CYOP #118 - How to Create Cohesively Across Multiple Platforms with Designer, Writer + Educator Anne Ditmeyer

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CYOP #118 - How to Create Cohesively Across Multiple Platforms with Designer, Writer + Educator Anne Ditmeyer

Photo: Anne Ditmeyer by  Ashley Ludaescher

Photo: Anne Ditmeyer by Ashley Ludaescher


Today's show is the first in a new three-part series with designer, writer, and educator Anne Ditmeyer. In 2013 I interviewed Anne for Creating Your Own Path before it was a podcast.

In the episode, I’m talking with Anne about how she has been able to successfully build a creatively fulfilling business across many different mediums and platforms. She chats about how living in France, and the constraints it put on her work situation, ultimately made her more creative, how she decides what platforms to use to showcase and provide access to her work, and why she’s never wanted to blog for a living — even though her blog is well-known and established.

Enjoy!


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"It's okay to be quirky and it's okay to be different. Do what you want to do." — Anne Ditmeyer, Designer, Writer + Educator // Art by  Melanie Biehle  

"It's okay to be quirky and it's okay to be different. Do what you want to do." — Anne Ditmeyer, Designer, Writer + Educator // Art by Melanie Biehle 



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CYOP #117 - Taking a Step Back from your Business: A Chat Between Me + Melanie Biehle

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CYOP #117 - Taking a Step Back from your Business: A Chat Between Me + Melanie Biehle

I’m back with Melanie Biehle today for another co-hosted chat! As many of you know, Melanie is the 2017 CYOP Artist Resident and today we’re talking all about taking a step back from your business in an effort to gain clarity, do some strategic planning, and figure out what’s working. 

In this episode, we cover a little bit about what taking a step back means to each of us in our respective businesses, what taking a break might look like from day to day, and what happens — both the good and the bad — when we get out of production and promotion mode and give ourselves the opportunity to see the forest for the trees.

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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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CYOP #116 - When Mental Health, Advocacy + Business Mix with Author, Designer + Shop Owner Moorea Seal

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CYOP #116 - When Mental Health, Advocacy + Business Mix with Author, Designer + Shop Owner Moorea Seal

Photos of the  Moorea Seal  shop by  Julia Manchik

Photos of the Moorea Seal shop by Julia Manchik


Today’s episode is the last in my series with Moorea Seal and it’s a powerful one. If you’re just tuning in, be sure to go back and listen to episodes 114 and 115 before diving into this one. If you’ve already listened to past episodes, you know that Moorea is an author, designer and shop owner and she has been very open about the experiences that have set her on her path. 
 
This episode is no exception. We’re diving pretty deep into some serious topics. On the show, we chat about why mental health advocacy is so important to Moorea, what therapy has helped her realize over the years, a how discussions about mental health, wellness, and advocacy are approached within her business.

Enjoy!


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"A strong person knows when they need help." —Moorea Seal, Author, Designer + Shop Owner // Art by  Melanie Biehle  

"A strong person knows when they need help." —Moorea Seal, Author, Designer + Shop Owner // Art by Melanie Biehle 



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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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