Q&A With Danielle Leeke, Event Planner + Entrepreneur + Master Career Juggler

Q&A With Danielle Leeke, Event Planner + Entrepreneur + Master Career Juggler

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If you’ve ever wondered how to balance two careers and have a pretty amazing life all at once, look no further than Danielle Leeke. This influential juggler of careers owns San Francisco event planning and production company, On The Run Events, and is part-owner of The Brick Yard, an SF-based sports bar. Ink & Well has been lucky to call this lady a client, a friend, sometimes keeper of secrets, and ALWAYS an inspiration. This Q&A will motivate you to go for what you want. Even if what you want is everything.

Job Title(s): Owner, On The Run Events, event planning, and production company, and Operating Owner of The Brick Yard.

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Business Ownership and Baby Time: Making Maternity Leave Possible

Business Ownership and Baby Time: Making Maternity Leave Possible

When I was pregnant with Maddy, maternity leave was this magical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow of pregnancy. No matter how stressful work was or how many meetings I had to sit through while Maddy tried to kick her way out of my body, I knew that I was working toward guaranteed paid time off to bond with my daughter. That knowledge alone was enough to get me through some really rough patches. I knew that if I just put my head down and powered through, I’d get to a place where someone else would be handling all my work and I could just focus on learning to be a mom for months on end.

This time, though, things are different. So different, in fact, that I went through a period of time when I thought my laptop would have to be on my hospital packing list. When you own a company, work freelance, or do some combination of the two, it becomes a real challenge to figure out how you’ll schedule birth and bonding in between all the client calls, meetings, and to-do items. That cozy feeling that everything will be just fine while you’re gone is replaced by a feeling of fear that everything you’ve worked so hard to build will crumble.

Let’s be real, that’s no way to welcome a child into the world.

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Revisiting An Important Topic: Making the Most of Your (Not) Dream Job

Revisiting An Important Topic: Making the Most of Your (Not) Dream Job

We’ve all had to spend time working jobs that are not our dream jobs. Maybe it’s right out of college; maybe it’s after a painful layoff; maybe it’s during a season where you are still trying to discover what you were created to contribute to the world (which is like basically all the time, right?).

Whatever season of life this job falls into, it’s not a coincidence. In my limited professional experience, every single experience you have in the workplace, whether it’s scooping ice cream or filing expense reports, will come full circle at some point. My first big girl job was certainly not my dream job. However, the things I learned throughout my time in that role proved invaluable wisdom down the road when I was ready to transition to a new role.

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Productivity and Winter Weather: A Freelancer’s Guide To Avoiding Hibernation

Productivity and Winter Weather: A Freelancer’s Guide To Avoiding Hibernation

12540713_10156351727190361_7924673822649117844_nRose 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. 

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Tips + Tools For The Work-From-Home Mom

Tips + Tools For The Work-From-Home Mom

Being a working mom is not simple. Being a mom who works from home is extra, super not simple. So not simple, in fact, that I often wonder if I’ve completely lost my mind. My life is filled with the stresses of raising a child combined with the complicated business of building a successful career and the challenges of running a household. And of course I feel crazed sometimes. I have essentially removed the boundaries between all of the challenges that comes with this season of life, letting everything mingle. In some ways, it’s nice. I can throw in a load of laundry before I start a project and fold it during a low-pressure conference call, start dinner while waiting for files to upload, and take breaks to kiss my daughter. In other ways though, it can be gut-wrenchingly tough. The laundry is always in sight, kids always in earshot, and I never get to leave the office. Like, not ever.   

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Q&A With Spotify’s Mia Hopkey

Q&A With Spotify’s Mia Hopkey

Mia-HopkeyMia 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!

Job Title
Account Director, West Coast Sales at Spotify


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.

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Hey Kat Bakes: The Beauty of Choosing Partnership over Competition

Hey Kat Bakes: The Beauty of Choosing Partnership over Competition

KatJonesKat Jones is one of those moms we just love to follow on Instagram. Whether she’s sharing updates about her adorable family, training for a marathon, or baking, we’re in awe of her creativity and encouraged by her spirit. It’s an awesome pleasure to have her guest posting for Ink & Well today, sharing a good friend opened the door for her to start her own business. We love stories like this one!

 

Around this time last year, a friend of mine, Melissa Galbraith, quietly started baking in her home. Little did she know it would turn out to be a wonderful business for her as a stay at home mom.

 

After placing many orders for me and my family, Melissa decided it was time I learn to create cookies on my own. She decided to share her secret recipe with me, after all, she’d learned how to bake from a friend as well! So in April 2016, I started learning the tricks of her trade and began baking for her company, Sweet Melissa’s Cookie Co.

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6 Tips for Using Instagram as a Lead Generator

6 Tips for Using Instagram as a Lead Generator

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Robbie Hall is a Nashville-based creative and photographer. He’s one of Ink & Well’s go-to talents when we need to book a client photoshoot. He also happens to be a wiz at Instagram and he’s seen first-hand how it can be a great lead generator for new business. He’s even taught the Ink & Well team a few things about Instagram growth, tips we’ve put into action with tons of positive results. We’re so grateful we get to share some of his tips in this post. Check out his advice and next time you need a uber talented photographer, be sure to check him out as well!

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Q+A With Entrepreneur & Writer Hitha Palepu

Q+A With Entrepreneur & Writer Hitha Palepu

hitha-palepu-headshot-high-resolutionYou know what we love? Women who rock it out and Hitha Palepu is DEFINITELY one of those women. Hitha is an entrepreneur and writer with extensive global experience in digital media, technology, and travel. She is the founder of Hitha On The Go, a lifestyle website founded in 2009 focused on helping women live their best lives. Her first book, How To Pack, will be published by Clarkson Potter in early 2017.
Hitha currently serves as the Co­Founder of Bridge2Act, a technology startup enabling charitable giving in a rapid, easy, and more informed manner. The company has partnered with over 40 charities and 10 publishers to turn readers into action takers. Bridge2Act has also launched NO.GIFTS, an easy and elegant way to ‘gift’ your special days to amazing causes.

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Toddler Sleep Regression + The Working Mom

Toddler Sleep Regression + The Working Mom

So, I feel like when you set out to write about something, you should probably have that thing figured out. Full-disclosure, I do not have this figured out. I am in the throes of dealing with massive, routine killing bedtime fits that are threatening to take away the last shreds of sanity I have. But the thing is, I have to work. No matter how long it takes me to get Maddy to sleep or how long I spend feeling like I’m going to die before sleeping in a ball in the corner of my bed because my tiny toddler takes up almost my entire queen-sized bed, I have to get up, face the day, and push my business forward.

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