Category Archives: Life Balance

4 Multitasking Myths Busted

My “multitasking ability,” that my friends, was always my go-to answer when asked my greatest strength. As a new and naive grad, I was a self-declared multi-tasker and proud of it. Today, as a multi-passionate entrepreneur, there are not enough side-eye emojis to let you know how I REALLY feel about multitasking. Simply put, the magic of multitasking is a

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2,500 Miles Apart: How One Facebook Post Brought Us (and the Backstreet Boys) Together

Britt’s Story: In the early days of high school, I spent nights on my parents’ computer coding websites from scratch…. these were the days of Napster and America Online. There was no such thing as Squarespace or fun DIY builder.. maybe Geocities 1-2-3?! Anywho, I graduated high school, went to college for Web Content Development, got the ol’ fancy-schmancy jobs

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Creativity as a Tool for Change: Your Creativity Sparks a Voice That’s Louder Than You Think

Today, on International Women’s Day, we make a stand for the status of women in our societies and celebrate the social, economic, and political achievements of women. We are encouraged to #BeBoldForChange and commit ourselves to creating a more gender inclusive world. It is a great opportunity to consider how we, as creative entrepreneurs, can vocalize and express our opinions

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5 Time Management Tools Every Creative Can Use to Get 10 Hours Back in Their Week

Creatives have a lot of strengths, however, time management is not often at the top of the list. The challenge is that the kind of work that we do demands that we are smart with our time. After all, it’s our most finite resource. There’s a way to get a lot done without working 20-hour days. I’m a huge proponent

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Why every Entrepreneur needs a support system

I’ve come across so many articles and discussions in various groups about entrepreneurs and the commonality of conditions like depression and anxiety. I never understood why. I thought, hey, they’re living their dreams. They’re making a living out of their true passions. Why wouldn’t that be pure joy? In December 2015 I dipped my toes into this world by starting

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3 Ways to Combat Common Struggles Faced by “Creatives”: Insights from a Chronically-ill Girl

My name is Elise Smith and I am the owner of WinniE’s Bakery. We are a bake to order, wholesale and catering bakery, located in Columbia MD. I established WinniE’s Bakery in 2012, after years of fostering a passion and discipline for baking. I know what you’re thinking, if your name is Elise, then why “WinniE’s Bakery”? And, the simple

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6 Tips to Brighten Your Day & Streamline Your Workflow

Entrepreneurs are a unique bunch. We wake up in the morning, go through our routine, and either head to an office or home workstation to start grinding away. Many of us didn’t know when we started our venture just how busy our lives would become — there may have been this notion that the people who work 8 to 5

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Staying Creatively Motivated, Original, and Inspired

 A little over a year ago, I was officially introduced into the “Creative Industry.” It’s a whole other world folks. These are the people that curate the Pinterest images that you pin, and where Instagram is filled with amazingly beautiful feeds of perfectly placed and intentionally colored items that come together to produce an image that the eye loves and

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The Neuroscience of Creativity

CREATIVITY, in brain-science speak, is “non-linear” thinking. This means there is no pre-existing or easy answer to what you are trying to solve or create. You are attempting to give rise to an idea for which, as far as your brain knows, no road-map or answer yet exists. Once you are able to reach an insight, a new mental map

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Act Like the Business You Strive to Be

I want to say I first heard this working for a startup company in the city of Chicago four years ago, “If you want to be a successful business someday, you have to start acting like one now.” At this month’s discussion on Productivity, a fellow Rising Tide member chimes in, “I have to be more like Apple, not an

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