An Illuminated Idea, Personalized Candles: Meet Annie Chapur & Annabelle DeGrazio, Co-Founders of the TAJA Collection

The greatest companies seem to sprout out of a practical need in your life. That certainly was the case for co-founders of the TAJA Collection Annie Chapur and Annabelle DeGrazio when they couldn’t find the type of candle they were searching for during the holiday season. These Miami based candle entrepreneurs are taking the candle world by storm with customizable candles, and candle making classes in Wynwood. Read on to learn how these former lawyers made the switch to entrepreneurs.

1. How did two lawyers transition from the courtroom to making custom candles?

The transition was really an accident.  Or maybe a more elegant way to describe the switch would be serendipitous. Either way, it was not my plan. I was on the partner-track at the law firm and I had no ambitions of ever leaving the firm, much less changing careers and becoming an entrepreneur. It was the holiday season and my TAJA Collection Co-founder Annabelle DeGrazio and I were looking for gifts for our assistants. Our assistants liked candles, but everything on the market seemed really impersonal. We were looking for ways to make the candles more thoughtful, by somehow including a personal message, but couldn’t find anything. Coincidentally, at that same time, I was working on a deal taking a client public. The client was in the electric candle business (think: all the electric candles used for concerts and large-scale events). Taking a company public involves a ton of consumer disclosures so I was learning so much about the candle industry: market-cap, risks, margins, consumer behavior, etc. At the same time, Annabelle and I couldn’t stop thinking about the opportunity: customizable candles. It started out as a hobby, making candles in our kitchen and soon enough we were giving notice to the firm.

2. What inspired the creation of TAJA and what does it stand for?

The name TAJA is literally our initials backwards (at least from our maiden names: Annie Jensen and Annabelle Torgman). But we like to think of TAJA as a synonym for being thoughtful. Our core value is thoughtfulness. People who want to become entrepreneurs often ask me, “How do I find my passion or how do I know what product to create or which industry to go into?” My answer is always the same: what are people constantly coming to you for? Annabelle and I were lucky in that the idea for TAJA came out of the need (or at least the desire) to solve a problem. But, if we had decided to start a company without being confronted with the problem, I still think we would have eventually ended up in the same place. That’s because we are both the people that our friends and family come to for help buying presents. Thoughtful gifting is our specialty as individuals, and now our core value as a company.

3. In addition to launching a new business, you’re also a new mom! Now that you have TWO babies how do you keep a balance in your life?

Well I’m 7.5 months pregnant so I’m not a mom (yet). But that time is inching closer and closer! I have three core philosophies that have really helped me find “balance”. The first is that you should always lean into your strengths. There is so much emphasis, especially in the U.S. to “fix your weaknesses.” I’m not saying that self-work is not important, because I think it’s critical. What I mean is, if you’re a night-owl that does your best work at night (like me), don’t force yourself to wake up early to fit some sort of mold or norm. I’m able to be so productive (which frees up time for my personal life) just by being self-aware and allowing myself to work the way that suits me best. This philosophy is also great when it comes to lifestyle. There is so much noise out there about different diets (high fat, low carb, vegan, fasting etc. etc.) and workout plans (low intensity, high intensity, interval training etc. etc.). There’s nothing wrong with any of these, but all the pressure, especially on social media, can feel confusing and overwhelming. Allowing yourself to lean into the things you are attracted to (for me, long walks in the morning) and not forcing yourself into things you are not drawn to (yoga) is so freeing and you will find yourself feeling so much more balanced once you become more in-tune with what speaks to you. The second philosophy is being present. This one is tough. It really doesn’t matter if I come home early to cook dinner (something I love to do) for my husband and I, if I’m looking at my phone the whole time to answer e-mails. It also isn’t particularly helpful if I go to work early but can’t concentrate because I’m too distracted by my personal to-do list that I didn’t finish the night before. Finally, I don’t know where this came from but for most of my life I’ve had the belief that you can’t be successful unless you’re working 24/7. This belief was, no surprise, self-actualizing. It took me way too long to realize that quality is so much more important than quantity. Forcing myself to work fewer hours and vacation more has not only improved my well-being (allowing me to find more balance) but it has actually improved my work-product and had a positive impact on our numbers.

 4In Miami, I saw you host candle-making classes. Can you tell us more about what these entail?

