Meet Me Monday: Brittanny

Brittanny Taylor has a lot going on. She’s a fashion photographer and a social media consultant. She’s a co-founder of The Branding Edit and COO of The Lady Project. I met Brittanny (online… that is meeting these days, right?) back in October when she asked me to contribute to the blog for The Lady Project. I’ve been following her work ever since. I subscribe to The Branding Edit blog on my Bloglovin feed because I love getting that business lady information from time to time (I’m not the kind of person who’s going to search for that information on my own–even though I need to, so it’s good to have it pop up in front of my face every time there’s something new over there).

Anyway, in case those weren’t enough links for you, use this one to go follow her Instagram account. After all, she is a fashion photographer and her IG feed is delicious and incredible.

Meet Brittanny. She’s funny and has a lot of really good stuff in here. Read this interview and let yourself feel pumped up to take on your day.


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How do you want to introduce yourself to these readers?

Hi! I’m Brittanny Lynn Taylor (yes, my initials are BLT). I live in the smallest state with the longest name. I’m born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island (and Providence Plantations (but we choose to ignore that part)). I am a fashion and lifestyle photographer and social media consultant. I actually became a photographer after getting laid off from my job at a local camera store! In 2017, I co-founded The Branding Edit, a boutique visual storytelling studio that specializes in helping passionate entrepreneurs refine their brand, expand their presence online & off, and connect on a deeper level with their audience.

The interesting (at least to me stuff): I love squirrels, collecting vinyl records, and reading tarot cards.

What gets you out of the bed in the morning?

These damn photos won’t edit themselves! But seriously, I have to drag myself out of bed since I work for myself and I work from home. I live alone and I don’t have anyone else to rely on so it’s all up to me. I have to show up for myself and work every day (well, not every day – trying to not work on the weekends) so I can set myself up for a good future.

What word/ phrase resonates the most in your life?

“It’s not that serious.” I used to say it all the time but it still resonates. There is a lot of horrible shit happening all around us but I see so many people complaining about the minutiae of their lives. I tend to run on the realist/ apathetic/ shadow side of life so I try my best to remember that things are ok, we will be ok, and it’s just not that damn serious.

What does your ideal day look like?

The ideal workday: I’d like to wake up around 7am. Working from home is a blessing and a curse so it can be easy to lie around if there are no pressing matters to attend to. I’ll make breakfast or go over to the cafe next door for something to eat. I either get to work at the cafe or back home or if it’s an in person client day, I’ll head off to the location for the day. Sometimes I have events to go to in the evening so I’ll spruce myself up to be seen by the masses. More often than not it’s just my boyfriend and I hanging out, cooking dinner and watching something on Netflix. But since this is my ideal day, it’s an event I can bring my boyfriend to so we can go out for dinner or drinks afterward.

The ideal non-work/ weekend day: Waking up when I feel like it and lying in bed with the boyfriend reading comic books. We’d make some food and either lounge around the apartment all day or wander around some stores looking at all the things we want to buy but won’t.


Thanks so much Brittanny! I so appreciate the time you took to put into this project for us.

If you have any questions for Brittanny, leave them in the comments and I’ll make sure she gets to see them.

XOXO, Lib

Meet Me Monday: Abby

I’m going to be honest with you. I don’t know how I met Abby. I think maybe she’s a friend of a friend of a friend? I truly have no idea. All I know is that I’ve been following her online for a long time… years? Wow. Anyway, her presence on my Internet is one of my most favorite parts of self-care. She’s wickedly funny and beautiful and loves the things that she loves with her whole entire being (currently nursing an obsession with Jeni’s ice cream that’s not making me even a little bit jealous) and I resonate with that kind of heart.
Also, she has this really great podcast called Made with Melanin that she hosts with her friend Michael.
So, meet Abby and fall in love:

