We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucee Santini and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lucee, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
Travel. I am British/Greek and my husband is French and we both grew up in Europe. We traveled a lot and experienced different cultures. We want the kids to experience the world and see diversity. We want them to be open to everything the world has to offer!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
It all started with my book and helping others promote their books on my site. And then I started talking to bloggers on Facebook and realized that there was money to made. My first review was baby butt cream. I was thrilled.
Everytime someone recommended I do something more, I recoiled. I didn’t want to do videos. I didn’t want an IG acct.
Finally, I was forced to if I wanted to get anywhere. But fellow bloggers held my hand and helped me.
I have a small tribe of writers that I completely trust. #tortugatraveltribe
I regret not listening to suggestions about SEO. No matter what, there has to be something that someone is searching for to come to your site. People don’t just flock to your site just because.
I pushed myself with photography. I searched for parenting tips and used my creativity to make fun projects.
I think there has to be balance with the social media – I time myself now so that I balance everything.
I’m always on the lookout for more. I’ve failed at things and when that happens I try something different. Everything is a learning experience.
It’s all about moving forward and not giving up.
I just want to make people smile and have them identify with my stories as an older mom trying to navigate through life and being my own boss.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to Sedona, my favorite place in Arizona. We’d go to the Sky Ranch Lodge, a beautiful boutique hotel with amazing views.
We would have picnics there where the view is of the red rock – famous for weddings, walk through the gardens and collect our thoughts and be present.
I’m not into rushing around to see as much as possible. I like to enjoy my surroundings.
We would probably have breakfast at Airport Mesa.
Halfway down to the main street is my favorite hike (off airport Mesa) with one of the main vortexes. I would just lay on the vortex and meditate for a while.
Later, for dinners my favorite places are Cucina Rustica and Cowboy Club Grill in Town.
During the day I love going to the Chai Spot so we’ would head there and then maybe do some shopping at beautiful Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village.
I’d love to do another hike like Cathedral Rock and go downtown for some crystal shopping and maybe a Spiritstone Crystals for a reading with Jeff.
Finally, when we head back to Phoenix, I’d stop by Desert Flour Bakery and grab some fresh Walnut and Cranberry bread.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I always wanted to write a book. I started a memoir when I was 10.
When I left to model in Greece in my 20’s, I wrote letters to my parents about my experience- I always had a sense of humor.
20 Years later my mother sent me the box of letters and I decided to write a book called Letters to Mom and Dad.
My husband encouraged me to write the book. He supported me 100 %.
Later, a friend named Christine Kantor encouraged me to write a blog. I wasn’t really motivated because I wasn’t sure what to write about but I found out the parenting was my inspiration. Then later, family travel. She believed in me when I really didn’t think I had much to offer. She said just start writing – she encouraged me.