((The second post in a new series called Twenty-Something & Thriving, featuring girls who are chasing dreams, living out passions, and taking on the world. These are the ones who get it)).
SO. It’s week 2 of this series and once again I’m wayyyy excited for today. Mel is someone I’ve followed online for a few years now, and admired for her blog and her style and her beautiful family. She’s one of those ladies I look at and think “Omg can I just be like her when I’m a wife and mom?!” But besides the fact that she and her family are all gorgeous (I mean hello, just check out her Instagram), she’s motivated and living out her dreams in the right now. She’s pursuing her passion while juggling many other really important roles. She gets it. She’s twenty-something and thriving. And so when I first started brain-storming for this series she was one of the first girls to pop into my mind. I knew I wanted to hear what she had to say, because I’ve watched her and been inspired by her for so long. So I know you will be to!
MEET MELISSA COLE
Name: Melissa Cole (I go by Mel) Age: 27 City: Sacramento, CA Occupation: Full-time mommy ; ) I also blog over at www.ellabrooksblog.com and sell Rodan & Fields skincare on the side Hobby: Spending time with my family, shopping, trying out new coffee shops, and if I get the time- relaxing : )
Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do! A mini bio: I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Travis, and am a mommy to two little ones: Ella (four) and Brooks (one and a half)- this is my real job ; ) I also started blogging a little under a year ago and just recently started selling Rodan & Fields skincare. On top of that, I work two days a week at our church where my husbands dad is the lead pastor. Things are always busy, a little chaotic, but definitely fun in our household!
How did you decide to start a blog? It had been a passion/dream of mine for quite some time. About five years ago, I had someone ask me “If you could do anything in the world, what would you do?” And out of my mouth came “I’d be a fashion blogger”… I didn’t think too much about it for a few years and then it hit me- why not go for it and do exactly what I love?!
What are the biggest things you've learned so far about the Blogging/Instagram world? First and foremost- be YOU! It’s so easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing, playing the compare game, and ultimately finding yourself trying to compete with what others are doing. What I believe to be true is people will love you for you. If you are consistent, truly passionate about what you’re doing, and have positive motives- your success will be massive!
Who are a few women you admire/look up to? In the blogging world- Hello Fashion Blog & The Barefoot Blonde… In my world ; ) - One of my bestest and dearest friends on earth, Caitlin Zick. She is the youth pastor at our church and desires to see a unity amongst women- where we encourage and uplift one another & celebrate in each other’s victories. There is such a need for this in today’s society. I also look up to both my mom & mother-in-law… two women who have faced a few too many trials in their lifetime and have overcome them with strength and faith.
What would you tell your 21-year-old self about life, marriage, or motherhood? Oh man… so much. I’d tell her to slow down. To not look ahead but to live in the moment and truly live it to the fullest. Seize every opportunity and do whatever it is you want to do or achieve. It’s so easy to want what’s in our future right now but timing is everything. Mommyhood is the best and the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I think every mother would tell you that. But don’t rush to get there. Your time will come… and when it does, you’ll be giving out the same advice : )
What's the biggest goal/dream you're working towards right now? This : ))) blogging! It’s been a dream of mine for a while now and I don’t regret the decision I made in taking steps to achieve this dream. What I might regret later though, is if I hadn’t.
What's your go-to tv show? FRIENDS- all.day.long!
What are you reading? "The overly sensitive child" (for my daughter), and “Freefall to fly” by Rebekah Lyons
What's your advice to those coming up behind you, maybe in a season right before you? Keep pressing on. If you’re discouraged, you’re not alone. If you’re unsure, you’re not alone. If you’re feeling alone? You’re not alone! Don’t let the skeptics or your fear get the best of you and keep pressing on towards your goals. Even if you never get “ here", at least you can rest in the assurance that you did it- you went after your hearts desires and to me, that’s success!
What's one skill you secretly/or not so secretly you wish you had and were good at? Hmmm… singing! I often sing my heart out all by myself and pretend I’m Mariah Carey… come on. I know I’m not alone on this ; )