We had the good fortune of connecting with Janelle Rendon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janelle, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
When I worked a corporate job before I had kids, work/life balance was more black and white. And while it still had its challenges, I had a much firmer grasp on it, or at least knew when I was consciously crossing the line. But now as a stay-at-home mom and blogger, the lines have blurred a LOT. Capturing my life and my family through photos and video is part of the job. While it is convenient and natural in a lot of ways, it does still pull me away from my loved ones and sometimes I miss out on the present moment because I’m trying to capture it to share online. I have come to realize that sometimes one area (work or family) is going to win out. Sometimes I’m working with a brand or know that certain content would be meaningful to my audience, so I prioritize my work. Other times I put my phone down and focus on my family or the people I’m with because they are just more important. It’s a constant battle, but one I am grateful for.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started my blog right before I had my daughter in 2017, as a place to do some writing and create an online presence. My original intention was to actually write for small businesses and other people’s blogs. I did write for others for a while, but since then I’ve fallen in love with sharing snippets of our lives, things to do in our area, and meaningful, helpful content with my readers! I strive for JanelleRendon.com to be a positive corner of the internet and to encourage without overwhelming. There are so many external and internal expectations of motherhood and womanhood in general. I want to help bring us all back to reality on what is truly realistic in our current stage of life. My goal is to share what is bringing value, simplicity, and joy in our daily lives. You won’t see me DIY’ing my entire house, outlining elaborate preschool craft projects, or sharing fancy recipes on my blog. You will see my favorite things I purchase on Amazon, affordable fashion and home finds, fun things to do/places to go with your kids, and hopefully some general inspiration and good vibes along the way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We live in Cypress and our favorite restaurant is Local Table in the Bridgeland area (highly recommend the goat cheese starter). We also frequent the Boardwalk Towne Lake both for the restaurants and the ambiance. Our favorites at the Boardwalk are Union Kitchen, Ambriza (you have to try the cucumber serrano margarita!), and First Watch.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am grateful for my supportive husband and my friends who continually encourage me to keep going. I am also thankful for other bloggers who have invited me to events, helped me network, and taught me about the industry. Lastly, I want to thank small businesses (especially those in Houston) who have trusted me to represent their brands. Every connection is valuable, and there are so many wonderful people in the Houston area that have helped me get to where I am!
Horizontal photo of me and son with camera: Stephanie Alys Photography
Two fashion photos (one in yellow sweater and one in orange dress): Jordan Lindsay Photography
Family photo (any with me and another family member): Jujuu Photography