Meet the Blogger Behind: Pretty Real

Good morning everyone on this lovely Wednesday. This week we are meeting Tiffany from Raleigh, NC and her blog "Pretty Real" who says that she is racing towards her late 30's but doesn't even look it. She has a lovely blog with some pretty cool posts and I really like her Kitchen Command Center Phase I post. It's something that I want in my own home one day. Definitely check that post out after reading her interview below.

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog?
My blog was a friend’s idea. She was a bit ahead of the curve and into blogging and social media before it was what it is today. She suggested we start a blog together as a creative outlet and maybe a source of income. She no longer blogs with me but once I started, I was hooked!

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why?
There are so many things I love- being creative, having a fun “escape” from my ‘real’ job as a Stay-at-home-mom, inspiring people’s creativity, and the sense of community I’ve found.

3.       What main topics do you blog about?
Mostly kid related- parties, milestones, food, etc. But after buying a new home a year ago I’ve started sharing a little more home décor. DIY is a big part of my blog and usually makes its way into my home décor and party posts.

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing?
Sounds so boring, but spending time as a family of five is my FAVORITE. I also love photography and party planning.

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore?
Lately, it’s been our new hometown of Raleigh, NC. We spent our first several months here visiting new places each weekend. It felt like an adventure. But my trip to Italy with my husband (just before starting a family) was the best! We both have family there and it was so fun to be tourists but also just family in town.

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job?
It’s a bit of both! I make a small income from it and would love to increase that over time. My primary job is being a SAHM so I try not to lose sight of that in my eagerness to make blogging a career. They keep me pretty busy but I try to blog weekly and do sponsored content monthly.

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years?
I would love to feel a bit more like a publication. I want to share more lifestyle categories (fashion and entertaining namely) and improve my photography. I truly love sponsored content- not just to make money (though that’s nice too!) but I love to tell an authentic story about a product I love or had the opportunity to try. I also enjoy alerting my readers to a new product that might help them out in some fun way.

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging?
In general there is just SO much to learn. And since I can’t do it full time just yet it can feel overwhelming. Luckily I’ve made some fantastic blogging friends and joined great networks that help. Redesigning my blog was a big step and was the first time I truly invested (other than my time) in the blog so that was scary and hard, but in a good way! And it definitely paid off!

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger?
It’s hard to choose one but the thing I tell myself when I feel overwhelmed or discouraged is to just keep at it. Persistence really does pay off and if you are passionate about what you’re sharing, you will naturally start to improve and pick up knowledge along the way. And I have to add, making a few blogging buddies is paramount! Not only do they help you learn tricks of the trade but just having someone who “gets it” to discuss blogging with is just so great. Blogging is surprisingly fulfilling so even when you feel like it, don’t give up!

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows?
New Girl, Blackish, and Blind Spot

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique?
I’m not sure how unique it is but I’m a Christian and one thing that feels different about me is I often make decisions based on how the Lord is leading me versus what I might naturally do. Being a stay-at-home mom is one of those things. It really doesn’t come naturally and I liked working and the fulfillment that brought. Having a 3rd baby is another- in the natural, 2 was just so much more doable but I just felt that our family wasn’t complete. For both of those examples, God truly knew best. The old adage “I didn’t say it would be easy; I said it would be worth it” rings true. Sometimes we just have to have faith!

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why?
I really don’t. But my mom is my hero. She’s so kind, selfless, and beautiful inside and out. Now that I’m a mom I can see just how much she laid her life down for her family and put us first and I appreciate it more than words can say. I get my creativity from her for sure.

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on? 
This was one of my favorite projects, a top viewed post, and a labor of love! http://www.prettyrealblog.com/2014/11/daxs-little-explorer-nursery.html

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year?
I love fall! I love going to pumpkin patches and farms, harvest parties, and fall décor. When we moved south I lost apple picking which is hands down my favorite fall tradition and what I looked forward to! But I guess now I look forward to warmer weather after fall which is also pretty great!

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog?

You didn’t ask what we dislike about blogging but I have to say, I think blogs and social media put a lot of pressure on readers. You get a glimpse into someone’s life and often it looks so so perfect. Clearly no one is living the perfect life but on Instagram it’s hard to tell. My blog is titled Pretty Real and it’s a constant reminder to stay authentic. People don’t want to swing by my blog to see photos of crying kids, a messy house, or a vent about a disagreement with my husband. That said, I think it’s important to be vulnerable sometimes- to peel back the curtains and show people a glimpse of real life occasionally. And above all else be true to ourselves. I don’t always get it right but that’s my goal.

Thank you Tiffany for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Tiffany by following her on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

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