Business and Career

WORKING WITH IMPOSTER SYNDROME WHILE TRYING TO BE A FEARLESS FEMALE

“I think I can…” “No, wait, I can’t…” This is me. Every day of my life, just trying to figure out my place in the workforce and whether or not I am doing a great job in the work I produce. I am currently trying to get my own small business underway, having been a freelancer for five years and having worked with different clients in many different niches within the marketing, social media, and public relations realm. I want to officially be legitimate, but in reality, I should feel legitimate whether I am a freelancer or have an LLC next to my brand name. The reality of it is, even after I become an LLC, get a website revamp, get some more clients, I probably still will not feel good enough. As women in the workforce, we have to toot our own horns a...

HOW TO KICK CREATIVE ANXIETY AND GET YOUR SMALL BUSINESS MOVING DESPITE YOURSELF

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action.” – Carrie Fisher Starting an Etsy store has been on my goals list for a good two years now, so why did it take me until a few months ago to bite the bullet and actually open my store, Tiding of Magpies? I mean, there are obviously a ton of different factors, but if I was going to boil it down into one reason, it would be this: anxiety. Now, my mental health isn’t the best; but I’m talking creative anxiety, not diagnosable anxiety issues. It’s something that affects even the most ambitious and confident creatives from time to time, and never more so than when we’re starting out. Because, let’s face it, starting something new is scary. Putting yourself and your work out there is no small ask, and it’s so tempting to immerse your...

IS YOUR BUSINESS WORTH IT? (A HARSH LOOK ON THE REALITY OF BECOMING AN ENTREPRENEUR)

I remember the first time I thought of my supposed million-dollar business. No, it didn’t come to me in a dream, and I didn’t know I’d be quitting my job two days later. All I knew was I was unhappy, ready for a change and knew it would be worth it…or so I thought.   Before I make big changes in my life, I always think back to a moment I had during my youth group at church many years ago. I was in middle school and just started going to youth group with my older, wiser and cooler sister. We came in late and sat near the back. I’m not sure what the actual lesson was about, but I remember how the youth pastor ended his teaching.   “You all sit silently while I share records of people risking their lives for their beliefs but no one ever asks the question that most of you are thinking right n...

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD YOU BOOK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

As a seasoned photographer and cinematographer, I get asked a lot of questions. I love it because it let’s me know that people really care about their wedding experience. It also let’s me know that they trust me as a professional to ask questions. One of the most frequent questions I get asked by couple’s booking wedding photography or videography services is how far in advance should they booked their wedding vendors.  Most reputable vendors and venues book six months to one year in advance. Here’s a guide that works for most weddings when it comes to Wedding Photography & Videography:   Wedding Photography   Depending on the popularity of your wedding date and the wedding photographer you desire to hire, an available date may be limited. Most photographers and videographe...

MY CAREER AND FITTING IN

I have been in the hotel industry for 24 years, I can honestly say, I spent so much of my career just trying to fit in. You can view my LinkedIn profile, you can review my resume, you can see the success and I still constantly, as a stand out, was working to just fit it. I look back now and think if I would have put as much energy on growth as I did fitting in, how much further would I be. This is my advice to young women starting out in their careers, STOP – just be you and don’t try to be someone else or model yourself off of them.  The desire to fit was evident in so many ways, there are too many to list but here are the big ones. I learned how to play golf; yes, I did, I am not even a fan of golf. There were so many men leaving the resort to go play golf in the midst of the day. ...

#SUPERWOMAN BEGINNING IN THE MIDDLE | CO-FOUNDER CATHERINE WILLIAMSON TALKS TO HARNESS

On renovating homes, working with her husband and quitting her job The before and after pictures are truly spectacular — from broken walls, floral wallpaper and old tiles, Catherine Williamson and her husband, Bryan Williamson, transform lifeless spaces into bright, welcoming homes. The images speak for themselves as Catherine and Bryan build an empire. With reality television show offers, 50K followers on Instagram and features on sites like Oprah.com –we wanted to learn more about the co-founder of Beginning in the Middle, a former accountant from New Jersey. Catherine is the oldest of five siblings. Growing up, their mom did not want them to have cable, so they played with each other and made crafts. “That fostered a lot of creativity in all of us,” Catherine said. “I just r...

