HEY MTV, WELCOME TO MY BLOGGGG! This is where I'm hoping to interview loads of the stellar humans who order my tees to explore what it is that they're enthusiastic about, and what the word means to them. If I'm going to force other people under a peach-tinted microscope, I've gotta shove myself on that glass slide as well haven't I? (...can you tell I was more of a creative arts type?)
What are you enthusiastic about?
Weddings! And enthusiasm (meta). Weddings have always been my first love, which is weird for someone who's only 22 I know, but that's kind of what started this whole thing. I love real love stories and I love creativity and tee bee q honest, why wouldn't you want to be part of someone's happiest day of their life so far? And my unbridled (GEDDIT) enthusiasm for weddings led me to start thinking about enthusiasm in general. I could listen forever to people talking about their passions and what drives their fire, so it turns out I'm pretty enthusiastic about enthusiasm too. Also, doughnuts, great dangly earrings, and ABBA's greatest hits.
Why do you keep doing what you're doing?
Because I love it, but also because I don't know if I know any other way. I've always thrown myself headfirst into projects with a high level of gusto that was sometimes appropriate and sometimes super inappropriate. I'm not even all-or-nothing, I'm all-or-all - whether that's sending CVs with Kit Kats attached to jobs I really want in order to stand out, or the fact I can't watch TV shows without googling the ending to make sure I can withstand the emotional investment of the series. Head-first, heart-first, it's just how I'm wired.
What's the impact you want to make?
I want it to be universally acknowledged that it's BLOODY COOL to be enthusiastic. If you ask any of your heroes, idols or people you look up to how they got to where they are, they're going to tell you it was enthusiasm and hard work. So why are people still ashamed of their enthusiasms? We need to bridge this disconnect and throw in the sea the idea that enthusiasm is only cool when it reaches a certain level of outside-agreed 'success'. If you've got a project that stokes the fires in your heart, then that's an amazing thing to have - period. Regardless of if it ever makes you millions or if you ever get famous off the back of it or if they ever make a statue of you in your hometown, if it's a passion project that you feel gives you a purpose, it's perfect.
Best advice you've ever been given?
The ever-inspirational Bryony Gordon - who I'm seeing in conversation next week with Fearne Cotton, the two-piece-suited-inspiration of my life - did an article once about harnessing the power within you, and although it wasn't the main crux of the article but the closing paragraph, her words really stuck with me.
"You become unapologetically you: you on full beam, you turned up to 11, you with the mega wattage. Like a summer house, boarded up for winter, the sockets turned off, you have always had the power."
THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, GO TEAM.
Who's your Enthusiastic hero?
I've got LOADS! Emily Coxhead, the creator of The Happy Newspaper, has inspired me for years in bringing so much sunshine and fun, and also perfectly balancing the emotional rollercoaster of being associated with undeterred happiness in times where it's not always like that.
If money were no object, what would you be doing?
Eating a neverending supply of baklava and jam doughnuts in some floaty Temperley number in a loft in New York. Still helping couples and creative businesses in the wedding world, and totally shaking up the godawful approach to recruitment we have as a society. Are we seriously still having to fill pre-determined boxes in job applications when all the jobs wang on about is how different and forward-thinking the candidate needs to be? YAWN.