To say that my friend Shailey is beautiful doesn’t quite cut it. She obviously is a very attractive person (can I say I love these pictures of her too!?! She is rocking her spring dress and beautiful smile), but there is a certain friendliness about her that really makes me at ease when I am around her, and that is a beautiful quality that comes from within.
Shailey and I met years ago when I was a Young Life leader and she was in high school– um, I think. Or actually we maybe never really met at all. I’ll explain– About a year or so ago I started to see Shailey’s name pop up on my Instagram feed, so one day I got out my phone, pointed her out to my sister and realized that I knew her. That day I messaged her… only I mistook her for a former classmate from my high school, a total mistake and a very embarrassing one at that. I think I wrote something about being sorry for acting like a jerk in high school or something (which I was at times), and it very much confused her. She was gracious, of course. She corrected me and we decided to meet up for coffee anyway. We’ve been continuously hanging out ever since. The girl makes me continuously laugh, smile, and overall I feel just more positive when I get the chance to hang out with her.
I’ll also say these two things: 1) Her house is awesome. I think I want to hire her to decorate someday. Everything she wears or owns has a little bit of her funky-design touch to it and I love that. 2) Her job is pretty cool. She actually works a lot with my husband, Jeff, putting together content for the Assemblies of God. Its fun having that extra connection. Oh, and I love her name.
Without further adieu- Shailey…
QUESTIONS FOR SHAILEY:
Favorite international spot. Ever.
It is a tie between Egypt, Georgia (the country, not state) and India. I know that’s 3…but they are all so different it is impossible to choose!
Do you like tea? What is your favorite kind?
Yes I do! I like “Sleepy time tea” and Chai. I also love the tea that the nationals bring you when you are in a foreign country and visit their home…it always seems more special that way.
Tell me about your job– what do you do day to day?
My husband and I own a video production company where we get to do everything from travel and film internationally, (they just got back from India and Morocco!), work on documentaries, or do promotional videos for non-profits. It sounds more glamorous than it is I’m sure. My day to day usually consists of working out of my home office and returning emails…working on bids…video editing, etc.
What is your morning routine?
As much as I would love to say that I get up 2 hours before the rest of the world and read/reflect, clean the house, have a slow cup of coffee and all that good stuff… I am skilled at rolling out of bed and being ready to leave the house in about 8 minutes. It’s a craft I’ve perfected over the years. If I’m not rushing off to a meeting or shoot – Jonathan and I will usually both make coffee for each other (whoever gets there first makes it for the other), then feed the dogs and start looking through emails at our desks….exciting I know :)
What is the last TV show you watched?
We are Netflix junkies. “The American’s” is the show we are binge watching at the moment.
What are the top 3 websites you visit the most frequently?
I would have to say Gmail, Instagram, and Quickbooks online. After writing this all out…I really need to “get out”!
What is one big-world topic that gets you riled up or you find yourself interested in?
One major “big-world” problem that really gets me interested is the huge orphan population we have. We did a documentary that touched on the topic a couple years ago an we have traveled all over to many countries effected heavily by the issue. At the end of the day, what gets me the most is that my dogs (an English and French bulldog that we love so much) have their own room in our house…with sheets for their bed, two meals a day and all the love and attention they need. That’s way more than most children who have no families in this world get, and that’s just not right.
Favorite clothing store– or where do you shop the most for your clothes, accessories, etc.?
Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie are my favorites…but I mostly “purchase” items at Target and Forever 21 locally :)
What is something you are looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to a vacation Jonathan and I are planning for this Fall we are calling our “pre-baby-cation”. We want one last hoorah before we start our family and have no idea where we are going as of yet. Top contenders are Thailand, New Zealand, or all over Europe.
What is something that drives you crazy about yourself?
I like to talk…a lot. I can feel myself filling in awkward gaps of conversation with meaningless words all the time…I literally can feel myself being annoying… but still can’t stop talking. It’s a problem.
Is there anything you regret from your days in high school or college?
My whole life I’ve been a pretty good kid. I can honestly say there isn’t anything major I regret from high school or college that I can think of off the top of my head. I’m sure there were times I was rude to my parents or siblings that I would take back. Overall I really loved high school and I was married by my senior year of college.
Where is your happy place?
I really am a homebody. I love nothing more than curling up on our couch with my grandma’s quilt with a cup of coffee…with the windows open, while it’s raining outside.
Describe your perfect-day scenario.
My perfect day would be camping in our 1963 Canned Ham trailer “Jewel” in Eureka Springs, AR with Jonathan…on a slightly cool day. We would walk around and look at quilts, old-lady jewelry, Mars rocks and other things we don’t want to buy…sip coffee from the “Daily Grind”, then walk up to the top of the Crescent Hotel and look off the top floor… and it would be perfect.