We had the good fortune of connecting with Crissy Baumann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Crissy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe personal growth comes only when you take calculated risks. My definition of risk is taking on a new challenge without necessarily knowing the outcome but having the tools to succeed. When I started my blog, I essentially launched a virtual magazine without knowing if anyone would buy it. However, I combined my passions and skill set with a perceived demand for the content. I also forgave myself for making many rookie mistakes and chalked it up to “experience.” The challenge with starting a blog is also putting yourself out there for public consumption. For someone like me who values privacy, it takes courage to feel vulnerable to critics. However, I’ve found that there are many more cheerleaders and friends to support risk-taking than there are naysayers. If you’re willing to take a risk to pursue something you love, I believe the rest will fall into place with a little drive and determination.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve had the good fortune of sharing the joys of home decor, crafting, and cooking with the world. I love connecting with women who want to create with their hands and explore their artistic sides. The key to success in my line of business is sharing content that people are actively seeking and giving them the confidence to try something new. That sounds easy, but I’ve missed the mark plenty of times. The trick is paying attention to what’s working and what’s not, then shifting gears as needed. In this challenging year, my focus was to provide a creative outlet to those feeling anxiety or seeking a positive escape. By sharing old-fashioned family recipes, easy decorating ideas, and fun family activities, I hope I’m able to bring a slice of happiness to someone’s day.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A visit to Houston should definitely include a tour of our great restaurants, a few margaritas, and a walk along the bayou. We’d visit Corkscrew BBQ, which has amazing brisket tacos, and then get some home decor inspiration at Picket Fences in The Woodlands. I love all of Hugo Ortega’s restaurants, so we’d definitely dine at one of his establishments before heading to Backstreet Cafe for a special-order 40-Year-Old Milkshake. (Or maybe we’ll do brunch at Backstreet.) Since my best friend is an art historian, we can’t go without a visit to The Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel. We’ll wrap up the week with a stroll around the Bayou Bend Gardens followed by a relaxing afternoon at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m so grateful to my family who encouraged me to put all of my crazy ideas onto the internet. I’d also like to give a shoutout to my dear friend Julie Briones from myweeabode.com for always being a great cheerleader and friend.