Five Questions With // Jess Lively

                                 Jess on    podcast    /    website    /    instagram    /    twitter

                              Jess on podcast / website / instagram / twitter

Jess Lively teaches how to live an intentional life through her podcast, The Lively Show, and Life With Intention courses. She also designs intention tattoos (temporary!) as well as designs and collaborates on jewelry and prints. Jess recently moved to Austin via Chicago with her husband and pup. If you see her this weekend, make sure to say hi!


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Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received or what is the one piece of advice you try to live by?

A: When I graduated and moved to Chicago and started my business full-time in 2007, it was hard.

Mega hard.

After a few months of business, I called my mentor (and the only woman I knew with a full-time business back then) and asked her if I should quit the business and get a job instead.

She told me I had to give it at least a year.

I took her advice and did what she said. She was right.

"Start where you are and just keep going" has been my mantra ever since.

 

Q: What’s one subject you’d like to learn but have never touched?

A: I don't know if this as a "subject" as much as it is something I'd love to be able to do well: abstract painting! I tried it once, but my husband humorously and accurately named the painting "Bird footprints on clown vomit."

 

Q: Do you have a go-to activity or practice for when you're feeling burned out?

A: Great question!

A little Maggie Smith on Downton Abbey goes a long way. And this this writing exercise is incredibly powerful.

 

Q: What is the best way for someone to reach out via email to connect? Put another way, what makes you accept requests for coffee dates or a lunch?

A: Honestly, it often has to do with my schedule, priorities in my life at the time, and the depth of connection I have to the person before the coffee date is mentioned.

I'd suggest reaching out and forming a relationship through social media and email long before asking for the coffee chat if you don't know the person well.

 

Q: What are your top two book recommendations?

A: Right now my two fave books to recommend are The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Both are so good and truly life-changing when applied consistently!

 

Bonus Q: What is your favorite drink to order at a bar? (Selfishly asking this question since I never know what to order!)

A: A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or champagne. : )

 

Five Questions With // Megan Silianoff

                                  Megan on    blog    /    instagram    /    twitter    /    pinterest

                               Megan on blog / instagram / twitter / pinterest

Megan Silianoff is a writer and blogger based in Houston, Texas. In addition to publishing her memoir in 2013 and blogging at Greetings from Texas, Megan offers consulting on social media strategy and copywriting and speaking at conferences and companies such as Facebook and Alt Summit (and TxSC, this is her second year speaking!).

Now that you’ve “met” Megan, let’s get to the know her even better. And say hi if you see her this weekend, she is just as witty as her writing suggests!

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Q: Who is inspiring you right now? Or, who is your long term muse?

A: I have a lot of “muses” for different things but I’ll answer in regards to fashion. The Olsen Twins always are always interesting, skinny, and well clothed. Olsens Anonymous is one of my blogroll staples.

Mucho Mucho Bueno Bueno is my other fashion go-to. Every time I see Brandi either on her blog or in real life I'd like to immediately switch outfits.

 

Q: What’s one subject you’d like to learn but have never touched?

Art. I want to get into art. Like, straight up art history course style. My current knowledge level is the same as Lisa Turtle (Saved by the Bell) when she famously said,  "What is art? Are we art? Is art, art?”  But I want to get well versed in the subject and eventually have paintings in my home and be able to recognize a Picasso, for example, when I see one. Or just be able to name another painter besides Picasso really.

 

Q: If you could have coffee with anyone tomorrow, who would it be and what would you talk about?

A: Judd Apatow. I’d try and sell him my screenplay. If that didn’t work I guess I’d settle for a Judd/Megan selfie…and maybe Jonah Hill’s phone number.

 

Q: What is your favorite drink to order at a bar? (Selfishly asking this question since I never know what to order!)

Being the good Wisconsin girl that I am, I love an Old Fashioned but you have to be at the right bar. Either somewhere classy that knows what they’re doing or just anywhere in the cheese state. That said, if I’m looking to get particularly rowdy or do a bit of binge drinking, I’ll go *RBV all night long. (And then typically vom the next day.)

*RBV = Red Bull + Vodka.

 

Q: What is #1 on your wish list right now?

Have you seen these GINORMOUS beanbag chairs on Amazon?  You can get them up to 8 feet long which is completely ridiculous in the best possible way. Macy is starting to jump out her crib on the regular and I’m thinking a mammoth beanbag is a more fun option than a toddler bed. Either that, or a Chanel bag, and Mace can just sleep on the floor.

 

                       

Five Questions With // Becky Murphy

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                 Becky on instagram / twitter / pinterest / blog

Becky Murphy is an illustrator and author based in Austin, TX. Becky spends her days illustrating and writing books (check them out here and here), doodling flowcharts (need to decide if you should wash your hair today?), and illustrating/lettering client work. Pretty dreamy, huh?

Let’s dive in and get to know Becky. And if you see her this weekend, she loves to give high fives!

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Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received or what is the one piece of advice you try to live by?

A: I'm not sure what the biggest and best advice is, but something I keep coming back to are the words on one of my favorite Marc Johns pieces:

Don't forget to play.

My best work happens when I'm having fun, just doodling or expounding on an inside joke. When I don't give myself space to play, everything becomes rigid and formulaic. There is a time and place for grinding, but to me, play is essential in creating meaningful work.

 

Q: What’s one subject you’d like to learn but have never touched?

A: Sewing and textile design. I dabbled in it in high school, but I tried to make towel shorts and sewed the crotch shut, so I don't think it counts.

 

Q: If you could have coffee with anyone tomorrow, who would it be and what would you talk about?

A: In this moment, I'd say Lorne Michaels. I'd want to know more about the production of SNL and what it was like when it started. Did he have any idea of what kind of legacy it would have? Did he let it take on a life of its own or was he just that kind of visionary from the get go? I'd also ask him about every single cast member and host and find out everybody's secrets. I'd hope this coffee date would lead to subsequent coffee dates with Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Fallon and Kyle Mooney.

 

Q: What is your word for 2015? Or your mantra?

A: It was abundance. Abundance of time, energy and everything. But I'm already having second thoughts and lately replaced that mantra with "create space." There's a Japanese practice (hara hachi bu) that tells you to eat until you are 80% full. I'd like to be able to schedule my life to only be 80% full.

 

Q: What is one thing you think TXSC attendees would be surprised to know/learn about you?

A:

  1. I have really bad breath in the morning

  2. I was home schooled in first and second grade

  3. I'm really jumpy. So jumpy that I once injured myself after being scared by my own shadow.