Kaelah Bee is one of my favourite bloggers. I’ve been an avid follower of her inspiring blog Little Chief Honeybee for quite some time now. Kaelah is “a lover of bulldogs, bubble baths, road trips, dresses with pockets, and adventure.” She spends her days as a graphic designer, crafter, blogging, designing hair accessories and so much more; she even interned at one of my favourite magazines, BUST, twice! This year she realised her dream of becoming an independent small business owner with her mobile retail store, Honeybean Boutique. It warms my heart to see someone living their dream life! Hopefully Kaelah’s words may motivate you to be brave and start living your own dreams—she’s living proof that you can! What are you waiting for? Start today.
What inspires you to live a creative life?
KAELAH BEE: Being my own boss, setting my own hours, taking trips whenever and feeling constantly inspired by the things I get to create… there’s nothing quite like it! I think living a creative life helps me stay true to myself.
What is one of your favourite things to create?
KB: Absolutely anything that makes anyone else feel GOOD. Be it a new blog layout for a client, a branding identity, handmade hair accessories (pictured below), etc. I just love to make things that make people smile when they look at them. It’s so rewarding!
After graduating from high school you went on to pursue fashion design and graphic design in college; do you think having formal training is important to what you do?
KB: Yes and no. Formal schooling is great in a sense that it pushes you to try things you may otherwise have overlooked. I found a passion for print design by going to college. It also teaches you some great technical aspects of your industry and it can help open doors for certain opportunities. I firmly believe, however, that you can accomplish a creative life/career simply by applying yourself to your passions. There’s hardly anything that the internet can’t teach you these days. I think personal experience heavily outweighs formal education, but I love an equal marriage of both.
You live in Tennessee. When I think of Tennessee, crafts and the arts is not one of the first things that come to mind, can you tell me a little bit about the art community and culture where you live?
KB: Chances are highly likely that you know as much about it as I do. I’ve lived in Tennessee my whole life, but always in small towns. I spent my first 18 years in a sheltered, tiny town and I went to college closer to Nashville. I’ve never really put myself out there to see what there is (I’m really shy!) but there are a few great parts of Nashville that really cater to the independent artists or designers living in the area.
In 2009 you did an art internship with BUST magazine. What were some of the greatest things you learnt from that experience?
KB: I spent both summers of 2009 and 2010 living and working in New York City at BUST. They were two of the most wonderful summers of my life. I really loved just learning to fend for myself in a city of 9 million people. It was so different than anything else I had ever experienced (again, growing up in a town of <10,000… I was awestruck!) I also learned how to work on tight deadlines with orders being thrown for seven different directions. It was so fun to work with so many stellar women daily!
You wear many hats being a designer, graphic designer, business owner and blogger; what matters to you most as a designer?
KB: This got me a lot of flack in college, but I just like to make things pretty. I feel like we’re all designers… we all design the lives in which we lead. We dress ourselves, make ourselves up, decorate our homes, etc. All of these things are so much more fun when you think they’re pretty. Pretty dress, pretty hairbow, pretty typography on your coffee cup… whatever. It’s the small things that make them the best.
What matters most to you as a blogger?
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