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/// SIGNIFICANT OTHERS ◊ Heidi Fiedler

Meet Heidi Fiedler. Heidi is a writer, editor and idea girl. Her illustrations and books are really unique and relevant. This is why she is significant.

Why did you decide to start your business?

I’ve worked in publishing for over ten years, and when my husband got a job in Massachusetts, it seemed like the right time to make the leap to being self-employed. I’m so glad I did! I’ve been able to build a business that’s filled with variety (read: doesn’t bore me) and flexibility to work on my own projects.

What is a typical day in your life?

I move slow in the morning, so I usually eat breakfast while I read a magazine. When I move on to tea, I try to do a little writing or work on my business in some sort of strategic way. The rest of the morning is spent on client work. When it’s time for lunch, I check emails and say hello to the peeps on Instagram and Pinterest. Then I do more client work. Sometimes that means researching why beetles are iridescent. Other times it means I’m writing a poem about what it’s like to be a black hole.

What is the biggest hurdle you’ve faced so far?

As a solo act, I struggle with working inside a bubble. It can be hard to know whether an idea is crazy good or crazy bad. I miss working with other people that I can bounce things off of and test rough mockups with. I’m working on trusting my instincts more, and I’ve found some great online support. I’m obsessed with the Being Boss Facebook group. There are so many clever boss ladies in there, asking a question can be like running a mini focus group.

 

Any awesome projects in the works?

My latest project is Think Like an Editor: An Inside Look at What Makes a Book Work. It’s a new series I’m running on Instagram to help writers understand the way text, illustrations, organization, voice, structure, and other elements come together to make a book engaging and memorable. I’m also getting ready to teach a workshop over at the Maker Mentors website (http://makermentors.org/), and I’m working on a bunch of picture book manuscripts. This summer has been all about eating popsicles and writing like crazy.

What do you like to do when you’re not working on your design work?

I am always trying new hobbies. I learned to arm knit last year. This year I’ve been making miniature wall weavings and painting some abstract Emily Jeffords-esque landscapes for fun. My husband I love to go exploring and walk in our local Audubon sanctuaries.

And most importantly, what’s your favorite color?

Pink!

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I really love how she explores new ideas and opportunities in her business. I also totally recommend Being Boss and even wrote a post about that amazing community! Head on over to her site to learn more about her and give her a well-deserved set of heart eyes on social media. You will be so happy you did. Find more from Heidi at www.helloheidifiedler.com/ and get social with her here:

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/// SIGNIFICANT OTHERS ◊ Suze Ford

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Meet Suze Ford. Suze is the awesome artist behind Suze Ford Fine Art. Her paintings are amazing and I can’t get over all the color she uses! This is why she is significant.

Why did you decide to start your business?

I have been painting all of my life. So, it was pretty much a life time dream and goal to make a living at it. After getting my degree in art I didn’t quite understand the magnitude of how difficult it would be to show and sell my work professionally. It took me a few years to figure out how to make it happen. My business was established when I began showing and selling my work through art fairs. It was an awesome way for me to begin working seriously on a body of work. I also have met amazing supportive people all over the country.

What is a typical day in your life?

This question makes me laugh! The only reason why is because I have 2 small children. So, anyone who is a parent knows you sort of have to be ready for anything!

However, my day consists of waking up and getting myself and the girls ready for the day. Once they are settled I make myself a cup of coffee and I head into my studio. I try to make this morning time for creativity and painting. Sometimes I have to answer some emails and tend to business. But, I try to keep as much of those business tasks as I can separated into the second part of my day.

When it is lunch time I eat with my girls. After lunch I handle everything else that is involved in my business. I do a lot of commission work for my clients. So, a good part of my day is spent in communications and updates with them. I also have to shoot and edit images of my work in this part of my day. The office and studio work continues until dinner time.

When it is dinner time I spend quality time with my family. We do normal family activities together.

 

What is the biggest hurdle you’ve faced so far?

Biggest hurdle by far is balancing being a parent and running a business. I sincerely love both parts of my life. I could not see my life with out both parts. So, each day I manage my time the best I can trying to be present in what ever moment I am in.

