When a hobby became a career.
In no way did I foresee any of what the last year has brought. I was introduced to Pinterest just over two years ago when I was on maternity leave with my third child. I was keen to find anything that would allow me to healthily escape and feel connected to the outside world. After confessing this to a girlfriend, she asked if I had heard of Pinterest. I had not. She invited me to join (which was necessary in Pinterest’s early days) and I began pinning.
The fact I could pin from anywhere, at any time, was fantastic. I suddenly had access to a world based on taste and endless photographic images, 24 hours a day. To me, Pinterest is the closest thing to a diary I will ever have. I pin because I love it. Having over 4 million followers is amazing and unexpected and I am thankful for the support.
My personal motto when pinning is simple: I pin what I love. I have stayed true to this from the beginning. I look to art, design, fashion, food, travel and photography. My boards are a direct reflection of who I am and what I love.
The Opportunities that came
I’ve been fortunate to work with brands such as Madewell, J. Crew, AllSaints and Uncovet. I’ve also had an opportunity to attend Toronto Fashion Week, speak at BlissDom Canada and the upcoming MomPreneur conference, consult on campaigns, write for fashion outlets, attend blind tastings and openings, conduct workshops, lunch + learns, and meet people who are incredibly supportive.
Be yourself. Don’t be shy. Make sure your boards reflect who you are. Support other pinners – it’s all about sharing and acknowledging what other pinners are doing. Keep it fun.