Today's #workspacewednesday is brought to you by one of our early featured Babes, @leximire! Her creativity and artistry shines in everything she does, from photography to embroidery and some very special stick and pokes. We're always on the watch for what she'll do next from this sweet desk space and beyond. What's your workspace looking like today? #babeswhohustle
"Every time I work with kids or those in need, I'm reminded of how much more needs to be done to help. Sometimes it feels like it will never be enough, but I do my best to remind myself that I'm inspiring a lot of people, and that those people will follow their dreams and inspire others, and the cycle will continue, making the world a better place—slowly but surely." -Nico Holderbaum, Artist, Founder + Director at Jax Kids Mural Project. // Interview link in bio! 📷:@kellymartucci #babeswhohustle
It's a new day of a new week with some lingering new year resolve to take better care of our lives and livelihoods, and I'm in bed with a sore throat and a snoring cat. It may not be ideal, but it feels almost fitting that 2018 is starting off with a necessary reminder to take better care of myself.
I may want to do everything this year, but I can't do any of it if I don't keep up with simple, every day practices of self care that keep me afloat (i.e. drinking water, getting good sleep, stepping away from screens).
Maybe next month I will forget the self care regiment needed to keep this BWH alive and well, and I'll be greeted with a all too familiar sick day, but this month I'll be drinking all the tea, buying all the flowers, meeting all the friends, and building all the habits for a healthier, more sustainable me. How are you treating yourself this week? - Mara #babeswhohustle
My memories and understanding of Martin Luther King Jr are tied mostly to my early education: Civil Rights documentaries and "I Have a Dream" speech clips and simpler, easier days when an entire classroom could look at race with instinctual, optimistic ease. Back then, we all believed we could have been freedom riders or marched in the civil rights movement. When we looked down at history, we could see clearly the divides between right and wrong, between justice and injustice, between compassion and prejudice. It was then and is now easy to revere MLK as a hero of his time.
Yet today, those lines aren't packed as conveniently into the depths of history. They sit hovering in our everyday lives; conflicts of racism and classism intertwining along cultural and political divides. They color everything we do with important and heightened severity, from which party we identify with to which teams and players we support. It is less easy to understand our place in history as we stand in it today, but more important to our identities than our elementary hopes could have understood.
While every day greets a new headline of hate or injustice or plain old shithole racism, I never wonder which side of history Martin Luther King would have stood on, if he were alive today. I don't question that he would have spoken out against big or small words of hate and I have no doubts that he would recognize today's injustice and live and love boldly to fight it. Whether you celebrated MLK's legacy by listening to the famous speech or reading his invaluable words, it's also important to remember that his biggest legacy is the love and resistance initiated in his honor. What's your dream in this Civil Rights era? -Mara #babeswhohustle
"Today, as a first year PhD student, I recognize the importance of finding my fellow ladies in STEM more than ever. Collaboration is so important in any field of study, and connecting with women in your field can lead not only to various academic and career-based opportunities, but also a sense of comradery, of shared experiences." -Bridget Chalifour, "Calling All STEM Babes" // Interview link in bio! #babeswhohustle
It actually feels like winter in Florida this year and we’re not mad about it (although Chelsea is still learning how to build her winter wardrobe.) All the more reason to cozy up at home, brew another pot of coffee and buy that overpriced (but so comfy) throw blanket at Target. 📷:@estherclarkco #babeswhohustle
“Don’t spend your life trying to build an Instagram account. Build a legacy and a reputation outside of social media. Ninety percent of my clients come from word of mouth and meeting people, because we aren't trendy. Don’t copy others just to achieve success; there’s enough trendiness to go around. There's not enough uniqueness.” -Kiara Rose, Wedding Photographer. // Interview link in bio! 📷:@raimee.miller #babeswhohustle
Yesterday was my four year anniversary with my bearded better half. Instead of getting dressed up and going out for an indulgent, expensive meal, we got Chinese takeout, put our phones away, put on our PJs and watched several consecutive episodes of Catfish. I proceeded to get 8 full hours of sleep, and today, I feel like a different person. If you’re looking for a sign to unplug and shut out the world for a night, this is it. You won’t regret it. And you can blame it on me. -Chelsea 📷:@letterfolkco #babeswhohustle
This #womancrushwednesday we're celebrating the accomplishments of Babe #117 @sensigraves as her 2018 Spring Collection from Sensi Bikinis goes live! Designed for women who rip and produced in the USA, these pieces are a must in any active woman's wardrobe. The "Globetrotter Collection" features graphic prints, fresh florals and pieces to inspire your wanderlust. Shop now at sensigravesbikinis.com to support a Babe Who Hustles and find some seriously comfortable swimwear. #babeswhohustle
I have run out of things to write about today. I have a planner full of topics for the weekend, for the Month, for international women’s day and galentine’s happy hour deals-- but nothing for January 9th at seven o’clock when I sit at a coffee shop with headphones and hyperactivity, attempting to squeeze content out of my brain.
