Well well well... The long weekend is over but the good news is that it's a short week *throws confetti*. To help ease you back into the week, I've decided to roll out my new series on the blog TODAY! What's this new series I speak of? Glad you asked! Every week (ideally) I'll be interviewing a fellow creative/small business owner with 20 Questions. Some of the questions will be serious but most of them will be ridiculous. I think it's important that in this world of "Make it Happen" "Girl Boss" and "The Daily Hustle" we step back and remember that at the end of the day we are all human. Your favorite blogger or small business owner is just like you. They enjoy the same things and relax in the same ways. So much of our interaction with these bloggers and business owners is looking through the small glass window of social media and we don't really see the "whole house" if you will. Hopefully this series will help you get to know some of your favorite internet crushes and see that they're just like me and you.
Kicking off this series is my good friend and business partner Theresa Delaney. Theresa has her own copy writing business, she's the brains behind Photo Pop, and is the other half of The Creative Tribe Workshop. She's got a ton of business smarts but uses all her powers for good. When we meet up to discuss the CTW she totally understands when I say "let's go somewhere good for Instagram". Theresa was the one who helped me get Little Flower Studios off the ground too. So before I giveaway too much....Here is 20 Questions with Theresa Delaney!
1) How did you get into copy writing?
I have always been a total word nerd and became a voracious reader early on in elementary school. I was always that person with a really clever excerpt or song lyric in my instant messaging bio, and have had a Tumblr where I keep track of my favorite quotes since high school.
In college, I learned about the world of branding, advertising and marketing and knew I wanted a career in that realm. I studied communication and marketing and went on to work at an agency doing a wide range of writing, design, and research tasks. When I went out on my own, I quickly realized that my passion and expertise truly landed at the intersection of branding and verbal communication. So, here I am!
2) When you were little, what did you want to grow up to be?
In Kindergarten, I had a purple dress with black and white fur at the bottom of the sleeves and a furry kitten face right on the front. I wore it on "career day" and told everyone I wanted to be a veterinarian. Then I learned that being a veterinarian doesn't mean petting animals all day, and I'd have to take a lot of science classes, so I moved on.
I always dreaded - DREADED. No exaggeration. - the idea of being locked into a traditional cubicle job, so I had my fingers crossed that it'd be something creative and flexible, but wasn't sure if that was even possible or how it would manifest.
3) What is your favorite animal?
Dogs. No question about it. I am compelled to point out and/or stop and pet every dog I pass on the street.
4) If you could be one character in a movie who would it be?
I would be one of the random students at Hogwarts, so that I didn't have to be in the spotlight or fight anyone, but I could still, you know. Go to Hogwarts and have magic. I would also be Fang's babysitter for all those times Hagrid is gone.
5) Ketchup or mustard?
Barbeque sauce. On ERRYthang.
6) Favorite deceased celebrity?
7) What are three things you'd want while stranded on an island?
Can I cheat and say an airplane, fuel and those water cleansing pods? No? Okay, my iPad with books/movies downloaded on it, a dog for company, and a lighter.
8) What is one super random fact about yourself?
When I was little, I had an imaginary older brother that drove a pink Barbie car and invited me over for sleepovers. I even packed a little suitcase and had my mom drive around looking for his house once. I told her it would be obvious when we found it - because of the pink Barbie car in the driveway, of course.
9) Team Cap or Team Iron Man?
I want to say Team Cap ('cause that face, you know?), but I know if I met both characters in person, I would definitely be laughing at Iron Man's sarcastic jokes and rolling my eyes at Cap.
10) What is your favorite way to unwind?
Does sleeping count? I sleep a lot. Aside from that, snuggling with my dogs in bed while watching Harry Potter. Preferably with snacks in hand.
11) What is your go to sleeping position?
I always fall asleep on my side, but have been known to wake up on my back with my ankles crossed and hands behind my head, laying-in-the-park style.
12) Coffee or tea? Or neither?
Diet Coke is my #1 bae. I mean, caffeine source. But I do love a good iced tea.
13) Favorite color?
The exciting answer is blue (specifically navy) but I'm also super boring and love light neutrals. They're relaxing, clean and always look so great together! I mean, what's not to love?
14) What's currently on your playlist?
I'm on a pretty consistent rotation of early 2000s R&B, low-key indie and a few current pop songs.
15) Where would your dream vacation be?
I've traveled most of the US, but have yet to leave the country. So I'd go with few weeks in Europe to explore Italy, Greece, France and Spain. I was really into ancient civilizations growing up, so I'm dying to visit all the places I spent so much time reading about. Lots of food, lots of ancient ruins, lots of walking. But no backpacking, there'd be hotels or airBnBs involved. DREAM vacation, guys. That means no budget.
16) Trump or Hilary? JUST KIDDING. What Parks and Rec character are you most like?
This is a tough one. I just asked James, and he said "Tom. Since you're an entrepreneur and into home decorating and good food." So, now I'm seriously questioning our relationship, but...I would say a combination of Leslie and April. They're all such exaggerated charicatures, it's hard to pick one that's not a little (or a lot) crazy!
James, trying to save our relationship, does make a good point: Tom is the passionate idea guy, and I'm definitely that person that gets utterly obsessed with new ideas and it's really hard for me to not act on all of them. Did I even answer your question? Oh well.
Now he is saying a mix of Tom and Leslie. "That was a bad answer, wasn't it?"
17) Guilty pleasure?
Food. Definitely food. Specifically cheese, bread and ice cream. But I don't have much shame when it comes to indulging in anything! I'm a Libra, so balance is key ;).
18) Which do you prefer, online shopping or in store shopping?
Definitely in-store. I'm an extremely tactile person (aka every shop associate's worst nightmare) so I touch evvvverything I walk by. I'm also a sucker for a great display. When I'm not sleeping and have already driven my boyfriend crazy by watching too much HP, walking around my favorite stores is how I take a break.
19) Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Have you seen that viral picture of the woman standing at the stove with a dog on her hip like a baby? If you haven't, find it, because it makes me laugh every time. But anyway, that's probably the most realistic portrayal. Cooking, eating, treating a dog like my firstborn. The norm.
Professionally, I'm sure I'll have started about one billion projects by then, and I'm just hoping a few of them are successful and providing me with the security to keep traveling, buying books and going to restaurants (and adopting dogs.) As much as I love my work, I am very mindful of not letting my life revolve around it. I hope I am able to maintain that frame of mind while still producing results that are meaningful, practical and artistic.
20) Who is your current inspiration/role model?
I've never really been one for identifying role models, because I've always been so set on carving my own path. I think my last official role model was Mia Hamm in middle school, because I played soccer and had brown hair and she did, too. It was a clear choice.
But I would have to say people that are vulnerably and unapologetically themselves, and who are constantly pursuing what lights them up, whether it conforms to norms or not, are a constant source of awe and inspiration for me.
I hope you enjoyed 20 Questions with Theresa! And if you aren't following her on Instagram you should probably fix that. If you have any other questions for her, feel free to ask them in the comments and she'll answer when she gets a chance!
Full hands, Full heart,