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CYOP #36 - Collaboration + Being Kind on the Internet with Marissa Harrington of Bourbon and Goose

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CYOP #36 - Collaboration + Being Kind on the Internet with Marissa Harrington of Bourbon and Goose

Episode 36 - Creating Your Own Path with Marissa Harrington of Bourbon and Goose // creatingyourownpath.com

Today's episode with Creative Director and Photographer Marissa Harrington is my final show from LA. I've been internet friends with Marissa for several years and I've always admired her work with Bourbon and Goose and Happy Hour Club. I'm so glad we finally had a chance to spend some time together in person!

Listen in as we chat about the benefits of having a day job while pursuing your passion projects, why Marissa believes that all of her creative endeavors have helped her get to where she is today and how she's leveraging a stint on Instagram's Suggested User List to build a community of like-minded creatives.

Happy listening!


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FAVORITE QUOTE:

"I do me." -- Marissa Harrington of Bourbon and Goose // Full episode at creatingyourownpath.com

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CYOP #35 - Building a Supportive Community with Joanna Waterfall of Waterfall Creative and The Yellow Conference

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CYOP #35 - Building a Supportive Community with Joanna Waterfall of Waterfall Creative and The Yellow Conference

Episode 35 - Creating Your Own Path with Joanna Waterfall of Waterfall Creative and The Yellow Conference

On today's show, I'm chatting with talented graphic designer and founder of The Yellow Conference, Joanna Waterfall. While I was in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to visit her Burbank office space to learn more about her career path, background and everything she's got in the works this year.

Listen in as we chat about the importance of staying grounded when you're surrounded by fun and inspiring things, why The Yellow Conference is filling a void Joanna noticed in the world of women's conferences and the reason she and her team are taking to crowdfunding to help build, grow and support the female creative community.

Happy listening!


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FAVORITE QUOTE:

"Life is so short [...]. Take risks." -- Joanna Waterfall of Waterfall Creative + The Yellow Conference

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CYOP #33 - Becoming an Author + Getting Out of Your Own Head with Lifestyle Writer Anne Sage

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CYOP #33 - Becoming an Author + Getting Out of Your Own Head with Lifestyle Writer Anne Sage

Anne Sage , lifestyle writer // Photo:  Dana Grant Photography

Anne Sage, lifestyle writer // Photo: Dana Grant Photography

Today's show brings me to the home of Lifestyle Writer, Creative Director and Social Media Strategist Anne Sage. I've been a longtime admirer of her work, so I was thrilled when I found out we'd be able to meet up while I was in LA. 

In the interview we chat about Anne's new interiors book (out this fall) and how she dealt with the grueling (and rewarding) process of writing and publishing her first book. We also talk about the difference between our online selves and our real life selves, how Anne pieces together her income and why starting a creative career will force you to get to know yourself really, really well.

Happy listening! 


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FAVORITE QUOTE:

Anne Sage on writing a book: "Keep telling yourself this will all be worth it."

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Photo Essay: A Love Letter to Atwater Village

A Love Letter to Atwater Village

It's funny what happens when you travel. You start to picture yourself extending your stay.

Crazy questions like, "Could I live here?" begin to enter into the fuzzy periphery of your mind. "I could certainly see myself living in that sweet little bungalow with the amazing succulent garden out front," you answer yourself assuredly.

A Love Letter to Atwater Village
A Love Letter to Atwater Village

As I roamed around Atwater Village—my adopted home away from home during my stay in Los Angeles—I began to feel right at home. I had learned my way around. I knew which coffee shops had the longest lines. I was pleasantly surprised that The Griffin had amazing food (and went there twice in a 3 days—it's really good, you guys). 

A Love Letter to Atwater Village

Sure, the traffic a few blocks away on I-5 would be a complete deal-killer.

And it happened to be over 90 degrees during my visit.

In mid-March. 

