Episode #169: Reflections on Half our Lives On-line (and Half Offline)


This week, we’re taking a nostalgic journey. We’re speaking about life earlier than and after the Web and our experiences as early influencers.

We’re additionally sharing our ebook report for Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

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Present Notes

Our profession synopsis:

  • Began running a blog within the early 2000s
  • Began A Stunning Mess in 2007
  • Owned two classic shops for 5 years 
  • Bought a ebook deal based mostly on the weblog
  • Started running a blog full time

What we miss from the very early part of running a blog: 

  • How pure the early weblog matters had been.
  • Not having to have a continuing presence on social media.

When did influencer change into an official phrase/job?

  • For us, it was within the late 2000s, however it is determined by every individual.

Favourite web sites that stand the take a look at of time: 

What are the professionals and cons of running a blog then vs. now? 


Then: Simpler to get followers and fewer aggressive.
Now: Simpler to earn a living and extra instruments.


Then: Having to study every thing the onerous manner.
Now: Issues are at all times altering.

How will your experiences change the way you strategy the Web with your individual children?

Elsie: Delay so long as attainable and be trustworthy.
Emma: Delay and let her children be bored.

What’s the cringiest factor you shared earlier than you knew the Web was eternally?

Elsie: Venting 
Emma: Speaking about outdated boyfriends

Do you ever fear about maintaining with technological advances?

No, as a result of we keep open to alter and will not be afraid to ask dumb questions.

How do your family and friends really feel about you being Web well-known?

They don’t care and we actually aren’t well-known.

Did you’ve gotten Web boyfriends?


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Episode 169 Transcript:

Elsie: You’re listening to The Stunning Mess Podcast, your cozy consolation hear. This week we’re taking a nostalgic journey. We’re speaking about life earlier than and after the web, and our experiences as early influencers. We’re additionally sharing our ebook report for Large Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. That is one in every of my favourite topics. I really feel like we had been born in one of the vital attention-grabbing occasions in historical past as a result of we had been the final era of kids who had been raised fully off the web. We didn’t have a house pc till I feel I used to be in highschool once we obtained it ish. I feel it was perhaps like AOL Web was the type of factor that used your house’s telephone line. So in case you picked up the telephone, which there have been no cell telephones by the way in which, in case you picked up the telephone and somebody was utilizing the web, it was like, zzzzzzz, that kind of vibe. We had very restricted entry to the web. There additionally wasn’t quite a bit to do on the web. I might go on intention and discuss to love two individuals from my church or no matter, two little boys. And that was about it. Have you learnt what I imply? And it’s like, how’s your day? How’s your day? What are you doing? Okay, bye. It was not a really energetic area for me and we went from that. I didn’t have a telephone till I used to be an grownup, I used to be out of faculty. And the way outdated had been you while you obtained your first? 

Emma: I feel I had one in highschool, however it didn’t have web. It was similar to you would name. I don’t even assume it had texting. 

Elsie: No. I keep in mind particularly texting was like once I was 23, cuz I keep in mind when it was new. So there are such a lot of issues that change. It’s really very wild to replicate on. Smartphones are a giant one. I obtained the very first model of the iPhone and I used to be so pleased with it. I’ve by no means been pleased with any piece of tech in my life and I swear to God it couldn’t do something. Like apps weren’t even a factor but. It was just about an iPod that was additionally a telephone and I used to be similar to, that is so cool. I can simply hearken to the postal service all day, on my telephone. And take actually, actually, actually low-quality photos. Like we had no concept that in simply 10 years that we might have eight photograph apps. And that additionally telephone pictures would change into for a lot of functions, simply pretty much as good as digicam pictures, which is mind-blowing. And for me, just like the invention of FaceTime, I’m a giant FaceTimer. Yeah, I adore it. It simply makes me really feel like we’re dwelling sooner or later each single time as a result of once we had been youngsters, each film had like some model of FaceTime and that was like the longer term. And I really feel like that’s the one factor that basically got here via. It was simply because it was predicted to be. Additionally the invention of digital cameras. I’ve talked about earlier than, my first enterprise was making an attempt to be a marriage photographer in my early twenties and I shot nearly every thing on movie, which is so terrifying now and onerous to think about. However it really took a very long time for digital cameras to rise as much as the extent of a movie digicam, and at first, it simply wasn’t there. So yeah, just about all tech that you can imagine has modified a lot. And it’s simply enjoyable. I attempted to elucidate to my children the opposite day that we watched the identical TV reveals each morning as a result of that was what was on at a sure time and you would solely watch One Selection. After which we had videotapes of sure cartoons and ours had been like recorded from television and we additionally had this VHS tape of a carnival cruise ship, like an advert of making an attempt to get you to take a carnival cruise. And to at the present time I’ve it like nearly memorized as a result of we watched it so many occasions. I really wanna know in the event that they nonetheless have it, as a result of I might love to observe it one final time. However, clearly just like the world has modified a lot and all millennial individuals can relate to this to a point as a result of to a point there’s a giant span of ages for millennial individuals, however a minimum of the web was nonetheless creating while you had been a toddler. Should you had it in your house, it nonetheless in all probability wasn’t as a lot of an impact as it’s on youngsters now. We’re simply gonna replicate on the variations after which additionally simply how breaking loopy it’s that we grew to become web personalities. So I simply need to say upfront, I obtained a whole lot of messages yesterday saying you shouldn’t use the phrase influencer. Like individuals have a factor with the phrase influencer. And the explanation why I say it’s as a result of it’s simply frequent terminology proper now. And I don’t care. And I simply assume nobody ought to care. Who cares? So let’s simply not let that be a factor. I get it that the phrase has a little bit little bit of a mocking tone if you concentrate on it in a sure manner as a result of it’s a little bit foolish, however on the similar time, it’s fairly freaking correct to what it’s making an attempt to speak. 

