BOSS LADY INTERVIEW: Shannon Holt from Clothes & Quotes
1. How do you stay inspired and fuel your creative vibe?
Staying inspired is something I am trying to figure out how to do. I have bursts of creativity and feelings of inspiration, but I haven’t quite figured out the formula for it. For now though I would say writing is always a huge outlet for me and can definitely bring about some inspiration as well as just being aware of what is going around me and being in the moment.
2. What does the typical day in the life look like for you?
I have an office job on top of my blog, so my days don’t tend to be too exciting. I usually start the day around 4:45am; enjoy a cup of coffee on my way to the gym, after the gym I head home to get ready for work. From about 7:00am to 9:00am I try to focus on my blog post for that day, promotion on social media, replying to comments and commenting back on other blogs and answering emails. Then it’s to the day job until 6:00pm. After work I usually cook dinner for my husband and I, start tomorrow’s blog post around 8:00pm and try to be in bed before 10:00pm.
3. Why is balance important in your life?
Balance is something I definitely struggle with, but I think without some sense of balance nothing really works. I know when I tend to focus on one thing too much, I quickly get burnt out or if I don’t focus on something enough I get stressed about it. Balance is a constant struggle, but once you figure it out, I believe everything tends to fall into place.
4. What is an essential practice or ritual you do weekly to help you stay balanced and grounded?
Writing in a journal. I currently have two, a personal journal and then The Five Minute journal. Keeping a running record of my feelings and practicing gratitude every morning and night definitely helps me stay balanced and grounded.
5. What is your personal mantra?
“You are exactly where you need to be”
6. What does happiness look like to you?
To me happiness is just being grateful for the life you have and not constantly looking for something better. I think it is impossible to not compare your life to others, but if you can come back to yours and realize you are where you need to be, then you really can be happy.
7. When you look at a photograph of yourself when you were younger, if you were to write a letter to her, what advice would you give?
I would tell her to figure out what she loves and indulge herself in it. Not to get caught up worrying about what others think. Go after what you really want and don’t worry about whether or not it will work out. Relax a little bit more and don’t stress about the future so much.
8. What do you love the most about your life right now?
Ever since turning 30, I feel like I’ve learned so much more about myself. I’m more aware of whom I am and the things I truly do enjoy. I love being able to have this whole knew sense of who I am and knowing that there is so much more to be discovered.
9. What current project has you fired up?
I’m really trying to introduce different content other than fashion to my blog and sharing other aspects of my life and other forms of inspiration. I want it to truly become a creative outlet where others can come to feel inspired. It’s a slow process and a challenge for me, but I think that is what is going to make it worth it.
Clothes & Quotes
Shannon Holt is the blogger behind Clothes & Quotes; I currently reside in Phoenix, Arizona with my Husband, Brandon and our two Bull Terriers, Cooper and Bella. I started Clothes & Quotes after graduating from Arizona State University to indulge in and share the things I love most, writing and fashion.