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How would you introduce yourself to these readers?
Hey! I’m Abby. I love reading YA fiction, baking, occasionally knitting, and FOOD. I love making people happy, whether that’s feeding them, making them laugh or just listening to them if they need to talk. I just love people. I’m also a hopeless romantic and enjoy Jane Austen movies more than reading Jane Austen. If given the opportunity I will ALWAYS stay home rather than go out. In my spare time I enjoy overthinking things constantly. 🙂
What parts of your life are you finding most rewarding lately?
I started a podcast (with the rest of the people my age) with a good friend who lives in New York and it is making me so happy right now. It doesn’t have anything to do with my job and I get to talk about something I love to do, which is baking! If you want to listen find us on any podcast app under “Made with Melanin.” We go off on tangents a LOT, so I apologize in advance.
What word/phrase resonates the most in your life?
You are exactly where you’re supposed to be right now. I overanalyze the shit out of everything. I am a future thinker and an over planner, which drives everyone around me insane. I just want to know if it’s going to work and all the possibilities it could or could NOT work. Suddenly I’m down a rabbit hole of “how did my life get to this point?!” and I’m crying and a mess. I have to remind myself that life is all about the process. Where ever I am in the process of my life is where I’m supposed to be. Even if I feel like I am failing, even if it’s not where I WANT to be, this is where I’m at RIGHT NOW. But I don’t have to stay here. I’ll be somewhere else tomorrow or the next day. But just live NOW. I need to tattoo this on my face.
What does your ideal day look like?
My ideal day would be with a friend where we can enjoy each other’s company but we’re also cool with being quiet for long stretches of time – basically an introvert’s dream. Maybe a coffee shop, followed by a book store where we figure out what each others favorite books are, followed by good food and then a long chat outside on a sunny but cool day? AND THEN MAYBE MORE COFFEE?! I’m actually gently crying right now omg this sounds so great.
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I kid you not, Abby. I pray to God in Heaven that one day I’ll get to join you on that ideal day because that, too, is my absolutely ideal day!
Okay friends, if you want more Abby in your life, follow her on Instagram and subscribe to her podcast (don’t forget to rate and review!)

Meet Me Monday: Bailey

Friends. Bailey is so great. Really, truly. She writes a great blog where she writes about some of the most beautiful parts of life. Seriously, if you like my blog, you’ll LOVE Bailey’s She also upkeeps a really great Instagram account where I learn some great, absolutely reasonable low-waste living ideas.
Please, whatever you do, just get more Bailey in your life. This is what this whole Meet Me Monday series is about. Enjoy!!


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How do you want to introduce yourself to these readers?

I’m Bailey, and I’m a writer. A journalism school grad, a freelance journalist, a hobbyist blogger, a chronic list-maker, queen of the email, a daily bullet-journaler, a type this line in my notes app before I forget it poet, a can’t read a book without a pen and wide margins note-maker. I’m a writer. Every part of what I love to do leads back to writing. Introduce me to people as a writer and my heart will swell.

I’m a contradiction. I’m a zero-waster who eats Cheetos. A morning person who can’t wake up on time. A lover of the outdoors who hardly goes outside. An introverted people-lover.

I am so inspired by stories, by people, by nature, by words. By women. And I am honored to have been asked by Libby to introduce myself alongside some amazing women.

What gets you out of the bed in the morning?

Sometimes nothing! Sometimes my depression kicks my ass and keeps me there. But most days, I am able to get out of bed for people. I am able to get out of bed because I know I’ll get to tell at least one story during my day. I am able to get out of bed because I know when I get home from working my 8 hours at a Nashville nonprofit, I’ll get to lay on the couch with my legs in my person’s lap and watch Queer Eye. Love you, Jonathan van Ness.

Having a dog who needs to go out to pee in the mornings helps too.

What word/phrase resonates the most in your life?

This one was really hard. And I loved it.

My word is grow.

