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CYOP #97:  Growing a Team + Learning from Mistakes with Chandra Greer of Greer Chicago

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CYOP #97: Growing a Team + Learning from Mistakes with Chandra Greer of Greer Chicago

CYOP #97 - Chandra Greer of Greer Chicago // creatingyourownpath.com

CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 97:

Chandra Greer of Greer Chicago


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Today I’m chatting with Chandra Greer, owner of Greer Chicago, which is a stationery store in the windy city. She was recommended to me by Jessica Murnane of the One Part Podcast and I’m so happy Chandra and I had a chance to connect. She is full of thoughtful advice and has a really simple, yet lovely goal that drives her brand.  

In the interview, we chat about Chandra’s choice to leave a lucrative job in advertising to open her store and what she’s learned in the last 15 years. She also talks openly about the mistakes she made early on, how she keeps her creativity flowing while managing the business side of her business, why it’s critical to have a support system and how she’s built such an awesome team of employees. 

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Greer Chicago
Greer Chicago on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter + Pinterest
Shop location

 

Other resources mentioned:

University of Chicago
Leo Burnett
Jessica Murnane on CYOP
My interview on the One Part Podcast

"Make sure you have a support system. It's going to, at times, be a lonely and difficult road and you're going to need those people in your life." — Chandra Greer, Greer Chicago //  creatingyourownpath.com

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CYOP #78 - Committing to Practice + Starting Before You're Ready with Trisha Hughes of Eat Your Beets

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CYOP #78 - Committing to Practice + Starting Before You're Ready with Trisha Hughes of Eat Your Beets

Today, I’m chatting with the very talented Trisha Hughes of the food blog Eat Your Beets.

Not only is Trisha food blogger, but she’s also become an incredible resource for those who want to learn more about the art of food photography. In the interview, we talk about how she got started as a blogger and why food photography did not come as naturally to her in the beginning as she had hoped. 

She also talks about the reasons she decided to teach others how to photograph food (rather than follow the trajectory of her peers by jumping into cookbooks), what she's learned about marketing her photography workshops and ebooks, and why she believes in starting before you’re ready.

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FAVORITE QUOTE:

There's something to be said about putting yourself out there before you're ready." — Trisha Hughes, Eat Your Beats via www.creatingyourownpath.com.

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CYOP # 56 - Learning from Others and Being Open to Change with Designer Christine Wisnieski

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CYOP # 56 - Learning from Others and Being Open to Change with Designer Christine Wisnieski

Designer  Christine Wisnieski  // Photo:  Billy Delfs

Designer Christine Wisnieski // Photo: Billy Delfs

Today's episode brings me to the beautiful studio of Art Director and Designer Christine Wisnieski. Based in Cleveland, Christine runs a multi-disciplinary studio where she and her team create everything from brand identities to special art projects. Christine’s work has always caught my eye, so it was wonderful to chat with her in person.

During the interview we talked a lot about how changes effect a business over time and the benefits of working for someone else before striking out on your own. We also had a pretty honest discussion about being open to new ideas by loosening the reigns on the idea that everything needs to be mapped out ahead of time.

Enjoy!


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FAVORITE QUOTE:

"You're missing out on some great ideas if you try to overplan." - Christine Wisnieski, Designer

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CYOP #55 - Switching Careers + Sharing Great Content with Jessica Murnane of the One Part Podcast

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CYOP #55 - Switching Careers + Sharing Great Content with Jessica Murnane of the One Part Podcast

Jessica Murnane of  The One Part Podcast  // Photo:   Eva Deitch

Jessica Murnane of The One Part Podcast // Photo: Eva Deitch

Today's show brings me to Chicago to chat with Jessica Murnane of the One Part Podcast. I have to warn you guys: Jessica dropped some big news during our interview—some of which I knew ahead of time and some of which I did not know about. One thing I did know about is that she and her family are moving to Charleston, South Carolina! If I’m not mistaken, they’re in the midst of all their move-related stuff right now so send them all of your good moving vibes.

What I didn’t know before we started recording is that Jessica has landed a pretty fantastic book deal for her very first traditionally-published book! She spilled some beans, but not all the beans because the deal was still pretty new when we recorded. However, she’s since given more details on her blog and podcast, so I’ve linked up to that in the show notes below!

So, if you’re not familiar with Jessica’s work, she’s an incredible resource in the wellness community. The reason I couldn’t wait to interview her, though, is because I think she’s doing some really interesting things with the ways in which she shares her story, her knowledge and the stories of others. 

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FAVORITE QUOTE:

"Charge for your knowledge." - Jessica Murnane, The One Part Podcast 



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CYOP #54 - Transitioning a Brand + Setting Goals with Katie Michels of Off Switch

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CYOP #54 - Transitioning a Brand + Setting Goals with Katie Michels of Off Switch

Today's show brings me to the home of Katie Michels just outside of Chicago. I’ve been following Katie’s work for years and was super impressed as I watched her transition Off Switch, which used to be a gorgeous magazine, into an online shop full of cards, totes and other beautifully designed items—all of which she creates. During the interview, we talk through that transition and what it meant for her as a business owner, the meaning behind the brand “Off Switch” and how she’s moving forward with her big goals one step at a time...

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