Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenise Subervi.
Jenise, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After having my son, I became a stay-at-home mom. After a lifetime of being social, I had a really hard time adjusting to being without adult contact all day long, so I started my blog with the intention of making a couple of genuine connections. I never thought I’d have so many people reading my posts or following along with my everyday life. I originally intended to write about parenting, but I quickly came to realize that I didn’t know a whole lot about that. But I did know that I could write about my experiences as a parent, as a mother, and as a woman. I strive to be authentic and let my followers see not just the perfect, curated image of me (although that might be the easiest to do). I really want them to see that we all have our shortcomings and that no matter what you’re going through today, there’s always someone out there who is right there with you.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Like I said, I didn’t start this to become a celebrity or anything. I started it to make a couple of genuine connections. And I think that because I never came at it with this “I have to get to 10k followers” or whatever, that it was a smooth ride. When I first reached out to brands for collaborations, many of them said no. So, I took a step back, learned a little more about what I wanted to project and what I knew brands would like, and I continued to build. I also tried to make as many connections in the local community as possible. At the end of the day, authenticity – being unabashedly yourself – is what will get you to where you want to be, to where you don’t even know you want to be. And that doesn’t just go for blogging – that goes for anything!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with A Toddler & A Topknot – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My blog really focuses on motherhood and womanhood in general. What I am most proud of is that I’ve managed to maintain a really positive attitude, while also being realistic and acknowledging that life isn’t always perfect. It makes me so proud when women tell me that I have inspired them to try something new, to love themselves, regardless of how they look, and to be proud of what their bodies have accomplished. I think what sets me apart is that I am relatable – I am a stay at home mom, but I am also a part-time work from home mom. I get every side of the coin, and I’ve been in the same shoes as a lot of women.
Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
I have two parents who are just incredible. They both encouraged me from a very young age to do whatever I wanted to do. They supported me and provided me with an education and a network that set me up to succeed. I also had a teacher in high school who told me I should be a writer. I took the long road to get here, but now I’m writing and it feels good.
- Website: www.atoddlerandatopknot.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/atoddlerandatopknot
- Facebook: facebook.com/atoddlerandatopknot
- Twitter: twitter.com/toddlertopknot
Lauren Listor, Jenise Subervi