Ladies, meet the modern day Audrey Hepburn: Bethany Herwegh
I knew Bethany was perfect for HaveHeart when I stumbled across her webpage: (www.theglamoroushousewife.com) before my magazine even existed. I found myself completely inspired by a woman who transformed herself by following her dreams! At the time I had just lost my job and was thinking of teaching myself how to start my own magazine to uplift and inspire women like myself. The second I saw her blog, I was instantly captivated by her retro site. I am a huge vintage lover and I adore the everyday glamor of the 50’s housewife, minus the sexist societal roles! What I’m referring to is the happiness some women experienced during the time when their home was their calling card. I’m talking hot rollers, gloved hands at the supermarket, and decorating their houses room by room. I’m talking vintage fashion, cooking, and of course, manners! So imagine my surprise when I stumbled across someone who was daring to live that way now and was sharing her lifestyle with her readers. Bethany mentioned briefly on her site that she was unfulfilled and had gotten “frumpy” and that had inspired her change, but I had to know more.
I wrote a reminder note to email her as soon as I got HaveHeart together to ask her to be a cover woman. I mean, she is the essence of what we’re about! I find so much inspiration in women who share their stories of triumph! The first thing I asked her was to dish the details on her personal transformation. “About five years ago I was feeling very depressed because I had to shut down my line of boy’s clothing,” Bethany says. “I loved having my own company and adored designing clothing. But, the economy was terrible and I knew it was the right long term decision. So I found myself becoming a housewife and felt very unfulfilled in this new endeavor. At first I spent my time exercising. I had gained about thirty pounds while I was working on my company and hadn’t realized it. Plus I had a lot of time on my hands because both of my children were in school. I ended up losing about 25 of those 30 pounds and decided to celebrate by purchasing vintage clothing. I had always loved vintage, but didn’t really wear much of it at that time. I also decided to start a blog and record my re-found passion for vintage, as well as discuss my attempt at finding inspiration in being a housewife. Over time my blog took off and now I consider myself a full-fledged glamorous housewife!”
The truth of it all is, it takes serious guts to share your passions, let alone follow your dreams and Bethany is doing exactly that. “I have a very active imagination and sometimes I think about things like a printed magazine, a line of home goods, my own talk show, etc. But for now I am content to continue building my blog, make fun little videos on YouTube, and I am also trying to write a book that encompasses everything I believe about being a glamorous housewife.” See what I mean? After I interviewed Bethany I realized just how full of courage she truly is. I asked her to share her secret with me. “I found this quote in a book called, “Who Moved My Cheese” when I was in my mid 20’s and it changed my life: ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ Now, when I am afraid of something- like being judged or failing, I ask myself what would I do if I wasn’t afraid and then make my choices as if I wasn’t afraid,” she tells me. “The fear is still there, but my choices aren’t based on it anymore. If women come to my blog and find inspiration in what I’m doing then I know am doing my job right!”
With thousands of loyal followers, fans and inspired women like myself signing up to hear what she has to say, I’d say she is definitely doing her job right!