Q & A

Monday, August 20

 {and a totally unrelated photo}
A little while back I asked you to post any questions you had for me in the comments of this post, so that I could answer them in an interview with Windsor. But since we ran out of time while I was there, I figured I'd go back and answer a few of those questions now :)

You come off in your blog posts as so confident in who you are as a person! Do you have any insecurities?
Oh of course I have insecurities. The funny thing about a blog is that really, it only covers maybe 10% of your actual life. There are so many things that I don't share on here because they're personal, or complex {insecurities included}. Things I'm not sure how to put into words correctly, or stuff in my day-to-day life that I find thrilling or awesome, but I think you would find quite boring. ;) My point being that this blog {like most} is filtered and though I may not share them, I still have insecurities that are just as human and normal {I hope ;)} as anyone else out there.

Did you ever consider having a career in fashion or art rather than being a SAHM? 
Oh yes. I wrote a post once upon a time about playing "office" as a little girl, instead of "house". Having a professional career has always been very appealing to me, and it still is. Being a mother has been more fulfilling than I ever could have imagined, and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to stay home with my baby. But my little boy won't always be little, so I feel like it's important for me to continually be learning about things that interest me and further my skill set. I'm still very young, so a professional career outside the home is certainly not something that I've ruled out for the future.

Do you follow an eating/exercise routine to stay in shape after having a baby?
I try to go to a class at the gym at least three times a week, and my favorites are yoga, pilates and body pump {which is weight lifting with a light barbell}. I don't have THAT admirable of an eating routine. I try to eat healthy, but I'm not creative with it, so it's stuff like sliced tomatoes and cottage cheese and eggs and spinach and chicken and fish. Also, chocolate rice cakes when I'm snack-y. I don't know why I like those, actually ...
Anyway, just things that are easy and can stand alone on my plate, since I'm not much of a cook. My midwife also said to eat whenever Everett eats {which is a lot, like 6 times a day} so that's always a good reminder.

Fashion and design are always progressive. So how do you find contentment with what you already have?
Oh that's a great question. It's so true, and I think that places of "inspiration", like Pinterest for example, can sometimes be dangerous in a way that prevents you from ever being satisfied in your own home and your own clothes because they might be a little less aesthetically pleasing than the thing you're being "inspired" by. To be honest, I like to avoid that feeling so I don't go to Pinterest very often. In that same breath though, I think there's a beauty in evolving our desires and wanting the "better" in life. So ... to answer your question, to find contentment in what I already have, I have to  place the most value on the concrete and the deeper parts of my life. The relationships I have with those I love, and blessings like my health, and my warm home, and the good food I have to eat. It sounds simplistic, but I guess that's the point. As for design though, part of your job is to always be searching for a better way to do things, and in a way, to never be satisfied ... so I don't think that'll ever go away.

You always wear these amazing outfits, but being a busy mom, where do you find places to wear them? I'm assuming you don't go grocery shopping in 4" heels and an adorable skirt. :)
Haha! I'm sure it's been noticeable that I've started to downshift on the clothing posts, and go in more of a lifestyle direction lately. It just felt more natural and congruent with the direction my life has gone. So anytime I do look more dressed up in an outfit post, it's probably because I wore the outfit to church or something. Although I will always look for a reason to wear of pair of heels with my jeans because I love them. ;)

Do you tend to shop for your body type or what's on trend? 
A little bit of both, but I would have to say the top priority is always on how it fits. I LOVE that overalls are making a comeback in fashion, and so many girls can pull them off and look adorable. But I am not one of those girls and cannot for the life of me figure out how to wear them. So that trend gets skipped.

What are your must haves that you keep for yourself in Ev's baby bag?
Pink lipstick, sunglasses and hand sanitizer.

What are some frivolous activities/exercises/guilty pleasures you love doing simply just for your own pleasure?
I don't know if it's much of a guilty pleasure, but I LOVE spending time by myself. I always have. I've even gone to the movies by myself! Alone time rarely happens anymore, so anytime I get to go to lunch on my own during a weekend or have a quiet minute in the morning before everyone wakes up, it's like cloud 9 to me.

