It’s been awhile since we’ve had a Such Great History feature and I’m super excited to introduce you to our next guest featured, Erin Loechner. I ran across Erin’s blog a long time ago and would pull it up in my reader and skim through it almost daily. I love the way she pulls images together from the art world mixed with fashion. I am one of those blog readers who rarely leaves comments but I need to get better at that. Erin moved to Indiana and has been posting on her blog and HGTV about their home renovation, which is just simply beautiful. Erin’s blog will inspire you and also make you want to go thrift shopping to creatively put together outfits.
(photo credit: Betsy King Photography)
Here’s a couple of photos of Erin in high school.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
How would you describe yourself when you were a teenager?
I was a super late bloomer – really very innocent and naive about life outside of the small town I grew up in.
What did you struggle with most as a teenager? Describe a little bit.
I think my struggles were pretty average – balancing the need to feel included with the desire to establish my own path in life. I remember feeling like I was on a continuous quest to find the perfect group of friends that could share my interests and beliefs.
When you were a teenager, what did you want to be?
Oh, I went through a lot of phases, career-wise. I remember wanting to be a news reporter, journalist, college professor and magazine editor all at separate points in my life. It’s funny, because I feel like I have the perfect combination of the above now!
Do you remember feeling a tug towards a certain profession or cause as a teenager? If so we’d love to hear about it.
Definitely – I loved pouring over magazines and tearing out images and articles that inspired me (a habit I still keep today!). The entire process definitely pulled me into the publishing direction and I wrote/published my first article in a national magazine my senior year of high school. I remember being on cloud nine!
How was your transition moving from high school to college or your next stage of life? Any advice for teens at this stage of life?
To be honest, the transition between high school to college was one of the best times of my life. I love fresh starts and really feel like my focus and confidence kicked in during my freshman year of college. I loved knowing that I had endless options to pursue and the world was my proverbial oyster.
As far as advice goes, I think it’s important to take every opportunity you possibly can. I worked at over 8 internships during college and each of them helped shape the sort of career path I wanted to embark on. I learned so much about my respective field, but even more about myself and the sorts of work situation I wanted for my own life.
What do you do now as a profession? Why did you choose this?
I’m a freelance writer/design blogger, as well as an online personality for HGTV.com. It’s the perfect mix for me – equal parts flexibility and structure, with plenty of excitement along the way!
What advice do you have for teens interested in your line of work?
Be proactive. I started a design blog in 2006 and worked extremely hard to provide quality content, day after day, even when no one was reading. If you’re passionate enough about your interests and future desires, you’ll make time to pursue them with or without immediate benefits.
And if your dream job doesn’t exist, make it! My job now isn’t necessarily something that existed as a career five years ago, but I was able to create a sustainable living combining my passions with super hard work.
Who are your role models and why?
Miranda July is a big one for her innovative spirit and creative drive. She’s always pushing the envelope in the art world and I so admire that!
What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?
I’d love to help other creatives find their path in the world – whether they want to make a full-time career out of their passions or carve out time to pursue their interests…I truly believe it’s important to do the things that make you joyful – and do them often. I’m lucky in that my everyday work brings me an immense amount of joy, and I’d love to see everyone embrace their passions in the same way.