In college, I really got to know my depression and anxiety. They wanted to hang out with me all the time—it was so annoying. After having a couple of counseling experiences, I found someone who really encouraged me to go deep on everything. And my year of seeing her was marked by so much growth. She and I both declared that year my year of growth because so much came up. I met feelings I’d never noticed before. I figured out how to name them, why they were coming up and what I could do with them. One of those things I did was keep a daily tracker where I took a few minutes before bed and doodled something around a thing that had happened during my day so that, even if I’d had a “bad” day, I was able to push myself to reach for something better. I called it my little book of positivity, and at the end of my time with my counselor, I gave her the book. It had served me, and I wanted her to be able to use it with others and even look to it herself when needed! She opened it up to a page she loved and displayed it on her shelf along with a knickknack that said “GROW.” That’s still my word.

I think another word of mine, specifically for this year is deep. I declared 2018 my year of being intentional, and that has looked so far like really, really going deep (which I also did during my grow year!). My writing, my relationships with friends and family, my professional life—I am going hard and deep with all of it in a way that really feels right.

What does your ideal day look like?

My ideal day would be simple. I want to sleep in, wake up to a tidy space filled with light, have a yummy breakfast (something real southern—chicken and biscuits with grits and gravy) and then sit on the couch with my person and read a book (one that I want to read, not one I feel like I should)  with the windows open. I’d go hang out in a coffee shop, drink an iced Cuban, write something down in a notebook, and work on some storytelling. Maybe after, go to a secondhand store and then definitely eat chicken nuggets.


Doesn’t Bailey sound fun? I mean, let’s hang out. Seriously! Jonathan’s my favorite, too. He’s so gosh darn sweet! I mean, can you even? 😉

If you have any questions for Bailey, leave them in the comments and I’ll pass them along to her!

Thanks for stopping by for another Monday!

XOXO, Lib

Meet Me Monday: Makeda

I don’t know when I first encountered Makeda but I’m so glad our paths have crossed on the internet. Her Instagram feed is a good place to go to when I need color and… I’m gonna say… sugar? But not, like, a delicate darling kind of sweet. More like a raw sugar. I think after you meet her a little bit, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Makeda believes in snail mail and glitter and saying what she means and I think, by now, you know that’s all I ever want.
If you finish this and you’re like, “No! Don’t go! I need more of Makeda’s voice!” Here’s a link to an interview she did late last year where she talks more about Keda’s Poetry Service and other very, very, very dope shit.

So meet Makeda:


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How do you want to introduce yourself to these readers?

Hey darlings! My name is Makeda Loney and I’m a copywriter by trade, poet by internal force. My mind is an eclectic sea of interests from photography to glitter to airplanes, but writing will always be my lighthouse. It keeps me steady, it translates the darkness inside of me, it carries me home. I’m a lover of everything bright and friendly, and I try to omit that same energy. I’m really trying to dive deeper within myself every day, allowing myself to lean into all the passions that I had as a child, because life is far too short to not focus on the things you love.

What gets you out of the bed in the morning?

Some days it’s necessity. I know I need to get up, go to work, make that cash. Most days it’s desire. At work I know that I’ll laugh with my co workers despite the stress that may come. I know that each day I work hard I’ll get better at my craft. I know that there’s going to be a learning experience whether I like it or not. Life is such a toss up, but I’ve been granted one more day, why the hell not just go out and live it? Let’s be very real, I only think like that right now, now that my clouds have parted and the sunshine feels like it’s coming down again. For a greater part of the winter I didn’t feel that at all. I lived life like I said earlier, out of necessity, but it’s okay if you can’t. Living and breathing count all the same some days.

What word/ phrase resonates the most in your life?

Resilience. It’s a word that comes up in therapy a lot. It’s a word that I never really understood the definition of until very recently. It’s the definition of every point in my life that has been a high for me. The ability to crash and bounce back is one that I never think of but I appreciate.

Another that I have is galaxy. They’re so vast and all encompassing and distant. They glitter from a distance, they glow. I feel like this is this is how I’ve lived most of my life. Although as much as I love being vibrant and loud and out there, I also enjoy sitting in the background going about my own business. Everyone is their own galaxy in their own way.

