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Daily Inspiration: Meet Elise Elbourne

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elise Elbourne.

Hi Elise, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
In 2016, I decided to start a personal blog. For the past three years leading up to this decision, I was a stay-at-home mom working on a master’s in psychology. I didn’t realize it but I was going through a sort of mid-life crisis. I was 33 at the time.

Before I stopped working to stay at home with my son, I worked as a teaching assistant. While I loved engaging with the students working in the classroom really wasn’t for me. About a year after my son was born, I quickly decided to go back to school to obtain a master’s degree. In hindsight, I was not in the best headspace to make an informed decision about what I wanted to really do professionally yet. Nonetheless, I moved forward and enrolled.

During this time, I started a beauty and lifestyle blog called Blissfully Blossoming Beauty. This idea was born out of an intense need to create. I love to write so a blog made sense at the time. I also enjoyed the research that goes into preparing written content on various topics. I absolutely loved it!

Fast forward to 2019, my family and I were about to move into a new home and I had been consumed with all things home decor-related. As I was coming up with design ideas for each room, I realized how much I enjoyed doing it. After four years, I felt like it was time to shift the focus of Blissfully Blossoming Beauty. Soon after this realization, Relax Cook & Decorate was born.

RCD will turn two next fall and I’m excited about the possibility of where this idea could go. Besides being thankful for the opportunity to express myself creatively through digital content, I also feel very lucky to have learned some of the technical skills that it takes to run a website. Building a website and all of the technical skills that go along with that is something that I never thought I would do or possess. The best lesson that I’ve learned during my journey is to always rise to every challenge. You never know what valuable skills you might learn along the way and where they will take you in life.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When I started my blog in 2016, I also rejoined the workforce. This presented many challenges in the amount of time that I had to dedicate to blog planning and content creation. Ideally, I would love to blog full-time but financially this isn’t practical at the moment. Work-life balance continues to be a challenge for me but I have learned how to plan out my content so that I always have something to share. Even if it is an oldie but goodie!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Relax Cook & Decorate is a home blog collection featuring topics on decor, cooking, and wellness content for the everyday woman. This is a place where you can find affordable decor ideas, quick meal options to add to your weekly rotation, or a simple reminder to kick up your feet and relax.

You can read my blog at www.RelaxCookDecorate.com

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Ironically, growing up I wanted to be a teacher. When I turned 14, I realized that dancing was in fact something that I was really passionate about. Unfortunately, I did not have the appropriate guidance from my parents to push me in a direction where I could pursue dance professionally. By the time I recognized dance could be a career it was too late for me to seriously pursue. Even so, I’m thankful for the professional path that my life is taking. It all works together for good in the end.

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Image Credits
The first two photos (flowers and ottoman) were taken by Stacy Ward. The last two photos (harvest wheat and food) were taken by myself.

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