Over the last few months, I’ve realized that people want to know more about my sisters! When I talk to creative friends online they’re often curious about our relationship.
This surprised me at first, but it shouldn’t have–because I talk about my sisters without even realizing that’s what I’m doing!
They both recently started their own little creative ventures (with no lack of enthusiasm from yours truly) and we brainstorm together on a daily basis. It seemed like this would be a good time to give them an official introduction post.
Growing up, I was a typical first born and always working on something. Rachel was laid-back, quiet and observant. Lydia was the free spirit, the one who put glue in her hair (but that’s another story for another time.)
Fast forward to now. I still have the achievement bent, but Rachel is definitely the extrovert. She loves to talk and make friends with people. And Lydia is still the artistic free spirit but now with an elegant, city-girl style.
We thought it’d be fun to answer some of the questions we usually get asked when people figure out we are related and close friends.
What’s the age difference?
I am 1.5 years older than Rachel and she’s almost 2.5 years older than Lydia. Right now, that puts us at 22, 20, and 18.
Rachel and Lydia are both somewhat shorter than me and so they still get asked if they are twins because they’re exactly the same height. On the other hand, I often get asked if I’m my Mom’s sister by strangers.
How do you get along so well/end up being such good friends?
There are a lot of different reasons for this, but I believe one of the biggest factors was that we were homeschooled. As children we definitely had our share of arguments with each other, but my parents always encouraged us to consider each other best friends for life. If something’s wrong, we call each other out on it, sort it out quickly and move on with life.
Each day that passes I’m more and more grateful for these two.
What do you all do?
I design brands and websites for boutique businesses.
Rachel has a jewelry line called Rachelyn–a mashup of her first and second names. She also works as a virtual assistant for a friend with a very successful Etsy/online retail shop.
Lydia is an illustrator and does custom artwork/illustrations for brands and personalized gifts. She also handles all of my Pinterest and Facebook posts since she has a knack for curating visuals and content.
How do you support each other?
I take and edit almost all the photos you see of us online and Rachel’s jewelry. I also do all the graphic design that we need (although Lydia is definitely honing her skills there too!) Rachel gives her input by letting me bounce all my ideas off of her and acting as a crisis counselor when things aren’t going according to plan. Lydia curates all of our Pinterest boards and keeps up with the latest trends.
Here’s a few things I asked Rachel & Lydia:
What is the best thing about our conversations together?
Rachel: It’s fun to talk about and fangirl over people we follow. We’ve learned a lot from watching others.
Lydia: Being able to ask each other’s feedback and get un-edited hilarious commentary.
What do you feel like is advice that you hear all the time but doesn’t apply to you as much since you are younger and just getting started?
Rachel: You don’t HAVE to have a website. It helps. But make sure you get some jobs and learn stuff first. Also try selling on Etsy first if you have a physical or virtual product.
Lydia: The whole ‘less hustle’ concept. For mothers and women with busier lives it might be different, but as someone who is just getting started–I need to work hard and take advantage of this free time I have right now.
What is a piece of advice you would give to someone who is in your place?
Rachel: Clean up your social media presence and make it look professional. Have one good headshot you use everywhere so people recognize you easily.
Lydia: Word of mouth is really important and underrated. Get some initial projects even if it’s for a low rate and do a good job on those. Then you can use them to market what you do. The perfect Instagram feed is overrated. Don’t stress. Just be interesting.
What is the hardest thing about being so close?
Rachel: Sometimes we don’t recognize when we need to go easy on each other and offer more encouragement. Since we know each other so well, it’s easy to target each other’s weak spots without even trying. In the rush to get it all done we do step on each other’s toes. It’s a good and bad thing at the same time.
Lydia: It can seem like the work is never going to end because we are ALWAYS talking about this stuff. It’s the pursuit of excellence, but sometimes we just need to stop thinking about art or business or marketing or Instagram for a bit.
What are some fun things about you?
Rachel: I am funness (She is.)
Lydia: Uhm, I think a lot of people don’t know that I love writing historical fiction and have written and illustrated a book.
Where would you like to be in a year with your business?
Rachel: I have an amount of jewelry pieces that I’d like to sell online. I’m doing more shows this year and would love to be able to pay for some fun travel with my sisters!
Lydia: I don’t really know. I feel like I’m still just getting started. I’d like to be able to take voice lessons with the money I’m earning.
Now for the blooper reel. Taking all of our own pictures isn’t without challenges–especially when you’re trying to fit everything into a 12X12 space indoors with one window. I used a remote for all of these except for the individual shots of Rachel and Lydia. Sometimes I’d really love to just hire a photographer, but this works in the meantime. ;)
Hello remote in lower left-hand corner. The crop would be too tight to take it out and Lydia’s a little out of focus anyway.
Are we done yet?
If you don’t follow them around online yet–here are some links!
I hope you enjoyed getting to know my sisters a little better! Watch out for more collaborations and sister talk coming here soon.