Today we’d like to introduce you to Caroline Carterette.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
After graduating from high school and starting my nursing pre-requisites at community college, I found myself extremely busy with school and my part-time job and yet felt bored in my free time. Staying home for college has been great but it does get a little lonely when the majority of your friends move away for college. I have always been very imaginative and creative and decided I wanted to find an outlet to talk to others and compare experiences and feelings with one another. Starting my blog (carolinecarterette.com) was the best way to do this. I have gained so much support from friends and family and the best part about blogging is that I can do it as much or as little as I want.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t always been easy but I always try to remind myself that it should continue to be a fun thing. I don’t want to become stressed out about posting a certain amount of times each month. Blogging or whatever your passion may be should stem from a genuine moment of inspiration or idea. Not you searching topics or scrounging up random ideas desperate for a post. At least, for me, personally, my goal is to keep it a very relaxed and enjoyable pastime. Don’t take it too seriously, have fun with it!
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
Through blogging, I try to be relatable to my crowd of readers but also write truthfully. I try to make posts that people can relate to even if they are in a different point in their life. For example, writing about high school drama and friends can be relatable for someone in high school or someone who has graduated and might still be struggling with friends. Although blogging can put me in a vulnerable state, I feel like it is worth it if I have one person message me and say that they really liked it and have been feeling the same way recently or needed the tips on how to get through life, etc. I think that being my age is really cool because although I did grow up with electronics and so much at my fingertips, it wasn’t used as often as it is now. I think I was one of the last age groups that would ride their bike to the neighbor’s house and knock on the door instead of text that I was “here.” As kids, we would create a magical fort and draw inside and just spend quality time with another person and not be distracted by an electronic device. It is interesting to now use electronics almost all day and be able to still recognize that it’s okay to put down the electronics sometimes even if it is against the norm and just enjoy the present moment and do things that bring you personal happiness. Being my age and going through so many changes and figuring out who I want to be in life is extremely stressful but also really cool because I can post on my blog about how I feel and it turns out, so many others feel the same way!
Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
I think that growing up, I was very lucky with my family situation and when I think about my childhood, it’s only great memories. I had the freedom to be me and believe what I wanted to. My parents were so supportive that my neighbors and I actually believed we were fairies and mermaids for a while and our parents would play along and support us through it all. My childhood was very creative and imaginative. Every weekend was something new. My neighbors and I were best friends and I was so lucky to grow up in a neighborhood with such great families and friends. We would make a movie theatre and sell tickets to the neighbors or make our own cupcake company and take orders from neighbors. It was always fun and new and exciting on the weekends and I am so thankful for everyone I grew up with. As I got older, I played competitive sports and was very determined and busy all the time. I did dance, swim, soccer, and volleyball. Playing a sport teaches you how to work as a team and find success with each other. Individual sports like swim teach you to push yourself and be your own support. My sister and I were raised to be very independent and to keep our own routine and schedule straight and to be responsible and we defiantly had our fair share of a fun childhood but our parents did teach us to handle our own responsibilities too. I think that this really has made me who I am today because even now, I am very independent and don’t like to ask for much help because I know I can do almost anything on my own. My parents and family are the best and I owe everything to them.
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