Monday, July 30, 2012

Crystal from Billie Jean

Happy Monday everyone!! I'm having another one of my favorite bloggers take over today. This lovely lady shares her life as a new mommy and wifey, her exquisite taste for fashion , and her love for all things vintage. 

Meet Crystal from Billie Jean
 Introduce yourself & tell us a little bit about your blog.
Hello guys & dolls! My name is Crystal and my blog is, Billie Jean! I am a young mom, young wife, blogger, Etsy shop owner, jewelry maker & “recent” college graduate. It’s been about a year that I graduated (not so recent), but after all that time & money spent, I feel as though I need to throw that in somewhere, right? I think my parents would agree! And for whatever reason, people don’t think that I have a college education because I have a baby. Yeah, this girl, finished school while pregnant. It was hard, believe me, but people can do & accomplish whatever they set their hearts to. Anyways, my blog is about my life & how I take on all of these roles: mother, wife, entrepreneur, & blogger. I have a crazy life, but it is a beautiful life!

Who or What inspired you to start blogging?

The recent events in my life like getting pregnant & then married while still being in school, is what inspired me to start my blog. My year in 2011 was hectic & life changing. I have a lot to say, and I have quite a bit going on in my life so I figured that a blog would be a great way for me to showcase my life & feelings. Also, most girls my age don’t have what I have going on. It used to be “the norm” to have babies by 23, and now it is not. I had quite a lot of people pass judgment on me because of how young I was when I got pregnant. But what doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger…and give you something to start a blog about!

I also needed another “space” to put all my pictures of my daughter, because I’m sure that my facebook friends were starting to get annoyed with all the pictures I would post. Ha-ha. Sorry guys! The point that I want to make with my blog is that, life doesn’t turn out how you always plan for it to. It is those curveballs and unexpected events that put you exactly where you need to be. I wouldn’t go back and change a thing.

Also, the name for my blog was inspired by two of my grandmothers: Billie Loree and Sandra Jean. Sorry guys, Michael Jackson was NOT my inspiration. I have such a passion for collecting vintage, retro & antique “things.” I love past decades, the way they dressed, the way their homes were decorated, and just the time frames in general (20s to the 90s). My blog design is vintage inspired, because I feel like that style sums me up pretty well. With that said, the name (Billie Jean) and the design compliment one another well. I put a lot of time into the layout, look & feel of my blog. I want everything to be cohesive. I also try to post about the vintage items in my home that I purchase from Etsy, garage sales & local thrift stores. But back to the name, my grandmothers have both passed but they still inspire me everyday from just about everything that I do. Having their names put together for my blog name is my way of showing my appreciation for them.

What blog is a daily read for you?
Oh gosh. I’d have to say Bleubird. I started reading her blog before I started mine. Her blog was actually the only blog I read. I really wasn’t into “blog reading” until I started mine. I was about 7 or 8 months pregnant and since her blog is so family-oriented, I really connected with her and all of her maternity posts. I actually just sat in bed one morning & read her blog for hours (that was actually the day I found her blog). One of my friends used to model for her vintage shop that she had on eBay. I was trying to find her shop & then stumbled across her blog. Now, I’m addicted to her posts. Can’t get enough! I actually sponsor her blog too!

What do you do when you’re not blogging?
A LOT! First, I drink lots & lots of coffee or else I don’t know how I’d make it through the day. While I am not blogging, I am chasing Tory around the house, pulling random objects out of her mouth, making bottles, changing diapers, cleaning the house, writing emails, taking pictures, making jewelry for my Etsy shop, or just taking a moment for myself. I used to underestimate mothers & wives. I used to laugh when women would say that being a parent is a “job.” Now that I am one, I feel bad for passing on so many judgmental thoughts onto those who really should be given so much respect & love. Being a Mama is a FULL TIME JOB! No wonder that people make careers out of being a nanny, because it is a lot of work! But it is never-ending. I don’t get a break at 5 o clock. I am a parent 24/7 for the rest of my life! I don’t think I’ll ever sleep again!

What's one thing you've learned through blogging that you want to share with fellow bloggers?
Build positive, healthy relationships with other bloggers. They are your biggest support system. They are in the same position as you, so help them out & they will help you out in return. You get more flies with honey.

Thanks Crystal for taking over today!!
Now I think it's about that time that y'all go check out her wonderful blog!!
(I disabled the comments so that you can go check out her blog and say hi!)


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