Lately, I’ve been writing for a cause, for a job, for an anticipated audience. My words are practiced and thankfully easy to find, but they pour out into a branded mold, catering to the wants, needs, and trends of both my community and my paycheck. This is basically a writer’s dream, to be paid for words and work, one that feels thrillingly surreal in the scope of my career. But in the scale of my romanticized writing fantasies and the texture of my evolving writing voice, it can feel limiting and even scary.
I have run out of things to write about today. There are no immediate events, trends, or current hashtags grabbing the attention of my brain or brand and so I’m left the daunting and exhilarating task of writing whatever the hell I want. This is my moment to write about the brightness of midwest boredom, about the light that hits my living room ceiling at exactly 7:42am as the steam of my french press pirouettes into the day, about the bluegrass show I saw in a dingy bar and have played fifty times since, about the slow ache of thrilling loneliness when my lungs burn on clumsy evening runs, about feeling happy and scared and on the edge of something and like myself.
Scratching out time in my planner to write short stories or poems or diary entries about why I should travel the world or maybe stop eating dairy has become a tiresome and seemingly selfish act, but one I’m starting to see as vital to both my well being and big picture career. I want to write stories that move people and truths that wake people up and maybe a few things that make people laugh, and as my all too wise best friend said to me, “you have to exercise more than one muscle to be good at anything”.
I exhausted my brand muscle and I ran out things to write about. It may or may not be the best thing to happen to me in a while. -Mara
“For me, Edible has always been more about starting a community conversation than starting a business. Food and drink is this crazy common denominator we all share as human beings, and it affects the way we gather in community, how we understand our cultural identity, the health of our local economy, the environment, our daily routines, and our sense of well-being. The opportunity to dabble in those ideas excited me, and that’s why I started Edible.” -Amy Robb, Partner + Publisher at @edibleneflorida // Interview link in bio! 📷:@jennaalexanderstudio #babeswhohustle
I closed out my first week of 2018 as tired as I entered it, with that special, humbling sleepiness of a both a good day’s work and long week’s wrath. This year seemed to arrive boldly and start abruptly, stretching my personal and professional lives to reach for new and unuttered resolutions. A fresh calendar week (and year) has quickly filled with more events, appointments, hustles, and social commitments than I possess the foresight to prepare myself for. As I’ve been greeted with the warm invitation to resolve what I’d like to do with myself this year, I’ve decided to make my answer as simple and annoyingly vague as my looming future.
I want to make my first trip abroad this year. I want to listen to more podcasts, read more books, and drink more wine on couches with my friends. I want to cook more meals for people I love and save more money to do something extravagant or maybe just to live comfortably. I want to spend more time with my family, more nights walking the beach, and more days on the rails and helms of sailboats. I want to go camping and dancing and to sleep in late some days and make pancakes to old Norah Jones albums. But mostly, I just want to live a good life in a year that I do my biggest, most important work yet.
There may be years ahead of me in which I resolve to write a book or move to a new city or save x amount of money or learn y or z languages, but this year does not have to be one of them. It doesn’t have to be anything, but the simple possibility that it could be everything is enough to keep me happy and hungry through another year of question marks.
Tonight I’m raising my glass in solidarity to the babes out there who are learning to roll with the punches and let their work and wonder write their futures for them. New year, new work, and no plans. -Mara #babeswhohustle
"Of course, as a society, we need doctors, sanitation crews, nurses, and postal workers to keep our world spinning, but it's important to remember in the hustle and bustle of life that the legitimacy of pursuing one career field doesn’t diminish the value of another. We all have our part to play in creating this multifaceted, complex and cohesive world, and as young professionals, we have such beautiful opportunities to support, learn from, and connect with each other in the process." -Kathleen Gredler, "Phenomenological." // Story link in bio! #babeswhohustle