What does your ideal day look like?

My ideal day looks like an adventure brewing up. I wake up (on time), I shower, I do my makeup if I’m feeling it. I feel confident in what I’m wearing, I feel confident about the day ahead of me, I’m feeling excited. If I’m going to work I like to be busy, but with moments to take pause at the same time. If I’m not at work I love my friends and spending time with them. Building a tribe is extremely important to me no matter where I go. My ideal day is filled with laughter, filled with comfort, filled with the feeling of home no matter if I’m in my apartment or not. It ends feeling fulfilled, feeling warm, and wrapped up in a blanket like a god damn burrito. I still chuckle myself to sleep over stupid things that happened earlier. I’m excited for tomorrow.

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Okay, friends. Sadly, that’s all for this interview.

Let me know if you have any questions for Makeda and I’ll make sure to pass them along. And go follow her on Instagram–it’s a delightful addition to whatever you’re currently scrolling through.

XOXO, Lib

 

Meet Me Monday: Meg

I met Meg almost exactly a year ago when I held the last Selfie Challenge on Instagram. I’m so glad that she joined in on that because her posts have become a regular part of my self-care routine. A lot of people stay off of Instagram as a means of self-care but with people like Meg in my feed, it’s the opposite for me.  Whether she’s sharing her poetry, a throwback photo, or showing off her impressive pin collection, what she has to say is almost always exactly what I need to hear when I need to hear it. I’m grateful for her and others like her on the internet who make that world a wholly better place.

And Meg will meet you wherever you are. If your primary social media is Instagram, great. Go follow her there. If you like to read blogs primarily? Neat, here’s her link. Only ever get on Facebook? Here you go, you’re welcome. Just get some regular Meg in your life. She doesn’t shy away from the hurt–she uses it in beautiful and creative ways to keep going.


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How do you want to introduce yourself to these readers?

Hi everyone! First of all, I’m super honored that Libby chose me for this (she’s amazing, seriously).
I’m Meg, and I write a blog called Meg Colt, where I talk about my life experiences. It is centered on my mental health and the many branches concerning it: my eating disorder history, self-love, grief, and mental illnesses.
On Instagram I also share my experiences with depression, anxiety, and OCD through poetry.

What gets you out of the bed in the morning?

Literally speaking, my children.
But in a more spiritual sense, the dawn of a new day.
There is just something about the feeling of planting my feet on the ground in the morning and knowing I’m on Earth for another day.

What word/ phrase resonates the most in your life?

Resilience.
I often write about the traumatic parts of my life, and for many years I felt that I had been dealt more than my fair share. But my therapist once mentioned to me that it was pretty amazing that I was still here despite everything I had been through, and I cling to that now.

What does your ideal day look like?

It begins with coffee, silence, and natural light, preferably.
I have three children under the age of five, so my mornings definitely don’t always start that way, but I at least make the coffee a priority for myself.
The more organized I am for the day the better. I love planners and lists. I own an embarrassing number of pens and am obsessed with stickers.
So planning my days is crucial to my routine as well.
Beyond that, my highest hopes are keeping everyone (three kids, three cats, two dogs) and everything under control and having a low anxiety day.
I don’t have a real writing process either, which is something that irritated my high school English teacher and now annoys me as well.
I write randomly, and usually inspiration comes at the most inopportune moment.
But sometimes I have really inspirational days, where I can just churn it all out, and that kind of productivity would be the end to my ideal day.
IMG_1984Meg–thank you so much for bringing yourself to this space. I love getting to know you more and I hope some people reading this have found a connection with you, as well. Thank you for all that you do and for using all the energy that it takes to be who you are so fully and without apology for all of us to see. I know from experience, that isn’t always easy–regardless of how naturally it can sometimes come to us.

If you have any questions for Meg, leave them in the comments and I’ll do what I can to connect you.

XOXO, Lib