Hey fabulous people! It’s time for another episode of What I’m Working On*! Today I have SUCH a special guest and I am so very excited to share our interview with all of you.
Please join me in welcoming the wonderful Whitney of The Common Great. I had the pleasure of kicking off her own interview series a few weeks ago where I talked about making the career transition from teaching to the tech industry and it’s been such a joy getting to know her and to support one another in our blogging endeavors. If you ever need someone in your court, someone who is genuinely going to move mountains to help make your success happen, she is your girl. I adore her heart, kindness, wit, and understanding of business and blogging and learn from her daily!
That being said, this episode is JAM-PACKED with so many gems. Whitney talks about her June goals as a newbie blogger and her strategy for growth. She also mentions the loneliness that blogging can bring and how to combat that. Furthermore, she’s referred to some really incredible resources that I’ve linked to below!
Before we get to the good stuff, allow me to update you all on my own #WIWO:
On the job hunt. I’ve been spending some time diving into Clarity on Fire’s Passion Profile Short Course and really evaluating where I am now and what I want to do next. Having this time to invest in myself has been invaluable and I’m both humbled and grateful by it.
On the Blog
After a few weeks of putting Ampersand Creative on the back burner, I had been itching to bring it back front and center but was still feeling insecure and unmotivated. I fell right into the comparison trap and just overall lost in many ways. It’s fascinating to me that when my life is in transition, my blog directly feels the effects of it. Luckily, I recently met up with Kristin and she helped me sort through some of my struggles and together we reenergized one another. We set some specific goals, spent some time brainstorming post ideas (with the help of Lisa’s Blog Out Knock Out email challenge), and discussed actually putting one of our big goals into action for this fall. It was exactly what I needed to find that spark again.
This season is all about self-care. As I mentioned last time, I’ve had a rough go the past few weeks, but I think I’ve finally moved past the dark cloud that had been following me around. During this time, I’ve made a point to do things I enjoy like crafting, kayaking, listening to podcasts, reading, and meeting up with friends. One of the biggest things that has lifted my spirits is my upcoming trip to San Diego this week. Knowing that I will be getting away and doing something exciting and different has made the world of a difference to my overall mental and emotional health. Sometimes you just need to spend the money and take the time to do something for YOU.
And now for our main event! Awkwardly, I don’t know why I’m super pixel-y in this video but at least our lovely guest of honor is not! Admittedly, it’s a bit of a lengthier video, but full of SO much goodness.
Here’s a timestamp to follow:[2:47] – What is your ampersand?
[4:32] – What are you working on on The Common Great?
[8:09] – Why is it so important to you to promote other bloggers?
[12:18] – What are you working on personally?
[16:07] – What is one thing you’ve learned recently that you’d like to share with our WIWO listeners?
[19:20] – What are you reading or planning on reading next?
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
- Visit her group Pinterest boards
- Piktochart – for creating infographics
- A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Infographics
- TED Talk: How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek
- Blogs Whitney is LOVING:
*What I’m Working On is a bi-monthly interview feature for creatives, featuring their projects and goals. In addition to hearing from some really cool and inspiring people, YOU can participate each month as well. Add your blog post in the comments or join via Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook by tagging me (@marissaburdett) and using the hashtag #WIWO! Together we’ll follow along your progress as you crush goals, test out life hacks, pursue new projects, read and recommend killer books, and share what it takes to be YOU, both personally and professionally.