I'm super late to the game but excited to continue the getting to know each other theme so...I’m participating in a Getting-to-Know-You game of 20 Questions with Kris (With a K) from the With a K Writing Academy. I’m excited to get to know my own blog-readers better & to find other bloggers to play with too. You know – friends who just get it. If you want to participate, you can too! Just go to check out Kris’s post about it here, & get started.
1 – What’s a ridiculous nickname you’ve had?
Not sure that I ever had a ridiculous name but the most common ones are definitely Becky, Bex, Beckers, Becky Boo or just Boo.
2 – Why do you write a blog? Have your reasons changed over time?
When I started out blogging it was just one of those things I thought I should do plus I had always loved to read and to write.
Now I realize that the blog has the power to be so much more. It's an opportunity to connect with people, to help people during one of the most exciting, but sometimes stressful, times as they plan their wedding day, and a place to share so much from images to advice, to share personal stories and client love stories and so much more!
3 – Where do you like to be when you are writing?
I honestly write most often from my couch or desk at home but I do my best writing when I can get out - whether for the writing or just before I write - for a change of scenery, a dose of inspiration and a little fresh air to clear the normal to do's out of my brain and be able to really enjoy the writing process.
This is something I'm really looking forward to this year, creating a space to write in that will be filled with creativity and continue to build my skills to really bring together words and imagery to help people get to know the amazing people, clients and colleagues, the way I do. They are amazing people and I want to make sure I do their stories justice.
4 – Peanut butter & __________.
CHOCOLATE!!! Was this seriously in question? Hello Chocoholic Queen right here.
5. What does your Writing Process look like?
Sometimes it starts with a few notes scribbled down (digitally or physically) or an image that I'm just in love with and inspires me to write the story or a piece of wedding advice that it brings to mind. Other times it comes from questions my clients ask or a quick questionaire they've filled out.
Overall, there isn't much of a process. I sit down and write a first draft trying my hardest not to filter my thoughts and my voice too much (if I overthink too much it all comes out professional and overly formal or robotic, there's not personality left!) The second read through is about polishing it up a little and making sure it all makes sense and captures what I want to say (I'm notoriously bad for getting really excited about something I'm writing and skipping words in the middle of sentences - I'm not the only one right?)
6 – What keeps you up at night?
EVERYTHING! My brain seriously doesn't have an off switch and it's a real problem sometimes but, I learned a long time ago to keep a pen and notebook beside the bed to write down ideas or things I need to do so I don't have to worry about forgetting them as well as keeping the phone out of the bedroom because resisting the urge to check it can been so hard!
7 – What was your last online purchase? Did you hide it from anyone? (I see you, impulse buyers & shame shoppers)
My last online purchase...was a book! I am a complete book addict and it's probably a good thing my bank account doesn't allow me to buy my whole wishlist. We don't own enough bookshelves for that!
8 – What do you honestly think of elastic waistbands?
To most of my more fashionable friends I would say only for workouts but as an entrepreneur - when I'm working from home I am rocking elastic waistbands for sure in the form of yoga pants or pj pants most of the time. I just love to be comfy.
9 – What blogs or magazines do you love to read? Why?
I am completely obsessed with Magazines in a few different categories. Here are my current favs by category
Photography - Shutter Magazine
Weddings - Wedluxe, Elegant Weddings, Trendy Bride, Grace Ormond Weddings (I pick up others too but those are my can't miss mags)
Fashion - InStyle
Home Decor - HGTV, Style at Home, Canadian House and Home
Fitness/Health - Oxygen, Shape, Women's Health, Clean Eating
I love them all for inspiration, information I can use, and good writing (I like stories)
10 – What is your favourite way to express your creativity?
Photography for sure.
I have always loved to create but my hands always failed to create what I saw in my minds eye but with my camera in my hand I found the joy of creating again.
I love to dabble with scrapbooking, watercolour painting, and calligraphy too
11 – DSLR or iPhone?
I always prefer to work with my DSLR or even one of our film cameras but the best camera is always the one you have with you so I end up using my phone (though not an iphone - I'm not a big apple fan overall but love my ipad)
12 – How do you feel about the semicolon? Do you have any feelings about punctuation marks, in general? (it’s ok if you don’t)
I love exclamation marks because I tend to be excited and energetic in most of my writing but I don't really have any feelings about other punctuation marks.
13 – What is a skill you really want to learn?
Just one? I love learning new skills.
I am currently working on watercolour painting and calligraphy but also want to learn sketch noting, scuba diving, and drawing.
14 – Do you use a planner or journal to keep your life from derailing? What kind?
Not yet but I'm on the search for one that works for me. Always open to suggestions!
15 – What does your dream Sunday look like?
A big brunch, time with awesome people or curled up with a blanket and a book in front of a big window.
16 – Do you have a full-time business or a side hustle?
It's a full time business on top of a full-time day job. I love working with the kids in my class but I could never give up my photography. It's a passion for sure.
17 – Coffee or tea?
Neither - I'm a hot chocolate girl.
18 – What is your favourite outfit?
19 – What scares you?
Disappointing the people I care about - my family, my clients, my colleagues.
I love to help people and always worry I will disappoint people.
20 – Cats or Dogs?
I love both but right now I'm snuggling with my puppy Kowa (named after one of our cameras) so I'm going to have to go with dogs today.
Did you learn anything new? I would love to see you join in and share your answers to these 20 Questions so I can learn more about you!