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Introducing the First CYOP Sponsor: Stride Health

Introducing the First CYOP Sponsor: Stride Health

If there's one thing I've learned about striking out on my own as an independent creative, it's that the business side of being in business for yourself is hard. Period. The contracts, the accounting, the health coverage—none of it is what I'd consider fun and, quite frankly, very little of it falls into my area of expertise.

Luckily, I'm learning to get better with contracts, my CPA is amazing and my husband's health coverage is pretty stellar. However, when it comes to health coverage, specifically, I know not everyone has the same luxury. I've spoken to many freelancers and independent contractors who have had to dive right in to the murky waters that make up the current health care system in the U.S.

Let's just say it's not pretty.

So when the team behind Stride Health reached out about partnering with me on the CYOP Road Trip, I couldn't wait to find out more and see how we could work together. As many of you know, Creating Your Own Path is focused on sharing stories about individuals doing creative work and Stride Health helps creatives do what they do best by supporting them in figuring out the health care system.

ABOUT STRIDE HEALTH
Stride Health is a data-driven recommendation engine for those who, like many of my creative friends out there, need to get themselves and/or their families covered, but don't know where to start.

Not only that, the site uses some seriously impressive data sets to help predict what a household's annual health care costs might be and then walks each individual through the process of signing up for health care, step-by-step, once open enrollment begins.

But I haven't mentioned the coolest part: there are people you can call when you have questions. Actual people. Once you sign up with Stride Health, you can call about anything—from which health care costs are tax deductible and how to save money on prescriptions to which preventative services are free and why your health care provider is refusing to cover a specific service.

ABOUT THE SPONSORSHIP:
As you can see, I was really impressed with the mission of the company. Not only is their business model pretty genius (we can all appreciate that, right?), but they've also jumped at the chance to help creatives navigate a necessary task that I've often heard described as "painful" and "problematic."

While I don't use Stride Health's services thanks to my husband's incredible health coverage, I couldn't help wanting to share their message with my listeners and readers—many of whom are freelancers, independent contractors and small business owners. 

So, you'll be seeing more of Stride Health popping up throughout the rest of Season 2 of Creating Your Own Path. You'll be hearing from the company's CEO about why he started Stride Health, along with helpful information about the heath care system, what open enrollment means for you and more about the company's mission. 

Note: This is my first podcast sponsor, so be prepared—the episodes with ads will sound a bit different and you'll be seeing messaging across all of my platforms. That said, my sole focus is to continue to create engaging content and that includes ad content! I'm working closely with Stride Health's team to make sure any messaging I share is both useful and interesting. Just know that the sponsors I work with on the show will always fit my mission to bring you stories about creativity, adventure and everything in between.

If you'd like to get a sneak peek at my partnership with Stride, you can head over to stridehealth.com to learn more. And stay tuned—the first CYOP Road Trip episode launches this Thursday!


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Sponsor Love: January Edition

It's that time, my friends! I'm always so happy to share a little bit about those who support this space. To put it very simply, I'm incredibly grateful. There have been many times when I've questioned whether or not sponsorships are right for this space and yet, that doubt always is met with sweet emails and new friendships that wouldn't necessarily happen otherwise.

While I'm still getting a handle on sponsorships and navigating the ways I feel comfortable supporting this space, I can't help but feel a little giddy to introduce this month's sponsors to you all. 


At this point, you should already know Marissa and Sam. They've been huge supporters and even stuck with me as the blog transitioned to this new space a few months ago. They're basically the coolest people ever. No really! They run the blog Bourbon & Goose, where they share their adventures, favorite jams, cool places to hang in Southern California and so much more. I seriously can't get enough.

Get to Know Bourbon & Goose:

Blog  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Pinterest  |  Bloglovin

Posts I'm loving: 


Kory Woodard runs a design studio focused on "creating designs that let your brand shine."

Get to Know Kory:

Potfolio | Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

Recent Work I'm Loving:

Twin Stripe is a "lifestyle blog that highlights bright, graphic and eclectic moments."

Get to Know Twin Stripe:

Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin

Posts I'm Loving:


I truly hope you'll take a few minutes to get to know these folks. They've been a wonderful source of inspiration for me and I'm so glad I get to share their corners of the internet with you all!

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Interested in sponsoring The Journal? It probably goes without saying that I'd love to have you!
You can get the scoop here and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.


