Wendy Gilmour of Thank Fifi: FFD looks into the world of the blogger with a peak inside the life of leading lifestyle editor.
A day in the life of a blogger is almost like one of life's enigmas. People often wonder, is it actually work? Is it not just getting loads of shit for free? As well as comments like how you wish you could take a day off whenever or pick when, where or how you worked on a daily basis. But let me tell you, take all your assumptions and put them in the bin. They are lying to you (the assumptions) and closing your mind to the endless possibilities the internet and the world of blogging can bring to your career. That's IF (and only if) you are willing to WORK HARD at it. One person that knows that all too well is none other than leading lifestyle blogger, Thank Fifi AKA Wendy Gilmour. Transforming her passion for style and beautiful photography into a successful blogging career, taking her through style changes, weddings, babies and house moves, we wanted to catch up on her daily routine.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
I am a fashion and lifestyle blogger who just moved from Glasgow to a village the country. I have been blogging for 6 years and have been lucky enough to travel great places, work with some of my favourite brands and turn what I love into a career (*dusts off shoulders)
How did you get into this business?
After chatting with a friend about blogs we loved and she suggested that my love of photography, writing and style would be enough of a reason to start my own and that she, at least, would read. So I did. That friend is called Fi and that's where the Thankfifi name came from.
If you weren't doing this, what would you be doing?
I think I really quite like the idea of being a full time mum right about now - with a 3 month old baby, 2 dogs, a husband to look after and a new house to decorate that would be a pretty good option. But I love what I do so maternity leave was just never gonna happen for me... I think I took 1 week off ha!
Do you have a life motto / mantra?
What's for you won't go by you is one of my favourites. Never regret a workout is another I have to remind myself of daily.
Take us through a typical day. What time do you get up at?
7am. From then until bedtime around 11pm life is usually a blur of emails, social media, baby, photo editing, dog walks, trying to remember to feed myself, more emails, more baby, sometimes meetings and events - some days I put makeup on (most days, just sunglasses).
How do you keep yourself organised?
My calendar. If it's not in there it's not happening. Google Docs for work enquiries, jobs, invoicing, etc. And lately I have also been thinking I REALLY need to get one of those old school diaries that I can scribble my editorial calendar in - there's so much to keep track of these days and sometimes it feels so good to just score through a completed job... with a pen... on real paper.
How do you keep yourself going through a humpday?
I barely know which day of the week it is at the moment so humpday is the same as any other day for me. My issues don't lie around keeping going but, rather, stopping...
Biggest misconception about the job you do?
That it's all shopping and coffee shops and that every single thing I do or own is a blog project.
How do you wind down?
Dog walks I think - it gives me headspace to think through work projects and ease stress and absorb nature and fresh air - I always feel so relaxed after a good country walk with all my boys.
What's your favourite thing about what you do?
Oh my gosh, so many things - there are the obvious things like working with amazing brands I have loved and admired for years and the travel. But honestly my favourite thing is when I have put a lot of thought and time into a blog post, editing those photos, the ones that turn out just how you hoped and have the perfect light you were after, that makes me so happy - to see a plan come together.
Any advice for someone who would like to follow in your footsteps?
Work hard and be nice always.
Do you have an idol?
There are a lot of people I admire but I wouldn't say I've had an idol since Jon Bon Jovi circa 1996.