These are so fun. One of our key goals for 2018 was to move into a space where we could host candle-making classes, and our new store in Wynwood allows for just that. Our classes are intimate (8 people or less) and open to all ages (children too). We start by teaching you everything you would ever want to know about candle-making (fragrance, soy wax, wicks, why we don’t use parabens, phthalates or additives, etc.). From there, you choose your fragrance (you even get to re-name it if you want) and then hand-pour your own candle. While your candle dries, we help you brainstorm the personalizations you would like to engrave on the candle jar and wooden lid. Oh, we also include wine 😉 Attendees go home with a candle they hand-poured and personalized.

5. With all the fragrances you offer you have quite creative names like “Tall dark and handsome” where do you draw inspiration for the names and do you have any favorite fragrances?

Thank you! I think this is my way of living out a secret dream I had of naming nail polish colors. Am I the only one who has had this desire? Sometimes Annabelle and I will sit and brainstorm fragrance names as a treat to reward ourselves. Sometimes they just come to us out of the blue. We recently launched a new fragrance and had a naming contest, allowing our customers to name the new fragrance. When it comes to favorites I really love “Queen of Hearts” but the new fragrance we just launched, “Do Not Disturb” is really special and currently taking over my whole house.

For more information on Taja Collection Custom Candles:

Visit their website Taja Collection

Follow on Instagram at @TajaCollection

 

Imposter Syndrome, Knowing Your Worth & More: Meet Rebecca Kronman, NYC’s Therapist For Entrepreneurs

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We all need a good therapist, especially as an entrepreneur. Meet Rebecca Kronman!

When I think of a therapist that understands entrepreneurs I think of Rebecca Kronman. From groups like Ladies Get Paid, to The Lifestyle Edit her name rings true as an expert in her field. Back in 2017 we hosted a sold out event on the topic Imposter Syndrome. As many people struggle to find their place in their entrepreneurial journey it’s important to have someone in your corner helping you fight the ultimate battle— the one against yourself.

1. As a LCSW Therapist, what are the biggest challenges you see 20-30 somethings struggling with?

I typically see people struggling with anxiety. At times that goes hand-in-hand with depression. Our brains don’t finish developing until we’re 25(!) so going to therapy in your 20’s can be incredibly transformative. We’re more malleable to change and our identities aren’t as “fixed” as they become in later years. That can be both a struggle and an asset.

Therapists have seen a marked increase in anxiety in the past few years; many people attribute this to social media, which is strongly correlated with feelings of dissatisfaction and unhappiness. Social media asks us to constantly look outside of ourselves and invites unhealthy comparisons; it shows us an idealized and unrealistic version of reality that we actually cannot achieve. Then we’re literally being hooked into that cycle by design; our phone lights up and beeps to get our attention; there’s always something new to look at. Its overstimulating to our nervous systems and extremely addicting.

Layered on top of that is the fact that I see people who live in Brooklyn, one of the most difficult places to live in the world! It’s a vibrant and exciting place, but it’s not the same as when our parents lived here. We pay far more in rent proportionately than they ever did; the subway is worse than it ever was; there are more people and more congestion. These are issues that have a subtle but significant impact on the way anxiety affects us. When our quality of life is impacted, and we’re less able to have quiet moments, it affects our ability to cope with other stressors that inevitably come about: interpersonal conflicts, life transitions, career challenges, etc. I should mention here that it’s good to have perspective on this… most of the people I see are more resourced than the vast majority of New Yorkers. That doesn’t make them immune to anxiety but by and large, their basic needs of food, shelter and security are covered. When those needs go unaddressed, the impacts on mental health can be incredibly devastating.

2. NYC, as we know, is a VERY competitive go, go, go city! What tips do you have for individuals to manage their anxiety and keep the comparison fears in control?

I encourage people to take note of how their anxiety shows up in the body. Is it a tension in the jaw? A tightness I the shoulders? A clenching in the chest or stomach? When you notice that, see if you can sit for just a moment with the discomfort. If it’s too intolerable, don’t do it (especially if you’re prone to panic attacks). Normally we rely on distraction as a technique to cope. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, and in many cases, it can be incredibly helpful. And if you’re able to sit with the sensation, you may notice how it shifts and then eventually dissipates. Slowing down and tuning in also gives us the opportunity to take stock of the situation we’re in that’s triggering the anxiety. Who or what am I interacting with? Are there any patterns that become apparent? Can I make a decision here that will quell this worry?

