?
I clean every single day. It may sound absurd to some but really the only way to keep a clean space is by doing something every day to keep it that way.
How are you and your husband both successful and happy in your relationship? What are some core steps?
Communication is important in any relationship, as it allows you to effectively share feelings, opinions, and expectations. For example, when we first got married I basically expected Colton to be able to read my mind. So if I wanted something specific and he didn’t deliver I would be aggravated. I learned to be more vocal. When Valentine’s Day comes up and I want to do something specific I’ll say “we should plan something!” or tell him I’d like for him to plan something. Now that we’ve been together for almost a decade I don’t have to be as vocal because he now knows to take initiative. We all have weaknesses and relationships always reveal these faults quicker than anything else.
An essential building block of a healthy marriage is the ability to admit that you are not perfect, that you will make mistakes, and that you will need forgiveness. Having an attitude of superiority over your partner will bring about resentment and will prevent your relationship from moving forward.
What does your husband do and how long has he done it?
Colton owns his own repair shop. He works on ATVs, UTVs, PWCs, and motorcycles. He’s been into dirtbikes and motorcycles pretty much his whole life so he knew he wanted to do something like that as a career. If you’ve been around for a while you might remember we lived in Orlando for a little bit. We moved there because Colton went to school at the Motorcycle Mechanic Institute so that he could get experience and training in the field and later go on to open a business doing it. He’s been working in the field for 10 years and started his business six years ago.
What systems do you use to plan your day, goals, etc? (Paper, digital, other)
I’m definitely a planner girl. I have to make a list and plan out my day. I used to be strictly paper but I recently switched over to more digital. I got an iPad a few weeks ago so I’m getting more into digital planning. Some of my current favorites for planning are Asana, Google Calendar, Google Sheets, and the iPhone notes app.
Where do you get your home decor inspiration from?
Your home is a place where you want to feel great. It should be somewhere that makes you feel comfortable and somewhere that hopefully reflects you as a person in terms of your style and taste. Sometimes it can be difficult. It’s taken me years to feel like I had my home style figured out and then even when I think I have it starts to change. My design inspiration comes from magazines, Pinterest, and showrooms.
How is it being a boy mom and the only woman in the house?
It’s fun, rowdy, and full of love. They definitely keep me on my toes, especially since Ezra is 9 months now and moving all over the place. My boys are definitely mamas boys and let’s just say Colton’s love language is physical touch so I get lots of love!
How do you keep the romance alive with two little ones at home?
We are intentional about making time for ourselves. Even if it’s something as simple as getting the kids ready for bed 30 minutes early so we can spend some alone time together. We also try to do weekly date nights. This is easier said than done because life gets in the way and sometimes you’re too tired to get dressed and go out, but it goes back to being intentional and putting your marriage first.
How have you seen Uriah grow and change since having baby Ezra?
Uriah has grown and matured so much. I know a lot of that comes with just growing up and getting older but he is the best big brother! Happily, with a combination of luck, and prayer he transitioned easily. Colton gave him the nickname “little daddy” because he definitely has been in daddy mode since Ezra got here. He is definitely his brother’s keeper!
How did you go about finding an in-home teacher for Uriah?
To find his teacher we just ran an ad on our city’s local Facebook page. We put in the pay and the hours and we got a lot of great responses. We had applicants send over their resume and we picked five that we really loved on paper and started the interview process from there. We had them each come in and let them meet Uriah. We let them interact with him and we watched from our phones in another room.
Another route we took that didn’t work out for us but might for you is reaching out to a local college to see if anyone who recently graduated in early childhood development was looking for a job. They gave us a list of names and numbers but we didn’t have much luck that way but it’s a good option to have! We decided to not go through a specific company, as it was actually cheaper to hire straight out.
When did you know that being an influencer was the career for you?
Being an influencer was never something that I knew was for me. I started doing this in 2010 before it actually really had a name. I just love having a community and being able to share and make friends online. I think one reason I’ve been able to stay in this career field for so long is that I didn’t go into it expecting anything. Everything came very naturally in its own time because I was just doing something I genuinely enjoyed.
What is your favorite space in your home?
Honestly, I love our entire home. It took a while to get here because our home was definitely more on the fixer-upper side but my favorite room right now has to be our bedroom or my office.
What are the job titles that you do for income?
I am what most would consider a full-time content creator. This has been my full-time job the majority of my adult life.
Do you keep Ezra home as well/ does he have a nanny?
I do not have a nanny which means I’m limited to when I can create content but one of the reasons I wanted to have this as a career is so I could be present with my children and not have to constantly work.