Behind the Screen: Kathie from Bluchic
To start things off, please introduce yourself to us.
Hello! My name is Kathie and I, along with my husband, run Bluchic, where we sell feminine pre-designed WordPress themes for female entrepreneurs & bloggers going from hobby to serious business.
Where in the world are you located?
I’m based in the sunny tropical Malaysia.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Definitely a morning person, can’t stay up late night as my eyes and brain won’t cooperate. But since I have a little one, I’m kind of a mixture of a morning person and a night owl now.
What is your favorite day of the week and why?
I actually love Mondays! Now that I prioritize family time on the weekends (with only a smidge of work sprinkled in on the weekends) I always feel rejuvenated after taking a break. By the time Monday rolls around, I feel like I can conquer the world!
What was the best thing that happened to you last week?
The best moment a parent can ask for happened this past week: my 2 ½-year-old is finally sleeping through the night! Can I get all the praise hand emojis?! 🙌 🙌 🙌 I got 8 straight hours of sleep and wow, oh wow, was it amazing!
If you had a free day to do anything (no working allowed), what would you fill your time with?
If it’s a kid-free day and no working, I’d go for a Thai massage, have a window shopping at the mall & get inspired by the display window, and take a nap.
What’s a simple way that you treat yourself?
Taking a nap.
What do you include in your daily & weekly self-care practice?
Diffusing essential oils in the bedroom and workspace. I started using essential oils earlier this year when my little one kept falling sick one week after another, and eventually took turn with us, it’s like a never ending cycle. I’ve heard a lot about EO and finally took the plunge to try and really love it! It’s now something that I include in my daily self-care practice, like diffusing Peppermint or Stress Away oil when working (especially when it’s launching week).
What are you currently reading or listening to?
Currently reading “The Best Yes” by Lysa TerKeurst. I love learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God, so I don’t overfilled my plate and get myself feeling overwhelmed.
Do you have a life philosophy or motto that you live by?
Treat others the way you want to be treated. Also, what goes around, comes around.
Do you have a favorite quote?
I’m a recovering perfectionist and love this quote “Done (WELL) is better than perfect.”
A lil’ bit o’ biz
What was your very first job?
My very first job (also the one and only job I ever had), I worked as a graphic designer in the F&B packaging industry for a good 6 months, before I resigned and took the plunge to be a freelance designer (prior to starting Bluchic).
What in your business gives you the most joy?
It gives me the most joy each time I hear that Bluchic WordPress themes have helped achieve great things for women with amazing visions for their businesses. From saving time in building their own website to helped them get more email sign-ups.
No more cringing when they hand out their business card, because they’re embarrassed about the old website. Finally they can be proud of their online business home.
What has been the best investment you’ve made for your business?
I worked with Nevica Vazquez at the end of last year/beginning of this year to help us with overall business strategy. When you’re five years into your business, things can get a bit stagnant and bringing in a business strategist help me to see things from a different perspective than what I typically see as an insider (or a business owner). I'm so happy that the business plan we made together is working well and that I hit my sales goal from my recent launch!
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Introvert or extrovert?
Behind the camera or in front of the camera?
Behind the camera
What’s your go-to Starbucks order?
Iced Green Tea Latte (not a coffee drinker)
What’s a nickname that your friends/family calls you?
What’s your favorite snack?
I don’t snack quite often but when I do, it’s potato chips
Name a movie you’ve watched more than 7 times.
Where’s the most relaxing place you’ve ever been?
Basel in Swiss
What do you wish you know more about?
Baking, currently I only know how to bake muffins which is pretty much fail-proof
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Short, creative, organized
What famous person would you love to have dinner with?
What are 3 things you’re grateful for?
My family, my business and being healthy.