Frequently Asked Questions

Hi friends!
Here are some frequently asked questions I receive. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at hello@thiscustomlife.com.

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How can I work with you?

Thanks so much for asking! Please see this page for information on the different ways you can work with me!

How did you get started blogging?

This Custom Life grew out of a desire to help people assemble their own “patchwork” of life experiences. Whether it’s dealing with blended family issues, putting together a weekend trip, or working to advance a career, I hope there will be something here for everyone.

I was a creative writing major in college, but put that aside after law school as I worked to advance my career. I have spent the last 20 years in politics, first on Capitol Hill and then as a lobbyist. I recently had the opportunity to take a few months sabbatical, so I decided what better time to scratch that creative itch and help people at the same time!

I grew up in the south and I love to connect people. I introduce new friends to my other friends because I want the people in my life to all know each other. And whether a friend or coworker is looking for a repairman or a realtor or a hair salon, I’m always quick with the names of businesses and services I’ve had great experiences with. Books, recipes, great deals, travel tips – whatever the topic is, I love to share experiences and recommendations to the people I know.

What is your blog theme?

This blog is using the Avada theme. I had a great web designer who set this all up and made it easy for me to post and update. If you’re looking to set up a website, I highly recommend her! Click here to check out her site.

What other tools have you used to set up your blog?

Web-hosting platform: Siteground 

Newsletter: MailChimp

Photos: I try to use a lot of my own photos because I love photography. I also use stock images from Depositphotos and Shutterstock.

Social Media: Tailwind

(since I’m still new to all of this, stay tuned as grow the blog. I will continue to update this section!)

Do you take photos for the site and if so, what camera equipment do you use?

I have used my iPhone X for many of the blog photos – it’s amazing the quality you can get from an iPhone!  I do have a digital SLR, the Canon EOS 60D. A more current version is the Canon 80D – it is a lot of camera, but if it’s anything like the previous version that I won, it will do all you need and much, much more. If you’re looking to start with a high quality, but not all-the-way professional SLR, ‘starter’ SLR was the Canon Rebel. I used that camera for some phenomenal photographs for several years before upgrading.

What is your privacy policy?

You can find my privacy policy here.  Also, you can click on “legal stuff,” at the bottom of the screen.

Contact Me:

Please feel free to write to me at hello@thiscustomlife.com. I love getting emails from readers!