What motivated you to start “The Natural Natives”?
-I had been wanting to do a blog for a couple years honestly, but when I first thought about it I was really lost in what I wanted it to be about. I tried to think about what I could bring to the internet that would be different and I was actually talking to an old friend in Alabama and I kind of jokingly said “well I’m not cool, but I know lots of cool people,” and it kind of just stuck with me that I actually did know a lot of interesting people, who are not only successful but they are being successful by just being themselves and I wanted a way to showcase their talents. Today it is so easy to get caught up in trying to change yourself to fit a mold that someone somewhere has made. I just wanted to start a place that anyone could come to and get a positive feeling from and see that it is okay to just be.
What’s your favorite aspect of the “inspirational interviews?”
-I love getting to know people on a deeper level. I love that I get to ask people questions that they may not get asked on an everyday basis. Even though many of my interviewees have been friends we haven’t had these deep conversations about themselves and so it’s nice getting to go to this new place with them about how they are and feel. I have also interviewed people I don’t know and its fun to meet someone for the first time and just jump right in to their entire life story.
What are some of your favorite natural products?
-Currently I am obsessed with Pacifica, they have lotions and perfumes that smell amazing! Also I have just recently switched to their makeup line and am loving it especially their eye makeup. But I also am a fan of ilike, it’s an organic skincare line. I just started using it this past month and it has really helped my skin and given it a boost of freshness.
Being native to the area, how did you learn to appreciate Nashville?
-Honestly growing up in Nashville, I kind of hated it. I enjoyed the friends I had and being in a city and going out and typical teenager stuff. Once I graduated high-school though I was ready to leave, so I went to The University of Alabama where I spent my next four years. After being in Alabama for a few years, that’s when my appreciation for Nashville came. I decided I wanted to peruse a career in the music industry and that my hometown was where I was meant to be all along. I guess it took me leaving and coming back to really appreciate my city.
What’s the best advice you’ve received?
-So I actually have two answers for this; I was not directly given this advice but last year I was given the opportunity to hear Ebie McFarland of EB Media speak and she said something that has stuck with me since. “You are never too busy to give a response.” I to this day try to always do that with anyone that comes my way. It may be as simple as a “thank you” or something but I think, with all the technology we have today it can be easy to hide from people who reach out to us. So no matter what the response, good or bad, just say something back, don’t leave people hanging!
Then the next best advice I have personally received was from my grandfather on my dads side. He always told me to love what I do and share goodness.
Where do you dream of taking the brand in the future?
-I already have some fun ideas in the work for expanding the Natural Native brand this summer! So I am so excited to start that journey. I really just have been taking things day by day and as opportunities present them self I kind of just run with it, so the possibilities are endless at this point for the Natural Native.
Finish the sentence “I feel most natural when…”
-I actually feel most natural when I’m around people who can make me smile. I’m not the biggest fan of my smile, so when I’m around people who can genuinely get me to smile that a pretty special thing to me. I can actually count the number of people who have the ability to do that.
||Thanks to Ashley Askew for coming up with questions and interviewing me ||