Dealing with Depression as an Entrepreneur

Dealing with Depression as an Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur, I spend a lot of time alone. I also spend a lot of time on social media and on websites that do similar things to mine. On days like today, when I’m feeling a special kind of self-loathing and masochism, I like to troll the internet for everyone and everything that is doing better than me. Comparison is not necessarily the thief of my joy today, just my sanity. So, the downward spiral begins. Because I have so, so much to do, but I actually cannot get it done. So, rather than do what’s best and step away from work, I force myself to sit here.

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Inside the Fitting Room // "It Only Happens Once!" and Other Sales Tactics

Inside the Fitting Room // "It Only Happens Once!" and Other Sales Tactics

A phrase I heard repeatedly when I worked as a bridal consultant was, “it only happens once!” Bridal consultants and guests frequently used this phrase when a bride thought twice about a purchase.

For example, let’s say a bride was trying to decide whether or not she should wear a veil. A bridal consultant could then reply with, “It’s your wedding, it only happens once! You’ll only be wearing the veil a short time, and it’ll make such an impact.” In this case, the bridal consultant is appealing to a bride's emotional desire to both look fantastic on her wedding day and to plan a successful and memorable party. This sales tactic is often times effective, as the desire to plan the perfect wedding is the fuel that keeps the wedding industry alive.

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Woke Wednesday // Meet Houston Photographer Tomayia Colvin

Woke Wednesday // Meet Houston Photographer Tomayia Colvin

Tomayia Colvin, a portrait photographer and educator in Houston, is a well-known leader and activist in our community. She is a children's book author, a doctoral student in the field of educational leadership, and she works with conferences to connect them with talented and diverse speakers and educators.

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The Avowed Podcast // Episode : The Hunt for Extraordinary Love

The Avowed Podcast // Episode : The Hunt for Extraordinary Love

Jasmine speaks with Nate Bailey, the vision and voice behind The Loveumentary Podcast, about navigating the emotional landscape of your partner, developing your marital skill set, and bypassing unnecessary wedding planning arguments with a unique rating system. 

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Real Couples // Rooftop Engagement: Brandon + Traci

Real Couples // Rooftop Engagement: Brandon + Traci

"Brandon proposed on March 15, 2016. It was a Tuesday at 5:30 pm to be exact! (laughs) He got my best friend to lure me to the Sheraton rooftop in downtown Columbia. Right before I walked to the bar, he popped out of the stairwell, got everyone's attention, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him!!!"

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How to Make the Most of a Rainy Day Wedding // Advice from Vivian Chen's Couples

How to Make the Most of a Rainy Day Wedding // Advice from Vivian Chen's Couples

Vivian Chen considers herself a "rainy day photographer" because she loves the unexpected delights and the sense of adventure that rain brings on a wedding day. If you think you may have rain on your wedding day, find tips, encouragement, photo inspiration, and advice from three couples who have been there below.

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The Elephant in the Room: Why Is No One Talking about How Hot Jon Ossoff Is?

The Elephant in the Room: Why Is No One Talking about How Hot Jon Ossoff Is?

Everybody is talking about buzzy, young, upstart Jonathan Ossoff. The 30-year-old Democrat narrowly missed winning in a Republican-dominated Atlanta district Wednesday and will take on Republican Karen Handel in a June face-off.

But there’s an elephant in the room. A big one. A sexy one. A big, sexy elephant. And nobody is saying it so I will: 

Everybody is talking about buzzy, young, upstart Jonathan Ossoff. The 30-year-old Democrat narrowly missed winning in a Republican-dominated Atlanta district Wednesday and will take on Republican Karen Handel in a June face-off.

But there’s an elephant in the room. A big one. A sexy one. A big, sexy elephant. And nobody is saying it so I will: Jon Ossoff is smoking hot.

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Real Couples // A Garden Wedding & Board Games: Mahsino + Graham

Real Couples // A Garden Wedding & Board Games: Mahsino + Graham

These two bonded online with their shared love of laser tag. They wanted a intimate ceremony with a family-style dinner and games. Being chill and artistic, it was important for them to have their wedding reflect them as a couple. Mahsino designed the invites and baked the cakes. The ceremony was held at Parsons Garden and was short and sweet. The reception at Bastille Cafe was spent laughing under the twinkle lights and passing delicious food around the table. The night ended with fun games like Uno. 

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Our Autostraddle Campership Winner // Jessica Alvarez

Our Autostraddle Campership Winner // Jessica Alvarez

I was drunk on tequila the night I came out to my mother. It was a week after the election and more than two weeks since she told me she was voting for Donald Trump. I couldn’t fathom how my Hispanic immigrant mother could vote for such a vile man who spewed malicious lie after malicious lie about the Hispanic community, about her. “Because Hilary Clinton supports abortion and gay marriage,” she told me, her closeted daughter, parroting divisive conservative propaganda like scripture. I caved into myself, a coping mechanism whenever she went on her ‘homosexuality is a sin’ rants, wondering what she would say if she knew I was gay.

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