But spending so much time in that particular neighborhood carved out a little place in my heart. The shops, the food, the coffee, the people. The coffee.

I almost couldn't believe it. I was falling hard.

A Love Letter to Atwater Village
A Love Letter to Atwater Village
A Love Letter to Atwater Village
A Love Letter to Atwater Village
A Love Letter to Atwater Village
A Love Letter to Atwater Village

I didn't expect to write this entry. A love letter? To a neighborhood in Los Angeles? No way. Not my scene. And yet, here we are: 

I love you, Atwater Village. Thanks for treating me so well.

Your friend for life,

Jen 


Special thanks to Marissa and Sam of Bourbon and Goose
for being such gracious hosts during my stay!



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Life Lessons Learned From the First CYOP Road Trip

Los Angeles // Hollywood Bowl Overlook on Mulholland Drive

The thing about stretching yourself and moving beyond your comfort zone as a creative is that while you think you're setting out to learn more about a craft, you're actually learning how to be better at life.

I'm now back from my whirlwind Creating Your Own Path (CYOP) road trip to LA and I'm reflecting on what I've learned from the adventure. It was full of great conversations, delicious coffee, amazing food, adorable neighborhoods, crazy traffic and celebrity sightings (It's true! These two came into The Village Bakery just after me to get breakfast on Sunday Morning! Don't worry—I totally played it cool. #nothingtoseehere). The trip was very fun—no doubt about it—but it was also full of lessons.

Here are a few take-aways I've been feeling the need to share:

Trust that it will all work out.
I haven't spent much time in LA as an adult (that brief experience driving from LAX to Palm Springs during rush hour last year doesn't really count) and I truly didn't have a great lay of the land. I knew I would need to at least try to schedule interviews by location and as I reached out to people, I did my best to make sure I could get where I needed to go in a timely fashion. I wasn't 100% sure that I'd get my timing just right, that traffic would cooperate or that I'd be able to schlep my gear in an efficient matter. This trip was the ultimate experiment to see if I could take this show on the road. And I did. It all worked out. That said, I was a little nervous about it beforehand. Those nerves probably kept me organized, but I really need to trust that anything I set out to do will probably work out just the way it's supposed to. 

Jumping to conclusions is a bad idea.
We often hear about the pace of certain cities—LA, New York, Chicago, San Fransisco. We hear that you've got to hustle, that creating on your own is a cut-throat career choice, that it's every person for him/herself and that many people just don't "make it." As I sat down to chat with people who have chosen to call LA home, I realized that I had made a few assumptions about what I might hear. Boy, was I wrong. I have never seen such a community-focused vibe coming from such a wide array of creators. I chatted with artists, designers, writers, community builders, filmmakers and musicians—and they all talked about how supportive the LA scene is right now. I expected to hear negativity and was met with openness, positivity and a distinct undercurrent of camaraderie. It was pretty refreshing, to say the least.

There is always more than one right way.
Intellectually, I've always known this to be true. Yet, I find myself questioning my way of doing things. Many journalists or audio interviewers who intend to record content in the field may use a certain set-up. Mine looks completely different. Does that mean it's "wrong?" Of course not! This trip—from idea to completion—was one giant attempt to create something based on a hunch that it might be cool. There isn't exactly a road map for what a podcast road trip is supposed to look like. So, I built it—step by step—the only way I know how: my way. And it worked. 

Los Angeles // Hollywood Bowl Overlook on Mulholland Drive

The entire adventure was an experiment, to be honest. Thankfully, I think it went really well! So if you're trying to create something from nothing, just remember: things may not go exactly as planned, but they will work out; keep an open mind because what you end up seeing or hearing may surprise you in the best way possible; and trust that your way is the right way for you.

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Many thanks to those I met up with last week and to all of you who followed this adventure over on Instagram. There will definitely be more road trips in the near future—you can count on that! I cannot wait to share the next six weeks worth of interviews with you, my friends. Stay tuned!


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