 

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Any awesome projects in the works?

One project that I am really excited about is a show I am in with a an awesome artist and friend Jenny McCall, at the Leedy Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City. The gallery space is huge, and will give us a lot of creative freedom to paint large scale works. Painting huge pieces is my passion, and where I feel like I can fully express myself. So, I can’t wait to get started on the new work for this show.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

Free time is family time. I love more than anything the time I get to spend with them. I also try to meet fellow artists and friends for coffee and lunches. It is good for me to get out of my bubble and connect with people. This doesn’t happen often. But, this time is treasured.

And most importantly, what’s your favorite color?

Anything fluorescent!

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I really love her views on balancing family and business. Head on over to her website to to see more of her work. You will be so happy you did. Find more from Suze at www.suzeford.com and get social with her here:

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/// SIGNIFICANT OTHERS ◊ Stephanie Stiavetti

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Meet Stephanie Stiavetti. Stephanie is the awesome culinary creative and writer behind Fearless Fresh. Her recipes and tips are awesome and her style is killer. This is why she is significant.

Why did you decide to start your business?

I started Fearless Fresh because I saved my own life by re-learning how to cook, and I have a hard time watching the people I care about eat poorly and then suffer for it, health-wise. I want to help them live longer, happier lives, and I believe that starts with eating well and generally taking care of yourself.

The purpose of Fearless Fresh is to help quell cooking fear and overwhelm, making food a positive part of life. I 100% believe that people who love what they eat live happier lives, and I want to make sure as many people as possible get to experience that sense of satisfaction in the kitchen – and beyond.

What is a typical day in your life?

My days are all very different, since I play it by ear – I try to do what feels right, and that changes every day. Some days I spend hours tinkering in the kitchen, other days I stay out of the kitchen and spend the bulk of my time writing and dreaming. There’s always a fair degree of “busy work” like social media and other online noodling, but I’m working hard to spend more of my life creating and far, far less of it on the internet.

 

What is the biggest hurdle you’ve faced so far?

Honestly, my biggest obstacle is myself. I tend to get in my own way a lot, and my health can be a factor as well. I feel like I’m more than capable of taking on almost any hurdle, but the hardest are always internal. (Duh, right? 😉 Paralysis by analysis and gathering knowledge without acting on it are very real problems in my world. Like everyone else, I’m a work in progress!

 

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Any awesome projects in the works?

Yes! I’m working on a big e-course that will turn home cooks into total ninjas in the kitchen. It’s going to cover a lot of areas that others don’t, and I’m planning on it being a game changer for my dream readers. So exciting!

What do you like to do when you’re not working on your design work?

That depends. These days, I spend a lot of my free time “working” because I love what I do so much. I enjoy cooking and developing recipes, and that’s how I spend most of my time. Whenever I’m not doing that, I like to walk, read, travel, watch movies, practice photography, and go hiking. I’m trying to spend more time outdoors, so I foresee a lot more camping and picnics in my future.

And most importantly, what’s your favorite color?

Deep, deep blue-green

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I really love what motivated her to start her business. I totally agree with her thoughts on how what you eat shapes your life. Head on over to her site to learn some awesome kitchen skillz and give her a well-deserved set of heart eyes on social media. You will be so happy you did. Find more from Stephanie at www.fearlessfresh.com and www.theculinarylife.com and get social with her here:

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/// SIGNIFICANT OTHERS ◊ MAMALOVE ART

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Meet Mallory. Mallory is the awesome artist behind MamaLove Art. Her paintings capture an amazing time in a new mother’s life. This is why she is significant.

Why did you decide to start your business?