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Sponsor Love: December Edition

As the holidays come rushing toward us, I have to stop and thank the lovely folks who support this blog. Readers and sponsors, alike – you all are the reason I keep coming to this space and sharing what I know.

This month, I offer my continuing gratitude to the duo over at Bourbon & Goose. They've stuck around for many months and knowing they're hanging out in the sidebar just makes me smile.


At this point, Marissa and Sam probably don't need much introduction. I know them as the kick-ass team behind the blog Bourbon & Goose. They offer up adventurous and fun-loving content, complete with playlists, creative ideas, the scoop on where the cool kids hang and much more. They're into so many cool and inspiring things. I just can't get enough!

Get to Know Them:

Blog   |   Twitter   |   Instagram   |   Pinterest

Posts I'm loving: 


It's hard to believe we've reached the final Sponsor Love post of 2013! Thank you to everyone who has supported this space throughout the year. I feel lucky to have you all return here to read, appreciate one another and share. Here's to a happy holiday season and a fantastic 2014! 


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Sponsor Love: November Edition

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Sponsor Love: November Edition

This is my first time writing on The Journal about the lovely folks who support this space and I can't think of a better week to do so. Here in the states we're getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, which has me thinking about all of the things I'm grateful for this year. I must say, the community support I find both online and offline is rocking my world in 2013.

Just one example: blog sponsors. Becoming a sponsor of a blog is much more than just slapping up a banner or sidebar ad and calling it a day. As someone who is on both sides of blog sponsorship (I also sponsor a few of my favorite blogs from time to time), I can tell you that it's more about building relationships than anything else. 

While I've only got one current sponsor to share with you today, I'm pretty stoked tell you about them. They've stuck with me through my transition to this new online space, their content offers me a chance to get out of my own head and just enjoy their fun-loving ways and I'm fairly certain that if we lived a little closer, we'd hang out regularly.

Without further ado, I'd like to give a huge shout out to:


Marissa and Sam are the creative duo behind the blog Bourbon and Goose. They offer up adventurous and fun-loving content, complete with playlists, creative ideas, the scoop on where the cool kids hang and much more. They're super involved in their community offline, which is always incredibly inspiring. If you're into various types of creative goodness, I highly recommend checking out Bourbon & Goose.

Get to Know Them:

Blog   |   Twitter   |   Instagram   |   Pinterest

Posts I'm loving: 


All of the sponsors who have supported this space – both past and present – have played a huge roll in building this online community and I can't thank them enough. If you have a chance, please stop by and say hello to the folks behind Bourbon & Goose. They're the real deal, my friends!

Interested in partnering with me? You can learn more about sponsorship opportunities here.


Let's hang out: Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Bloglovin


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Sponsor Love: October Edition

In the short time I've been offering sponsorship spots here on People + Places + Things, I've come to realize just how lovely the creative community can be. I've had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know so many incredible people and their work. I'm feeling pretty darn grateful about it all and I'm hoping you'll take a few minutes to check out the fantastic folks gracing my sidebar this month!


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Sydney from Studio255 helps us "rediscover the lost art of sending mail and the joy of receiving it with stationery and stamps," which is something I stand behind 100%. If you're looking for a sweet note card or beautiful customized stamp, be sure to visit her shop!

Facebook   |   Website   |   Shop

Items I'm Loving: 


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Marissa and Sam are the creative duo behind the blog Bourbon and Goose. I've been a huge fan of their adventurous and fun-loving content for some time and I was thrilled to welcome them to the sidebar. If you love to discover new music, learn about fantastic L.A. hot spots and are down for a little adventure, you'll love Bourbon & Goose.

Twitter   |   Instagram   |   Pinterest

Posts I'm loving: 


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I have been following Katrina's work since I came across her project in a map design class on Skillshare earlier this year. Her talent is obvious, but I especially appreciate the delicate style of her hand-embroidered pieces. She also does custom work, which I absolutely love. If you're in the market for a little something for your wall, be sure to stop in and see what she has to offer!

Shop   |   Blog   |   Pinterest   |   Facebook

Items I'm Loving: 


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Please meet Danica from GoodHeart, everyone!

Posts I'm Loving: 

Twitter   |   Pinterest   |   Instagram


I truly appreciate the support of these lovely souls, so be sure to bookmark their blogs and shops and say hello via social media. They'll love it!

Interested in sponsoring People + Places + Things? I'd love to chat about how we can collaborate. See more about sponsorship opportunities here.


Let's hang out: Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Bloglovin


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