Instagram Q+A

IM BACKKK! I took a much-needed break from the blog and social media, more on that in another post but I'm back and refreshed! So I thought I'd start with a post from the question and answer I had on Instagram! If you're not following me there, you should because a giveaway is coming soon! 

Questions:

Do I have a full-time job? If so how do I handle both? 

Yes! I am a marketing analysis, by day. And to be honest, it getting a little trickery.  But I try to set aside certain hours every week and knock a lot out.  So, for example, I will sit down every other week and get all my post done for the next two weeks.  (That's not usually how it goes but I try.) I block out time to get certain tasks done all at once.  And I try to check social media a few times a day.  I think my lower engagement on social media hurts my growth but that's okay because it's all about balance.  And I promise if you ever tag me on social media I'll always respond! 

How did I get started?

I saw some wallpapers on pinterest that were calendars and I thought how clever and it would help me to stay organized at my first big girl job but every calendar I found were for incorrect months so I asked my then boyfriend (now fiance) to help me update them since he had a design background. I got a lot of compliments at work that I thought it might be fun to share! 

Why did I start?

I think this is a little different than how because thats how I sorta stumbled upon. The blog all really started after having trouble finding a job out of college. I worked as a recruiter for a little for a company I thought was a dream, but it was only a contract and then after losing my *dream* job, I thought starting a blog all about I had learned post grad would really help people.  I also thought the wallpapers would help you to stay organized at whatever you were working on! But Ive been at my current job for 3 years now so I sorta outgrew the find a job phase and Candidly Keri evolved from Life After Graduation. 

How many hours do I spend on the blog?

I'd say 15-30 hours a week, depending on if I worked ahead or if its wallpaper week! 

How am I?

Someone asked this and I thought it would be fun to answer honestly, rather than just with good.  I was really overwhelmed for a little bit there but taking a step back allowed me to check some major things off my list and now I'm feeling better.  But I'm anxiously awaiting our big move in 2 weeks! 

Can I make a tutorial? 

These next two questions sorta bummed me out but I thought it would be good to answer because I constantly get asked about changing fonts or styles of wallpapers I have created for free.  If you'd like a change to a wallpaper Im happy to do so for some money! My time is valuable and I create a lot of awesome stuff for free! 

A tutorial - sorry but that won't be coming, but behind the scenes, videos will.  As to how I make the wallpapers, I find photos I can use legally and create everything from scratch in photoshop from there.  Then Henry codes them and puts them on the site! 

Can you sell a Candidly Keri wallpaper?

No stealing my wallpapers and selling them is illegal since I own the rights to all my work. Tsk Tsk

Top 5 countries I'd like to visit?

Alright, a fun question to lighten the mood! I'd love to go to Greece, Germany, Scotland, some island like Bora Bora, and Czech Republic.

When did I discover my talent?

This is very kind, I just started making the calendar wallpapers thinking they could be helpful, I ever expected them to take off like they did! 

Where do I find my inspiration?

Nature mostly! I try to make my wallpapers centered around the seasons, I also like to mimic patterns I've seen.  Or I go on pinterest like everyone else and pin lots of quotes, and see what resonates with me the most that month! 

What keeps me motivated to keep working on the blog + social platforms?

Mostly anyone reading this! I know that a lot of people depend on me for wallpapers each month so that's why I feel like I can't stop.  I also just want to see where the blog goes.  Henry and I have improved our skills, design and the site so much since we've started.  We love growning and learning about all this stuff and I think that's a huge part of our drive! 

If you guys have any other questions drop them in the comments and I will respond! I love doing the Q+A and hopefully, we can do another one soon! 

Candidly,

Keri

Why Am I Writing?

Every time I read a blog or watch my favorite Youtube makeup guru, I'm always finding myself asking "What's your story?"  I think culturally we have a fascination with connecting to our favorite celebrities or writers, on a personal level, even when they are total strangers to us.  It helps us feel more like friends, and to better understand where they are coming from. So here is some background on my life to help you better understand me and my blog.

I am a 23 year old young professional.  I went to college, originally for Environmental Engineering, and switched to Marketing.  I know, I know [insert your joke about how engineering is the pre-business major here], I've heard all the jokes, and to be honest I've never thought twice about my decision.  I went into engineering because my brain works so analytically, but ultimately I live in the creative.  I made the decision early on I'd rather work harder at something I love than have something come easy and hate it.  I definitely chose a less stable career path but I don't regret my decision. 

I did multiple internships throughout college, trying to figure out what kind of path I wanted to head down with marketing. Let me tell you, though I was able to rule out a few things I didn't want to do, there were and still are a thousand options of what I could do.  So after college, I got a contract job (a position where you work for only a set period of time) as a recruiter to get my foot in the door at a digital agency.  By no means did I want to be a recruiter, but I did want to be in the agency world. It was a great opportunity looking back, I learned a lot about what recruiters look for. This made it easier for when I job searched, cause now I had knowledge about agencies, positions, and the marketing world as a whole.  As much as I wished I would have gotten a full time position there, it just wasn't a great fit, the company was too technical. 

I moved on to another agency a month later, moving back to my "sorta" hometown of Cincinnati. I got a full time position at a Pinterest marketing company as an account manager, pretty cool I know.  The company was a start up, and ended up having to downsize their work force a few months later.

Which leads me to where I am now.  At a large corporation (yikes! Exact opposite of agencies) that does market research and I am an associate analyst.  A big jump I know, but as an account manager I re-found my love for numbers within the marketing world, and I decided after having to change positions, when better to try something new then now.  I am still adjusting to the corporate world finding pro's and con's from agency world.    But I wanted to help share the things that I have learned, from being a recruiter, to job searching, to the over all adjustment of going to school your whole life to now becoming a real "adult".  I hope you enjoy reading!