Meet Keri - she is fueled by creativity and aims to inspire others each and every day! Keri is a young professional from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the creator of the blog Candidly Keri where she creates content for her blog, has a small shop, and offers beautiful and encouraging wallpapers!
WHAT ARE YOU UP TO RIGHT NOW? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
Right now I am just making it through summer with planning my wedding, being in my sisters wedding next week and traveling like crazy! Trying to balance it all and still keep the blog up and running!
IF YOU COULD PLAN YOUR PERFECT DAY FROM MORNING TO NIGHT WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I would love to wake up slow and head to my favorite coffee shop, to either read (or work), go to my favorite sandwich shop in town and maybe a hike in the afternoon with my fiance, Henry. I also love going to concerts so if I would fit that in at night I would!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR WORK WITH CANDIDLY KERI? WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED THE MOST?
I love being able to create for other people and have them share it or tell me what they like! Some people have reached out and said how my wallpapers with quotes have gotten them through a hard day. I never expected a response like that before so it’s amazing to hear. Not to mention being able to share and connect with people all over the world is pretty cool! I love the creative side of the blog but I am also very analytical. I have loved learning about websites, analytics and emails throughout this whole process, a lot of the back end things!
YOUR SITE OFFERS MANY THINGS - FROM A STORE, A BLOG, AND WALLPAPERS! WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF CANDIDLY KERI?
I love the wallpapers I give out because it brings so much joy to a lot of people, but I really love writing the most. I’m not the strongest writer but I believe I have learned and grown so much! I like sharing my thoughts and review, making a personal connection with people.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FOUR PERSONALITY TRAITS AND WHY
CREATIVE: I think that I am creative in more than one way, of course with creative designs for the blog but also creative problem solving. Of course with running a business things can always go wrong so you have to be creative in problem solving and figuring out a solution.
WITTY: I think I’m witty because Im fast on my feet and love to make people laugh.
COMPASSIONATE: I picked compassionate because whenever I hear about people in need I try to help out in any way I can. I just try to be really empathic to everyone I meet and I think it’s really important to be compassionate.
HARD-WORKING: Lastly, running a blog/business is hard work and takes a lot of effort. I have seen a lot of people start up blogs and quit because of the time and work it takes. It's a lot of work but so rewarding!
HOW HAVE YOUR CREATIVE AND HARDWORKING PERSONALITY TRAITS HELPED SHAPE WHO YOU ARE TODAY?
The blog is really my passion and a big part of who I am, I think it displays what I am all about. I have always had a love for art and music growing up. I also feel like if I set my mind on something and really go for it I can to achieve it. Being hard-working and creative has gotten me to where I am today.
HOW HAS BEING WITTY AFFECTED YOU EITHER PERSONALLY OR PROFESSIONALLY?
I think being witty allows you to make friends really easily. I moved about 7 times growing up before college, so I was constantly trying to make new friends. Making people laugh and be at ease is an easy way to make a friend! I think in a professional setting it also helps to give a sense of comfort and shows my coworkers I can think fast.
WE ARE SURE EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT - BUT CAN YOU WALK US THROUGH A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR LIFE?
On a good day I wake up and work out early, I try to journal or set some goals with the 10 minutes I have extra. Then I go to work, I have a full-time job in addition to the blog. I come home and eat dinner with my fiance, and we work on the blog. I like to finish the night with some reality tv if possible!
HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED TO PURSE YOUR PASSIONS?
I stay motivated by setting goals, once I reach them Im always like “Okay what’s next!”. Seeing other people and belonging to a creative group challenges me to create more and that's really motivating!
WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE THAT YOU LIVE BY, OR THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO OTHERS?
Work hard, be confident in yourself and be nice to others. I feel like it's important to work hard every day because it can be so rewarding, but you must be nice to everyone you meet along the way. Lastly, it just important to go with your gut and be confident in what you are doing! Trust yourself!
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