Emma: I consider myself as a blogger and I feel individuals on YouTube consider themselves as vloggers or YouTubers. However I really feel like saying influencer is one technique to embrace everybody. So for me, it’s, as a substitute of claiming in case you weblog or your vlog, otherwise you’re on Instagram, I may say that each time, however I really feel like that’s form of tedious and annoying and I really feel like one of the best phrase, a minimum of proper now, that I may consider is an influencer and it contains everybody who could be doing any of these items.

Elsie: I get it, why it’s not the right time period, but additionally who cares? And I stand by that. I don’t care. So we’re simply gonna say it and we’re simply not gonna care. And I feel that it’s like maintaining with the altering terminology and the entire many adjustments is part of our job. It’s an enormous a part of our job. You can’t do what we do and resist change. It’s a crucial half. I needed to first earlier than we get into it clarify, so we grew up within the pre-internet world and I name it the journal period the place it was like magazines had been freaking every thing. Should you needed to get impressed in case you needed to examine a well-known individual in case you needed to know what was cool. I might head to Barnes and Noble and get a Frappuccino and browse magazines and that was for a very long time. Even in my early twenties, it was like that. I didn’t begin utilizing the web as a day by day instrument till I used to be about 25 years outdated, which is tough to imagine now. Everybody was asking what our intention identify was, like AOL Instantaneous Messenger, I feel is intention the identical factor and I don’t keep in mind mine. Do you keep in mind? 

Emma: I don’t assume I ever had that. I truthfully was not in opposition to it, I simply didn’t get into social media till it was actually a factor and well past the time to start. I don’t know why, simply chat rooms and issues like that by no means appealed to me. I feel cuz I’m such a loner. So I principally use the web for getting issues like procuring or wanting issues up on Wikipedia or stuff like that, schoolwork stuff. I did have a MySpace, I did have. However I didn’t get a Fb as a result of I used to be like, properly I have already got MySpace they usually appear to be the identical factor. It didn’t even happen to me that was a giant deal. I don’t know. 

Elsie: Seems they’re not the identical factor. Okay, so yeah, fast profession synopsis. So we began running a blog within the early two hundreds. I don’t even know what yr. I feel we began a Stunning Mess in 2008 or 2007. 

Emma: I feel you began in 2007. Yeah. 

Elsie: Yeah, so this was nonetheless within the MySpace period after which after that, we had our classic retailer period, which lasted some time, like 5 years. I had two completely different shops and I considered myself as a retailer proprietor and my weblog is only a technique to promote that. I didn’t consider myself as a blogger in the direction of perhaps nearer to the top of our classic retailer period once we began. And this occurred naturally, it wasn’t intentional, however our weblog began to earn extra money than our retailer, which actually wasn’t onerous to do. And we obtained provided a ebook deal and we obtained a literary agent based mostly on our weblog. In order that for me was the purpose once I knew that there was extra of a profession future in running a blog than there was in proudly owning a neighborhood retailer for us, which I had not identified earlier than that. After which after that, we had many various phases of early running a blog. I really feel like we form of tried every thing and perhaps we nonetheless form of do. We had our huge group period the place we like tried to rent a giant group and we had been similar to new cash infants. We had success rapidly, however then we simply had to determine what to do with it and that’s actually onerous. And searching again now, I want I might’ve had a mentor and we did a little bit bit, however not as a lot as perhaps we wanted. Then 10 years later we’re nonetheless running a blog and we’re nonetheless doing it day by day. Lots of people who we began off with have retired or stop or stopped doing it, and there are nonetheless many individuals who we begin off with who’re nonetheless doing it to at the present time. So we’re one of many remaining early influencers, I wish to say. We haven’t moved on to larger and higher issues. We’ve really tried 100 various things within the meantime, and I nonetheless really feel like our weblog is likely one of the extra sustainable components of our enterprise. 

