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Creating Your Own Path 2016

CYOP #95 - Testing Ideas + Setting Realistic Goals with Rosa Ng of Young & Able

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CYOP #95 - Testing Ideas + Setting Realistic Goals with Rosa Ng of Young & Able

CYOP #95 - Rosa Ng of Young & Able // creatingyourownpath.com

CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 95:

Rosa Ng of Young & Able

 

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INTERVIEW:

Jennifer E. Snyder
 

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Courtesy of Rosa Ng
 

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Today’s guest is Rosa Ng of Young & Able. She's the first in a new segment focused on those who create physical retail experiences. Young & Able is both an ecommerce and pop-up retail experience full of carefully curated items.

In the interview, Rosa talks about the many facets of her brand and why she chose to build a platform for the creative community instead of diving into her planned career in fashion design after graduating. She also talks about the importance of testing our ideas, how she manages her pop-up shops—which are really one part event and one part retail shop—and why she believes in setting realistic goals in everything she does.

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Follow along with Rosa's adventures:

Young & Able
Holiday pop-up location
Young & Able on Instagram, Twitter + Facebook


Other resources mentioned:

Phoenicia Flea
Young & Able classes
Basilica Market
Machine Knitting Class at Parsons
Morgenstern's

You need to have realistic goals and make sure you can reach them. — Rosa Ng, Young & Able // creatingyourownpath.com

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CYOP #94 - Stretching Yourself Creatively + Embracing Your Voice with Brooke Barker of Sad Animal Facts

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CYOP #94 - Stretching Yourself Creatively + Embracing Your Voice with Brooke Barker of Sad Animal Facts

Brooke Barker of Sad Animal Facts // creatingyourownpath.com

CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 94:

Brooke Barker of
Sad Animal Facts

 

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Interview:

Jennifer E. Snyder

 

Photo:

Boaz Frankel

 

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Today’s guest is Brooke Barker of the Instagram-account-turned-book, Sad Animal Facts. I’ve been following Brooke’s Instagram feed, which as you’ll hear in the episode, I came across while we were both participating in The 100 Day Project last year. 

Sad Animal Facts is a project that is exactly what it sounds like; facts about animals that are a little bit sad or melancholy, but with Brooke’s quirky humor driving the treatment of each fact. Her illustrations are adorable and the facts are things that are funny-slash-sad because they’re true. 

In the interview, Brooke and I discuss how her one-a-day Instagram project turned into a book in just over a year, how she’s navigated the new-to-her realm of book publishing, and why she believes in exercising your creative muscles by trying to incorporate new mediums and projects the mix. We also talk about Brooke’s other work and how, even though she gets to work primarily on fun and funny projects, she still has to walk the line between humor and professionalism in her everyday life.

Enjoy!


 

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Follow along with Brooke's adventures:

Sad Animal Facts
Sad Animal Facts on Instagram, Twitter + Facebook
Buy the book!
Send Brooke a fact!

 

Other resources mentioned:

It's Different Every Day Page-A-Day Calendar 2017

"In everything you do, if you can get your voice across, then that's a win." — Brooke Barker,  Sad Animal Facts  // www.creatingyourownpath.com

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CYOP #93 - Infusing Personality into Your Work with Becky Simpson of Chipper Things + The Roommate Book

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CYOP #93 - Infusing Personality into Your Work with Becky Simpson of Chipper Things + The Roommate Book

Becky Simpson of Chipper Things + The Roommate Book // creatingyourownpath.com

CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 93:

Becky Simpson of
Chipper Things + The Roommate Book

 

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Interview:

Jennifer E. Snyder

 

Photo:

Constance Higley

 

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Today’s guest is illustrator Becky Simpson, whose work is a little cheeky and a little quirky, and completely relatable—especially for the ladies tuning in today. If you spend any time on the internet you may have seen Becky’s hilarious “Should I Wash My Hair Today?” flow chart. She’s also created other flow charts that have become favorites, like “Should I Check Email Right Now?” and “Should I wear Pants Today?” I’ve been wanting to get her on the show since last year and I’m so excited to share her story with you! 