Another point to note is that as a society, we’re prone to platitudes such as “you shouldn’t think about that” or “you shouldn’t feel that way.” I like to offer my clients a technique that I learned from meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg. She encourages us to look with compassion at the feeling, but with an outsiders distance. So for example “oh, I see you anxiety! There you are again, and that’s ok. I’m going to let you go now.” We would repeat this over and over again as the thoughts and feelings will naturally return to us.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t make a plug here for therapists. Part of our role is to reflect our clients’ progress back to them. When you’re living your life, it’s hard to see where you’ve made progress because it can be subtle. We also tend to undermine our own progress (our brains are wired to see negatives more than positives) When you’re in therapy, another person is taking note of your achievements once per week and can remind you of how far you’ve come. This can really help with comparison fears and remind us that it’s rarely helpful to compare ourselves to others, and much more accurate to compare our current selves to our former selves.  

2. We’ve talked to you before about imposter syndrome, and it’s SO real! What are some things that women can do to get over it and start knowing their worth?

First of all, know that this experience is extremely common among women! As women, we’re socialized to be more risk-averse than men, and when we start to confront that, it takes some undoing of deeply ingrained patterns.

Another thing to watch is how we receive positive feedback. Are we excusing it, pushing it away or not allowing it to sink in? That’s important to note because it gives us information. When we tune in and take a pause, what does our internal dialogue say to us? What tone is it speaking in? If someone gives us a compliment, are we saying to ourselves “Oh, she’s just saying that.” If that’s the case, then we’ve got some work to do.

Again I like to start in the body. Where do you experience the feeling of being an imposter? Now, what if you change the position of the body into a powerful stance? If you’ve watched Amy Cuddy’s power posing Youtube video, you might be familiar with the technique to make your body more expansive as a means to influence the way you feel. While some of the results of her research have been discredited, I do still believe there is value to using the body to influence our emotional state.

Finally, I think it’s also important to note our language. Women are socialized to use more qualifiers. “I’m just writing to follow up”; “Let’s do that if you think it’s a good idea”; “Would you maybe want to go there?”. When we don’t use those qualifiers, sometimes it has the effect of making us, or other people, think we’re coming off as harsh or–excuse the term–bitchy! That’s, of course, a function of misogyny, both external and internalized. And, to be blunt, that’s BS! When I speak to groups about Imposter Syndrome, I challenge them to reconceptualize a straightforward communication style without qualifiers as a harnessing of your power, confidence and self-assuredness.

4. You’ve been the go-to NYC therapist for entrepreneurs (can we say creatives instead? Or creative entrepreneurs?). How did that happen and how do you recommend someone finds the therapist that best fits them?

Em – can I keep you around all the time to say lovely things to me when I need to hear them? Thank you! I chose this specialty – working with [creatives or creative entrepreneurs] because in a way, I kind of wish I was one of them! I don’t have that skill set though, I’m trained as a therapist. So for me, the next best thing was to work in collaboration with that community. [Creatives or creative entrepreneurs] tend to think a little differently about the world. I’m always learning so much when I work with my clients; it keeps me engaged and allows me to continue growing as well (I suppose that’s a little self-serving!).

When choosing a therapist, I encourage people to think first about logistics. Can you travel to their office easily? Do you need to use your insurance, and if you can pay out of pocket, what is the budget you need to work within? That way you’re not setting your sights on someone who you can’t realistically work with. Websites like Psychology Today are helpful to narrow down by location and specialty. If you know a therapist or know someone who has a therapist, you can ask them to give you some names (typically therapists will not see people who are good friends as this can become a conflict). But they can direct you elsewhere. Finally (and probably most importantly), does the person have a web presence that gives you insight into their specialty, style and approach? If not, call and ask them how they work and what modalities they use (don’t be afraid to ask for an explanation for anything you don’t understand).

5. As a mother, entrepreneur and NYC what are your favorite ways to unwind?

Wouldn’t you like to know? 😉 I recently added exercise back into my regimen. I’ve been working towards incorporating a seated meditation practice into my workout time. I am fortunate to live close to Prospect Park, which is pure magic at sunset. When I’m with my two little boys, we love a good dance party (they are quite fond of The Pointer Sisters and Donna Summer). And when I’m super pressed for time, I try to incorporate “mini mindful moments” where I tune into sensation and do just one thing at a time. Two examples: during my morning beauty routine, I’ll take my face lotion, rub it between my hands, bring it to my face and inhale and listen to the sound of my fingers patting it into my skin. Or when I’m walking to the subway, I’ll tune into the sensation of my feet hitting the ground, the air temperature on my face, and the feeling of my clothes touching my skin.

