June 17, 2016

Does anyone else feel like work weeks in the Summer are so strange? I'm still working Monday-Friday but sometimes it goes by slow, sometimes it goes by fast, and sometimes it's a mixture of the two. Also, there are so many holidays, long weekends, and vacations going on that my brain can't keep track of the days half the time. The only exception to this summertime insanity is that my brain always knows when it's Friday. What can I say? TGIF is in my blood. In honor of making it through yet another week, I will be participating in #FridayIntroductions by answering the Ten Things You Don't Know About Me tag

Before I get into the tag, let's get into the history of why I started blogging. I have always loved writing since I was a kid. I still remember when my mom gave me my first journal. She had bought a black and white composition journal and we would write letters to each other in it (which I thought was the coolest thing since I was basically obsessed with writing letters - still am.) The more I wrote, the more I realized how freeing it felt to put your thoughts and ideas on paper. Even to this day, writing is my go-to creative outlet. 

As I got older, I began following social influencers: bloggers, vloggers, etc. The thing that interested me the most about all of these internet gurus was how down-you-earth and witty they were. The best blogs, in my opinion, were led by people who I could relate to, who let you in to their lives one post at a time. 

The main reason I started blogging was to bring creativity back into my life, but I also wanted to use my blog as an outlet for not only myself but also for others. I wanted to be what those bloggers were to me: my safe place, my inspiration, my dose of happiness and relief. 

Sometimes, I can get so caught up in life that my personality gets lost in it all and my blog becomes faceless. So, today I'm reconnecting with Feather + Steele and with those of you reading this. So, I just wanted to wish you all a happy Friday and thank you for sticking with me! Enjoy my little #FridayIntroduction!

1. What’s your name and where’d you come from?

Hi, I'm Jennifer and I'm originally from the Northeast (New Jersey to be exact.) Currently I reside in the Lone Star State (jumping between Dallas + San Antonio.)

2. Why do you blog?

Why do I blog? I kind of already spoke about this in my extra-long heart-to-heart above, but I'll give you the Sparknotes version. I blog because I love writing and wanted to bring creativity back into my life. I also love the blogging community and strive to be half the blogger my blog inspo's are.

3. Where would you travel to that you haven’t already been and why?

I've always wanted to go to Scotland. I have a lot of Scottish heritage on my mother's side and would love to learn more about that part of me. Scotland is also gorgeous. And I haven't been because das esspensive.

4. Who’s your favorite Blogger?

Oh my gosh, I can't choose just one favorite! If I had to choose my top three (ATM) it would be Emily CooperKelly Zugay, and Mariah Leonard. Seriously go check them out, they are all adorable rays of sunshine and I wish I could be best friends with them all.

5. If you could collaborate with just one brand on your blog, who would it be?

I would absolutely LOVE to work with Rifle Paper Company, Anna just seems like such a peach (don't know why but that's the first word that comes to my mind when I think of her - and come on she's the definition of perfect.)

I guess my dream collaboration would be with CanonOPI or the World Wildlife Fund (such a random list but the heart wants what the heart wants.)

6. What is your proudest achievement?

I don't know if this counts as an achievement but I consider it to be. As of right now, my greatest achievement would be me rekindling my love with running (because I can't believe I ever stopped -- it's seriously my favorite thing to do to escape from reality and I honestly don't know how I kept my sanity without my therapeutic runs.)

7. Why did you choose your blog name?

I went through a very lengthy process when I was brainstorming my blog name. I chose the name Feather + Steele for many reasons. One of those reasons was that I wanted something that sounded intriguing and different. I definitely wanted a two-part name that meant something to me. I chose Feather for my middle name and my mom's maiden name: Wrenn (which is also a bird.) I chose Steele for two reasons: it contrasted with feather and it is my grandmother's maiden name. I really wanted to convey strength, grace, and family in my blog name and I am more than happy with the result.

8. Who’s your no. 1 celebrity crush?

I don't really have a celebrity crush but the celebrity that I would absolutely die if I got the chance to meet would either be Kathleen Fuentes or Amy Poehler.

9. What is your biggest regret in life?

I definitely regret not studying abroad in college. If I could go back and do anything different, that's the one thing I would change.

10. What’s your no. 1 blogging tip?

The number one tip that I would have given myself is: find your voice. It took me a little while to realize that being inspired by other bloggers is totally fine but the most important thing is making your blog just that: YOUR blog. I'm still figuring out what exactly my voice is but I'm getting closer each and every day.

Tell me something about you in the comments or do the tag yourself! Happy #FridayIntroductions!

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