#BossBabeChats: Art by Megan

This week on #BossBabeChats I am so excited to introduce you to Art By Megan. I met Megan back in 2015 while I was working on a styled shoot (check it out here!) and she offered to loan some of her beautiful paintings! From then on, she has been a constant cheerleader and true leader of the Community over Competition movement. I am just so grateful to have this lady in my life and it has been so exciting watching her business grow, tremendously! 

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Why did you start your business: 

I was listening to Gary Vee the other day and he said the difference between a hobby and a passion is that a hobby is a "nice to have" and a passion is "can't live without".  This quote pretty much sums up my experience as I tried to just have my painting as a "side hustle" or hobby or whatever else it can be called.  I was teaching full-time and had just a had a little girl and all I could think about was painting in any free minute I had.  I had to give myself the chance to go full time and take the plunge and I am so thankful that I did.  

Is where your business is now, originally where you thought it would be? 

I am doing SO Much more than I imagined doing when I first started.  I have changed a lot of my early ideas about what this "should be" and I am instead more open to going with the flow and being adaptable as my business grows now.  It's a much healthier attitude and it works much better for my clients, too! 

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An artist, the first female president of the United States, a teacher and a... EVERYTHING.  I used to make my little brother play school with me on weekends and it was INTENSE.  Otherwise, I loved so many things that I often (read: still) had a hard time choosing what I loved.  

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Is there anything you wish you would have done sooner in your business?

STARTED.  I struggled with self-doubt and insecurity a lot as a younger person and I regret that I didn't risk more and take more chances to start this business sooner.  However, I am really grateful for the time I took the road less traveled and had amazing experiences as a high school Spanish and Art teacher in DC and Baltimore, MD.  

What tactic was the most helpful to growing your Instagram following?

Instagram has changed a lot over time but the one thing I would say works the best for me and has always worked is to take online relationships offline as much as possible.  Meet people IRL (in real life) and make sure that your online voice is consistent with your online "persona".  If you can be genuine and kind as much as possible, that helps SO MUCH, too :) 

What is your favorite quote?

"Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" - Aristotle. I love the idea of always being kind, no matter what.  

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If you had a $1000 gift card to any store what would it be...

1. Target
2. West Elm
3. J.Crew Factory

4. Artist and Craftsman
*in no certain order :) 

What's your favorite emoji? 
I researched this for you and I have the following on my "recent emoji" list on my iPhone.
double pink hearts, muscle bicep, taco, sunshine, waving hand, a sheep, a taxi, sunset, thumbs down, 100, and fire emoji. My favorite one is the crying laughing one.  I actually cry laugh, so I can really relate to that one.  

 

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Is there a business book (or any book!) that you have read that changed your outlook on things?

I am a huge bookworm and I am really inspired by reading, so this question is MY FAVE. 

I loved reading the books "Creative Habit" by Twyla Tharp, "Creative Block" by Danielle Krysa, and "Chasing Slow" by Erin Loechner for business advice and overall life success planning and mapping. As far as general great books (fiction) that I have just read, I recommend "All the Light You Cannot See", "The Nightingale", "Sweet Bitter" and "The Vacationers".

Another way I love getting inspiration is through podcasts and my favorites are "Art for your Ear by the Jealous Curator" and "How I Built This". 

Also, I have a podcast with my studio mate and we are ridiculous and you should totes listen - its called "Little Awkward Studio".  

You can stalk Megan here! Website :: Instagram 

 

#BossBabeChats: The Confetti Bar

This week on #BossBabeChats; we have Jessica from The Confetti Bar. What can be more fun than having your days filled with confetti? I am so excited for you to learn more about the why behind her business, and can you guess what her favorite emoji is?

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Why did you start your business

Hi guys! Jessica here from The Confetti Bar: a colorful, magical place where we believe happiness should be celebrated!

Confetti…it’s like the quintessential symbol for celebrations, right? It’s colorful and whimsical and fun and magical – everything you generally want a party to be. So why not really make it something special?

Well that’s what I thought when I decided to start The Confetti Bar, and once I had my idea, it was full steam ahead to actually turn it into a business!

Is where your business is now, originally where you thought it would be? 

Yes and no. I mean I guess when I started I never imagined I would have made hundreds of confetti mixes and designed for some of the awesome clients I’ve had the pleasure of working with, but I also have worked hard to grow this business to where it is so it’s not a total surprise lol.

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When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up

When I was really young I remember telling my parents I didn’t know what I wanted to be, but I knew I wanted it to be unique and different. As I got a little older I was really interested in filmmaking and wanted to be a director, and dabbled in book publishing as well. I’ve kind of been all over the map!

What was the best business advice you've received

Probably to focus on what is it I do best as well as focus the majority of my time on the actual money-making aspects of the business.

What is your advice for other women who are launching a business

Stay committed! Starting a business is a long, hard, and often lonely journey with lots of bumps along the way, but if you stay committed (and flexible!), things eventually start to fall into place.

What's the hardest obstacle you've overcome as a business owner

I’d say the logistics of actually running a business — like taxes and licenses and how to set up an inline store, etc. A business was born from my passion, but I wasn’t necessarily looking to go into business, if that makes sense. I had to learn real quick how to adapt!

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Is there anything you wish you would have done sooner in your business?

I think things happen for a reason and any “mistake” I’ve made has taught me something, but if anything I’d say I wish I had more clarity earlier on so I could have honed in on where to focus my energy sooner. Although things are always changing anyway, so it’s more about adapting and staying flexible.

What is your favorite quote?

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” — Earl Nightingale

What's your favorite emoji

🎉 (obvi)

Is there a business book (or any book!) that you have read that changed your outlook on things?

Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

You can stalk Jessica here! website : instagram

The Struggle is Real

I feel as though when you launch a business, all you think of is the rainbows and butterflies. No one really lets you in on the ugly side. There have been days when I feel like I have hit a wall and everything I try to do, I simply can’t break it down. It’s sometimes hard to take a step back and realize that all this hard work that you are putting in, will pay off. All the sleepless nights, all the anxiety, worries, dead ends will all miraculously form into something beautiful.  These are little things that I do to stop myself before I ugly cry and hit a breakdown.

Journal

Write your thoughts down! Being able to get everything out on paper or a computer can feel like a rush of relief. You can write down your thoughts, fears and dreams, completely judgment free. Afterwards you can go back and reflect, which will help you to see things more clearly.

Get out and move

I have always said that I think best when I’m out walking. Especially when living in New York City where you walk everywhere, I get a lot of things hashed out. Just taking a break from what you are doing and get out to breathe in some fresh air will help more than you realize. I also love squeezing in a yoga session when possible. Letting yourself focus on you and your breath for an hour can really reset your mind.

Talk it out

In this post I talked about how networking is key to a successful business. These are also the people that will understand when you are struggling and help you through it. They will help you at your lowest and praise you at your highest, truly the best support system.

What things do you do when you feel like you are hitting a wall that has helped you to reset and think more clearly?