Rebecca will be joining us on our retreat with the Lifestyle Edit on June 22-24th 2018. Plus learn more about her at her website here.

The Ultimate DMV Connector: Meet Alice Hu, Six Degrees Society DC Ambassador

Alice is a get it done lady. From working in China to joining a startup in DC to her curiosity to learn new things, she does it all and knows everyone. Follow along on her instagram and you’ll find Alice trying new restaurants, practicing yoga or traveling the world. Learn more about how our rockstar DC Ambassador does it all.

1. Alice, you are the queen of entrepreneurship. Tell us a bit about BigSpool, CookieCutterKingdom and Shanghai Daily Secret and what inspired them all?

I’m really not! I actually just stumbled upon all these opportunities. So in Shanghai, my friend came to me with the opportunity to start the Shanghai edition of Daily Secret. It seemed like a fun way to get to know the city as the email newsletter featured new restaurants, events, shops, and more in the city. I ended up running it for over two years and when I was finished we had a team of 5 working on the local edition. I’ve met many good friends through Daily Secret! I also loved being able to showcase local businesses. BigSpool was also serendipitous. My friend from high school needed some freelancing help late 2015 and it turned into an incredible opportunity to be a Co-founder at the company. I not only managed the branding of CookieCutterKingdom, but also launched over 30 products for other brands. We’ve been able to be a great resource for people looking for unique gifts! Some of our most popular products are plastic cookie cutters, wooden keychains, and leather koozies. All of our products are made or finished in the United States! All of these opportunities came about because of a need in the market!

2. You heard about Six Degrees Society through a cookie cutter client who did an event with us, what’s been your most successful Instagram connection?

Yes, I did! I was scrolling through Instagram and saw Marisol of @tinykitchentreats co-hosting an event with Six Degrees Society. I read a little bit more about the company and knew we need something like it in D.C.! The rest is history 🙂 I actually like my connection with Emily the best! We’ve been able to build something really special in D.C.

3. What inspired you to get involved with Six Degrees Society and why do you think DC needs it?

We started the DC chapter before the whole new wave of the feminist movement. DC tends to get things much later than other markets and I knew we needed SDS in DC! Especially something as unique as women focused AND curated networking. It is so thoughtful to have someone (Emily) make all the matches for each and every attendee. There is a growing community of creatives (artists, entrepreneurs, fashionistas, food & beverage), they’ve really found a home with SDS where we welcome everyone and focus on what’s often overlooked in D.C. People have definitely told me how much they appreciate fun, creative events in a serious city.

4. What are you most looking forward to being the ambassador to DC? What’s been the most reporting part so far?

Making great connections and eliminating the awkwardness of networking. I actually hate going to typical networking events now. Have you ever noticed that no one actually wants to meet new people and they just stick with the people they came with? What’s the point of that! I love being able to connect people to one another in a meaningful way.

5. In addition to living in DC you’ve lived abroad, what tips do you have to those who move abroad and then come back?

I loved my five years abroad in Shanghai!! Everyone says that coming back is harder than moving to a foreign country. This is very true. The longer your’re away, the harder it is to reinsert yourself into your old life. Friendships change even though you want to pick-up where you left off. Everyday routines need to be adjusted. Letting go of expectations is very helpful. It’s a mantra I really think one should live by. Stop thinking about how things should be and realize things for what they are. When I came back to the US, I definitely had an idea how how my life should be and it actually turned out quite differently. Reach out to friends who are going through the same transition or have moved back. They will be a big help! Having a routine is also very helpful. I always workout no matter where I am and it has always helped to center myself. Your thing could be keeping a journal, meditating, or something more artistic like drawing.

Alice Hu launched the Six Degrees Society DC chapter in the fall of 2016 after being away from the nation’s capital for almost 10 years. Since the launch, she’s been bringing DC creatives together at events such as terrarium making and learning about fashion and sustainability. When Alice isn’t planning new events for DC members, she’s looking for new happy hours and Asian inspired restuarants. She is very involved in the local start-up community and is an aspiring yogi. Connect with Alice to learn more about the Washington, D.C. chapter! You can find her on Instagram at @alicehu and alice@sixdegreesociety.com.

