When putting this post together I realized there was so much to highlight. Johanna has invested her time into the most meaningful ways and as a result, has created a full, purpose driven life. She displays how a heaping dose of grit mixed with a lot of grace is the way to go. Sadly she doesn't drink coffee right now but I'm sure once Lila is here, she'll soon add that to her lineup: Grit, Grace, Coffee. Hear more from her below:
Do you have a system or guiding principles for creating balance in your life?
I think balance is so hard to achieve. It's hard without family, so I can imagine how much more difficult it will be when Lila gets here... I really always take balance from God. For me, He is the core of everything I do. All my work, my being a loving wife, friend, mom, and activist flows from Him. When God is at the center, it's easier for me to know and acknowledge when something gets out of whack and then work to (make) it right again.
Long Beach's sense of community has blossomed in many ways over the last few years and some of that can be attributed to social media. Who are your favorite small businesses or local personalities to follow?
I agree. It's been a joy to see it change over the four years since we've moved. I really love following Michelle Qazi at 6th & Detroit. She is helping me design Lila's nursery and is unbelievably talented. My dear friend Jessie Artigue is such an inspiration too. You can catch her at Style and Pepper and hosting the podcast, Marriage is Funny. I spend a lot of time in the Arts District between Shop Anneise, Make Collectives, Aye Que Vintage and 6th & Detroit. For baby stuff, I love Shop Sweet Threads and Family Store.
What are your favorite clothing brands now that you're pregnant?
I'm always a sucker for Elizabeth Suzann out of Nashville! Her clothes have been perfect for transitioning into maternity wear. I also found an amazing vintage dress from Aye Que Vintage in the arts district and the perfect summer dress by Knot Sisters that I got at Prism Boutique in Long Beach. But I've been wearing mostly dresses and yoga pants.
Last Question! "It Takes a Village" or "Build your Tribe" - both phrases often get used when describing the importance of: _________________
Thank you J for your time and for being an incredible mamma-to-be fashion model for us. We cannot wait for Baby Lila. xx