We had the good fortune of connecting with Caileigh Blake-Christo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caileigh, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Art has always been a big part of my life; I love consuming the creativity of others as well as making something of my own. It’s inspiring to see the unique visions, whether visually, audibly, or a combination of the senses, and be welcomed into such a vulnerable space of someone else’s creation. For me, I love sharing my perspective, sometimes collaborating with others, in hopes of promoting joy, starting conversations, and enriching the lives of others. I have a degree in Graphic Design and love problem solving in a creative way to visually portray a message. Mental Health is also a huge aspect of my creativity and I use my own struggles and growth as a way to process through what I experience. One way I do this is through journaling, using words as a way to bring clarity to what is on my mind. I also use my breakthroughs to create journal prompts that I share on TikTok. I enjoy going out and taking videos as backdrops for the prompts and sharing my insights with others who value self improvement as much as I do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In the past two years, my creativity has shifted more towards mental health. After graduating college with a degree in Graphic Design, I gravitated towards Social Media and Content Coordinating, but soon realized content creation is more specifically what I enjoy. In November of 2021, I started a personal blog, following the urge to document my inner challenges and breakthroughs. Although I do have a therapist, I found creatively writing about my experiences to be therapeutic in its own way. I started blogging, utilizing tarot cards and journal prompts, because of my abundance of free time. I had no idea just how much I would discover about myself and I am so thankful for it. I was keeping so much of myself hidden, and this outlet dives deep in ways I didn’t know I needed. I use my writing to open up and see myself in a new light; making sure to release any pressure I subconsciously place on myself. It can be easy to be hypercritical of what I write, but I remind myself to simply observe myself in nonjudgmental ways. One aspect of my blog I really enjoy is pairing each blogpost with a thumbnail. I love coming up with a visual aspect to each post to help unite my words with what I feel internally while writing. I like to have monthly themes while also keeping things loose, making sure I enjoy my creative process. I post 5 out of the 7 days of the week and the thumbnails are added to my Pinterest on each coordinating day.
I also recently started a TikTok page dedicated to journal prompts. I am constantly analyzing and asking myself questions. My goal is to ask the right questions to gain the understanding I am looking for. I then realized, maybe others could benefit from answering the same questions. I definitely come up with more prompts than I can answer on my blog, and TikTok is the perfect way to share those questions. I use videos, usually beach or nature focused, as backgrounds for the prompts. Although the page is small and relatively new, I enjoy taking time to go outside of my routine and comfort zone to take videos specifically for the TikToks.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take a visiting friend down by the beach. Uncle Bill’s in Manhattan Beach is a great way to start the day followed by a bike ride on the strand. The beach is such a magical place; I enjoy the breeze in my hair while smelling the salty ocean air and seeing the fun/unique houses along the bike path. I would make sure to stop in Hermosa Beach at one of my favorite metaphysical shops called Practical Magic Apothecary—it carries crystals, herbs, plants, and more. The atmosphere alone reenergizes and uplifts me. Heading a little south for dinner, I would take them to Pura Vita, a delicious plant based restaurant in Redondo Beach. They make incredible Italian cuisine and desserts, I especially enjoy their Zeppole. And, if we wanted to go shopping, I would take them to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. That way, we can also do some sight seeing because walking on that pier always brings a multitude of entertainment.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are multiple people in my life that support my creativity. My family and friends have always pushed me to go after my passions, especially my Mom and brother. I’m lucky because I also get to work creatively with my brother making social media content for his small business called Curb Appeal South Bay—I help pitch content ideas as well as film and edit videos for Instagram and TikTok. It’s fun working with someone I’m so close to because it doesn’t really feel like work. I’m proud watching him start his business and not only supporting him but also working with him behind the scenes. Another person I’d love to shout out is my close friend Nyri Yaghoobian. We equally support each other on our creative projects, me with my TikTok and mental health blog and her with script writing and videography. There’s respect between us and I’m thankful for how well we work together. So much so, that sometimes we even collaborate on photoshoots to improve my comfort in front of the camera and hers behind the lens.
One book that I think deserves some recognition is A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. I actually summarized almost every chapter on my blog, noting some of my key take aways. I found his teachings to be inspiring, especially since I experience anxiety. The reminder to return to the present moment helps me through it, unlike getting caught up in the past or future. It’s definitely a book I am going to revisit multiple times.