Behind The Lens: Meet DMV Photographer Hannah Lane Giddings of Hannah Lane Photography

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Hannah Lane Giddings of Hannah Lane Photography

We had the pleasure of working with Hannah Lane Giddings of Hannah Lane Photography at a big DC event at Ann Taylor. From the get-go I was drawn to her website by her airy and lightness in her shooting. At the event I was impressed by her warm and calm presence and how put together she was. She looked part of the party and dressed the part! From events to weddings this photographer is based in the DMV area but travels for all occasions. Read on to understand her journey to becoming a professional photographer.

1. Hannah, it was such a pleasure working with you at our April 8th Ann Taylor Event in DC. What spurred your passion for photography? 

I first picked up a camera when I was seven years old and immediately started taking photos of everything I could find. I absolutely fell in love. Over the years I bought my first DSLR camera and started making my friends “pose and model” for me. One thing led to the next and nine years into a business I think I picked the right path. 🙂

2. On Your website, Hannah Lane Photography, your style is very ethereal and magical. How did you cultivate your style and do you have a particular type of event you prefer shooting? 

A lot of my style comes from my upbringing. I was born and raised in beautiful Charleston, SC. Because of this, I have a strong southern influence with lots of light, pastel colors, etc. I also love summer and being in the sun so I think I draw many of my passions into my style of photography. I am a wedding and portrait photographer but one of my favorite things to photograph is an engagement session (with the couple’s wedding coming in a close second). I love being able to get to know the couple in a relaxed environment before the wedding day.

3. Originally from the south, how have you found the transition to the DMV area? How do event needs differ? 

The transition to the DMV was challenging on a personal level but so much fun on a professional level. I have loved getting to photograph new venues and see different styles. I’ve also enjoyed the challenge to see different spots and angles then what most photographers in the area do. I honestly think that “being new to town” has given me the advantage to seek out new spots and be creative with the venues and locations. The difference in venues was interesting to me as well. In Charleston — we have mostly outdoor venues but here, (especially in DC) there are so many stunning indoor venues to choose from as well. I’ve loved seeing the difference in style.

4. What advice do you have to up and coming photographers and starting a photography business? 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reach out to other photographers, networking will be your best friend. Challenge yourself. Constantly shoot. Do free shoots, styled shoots, ask your friends to model, anything you can do become better in your craft as well as start showing the online world what you can do. Making yourself “look” busy, even if you’re not is key. (Don’t tell anyone I told you that) 😉

5. Where do you hope to see your business in the next few years? 

I hope to see my business doing more destination weddings (I love to travel). Having a year completely booked before the next, and challenging myself in ways I haven’t even thought of yet. I love to learn and grow and I hope to continue to push myself to better than the year, month, day before.

For more information on Hannah check out her website Hannah Lane Photography.

The Female Megaphone: Meet Anna Rova, Founder of the Girlskill Podcast

You know that funny moment when you walk into a party and realize it’s the wrong party? Well, I did that with a FB group. Thinking that this particular Facebook group was DC focused (as in the city) it turns out it had nothing to do at all about DC. Regardless, I ended up meeting Anna Rova, Founder of the Girlskill Podcast that celebrates the stories and experiences of women doing rad things.
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1. What is Girlskill and why are you inspired you to create it? 

I’m on a quest to redefine what female success really is.

I’m here to ask questions and have real conversations with real women about life, love, sex, success and everything else around it. I’m here to find answers for myself and maybe help a few women along the way. Because I know this stuff is magical. I have seen it transform my life.

I’m tired of the bullshit. I’m tired of inauthentic click-bait content. I’m tired of fake, 7-word headlines that “work.”

That is the past.

I’m all in for a sexy, authentic, juicy headline that I know will get me less readers but more qualified ones.

I’m interested in challenging ideas and subjects that people are afraid to discuss in a mature way. I’m interested in raising questions that are uncomfortable to ask.

 

2. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned (can be more than one) from interviewing someone for your podcast? 

The most interesting thing I’ve learned on my podcast is that every woman defines femininity and success in different ways. No matter what their definition is, most women identify strongly with their femininity and are living their version of success. I’ve also learned that the biggest challenge for the modern woman today is balancing her masculine and feminine side. Women have more opportunities and possibilities today than ever before. The main question and challenge for the modern woman is how to achieve her dreams professionally and in business and still be a mother, wife, and lover. Girlskill Podcast is here to uncover the answers to this very important question.

