“Inspiring People”: Our First Person…Emily Phillips!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillips

As many of you know, I often do posts on Inspiring Images.  Recently, I have come to know someone who inspired me to do our first INSPIRING PEOPLE  blog post.  This introduction came about as a comment on the blog and many subsequent emails.  And what a gift this new found friend has become.  I would not want to keep her all to myself and thought each of you would like to know her story.  So meet my new friend…Emily Phillips!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillips

Emily has graciously agreed to be The Collected Room’s first INSPIRING PERSON. Emily’s story is moving and inspiring to me and I will take two or three posts to tell her story, so that you can savor each of her answers to my questions!

Kathryn – I always wonder how my readers find The Collected Room.  Could you share with us how you found me Emily.

Emily – Earlier this year I was searching the internet for Beverly Nichols books and stumbled upon your post about this author.  At that time, I had not read  any of his book but after finding your beautiful blog, I felt like I wanted to cuddle up in one of your chairs at Chestnut Cottage and read!  Needless to say, I ended up reading post after post and forgetting what I was originally looking for.

Kathryn – I believe we both agree that things happen for a reason in our everyday lives.

Emily – Yes and that holds very true for how I came to get to know you Kathryn.  I signed up for notifications for new posts, but never received any.  I revisited the blog and tried to resign up but it kept indicating that I was already a member.  Normally if I sign up for a blog, I’m lucky if I can remember the name of the site, let alone realize I’m not receiving any posts.  So I felt it was necessary to write to you and let you know what was going on and tell you what a great inspiration you were to me.

 Kathryn- And I am so grateful that you did Emily!

Emily – I am a breast cancer survivor and everything I was passionate about was put on hold: getting myself in perfect health was my number one priority.  My treatment ended in April of this year and you inspired me Kathryn to get back on the hunt for antiques, which I did regularly prior to my illness.  I live in Georgia and the first sale I wanted to attend was in Alabama.  I was up at 2:00 AM to leave with plenty of time to be the first in line.

Kathryn – That’s my girl Emily.  I must tell my readers that I was a real winner on this first hunt of yours!  One day at my design shop, I came in to find a surprise package addressed to me from Emily Phillips…I was shocked when I opened the box and the lovely gift I found inside brought me to tears.  Inside was  a lovely card and a beautiful old blue and white tray  that Emily purchased for me on that first “hunt”!  I have so enjoyed using it and will always think of you Emily when I use it. Here I used it to hold some yummy rosemary shortbread and some macroons!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillips

Kathryn – Could you tell us what you are most passionate about in life Emily.

Emily – This is a very difficult question to answer because I have many passions.  But if I had to prioritize my passions, the first would be that I must speak or act on the behalf of those that don’t have a voice.  In my mind that is very young children and animals.  My heart just aches when I hear in the media stories of neglect and abuse.  I also am very supportive of organizations that work very hard rescuing children and animals. 

Kathryn – What a wonderful passion you have Emily!  My heart is so soft for animals and children also.

Emily – My current project is a baby robin that just about fell on my head last week.  I know that I could have left it there (which I did till dusk) and let nature take its course, but I don’t have that kind of heart.  I took the bird back every day to where the nest was but the mom and dad had left.  So I m now trying to teach the little bird to feed itself, which is quiet a task.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillips

Emily – Perhaps you can see the bird in the bottom right corner.  This is a cabinet in my garage that it likes to perch on.  I plan to move it to the back porch in the next day or so.

Kathryn – I am a bit afraid of birds, but you have done a very caring deed Emily.

Stay tuned tomorrow for more of Emily’s story and why she is our first INSPIRING PERSON!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents inspiring people emily phillips

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