A Conversation with Shakira Patterson from Occasions by Shakira
Shakira Patterson started her blog OccasionsbyShakira.com in 2018 as a way to share her creative projects and motherhood adventures. She is an industry leader when it comes to all the details that go into family traditions, intentional memory making and making the most of motherhood. She is such a sweet and generous person and shares some wonderful value and insight below.
What inspired you to create your blog?
I really wanted a landing page for all of the creative fun we had going on. I’d always have mom friends ask for a recipe or compliment a craft idea and encourage me to share it with others. My blog started as a way for me to create and share ways to make memories—and basically make things a little less hard and a little more magical.
Your Occasions Bins™ have created a social media movement! How does it feel to know that you have impacted so many families in such a positive way?
I cry actual tears often. After every single holiday I scroll through the #OccasionsBin hashtag on Instagram and it is so incredibly humbling to see that one of our traditions has now become a part of so many other families memory making. It’ll never not floor me. There are so many creative friends out there, and ones who didn’t think they were creative, but are making magic all the same. I love it.
What do you hope your kids learn about special occasions and creating memories together?
I hope that they look back and feel like they had a true childhood. One full of majesty and family time and light. This world can feel so dark as an adult, and Mark and I really hope that they have these special times as a foundation. Memories that show them that what really matters is right inside the doors of their own home—with the people they love most. That's how we make a better world. I believe that with all my heart.
What advice do you have for busy moms that don’t have a lot of time, but still want to create magical moments with their families?
First of all I’d say to release the pressure. Let it go because I know how much the world is always telling us that we aren’t enough and that we aren’t doing enough. Let it go. Focus on intentionality—that’s where the magic comes from. If you’re low on free time and/or budget really try and see what you’re able to do with intention. I PROMISE you that it's your presence and being intentional that spreads love—not the “stuff."
Thank you for sharing your magic with us Shakira!
You can find Shakira on Instagram @occasions.byshakira where she shares tons of magical inspiration, recipes, DIY crafts and more!
Check out her website and blog at www.occasionsbyshakira.com ✨