+ Why did you start your blog?

I started this blog to share beauty advice, but it has evolved since then. Now I write about wellness tips and design inspiration. My goal is to design a life I love and encourage others to do the same. Can you believe I'll hit 5 years in July 2019?

+ Do you have any advice on starting a blog?

My advice is simple: get clear about your goals, know your voice and just start. This is so important because it’s easy to fall into what everyone else is doing. The market is saturated with other bloggers - what sets you apart? What do you actually enjoy blogging about? Find that thing and own it. If you're curious about how to start a blog, check out my post here.

+ Why the blog name ?

A: The blog's name, hellorven, started as a joke partially due to people always misspelling my name and my real name being taken for a domain. I started being somewhat known with this blog name so I went with it.

+ Do you take all of your photos?

Some of them I take myself, but in the past few years I’ve hired professional photographers for a lot of my photography. The photographer is always credited in the post and I always style the images myself. I also use a few stock photo websites, which are also always credited.

+ Why Did You Switch From Wordpress To Squarespace?

While I love Wordpress and still continue to work with clients through that platform, I needed something that would help me showcase my design work. Squarespace was this for me - customization was easy for me after understanding the basics.

+ Who are some of your inspirations?

I follow a few people within different mediums - mostly illustration. A few of my favorites are: Jade Purple Brown, Janice Sung, Laci Jordan, Marrica Evans, Munirah Safiyah Jones and Temi Coker.

+ Any goals for the new year?

Setting goals is a constant for me - being consistent is where I struggle. My main goal is to produce more work within different mediums. I'd also love to collaborate with a few of my favorite brands and people. I think starting my online shop and selling prints would be dope too.

+ How can I connect/collaborate with you??

A: Fill-out the contact form here or drop a note directly to hellorven[at]gmail.com