The power of positivity with super blogger Kat Williams of Rock N Roll Bride Magazine
Interview originally posted March 2014
I launched the Celebrating Creativity series way back in 2014, and my first even interview was with Kat Williams of Rock N Roll Bride. A lot changes in 2 years, that’s true, but being inspired and motivated by someone else’s story never does. I have been following Kat since 2010 when I was looking for inspiration for my own wedding. For me she stood out from the crowd and I loved the way she gives a voice for women who live by their own rules and celebrates individuality. So here she is…
Hey Kat, introduce yourself…
Hi! I’m Kat Williams and I run the alternative wedding blog, Rock n Roll Bride. I’m also a co-founder of The Blogcademy, a two-day in person workshop that teaches people all about blogging and running their own online businesses.
I started my blog in 2007, when I was engaged, to document by wedding planning journey. It’s an old cliché, but loved it so much that I didn’t want to quit when the wedding was over. So I didn’t! Over the years it’s morphed from a blog that was just about me and my wedding, to the full time job of both myself and my husband. It’s now one of the biggest wedding blogs in the world and is packed full of all things alternative for weddings! Oh and I also regularly write about topics surrounding running your own small business.
The Blogcademy was launched in 2012. Since then we’ve taught over 300 people all over America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand! Our 2014 world tour kicks off in May and I can’t wait to get back to it. I love meeting so many amazing people and teaching is so much fun.
What does your life as owner of Rock n Roll Bride, and one of the Headmistress’ of Blogcademy involve?
It all keeps me pretty busy but I love it. I travel a lot these days, I’m pretty much hopping on a plane every other month but I wouldn’t want to do anything else. Traveling the world and getting paid for it is a dream come true and doing it with my two best friends is incredible.
When I’m at home I spend most of my time in front of my computer – sad but true! A ‘normal’ day is me in my sequined sweatpants, with my pink mop scrapped back, writing, emailing and social media-ing! It’s not very glamorous most of the time!
What inspires you so much it makes you cry / laugh / your heart quicken?
My friends. My husband. My cats.
What drives you?
I’m passionate about helping my readers. I want to help them realise that they can have the wedding, life and career that they really want. I want them to know how beautiful and wonderful they are and I tell them often with the things that I write! It’s so important. So many people never realise how amazing they are or the power they have to have complete control of their lives. I want to help them discover that.
Getting a comment or email from someone saying I’ve helped them feel confident in themselves or in what they want really makes it all worthwhile.
Who are your heroes?
Women that forge their own path and do things with passion! Jasmine Star, Gala Darling, Shauna Haider, Lisa Devlin, Emma Case to name a few – I’m also very lucky to actually call all of these amazing women my friends.
What does being creative mean to you?
Creating something from your heart, because you just have to.
What does self-confidence mean to you?
My confidence comes from helping other people. I know that sounds completely cheesy but I feel at my best when someone tells me how much something I’ve done has helped them.
When are you at your happiest?
When I’m with my husband, Gareth, laughing until we cry… usually over something really silly!
When did you realise your passion and your purpose in life?
Like pretty much everything in life, I think it’s a constantly evolving thing. It changes all the time, depending on where I’m focusing my energy.
What are the biggest risks you’ve taken in your life and career?
I guess it would be when I finally quit my day job to become a full time blogger. That was pretty risky, but luckily it paid off! I had the same nervous feeling when we launched The Blogcademy. What if no-one booked in? What if it was a complete disaster?! We shelled out on a venue and decided that if no one wanted to come we’d just have a slumber party all weekend instead! Again, luckily it sold out within a week and we haven’t looked back since.
How do you balance your work / career with the things you love most outside of them?
I try my best to switch off in the evening and at the weekends. I don’t always succeed though! I like planning little trips or activities away from the house too. I’m very fidgety and if I’m just sat at home I get bored quickly and end up working!
What advice would you give the 19 year old you?
You can do anything you want with your life! And going to university isn’t everything, go out and make your own mark on the world instead. Oh and P.S. it will all work out in the end.
What advice do you think the 89 year old you would give to you today?
Probably, spend more time away from your computer!
What mark do you want to make on the world?
I’d love to be seen as a positive (pink!) role model for anyone who wants to do their own thing and not follow the crowd.