Welcome to my page and thanks for reading the first 'With Heart' blog post.
I'm Beck, the woman behind Always & Forever Styling and the camera.
I am a Product Stylist and Photographer, a Wife, a Mum and a million other things on a daily basis!
Have a read if you would like to find out a little more about me.
1- Did you always know you wanted to work for yourself? I didn't always know I wanted to work for myself. I was 100% set on the idea of being a journalist and I did that for 10 years. After working in the industry I learnt early on that I didn't really like not being the boss and not always being able to follow through with my ideas. So when my Husband and I decided to start a family I knew that would be my chance to pursue my photography and that photography and working from home would be something that would fit with having little one's.
I would rather skip the main meal and eat dessert! That is normal right?
2- If I could do anything tomorrow it would be? I would do exactly what I am doing! Though I must admit that maybe if I won lotto I would be able to do it on a larger scale. I mean I wouldn't say no to a warehouse to store my prop's in, setup multiple studio spaces and take lots of pretty pictures in. Oh...and I might take a nap but there are just never enough hours in the day to fit that in.
3- What would your perfect Friday night be like? My perfect Friday night would be scrolling Instagram for fun haha, is that everyone's fantasy??? I haven't done that in awhile. Ideally I would have a champagne in hand, my Husband would be cooking dinner, all my work would be done, the girls would be asleep and there would still be time for a movie or trashy reality TV (my fav).
There are only 3 people in this world who can make me a cup of tea. I am a very picky tea drinker...2 teabags, tiny bit of milk, must be hot as hot, 2 small sugars.
4- How do you make sure you don't suffer work-from-home burn out? I haven't completely learnt how to do that. Like most creatives and small business owners, my workplace is at home, which makes it so difficult to switch off. I do make it a rule not to do house related stuff on my set workdays. This helps me focus on work during work hours and then let's me feel less pressure to do work out of hours. I do tend to step back from taking on clients when I feel as though I might be getting to my limit. I would rather say no to a client then disappoint when I burn out and can't follow through.
5- What is the hardest thing you have had to deal with since becoming a Mum? I would say my whole mind set has had to change. I struggled for a long time, when I became a Mum, because I felt my career was my identity. Suddenly my career was on hold and I was a stay at home Mum feeling like I had lost myself. It took me a long time to come to grips with the new me, new priorities and limits. My new mantra has since become Oprah's words of wisdom "You can have it all. Just not at the same time."
i like jelly, sponge cake, cream and custard but i don't like trifle.... how does that even work?
Thanks for stopping by my page and reading a little bit about me and my biz.
Check back soon for another 'With Heart' blog post. I have interviewed some amazing
business owners and I can't wait for you to get to know them like I have.