It's hard to believe, but this week it will have been one year since I launched the Written Paper Goods Etsy shop! And I'm hoping you'll help me celebrate.
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.
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.
I launched Written Paper Goods 10 months ago, but it wasn't until recent events—in the world at large and in my business—that I felt called to start a blog. Here's why I decided to start writing...