MEET VANESSA: Minimalist, real, creative - there are not enough amazing adjectives to describe Vanessa Alvarez. She is a mother, a wife, and a career woman. Based out of Santa Barbara, California, Vanessa has been a part of the planner community for 5+ years. Her favorite colors are pink, neutrals and all things marble and rose gold! She enjoys taking pictures, watching scary movies, binge-watching crime shows, reading books and spending time with her husband and her son.
I saw one of your IG videos where you shared that stationery planning has helped with your depression and anxiety. Can you share how planning has helped cope with your depression and anxiety and what does planning mean to you?
Depression and anxiety are beasts that I try to conquer on a daily basis. Planning helps me focus on what's important, even if that means only get one thing done for the day. Aside from being a creative outlet, planning to me means having some control over your life.
How do you start your day?
First comes my son, then I take care of me. My morning routine involves: changing a diaper, my son's ootd, feeding my son breakfast and reading him a book while my tea cools down. Then I'm off to get started on work.
What does it mean to live a meaningful life?
Living a meaningful life, in my opinion, means trying to be the best version of yourself regardless of the obstacles life throws your way. Not aiming for perfection, but aiming to be a kind-hearted human being with the desire to make a difference.
What was your 'once in a lifetime experience'?
Seeing my husband's USMC bootcamp graduation. There's nothing like it, and I'm so thankful for being there to witness it.
What inspired you to become a career woman?
I've always been fascinated with crime movies and TV shows so naturally, I gravitated to that field of study. Once I finished my Bachelor's degree and landed my dream job I knew I was set.
What is the biggest misconception of being a career woman?
Society has put so much pressure on women to be able to give 110% to their family and their careers. The pressure to be the perfect mom is unrealistic and quite frankly, wrong. And the shaming of women who choose to have a career and be mothers is aggravating. I'm here to say that there's nothing wrong with wanting a career and wanting to be a mother at the same time. Aim to be the best mom you can be, not to be the perfect mom. There's no such thing! And I applaud you for having goals and the strength to want more out of life, you deserve it!
Where do you draw inspiration from?
If I must admit, my inspiration comes mainly from home decor. And Pinterest, you can't forget Pinterest!
What is your most used app?
My camera app!
How would you describe your personal style?
I'm a jeans girl, I aim for comfort and practicality. If I had to show you my wardrobe you'd see t-shirts, hoodies, and jeans.
What product would you seriously stockpile if you found out they weren’t going to sell it anymore?
Oh man, that is a hard one. But I would have to say toffee! Toffee is my absolute weakness!
What have you read or listened to lately that you've enjoyed?
I just finished reading, " The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog", by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD.
Push, Pull or Let go?
Let go, life is too short to surround yourself in negativity. You deserve to be happy and have inner peace.
What advice would you give to someone trying to find creativity in their planning?
Do what works for you and stop comparing yourself to others. And remember to always stay true to yourself, don't allow others to influence the way you do things.