Hello lovely people,
Where do I start with the wonderfully talented, serious tea drinking (Earl Grey only!) Jenny Soppet Smith from Digital Jen.
This truly amazing, gorgeous, kind and generous (particularly with her time) lady has created and designed my wonderful website.
It started with a recommendation from a business group that I’m part of – St Albans Businesses. I made contact with Jenny and just said that I wanted a website to promote natural, vegan skincare products and that I wanted to blog. I wasn’t even clear about what I was going to blog about, other than my experience with Tropic Skincare products and the fact that I am a mum.
With less than 4 hours notice Jenny met me at my local Harvester and we had our first consultation in front of a roaring fire with wine, hot chocolate and the worlds biggest notepad I have ever seen.
As I didn’t have much time to prepare and I didn’t actually know what to expect I just rocked up with my tiny handbag and an even tinier notepad, and pen in case I needed it. Also, it was one of those manic days where I looked like a homeless person and had so many chores to do in town before I could even meet Jen. I really wanted to rush home and sort my straw hair and food ridden outfit but I was stretched for time, I most certainly wasn’t going to be late as she had been so gracious in agreeing to meet me. I can’t imagine what I must have looked like.
Jenny listens to you. You know that saying, that you can read in between the lines. Well, Jenny can hear in between the lines. Within two minutes of meeting Jenny I started babbling on about the fact that I really wasn’t sure what I wanted in a website, I hadn’t even thought about a name. I showed her my favourite websites which incidentally had nothing to do with skincare or blogging. I apologised profusely for not brushing my hair and the fact that I looked like I had been wearing my food smudged clothes for two days.
I briefly touched on the fact that I was a new mummy even though my daughter was nearly one. When do you stop feeling like a new mummy?!
I was probably more random and erratic than a toddler after eating lots of smarties. I remember thinking, I wonder what she’s thinking of me right now as she was just nodding at me and drinking her hot chocolate. Her bag was securely under her chair and she didn’t look like she was about to get up and leg it out of the bar area so I continued rambling on until I felt I had nothing left to say about why I wanted to have my own website and the importance of talking to an audience through a blog.
Once I eventually shut up, Jenny started scribbling on this monstrous notepad. It was like watching an artist sketch but much quicker. I’ve still got the notes she made me and as I’m a sentimentalist I’ll probably keep them forever as it’s the first time I saw my ideas and aspirations written down in clear english in bold colourful writing.
Some professional people can look like they are listening to you and then when they talk to someone like me who is random, passionate, erratic, unrealistic, goes off at a tangent… they can become overwhelmed and unfocused because it’s not always easy to hear what someone is saying when they are so excitable and not clear enough in what they actually mean.
Jenny heard all of what I was saying and she created and designed a website that mimicked everything that I had told her about. I have no idea how she made sense of it all but she did and I’m always giddy with excitement and pride when I go onto my website.
Jenny has to take all the credit for the amazing name — beautifubea.com, (after my daughter) as this was completely her idea.
Jenny is incredibly supportive and knowledgable in what she can do for you and your business. Equally, she really encourages you to be realistic in what you can achieve. Jenny seriously grounds me in all communication we share. My ideas and suggestions for my blog or website design are generally always very far out there. You know when you hear a child talk about their aspirations in flying to the moon or having a pet giraffe in the garden. That’s me, I dream big and when I’ve got my creative head on, anything goes. Fortunately I have Jenny to ground me and tell me what things she thinks are actually possible and then achievable within the timescale I’m looking at.
Last weeks ‘meeting’ with Jenny at my house was intended for Canva training as I love sharing all my pictures with my blogs but hadn’t quite worked out how to make them bigger than a passport photo.
Having a sleeping baby that resides ONLY in her cot after 6pm kind of ties me to my home in the evenings. Thankfully Jenny is not only flexible with her time but also in her willingness to see clients in their homes or a venue suitable for them. Our ‘meeting’ went on until I was confident enough to utilise Canva within my blog and I had exhausted my list of things (there is ALWAYS a huge list for Jenny) to ask her about concerning Word Press. It was gone midnight when she finally escaped to her car.
I realised last week when I was sharing my experience of Yoga with Stacey Landau that I haven’t actually given Jenny the credit and recognition that she so deserves for all her work on my website, and putting up with all my harassing (and at times crazy requests) emails and texts. I know exactly why I forgot to make mention of her since I began this blog. It’s because Jenny has become so integrated and pivotal in respect of my website that I almost forget that without her none of it would be possible. It’s like having the most amazing furniture, bespoke flooring, dazzling wallpaper, but without the floor, how could any of it exist?
Now I am by no means an I.T geek, some people would even claim I’m not even computer literate so it’s probably best (for accuracy) that you visit Digital Jen to see exactly what she can do for your business.
It’s also worth reading about why she started up, and her amazing experiences as a blogger before she started designing word press sites.
If you think that I’m biased in my opinion of Jenny as she has created the most awesome, inspiring and beautiful website for me, then have a read of her other customer reviews. Listen to how they also rave about her and her creativity and her dedication to you and your business.