Emma: Yeah, and in addition I feel for each of us, we simply actually take pleasure in running a blog. It offers us an area to create and write and promote issues like all these completely different actions and we are able to do it as a lot as we would like or as little as we would like. And it’s enjoyable to have completely different areas and mediums for issues. 

Elsie: So lots of people need to know what we miss in regards to the early part of running a blog. I personally don’t miss quite a bit, however I do miss a few issues. I feel the early part of running a blog could be very, I feel something that’s over now tends to get romanticized. The place you solely keep in mind the nice issues about it. However as somebody who did it in early running a blog, I had a whole lot of monetary hardship and I used to be not but at some extent the place I had any form of monetary safety. So, I simply form of remembered that, like balancing, the identical wants and needs that a big web viewers has on you, however with out the monetary safety. It’s tougher. So for me, I consider it as worse, however I feel the issues I miss about it are, I miss how pure the early running a blog matters and issues like that, it may simply be so small. We may simply put up, I suppose it’s nonetheless the identical stuff you put up now although, however I don’t know. I feel you would take the weekend off, go someplace you didn’t ever have to elucidate the place you had been, what you had been doing. You might simply type of disappear nonetheless with out social media, which I beloved.

Emma: Oh yeah, so that you miss disappearing trigger yeah, that’s in all probability the primary factor I miss about simply not having a cellular phone is typically, I don’t know, it offers me a little bit bit of tension when persons are like texting me and I’m on the gymnasium or at some form of appointment getting my hair completed and I can’t maintain my telephone in the meanwhile or one thing. I simply really feel you’re a little bit bit anticipated to at all times reply the telephone or be out there, and the reality is typically you’re simply not. 

Elsie: Yeah, I miss the flexibility to vanish, that was cool. So, When did influencer change into an official phrase or job? I feel that query is tough to reply. I might say the phrase influencer is new from the previous couple of years, however when it grew to become an official job, I feel simply is determined by every individual. For us, it was within the late two hundreds that we began to have a paycheck that was common and it was like our major revenue. It occurred somewhat rapidly as soon as it did in our state of affairs. Truly, I feel that the large magic ebook report had a lot good recommendation about like, don’t stop your job and similar to there’s quite a bit I needed to speak about for that in a while. However I feel that individuals focus a lot on the quitting your job a part of it and I’m not gonna lie, that is the reality, it’s nonetheless a job. Possibly it’s simpler and perhaps you prefer it higher, and perhaps it’s a extra fulfilling job, however it’s nonetheless having a job. It’s not, not having a job.

Emma: Yeah, I feel generally individuals consider it such as you’re in early retirement or one thing. And I feel you would run it that manner. I suppose for me, I at all times view it in another way as a result of I’m the kind of one that my complete life, even once I was in highschool, I’ve at all times form of cobbled collectively my revenue from completely different areas.

Elsie: I nonetheless assume that lots of people don’t contemplate influencing an official profession. It’s like you may’t go to high school for it, and it’s nonetheless in all probability a job that many various mother and father would discourage, and perhaps rightfully so. I don’t know. I don’t even know whether it is an official job nonetheless to at the present time, I suppose. 

Emma: I pay taxes, so I’d say it’s. 

Elsie: Okay, subsequent query. What had been your favourite web sites that stood the take a look at of time? I beloved this one, just like the web sites you visited. Okay, so I do keep in mind all of the blogs I visited within the early days, and the one ones that also put up now to at the present time are Oh Pleasure and Younger Home Love.

Emma: I additionally learn these blogs and have for a protracted, very long time. And I might additionally add to the record two bloggers that I learn eternally, like earlier than I used to be ever even a blogger, Pleasure The Baker and Smitten Kitchen, we’re nonetheless running a blog too.

Elsie: Oh my God. Wait, I wanna add additionally Cupcakes and Cashmere as a result of I do love Emily and he or she is unquestionably from the olden days. What are the professionals and cons of running a blog then versus now? Getting straight to it, I don’t assume there’s something about running a blog that was higher within the early days than it’s now, apart from perhaps it was simpler to determine followers. Possibly it was much less aggressive, however why does it matter if it’s much less aggressive in case you can’t make any cash from it in any respect? Within the early days of running a blog, had been very, very, very small and sluggish quantities of cash. So I feel it’s significantly better now, there’s way more alternative. I at all times say that individuals beginning now have a bonus they usually don’t appear to see it. Individuals don’t appear to see it that manner as a result of they assume that the one manner is to be like an early adopter. It’s not the one manner individuals begin and have a fast rise with onerous work on a regular basis. Each single yr individuals will do this, and it’s at all times attainable. 

