Christing Chang is a self-professed nomad, fashion addict, and foodie. Her days are spent curating content for her fashion and lifestyle website Christing C., making her dream wardrobe come alive through her bohemian fashion line C. by Christing C., and running around after her 20-month-old toddler. Although she was born and raised in the U.S., she caught the travel bug early and has been based out of both Europe and Asia the past ten years. She currently runs her personal branded business from Hong Kong, while taking frequent trips with her family to find their next adventure. She’s an inspiration to Ink & Well and we’re just so excited to share her unique life with you!
Networking can be gut-wrenchingly terrible, especially if you’re someone who isn’t inherently social. Whether you’re in a suit, sticking out your hand for a firm (yet slightly sweaty) handshake at a networking event, endlessly clicking through Indeed, LinkedIn, and dozens of other networking sites, or you’re just cold-emailing companies, you feel the need to become like a door-to-door salesman, and your only product is your resume. These days, it’s nearly impossible to get your foot in the door anywhere unless you have a personal connection. The thing is though, making a connection doesn’t have to mean sitting behind a screen or going to stuffy events. You can take steps to integrate networking into your day-to-day life without making it feel forced.
As long as I can remember, I have had a deep love for books. As a young girl, I consumed The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High like candy. Classics like Anne of Green Gables and The Secret Garden were favorites as well. I have never had a season of life that wasn’t marked by a great book. English class was always my favorite (followed closely by Art) and my book club has been a source for finding many like-minded book friends. With the limited time that comes with being a mom and running a business, the days of sitting down with my feet propped up and a book in my lap are few and far between. But thankfully, Audible provides a way to feed my book love on the go.
Mia Hopkey lives in Los Angeles CA. She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and lover of Hello Kitty. When the baby goes down and she’s not “second shifting” her day job, she enjoys melting into her couch and watching Keeping Up with the Kardashian (Big Brother if it’s the summer), trolling instagram for fashion inspiration, and group texting with her best friends. She eats paleo, loves SoulCycle, and believes a little dirt and germs is good for the soul. She’s one of Ink & Well’s most inspiring mommy friends and we can’t wait to share her secrets with you!
Describe your professional background and education
I create, sell and execute digital media campaigns on the worlds largest music streaming platform, Spotify. I work mainly with entertainment clients, like movie studios and broadcast television networks- so I am based in Los Angeles, CA. I have been in media sales for 6 years. My career started in radio sales, and moved into digital sales. I (like most people) am incredibly passionate about music and have been fortunate to build a sales career in that specific industry. But I wasn’t always in sales- I started my career in radio programming and on air hosting- at the top college radio station in the country, WERS in Boston, MA. I started writing in the newsroom as credentials for a Journalism class (I was a Broadcast Journalism major at Emerson College) and within 6 months of my first shift, I was running the station as the Program Director and a host on the afternoon drive show.
You may have noticed that complaining has become a universal way of bonding—especially in the office. When you pass someone in the hallway at work, it seems natural to smile then roll your eyes as if to say, “work, amirite?” It’s rare to talk to someone who is excited about a project they’re working on, jazzed about a really well written email they sent, or are just genuinely thankful to have a job to complain about. Sadly, we’re much more likely to bond with co-workers over how much the workplace sucks than how fantastic it is to be employed.
When people hear the word “bipolar” they imagine someone with lipstick smeared all over their face, bangs haphazardly cut, yelling at cars or stray cats. I’ve struggled with bipolar disorder for many, many years, and in my experience, bipolar disorder hasn’t been dramatic like that. I don’t have lipstick all over my face, I only gave myself micro-bangs once (and it was in a moment fueled by Rosé), and I only yell at my own cat when he’s licking holes in my favorite family photos. Instead of this big, dramatic force causing me to do outlandish things, in me, bipolar disorder presented itself in the form of severe anxiety and depression, making it impossible to get through a workday without feeling like I was going to die.
One of the joys that comes from working for yourself is the freedom to work most any place that you feel like. Don’t have meetings today and don’t feel like getting out of your sweats? No problem, you could set up shop on the couch and hammer away at projects all day. Except, as thrilling as that sounds, that approach day after day can wear on you and likely your work output as well.
In my short time of working for myself – and even long before that when I would take work from home days from the office – I have learned that setting up a home workspace is critical. Sure, there can still be a few hours spent working from the couch every now and then. But most days, I’m more effective if work happens in the space that I’ve designated for work. It’s a bit like clocking myself into the office. When I sit down at my workspace, I have a (mostly) distraction-free area to focus and get down to business. Below are a few suggestions for setting up such a space and why this mindset will make you more productive over time.
So here we are. It’s that time of year again where the gym gets crowded, running trails become backed up like the highway at rush hour, and sales of Weight Watchers and Healthy Choice meals go through the roof. But once we set our personal goals, it’s important to take a look at our work and see what attainable goals we can set for ourselves there. As SEO becomes more important, content becomes important too. As you think about a content strategy, you may wonder whether the quality of your content actually matters when content-based SEO is really about keywords and strategic linking.