Meet Rachel & Rachelle!

I know it’s not October anymore, but I didn’t want to rush to finish and I saved some of the best for last! First up, my good friend Rachel! We are so similar in so many ways. If you follow us both on Instagram, you’ve probably seen us post pictures of the same angle of Papa Murphey’s Pizzas on our Traeger Grills within an hour of each other. Seriously. With nearly matching captions. It’s almost creepy. 😉 
You can find Rachel on Instagram at @rachelacottrell or @bloomdesign.co and online at bloomdesign.co.

Tell us about yourself!

I’m Rachel Cottrell. My business is The Bloom Design Company: graphic design + marketing services, resources, and education to help young stay-at-home mamas start, market, and grow their creative side hustles.

When you are in a creative funk, what do you do to reignite your creativity?

Talk to a few supportive friends who get me and understand my purpose in running a side hustle as a stay-at-home mom. I also listen to podcasts every once in a while if I need a little bit of inspiration.

Why is creating important to you?

I feel so much happier when I’m productive, and when I’m “creating” I feel especially productive. I value my own work ethic and my ability to be creative with my work, and giving myself something to be proud of is the best boost of self-confidence I can manufacture for myself.

Would you label yourself as “creative”? Have you always been a creative individual? How have you developed creativity?

I would label anyone who is pursuing some sort of activity beyond sitting on their butt for an extended period of time as “creative”. Whether you’re going for a run to get a bit of a break from your normal routine, or starting a side hustle as a way to bring in a little extra income, the act of purposefully working towards something with a goal or a dream in mind turns you into something a little bit more than “a person” — it make you “a creative individual”.
I’ve always been told I was “so creative” but parents, leaders, teachers, etc. but as I’ve grown up, the way I see myself as creative has changed. I loved doing artistic things like drawing and singing and in high school I participated in Yearbook, which sparked my interest in Graphic Design as a career, and school musicals, which taught me the value of working towards a common goal with like-minded people. The switch to a marketing degree in college made a lot of sense to me, and my occupation has evolved a lot as I’ve graduated and moved through other jobs until my passion became what it is now. It makes a lot of sense to me that I was able to create a job for myself that allowed me to be a stay-at-home mom for myself. That feels like the ultimate mark of creativity: that I created my own “best of both worlds” scenario and am joyfully living it daily.

What is your favorite creative activity that someone might not expect?

I love puzzles, specifically Disney-related ones. I consider the hours set aside to complete a giant puzzle precious, and sometimes I just feel like I need to do a puzzle for a few days for a creative break from the norm. I really love all kinds of puzzles and have a few puzzle game apps on my phone that I play at night while we’re catching up on TV in bed.

Who do you follow on Instagram for creative inspiration?

Do you have any other thoughts on creativity that you’d like to add? Favorite quotes?

A candle loses nothing by sharing its flame. You don’t diminish your own creativity or light by sharing your creativity or passion with someone, and in fact, I believe it should be shared often with those you love! So I love this project for also believing in sharing that.

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And now, for our final feature, Rachelle! Rachelle and I were PR majors together in college and have stayed in touch through Instagram. She’s one of my favorite food bloggers to follow and often inspires the meals my family and I eat. 
You can find Rachelle on Instagram at @cinnamon_and_coconut or on her blog at cinnamonandcoconut.com!

When you are in a creative funk, what do you do to reignite your creativity?

I look on Pinterest or other food blogs for inspiration.

Why is creating important to you?

It helps me express myself and keeps life interesting.

Would you label yourself as “creative”? Have you always been a creative individual? How have you developed creativity?

I feel like I’ve always been creative, but wasn’t very willing or confident to share it until I was an adult.

What is your favorite creative activity that someone might not expect?

Journaling and making photo books

Who do you follow on Instagram for creative inspiration?

Lots and lots of other food bloggers!

Do you have any other thoughts on creativity that you’d like to add? Favorite quotes?

“Comparison kills creativity. There is room for you. Nobody can do it with your voice, your experience, your insight.” -Karon Walrond

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