Emma: I might say the one factor higher again then was there was much less competitors. And that’s actually the one factor. And to your level, I feel there have been quite a bit fewer methods to earn a living and quite a bit fewer established methods to earn a living and quite a bit fewer instruments. So every thing was simply tougher to do. And now it’s manner higher and simpler. I’d somewhat change into a blogger now than again then, but additionally that’s simply what occurred. And so right here we’re. It’s not like I knew what we had been lacking out on. It’s not like we knew, oh, at some point there’ll be manner simpler methods to perform all of those duties that you simply’re doing now. So manually, it’s not like we knew that, so it wasn’t a giant burden again then. However wanting again, I’m like, oh man, I can’t imagine we simply get to press a button and this makes a recipe card, that is superb. Again then there was similar to nothing. We’d’ve needed to construct that from scratch or one thing. 

Elsie: I agree. I feel it’s so significantly better now, however I do assume that there have been disadvantages to being an early adopter as a result of we realized a whole lot of issues the onerous manner and we did a whole lot of issues improper at first. Then we created habits and we even skilled success for doing issues the improper manner, however it wasn’t in like a long-lasting manner. So we’ve needed to reeducate ourselves a whole lot of occasions by now. 

Emma: Which I feel is peaks to your level of like how you must keep open to alter. As a result of as an trade adjustments, you want to have the ability to study new tips or change your habits or know that simply because that labored final yr, that doesn’t imply it’s gonna work this yr and also you’re gonna must be open to doing one thing completely different. 

Elsie: Sure, completely. Ugh, this one’s form of a private query. How will your experiences change the way you strategy the web along with your children? I might simply say that I’m gonna delay it for so long as attainable, and this type of goes with similar to my basic parenting type, however I imagine in absolute honesty, so I need to train my children preemptively what to anticipate in conditions like that. I don’t imagine that I can shelter them from what the web is.

Emma: Yeah, and form of the identical factor. I’ll positively delay a smartphone or social media so long as attainable, however partially, everyone knows there’s like detrimental results that may occur due to these issues to our shallowness, to the way in which that we work together with others. There are additionally some constructive issues that may occur. However to me, the principle factor that I really feel like a present I used to be given in my childhood was boredom. And at any time when I used to be bored, I might make issues or I might play and I simply wanna guarantee that I give that reward to my son, boredom. And I feel the web can very simply take that from you cuz there’s a lot on there. You don’t ever need to be bored. There’s a lot content material to eat and issues to learn, and movies to observe, and so forth and so forth, and that’s cool.I like the web, but additionally I feel being bored is admittedly wholesome and good, particularly while you’re younger as a result of it makes you create, it makes you clear up that drawback by entertaining your self and determining that you simply like portray otherwise you wanna study guitar or no matter it’s that you simply’re into.

Elsie: I like that. Yeah, I feel we’re very aligned in that cuz each actually admire the way in which we had been raised. . Okay, what’s the cringest factor that you simply shared earlier than you knew the web was eternally? Cringest factor. God, I can’t even say it, so I’m not gonna reply this. What about you? 

Emma: I actually don’t know. I suppose once I shared boyfriends who I’m clearly not with anymore, however I don’t assume that’s actually that huge of a deal. I don’t know, I’m unsure what could be essentially the most cringy. There are many pictures that I’m like I want that wasn’t on-line.

Elsie: I suppose I’ve one. I feel I might type of vent on-line once I was youthful, in my twenties, I might vent about issues from my day as a result of individuals had been at all times like, relatable. And I believed that was what they meant. And I didn’t perceive that being relatable on-line just isn’t the identical factor as being relatable to your pals. I imagine in studying issues the onerous manner I settle for it. I don’t assume I may reside my life on this mind another manner. 

Emma: Yeah, I simply do dumb issues generally and I in all probability will do extra of them sooner or later. They’re not even all in my previous and I settle for that.

Elsie: I even have a kinda related perspective towards parenting. It’s like being keen to apologize is a giant a part of it, being keen to confess while you’re improper. I feel makes you a greater individual. And I feel it’s the identical factor being on-line, we’re gonna make errors. Do you ever fear about not with the ability to sustain with expertise developments? I like this query and I’ve considered this. So brunch with Babs and the entire individuals over, I don’t know, 60, who’ve made careers for themselves in social media particularly Instagram and TikTok. I feel they’re a captivating, actually inspiring group of individuals as a result of they grew up with out the web for manner longer than we did, they usually have a far more attention-grabbing perspective than we have now in regards to the adjustments and the way they realized them. And I really don’t fear about with the ability to sustain with developments as a result of I feel that if I’m decided to remain open to alter and I’m not ashamed to ask for assist and ask silly questions. I feel that’s a giant a part of it.

