Hey creatives.....another Thursday and another beautiful mama here on C + W. We welcome Laura Simms today. She is the founder and creator of With Laura Simms where she helps women find meaningful work in their lives. Laura's work is important because now more than ever women are beginning to stand up for themselves and are choosing to put their hearts and creativity in to something that really satisfies their soul. Today we get a little behind the scenes of Laura's love for simplicity, what she does in a day, and how she sees balance as both a mama and a creative entrepreneur. Enjoy!
Where do you live? Describe your abode.
Our house was built in the 1930s and stands on a colorful street in the oldest town in Texas. It’s old enough to both have genuine character and need some serious updates. I love that it’s bright and welcoming. It’s put together, but not fussy. My favorite place is the front porch, where it’s nice to share a drink and observe the neighborhood characters from a small distance.
What makes you a creative?
I ask questions. I see problems and opportunities. I try to find solutions. I think that’s the core of what being a creative is, whether it’s applied to art, music, medicine, architecture, politics, or whatever. If you just do the asking questions part, you’re ahead of the curve.
Where does simplicity show up in your life?
My decor, my closet, my calendar, my kitchen, my website, everywhere. I strive for simplicity in most things. I like things to be clutter-free, elegant, important.
Sometimes I think I take it a little too far when I look around my house and see a lot of blank walls without much decoration going on, but I’d rather err on the side of white space. Visual clutter makes me physically uncomfortable. It feels like being in a noisy room, but instead of bothering my ears it makes my whole torso feel sick. So...white space!
What is your personal style?
Can “not trying too hard” be considered a style? Haha. I love a mix of modern and rustic. Lots of neutrals. Structured but not stiff.
Have any daily habits or routines?
My day is really structured since Wyatt came along. My favorite parts of the day are reading with him in the morning (he brings me books one by one and then kind of backwards hurls himself into my lap) and cuddling before he goes to bed.
How do you approach living well?
A lot of it is about simplicity for me. The fewer mundane choices I have to make, the better. The less commitments I have, the better. The less time I have to spend upkeeping things, the better.
What is a typical day like for you as a creative + mama?
I usually wake up between 5-6 and do a little work or exercise and get ready for the day. I get Wyatt up and 7 and we do our little morning routine for an hour. Then either my husband or a babysitter usually takes over Wyatt care until noon, and that’s my big work window. Then it’s lunch for Wyatt, and I work during his lengthy (knock wood!) afternoon nap. He wakes up around 3:30 or 4 and then it’s Wyatt time. We play, go to the pool, go for a walk, or run errands. Dinner is around 5:30 or 6, and Wyatt is in bed by 7 or 7:30. In the evenings I read, watch Netflix, or hang out with my husband and friends on the porch. Sometimes I squeeze in a little more work, but I’m trying to cut that out and just enjoy my nights.
When/how do you feel most beautiful and most aligned with yourself?
I feel most like myself when I spend time with my family, work with clients, play guitar, and have those “we’re making an inside joke right now” moments with friends. You can’t force those moments, but when you’re cracking up over something that just happened, and then it becomes a little legend that you share back and forth for months or years...I love the moment when that starts to happen.
What are some of your imperfections and how do you embrace them?
I don’t embrace all of them. Some of them I work to change. Like lately I find myself getting enraged by the internet. Some days going online feels like pulling up a lawn chair to the stupid parade. There’s just so much ignorance and hatred and absolute lack of logic going on that it makes my blood boil. I don’t want to stop caring about issues that matter to me, but I do want to stop getting mad over strangers on the internet.
We are constantly growing and working on ourselves. What are you working on right now?
Eating. That sounds funny, but I so struggle with eating enough and eating well. You see how in my daily routine I barely mention eating? I eat, but instead of having set mealtimes like a civilized person, I usually wait until I’m hungry to go rummage around for food, and by that point I feel starving and want the most convenient option available. It seems like the solution should be so simple, but it’s taking serious effort to build a new habit on this one.
What is your beauty regime?
I usually wash my hair every other day and rarely use a hairdryer. I do like wearing makeup every day because it makes me feel ready. I have a simple 5 minute routine with foundation, concealer, bronzer, and mascara. Oh, and I stopped using facewash and use those make up wipe remover cloths for cleansing. My skin loves it.
What are 5 things you are loving right now?
Afternoons spent at the pool, reading novels for a change (not business books!), fresh peaches, my essentialist closet, and air conditioning.
What advice do you have for mothers looking to find balance in both being healthy and staying creative?
I look for balance in two ways: daily, and seasonally. Do my days feel relatively balanced? Is there a new creative or health habit that I could build into my day so it almost happens automatically? And if my days get out of balance, as they sometimes do when life or work or something else takes over, does the season or even year feel balanced? So I didn’t play guitar that much this month. Can I balance that out by making extra time to play next month? I think looking at the micro and macro experience helps.
Thank you Laura for giving us a sneak peak into your world. You are incredibly inspiring to all of us women out here trying to follow our passions. You can see what else Laura has been up to by visiting all of her hangouts below. Share and comment! We love to hear from our readers! xx