I'd love to hear how/when you decided on Everett's name.
We lived on a street called "Everett's Place" when we found out we were expecting. We decided on it pretty early, around 5 months I think.

What's the hardest part about motherhood?
Oh gosh. If I'm going to be perfectly honest about this, I would have to say that it's been making sure my husband knows that I love him just as much as I love Everett. It's something I wasn't expecting to experience at all before we had him and it was something that I had to work hard on every day. Since recently getting Everett on a healthy sleep schedule, it's been MUCH easier to spend time with my husband and reconnect together at the end of the day. But for a long time, that was the hardest.

What do you see yourself doing in the future? Expanding the blog? Opening a store? Writing a book? Your own fashion line? 
This is pretty boring, but right now I don't have plans for any of that. The only thing that's of interest to me on that list would be a book. But if I did, it would be because I have a story to tell, not a "how-to" or anything. And if it ever happened, it would be years from now. I still have so much to experience and learn from. This stage of my life is strictly reserved for reading and learning from people who are wiser than I am.

67 comments:

Bethany said...

This was real fun to read, girl!

I love your honesty. :)

Tiffany said...

Shoot....missed out on asking you a question. But, some people asked a few that I wanted to know....so thanks for answering!
Very cool.

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Stesha said...

thanks for sharing more about you Sydney! Love reading it and that pic is too cute!

xxS

ale norris said...

this is a great post! i've heard a lot of women say that they had to put a lot of effort back in to the relationship with their husband after their child was born, and in a way it made them that much stronger.
love the honesty.

-ale @ http://24thru30.blogspot.com

The Powder Room said...

Love your how genuine and honest your answers are. I also love how Everett got his name. That is really fun.

Ashley said...

Loved reading these questions. That is honestly one of the hardest things for me as a mother too. It's crazy how the love for your little one is instant. So glad that Everett is sleeping well for you now...I know you feel like a new person!

Carrie P said...

Sydney,
Loved this post. I am a SAHM too, and I really appreciated your outlook on loving what your doing right now. That just because you are home now, does not rule out having a professional career later. I feel the same. I love being at home with my kids, and have one already in school and know how fast it flys by! And just want to keep learning, living in the moment, and loving the Lord and my family first! The rest will all fall into place. Keep up the great work. I read your blog, while I grab a bite of lunch!!!
Carrie

Miss Australia said...

LOVE love LOVE reading your blog-- your style has inspired me and I love your quirky honesty. I found your blog about 8 months ago, but I had to go back and read it all from the beginning. Thanks for blogging!

-Sydney (Great name, huh!?)

http://everydayloves11.blogspot.com/

holtkamp said...

love this post. and love how you guys picked everett's name - so sweet!

thankfifi said...

thanks so much for sharing these answers - I was especially interested to read your 'most difficult thing about motherhood' answer - I guess something I'd never thought about! loved reading them

♥ ThankFifi

Nikki Olmstead said...

I have been reading your blog for a while and I recognized the backgrounds in some of your pics on Idaho! I knew it was Everett place! My husband and I lived there until July 2010

jules said...

love this, thanks sydney!

xo julesinflats.com

dxeechick said...

I totally agree about the guilty pleasure (being alone!) and the hardest part about motherhood (giving the poor hubby some attention!)

It's a really difficult balance.

Thanks for sharing

Jessica Eraso said...

I love this post! So real and inspiring! xo

Amy said...

these are great questions and answers. Thank you for sharing!

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Alison Watts said...

Sydney, I always love reading your blog because, of all the fashion blogs I read, your perspective is refreshingly grounded. You don't just write about fashion, but you write about how fashion fits into life. Thank you for sharing. - Alison { aliology.com }

blowing raspberries said...

It's always nice hearing more about you, thanks for sharing with us : )

Rachel Emma of Daydream Frenzy said...

