When I started my feminist blog Writing on Glass, one of the hardest parts was aligning my business choices with my values. I felt a clash. It was business growth vs. feminism, and I didn’t want to face that conflict.
Bold Broads highlights women founders and creative [read: BADASS] small business owners about how they really deal with the ups and downs of running a BOLD business. Meet Laura Huebner of Dotted Design. Laura is a brilliant graphic designer and the owner of Dotted Design, a boutique design studio that creates visual brands for small businesses.
Bold Broads highlights women founders. These women share honest wisdom and tough lessons to support you in collectively making good shit happen in your own women-led startup or small business. Meet Ashley Feinstein Gerstley of Fiscal Femme. Ashley is a money coach and founder of the Fiscal Femme where she demystifies the world of personal finance and money for her clients in a fun and accessible way that empowers them to achieve their financial goals.
Bold Broads highlights women founders and creative [read: BADASS] small business owners about how they really deal with the ups and downs of running a BOLD business. Meet Tash Haynes of Ike and Tash Photography and Motion. Tash is one-half of a husband-wife wedding and portrait photography team based out of the beautiful city of Tacoma WA in the Pacific Northwest.
Starting a business at the age of 35 brought on a shit ton of challenges that I didn’t expect. And my expectations were lower than most since I never set out to start my own business or empower anyone, other than myself.
Not a designer? I get it, it's not always easy knowing which fonts to use, how many fonts to use and which ones to pair together. Because let's face it, the last thing you want is your newsletter to look whack yo! No problem, I got your back...
I’m an entrepreneurial newbie. Everything is new, the to-do list never ends and obstacles, I’m learning, are seamlessly interwoven into the fabric of business ownership. While I have so much to share in terms of what I’ve learned so far, this one piece of research is what I feel the most on fire about sharing with anyone else who will listen.
When I was in high school, I had this really annoying habit. I would meet someone new, and within 5 seconds of the conversation, I would immediately gasp and ask, "So, where are YOU from?" wide-eyed. I had to know. You see, as a child, I grew up in a predominately black neighborhood in Newark, NJ.
Several years ago, I realized that I had much better end-of-day conversations with the people in my life when we stopped asking each other, “How was your day?” Instead, we started asking each other, “Did anything happen at work today that you felt proud of?” This upgraded question elicited much better responses.
When I was in high school, I started reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I'll be honest - at the time I didn't get it. It was a slow read and very detail-oriented. About two-thirds of the way through, I gave up and moved on to something else (Stephen King is probable). I wasn't ready for that book.
We’ve all heard the phrase “don’t bring your work home with you,” but that’s not exactly possible when you’re working from home. Whether you run your own business like me, blog full time, or work for a company that gives you the flexibility to work from home, it’s easy to get distracted by all of the “shiny” things in your house...
I’m a firm believer in a positive attitude and attracting things into your life that you give your attention to. You might even call me an eternal optimist. This drives some people crazy. But I’m spending my days doing things I enjoy, on a schedule that I dictate, and surrounding myself with people that I love to spend time with.
I get frustrated with people who complain about their station in life, yet make really small safe goals for themselves and are resigned to things just being hard for eternity.
As an artist, I get asked from time to time: "What inspired this piece?" and I'm supposed to come up with a great intellectual explanation. I've attended workshops and art seminars on storytelling, and artists are rightfully advised to sell our work always with "the story" behind it. Be it fact or fiction, we must relay some sequence of events, preferably starting with obscurity to sudden clarity, as if that can somehow give rhyme or reason to a finished painting.
Can I be completely honest with you? I'm not really fond of the question. Not because I lack inspiration, but because my art practice is not a linear one.
Recently, someone called me “The Self-Care Queen.” It’s one of my favorite compliments I’ve ever received.
Self-care is absolutely necessary if we want to have the bandwidth to fully show up for others. As a chronic migraineur, I have to be especially vigilant about my self-care because if I ignore it, I will end up in the pain cave, of no use to anyone (and, y’know, in pain).