Saturday, May 7, 2016

Get to Know Abbigail Kriebs

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Hello there, friends!

We are officially kicking off our new series of guest posts today with Abbigail Kriebs. Every other Saturday, we plan to feature a member of our hello there, friend community with a guest post and Instagram takeover (look for that on Monday!). Our hope is to incorporate more voices here and highlight women who embody the spirit of hello there, friend. 

Abbie has been part of our community and one of the biggest supporters of this project from its earliest days. And we are so grateful for her sharing a bit of her story with us today. So, let's pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and get to know Abbie Kriebs. 

xo,
b + L

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Abbigail Kriebs is the writer, reader, and photographer behind www.InkwellsandImages.com. She works full time at an advertising agency in Madison, Wisconsin, and is slowly typing away at a novel on the weekends. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram most days, or co-hosting the Chasing Creative podcast each Monday.

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What does a typical day look like for you?

I wish I could say that I have a truly typical day, but lately it is constantly changing. I get up between 5:30 and 6 a.m., usually (selfishly) a few minutes after my husband has started a pot of coffee. Almost every morning begins with a cup of coffee with a splash of half and half, and some small creative project or another. Sometimes it is editing a few photos or scheduling Instagram posts for the week. Some days I write a couple of pages on my novel, or edit a few from a previous writing session. And let’s face it: some days it is cleaning out the email inbox. It has to happen in order to move both my everyday and creative life forward, so I try to find a little joy in crossing the tasks off a list and searching for that magical inbox zero! The short answer: I try to get something done on my own creative projects before I head off to work.

Most days, the bulk of my time is spent at my day job at an advertising agency. I head there at 8 a.m., and the next eight or nine hours is more email, some meetings, and writing press releases and social media copy. Sometimes, I even get to take photos for my job, which seems like pure luck. I get home around 6 p.m., and Scott and I cook and eat dinner (mostly, he cooks and I talk, then we eat). Some evenings we watch a show afterwards, but more often than not I hop on my computer to record a new episode for the Chasing Creative podcast, edit a previous episode, or try and write a few more sentences. And the best evenings always include some time spent reading.

Scott and I are currently packing up our apartment, getting ready to move in a couple of weeks to another temporary apartment while we build a home this summer. So lately, our evenings also revolve around trying to decide if we will need whatever happens to be in our hand at the moment between now and then, or if we can safely pack it away. It seems as if we have been in a state of constant analysis for several years now, and we are ready -- so, so ready -- for the moment we unpack our lives in our new home and breathe a sigh of settled relief.

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What does gratitude mean to you and how do you incorporate it into your everyday life?

Gratitude, to me, is recognizing the little moments that make your life uniquely yours: the way the sun filters through your curtains; the way that cat tucks her paw around her nose while she sleeps; the way your husband crosses one foot over the other as he reads; the way a sentence sings when you read it aloud.

It’s hard to build a fulfilling life if you are in a constant state of waiting. It has not always been easy these last few years, as we waited (and worked) to sell a home and then waited for all the conditions to be right to build one. Throughout it all, having something to focus on -- my blog, my photography -- that I could move forward on was key. It helped me to save up all those little moments and see life for how full it was, even in a season that seemed so full of pause.

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How do you stay connected to those you love?

More than anything, I stay connected with the people I love through books. It might sound a little odd that I don’t mention conversation or time spent with them, but it seems like almost any time I have a genuine, giddy-all-over-and-inside connection with someone, it is usually over a book: how it made them feel, what they thought about this character or that, how they interpreted the actions of a certain person. Connecting with people over their favorite books is how I learn the most about a person, what kinds of stories they like and what they are passionate about. To show people I love them, I recommend good books for them to read. :)

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What’s inspiring you right now?

I am constantly inspired by the strong women I meet online and in person -- and sometimes who I meet online and then become friends with in real life! These women keep working on what is important to them even if there is no fast reward, no pile of money, no quick fame. They work on these projects when it would be easier not to, when they face rejection and even harassment. They work while their kids are asleep or while they are facing tough choices or their health is not great. They keep making things because those things are important to them and to the world. We’ve interviewed many women like this on the Chasing Creative podcast, and can’t wait to keep the list growing.

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What is on your bedside table?

An alarm clock that I never use; a box of tissues (it has been supplanted by an iPhone), a bottle of Burt’s Bees lotion, a painting we bought while in St. Lucia, and whatever book I am reading at the moment. Right now, it’s Quiet by Susan Caine, and I don’t know why it has taken me this long to read it. There’s usually a pen or pencil, too, because I am a firm believer in writing in books, so long as they belong to you.


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On Monday, Abbie will be taking over the hello there, friend Instagram feed and sharing more with us. We hope you take the opportunity to check in and say hello to her! 

Thank you, Abbie, for sharing with us! We're so grateful for you! xo.

4 comments:

  1. abbie!! it was so fun to read this! i love your enthusiasm for reading, am jealous that your husband cooks, and love the thought you are giving to this in-between space you find yourself in right now. finding small and beautiful things to notice helps me to stay in the moment, too!

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  2. Yes! Reading is the best hobby, I think. Scott does cook - mostly because he gets home so much earlier than me these days! It's been hard to let that go, but this is the season we are in. :)

    The emphasis on finding small and beautiful things in everyday life is exactly why I love hello there, friend. Thank you for inviting me into your space to share!

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  3. i loved reading this! what fun to "meet" another reader, writer, gratitude counter. thanks for sharing a peek into your life with us! and here's to continuing to make the most of the mostly packed away, waiting time. i know about those . . . and the unpacking, the unfurling, the settling afterwards is truly a wonderful blessing.

    xoxo - from another gratitude counter

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by to read and to say "hi," Elizabeth! It's lovely to "meet" you as well.

      I am, indeed, looking forward to the settling part. :) All the more sweet for the waiting, right?!?

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