There is a short and long answer to why I started MamaLove, focusing on commissioned portraits of moms with their children.
The short answer: I started MamaLove after having my daughter because motherhood has creatively reinvigorated and inspired me in ways I was not expecting.
The long answer: In my first days of motherhood, I was unable to breastfeed. I felt like such a failure. My neighbor and friend who had a baby four months older than mine, casually and generously offered some of her breast milk to me. For almost ten weeks, she sent over bags and bags of frozen breast milk. Because of this gift, my daughter thrived, and my mind eased. More than this, my friend’s kindness felt like she’d thrown me a lifesaver. She reached out to me, checked in on me, answered my questions, and most significantly, made me feel connected as a new mother.
In a search to show her my gratitude, I came across a picture of my friend wearing her daughter in a bright orange wrap. I immediately knew what I’d do; I would paint this picture. She was radiant, her baby delighted, and the love and trust between them was almost visible. It was pure MamaLove.
After painting this portrait, I felt compelled to offer these keepsakes to other moms who want to remember a particular moment, connection, and expression of love between them and their children.

What is a typical day in your life?

My typical day is packed, but predictable. I wake up around 6:30 to get myself ready for work and my nine month old daughter Lulu ready for daycare. I get to work around 8:30 and leave around 4:30. (My day job is not painting.) When I get home, it’s a mad rush to cook dinner, get prepared for the next day, spend some time playing with Lulu, and get her ready for her 7:00 bedtime. Then it is time to paint. I usually sit down in my studio within an hour of her going to bed. I try to paint an hour or two every night. I usually turn on some music or a podcast (Right now, I love Being Boss, The Longest Shortest Time, and This American Life) and get to work. I have to stop painting at least an hour before going to bed, or I will have a hard(er) time falling asleep. I try to get in bed by 10:30, but sometimes I get sidetracked, falling down a pretty Instagram rabbit hole, or scrolling through Pinterest.

 

What is the biggest hurdle you’ve faced so far?

The biggest hurdle I’ve faced so far, besides time management, is being able to promote myself and my artwork in ways that feel genuine and natural. I am confident in my abilities as an artist, but I have a difficult time saying so out loud sometimes. In the past, when someone has seen my artwork and said something along the lines of, “I have to have you paint me something!,” I would say “sounds great!” and then never follow up. Now though, I have to be the one to start the conversation. I have to be able to show my work and tell people, “I can do this for you, too if you’d like.” I have to be proactive about getting the word out there. I am still working on it. With each sale, I become a little more comfortable with it.

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Any awesome projects in the works?

I have a couple of commissions lined up right now, which is exciting, especially since I am now getting clients that I do not know personally, but who have asked me to paint something for them because they’ve seen my other work. I am thinking about adding a line of greeting cards for moms to send each other to mark certain motherhood milestones, or to send “just because.” Maybe there will be a card for when a mom has to go back to work, or a card meant specifically for mom on her child’s first birthday. MamaLove is really an appreciation and celebration of motherhood so I am open to exploring any creative opportunity that aligns with that. I am also very proud that 10% of each commission goes to Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization that removes barriers to maternal health all over the world. I started this business because another mom supported me, and I want to use MamaLove as a vehicle to support other moms, too.

What do you like to do when you’re not working on your design work?

What is free time?! Ha! I always like to keep my hands busy, and have been trying to teach myself crochet, rather unsuccessfully, for a little while now. I can’t figure out how to hold my hand and the yarn at the same time. My fellow creative friend is supposed to help me with it, but she is due with her first baby on Sunday, so it will probably be awhile! I like the idea of being able to watch television while also working on something productive. I also like the repetitive nature of crochet and the potential to reach a zen-like state doing it, emptying my mind of everything except completing the next stitch.

I also like to read, although I finish books at a much slower pace than when before I had a baby. Right now, I’m reading Just Kids, which is Patti Smith’s memoir of her young life with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Next in my line up is Daring Greatly by Brene Brown because I’ve heard so many people mention her name lately, which intrigues me.

And most importantly, what’s your favorite color?

I am like my three year old niece when it comes to this question. My favorite color depends on the time of day you ask me, and what I’ve been looking at recently. At this particular moment, my favorite color is blue.

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This lady is so sweet and I really love what motivated her to start her creative business. Head on over to her site to see her work and give her a well-deserved set of heart eyes on social media. You will be so happy you did. Find more from Mallory at www.mamaloveart.com and get social with her here:

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