Sponsor Spotlight: Meet Caitlin From Belong With Wildflowers

Caitlin is the owner of the blog "Belong With Wildflowers".  Her blog is an amazing combination of stunning photos and soul-touching posts.  She has such an eloquent way with words.  I've never met her but I imagine she is a kind, positive, life-loving soul.  Caitlin takes her readers not only on a journey of the beautiful life she is making but also reflects on the life she has lived and lessons learned.

Here's a little more about Caitlin, in her own words.
*All photos are taken by Caitlin.*

How did you make the decision to start blogging?  Describe the type of blog you write.
Once I started graduate school, I was desperate for a creative outlet to help balance out all the academic pursuits. I started a blog about being an early 20-something chasing a career. My blog has slowly transformed over the past two years + I now run a simple living / green living blog as I pursue dreams of being an organic farmer. Belong With Wildflowers is a lifestyle blog that aims to inspire anyone in search of a simpler life; a free-spirited life that connects with nature, animals, and the beauty around us.

How do you come up with ideas for your posts?
I’m usually inspired by nature for all of my posts. Whether I’m creating a photography post of nature’s beauty, or I’m creating a living green post on how to garden + grow your own food, all of my posts relate back to wanting a simple life that’s connected to nature.

 Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?
“Dwell in possibility” by Emily Dickinson. I adore this inspirational quote because in life, the sky’s the limit. Even if today you can only dream about something, tomorrow you can take steps forward to pursue it. This quote always reminds me to dwell in all the beautiful possibilities in life.

What inspires you?
My main sources of inspiration are nature and farmers. I have such a respect for people who work with their hands, make a positive difference in our environment daily, and show love for all things living – animals and plants included!

How do you keep yourself motivated to write blog posts and avoid burnout?
I try to not pressure myself with my blog. It’s all too easy to fall into the cycle of fixating on followers / page views, and feeling stressed about the content of your blog. When I start feeling burnt out from blogging, I take a step back and remind myself that it’s all for enjoyment. I also make sure to take weekends off from blogging and most social media – that “unplugged” time is so crucial to keep pumping out new inspiration for slow living.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to start a blog?
My number one piece of advice would be to follow your heart. Blogging can sometimes feel competitive because it can become number-focused. And when you blog and become part of a blogging community, comparison can sneak into your life. Always remember to follow your heart: share words and photography about topics that inspire you, don’t worry about so-and-so’s blog layout / number of followers / popularity, and make sure that you’re having fun along the way!

What are your visions for the future of your blog?
My vision for the future of my blog is to continue offering inspiration to anyone in search of a simpler, more deeply connected life. I also envision sharing more information and photography of day-to-day life once I have my farm started, along with sharing recipes and ideas of how to live off the land. Down the line, I would love for my blog to become the main writing space for my farm, to share stories and photography with all community members… local or online!

Thank you Caitlin!

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Nanna Chel said...

What a lovely post! I sometimes wonder if there is a bit of competition between bloggers especially the younger ones and hope that is not the case. I am in my sixties so am a bit 'over' all that and just bumble along with my blog for a bit of fun. I love reading what others feel about blogging and this was a very insightful post. Thank you.

Caitlin | belong with wildflowers said...

This was so sweet + completely made my day! Thanks so much, Staci :)

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

You are very welcome Caitlin!!
Nanna Chel - I'm sure there is competition of some sort but I think supporting one another works a lot better for all. :)

daisy g said...

We are kindred spirits. I will have to start following her blog. Thanks for profiling this wonderful blogger!

Caitlin | belong with wildflowers said...

Nanna Chel - There is a bit of competition with younger bloggers, I think because just in general - younger generations are more focused on what other people their age are doing + have accomplished. With the added measure that many 20/30-somethings have created full-time creative jobs from blogging, competition can come into play. But I think there's more support + encouragement than anything :)

Daisy G -- What a beautiful thing for you to say! Heading over to check your blog now :)