Blog: A Thousand Threads
Girl behind the blog: Laicie Heeley
Occupation: Policy Analyst in DC
Where are you from, and where do you currently reside?
I grew up in a little town on the coast of Oregon. My parents still live there, and I try to get back as much as I can, but these days I live on the other side of the country in Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC.
How and when did you decide to start your blog? What gave you the courage and motivation to go for it?
I started A Thousand Threads shortly after my now-husband proposed. I had wanted to start a blog forever, but I never had the courage to go for it. I suppose planning our wedding gave me a little bit of an excuse, and there was so much amazing inspiration out there that I could barely keep up. I wanted a place to begin to catalog all of the beautiful things I was seeing and to record all of the amazing things that were happening in my life.
At first I didn’t share the blog with anyone beyond my closest friends and family; I kept it close. But eventually I began to branch out, and I’m so thankful today that I did. Through blogging, I’ve learned so many new things and gotten to know a whole new community amazing and supportive blogger friends.
What can people expect when they visit your blog?
A Thousand Threads is all about life and the little things I love, and I’d like to think that, for my readers as much as me, it’s a little bit of an escape from the grind. On the blog you’ll find weddings, fashion, home décor, and a whole lot of food. I love to eat; if I had my way I’d own a pie shop downtown and play in the kitchen all day, then sit down to write all night with a cup of coffee and a piece of pie. I also love to share what my little family is up to and to talk with my readers about the everyday topics that come up in our lives.
What are some of your favorite posts you’ve ever written?
Oh—maple bacon pancakes, hands down. I still drool every time I look at that picture. I also love to go back and look at posts like this one, about our decision to scale back our wedding. These posts are a little more personal, but they remind me of some of the most important times in my life. I love that I have that memory written down. I’m terrible at keeping a journal, so without blogging I probably wouldn’t have any of that. The same goes for all of the pictures I’ve been able to catalog from our favorite adventures, especially the little ones that we might not photograph otherwise, like trips to New York and rainy days spent brewing beer.
It may surprise people to learn that, in addition to penning your beautiful blog, you spend your days working as a policy and defense analyst for a Washington DC nonprofit. When and how did you get into that field?
I do! I don’t talk about it a lot on the blog because A Thousand Threads is meant to be more of a creative outlet, but I spend my days writing (and blogging) on Middle East and defense policy, mostly related to nuclear weapons and especially what’s happening in Iran. It’s actually been a crazy journey here from my first couple of years in college, not really knowing what I wanted to do beyond the fact that I loved research and loved to write… to my decision to become a political science major and move to DC. After school, I started working in the policy community in DC while pursuing my Masters in international relations. I’m a big politics nerd and love learning about what’s going on in the world, and I still think about going back to school for my PhD.
What influences and inspires you while you blog? What made you decide to focus on wedding + lifestyle?
Blogging is amazing because it opens your eyes to the little bits of beauty in the day to day. I love the internet and spend a ton of time exploring all of the beautiful things on it, but sometimes it can be a sensory overload. I find the most inspiration in the things we do and love. My husband and I love to eat, so we have no trouble thinking of the next decadent dessert to put up on the blog, and I’ll jump at any excuse to get all dressed up, so fashion posts are always a ton of fun. We also love to get out of the house and go on as many adventures as we can. Blogging has been an amazing way to document the little things we find along the way.
What kind of camera do you use?
We use a Canon T1i or, more recently, a 5D with either a 50mm f/1.8 or 24-105mm f/4 lens.
What advice do you have for other girls who are looking to start a blog while also working full time jobs?
Go for it! Don’t let fear or worry or doubt stop you from jumping in headfirst. I’m not going to say that it’s easy. I blog after work and well into the night, and sometimes it doesn’t feel like I have any free time at all, but I love it. Blogging is such a fulfilling outlet for me, and because I love it so much it never feels like work. The thing is, you have to be in it for the right reasons, because if you are it can be so rewarding.
Any other words of wisdom for Everygirl’s out there?
Whatever you do, whatever you decide to take on, don’t be discouraged if you’re not exactly where you want to be right from the start. I’m a perfectionist to a fault, and I had the hardest time with blogging at first because I just couldn’t get things to look as beautiful in person as they looked in my head. But I kept working—taking classes, reading books, and practicing my head off—and every day my outcome is just a little bit closer to what I want it to be. There are still so many things I want to learn, but now, I can look back and see how things have changed. So dive in, work hard, and you’ll get there. I promise. I really do believe that to be true.