Friends of Birdling
Posted. May 17, 2018

Meet Julia Leenig

Meet Julia Leenig (@leenighouse)! She lives in the St. Louis area with her husband, Brian, and two young boys, Henry and Archie. They own a home design shop (@futureancestor) specializing in vintage and modern furniture, so they are always on the go! Whether Julia and Brian are out hunting for vintage or meeting design clients, they always try to keep the kids nearby. Not only do they just love spending time with them, but they think it's important for the kids to see all of the work that goes into running their family business.

BB: What’s in your Birdling? What are the essential things you need with you at all times?

JL: It’s not uncommon for me to switch up my outfit mid-day, so a change of clothes is essential. What's appropriate for my day changes quickly, going from meeting clients to playing at the park, so it's good to be prepared! I also always like to have my journal on me (which is mostly filled with to-do lists), a book (although I never seem to get around to reading), and my favorite Clary balm. Having these little things keep me feeling on top of my game.

BB: What do you love most about your Birdling?

JL: The size! Even though it packs a ton, I don't feel as if it's too big for bringing around on a day-to-day basis. I can use it to pack myself and kids to go away for the weekend or just use it for everyday life. Its pockets keep me organized and the durability is incredible.

BB: What’s one thing you do to stay more organized and sane?

JL: Constant list making and brainstorming in my journal help me get my thoughts out of my head. It helps me to remember things and see my ideas in a real, tangible form. A lot of times I have a rambling to-do list in my mind that I think I could totally conquer in a day. If I get it on paper, I usually see that I'm trying to accomplish too much. Then, I can pare it down and set myself up for success.

BB: What’s one thing you absolutely have to get done? What’s one thing you let side?

JL: It’s very important to me to get myself ready every morning. If I don't get started out on the right foot, it's hard for me to approach my day feeling on top of it. This also goes for the house. If the kitchen isn't clean and the beds aren't made, I feel like I'm living in complete chaos. Laundry, though? I seem to have no problem closing the closet door or passing that one off to my husband.

BB: If you could drop everything and travel today, where would you go? Who would you bring?

JL: In the past, I'd almost always say Paris or New York or someplace full of life and energy. Lately, though... all I want is to take a nap on a beach.

BB: What’s your most funny, terrible or memorable travel moment?

JL: When I first got pregnant with my second son, we were heading on a week-long family vacation. I was so sick, but I managed to pack everyone's bags and get us all ready to go. It wasn't until we got to our hotel and my husband was unloading the bags that we realized I didn't bring a suitcase for myself. I ended up having to buy a whole new wardrobe. Not the worst case scenario, but also not as much fun as it sounds. I will never make that mistake again.

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