Hello, my stylish friends! This is my senior photo from UDress Magazine: the fashion publication at my alma mater. Clearly, I’m looking up; I don’t remember at what, exactly. Regardless, this pose unintentionally (yet accurately) reflects my glass-half-full outlook, plus my tendency to look up—from a literal and figurative stance—to what can be done, versus what can’t.
When facing a rut, I turn to the following listed below for a breath of fresh air or practical advice. I try to not to see something in isolation. Multiple view points allow me to not only understand the full story but also offer more starting points for me to then align with an angle.
- National Geographic: reminds me to appreciate the world’s beauty. I’m in awe with Nat Geo’s jaw-dropping nature shots.
- HBR: How to get around the annoying paywall? Follow the account on IG to get the essential information through the captions: offers practical tidbits of information that no one tells you in college.
- Morning Brew: wake up to satirical corporate humor at 7 am in the morning. Coffee, anyone?
- McKinsey & Co: not nearly as entertaining as the Morning Brew but great insights for/snapshots of ongoing industry trends
- NPR’s “How I Built This”: I started listening to this podcast, when my former boss recommended this as a resource in 2020. I haven’t looked back since. I love learning about the accidental founder stories: i.e., Guy Raz and Chipotle.
- TED: can honestly say that some have made me laugh, others have made me tear up.
- Shark Tank: TBH, I use this more so for the drama and entertainment version of entrepreneurship; however, I can’t help but feel inspired by some of the awesome pitches.
- Business of Fashion: fashion’s authority, the editorial lens at BOF ranges from op-ed to the facts for a wide scope on the industry.
- Creative Shop @ IG: I love diving deep into brand discovery, where I can keep a pulse on emerging trends.