I talk about gardening, nature, arts, and education A LOT. Of course this is a creative gardening blog, but there is also A LOT that goes on behind the scenes here at Wings, Worms, and Wonder that I though you might be interested in. So what better way to open up the garden gates than through this Blog Tag!
This is my workspace in my house. It a vintage elementary school desk I got at a yard sale. The legs had been cut down to make it coffee table height which makes it perfect to sit on the floor.
What’s a Blog Tag you ask? I just learned myself! It is a bit like a blogging chain letter where one person starts it off, in this case April Bowles of the blog Blacksburg Belle, by creating a series of questions that they answer themselves and then “tag” other bloggers to answer as well and the tags just keep on!
So here we go!
15 things you may not have known about the business side
of me and Wings, Worms, and Wonder!
Question 1: What’s your two to three sentence bio? (You know, what the heck do you do?)
I garden with children and their grown-ups. Sometimes in workshops and consultations, or from afar through my books and blog. Ultimately, Wings, Worms, and Wonder is about guiding lives to creatively immerse in nature!
Question 2: What’s your favorite part of your job?
In person events and creating new materials that help spark people’s senses of wonder.
Question 3: What’s your least favorite part of your job?
Website technical stuff!!!! By far. I hire out a web genie so my hair doesn’t turn gray early!
Question 4: What are the top three tools you use the most in your work?
MacBook Pro, Nikon D600, and soooo many art supplies. And of course mother nature too!
Question 5: What business goal would you love to reach before the end of the year?
I want to turn my first profit.
It takes a lot of this….
Question 6: Who are three creatives that inspire you?
Question 7: What do you listen to (if anything) while you work?
Question 8: Morning person or night owl?
Morning person on the average day, but I can easily be coaxed into staying up late too!
Question 9: How many employees do you have and what are the main things they do for you?
No employees, but I do hire out for web work, accounting, my good friend Katie helps me with big graphic design projects, and my partner Sean is a consultant on everything!
Question 10: What’s your favorite social media platform?
Instagram. It is so fun! I have a BFA in photography, so photo based social media with minimal words-yes please!
….to get to these….
Question 11: What’s your least favorite social media platform?
Facebook. It’s kinda like a necessary evil that you put a lot of time into but doesn’t accomplish much.
Question 12: What works best when it comes to marketing your business?
In person contact. Workshops, conferences, and speaking events really seem to spark the most enthusiasm, long term relationships, and business.
Question 13: What’s one thing about your business that your blog readers probably don’t know?
I only make $3 off each copy of the Wings, Worms, and Wonder book even though they cost $44.95. (And on Esty I only break even.) That’s the price I pay for holding strong to sustainable printing ethics, but I wouldn’t do it any other way. I couldn’t stand to be profiting from a garden book at the expense of the environment.
Question 14: If your business were a fashion accessory, what would it be?
Snazzy garden boots!
Question 15: What’s your top tip for someone who wants to do something similar to you for a career?
Start locally, in your community. Build your gardening skills and community connections by getting involved with community gardens, after school programs, and local food organizations.
….and this! Being with people in person is the best!
I’m tagging these 4 people to answer these questions in a blog post on their blogs:
Kiala Givehand Artist, journaler, and Right Brain Business coach extraordinaire. I can’t thank her enough for helping me learn how to better reach my goals!
Sherri Calosso A fellow Life is Messy Bootcamper and League of Supers member. This powerhouse psychic and jewelry maker met under the guidance of April Bowles and Mayi Carles themselves in the Connecting the Gaps workshop!
Joanna Tebbs Young Amazing writer, writing coach, and lover of period fashion! Without her I may not have made it through my 1st semester of grad school!
Clarissa Wilson Spiritual accountant and money coach. Who couldn’t use that!? She helps take the creepiness out of the numbers!
YOU! Tag, you’re it.
This blog post is a part of the ‘Behind the Scenes of My Business’ Blog Tag started by April of Blacksburg Belle. She began this blog tag experiment to build community among creatives, help us bloggers to connect more and get to know each other better. This month’s topic is all about sharing the behind the scenes stuff of our businesses. If you’d like to participate or want more info, check out this post right here.
(Disclaimer: It’s totally cool to NOT participate if I tagged you and you either: don’t want to do it or don’t have the time.)
What garden accessory or tool best represents you?
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Seeds to Sprout:
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Did I get you thinking about fun gardening boots? Well check out all the snazzy garden boots and unique gardening ideas using boots on Pinterest!
Want to boost your creative nature connections through nature journaling? Check out the first of my monthly guest posts I am writing for the How2ArtJournal blog!
If you live in north Florida, sign-up today for my family nature journaling workshop
at Maggie’s Herb Farm Sunday 110/5, 2-4.