Emma: I’d say that’s probably the greatest issues we’ve completed in our complete profession, and particularly with regard to the web, just isn’t being afraid to look silly or to ask for assist or say, I don’t understand how this works. May somebody train it to me? And simply being open to that as a result of, yeah, issues do change on a regular basis. I at all times inform individuals too I’m actually not a techy individual, which might be bizarre to individuals if you realize that I work on-line and that I personal an app firm. But in addition when you concentrate on it, I feel it is smart, a lot of the content material we make, we use issues like scorching glue and weapons. I’m not a very techy individual, so I do get anxious when new issues come out and I don’t know learn how to use them, or I attempt to use it and I can’t, and I’m like, I don’t know learn how to work together with this on my telephone in any respect. And I really feel like an outdated individual. So I feel I’ve that concern like anybody, however I additionally don’t assume it must be one thing that holds you again. I really assume it’s like actually regular. And simply part of life and part of dwelling in a world the place expertise’s altering so rapidly and a lot. If Babs can do it, we are able to too

Elsie: Precisely. I’m not afraid to ask for assist. And in addition I don’t really feel pressured to strive or do each single factor on social media. I skipped them on a regular basis and anybody can, it’s our alternative. It’s like exploring it and being open to it, see if it may be enjoyable. See if you realize it might profit you and if not, then that’s advantageous. You understand, simply skip it or no matter. Any tales of individuals not accepting your profession as a quote? “Actual job”. Do we have now a narrative or two about this? That is humorous as a result of my complete life, like the principle factor that individuals have bullied me for, has modified over time, which is attention-grabbing, I might say each 5 years. However the very first thing, the primary authentic factor for my first 5 years was individuals saying that I used to be a OneNote and that I may solely do one factor. I blew it out of the water, I might say in my profession, don’t you assume? 

Emma: Yeah. I might say she will’t do one factor, it’s unattainable. That’s my criticism. 

Elsie: However yeah, no, I might say simply basic sexism each contractor who’s come into our residence, mainly my total life is like, the place’s your husband? And what does he do for a dwelling? And it doesn’t seem to be anybody ever considers the chance that I’m like a breadwinner, and I feel I’m a bread baker and a breadwinner. So yeah, I feel that’s for girls and ladies who personal companies, influencers, everybody, it’s a standard factor. It’s such as you’re at all times gonna be diminished on your accomplishments or persons are gonna Be like, oh, that’s cute, and also you’re like, yeah, really nice. 

Emma: I do assume while you work in an rising trade and in addition I feel artists get this like artistic individuals get this. Individuals will usually mistake your profession for a interest, and it’s comprehensible as a result of it in all probability was your interest earlier than it grew to become your profession, however it might really feel a little bit bit diminishing and irritating when individuals appear to only not wanna acknowledge the chance that you simply would possibly make some huge cash at this factor that could possibly be a interest, however it’s not. I feel the older I get the extra I don’t care. I don’t really feel like I’ve something to show. I feel once I was youthful I needed individuals to know that I’ve a job. I’m not simply somebody whose mother and father gave them some huge cash or somebody whose husband helps them. I make my very own cash and I at all times have and I’m actually pleased with that and I feel I used to care quite a bit about that and now I don’t actually care as a lot. I’m like you may assume no matter you need. Should you wanna imagine that I don’t make any cash and I simply am a stay-at-home interest lady, that’s advantageous. You may imagine that I don’t care. It’s like no matter to me now. 

Elsie: I feel that’s good recommendation for people who find themselves beginning off in our area in a associated area is to not anticipate individuals to take your job critically and simply are you able to be okay with accepting that generally individuals gained’t as a result of I do assume it’s more healthy in case you can simply settle for that and never care. How did your family and friends react to you turning into web well-known? I needed to reply this query as a result of I imply this actually, nobody cares. Nobody cared. Nobody cares. Nobody has ever cared. I feel that individuals who comply with us on the web at sure occasions have handled us like we had been extra well-known than we actually are, and that’s true. However no, nobody cares, nobody.

Emma: There have been moments the place I’ve been with relations or a pal and somebody will come as much as me and be like, Hey, I learn your weblog. And that doesn’t occur fairly often, however it has occurred. And I feel a few of these moments abruptly my member of the family I’m with or my pal, they’re like, oh as a result of they know what I do, however it doesn’t happen to them that individuals learn our weblog or they know individuals learn our weblog, however they don’t give it some thought being colliding with actual life. And so I feel these are moments the place I do really feel kinda well-known. I’m like, yeah, I don’t even know that individual, they only learn my weblog. However it’s fairly uncommon and not likely something that’s huge. We’re actually not very well-known. 

