At my first professional design gig in 2007, my editor (thanks Aleigh!) introduced me to the world of blogging. Two things I loved, design and writing, collided into one space and I was hooked. I blogged periodically under the magazine’s umbrella from a design/creative standpoint. But I was drawn more to reading other blogs, over focusing on writing myself.
I have had several friends ask how I found a particular blog, podcast, artist, etc. I am a big fan of Instagram, so I have definitely found a lot of the bloggers I follow there. But also because I am a designer by trade, some of these names are pretty well-known in the creative biz. Since being introduced to blogs, there has been an ebb and flow in my reading list, just like tastes and trends in clothes change. My current RRS reader of choice to categorize the blogs I read is Bloglovin. It’s super easy to import the feeds and categorize them to your liking.
I follow a variety of bloggers – from decorators to writers and from designers to those that simply share their faith. Majority of them juggle multiple hats as they navigate their main gig being creative entrepreneurs. I hope that you will be inspired by these amazingly creative people as much as I am.
Be Inspired – My TOP Favorites & Why I Love Them:
Val Marie Paper
Valerie is so honest and genuine in all that she shares. She is a mama, a designer, and the creator of Prayer Journals. I can truly say that her product has transformed my prayer life. She shares so much wisdom and tips on prayer on her blog. The way she lives – simply – inspires me to purge more, and find contentment in my surroundings.
Casey Leigh is one of a kind. Though I have never met her, I would imagine that she is just as free-spirited of a person as she seems to be online. Her Instagram feed alone is so dreamy. She shares about faith, motherhood, loss, essential oils, recipes and more. Her encouragement for others to share their own stories and “use your voice” without apologizing is refreshing.
Jones Design Company
Emily started her business as a custom stationery designer and started blogging in 2009. I love that she doesn’t narrow what she shares to one particular niche. She shares on a wide variety of topics such as tutorials, decorating tips, crafts and freebies. She also overs a variety of classes to help you with design and blogging. What started as stationery has grown to multiple arms of a creative business for her and her family.
Design for Mankind
I have followed Erin’s blog for several years now. What I love most about Erin is how she has transitioned Design for Mankind into something that is pointing in an opposite direction from what our fast-paced, busy society is chasing. Her writing is so artistic and she has such a gift. In my opinion, the way that she shares and writes is unlike anyone else in the industry.
Lara is so talented, and she points it all to Jesus. She too, wears a lot of hats – Editor in Chief of Southern Weddings magazine, creator of Powersheets, wife, and mama to 3 – to name a few. Her teachings humble and challenge me. Her book, Make It Happen, gave me the push to take action with my business.
For starters, Jess is the real deal. She is funny, witty, gritty and is not afraid to get real with Jesus, or sin, or her passion for growing the Kingdom. She is a mom to 4 kiddos and supports her husband in his full-time ministry gig. She is one of the co-founders of The Influence Network that I have had the joy of being a part of for 2 years. And, Jess also co-authored Wild & Free, another book to add to your must-read list. She is a breath of fresh air and the type of woman who will put your shoes on for you so you can join her in the race God has set for us.
*Note: This is not a sponsored post. Yellow Daisy Creative is not making any commission by sharing these bloggers and their businesses with you. These are my personal preferences.