OUR TALK WITH RACHEL KYLIAN: ACTRESS AND MODEL

Rachel Kylian is a French actress and model. Harness wanted to know more about her career experiences, diversity in the media and sexism in the entertainment industry. Read below to learn more about Rachel! Tell me a little bit about where you are from and your childhood. Where were you born and raised, what was your life like as a kid?  I was born in Bordeaux, South of France. I am the middle child. My parents are immigrants from Africa. I grew-up bilingual and traveling the world. I see on Instagram that you travel all over – from New York to California. Where are you currently?  I live in Los Angeles, CA. I am a bi-coastal actor who loves traveling. What led you to decide to pursue acting and modeling professionally?  Passion. I love to be on stage, I started dancing at 7, theater...

23. MASTER’S STUDENT. UNEMPLOYED.

I cannot adult today. That phrase has turned into my new motto lately. I don’t know what it is but it holds so much truth in it. Maybe it’s all my responsibilities or maybe I don’t have enough things to do. Maybe it’s my lack of early 20’s success or maybe everything is just simply overrated. Everyone on social media seems to have their life figured out and know what their purpose is right out of college. (I’m not jealous or envious, I can only admire and congratulate them with sincere joy.) But, how do people do it? I have no answer for that question at all. I can tell you one thing for sure is that I am working on it. I am currently a Master’s student, trying to further my education and chances of getting a “good” job. Though, I am unemployed because I quit my old...

HOW I LAUNCHED A BUSINESS WHILE PREGNANT

Most women will tell you not to make any major changes in your life when you’re expecting. But then, I’ve never been one for convention. So, the day after I found out I was pregnant, I put in my two-weeks notice at my cushy tech job and set out to launch my own creative marketing consultancy. Not even 24 hours had passed since I saw those two pink lines on my third test (because every good entrepreneur needs at least three sources to confirm a theory) before I made one of the most life-changing decisions anyone can make. While the news of my pregnancy was met with joy and a few It’s about dang time! responses from most, my plans to start a business received some cautionary replies like Are you sure you want to do this?, What about health insurance?, What are you going to do once the baby c...

#SUPERWOMAN JOSIE SCHWEITZER | FOUNDER OF THANK YOGA TALKS TO HARNESS

Josie Schweitzer talks to us about finding her calling, letting go of her business and the transformative power of yoga In the early 2000s, Josie Schweitzer took her first yoga class in a basement in the beautiful city of Columbus, Ohio. She was intrigued, but scared because the practice was not approachable. A few years later, in her 20s, she was introduced to a more challenging practice – and that’s when the art of yoga stuck. “The fact that I could go and sweat and feel like I’ve been worked in a lot of ways, kept me coming back to it,” Schweitzer said, who is also a runner and an adrenaline junkie. Yet, she knew there was more to yoga than just the physical benefits. “Once I started practicing, it only took a few months for me to get really, really curious as to why I was feeling...

THAT TIME I MET GARY VAYNERCHUK

  Monday, July 17, 2017 was a special day. On this day, I woke up in New York City and met Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary is known for his business savvy and entrepreneurial spirit. I do not see myself as an entrepreneur, but I do believe in much of what he communicates. I utilize his strategies in my work at Aboriginal Head Start. I was also raised by a mom and dad who hustled their whole lives, and passed that down to their children. This meeting meant a lot for me, even though it was difficult at first to nail down what I was hoping to achieve from the meeting. BRENE BROWN, HELP A GIRL OUT! As I was getting ready for the meeting, the nerves started to settle in, and no amount of deep breathing was helping. Feeling doubt and the inner critic creep in, I turned to a source that has helped me ...

#SUPERWOMAN AUNT FLOW | 20-YEAR-OLD FOUNDER CLAIRE CODER CHATS WITH HARNESS

Photo by The Wonder Jam Claire discusses period positivity, dropping out of college and entrepreneurism She’s only 20-years-old, but Claire Coder is changing the world – one cycle at a time. As Chief Estrogen Officer of Aunt Flow, a subscription service which mails a customized box of tampons and pads, Coder’s mission is to provide every menstruator access to menstrual products. For each box bought, another one is donated to a select organization or an individual in need. Businesses can also purchase their tampons and provide them – for free – in bathrooms. As the website reads: “Taking care of your flow, takes care of their flow.” Tampons and pads are not covered by food stamps or by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Accord...

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