So much insight! You should have more Q&A sessions! :)

http://daydreamfrenzy.blogspot.com/

Shug in Boots {Beth} said...

I REALLY loved this! I always read your blog, although I may not always comment. It's truly awesome to hear the "real" side of a person with such a big blog following, and to know that you actually work out to look as cute as you always do! And to hear the honest truth about adapting to having a little one. Thanks so much for sharing this with us! :)

Shauna said...

What is in your hand in this pictures? - haha

Julie Nyenkamp said...

I love how honest you are, it's great getting to know you even more and I really hope you end up writing a book someday, I would definitely read that!

SK said...

Loved reading this and getting to know one of my favorite bloggers better! Great post.

sincerelysk.blogspot.com
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Holly Noel said...

I love you. For reals. you are truly amazing & I hope you plan on blogging for a long time because I can't live without your blog :)
Thanks for the Q&A! Loved it!
xoxo

The Artist Who Never Starved

Mrs. A said...

I love chocolate rice cakes too. Try them with natural peanut butter. Makes for the perfect sweet snack!

Valerie Braun said...

Ohhh! I just moved into the apartments you lived in when you were in rexburg andfound out you were pregnant! I Love them! Thanks for always keeping it real ;)

Jessie Frederick said...

Love this post! And I love your honesty about finding a way to show your love for your husband after having your baby. I'm pretty old-fashioned when it comes to relationships, so I think the man should take most of the control. And because I think he should take the lead role, I think the woman should always make sure her man feels appreciated for all he does. It's comforting to know that other women, such as yourself, recognize the importance of showing that appreciation. Great post!

mK said...

This is such a great post! It was really refreshing too, just hearing you speak so candidly about normal life. Thanks for sharing! :)

ZADIN said...

Awesome post, thank you for sharing the unseen part of Sydney...

Reading most of your answers was like seeing my own thoughts which were never put in writing... until now..

Andrea D said...

Thanks for sharing this! I love that you've stayed true to the direction your life is moving in and gone a bit more lifestyle with your blog instead of trying to keep up with weekly fashion posts. I always love your outfits, but I love the authenticity even more :)
And the way you came up with Everett's name is too stinking cool.
Happy Monday, lady!

The Webbs said...

i totally agree-alone time is my all time guilty pleasure! there's nothing like making a smoothie or sandwich for lunch and sitting by yourself in silence enjoying every single second.

i think its funny how being a sahm makes us just these betty crocker wives-when in all reality my life is still busy, still in school and still a functioning human. yes milk may come from my boobs but i still think you can balance being a mom and individual. being a stay at home mom is the best though-no argument.

okay i had the same prob with my first-finding enough time for my husb. but now that my girls both go down at seven we get to enjoy them all day long then enjoy each other. oh the best of both worlds!

Deveny said...

We lived at Everett Place when we were at Rexburg too - I thought it sounded familiar. :)

Nicole Renee said...

Thanks for sharing, your blog is my goto everyday for a little pick me up. I think its so true how we think we see so much of a person's life on a blog but really there is so much that goes on outside of the blogoshere. Your an inspiration!

http://evensparrows.blogspot.com/2012/08/moms.html

Brittany said...

That was fun! Thanks for sharing.

monkeyshines ♥ said...

adorable!

Bises,
monkeyshines
http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

jillian at faith that laughs. said...

Love your honesty! Xoxo

♥B said...

Love your honesty and the answer to the last question. Kudos for not thinking that you know enough to write a book like half the blogging world! AND focusing on your family/whats important.

XO

Hilary Grace said...

I love the questions you chose to answer, and I love your answers! This has been enlightening and inspiring. Thanks.

Shabana said...

It's always great to know more about you! This was a great insight into your life and so interesting! More posts like these please! xoxoxo
www.thesilverkickdiaries.com

Life etc... said...

Love this! So great to learn more about someone I've been 'reading' for years :) Your answers are quite inspiring, thanks for sharing :)

Life etc

erin m judd said...

that's so funny, I think it took me a couple of months before I realized.. "Hey, her baby has the same name as that street we used to live on!"

so cute!