Elsie: That’s true. We’re not being modest, we’re being correct. So may you return to no web now? And in that case, do you assume you would switch your profession into one thing equal, an alternate profession kind of factor? Lots of people are asking in case you didn’t do that, what would you do? I feel that we may do different issues. I feel I may help myself with out being on the web. And I’ve occasions once I fantasize about being fully offline sooner or later, however at this present second, that’s not one thing that I really feel like I want or need. I really feel like my boundaries are ok that I can reside a wholesome life and be on-line indefinitely.

Emma: Yeah, I feel so too, I take pleasure in it. I additionally may do different issues. I feel I’ve at all times been destined to kinda do my very own factor or personal a enterprise or be part of a enterprise with somebody such as you as a result of it’s onerous to think about myself simply working someplace, company. I feel I may excel at it considerably in that I actually care, I’m an individual who cares. I at all times tried to get good grades at school, for instance, I’m not a partier, straight-A kind. I didn’t get straight A’s, despite the fact that I attempted. However I did properly and I feel once I’m making an attempt to do job, it’s one thing I can do fairly properly. So I feel I could possibly be profitable in that, I simply can’t think about myself doing it, and I’ve by no means actually had any form of conventional job, so it’s onerous to essentially think about. And I feel generally I’ve had pals ask me like, what in case you needed to go apply for jobs at present? Do you assume you would even do this? And I’m like, not likely. I feel my talent set is so unusual at this level cuz it’s in so many various areas. I don’t assume I wouldn’t have the strongest resume in some methods. I simply don’t actually fear about it cuz I don’t actually need to work for another person. I by no means have completed it, so it’s simply kinda a international factor to me.

Elsie: Actually, I’m simply gonna say, I do assume that you simply’re improper and I feel that your resume could be excellent in case you selected to.

Emma: It might be bizarre. They might be like, have you learnt learn how to use Excel? I’d be like, barely.

Elsie: I do have the, how onerous may or not it’s jean? However I do assume that I may apply for a high-level job and get it, I do. I don’t know as a result of we have now a whole lot of expertise, however it doesn’t matter. I Don’t have FOMO about different careers. I really feel like I nonetheless have an opportunity to do every thing I need to do in my life and begin new issues and study new issues. So I don’t have any FOMO in any respect. That is a straightforward one to reply. Did you’ve gotten web boyfriends? Sure and sure. Achieved, okay. 

Emma: I suppose so. I don’t know. Such as you met somebody on-line. 

Elsie: Yeah, you had an web boyfriend, didn’t you? Somebody who initially met on the web. 

Emma: Yeah, I feel so. I form of met him via your web boyfriend. I feel everybody meets individuals on-line now, proper? I didn’t have any apps.

Elsie: A few of my bridesmaids had been individuals who I met from commenting on my weblog. I feel lots of people in my life are, most individuals are individuals I met on-line. Most of my pals are long-distance pals. How do you navigate emotions of being a sellout? I wrestle with this. So to begin with, I’m gonna assume this individual’s query is totally real and never a jab at us. So don’t fear, we’re not mad. I might say that since we began doing what we do at a time when advertisements grew to become a factor, in real-time for us. So we did need to navigate the primary indignant wave of backlash that individuals had been doing them in any respect. Then the various iterations of individuals making an attempt to determine and study and nonetheless discover ways to do it in a manner that’s real and never the best-case situation, I suppose. So truthfully, that is one a part of being an influencer that I really feel like we’ve at all times been fairly real about. The manufacturers that we actually, actually don’t wanna work with, we’ve at all times stated no to and perhaps there are some individuals which are in a grey space a little bit bit, I may say that, however I’ve by no means actually felt like a sellout. I truthfully can’t say I’ve felt it however I’ve been accused of it. However I truthfully, don’t really feel like I’ve ever felt like I used to be a sellout as a result of I really feel we’re incomes cash in a manner that’s kinda good. 

Emma: I’m additionally assuming that this individual’s coming at it with, it is a real query and never a jab, however I’ll say I at all times discover this kind of query type of ridiculous as a result of I simply assume that it’s only a technique to put someone down, that’s all it’s. And it’s cool in case you contemplate your self a advantageous artist and also you solely earn a living by promoting to museums or one thing, that’s fantastic. However I’m sorry, your privilege is displaying. A few of us simply need to discover a technique to make a dwelling and I’m pleased with how I’ve completed it. I take pleasure in my work. I’m pleased with what I put out. And in case you contemplate it promoting out, I feel that’s your drawback, not mine, as a result of I’m pleased to do what I do to pay my payments and help my household. And I’ve simply at all times form of felt that manner. I feel it’s simply one other manner that individuals put down sure artwork or sure work, similar to how individuals say it’s cute that you’ve got this enjoyable little interest, or, oh, you have to be a sellout as a result of your work isn’t X, Y, Z, and I feel it’s simply one other technique to form of belittle and put issues down. And in case you’re doing that to your self, which could be the place this individual’s feels like their query’s coming from is that they’re doing it to themselves. You must cease, you don’t want to inform your self that story. You may simply be pleased with the work that you simply’re making and the cash that you simply’re making from it, that you could simply full cease proper there. 

