We’ve got another Zen File full of wonderful to share, and this time it’s Wendy from Beach Style Mum. I’ve only recently discovered Wendy’s lovely blog, and I’m glad I did. It’s a beautifully sunny place to be.
Please tell us what your blog is about and why you started it.
My blog is pretty well summarised exactly by the title – it’s a style / mum blog about fashion and life
near the beach.
After having my second son 19 months after the first, I fell into that “life with a newborn and
toddler” fashion rut. I slowly started to realise that I could dress for comfort and practicality but
could still add a little touch of fun and style and that made me feel good. Making an effort to feel
good about myself was something personal I could achieve each day while the rest of my life was all
about my boys!
12 months ago I started following some of the fantastic style blogs like Styling You and was amazed
and delighted with the effect these “everyday style” blogs had on mums and women all over the
world. So much positivity and fun was being shared. I wanted to be a part of it.
Earlier this year, I thought it might be fun to have a go and start my own style blog with a beachy
feel. It’s coastal in theme as well as reflecting my preference for comfortable, relaxed fashion so I
guess it’s got that beachy relaxed style in personality too (I hope!)
What does “zen” mean to you?
Happy, content and comfortable within myself. Able to understand that problems or tough times are
all part of the journey and that’s how we learn and appreciate the good stuff.
Which 5 people from history would you most like to have dinner with and what do you think the
conversation would be about?
I’m sure the conversation would be ridiculously stimulating, thought provoking and educational.
Perhaps the guests would try to outdo each other with their tales however I’m sure Marilyn would
keep them all in line. Particularly that party animal Albert.
Tell us about something positive that has happened to you and how it has affected your life.
15 months ago I left my corporate marketing job after 10 years to work for myself as a marketing
consultant. It’s allowed me to be much more flexible in how and where I work and has taken a lot of
the stress out of the work-mum balance. Being my own manager is the best decision I’ve made for
our family. It was a bit of a risk but well worth it.
Who is the most zen person you know, and how can we be more like them?
Ellen DeGeneres – she seems so comfortable within herself and her happiness has an obvious
effect on others. I think just showing little gestures of kindness everyday is a great way to copy her
strategy. We don’t need to give people cars and university tuition money (although wouldn’t that be
fun) but we can say nice things, praise others and offer help when needed.
I have so many wonderful blog favourites that make me smile, what are the 3 that brighten your
day, plus one that we may not have heard of before?
One that you may not have heard of: One Little Momma – Kilee is a very stylish, crafty mum of 3
living in Kansas City. Great style tips and lovely family stories.
The Random Roundup……just for a bit of fun.
Which do you prefer?
Beach or Country. – Beach
Pinterest or Instagram. – Instagram
Cheese or Chocolate. – Touggggghhhh but chocolate.
Flats or Heels. – Flats
Black & White or Colour Photography. – Colour
Cool or Warm Weather. – Warm
Fruit or Veggies. – Veggies for nutrition but fruit for taste
Early Nights or Night Owl. – Early nights
Tv or Radio. – TV
Comedy or Drama. – Comedy
If you need some inspiration, especially with Spring now here, pop over to Beach Style Mum to see what Wendy can suggest. Moodboard Monday is pretty fabulous, and I’m pretty sure you’ll get some great new ideas.