Sweetheart OF The Month:
1) Please introduce yourself! We’d love to get to know you.
Hey there! Oh my goodness, you caught me in SUCH a transition season so all of my normal “about me” answers are shifting, but I love it! My husband and I just moved from Nashville, TN to Pennsylvania to be near my family because I’m pregnant with a sweet baby girl! So our house and jobs and address, and my belly all changed pretty quickly. BUT, a few things that haven’t changed: I like plants and earl grey tea and Nike sneakers and cuddling up on the couch. I spend all of my money on home decor at Target and Marshalls, I support athleisure and neutral wearing, and I LOVE all things design. You better believe I’m having too much fun decorating our new house, a new nursery for baby girl and picking out all of her little outfits. It’s been such a fun and crazy transition season, but I’m sure that transition feeling never really ends, huh?
2) Where do you call home? How do you stay rooted?
Perfect timing for this question! We recently moved from our sweet home in Nashville (we love Nashville!) to rural and beautiful Lancaster, PA to be near all of our family for when baby girl arrives. My husband and I both went to college in Nashville, got married there, bought our first house and had the BEST community surrounding us. Having friends that have known us since our awkward days as college freshman definitely helped keep us rooted there. Now that we’re in Pennsylvania thought, I feel more rooted than ever. I grew up here, my whole family is nearby and we’re literally surrounded by farmland and gardens and it’s so good. Family definitely keeps you rooted and grounded, and something about central Pennsylvania repels anything too flashy. It’s a super down to earth, get-to-work in the soil, and then have a potluck with your family kind of place.
3) What is your favorite piece of literature and why?
I love this question! I was so in love with literature and writing early in college. I’m a Jane Austen girl, who isn’t thought, right? In college I would sit in the Jane Austen isle of the library to study because it seemed like a good spot to claim, ya know? My favorite book of hers is probably Sense and Sensibility. I think the more time you spend in a book, the more you love it. I read this book over a summer and it’s all marked up and underlined. I even bought the BBC movie version after and watched it. I later studied abroad in England and got to visit Jane Austen’s house in Bath.
4) The Sweetheart persona is all about kindness. Who has had the biggest influence in your life when it comes to being taught how to be “kind?”
When I first read this question, I thought of the new Cinderella movie where her mom tells her to, “have courage and be kind.” It’s just the most beautiful, isn’t it? If you haven’t watched it, you definitely should! Anyway, I think I’ve learned the most about kindness from the bible, friends, and sermons throughout college. Kindness is closely tied to humility and service, and I think it’s often a hard choice we have to make. Jesus was kind, but he also wasn’t treated very well (understatement). That combination is forever fascinating and challenging to me. How can we be kind even when we don’t want to be?
5) The Sweetheart persona is all about being in good company. What is your favorite memory with your friends?
Gosh, I’ve been the luckiest to have a core group of college friendships that have been raw and real and steady. They’re still my favorite people to call up or send Voxer messages to. My favorite memory with them is living in a creaky old house on Princeton Avenue in Nashville and sharing vanilla hazelnut coffee with creamer, and bagel sandwiches for breakfast all curled around our white table in the kitchen. We’d gather in our pjs, no make-up, and bring books, journals, our bibles, etc and it was such a place of growth. I remember some of the greatest conversations around that table in the kitchen. We’d all go about our crazy college schedules, but then come back to be nourished and known in our little house and it was just what I needed in that season.
6) What makes your heart beat? What do you believe in, stand for, and want to tell others about?
The color of the mountains on a misty day. The hues of the ocean. My heart gets excited about nature and beauty and rest.
I believe that Jesus tells us we’re already loved and enough, and that’s where my deep desire for rest sprung up from. I think we’re all faced with a million and one good ideas and opportunities, BUT the real life-giving stuff is when you’re healthy and carefully, excitedly, choosing the things specifically meant for you.
One of my favorite things about growing up has been finding the things that fill me up and running towards them. Life became so much more fun when I genuinely wanted to do everything on my calendar, and I gave myself enough time to be rested in between commitments. No more saying yes to everything. No more feeling guilty. I think people are allowed to take so much more authority over their time!
7) What do you do? And what led you to choose this path?
I run a little company called Margot + Co.
I interned in several graphic design departments during college and ran into the frustration of designing things that we not my style. At all. I was also doing some freelance projects during the time and realized I could have so much more say in the aesthetic of the projects that I picked on my own vs. the ones I was assigned. I’m a naturally independent and introverted person so it started to make all of the sense in the world for me to start my own company and work for myself. After graduating I took on lots of freelance projects, and then about a year later I made it official and created Margot + Co.
I do a lot of design work for small creative female run businesses and I love it. This past year I created a word search book called Fields of Green that I’m super proud of. It has a linen-bound cover and 60 word searches featuring quotes + scripture on rest. It’s made to provide a sweet space to slow down and unplug when life gets busy. If it sounds good to brew some tea and sit in a window seat, this book is your perfect companion. It is meant to slow us down in the good way, because we all need a little rest. Amen? Amen. (more at fieldsofgreenbook.com)
8) If you could describe your ideal day, how would it go?
I’m currently 38 weeks pregnant, so my days are a bit slower than they used to be! I’ve developed a little morning routine that I love though. I wake up around 8, make a pretty legit breakfast (it rotates between an omelet with potatoes and chocolate chip pancakes), pour some hot tea, and sit down with my bible, devotional, and journal. Not only am I getting fed literally, but I feel like even a 20 minute quiet time in the morning feeds me and gives me necessary perspective in the morning. I typically dive into work next, but if we’re talking most ideal day, I shouldn’t limit myself.
Okay, I’d then get my husband off of work and we’d fly to Rosemary Beach in Florida (our favorite little beach town) and go to the cafe by the park for lunch, the bookstore to browse for a good beach read, and then lay on the beach all afternoon. We’d clean up, go to dinner somewhere where we could sit outside at a long wooden table, and all of my college friends would join us. It would be the most magical reunion. I can just imagine all of the crazy stories and catching up. Okay, I guess I need to make this happen for real, huh?!