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Conversations with the Inspiring Melissa Berry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Berry.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started my blog about 6 years after I became a stay at home mom. My kids were 7, 5 and 2 at the time. While my older kids were at school, I found myself making the most of my youngest’s nap time. I taught myself to sew, decorate cakes and continued indulging in my passion for paper crafts and home decor crafts. My husband suggested, “You’re making all these projects, why not document them, too?” But when I thought about it, I didn’t want to just document. I really missed teaching. So, I decided to turn the blog into my own little creative teaching opportunity.

Has it been a smooth road?
Overall, it has been a bit of a bumpy road and that has mostly been as a result of my inner monologue. Building the website, designing the graphics, teaching myself photography – those were all rewarding and so much more fun than I thought they would be. But learning the ins and outs of the blogging world, monetizing and promoting have all been quite overwhelming. It’s still a struggle to stay focused on what I’m trying to achieve instead of what it seems like others are achieving in comparison.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Make It Yours With Melissa story. Tell us more about the business.
My specialty is more of a fault; I cannot admit defeat. When I set my sights on a project, it nags me until I get it right. And that basically means, a mountain of research and a series of not so great attempts before I get a finished product I’m proud of. What you see on my blog is a perfect example of that. I taught myself [the basics of] graphic design so that I could design my logo, website header and branding templates all on my own. Not just because design services are expensive, but because I wanted to call them my own. I wanted to be the one that took the project through the entire creative process. And that is the approach I take with the meals I make for my family, the desserts we celebrate with and the crafty projects I make for my home and give as gifts. My blog is a place where people looking to acquire new skills can learn them, step by step, to create something they never have before. Not only do I attempt to share projects that are unique, but I aim to create the most detailed tutorials out there. That way, no matter the skill set my readers come with, they leave with the knowledge they need to make the things they want, just the way they want them.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Sometimes, it’s hard to put yourself out there and ask others for support, to show you the ins and outs, to provide feedback. But really, that’s all you have to do. Being vulnerable enough to ask is how change, growth and relationship building happens.

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