A Tour Through Blogland

Happy Monday, friends! And a quick thank you to everyone for your sweet + encouraging words on my last post. Finally being able to introduce The Safari Collective to the world has been more than I can ask for, and I have you all to thank!

Today, I'm happy to be taking part in this great little series, called A Tour Through Blogland. Have you heard of it? It's a wonderful handful of questions that gives you a peek at the person behind the blog. Then, we nominate a blogger (or a few) to continue the trend the following week. I love hearing more about the process that each blogger follows because each and every one is so unique. To each their own, you know? Last week, my dear friend Brooke nominated me to take part, so here we go.

1. What are you working on?

If you've been tuned in here over the past week, I'm sure you all know the answer to this! I've been focused on getting The Safari Collective up and running for the past few weeks, and now I'm working on keeping up with it. Whether that mean adding new products or packaging up ones to be sent out. I'm absolutely loving it all.

2. How does your work differ from others in its genre?

Our world, and especially our virtual one, is filled with shops, but the difference is The Safari Collective is my story. And that's unique in its own right. I think we are different from most though because of the types of goods we sell. Our products are storied ones, that either hold a history or were made out of love and passion, and therefore have a story to tell. We support the handmade and historical, and I think that's a special thing.

3. Why do you write/create what you do?

Because I'm inspired by it. Period. Anything I write, at least on my own time and for myself or The Safari Collective, is content that has somehow spoken to me. It is something that I believe in. As far as creating things... while I run TSC, I do not create its products. Someone else has. But I created this space and this shop because I believe in bringing beautiful products to you. Each and every item here somehow caught my eye and inspired me to bring it home and give it new life.

4. How does your writing/creative process work?

Before there was The Safari Collective, there was Safaris and Sunsets. Just a blog from the heart of a girl (all old posts can still be found here, on the TSC blog). I began this creative journey first and foremost as a writer, and eventually delved into blogging, photography, and now The Safari Collective. While I'll always consider myself a writer, I've been doing much less of it lately, and that's completely okay with me at the moment. Writing is something I'll always love to do, and I'll do it when I'm feeling it. But I know for a fact that my writing is seriously hindered when it's forced. So while I consider myself a writer, I don't do it for profit. I do it for me. And my process is usually pretty simple. When I've discovered a topic that has inspired me or fueled a passionate response, I'll sit down, sometimes with my laptop and sometimes with pen and paper, grab a cup of tea, and just write.

To continue this Tour through Blogland, I've nominated the sweet lady behind the blog, Tori's Tales. Tori is by far one of the kindest souls I've ever met (well, virtually), and I urge you to check out her space. It will not disappoint! She'll post on Tuesday of next week, so stay tuned!

Tori is a tale-teller, motorhome owner, mature-in-name-but-not-always-attitude student, and searcher of (what seems to be) an ever-elusive perfect profile-pic (look at that, I'm laughing at the thought I'd ever find one!).

Encouraged by the honesty of everyday life, she strives to share warts-and-all on her blog, with the aim of opening herself up to those who take the time to visit. When she’s not blogging from a table that boasts the best view in Nottingham (even if she does say so herself), you’ll find her enthusiastically tweeting away, chatting on her ‘Let’s Talk’ Google + community page, and doing what she can to make those she interacts with smile!