Where We Create - Meet Leslie of Lights and Letters

I can honestly say that I met Leslie twice - first through her lovely blog Lights and Letters and the second time a little over a week ago on my trip to NYC. Although we both attended Alt Summit, I didn't meet her there. Most likely at that point I was hiding out in the bathroom, taking a break and thinking, "so.many.people." Extroverted introverts unite!

When I first read her blog I found a few commonalities - "hey, we both were born in Alberta. And we both have lived in a few different places." But it was the honest and charming and heartfelt writing illustrated by beautiful photos that drew me in.

She's creative and kind. She's generous and thoughtful.  But let's hear from her. (By the way in the first photo on the top right you can see her two sweet boys. I got to meet them too when I was in NYC - what a couple of cuties!).

I have a few workspaces. The studio, where I like to paint, sew and collage is in a separate building that is semi-attached to the house. My desktop computer that I edit photos on and do most of my work on is in the family room of the main house. I also have a laptop that I can travel with and sometimes I take it to a local coffee shop when I have to focus on writing. My workspace is constantly changing depending on what I have to do. I did try having my desktop computer out in the studio but because of the winter weather and it being so far removed from the main house where the kids and my husband are, it just didn’t work. It’s nice that I have flexible spaces and I can work in different environments.

What time of day do you do your work and why?

10 am – 1 pm during the week is my most productive time. That is when both of my kids are in school. I usually also put in another 2 - 3 hours after they go to bed at 9 pm if I am feeling up for it or I have a deadline. On the weekend, it depends on our family’s schedule but I do try to work a few hours while my husband hangs out the kids.

What's your go-to snack when you are feeling peckish?

I love to snack on popcorn, walnuts or pecans and whole apples or dried fruit. During the day, I drink a couple cups of coffee and I love a cup of peppermint tea with honey at night.

When you are procrastinating, what do you do?

If I don’t feel like working it’s usually because I am feeling overwhelmed, so it helps me get a handle on all the tasks I have to do. I’ll make a list and organize my workspace to get a better handle on things. I’m more of a “go with the flow” kind of person though, so there really is no procrastinating. If I have a deadline, I get the work done. If there is no deadline and I don’t feel like working, I take a break. I spend down time reading, catching up with friends, tidying the house, sketching or daydreaming.

And that is Leslie. Take a peak at her blog - I know you will enjoy it as much as I do.