In the month or so since completing my #empoweredWritten project, I've been really hustling towards my next big business milestone. But over the last week or so, I've been pretty tempted by a very compelling distraction....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.