#MeetTheBlogger Series Interview 49 - Business Edition!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

I have decided to start a new series here on Sunshine Sarahxo after meeting so many lovely bloggers on Twitter I would like to get to know them. So I am going to try to recruit as many as I can as I think everyone deserves a chance to be in the spotlight. =)

Q1: Hello there, nice to have you here on Sunshine Sarahxo! Please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your Blog:
Hi! I'm Claire, and I'm the illustrator behind Aloha Lola Cards! Aloha Lola Cards is a little cute caricature business that creates affordable and attractive greeting cards and digital designs! 

Q2: At what point did you decide to make a Blog and share it with the world??
I decided to create my business last year in September and gosh, I was so nervous about putting it out there into the world! However, I am so glad I did as I've had such a positive response to my work. It's a little overwhelming actually...

(Skipped question 3 as it refers to my writing style!)

Q4: Was there anyone in particular who inspired you? Which Bloggers do you emulate?

I am influenced and inspired by other illustrators who have made a living from their work, and have created such beautiful artwork in the process. @mellyemclark (Melly- Em Clark) was one of the first illustrators/bloggers I stumbled across and thought wow, she has achieved my dream job. Not only that but her artwork is so vibrant and inspiring. Full of feel good messages and it breaks down the walls of stigmas and social stereotyping. All good art should be liberating. I feel like her work is an embodiment of that.

Q5: Do you have anything in the pipeline on the Blog which you are particularly excited about?!
Hmmm... do I have anything exciting in the pipeline? At the moment all is calm, but that suits me. I just want to hone my skills in certain areas before I embark on the next challenge! I would love to experiment more with certain illustration styles at some point, and think of ways I could encourage my brand to grow... but think these are all ambitions stowed away for the future!

Q6: Does anyone else know about your Blog?

My friends and family know about my business. They have been very sweet and supportive. There has been days where I am like, I'm not good enough... are people buying from me just to be nice?! And I have relied heavily on their reassurance. As anyone knows, starting a business/blog is HARD. You definitely need that backup whether it's a relative or a bessie to help you through.

Q7: Are you obsessed with Lush!?!? If YES, what is your favourite product?!
Haha! I am a fellow Lush lover! I love the Honey I Shrunk The Kids products because I love anything sweet. Plus the bubblegum lip scrub is almost edible. I've never actually tried to eat it... Honest.

Q8: Has your Blog helped you in other areas of life?!
My business has definitely acted as a saviour in respect to the other areas of my life. It has given me a purpose, it has given me a drive. 

Q9: Has your Blog helped you in other areas of life?! What is it that makes you so fabulous?!
Haha I don't classify myself as fab... but I do think I am a very kind and passionate individual. I believe in supporting others and not being bias when it comes to giving that support. I am brave and I am creative and I am passionate. So maybe I will fly that little flag of fabness! 

Q10: Finally, can you recommend anything to us today!? (Skincare/Beauty/TV Show/DVD/Music/Food Item...anything!

I'm not going to recommend products here. I am going to recommend looking after your own well-being. To realise life isn't a race and it's OK to have bad days. That it's OK to take time out for yourself and it's OK not to want what other people want. Have a good strong sense of self and believe everything will be OK. (I realise I've said the word OK a lot here... haha, hope that's OK?)

So that concludes our 'Meet the Blogger' for today! Thank You So Much for taking the time to answer these questions today, much appreciated! 

 Please take the time to check out the blog/Twitter/Facebook/Instagram etc., be sure to leave a comment saying you found them via Sunshine Sarahxo! Thank You!!

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