The good, the bad, & the ugly of social entrepreneurship all shared in full honesty!
If we're being honest, anxiety runs my business. It's the constant checking of the e-mail in fear that I have messed something up. It's double checking & triple checking everything I send out. It's constantly checking the time, if someone is one minute late to a meeting and being convinced that I'm at the wrong place or read the wrong time.
Yes, by traditional blogging standards I'm not the best....but at least I'm honest about it. I'm probably the most inconsistent blogger that you follow, but hey I can't help it. That's life for me. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, so I don't schedule my posts too far out. I write when inspiration strikes. Some days I'll post twice and some weeks you'll wonder if I'm alive because I don't post anything.
I came to this city with no clue. No clue about what I wanted to do or who I was, but when I left this city, I left with a passion and the incredible feeling of knowing my true self. Nashville really did give me wings and through this journey I learned how to fly. Moving to a new city and not knowing anyone pushed me to be independent. It forced me to truly find myself. And it is definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. If you EVER have the chance to move, GO. Go far away where you don't know anybody. It'll take some getting used to. It'll be scary at first, but it's an incredibly rewarding experience that can allow you to find & love yourself.
Ever tried running a start up & moving across country? Pro-tip probably don't. My life is literally in boxes right now...and my head is spinning in 1000 different directions. Sorry I've been slacking off on product posts & incredibly slow with responding to e-mails, but here's a little life update on what's going on with me.
The creative process can be frustrating because creativity is not something you can just turn on. It takes time and the right environment. The right environment for me can sometimes involve going out and about, but most times it involves sitting in my bed with early 2000s jams blasting, the scent of a strong, fruity candle, and the warm glow of the gold lights that line my window. This is my happy place, where I feel safe, and where I am able to focus my thoughts on the creative process.
Two years ago TODAY I was sitting in my dorm room at Belmont University when I made a pixelated logo in Powerpoint and typed up out the words The Honest Consumer. I had no idea what was ahead of me. Who knew The Honest Consumer would turn into a community of lovely souls passionate about changing the world. We have a community of over 6,000 people which is more than I could have EVER hoped for...and we're not done growing yet! It has been such a blessing and The Honest Consumer wouldn't be possible without YOU!
What do you do for a living? What I do....is something different EVERYDAY. I mean everyday. I couldn't tell you what a day in the life is like because I don't have a set routine. My days are chaos...most days, relatively organized chaos. A day for me could involve a few calls, some meetings, writing, website updates, creating newsletters, editing posts, screaming at the computer, photoshoots with product, researching new companies, interviews, catching up on the e-mails I'm constantly a month behind on, attempting to understand algorithm changes, or all of the above. All done with massive amounts of coffee while trying to keep my sanity.
Since graduating in December, I’ve been doing odd jobs including web design, content management, and copywriting, all while running The Honest Consumer. My collection of odd jobs helps me makeup the difference in bills and continue running The Honest Consumer. The transition from being a college student to being self-employed has been more challenging than I expected. I wanted to share a few of the challenges I’m experiencing in hopes that it might prepare others who are transitioning into the freelance world.
Sometimes I feel as though I'm a Sim and the big man in the sky is looking down laughing at me. In my first week of "real" adulting (my post graduation life back in Nashville after the holidays) I was bombarded with chaos. My dear friend Malayna and I had a terrifying experience driving from Texas back to Nashville. We were caught in snow, ice, and witnessed an 80 car pileup....needless to say we had a guardian angel.
2017 was a year of a lot of laughs, a lot of cries, and a lot of learning to embrace it all. I learned so much about myself and experienced personal growth in ways I couldn't imagine a year ago. I wanted to share a few of my key experiences from 2017 in hopes that it may inspire you to embrace personal growth in 2018.
I think as an entrepreneur it can be a challenge to try and figure out where to focus your energy: so many things that need to be done, bills that need to be paid, and not enough hours in the day. Recently, I've been stuck in this anxious mindset holding myself back, the fear of failure. I think a lot of entrepreneurs experience this and it can be incredibly crippling.
This morning I woke up to an inbox full of e-mails...I didn't know where to start. Todays schedule...Three meetings, two calls, and an abundance of homework due for class tomorrow. Feeling overwhelmed has been a common theme for me recently. With graduation quickly approaching and trying to figure out how to make The Honest Consumer a part time job, life has been crazy.
I'm the girl who wakes up twenty minutes before a meeting or class, throws on a bra, deodorant, brushes her teeth, and runs out the door. I'm the girl with a mind running at 1,000 miles an hour in five different directions. I literally have a sign in my living room that says, "Welcome to the Shit Show" because I'm all over the place, all the time.
It's that time of year again. Back to school. Tired eyes, chapped lips, and picked nails. I know I'm not the only one dreading it. I'm sitting here drowning myself in design work for clients, writing, and procrastinating even LOOKING at my homework. Don't get me wrong, I'm incredibly grateful for my education because I recognize what a privilege it truly is.
From not being taken seriously as a blogger to being told people don't care about conscious consumerism, I've just about heard it all. But guess what? The Honest Consumer is still here. Like a lot of entrepreneurs, I jumped in head on following a passion. The idea of "Fake it Till You Make It" can bring on a confidence to keep you going on the rough days.
Sometimes, especially in today's media, the focus can be drawn to women putting each other down. However, there are SO many women lifting each other up and it is extremely important to recognize women who empower other women. Women empowering other women can create positive community and encouragement. Through my entrepreneurial journey, I've connected with some kick-ass ladies who are changing the world. These hardworking women have been incredibly encouraging. I am so grateful for their mentorship. Meet these fabulous lady bosses!!