This week at the Junior League of Indianapolis 2014-2015 kickoff meeting, “Kid President” asked a room full of women chowing down on delicious MCL catering, “What do you want to teach the world?”
Swallowing my bacon-topped mac ‘n’ cheese, I really pondered this. What do I want to teach the world? First, I supposed, I had to determine what I was even qualified to teach. Of course, editing came to mind, but that is my day job, and the world already has Grammar Girl. I mean, who can compete with her anyway? Then there are the altruistic things, like faith, leadership, morality, literacy, teamwork, and world peace, but I feel like those things are hard to teach and are more ingrained in a person’s character (although ideally some of those virtues would still shine through).
“So,” I ask myself, “let’s get real. What am I actually good at that people want to learn about?”
Begin brainstorm: Writing. Planning parties. Decorating. Being classy. Crafting. Reading. Matching. Hosting. Picking out the perfect outfit. Carrying out a theme. Making things look pretty. Traditions. Learning. Loving others. Analyzing literature. Gift-giving. Eating! Cooking (sometimes). Pinning. Organizing. Shopping. Okay, wow, this is a pretty long list! I pat myself on the back – oh jeez, being humble isn’t on there, is it? (Sheepish grin.) Now the question is, “How do I combine all of these fabulous qualities into one cohesive teaching and sharing medium?”
Enter blog idea: Overdressed & Overeducated. For the stylishly smart. A literary lifestyle blog, complete with a hodgepodge of event-appropriate ensembles, perfectly planned parties, and a book review here and there. So, it’s not world peace, but can’t people benefit from a little social-appropriateness-turned-social-amazingness?! Plus, I already have a backlog of parties and events to post about, so here’s to fabulous ideas and brilliant outfits!
I'm a Virginia-native uprooted to Indianapolis to marry my husband and start our sweet family of 4. As an overdressed editor, I love planning parties and good reads.