In this series, we shine the spotlight on a Grapevine creator so they can share their story, give their best YouTube advice, and help our community really get to know them.
Tell us about yourself!
I’m the oldest of 8 kids and grew up on a tiny island on the west coast of Canada called Salt Spring Island. I’m currently living in Pennsylvania where my husband is attending medical school, which is extremely demanding on his schedule, so I do most of the parenting for our two children – Zoey and Zander.
There’s nothing I’m more proud of than being a mother, but growing up I was taught that being a mom meant sacrificing personal pursuits. I want to teach my children the opposite. I want to teach them that you should never be afraid of hard work or a challenge, and show them by example. I almost never stop working. I’m constantly hustling to pursue my own success and passion for music in the form of blogging and sharing my music on Instagram and YouTube.
I often stay up past 2am so I can make money to pay our bills and feed my love of travel, (or so I can sing uninterrupted in the basement).
There is so much stigma around being a young mom.
I want to prove that a young mama can do anything anybody else can do.
My life motto is successful people do work when they don’t feel like it. I try to live that every day.
How did you get started with blogging?
After successfully managing social media for a furniture company and helping them grow to over 80k followers I started to wonder why I wasn’t doing this for myself. I had always wanted to share my music with the world, and as a mom, online felt like the best way to do that. The idea rolled around in my head for awhile. The thing that inspired me to take the plunge was actually someone who laughed at my idea, suddenly I felt the need to prove that person wrong. I started blogging, Instagram, and YouTube on the side and once I started making enough money to support my family, I quit my job at the furniture company and started blogging full time.
What’s your favorite thing about being a creator?
I love that through sharing the things I’m passionate about (family, music, travel) I ‘m able to financially support my family during a time when many people struggle. Medical school is extremely expensive, but we’ve never had to stress about finances because of my blog. The best part about it is that I get to stay home with my kids.
How did you get started on YouTube?
There wasn’t anything really specific, when I write a new song or learn a new cover it is my first place to post. It has just gradually grown as I share more and more music.
What’s your favorite video you’ve ever made?
My favorite video was a song I wrote about a friend who had experienced abuse. I collaborated with a talented videographer and local recording studio to create the video and music. Raising awareness about domestic violence and sexual abuse is something I am passionate about, as I have seen people close to me suffer the devastating consequences, so sharing this video meant a lot.
What’s your favorite song to cover?
There are so many, but one of my favorites right now is Issues – my favorite part is that Zoey knows every word and requests that I sing it so she can sing along.
Share something that your followers don’t know about you!
I was homeschooled until I went to college in Hawaii at 17! The comment I heard most often at college when people found out was that I seemed too normal to be homeschooled!
What’s your best advice for people looking to break into the creator space?
You have to be willing to put in the time. Being an influencer can be extremely rewarding, but you have to really dedicated. I wake up at 5am or stay up until 2am working. It is more than a full time job for me.
What are your goals for your blog and YouTube channel?
I just want to keep sharing what I am passionate about, and connecting with people who share the same interests and see where it takes me.