Stumbling Upon Accidental Influence

Have you ever found a passion and just gone for it?
It’s the scariest thing.

Yet there are people who are doing it every day. Athletes, artists, musicians.

Some have magically found themselves in the right place at the right time, and others have to slog away on that horrible grind to try to make it. And many never do.

I am so very grateful for a life of good fortune.

Me as a kidlet with my mom and dad.

I grew up in what someone recently referred to as a “large town”, Prince George, BC, as an only child in a middle-class family. Being an only child already gave me opportunities as I wasn’t competing with siblings for resources. Spoiled only child – I get it. Ha!

Even as a kid I was a creative soul, looking for that perfect creative outlet. Although our town has a rich creative culture, it really is still fairly limited compared to big cities (which is totally fair enough – makes sense, right?), and I never really found that space that spoke to me. Those private art lessons juuuuuust didn’t quite hit the spot.

I had a normal childhood. I went to school. I worked. At the mall. I went to college and took general studies because I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I moved to Kelowna for a while and became a pharma tech and did that because that’s a good job right?

But my soul. My soul was not fulfilled.

(Sidebar: Aren’t we just so fortunate to live in a time where we can work to fulfill our soul? Not just to make sure our family of four or eight or whatever has food and shelter? A life of good fortune I tell you.)

I’ve always loved fashion and found myself in Vancouver going to school for fashion merchandising. I ended up working as a fashion stylist for a few different magazines there as an intern. While I didn’t love being an intern, I loved fashion and beauty. I love the artistry, the creativity of it. And I started to immerse myself in it and my soul sang in it.

Me with Kim Kardashian and Mario Dedivanovic at The Masterclass circa 2015! Can’t even with the excitement!

My amazing hubby got me a ticket to The Masterclass with amazing Mario Dedivanovic, celebrity makeup artist. I got to meet the fabulous Kim K and Carli Bybel and learned so much and fell in love it the industry even more. And it was around this time that my Instagram account blew up.

I loved Instagram and have been using it for ages to explore my own creativity through my daily and special life adventures. People seemed to like it. But after the Masterclass, I legit became part of this online world with accidental influence. I didn’t set out on Instagram and plan this. It just happened. I find myself here today with 85k+ followers on Instagram who check in to see what Lemon Poppyseed Girl is up to on the reg. I’m seriously blown away by this.

I know the great fortune I have in my hands right now and don’t take it for granted. I am so grateful to have an amazing man in my life who spoils me with incredible experiences. I have a beautiful, healthy baby. I have an incredible network of friends and family who support me on my creative journey, who empower me to explore it. That doesn’t mean that life is all sparkles and roses (my life is as real as anyone else’s folks), but I have so much to be thankful for. #humblebragover

For the love of lemons, it’s me! ps: how amazing is the yellow of this blazer!?

So here I am today, living that Lemon life and constantly getting the question of “yeah, but Joni, what do you DO?” My answer is this:

  • I have found myself in a position of accidental influence and what a gift that is.
  • I am figuring out what that means as I go.

For today:

  • I am a lifestyle blogger/vlogger.
  • I am a creative director.
  • I am an artist.
  • And I hope that it can do some good.

Lemon Poppyseed Girl does not fit the mold for a traditional beauty/fashion influencer. I hope that my non-traditional experiences in the industry can give people of any shape, size, colour, hometown, budget, insert-your-own-limitation, their own empowered confidence in this space.

I hope that Lemon Poppyseed Girl’s experiences can show people that regardless of where you come from, you can fit in anywhere and can create incredible memories.

I hope that Lemon Poppyseed Girl shows that regardless of where you call home, there are incredibly talented people with creative vision and passion that can build and show off an amazing community together.

I hope that the Lemon Poppyseed Girl love of celebrating the big and small moments in life can encourage others to do the same, helping them through the daily grind or seriously hard times in life.

I hope that Jonita’s (not Lemon Poppyseed Girl’s – there’s a real person behind Lemon) experiences as a mom, as a wife, as a daughter, as a human, as a fur momma, as someone struggling to get the laundry done, as someone trying to lose weight and get healthy, as someone who needs a nap, as someone who gets her nails did to make it look like she’s got it all together but is really flailing about like everyone else… I hope sharing these experiences lets people know that we’re not alone.

This isn’t a side hustle, people. I’m all in.

It’s scary and I’d love for you to continue the ride with me.

It’ll be bumpy, but that’s where the fun is!

Enough about me. What’s YOUR passion?

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