Settle Down Erma said...

Your writing always inspires me to be a better person. You are so right about Pinterest and the desires that it summons! And I really need to focus on learning from others that have already experienced things before me. I seem to want to reinvent everything on my own. Thanks for keepin it real!

Sarah said...

Love question answers and I adore your view on motherhood. I think being a Stay at Home Mom is such a great opportunity if you get the chance I hope when I have my own nuggets I will get to do it.
-Sarah
http://whattolivefor.blogspot.com/

haley said...

I absolutely agree about spending time alone. It can sometimes be the most refreshing thing.

Also, I just wanted to tell you, I LOVE the direction you're taking with the blog...into a more "lifestyle" realm. I just adore hearing about your little family. Y'all seem so sweet.

Katie said...

I've often wondered about many of these things! It's so nice that you took the time to answer these questions for your followers / fans.

Erica Bellio said...

What a great post ! Loved it! So real girl ,so real! That's what makes this blog so good!

Erica xx

www.ericabelliocreations.blogspot.com

The Egg said...

wow i just "ssshed" my boyfriend three times while reading this!

i love, love, love getting to know you on a more personal level. so fun to watch your blog continue to inspire :)

xo the egg out west.

carli said...

Loved this honest and candid post Sydney. As always, so well written and so real. thanks for sharing!

lostintravels said...

I love that you're so honest with such difficult and sometimes personal questions. Great post.

MB said...

Thanks for answering my question :)

Marissa Ann said...

Such a great post! Thank you!

LisaC said...

This was a really great post. Your blog is definitely one of my favorites.

livelovelaugh said...

love your honesty! and i really enjoyed reading this post , maybe you can do this more often?

http://pinklovelaugh.blogspot.com

Megann Monday said...

This was really nice to read :)

♥ Megann of Style Surgery

Megann Monday said...

This was really nice to read :)

♥ Megann of Style Surgery

Jenny said...

Thank you for being so honest and sharing this with us :)

http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

Ainsley said...

I love this! So open and honest

Patricia Ayuso said...

amazing photos!! love your blog!!
http://blogcashmeremafia.blogspot.com
kisses

kdrake8 said...

I think the reason people (including myself) love you is, not only your amazing style, adorable family, and quippy-ness, but how real you are. When I read your blog posts, it feels genuine. Like you're not just writing what other people want to hear. In fact, you fairly frequently share stories of when you're a hot mess. People can relate...aren't we all a hot mess most of the time?

Keep up the post-age. I'll keep reading:)

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

Nice to hear your responses to such human and emotional questions, Sydney! It is fun to see your fashion posts but also nice to see the balance with real life.

Caroline said...

Loved reading this and getting to know you a little better :)

Andrea Clare said...

loved this post

www.andrea-clare.blogspot.com

Simi said...

this was so much fun to read :)

Ladies Holiday said...

This was so great! I love your easy honesty...and what you had to say about Pinterest! Thanks for sharing.
Deirdre

Nicole said...

for whatever it's worth, i love your lifestyle shift in your posting here. . . not that i don't love your outfits (because they rock) i just adore seeing people living out normal life like the rest of us. :)

xo

Katie said...

love it! thanks for answering these questions. can you do a Q&A on your photography too? what camera/lenses you are using, and what program/actions you use to edit? it looks like you might use VSCO - i'd love to learn more about your editing process! thanks!

naomi reaman said...

Thank you for the people who came up with those questions and thank you Sydney for answering them so honestly. Very inspiring read!

V said...

This was a great post, your answers are so thoughtful, and it sounds so much like an actual person instead of being too professional or anything like that, which is what I love most about your blog! But to be honest, these days, I don't find a lot of outfit posts, only baby posts, which isn't a bad thing, I think that little Everett is adorable! But I did start reading your blog because of your amazing style, and these days, I just seem to be missing it a lot.

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