Aside from being one of the nicest people you’ll meet, Kelsey has also got a killer sense of style. You meet her and immediately know you’d want to hang at her place and raid her closet. So imagine our excitement when we found out that her business, breathe.organize.repeat. (b.o.r. for short) offers organization, styling and Feng Shui for the home and office. Whether you’re in your dream house or just trying to make that tiny apartment feel more like home, Kelsey is your girl.
How long have you been running breathe.organize.repeat.? I started b.o.r. a little over a year ago.
How did you come up with the idea? I had just left a corporate marketing job and was feeling like I wanted to create something of my own. I have always had a knack for organizing and growing up my mom dabbled in interior design so she was always rearranging our furniture and decor. When I started b.o.r., it originally included just organizing and styling. I knew I needed a unique niche to separate me from my competition, so my love for both led me to study Classical Feng Shui.
What was the hardest part in getting started? Knowing where to start! Should I file for an LLC first, decide on a logo or put together a website? The most important thing is to write down everything that inevitably needs to be done (no matter the order) and just go for it. Once you’re focused and start making moves, the rest sort of falls together.
How do you maintain a life/work balance? The great thing about starting your own business around something you love is that you never dread going to work or having to get things done. Which also makes it even harder to separate it from you personal life. Some days I have a few hours free and others I don’t have a minute to think, which is why it’s so important to plan out days and weeks (as much as possible). When I know what needs to be done in work and life I can quickly run an errand before running to a client meeting. Of course, it doesn’t always go that smoothly but that’s why it’s important to keep track and write it down!
How do you stay connected with other bloggers and creatives like yourself? There are soooooo many amazing design blogs out there, I subscribe to my favorites to I can stay updated with their posts and check the others as frequently as I can remember. When you’re first starting out, it’s so important to network, whether in person or on-line. I try to read and comment on other blogger’s content whom I admire and reach out to them as well, no one is going to get the word out for you! It’s also important to attend local events to connect with other like-minded creatives, that’s why I’m so in love with the Bloguettes and what they do!
What’s your favorite social media channel for personal use? Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest I can’t get enough!
What’s your favorite social media to use for business/blog related stuff? Again, Pinterest! It’s a great platform to form your ideas and find inspiration because everything is visual!
Who do you look up to? I have a lot of favorite designers and bloggers but right now I’m loving Amber Lewis of Amber Interior Design. She is so good at showcasing her skills while staying true to her own voice and style. Plus she loves the eclectic boho look which is my ultimate weakness, you’ll have to check out her shoppe!
What advice do you have for others? OK this might be cheesy but seriously life is too short to do anything that doesn’t make you happy! Take your time to find out what it is that you really want to do, formulate a game plan and just go for it!!
What’s the best advice you’ve received? My dad always tells me to be in control of my own destiny and I think that’s pretty damn important, especially when you venture out on your own 🙂