Mandy Kellogg Rye is living proof that in this day and age, you can create your dream job. She launched her popular lifestyle blog, Waiting on Martha, in 2012. The site quickly grew in popularity, with readers looking to Mandy for advice on everything from fashion tips to picturesque parties. Soon after, the tastemaker took her brand to the next level and launched an online shop — allowing her readers to bring her aesthetic into their own homes. Waiting on Martha has remained a top resource for home decor, party essentials, paper goods, and creative gifts. We are endlessly impressed and wanted to know a bit more about her creative journey. Today, Mandy tackles our “5 Minutes With” questionnaire, and we think you’ll love what she has to say:
MY LIGHTBULB MOMENT:
Stringing beads and creating bracelets to sell on Etsy. Those simple bracelets flipped an internal entrepreneurial switch and lit a passion to create something of my own. Those simple bracelets quickly led to the Blog, the e-commerce Shop, styling partnerships, speaking engagements, and digital consulting for creative entrepreneurs.
I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
I’d love to say meditation, or a quick two-mile run, but my honest answer is coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
A constantly changing idea. In my twenties success meant pretty and impressive things, and fancy accolades. Now success means freedom. The freedom to set my own schedule, to make time for those I love, to pursue passions, and to live my truest life.
YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME WITHOUT:
Water, Smith & Cult lip gloss, my phone (sadly), an Epipen (I’m allergic to bees), and more often than not, my King Charles Cavalier named Addison.
MY DREAM COLLABORATION:
Ooooh, that is such a tough one. I’m so thankful and humbled to say that I’ve been able to collaborate with so many amazing brands, so at this stage I think my dream would be to work on a few collaborative licensing deals. I’d love to work with someone as amazing as Thibaut or Scalamandre on a wallpaper or fabric line. Jonathan Adler or Kate Spade New York on some fun furniture pieces, like a bar cart or bar cabinet. And Target on an everyday, reasonably priced entertaining and barware line. Oh and if we’re talking dreams throw a book in there. I’d love to pen a book.
THE ONLY PLACE BETTER THAN ATLANTA:
Napa Valley or Sonoma. “Wine Country” is my happy place. When I can run my hands through the dirt and the vines with a glass of wine in my hand, well that’s my idea of heaven.
WHEN I FEEL UNINSPIRED:
I grow quiet and borderline shut down. That usually means one of two things: I either jump in the car and head to the lake or I hole up in my home for a few days and just do what I love: Work in my tiny garden, cook, read, and drink wine. Whatever I do (lake or home), I completely ignore my phone and email. About three days into my “shut down,” I typically find myself full of new ideas and raring to get back at it.
ADVICE I WISH I HAD 5 YEARS AGO:
Figure out what you’re passionate about and how you can make a living doing it. I wish I had that advice 15 years ago when I was in college. I was so consumed with having a so-called “high powered, respectable job” that I never thought about what it would look like to have a career and make a life doing something I love every day… or at least on most days.
IN 5 YEARS FIND ME:
Either grinding and hustling just as hard as I do today or I’ll have traded it all in and moved to the country with my husband, on miles of land, maybe with a kid, and a whole bunch of King Charles Cavaliers.
ABOVE ALL ELSE:
Be kind, support, empower and help others, but above all else remember that 90% of what happens to us and around us isn’t THAT serious so have fun. Or in the words of Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.”