This is a post in The Sweet Life interview series where I interview an inspirational woman who has made her life sweet. Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to my new intern, Emily Conley! She’s helping me behind the scenes with graphics, social media, and web publishing for Sage Grayson Coaching and Sweet and Sage.
Welcome! Please introduce yourself and your business.
Thank you for having me! I’m Emily, and I’m blogger, digital artist, and most recently, Sage’s intern! I’m passionate about writing, art, and living with purpose. My husband and I are both from the Midwest, but for our 3 years of married life we’ve lived in the Phoenix area.
At Scribbles From Emily, I blog about finding the beauty in the everyday. I started Scribbles about 3 years ago as a personal blog where I documented college and newlywed adventures, but over time my vision grew to what it is now—inspiring women to live creative, joyful lives and make a difference. My posts usually fall into the categories of faith, creative inspiration, or lifestyle.
Last February, I launched Bleu Feather Paper Co., my Etsy shop offering hand-painted invitations and stationery with a touch of whimsy and romance. Under the same name, I also published a collection of embroidery patterns on Craftsy featuring puns and friendly sea creatures.
How do you help women make their lives sweet?
I help women make their lives sweet by encouraging them to find the beauty in the everyday. Because I believe that God has a purpose for each of our lives, each day contains His fingerprints—something beautiful. We just have to take the time to look for it. Life isn’t without storms and struggle, but I believe that even in the really hard times, we can find beauty. I’ve written about my struggles with depression, loneliness, and self-confidence issues with the intention of bringing hope and encouragement to others.
In addition to looking for beauty, I also believe in making life beautiful and celebrating every day. That’s why I share craft tutorials, home décor ideas, and style posts.
I’m convinced that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a difference in the world. I’m especially passionate about combating human trafficking, modern day slavery, which is more prevalent today than at any time in history. I regularly share fair trade fashion inspiration to encourage women to make a difference in the world by making simple changes to the way they shop.
What led you to start your business?
Bleu Feather Paper Co. was inspired by the idea of celebrating every day. Several people I’ve known and loved have passed away suddenly, and that experience has shaped my philosophy of savoring the lovely moments and memories in every day. My hope is that the cards or invitations I design will have beautiful memories attached to them, and will be cherished for years to come.
What does an average day look like for you?
Every day starts with coffee! Usually followed by working out—lately I’ve been hooked on yoga—and breakfast. During breakfast, I read my Bible and write in my prayer journal.
I scan my emails quickly to see if anything urgent is waiting, but I try not to read too much before I blog so that I won’t be distracted. I write my posts and find and edit pictures. After blogging, I’ll set a timer and work through all of my emails and spend a little time on Facebook and Twitter. Brian comes home for lunch, so I try to get away from my computer and eat lunch with him.
In the afternoon, my projects vary from painting, working on the digital editing of my products, taking product photos, listing new products, writing my newsletter, or working on a craft or decor project for a future post. Every Friday afternoon I spend volunteering at my church, working on graphic design projects, planning youth group events and activities, working on the website, and any secretarial tasks. At some point each day I clean, do laundry, and make dinner…sometimes! I’m very thankful for Brian’s help when I have a lot on my plate.
I try to spend the hours after dinner relaxing, reading, or watching a movie with Brian until bed. It’s a bad habit, but since I can’t fall asleep right away, I usually use my iPhone to hang out on Instagram, Pinterest, and blogs until I get too tired to keep my eyelids up.
What makes your life sweet?
Coffee, good books, visiting the ocean, Friday pizza lunch dates, magazines in the mail, tea before bed, dinner and movies with friends…. There are so many things in my everyday life that are sweet. I feel very privileged to set my own schedule each day, and have the opportunity to bring joy into other people’s lives through my blog and shop.
It’s sweet to have reconnected with my love for drawing and painting after putting it on a back burner for almost 4 years. Getting to work with the great teens in the youth group each week makes my life sweet! And definitely, Brian makes my life very sweet by being so supportive, helpful, and loving.
Do you have anything to share with my readers?
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Where can we find you?
Thanks, Emily! You’re doing amazing work as my intern, and I adore the “Make It Sweet” print.