Elsie: That’s true, you may imagine no matter you need to imagine about your self, and I imagine that I’m an artist like Picasso.

Emma: There you go. Then you might be and possibly in his day individuals thought he was a sellout, so I don’t know, it’s simply ridiculous. 

Elsie: Oh my God, let’s have Picasso on our podcast. He’ll in all probability need to be a Halloween episode. And let’s ask him, what did you get for it? And I can’t wait to listen to his solutions as a result of it’s petty. It’s bull and it’s in all probability the very same stuff that persons are nonetheless doing now to our heroes of at present. You by no means get handled like that in real-time or no matter. I feel that working with manufacturers is admittedly enjoyable and actually regular and I imagine that we give a whole lot of worth that they’ll’t discover on different platforms, and that’s why a few of our sponsors have been with us for greater than 5 to 10 years. That’s, that’s a very long time. All proper, so let’s transfer on to the large Magic ebook report. So Large Magic is a ebook by Elizabeth Gilbert, and I’ve to say I’ve it listed in my Good Reads as one in every of my favourite books of all time. I feel it’ll in all probability keep there my complete life. Let’s simply first clarify what Large Magic is about. I don’t imagine that that is going to comprise any spoilers for people who find themselves fascinated by listening to it. I feel it would in all probability make you extra , however that’s simply my opinion. It’s not a repair. You may’t actually spoil this, are you able to?

Emma: No, no. And in case you’re not acquainted with Elizabeth Gilbert, she’s in all probability most identified for the ebook Eat, Pray, Love, a film starring Julia Roberts that got here out years and years in the past. However she’s additionally written a number of different fiction books, and I imagine one other memoir after which this ebook, which is form of I don’t know if I might name it recommendation. I might name it extra like a protracted pep discuss for anybody artistic. However I feel the purpose with that, I’m making an attempt to say is she’s an writer. However in case you’re like, I actually desire a ebook that’s gonna pop me up creatively, however I’m not into writing, I’m a painter, I do ceramics, or no matter it’s that you simply do. I feel this ebook is definitely nice for anybody artistic, doing artistic work. So in case you’re on the lookout for a ebook that’s about creativity, perhaps you’ve been in a rut, or perhaps you similar to to get a pep discuss from time to time, I do. Then I feel that that is one thing you would possibly actually take pleasure in in case you haven’t listened to it. And I listened to it like Elsie, years and years in the past. I wanna say it was like 2018, and I actually loved re-listening to it. I positively really feel a little bit extra impressed and just a bit extra like, oh yeah, life is stuffed with this enjoyable, mystical magic if you wish to imagine in case you wanna have religion and creativity, no matter. And I don’t know, it’s simply thrilling and it, for me, was one thing good within the winter cuz this time of yr is kinda uninspiring to me. So I believed it was an incredible re this time of yr. 

Elsie: So it’s a vital ebook and everybody has to learn it, we insist. It is extremely quick too, and I’ll say Elizabeth Gilbert might be probably the greatest non-fiction authors I’ve heard studying her personal ebook ever. Her studying could be very, very sturdy. I simply love listening to her voice. So that you’ll additionally love the audiobook in case you select to try this. And truthfully, even in case you hate studying, fake prefer it’s a podcast and it’s nearly the identical factor. You’re gonna adore it. So a giant a part of the ebook is introducing the concept our artistic concepts could possibly be literal dwelling beings. And it’s kinda bizarre, it’s positively woo-woo and at first, it’s the type of factor that may increase a skeptical forehead, however she offers these tales which are so compelling and I gained’t spoil the tales, however that’s one in every of my favourite components of the entire ebook. I’ll say, I cried two occasions whereas placing on my make-up, and listening to this ebook and one in every of them was her first huge magic expertise story, I adore it I like listening to it. The second factor that I like about this ebook is, okay, in order somebody who didn’t graduate from faculty, it’s one thing that I’ve at all times had and possibly at all times will carry with me like a little bit little bit of, I wouldn’t say it causes me self-doubt as a lot because it used to, however it’s a problem, proper? It’s prefer it’s a factor that I really feel is one thing that I’ve to beat somewhat than a bonus in life.

