Turning Your Creative Outlet Into a Business that You Love with Ashley Hasty
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A few years ago Ashley Hasty, creator of Hasty Book List, was burning out, trying to make a 4-hour (each way) commute work with a job she loved in a career she loved teaching fashion history - and she needed something to help relieve her anxiety and help her focus on the positives. So she leaned on something creative to distract herself on the long drives and help her find joy again.
She began listening to audiobooks and sharing her thoughts her blog, one book at a time. Soon she started interviewing authors and book jacket designers. And after a while authors and publishers started sending her books to read and share with her audience. In the midst of this, she hit a breaking point with her 9-5. So she gave herself permission to work on Hasty Book List exclusively and found she loved it as a business too. Today Ashley works part-time as an consultant for Universities on fashion history and manages Hasty Book List, where she blogs, does bookstore tours, interviews authors, and more!
Today she's sharing how she managed her burnout, stayed open to possibilities, and ended up turning her creative outlet into a daily blog and business.
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Inside the episode:
Recognizing that something needs to change and giving yourself permission to make a change
Why you should start doing something that brings you joy, even (especially) when you are overwhelmed and stressed out
How to build personal relationships with vendors in your industry
Why constant communication is so important in business
Staying organized as you go from 1 post per week to 1 post per day
A day in the life of a part-time blogger
Listening to your energy to be flexible with your schedule + tips to get you re-energized
Free places to work outside of your home
How to find your next favorite book
Tools we discussed:
Spreadsheets (I love Google Sheets - they’re free, online, and are quickly catching up to Excel in functionality!)
Strategy Session with Chelsea B Foster
Your local library - 5 Libraries You Should Visit post from Ashley
Want book recommendations from Ashley - https://www.hastybooklist.com/book-me/
The Office* (US TV show)
Journaling - Check out Episode 035 - with Tonya Vanderhardt for some great journaling activities
Today's Permission Slip:
Each episode I give you a permission slip - a reminder to give yourself permission to run your business and live your dream life on your own terms.
Ashley shared how she loved her job before she started her blog, but the commute was horrible and it was impacting her relationships with her family. Before giving up on it, she tried hard to make it work.
Instead of curling up in a ball and giving up, she focused on the positives, the things that brought her joy. What started out as a hobby and something fun to take her mind off of the long commute, ended up taking off and allowing her to say “Okay this really isn’t working. It’s time to make a change.”
So today I want you to take a step back and let yourself bring more joy into your life, especially if you are feeling burned out in any area of your life.
One of the first things to go when we get busy is our hobbies. But they are the things we absolutely need in our lives to feel balanced and whole.
So today I want you to give yourself permission to find or reconnect with a hobby that brings you joy. And then to be open to where it leads. It might lead to a more fulfilled life or it might lead to making big changes. Wherever it takes you, be open to the journey and the discovery process.
I give myself permission to find or reconnect with a hobby that brings me joy and be open to where it takes me.
Remember, a hobby is anything that is fun to you. It might be painting or reading or baking or hiking or binging Netflix or volunteering or taking classes or playing with beauty products.
If you don’t know what your hobbies are, let yourself explore and try out a few. Ask your friends what they do in their free time and try their hobbies. Take a class at the local adult school to learn a new skill. Go for a hike on a nearby trail. Sign up for a workout class. Get yourself a library card and check out a book or two.
Go do something fun and learn about yourself along the way.
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