I’ve also learned that no matter the degree of a woman’s connection to her instinctual self a.k.a “the wild woman” – she has felt her and she knows the wild woman exists within her. She just didn’t give her permission to come out.

Another interesting thing I learned is that women after 40 are coming out to powerful conclusions about what it means to be a woman. They tend to switch priorities and realize that professional and personal success is not that important. Your connection with yourself, your relationships and your contribution to your loved ones(and not only) is what’s important. These women stop proving to every else and themselves their own value. They don’t care. They realize that their self-worth is derived from inside.

 

3. As a digital nomad how do you maintain balance and structure in your life? 

Building routines and establishing deep friendships that last are the most important things to keep balance on the road as a digital nomad. I have my morning routine that included writing “morning pages,” lighting up a candle, using tarot cards for daily guidance, morning stretches and dancing as well as having my yoga studio I love and a co-working space that I feel inspired and productive in. Living in a nice place with a hot shower, plenty of light and space makes all the difference. The community is super important. I am excited o be making longer-tern girlfriends!

 

4. What does female success mean to you? 

Joy. Freedom. Peace. Healthy and fulfilling relationships. Motherhood. Pleasure.

 

5. What biggest advice do you have for entrepreneurs starting out? 

Follow your own direction and compass. Ask yourself daily “does this makes sense for me and my business at this point? Is this true for me? Is this who I am?” I see entrepreneurs copy/pasting so many systems, promotional plans and structures that they stop being authentic. Do not be like everyone else. Stop following people, groups and blogs. Listen to yourself more than to others and create something unique. Speak your truth. People are drawn to authenticity today more than ever. Get vulnerable.

Check out Anna’s podcast at Girlskill

 

The Super Networker: Meet Hannah Brooks, Founder of The Leading Lady

Hannah and I connected through being in the Create & Cultivate FB group, subscribing to her email list and responding back to her email. Now 2 months later we’ve already hosted an instagram live, she’s contributed to our blog and we’re planning an event together. Oh the things you can do when you put two networkers together. Hannah is the Founder of The Leading Lady and has dedicated her business to shed some light on how networking doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Learn more about Hannah’s journey from performer to professional and catch us in SF on June 6th for our event together.

1. How did you become the leading lady? 

My background is in theatre/acting/performance, so I guess you could say the concept of being a leading lady is part of my brain! 

But the idea for “The Leading Lady” was born out of the fact that so many women desire to connect with those around them but are either scared or don’t know how. My heart is to empower them to engage so they can build the life and career they dream of. That’s being a leading lady in your own life, which is so important!

2. Why do you believe so strongly in networking? Is networking something that comes easy or do you still get nervous? 

Networking, or building relationships with the people around us, is crucial to being a healthy woman, not just a businesswoman! I passionately believe that community is where people thrive and where transformation happens, and building relationships is where that all starts.

As for nerves, I think there are 2 different feelings people can experience: fear and nervousness.

Fear is immobilizing and keeps people from growing and engaging, so that’s not good! I’m not afraid of connecting at all, in fact it energizes me like crazy! 

I do however, still get nervous. Everyone does at some point. Networking is basically putting yourself out there and hoping people like you, and that’s always a little strange. BUT I don’t let my nerves stop me from connecting. No way am I losing out on that magic!

3. Can you define networking for us? How can someone network each day? 

To me, networking comes down to forming connections with others where both people are willing to add value to the other person’s life. In a genuine relationship, both people are equally valuable, 

Networking isn’t about wracking up names like poker chips, it’s about gathering humans around you who make you better and who you can lift up too.

Networking each day? Just talk to people! It’s so amazing simple, but if you’re not talking to people around you, you’re missing out hardcore on so many opportunities.

4. What are your favorite ways network in a new city? 

Find a group that participates in something you love and join it! Maybe it’s moms hanging out, or a knitting group, or a workout class. 

Do what you love and talk to the people you’re put in contact with. Plug into the community already there, that’s the easiest way.

5. Do you have a go-to networking introduction or pick up line? 

Compliments are my jam, for sure. I love opening by calling out something I like about them, like something they’re wearing. Everyone likes to know someone’s a fan, so it’s a great way to break down a wall and connect!