My newest snapshot guest is my friend and fellow blogger Emily S. from the Simply Us Blog. I met her about a year ago at a bible study and we have become really good friends ever since. She’s the most thoughtful & genuine person you could meet and is actually partly to blame for this blogs existence. I talked with her about wanting to start one but wasn’t so sure when or if I should and she was like “Why not?! You should just do it!” so….I finally did. I think everyone should have a friend like Emily S. in their lives. I’m very thankful for our friendship. Without further ado please meet Emily S. 🙂
I was born in Florence, SC, but grew up as a missionary kid in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and then in Cochabamba Bolivia. Nick (my husband) was born and raised in Greenville, SC. Nick and I met in the spring of 2005, in an interview to work in Disney World (the Magic Kingdom) with Campus Outreach. We were married in December 2007 and graduated in December 2008 from Francis Marion University. Nick and I were accepted to join Operation Mobilization in the summer of 2008 and served with OM Ships International from 2009-2012. Nick worked for my dad’s construction company, Black Mountain Development, from 2012-2014. We moved to Greenville, SC in Fall 2014, thinking that we were ready to settle down in the big city. However, we changed our minds, decided to travel to Bolivia for 3 months and then returned to Florence, SC at the end of March 2015 and bought our first home in June! We are excited to now have a place to call home while we continue to travel and see the world! It is definitely a fixer upper, though, so we have a lot of work ahead of us.
What are you’re hobbies, job, and/or dream job?
I have always loved traveling and thought that I would grow up to be an airline hostess or photographer for National Geographic or pretty much anything where I would live overseas or travel, but instead, I became a crazy essential oil lady!!! We aren’t done traveling yet, though…we have a huge bucket list! Because of this, I knew that I needed a job where I could work when I wanted and where I wanted so that I would be able to have complete freedom to continue crossing things off our bucket list. Since we’ve been married, Nick and I have visited the Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Holland, Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Aruba, Curaçao, Bolivia, the Faroe Islands, Denmark, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and Scotland…17 countries since 2007! I’d say that we are on a good roll! We’ve also seen a lot of the USA, but aren’t done yet!
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as classic, comfortable and simple. I love fabrics that move, beautiful colors and feminine cuts. I don’t have a lot of clothes because I do a capsule wardrobe, so I try to only choose clothes that I truly love. The goal of a capsule wardrobe is to have a small amount of clothes that I always feel good and look good in when dressed. I don’t have things like sweatpants, t-shirts or anything that could appear sloppy, so I have to wear “real” clothes each day. It truly makes a difference and helps me feel so much better about myself because I only have good choices!
Favorite places to shop?
I shop a lot at TJMaxx (and it’s usually with my mom or sister). I also love JCrew, LOFT and Anthropology…but the only thing I’ve bought at Anthropology is hair ties because of the prices! I’m not stuck on any one place or brand, though…I’m willing to try any store where I can find things that I enjoy wearing!
Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by women who just seem content, peaceful, beautiful and simple…like Jennifer L Scott, Kate Middleton, Audrey Hepburn, Joanna Gaines to name a few! They always look beautiful, even though they are usually dressed in something classic and simple and have perfected the “no makeup look”.
What makes you feel most confident and beautiful?
Depends on the season. In the warmer months, I love to wear my jean shorts, a bright colored tank top and my silver birkenstocks. However, in the colder months, I love to wear a great pair of skinny jeans, a colorful cardigan, a scarf and my cowgirl boots. I also love dresses, no matter the time of year! Whatever I wear, though, I usually have on my pearl earrings that my mom brought me from China, my heart-shaped necklace that my Grandma Jackson passed down to me and my collection of bracelets from my daddy, Grandma Jackson and Nick. Because of how much I love the simple things, I usually keep and wear items that have meaning behind them. I find myself really enjoying these pieces and how they remind me of my loved ones when I put them on each day!
If people could only know one thing about you what would you want it to be?
That I care. People tend to think that Nick and I are crazy because we have done things so differently with our health, travel and living so simply. But, we do these things because we are convinced that it is better for us! I believe that everyone should take care of themselves by living in balance, that they should be able to do what they love to do and that they should keep in mind the things that are truly important. Yes, it means sacrifice, but it can also mean a happier life! I don’t want to be on my deathbed wishing that I had done this or that…I want to lay there and smile and remember the great adventure that I lived. And I want that for others!
What’s one item you can’t live without?
Right now it’s my Birkenstocks! Nick took me on a lunch date a few months back and surprised me by taking me to Salty’s and buying me a pair of Birks. They are super comfortable and go with everything, so I will probably wear them 24/7 until they fall apart! I tend to do that…fall in love with an item and wear it out.
One thing you like most about being you?
I feel proud of myself for doing things so differently than most people. I grew up overseas. I got married while still in college. I have traveled a lot. Nick and I lived on a ship. We have been married almost 10 years and haven’t had children yet. We bought a fixer upper. I’ve been blogging for about 8 years. We sell essential oils. I remember telling my dad that I didn’t want to just go to college, get married after graduation, wait 2 years and then have 2.5 kids. I wanted to live an adventure! Although most things don’t go as planned, I am proud of myself for being unique in my own ways.