Turning a Passion Into Revenue
What is the next goal you have your sights set on?
I heard a fabulous Kevin Spacey quote the other day that sums it up nicely: “If you’re lucky enough to do well, it’s your responsibility to send the elevator back down.”
While I still want to do commercial lettering projects, I want to dedicate more time to making online resources that help artists kickstart their creativity and get more eyeballs on their work. This means more blog posts, online courses, and eventually some group coaching. I’m very excited to share more of what I know!
How do you mitigate anxiety or stress when it arises?
I welcome a little bit of stress because it’s a good motivational tool for me, but I’m really good at noticing when it starts to feel like too much. I definitely worry about things here and there like anyone else. My go-to solution is to take a deep breath and ask myself, “Is there anything I can do to improve the situation? Will getting worked up about this change anything about the situation?” For example: last year I was running terribly late to catch a important flight from London to Dublin due to a train closing down from a storm. I was in a taxi stuck in traffic, and Google Maps said I would get there right when the gate closed. I felt stress welling up inside me, but I realized that me giving into those feelings and panicking wouldn’t get me to the airport any faster. So, I closed my eyes and mediated for the rest of the ride. I made it to my flight with less than a minute to spare. I’m a very emotionally-driven person, but when it comes to handling stress, I’ve learned to be less reactive and keep my cool.
What is the best part of your day?
The best part of my day is when my brain connects the dots and has an idea. There’s nothing that brings me more joy than frantically scribbling down a thought in my notebook.
What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
That my optimistic, positive demeanor isn’t 100% organic; I have to work for it daily. Both of my parents suffered from crippling depressions when I was a teenager, and the family went through some rough emotional times. Since depression is genetic, doctors have told me that I need to be aware of my mood and feelings often. While there will inevitably be factors in life outside of my control, I believe that I can always choose my attitude, so I choose to stay positive. Bad things may happen, but a bad attitude can only makes things worse. I’ve learned to give myself room to process negative emotions without getting wrapped up in them. This wasn’t a trait I was born with, it’s something I actively choose to do every day.
What advice do you have for women who want to start their own businesses?
Surround yourself with other women whose dreams are as big as yours. Ambition is contagious! It’s been instrumental to my success to have a strong network of creative ladies to brainstorm and collaborate with.
Also, speak up and share more. Whether it’s through writing articles, vlogging, or (in my case) lengthy Instagram captions (haha), I think it’s really important to share our ideas, opinions, and stories with the world, especially as women. Life is too short to keep your thoughts and ideas to yourself. If you experienced something that inspired you or boosted your business, chances are it could do the same for other entrepreneurial women out there, so share it! This is also a great way to grow your business, no matter what your niche is. The internet is a large place, and you never know who’ll stumble across your content and connect with your business.