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Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope #empoweredWritten

Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope #empoweredWritten

It's the 28th and final day of the #empoweredWritten project, and I think there's no more appropriate way to end things than by honoring the patron saint of Galentine's Day, Leslie Knope. 

Leslie Knope is, sadly, a fictional character, so in reality this post is honoring her creator, the inimitable Amy Poehler. 

Brené Brown #empoweredWritten

Brené Brown #empoweredWritten

In 2014, I was going through a rough patch. I've always struggled a little with anxiety, and been more prone than most to casual crying, but things were getting out of hand. I started seeing a therapist that helped me change the way I saw myself, and be more kind in my self-talk. 

And then she recommended I check out Brené Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection, aka the book that was probably written with the express purpose of changing my life. 

Elizabeth Gilbert #empoweredWritten

Elizabeth Gilbert #empoweredWritten

Followers of this series know by now that fear of failure has been a major stumbling block in my life and work, often preventing me from seeing an idea through to fruition.

Reading Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic helped me see my relationship with creativity and inspiration in a new light. 

Cheryl Strayed #empoweredWritten

Cheryl Strayed #empoweredWritten

A couple years ago I was working miserable long hours at a job that just wasn't right for me. All I wanted was to leave, but I didn't see how I ever could; after all, work would be hard no matter where I went. 

But reading Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things made me realize that I needed to find the hard work that felt worthwhile. 

Nicole Antoinette #empoweredWritten

Nicole Antoinette #empoweredWritten

When I first launched Written Paper Goods, I was still a little shy about embracing my real voice and writing true sentiments. It was a lot easier to defer to the wisdom of known and loved authors and poets, and use their beautiful words. 

...until I got an email telling me I was in violation of copyright law. Then it got a little harder. 

Thankfully, I had Nicole Antoinette—host of the Real Talk Radio podcast—to look to as an example of the value of being real. 

Sarah Harste #empoweredWritten

Sarah Harste #empoweredWritten

Yesterday I wrote about how Megan Leigh Barnard has inspired me in the short time we've known each other. But she also played the important role of introducing me to today's #empoweredWritten honoree: Sarah Harste. 

Sarah is as kind and genuine a person as you could ever hope to meet, especially when you're attempting to get through your first ever networking event.

Megan Leigh Barnard #empoweredWritten

Megan Leigh Barnard #empoweredWritten

July 11th was a strange, momentous, beautiful day. I woke up feeling ready to tackle something new, something challenging — and then was instantly presented with a challenge: my first ever networking event. 

Thankfully, my bravery was rewarded: I was introduced to the lovely Megan Leigh Barnard. 

Emma McGowan #empoweredWritten

Emma McGowan #empoweredWritten

When I first Emma, it was on the heels of a thrilling promotion. As Editor of an online magazine, I was managing a small team of writers, and I was psyched to find that Emma was a kindred spirit and hailed from my home state of Vermont. 

But as time went on, my excitement about the role faded, and I was left facing the reality that I was suffering serious work-life imbalance — cast into relief by the stories Emma regaled me with of her digital nomad lifestyle. 

Laura Cleavenger #empoweredWritten

Laura Cleavenger #empoweredWritten

In 2013, I was thrilled to land a full-time job as a business copywriter — but really nervous to start working in an office for the first time. When I met my coworker Laura, who seemed perfectly poised and polished, I immediately felt intimidated and threatened. 

But as time passed, I realized all was not as it seemed. 

Eva Jorgensen #empoweredWritten

Eva Jorgensen #empoweredWritten

In the spring of 2010, I was obsessively trying to learn everything I could about Columbus, Ohio before moving there sight unseen. One day I stumbled across Eva Jorgensen's Columbus city guide on the Design*Sponge blog, and though I didn't know it at the time, my entire life trajectory was changed. 

Christina Getachew #empoweredWritten

Christina Getachew #empoweredWritten

When I first moved to Columbus, I had to take a terrible job just to make ends meet. Thankfully, I was able to leave within months, and started working for a woman that became one of my personal (s)heroes. 

Christina Getachew didn't just teach me the value of sustainable fashion, but also that it was possible to build a sustainable business on a foundation of transparency, creativity, and philanthropy. 

Lindsay MacDougall #empoweredWritten

Lindsay MacDougall #empoweredWritten

Galentine's Day is less than a week away, so what better time to publicly confess to a long-held girl crush? 

Lindsay MacDougall isn't much more than an acquaintance, but she's such a positive, loving person that today I am overcoming my awkwardness and writing about how she has unwittingly inspired me and #empoweredWritten from afar.