Writing is weird. As a recovering English major, I’m still trying to discover how it fits into my life. I graduated college with an iPhone note full of ideas for future screenplays, novels, and short stories, and eagerly told anyone who asked that my post-grad plans consisted of one thing: writing!
And then I got my first job.
I landed a gig as a writer with what I refer to now as a “content sweatshop.” Instead of turning in papers to kind professors, I was writing mindless copy for picky clients. Instead of researching the impact of the industrial revolution on William Blake’s poetry, I was researching—rather frantically—the difference between a Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy so I could write ten blogs for a bankruptcy lawyer by noon. The rigorous demand for content at work quickly left me with zero bandwidth to pursue any of my own writing in my free time, and I quickly became bitter towards the practice in general.
Rose Moore is one cool chick. In fact, she’s someone you want to be friends with on Facebook and follow on Twitter just to keep up with the great things she’s doing. Unwilling to let work lead the way, Rose seems to have figured it out, wrapping her work seamlessly around her life. Wife of a chef, she works when her husband does, allowing them to actually (gasp) spend time together. She’s someone who perfectly embodies the Ink & Well Mission and we can’t wait to share her words of wisdom with you.
Last week, I was having a movie night featuring the 2015 Nancy Meyers movie The Intern, which I highly recommend for a night when you just need a feel-good film to take your mind off the craziness that is the year 2016. The movie centers on Ben, a 70-year-old widower who takes an intern position at a flashy start-up after retiring from a career in marketing for phone books. Phone books!
I mean, no disrespect to the phone book industry because I’m sure it has complexities and challenges I’ll never understand, but I let myself have a wistful moment to daydream an Internet-free, social media-less marketing world. Where you just had paper and print to think about. Where engagement was a word reserved for talking about a couple that plans to marry. Oh, when times were simple.
The advent of social media has taken the concept of branding to a whole new level. No longer do we just market and advertise our businesses and products; we have to tell the story of our brand at the same time.
Staying inspired is a constant challenge for any parent, professional, student, and human. Whether you’re freelancing from your couch or coding in a cubicle, it’s imperative to find ways to keep you focused on the bigger picture, be it professionally or personally.
In my childhood “pretend” games, I always wanted to be called Cindy Fronz. I wore my hair pulled tightly back into a bun (which, from the back was always super crooked), a blazer from the dress up box, red lipstick, and, of course, an arm full of file folders. Obviously. But Cindy Fronz wasn’t just a businesswoman. Nope. Sometimes she was a dentist, a veterinarian, an archaeologist, a zookeeper, or a lawyer. Or sometimes a ballerina, a police officer, or a paramedic. Cindy Fronz was multi-talented and had as many hats as she did professions. She could also do a pretty sweet high-kick thanks to after-school tumbling.
People ask me all the time how we at Ink & Well manage to maintain such an active blog, and the truth is that it isn’t always easy. Sometimes I feel insanely inspired and can’t wait to post the next week. Other times, nothing will come out and I’m completely 1000% creatively stuck. Those are the hardest days for me. The days when over and over in my head I hear, “You should be writing. HEY, you SHOULD BE WRITING! HEY, YOU SHOULD BE WRITING!!!” but all I can actually do is Google pictures of kittens and babies sleeping next to one another. Very little feels worse than battling the “shoulds” when you’re stuck on the “I don’t wanna” coaster.
What I’ve realized is that to win the fight against the “shoulds” you have to lay a foundation that makes writing formulaic, but allows for random bursts of creativity. Here are just a few things that have helped me as I’ve fought to dominate my battle with the “shoulds”.
Rose Moore is one cool chick. In fact, she’s someone you want to be friends with on Facebook just to keep up with the great things she’s doing. Unwilling to let work lead the way, Rose seems to have figured it out, wrapping her work seamlessly around her life. Wife of a chef, she works when her husband does, allowing them to actually (gasp) spend time together. She’s someone who perfectly embodies the Ink & Well Mission and we can’t wait to share her words of wisdom with you!
Designer Brooke Hagaman was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. After attending Parson’s School of Design, she returned home and launched the Bone Feather leather collection in 2011.
Bone Feather proudly handcrafts each piece in Nashville and uses 100% genuine leather, solid brass hardware and hand-carved buffalo bone feathers. The bags incorporate the natural raw edge of the leather hide, making every piece one of a kind.
Brooke and Ink & Well started their relationship when I&W borrowed some of her stunning pieces for a photoshoot. The love, passion, and hard work she puts into each of her pieces created an instant connection with the brand and the designer herself. We can’t wait for you to read Brooke’s story. Her journey to living the life she’s always wanted to live and a creating a career for herself that fulfills her and challenges her creatively will inspire you to get up and make the change you’ve always wanted to make.
I think everyone can relate to the feeling of needing attention, but I’ll admit, when I was growing up I was worse than most. Almost every family video is peppered with me doing cartwheels in the background of whatever my dad was actually trying to film, as I screamed, “DAD, are you getting me?” over and over again. He typically was not “getting me,” leaving me perpetually searching for someone to acknowledge how great I was at doing cartwheels, handstands, or choreographing dances to Madonna songs.