In the interview, we talk about process and giving yourself the time to explore creative ideas when they make an appearance in our lives. Becky also goes into detail about her first book deal and how she was able to bring that book to life even though she didn’t have a large number of blog readers or social media followers. One thing I really appreciated hearing from Becky is how she’s been able to incorporate her brand of humor into all of her work without feeling as though she’s sacrificing professionalism. We talk quite a bit about the invisible line between letting our personalities show through our work and keeping things professional and I love Becky’s approach. 

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CYOP #92 - Telling True Stories + Learning to Be Patient with Janna Marlies Maron of Under the Gum Tree

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CYOP #92 - Telling True Stories + Learning to Be Patient with Janna Marlies Maron of Under the Gum Tree

Janna Marlies Maron of  Under the Gum Tree  // creatingyourownpath.com

CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 92:

Janna Marlies Maron of
Under the Gum Tree

 

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Interview:

Jennifer E. Snyder 

 

Photo:

Madeloni Photography

 

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Today’s show is one of the few episodes I’ve had so far with a repeat guest! If you’ve been listening to Creating Your Own Path from the beginning, you know that Janna Marlies Maron and her husband Jeremy Maron were the very first guests to be featured on the show in Episode 1. When Janna reminded me that she would be celebrating five years of publishing her literary non-fiction magazine, Under The Gum Tree, this month I knew I wanted to chat with her for this particular segment.

In the interview, we talk about how Janna’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis not only played a role in her professional career, but also helped her realign her priorities in both life and business. We also chat about her publication and what it means to write and read true stories, the business side of producing an independent literary arts magazine, and the importance of being patient when it comes to realizing your goals.

Enjoy!


 

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

Follow along with Janna's adventures:

Under the Gum Tree
UTGT on Instagram, Facebook + Twitter
Subscribe to UTGT
10/29/16: Watch the National Nonfiction Simulcast!
More about Janna
Janna on Instagram + Twitter

 

Other resources mentioned:

CYOP Episode 1
Winning Edits
Angela's Ashes
This Boy's Life
Wild
Eat, Pray, Love
Cooked
AWP Conference

"If you're writing your own personal story, that's your truth. No one can take that away from you." — Janna Marlies Maron,  Under the Gum Tree  //  creatingyourownpath.com

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CYOP #91 - Doing One Thing Well + Getting Out of Your Own Way with Tina Essmaker of The Great Discontent

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CYOP #91 - Doing One Thing Well + Getting Out of Your Own Way with Tina Essmaker of The Great Discontent

Tina Essmaker of The Great Discontent // creatingyourownpath.com

CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 91:

Tina Essmaker of
The Great Discontent

 

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Interview:

Jennifer E. Snyder

 

Photo:

Ryan Essmaker

 

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Today I’m chatting with Tina Essmaker of The Great Discontent. Tina and her husband created the online and print publication because they wanted to talk to others about the highs and lows of creative work.

In the interview, Tina talks about the big changes she had to make in her own life before she could pursue the work that was right for her. She also talks about the importance of getting out of your own way, the realities of using crowdfunding to finance creative work, and why she believes in the power of picking one thing and doing it really well before adding elements to the mix.

Enjoy!


SHOW NOTES:

Follow along with Tina's adventures:

The Great Discontent

TGD podcast

TGD on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter + Pinterest

More about Tina

Tina on Twitter + Instagram

 

Other resources mentioned:

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Kickstarter for The Great Discontent

Condé NastBuzz Feed

Wythe Hotel

Krista Tippet's interview on TGD

Kendrick LamarAnne LamottFrank Ocean

Ron Finley, The Gangsta Gardener

There's no external magic that's going to change your situation." — Tina Essmaker, The Great Discontent 

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