Meet Lisa: wife, mama, writer, blogger. Our sweet friend wears many hats so gracefully. We're sharing a short series in celebration of Lisa's recent launch of Lisa Kirk Writing. We asked her to share a bit more about her passion and how she balances motherhood and running a business.
What kick-started your passion for writing?
I'm one of the lucky few--I have always known what I wanted to be when I grew up. I don't remember a time in my life when I didn't want to be a writer, but my passion for writing in the wedding industry specifically was sparked in college. I was tasked with fact-checking real wedding interviews at my first magazine internship and stayed on the phone with each bride for far longer than I needed to after confirming their wedding dates and details! It was then that I realized weddings were the perfect blend of the things I was most interested in: fashion, design, culture, and most of all, stories.
Who are your favorite types of clients to work with?
My heart of hearts is ultimately for brides--God has given me a special compassion for and understanding of the unique season brides are walking through, and most of all, I want them to feel celebrated, cared for, and encouraged. It's probably no surprise, then, that my favorite clients are those who feel the same way and who deliver much more than simply a service to their brides. I love teaming up with vendors who are passionate about serving couples and encouraging their marriages throughout their experience together. I cherish the opportunity to pair their work with the perfect words to tell their clients' love stories in a beautiful and thoughtful way.
How do you balance life with a baby and running your own business?
Child care! Even the small bit of it that we have. When I was trying to work before hiring our babysitter, I constantly felt like I was counting down the minutes until I could get back on the computer and get more done, which is not at all how I wanted to parent. I still work on my blog or emails during certain naptimes (see below), but when it comes to client work and tasks I really need to focus on, I leave those to the time when I know I’ll be uninterrupted. Knowing I have a few hours of dedicated work time coming up every week makes all the difference to me. I also recently implemented some ideas I read in an amazing book called A Mother's Rule of Life, one of which was to choose specific days of the week to work during Charlie's naptimes. This has been so good for my heart because I now don't feel guilty about actually resting during his Friday naps--I worked hard during them on Tuesday and Thursday, after all!
How many hours do you work per week?
About 5-6, so not many right now! I have three hours of childcare per week that I try to use only for client work, and then I dedicate two of Charlie's naptimes (between 1-1.5 hours each) per week to emails, the LKW blog, and my newsletter. I’m sure I’ll work a lot more in future seasons of life, but right now, I am very content with keeping my client list small and intentional so that I can spend all the time I want/need to with my boys.
Read more about Lisa later this week on the Blue Barn Blog!