Today’s DESIGN YOUR LIFE participant is Jen of the popular style and home decor blog, MadeByGirl! I love Jen’s design perspective not only in blogging, but also in her booming online business. (I even have my own lemon colored Love poster in my bathroom.) Anyways, I have secretly had her on my list of DYL interviewees for a while and finally got up the courage to ask her to participate, and she said yes!
It’s very clear from following Jen’s business and blog that she really walks the walk when it comes to these intentions. They all align so beautifully with the life she leads and they translate so perfectly to her online presence, which is not always an easy thing to do.
DESIGN YOUR LIFE: Jen of MadeByGirl
I have lots of intentions for my life, and believe me….I intend to get to most of them.
At this moment in my life my relationship is very important to me, especially since we recently got married.Â People always say once you get married, things change….oh how I am so afraid of that.Â I think things change as a result of what you do & don’t do. For me, I intend to always work on the little things that are important for love to keep growing between us.Â There are many things about my husband that I love and I think it’s very important to show how you feel.Â I do things like leave him a hand-written note, a text message or a mid-day phone call to his office to tell him I’m thinking about him.Â These are the type of gestures I intend to keep making.
Growing My Business
My 2nd intention is to keep growing my business and maintain a successful online presence. I’ve always feltÂ that working for someone else wasn’t for me, but if i had to do it, I would. However, life has given me the opportunity to start my own business and I’ve been living my dream of being an entrepreneur for about 3 years now.Â Having an online shop has been an advantage for the simple fact that people from all over the world have access to my shop. I love knowing that we get orders from Australia, Brazil, Canada & more. It gives me a sense of accomplishment to know that my products are being enjoyed by so many people and that keeps me going.
Anyone who reads my blog knows my passion for home interiors.Â Knowing that, my goal is to one day live in a home that I feel excited and thrilled to decorate. The truth is, my current home is very cookie-cutter and I don’t feel I can fully express my vision the way I’d like to in this space. Basically, my style doesn’t fit this house.Â I intend to make it my goal to find that home where my husband and I feel suits our lifestyle…Â Being in Las Vegas has presented a huge challenge for me. Homes are beautiful here but they lack character and charm, something I had been used to growing up in New York City.Â It’s so important for me to make my home feel like it’s an extension of my personality and I definitely intend to do that in our next home!
Spirituality and God have been part of my life ever since I was a little girl.Â Life is full of disappointments as well, so there has to be a sense of love & hope to keep moving forward. I’ve never lost my faith I just put things ahead of it. My beliefs make me feel good & always keep me from doing things I know I shouldn’t be doing. You know, bad things. I normally don’t have problems with temptations and peer pressures because I have such a leader type personality. I guess that is what also keeps me strong.
Being healthy….let’s see, I try to eat healthy, exercise and remain as active as I can, but it never seems to be enough.
Before I got my online shop going, I used to go to the gym 2-3 days a week, now I am no longer going. I feel awful admitting this, but it’s true. The only physical activity I get is Yoga class once a week & walking my dogs around the city on the weekends.Â I also know that being healthy is more than just exercise, walking, going to the gym and eating. Having balance in my life & feeling happy also makes me feel healthy and in shape. When I say in shape, I mean my my frame of mind, it’s focused and ready to take on whatever comes my way. Being physically lean all my life, I’ve been lucky that I didn’t have to work tremendously hard when I did work out. I do intend to be more physically active, because as I mentioned before, it’s all about balance.
Art is a big part of my life….I adore painting my own work as well as purchasing artwork from artists I admire.Â To me, a home isn’t complete without art, it really transforms a space. My favorite artists are Franz Kline, Mark Rothko and some paintings by David Bromley.Â When I was young I wanted to be a painter and even though that isn’t what I’ve become, I am proud to say that painting is still something I look forward to doing.
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