Meet Katie, the voice behind the gorgeous blog Modern Eve. I was able to meet Katie this past January at Alt (yep, another one!), and she’s exactly how you’d picture her from her blog — warm, creative, ambitious, and definitely a Texas girl at heart! Katie’s blog is a great mix of fashion, outfits, design and even a blogger tip here and there, all put together with her colorful, fun approach. Hop on over and say hi, right after you read more about her below!
1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
2. Kinfolk vol 3
3. Anna Karenina (I’m also looking forward to seeing the movie coming in November 2012, featuring Keira Knightley and Jude Law)
4. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
1. Growing my family
2. Growing my business
3. Slowing down
1. Refining my brand. Modern Eve has been such a wonderful creative outlet and has provided some amazing opportunities. I am currently working on my vision for the brand and really honing in where I’d like to see it go. So, I guess my goal is to come up with goals, ha! I am also working with a couple of my great blogger friends on some fun collaborations. I can’t announce anything official yet, but they’re both really exciting.
2. Remodeling our home. My husband owns a remodeling company, so this is mostly in his hands, but I am playing interior designer to make all of our selections and to picking our new furnishings. We’re starting a long-anticipated Master Bedroom-Bathroom remodel in a couple of months. I’ll be sharing regular updates on Modern Eve, so follow along!
1. Organizing a fabulous trip abroad with all of my blogger friends. Blogging has been such a great opportunity to meet likeminded and inspirational friends. Many of them live all over the country and I only get to see them once or twice a year at a blogger conference or NYFW. I’ve been thinking a lot about organizing a blogger vacation. Who’s with me?
Eve refers to the first woman God created, as in Adam and Eve. And I’m a modern version of that.
Simple Lovely, authored by Joslyn Taylor, is one of my favorite blogs and always inspires me. Joslyn is a beautiful writer with amazing style. Whether she’s writing about being a mom, her spending hiatus or weekend jaunts around Dallas, I’m always left with something to think about and desiring to be a better, more soulful person.
This sounds so cheesy, but my marriage. My husband and I will celebrating our five-year anniversary at the end of his month. Being married has been one of the most rewarding and the most challenging things I have ever done. Daily I am reminded just how selfish I can be. I am thankful to have such a gracious, patient and loving husband.
This question confirms that I need to slow down, clean some things off my plate and find rejuvenation. This is my number one weakness. I find distraction everywhere. I hate to turn down invitations, to close doors, to miss opportunities. But as I get older, I desire a slower pace and the time to be quiet and grateful. Honestly, It’s easy for anyone to be still beside a calm ocean or from a peaceful mountaintop. But that type of rest is not sustainable. How often have you returned from a vacation to 5,000 unread e-mails? That can lend to more stress than before you left.
Only when I intentionally quiet my soul amidst the chaos of everyday life, do I find true rest. A dinner alone at a favorite restaurant. A walk on Dallas’ favorite running trail. A Saturday drive up north. It’s in these moments, when I actively choose to ignore my to-do list, breathe deeper, get outside of myself and observe the world around me, that I am fully re-charged. It’s an experience I can actively create on my own and one I need to do more often.
I started Modern Eve in 2007, which seems like a really long time ago. My blog has changed a lot over the years. It’s matured, yet it’s still very much a work in progress, just like me. Blogging has truly been one of the best growing experiences. When you’re developing your personal brand and putting it out on a public platform, you have to constantly self-evaluate. I’ve learned more about myself in the last five years through Modern Eve than ever before.