entrepreneurship

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. 

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. 

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. 

My Mom #empoweredWritten

My Mom #empoweredWritten

My mom is my lifelong best friend. She’s fun, creative, and always a call away for advice or to dish about embarrassingly bad TV. There are a lot of things I could write about her, but today I want to focus on how she’s a great teacher — in more ways than one. 

I had the good fortune of watching my mother take a big chance on herself, and find success in a new career path. Unfortunately, being witness to her inspiring journey wasn’t enough to set me striding confidently down my own path — first, I needed to be shaken out of self-limiting beliefs that held me back for years. 

Here’s the story of how my mom helped me wake up and get to work.