Meet Trisha Hughes, HelloSociety Influencer and founder and author of Eat Your Beets! Spend a few minutes browsing Trisha’s blog and you’ll quickly learn why her authentic voice and passion for creating healthy, family-friendly recipes has earned her a dedicated following. She’s got a knack for relatable storytelling and an approachable personality that makes you want to be her best friend, and her audience of over 100k Instagram followers seem to agree. When she’s not busy traveling, blogging and teaching photography workshops, Trisha can be found in Wichita, Kansas, where she resides with her family. We caught up with this busy mom of four to learn her tips and tricks for balancing it all. Read along as Trisha shares her photography tips, advice on standing out in an ever-growing community of Influencers, challenges of balancing motherhood while working, and much more.
For those who are just being introduced to you, can you share a little bit about yourself?
Sure! I’m a Midwestern gal and mom of four. I was raised in Oklahoma, but I’ve lived all over the world. I went to college to study theatre performance but never ended up making a career out of it, as I met my husband my senior year and we moved to Europe shortly after we were married. After my sole job of being a mom for about 8 years, I started thinking of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I knew eventually my kiddos would grow up and head off to school and I’d have these hours in the day I’d want to fill with something. My best friend, who was running a successful blog, encouraged me to try that out so I did!
How do you find balance between being a mom of four and keeping up with the rest of your responsibilities outside of motherhood?
Personally, I don’t think that a balance exists. I’m either really good at running my business or really good at being a mom, but I’m never really good at both of those things at the same time. I think the secret to being successful is managing expectations and doing your best to not compare yourself to others. Sometimes I look at my peers and it pains me how much they’ve accomplished. I ache because I feel like I’ll never be as ‘good’ or successful as someone else. Then I have to remind myself that I’ve built my business while also raising a gaggle of children, and even though my business is important to me, my kids will always be my first priority.
What is something your followers might not know about you from visiting your site and social channels?
Oh gosh, a lot of stuff! I think because I mainly share food, there’s probably a lot people don’t know about me. I’m a military spouse. That’s not something I’ve talked about too often. I’m obsessed with music and love to sing. I’m equally obsessed with true crime podcasts. I’m super sarcastic and have a ridiculously loud laugh.
What’s been your favorite brand collaboration with HelloSociety and why?
Without question it would be the collaboration with Eurostar. I am still pinching myself that it happened. Honestly, I can’t put into words the opportunity I was given, and I just have so much gratitude to everyone at HelloSociety and the whole team from Eurostar. Everyone worked so hard to get us to Europe and make sure we had an amazing time there. Being sent on an amazing trip like that is like blogger urban legend. You always hear of your friend’s cousin’s college roommate who got to do something like that, but you never imagine it will happen to you!
How long had you been blogging before you were able to partner with brands? Do you ever pitch ideas to brands you’d like to work with? Or do you typically wait for them to approach you?
It was probably a couple of years before I started working with brands. I know a lot of people who don’t like working with brands, but I get really excited about the idea of creating something for a brand. When I first started, I pitched lots of ideas and got lots of no’s, so I don’t pitch ideas anymore. I also don’t enjoy negotiating, and find it to be challenging, so that’s one of the biggest reasons I love being part of HelloSociety because there’s no negotiating. It’s more of a, “Do you want this opportunity? Yes or no.”
Do you have an all-time favorite post or recipe on Eat Your Beets?
One of my very favorite posts is probably this homemade marshmallow post. Marshmallows are one of those things you always think you should try and make but they just sound too hard or scary. At least that was how I felt! Once I finally made them I had to laugh at how ridiculously easy they are. So, so, so easy to make and so delicious! The day I made them, we ended up having this fantastic overcast and sleeting day (it was shortly before Christmas) and my kitchen was giving me all the heart eyes with some amazing light. The images that came out of that day were some of the darkest and most contrasted I’d shot up to that point, and I realized just how much I loved that style.
You’re just as talented behind the camera as you are in the kitchen! Do you have any photography tips for those who are just starting out?
Well, thanks so much for saying that! I have tons of tips for people just starting out, but I’ll try and keep it short. I’d say most important to me is learning how to shoot in manual. Doing that is the number one way to guarantee you have total control over your images. Secondly, I’d say skip the kit lens that comes with some cameras and get a good prime (referring to the fixed focal length) lens. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but having a prime vs. a zoom lens just makes learning manual easier in my opinion. Finally, practice! Shoot daily! There isn’t any secret to being a good photographer. You just need to be open to learning and practice as much as possible.
What do you find to be the most rewarding part about working for yourself? And the most challenging?
I think the most rewarding part is the fact that I can make money from something that I created out of nothing. The fact that you can develop a product, market it, and sell it to others is fascinating to me. I also love the fact that this industry gives me the independence to be able to work from home, especially since we move every three years.
The biggest challenge that I’ve encountered is that there’s no road map. You can look at the landscape of where bloggers have come in the last ten years, many of which now have their own television shows, cookbooks, brands, etc., and so you think, wow, the level of possibility is always increasing, but there’s no one way to do things, which is good and bad. Being able to do whatever you want can feel daunting if you’re not sure what it is that you want to do.
If you could give a piece of advice to other mothers who want to pursue blogging full-time, what would it be?
Don’t wait for everything to be perfect, just put something out there. It can feel daunting and frightening to put yourself out there and it’s very easy to compare your brand new blog with one post on it to somebody’s blog who has been doing it for five years. When you put something out there, you want to be proud of it, but you need to remember that you’re not seeing that other person’s journey. You, too, will eventually develop your own voice and your own style.
I would also advise them to manage their expectations when it comes to how much you’ll get done in a day, and just know that some days will be productive, and some days won’t, and that’s okay. It’s also important to set up a schedule and routine for your kids. I always make sure to keep myself in check so that I haven’t just sat at the computer all day. It’s important to make time for the things that they want to do every single day. But with four kids, I won’t pretend it’s easy. It’s very, very, hard to get everything done.
Do you have any advice when it comes to standing out in an ever-growing community of bloggers and Influencers?
I think I would say to figure out what it is about you that makes you different, and go with that. I think being authentic and honest is something that I try to do quite a bit. I joke about the art of slow living and that’s not my life or reality. I think it’s important to remember that while your reality may not be as glamorous as somebody else’s, it doesn’t mean it’s any less. And I don’t mean to discount anybody who lives that life because I’m sure it’s wonderful; I will just never know.
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