In my day-to-day work, there are certain people I connect with; people that I would be FAST FRIENDS with if we lived in the same town (whether they liked it or not). Yet of course, like everything related to the online world, it can be hard to REALLY know someone short of going through their underwear drawer and looking in their windows at night when the lights are on and the blinds are up (which I do to everyone in my neighbourhood whether we’re friends or not).
I’ve ALSO found that it’s easy to forget that we’re ALL people. People with homes and feelings and whole LIVES going on around us; things that don’t come across in photos, questionnaires or quick emails. So, in an effort to bridge this gap a bit, and since I can’t have you over for a glass of wine, I thought I’d write a fun little blog post about myself.
I decided to start with Tim (I was working, he was pretending to) and I said, ‘hey, if you were to ask me questions about my life, what would they be?’ And this was his list…
- Where did our sofa go?
- Who’s chair is that?
- Did you paint that wall again?
- Did you actually say that?
- I can’t believe you said that.
- Why do we have a new table?
- Where are your keys?
- Where is your phone?
- Why are you using a hippo piggybank to hammer a nail in the wall?
- Why do you have paint in your hair?
- Why do you have so many jeans?
- Why won’t you close the door when you go to the bathroom?
- Why are you opening the paint can with a butter knife?
- What’s burning? (the answer to that would be HERE and it’s GOOD)
Oooookay, so those weren’t exactly the questions that I had in mind.
And THAT is why I created my own questions, so you can learn a little bit more about ME and what makes my twisted lil brain turn (other than wine, paint colours and Ryan Reynolds in Speedos).
GETTING TO KNOW YOU, GETTING TO KNOW ALLLLLL ABOUT YOU…
(I know you’re humming it…)
TIM: Sooooo Kylie, how many sofas have you bought in the last eight years?
KYLIE: I thought we were going to do MY questions?
TIM: Just answer the question.
KYLIE: Hmmm, let me think. Well, the greenish set, the brown sectional, the medium gray sectional, the dark gray sectional, the light gray sectional, the dark gray sectional again, the taupe sofa, the blue sofa.
Oh, you think that’s all?
The leather couch, the feather filled couch, the hard n’ stiff (now don’t get excited) couch, the slippy cushion couch, and LASTLY…wait, that’s it. 12. The answer would be 12.
TIM: How many jobs have you had in your life?
KYLIE: Okay, seriously, you know the answer to this. 22.
22 jobs of which MOST I was fired from, kindly advised to find another job, or I quit BEFORE I could get fired (awkward high five!).
When we drive around town the kids are like, ‘did you work there Mom?’ Yup. ‘How about there?‘ Yup (without even turning my head to look). I was not cut out for the traditional ‘work environment’ for a variety of reasons, mostly revolving around my anxiety disorder and need for control of my life and time because of it. I’m not really a ‘schedule’ kinda gal.
Oh, and my lack of filter probably didn’t help.
TIM: How did we meet?
KYLIE: Well, you were on a date with my friend (and we all hung out as a group) and I thought you were hubba hubba cute in a, ‘Oh my God, he doesn’t see the redheaded trainwreck that’s comin’ his way’, kind of cute. So, when my friend decided she wasn’t really into you, I thought I’d move in for the kill. So, I shook my money maker and BOOM we fell in love. 16 years later we’re still married! Lucky bastard.
See those gray hairs on his beard? Those are ALL from me.
TIM: What’s your favourite thing to do?
KYLIE: I love going to the beach. Maybe not in the wintertime, but definitely Spring, Summer and Fall. I love hunting for sea glass and heart rocks. Oh and drinking wine, I like drinking wine (makes you wonder what’s in my coffee mug, riiiight?).
I LOVE writing – it feeds my soul. I also love READING BOOKS – I have a book fetish.
I also love driving around. I’ll take a long way home just because I like to drive around, particularly when it’s dark out and people don’t close their blinds and I can see into their homes (as mentioned above).
TIM: How did you get into the E-Design business?
KYLIE: Well, I had my blog for several years and ran an almost full-time, local decorating & design business. I’d also spend hours every day answering questions on my blog and then one day, the light bulb turned on, ‘I should make this part of my business!’ It evolved over the first 2-3 years from being INCREDIBLY time-intensive to what it is today – a well-oiled machine!
