Photographed by: Rachel Maucieri | Interview of: Rebecca Gallop of A Daily Something
How did you get started?
I started A Daily Something when I was studying political science in 2011 and was desperate for a creative outlet. My friend Susanna introduced me to creative blogging and I was addicted. The first blogs I read were Design Sponge, The Daybook, and A Subtle Revelry. One night (while in the shower) I thought of the name "A Daily Something" and proceeded to sign up on blogger. The goal was to blog about something that inspired me - a thrifted find, an outfit, a color, a piece of art, etc. - Monday through Friday. I immersed myself in the world of blogging, and tried to learn as much as I could! Slowly but surely my readership built and I began to refine the mission of A Daily Something. I started producing content (mostly DIYs) for a few online magazines.
The learning curve was SO STEEP. I started out taking photos in my dorm room, in the evening with the overhead lights on, with my roommates point-n-shoot. We all start somewhere, but these were bad practices (ha) I quickly learned that I needed better, naturally lit photos. I finally got an Instagram account in late 2012 (game-changer). In 2013 I started collaborating with Kinfolk Magazine on their community events in the DC area. Since starting my blog, I got married, moved permanently to VA, and had two babies, so inevitably, A Daily Something has gone through some changes.
Today, I'm still managing and producing content for A Daily Something (but not always daily), working hard as a full time mama and wife, running A Daily Gathering, and working as a prop stylist. I'm so grateful for that need to create back in 2011 and my friends who inspired me to jump into the unknown!
What influences you?/ Where do you get your inspiration?
I'm mostly inspired by nature and history! I love incorporating the two into my work whenever its possible. I love the intricate detail in queen ann's lace, and bendy poppy stems. On any give day, you can find flowers or foliage in every room of my first floor. And history...usually expressed through copious amounts of antiques and vintage finds! When I'm feeling uninspired, lots of times I'll just visit a few vintage shops or the local auction or a flower farm. INSTANT inspiration!
How do you balance your personal time + work?/ How do you create separation?
This is a constant struggle, since being a wife & mom are really my first priorities! BUT I've learned a few tricks over the years! My kids are great nappers, so I am able to get a lot of work done while they sleep! I escape to coffee shops for a few hours on weekends to respond to emails, etc. I've brought on interns, which helps me prioritize and [try to] use my time efficiently. I'll also be bringing on mothers' helpers this summer, and they will be with the girls (in my home) during the workday. I'll still be at home, but they will be taking care of the girls.
I'm turning my garage into my studio this summer, which should help create that separation that I'm lacking right now (I usually work at the kitchen or dining room tables, which are in the center of our home). With kids, things change constantly and they need varying levels of care & attention at different ages, so every few months I have to assess how things are going and how I'm going to manage everything!
What keeps you motivated?/ Why do you love doing this?
I love and thrive off of being busy! I love bringing people together through beautifully curated and planned events. I love organizing, creating, and being inspired by others! These are all things that motivate me! And I am so grateful that I am able to run A Daily Something and A Daily Gathering WHILE being a mama to my beautiful girls! Best of all the worlds!
Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years?/ What's next for your brand?
In 2-5 years, I see myself with maybe one or two more kids, living in our same home in Purcellville, VA, with a little addition off the side. I'll still be running my A Daily Something & A Daily Gathering, which I hope to keep growing and modifying as my life changes!
Next for my brand? Actually, TODAY I'm launching my first ever professionally designed website, branding, and portfolio! I've always done this all myself, and I celebrated 5 years of blogging in early 2016, so it was time! Excited to see what the Lord has in store for the future of my A Daily "...." :)
Make sure you go and check out Rebecca's amazing new website by clicking HERE and tell her how much you love it and that we sent you!