SKETCHING HER WAY TO THE TOP
SO there you have it--sketching her way to the top without being sketchy. I must credit Melsy for also being part of the inspiration behind my blog. When I first opened my etsy shop I had no idea what I was doing and (especially being in law school at the time) I definitely didn't have any other friends that were artists. In opening up about my art, business and life, I hope that with my blog I am able to help and inspire other upcoming artists in the way that Melsy has inspired and encouraged me.
REACH OUT WHILE YOU REACH FOR THE STARS
If you are an artist/entrepreneur/maker I encourage you to reach out to someone else that does that too. All too often we are programed to see others that do similar things as our competition when really they have the potential to be a valuable resource and, if your lucky, a friend. Who else can better understand your daily struggles in your business than someone else who has gone through them too? I think we fear reaching out and asking questions because we want to be perceived as having it all together and being successful. In law school I took a class that focused on how to communicate in business. My friends and I called it "feelings class" but I actually learned a lot about how to communicate in life. One thing that stuck with me was the idea that in order to take things in a relationship to the next level, beyond the "hi how are you?" "good thanks" level is to be vulnerable. It can feel awkward at first and probably seems counterintuitive to share something with someone you don't know very well in order to get to know them well but it is showing this vulnerability that enables you to get passed the surface level. When you share something that makes you feel vulnerable it immediately makes the other person feel more comfortable around you. They will likely also share something vulnerable in response, making you feel more comfortable too.
Think this seems too simple to be true? Try it out and let me know what happens. In the meantime, I am so happy that I took that chance to reach out to Melsy or I wouldn't have had the opportunity to interview such an inspirational woman and boss.