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Applications are Open for the 2019 CYOP Artist Residency!

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Applications are Open for the 2019 CYOP Artist Residency!

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The day has finally come to swing open the doors to the CYOP Artist Residency! If you're a regular subscriber to the Creative Digest you’ve already heard the news, but I wanted to dive a little deeper into why I launched this sort of program.

I believe that creating anything, whether it’s a painting or a podcast or a beautifully designed space, is an act of vulnerability. If you’re putting something into the world where it didn’t exist before, you’re taking a huge leap of faith. You’ve got to trust in yourself, you’ve got to trust in the market (if you’re attempting to earn money for your creative thing) and you’ve got to be willing to have it not work out.

That’s a lot for all of us to take on alone.

But that’s just it — we don’t have to do it alone. We can collaborate on our creative pursuits! We can build space and time to bounce ideas off one another. We can partner up in a mutually beneficial way so that, together, we can grow.

That’s what this residency is about. The program will allow for an artist to work collaboratively with me on the Creating Your Own Path podcast to share their story, create beautiful portfolio pieces and gain experience while also providing me an opportunity to showcase, pay (!!!) and support different emerging artists each year.

To learn more about the program and the application process, click that button below!

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CYOP Notebooks are Available for Pre-order!

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CYOP Notebooks are Available for Pre-order!

If you subscribe to the shop newsletter or follow along on Instagram, you may have already heard that the first CYOP Notebooks are in the shop and currently available for pre-order!

These notebooks have been part of the product plan since 2017 CYOP Artist Resident Melanie Biehle said these wise words during her first appearance on the show and I'm thrilled to share them with you all. 

The notebooks come in a perfectly portable size, are printed on high-quality stock, and have very sturdy covers. If you need art-inspired gifts, are looking for unique back-to-school supplies, or simply want to up your journaling game, you're going to want to snag a few of these notebooks.

Another reason you'll want to scoot on over to the shop? I'm offering a launch-day deal!

The first 25 notebook orders will be getting a special surprise art print just for being among the first to scoop up these beauties. No promo code needed. Just place your order and I'll do the rest as soon as the finished products make it to my studio!


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Working Creatively Doesn't Have to Look Like Entrepreneurship

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Working Creatively Doesn't Have to Look Like Entrepreneurship

Working Creatively Doesn't Have to Look Like Entrepreneurship // jenniferesnyder.com

I've been giving this idea a lot of thought lately. When I first launched Creating Your Own Path as an interview series, I recalled being given a very narrow set of career options in my high school counselor's office. I was a junior at the time and that was when you were supposed to start picking out the path you might want to take in life.

So many of the jobs and career options that exist today simply didn't back then — and it hasn't been that long since high school. Even in college, I felt as though my options were limited, but times are changing and that's a good thing. 

However, I have been stumbling along my path of entrepreneurship for seven years now and, over the last year or so, I've begun realize why certain discussions in this space haven't completely resonated with me.

You see, there's this idea that working creatively means you have to run your own company. Going into business for yourself has become synonymous with success and freedom and all of those values we love to love.

But guess what? You can still work creatively for any number of super rad companies and still be successful and — wait for it — free. Want to know something else? Some of those creative jobs with organizations and companies around the world pay really well and they come with benefits and other perks like never having to use QuickBooks again, allowing the word "hustle" to fall away from your vocabulary, and going to the dentist with some regularity.

What I'm getting at, here, is that I want to urge all of us (myself included) to stop glamorizing the path of the entrepreneur. It's not glamorous. It's really hard work. Being your own boss can be awesome — that's true — but it's not the only way to create your own path.

In fact, I've met dozens and dozens of people over the years whose jobs I didn't even know existed — and the jobs they hold within their companies are SO COOL. I'm betting current high school juniors and college freshmen don't know those jobs exist either. I propose we change that. 

Who's with me?



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Thanks Internet #3 - The Fold Mag

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Thanks Internet #3 - The Fold Mag

"In the words of my dear friend Amanda Carter Gomes, "Transition, like aging, is inevitable." She's right, of course. We're evolving as humans every day, but it's always interesting to watch someone evolve a business and Amanda is doing just that.

You may remember Amanda. You heard from her on Creating Your Own Path in 2015 when she was working hard as the executive editor of Clementine Daily (an online publication I worked for at the time) and she has just launched a new — and, dare I say, more evolved — brand that is so needed in the lifestyle publication space.

It's called The Fold Mag and it's "for women of an uncertain age and particular attitude." 

From The Fold Mag, you can expect a more in-depth look at what it means to be a woman in today's society from an intersectional perspective. I cannot wait to see what she and the writers will do with the space and I'm so proud to know the talented woman at the helm.

While much of the content will live online, The Fold Mag recently launched with an in-person event in Seattle and I have no doubt that many, many connections will be made, both online and off, as the publication makes its way into the world. 

Please go check it out when you have a moment!


This monthly series is dedicated to sharing really cool projects and ideas that are taking shape in both the digital and physical realms. See more below!


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The CYOP Art Prints Have Arrived! See Also: One More Way to Support the Residency.

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The CYOP Art Prints Have Arrived! See Also: One More Way to Support the Residency.

Art Print - "If you like it, great. If not, turn the page." — Melanie Biehle from Episode #101 of the  Creating Your Own Path  podcast
"Nothing is set in stone. You just have to do it and see what happens." — Dawn Marie Hoo of Drifter Organics from Episode 104 of the  Creating Your Own Path  podcast.
"Trust that you're going to figure it out." — Rebecca Plumb of Honey Agency from Episode #108 of the  Creating Your Own Path  podcast.

That's right! I'm excited to share that the first three art prints created through the 2017 CYOP Artist Residency are now available in the shop

If you're on the Shop Update newsletter list, you got a pretty rocking deal this weekend. (Thanks to those who've already ordered prints! If you're not on the list and missed the deal, you'll want to get signed up here to catch the next one.)

Here's the thing: these art prints are a labor of love. I have been capturing words of wisdom from podcast guests for nearly four years and I have always wanted to see them represented in a beautiful way.

Enter: the CYOP Artist Residency and Melanie Biehle. I could not have wished for a better first collaboration. Melanie's work is stunning and her desire to truly represent the words of CYOP guests in the best way possible makes me so damn happy.

What you need to know about how this whole residency thing works is that, from the very beginning, I was committed to making sure that I assumed all of the risk involved in creating physical products relating to the podcast.

I made sure I could pay the resident a fair stipend for the work. This means that the work has been commissioned so that Melanie gets paid regardless of whether or not anything in the shop actually sells.

Additionally, it means that not only am I putting up the money to pay a fair rate for an artists' work, I'm also fronting the money to create the products. It's risky and I'll be the first to tell you that some physical products have ridiculously small margins while others are a bit more generous.

It also means that I'll be the one handling order fulfillment (you'll note that I've streamlined the shipping costs—yay!). It was important for me to build a residency that allowed the artist to create and not worry about how the physical products might be made and delivered to the lovely people who order them.

Lastly, I made sure to get permission from each guest who comes on the show so that we could use their words in potential for-sale items. They've all be incredibly gracious about signing on to participate.

So, while there are many products out there created just for the sake of creating (which is a fantastic reason to create products, by the way), these art prints and the other products I hope to develop this year have the added benefit of supporting artists through paid creative opportunities and amplifying important discussions about what it means to create your own path in life.

Many thanks to those who have already supported the cause — if I'm able to sustain the residency again next year, it'll be because of YOU. And if you're looking for art prints that inspire big leaps and ignite steady progress, these babies are made just for you. You can snag your own (they also make stellar gifts) by clicking that button below.

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