I spend 6-8 hrs per day working from home, doing something I love. I’ve consulted in Nunavut, Ecuador, Russia and of course ALL over the US and Canada – whooda thunk it! For a girl who got politely asked by her local University to ‘explore other opportunities’ (for an undisclosed reason), my work life is pretty amazing. I’m MADLY in love with my work and intensely grateful every day. I’ve since shut down my local business almost entirely and focused my efforts on my Online clients.
With my ’22 jobs’ I realized that in order to take control of my life and my anxiety, I needed to do something that I could throw myself into passionately, where I could control my schedule and take time for myself when needed. I’ve experienced HUGE growth within myself as I have figured out my triggers, my needs and how to achieve some balance in my life.
TIM: Is there any part of your job you DON’T like?
KYLIE: When Doug has gas. Doug is always in the office with me and when he lets ‘er rip, I die a slow death.
TIM: What do you like BEST about your job?
KYLIE: Paint colours. Seriously, my brain is like a freakin’ Rolodex of paint colours (did I just date myself? Unlike YOU, Tim, I would never date myself, I’m WAAAY too needy). I love colours, I love looking at rooms and brainstorming and coming up with colours and ideas to change things around. I’m not into the ‘big design world’ where everything is super trendy, chic and expensive. I’m more into the ‘reality based’ world. I THRIVE in it, it feeds my soul, as does wine.
I’m more into the ‘reality-based ‘world. I thrive in it, it feeds my soul.
TIM: If you were given 100,000,000 what would you do with it?
KYLIE: A million bucks? Hmmm…
Tim: A hundred million, Kylie, all those zeroes means a hundred million.
KYLIE: OH, in that case, I’d spend it – all of it. Just joking. Well, of course, there are a million things I would do, but philanthropically speaking, I’d set up some kind of foundation for the animal rescue groups in the States and Canada for free spay/neutering. I’d also lobby to get larger fines put onto Puppy Mills and a-holes who abuse animals. And then I’d spend the rest on sofas, Starbucks, wine and a commercial size Cornuts display, like a vending machine of sorts that doesn’t make me pay any money.
TIM: Have you had to make any sacrifices with owning your own business?
KYLIE: I wouldn’t say ‘sacrifices’, I would say it’s more like I’ve had to ‘learn as I go what does and doesn’t work‘.
WORK/MOM BALANCE: Sure, there are days when I sacrifice hanging with my kids, but then there are days where I don’t work so that we can do something fun; it’s about finding the balance. They know that when I’m in my office, I’m working and since running around dancing in the nude waving lightsabers wouldn’t be suitable for a NORMAL office (like in a building), it shouldn’t be suitable for Mom’s either (okay, I’m lying, it is suitable and in fact, encouraged – sadly my kids are past the age of doing this…thank God Tim’s not).
WORK/LIFE BALANCE: It took me a few years to realize that I was really, really lonely. Without coworkers or a traditional work environment, it’s easy to just curl up in a ball with a coffee (and Bailey’s) and work without realizing that there needs to be more. In the last few years, I’ve worked really hard at balancing my time, saying ‘yes’ more often and getting out there to connect with old and new friends. This is both a stretch for my work schedule AND my comfort zone/anxiety, but so far so good! I’m kinda cool to hang around with…or so I’ve been told (wink wink).
TIM: So, is that why you go to Starbucks EVERY…SINGLE…DAY – to mingle?
KYLIE: Well, first of all, there are worse habits (like sofas). Secondly, let’s get back to that loneliness bit. I spend 6-8 hours a day typing on my computer or talking to myself and Doug. While the conversation is quite scintillating and wonderfully one-sided, sometimes I crave a bit of human interaction, even if it is only with the old carpet cleaning guy with a fake tan and absurdly big muscles and the barista who clearly feels bad for me and spells my name wrong.
This is Doug – nuff said
TIM: If you could hang out with one person for one day, who would it be?
KYLIE: My Grandpa. Definitely my Grandpa – he’s pretty amazing. He also taught me some of my favourite sayings (which my Mom thanks me for not including in this blog post). I also would love a day with my old love, Bowser. If you haven’t met Bowser, you should (Pawprints on my Soul).
So there it is – my soul on a platter.
ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2014, FULLY & COMPLETELY UPDATED FOR 2022