Which camera, lenses and editing software do you use for your blog posts?

I use a Canon 5d Mark III. The lenses I use for the majority of my work are a Canon EF 35mm 1.4 L, as well as a Canon EF 50mm 1.4. All my editing is done in Adobe Lightroom 5.

Isn't the internet a pretty shallow place?

So they say. However, I have met amazing women & mothers, interesting storytellers, makers and small shop owner through Instagram and my blog and I wouldn't want to miss it. I value your comments, likes and engagement.

What has inspired you to pursue a more minimalist lifestyle?

One day I realized, I had way too many things, that meant way too little. You can read all about my journey in the "simplifying" category.  

Will you move back to the States anytime soon?

Yes. When my husband's contract is up we are most likely relocating. However, I'm not sure where we will be heading next at this point.

Can I get in touch with you about sponsored content?

Absolutely. Please get in touch. It is important for me and my readers, that your brand matches the values of me and my blog, so not every inquiry may lead to a collaboration. However, I would love to find out more!

What projects are you currently working on?

How much time do you have? I'm dreaming up a ton of creative projects at any given moment, but it would be wonderful if I could write a book this year. 

Where is Smilla when you work on your blog?

As a stay at home mother, Smilla is around me all day. I can only work on my blog during nap times & in the evenings. It takes good time management, but mostly dedication. Even though my blog is a labour of love, it is a lot of labour indeed. 

Wait a minute, why do you even blog?

I've always loved to write & keep a journal. And what is a blog, if not one really good looking journal? I write it, because I hope that what I have to say, may have a tiny impact on other people's lives. This could simply be, that they have a good time drinking a cup of coffee and reading a post. Maybe, a silly snapshot of my daughter, will make someone laugh. Sometimes, readers will write me a private message thanking me for writing about a subject, that rang true to them. Hopefully, some of my writing, will get you to think outside your box a little bit, or make room for new thoughts and opinions. Mainly though, I write this blog, because it brings me joy.

Are you worried about sharing a lot of your private life on the internet?

Not really. After all, I am not only the writer, but also the editor of my content. I choose what goes up and when. Mostly, my online voice speaks pretty openly, which leaves me vulnerable, however, I strive to be authentic. 

How do you deal with negative criticism on your blog?

My blog is my personal story. It reflects my very own opinions. My choices. My thoughts. My life. My cup of tea. I understand, you may feel differently about my views on motherhood, religion, child-bearing, design, etc. I understand, that every time I choose to write about a subject, that has people generally arguing (why is that?), I make myself an easy target for negative comments and criticism. I'm open for a constructive discussion any time, however, I will not allow negativity on my blog. After all, feel free to share your own views on your very own blog. I like to point to this quote

Sometimes the people around you won't understand your journey. They don't need to. It's not for them.