Emma: That’s your fill-in-the-blank on, all of us have a story in our head that’s like, I’m not ok as a result of… and yours is, I didn’t end faculty.

Elsie: And it’s one thing that I do really feel like I kinda missed out on. I’m not keen to do it now. And I perceive I completely may, if I used to be keen to do the work I may go to school anytime I needed. And I perceive that’s an choice, however it’s not one thing that I’m fascinated by anymore. So anyway, on this ebook and in addition within the different ebook that we lined, taking part in huge. She actually tries to dispel the concept you want a whole lot of training to do artistic careers, and I discovered it actually useful as a result of I feel that it’s one thing that I’m simply at all times envious of when different persons are classically skilled, in artwork or writing or any of the issues that I’m fascinated by doing. However she could be very convincing that it may provide you with money owed that make your life tougher or it could possibly be an excuse to maintain you from simply beginning the artistic venture is the excuse of like at all times feeling such as you want an increasing number of training. And that’s one thing that I felt inspired by that anybody can begin at any time and also you don’t have to do a bunch of preliminary steps beforehand. 

Emma: Yeah. I feel she talks quite a bit about increased training like Elsie’s mentioning, however she does another little pep talks all through the ebook the place basically I really feel like she’s form of breaking down the entire thought of like gatekeeping creativity, or in her case, gatekeeping being an writer or being a widely known or well-known writer. Profitable, that’s the phrase I search for, profitable author as a result of that’s one factor that has at all times rubbed me the improper manner is when individuals do this type of gatekeeping factor the place it’s like, you’re not allowed to make nice music or be a painter, or be a author until you’ve gotten an Ivy League diploma otherwise you write this kind of fiction or no matter. Should you do pop music, you’re not cool and I’ve at all times disliked that. I simply actually really feel prefer it’s the alternative of creativity that you have to be open to no matter it’s that’s gonna come your manner and seize maintain of it and make one thing from it and make one of the best factor you may out of your perspective and along with your life experiences and the individual that you’re. And if that’s a pop tune or a horny fairy ebook or no matter factor that different individuals would possibly understand as low forehead. I’m doing quotes, air quotes. I simply at all times hate the form of gatekeeping, artwork is barely this, I simply assume it’s form of silly

Elsie: Pay attention, we’re not 21 years outdated. We don’t hearken to these kinds of faux guidelines that don’t apply to us. 

Emma: I feel outdated individuals do it too. I don’t assume it’s simply 21-year-olds. I feel individuals of their true forties, fifties, and sixties do a whole lot of gatekeeping too. And I simply assume while you hear it, you may go forward and dismiss it. Is anybody on the market listening? I feel it’s not related to you if it’s not related to you. And in case you wanna make high-brow artwork, make it. However in case you wanna make low forehead, make it. Should you wanna go to school for artwork, go for it. Take into consideration the debt although. And in case you don’t wanna go, you may nonetheless be an artist. And I feel that’s a little bit bit what Elizabeth Gilbert’s getting at within the ebook, and I actually like that message as a result of I feel it says Hey, we’re all artistic and we are able to all make stuff if we would like. 

Elsie: She has a really sturdy case for like, don’t make artwork your job as a result of that places an excessive amount of stress on it and might scare away your creativity. And that is one thing that I really feel all of us want to listen to. Even these of us who do, like Emma and I, professionally do a artistic profession, however we nonetheless have to guard our creativity by making these little only for enjoyable initiatives. And there’s nonetheless a lot that we have now to do. I feel that lots of people via the years would say, for the previous 15 years, yearly individuals ask me to have espresso or have a telephone name or no matter and choose your mind and I at all times know earlier than I even sit down what they’re gonna say, they need to stop their job, nearly at all times. I feel the thought of quitting your job, is your final aim. I feel it’s good to only imagine Elizabeth Gilbert, imagine us. Consider anybody who’s completed it, it’s not the last word aim that you simply assume it’s gonna be. 

Emma: Once I assume too, alongside these traces, one of many issues I wrote down that I actually beloved within the ebook was she talks quite a bit about being pleased and content material while you’re beginning out in your creativity profession and in addition while you’re being rejected. She talks about all of the rejection letters she would get and the way she was serving tables or engaged on a ranch and people had been the issues she did for cash so she may pay her payments and reside her life. However all of the whereas she was writing and getting rejected. However she talks about being actually pleased and I suppose how happiness to some extent, is a alternative that we make. And in addition we are able to change our perspective round issues at occasions. She talks about when she would get a rejection letter, she would view that because the universe hitting a tennis ball again to her aspect of the courtroom. So it was now her job simply to hit it proper again, so she would ship out a brand new submission when she would get rejected. And I feel that’s an effective way to have a look at setbacks and rejection or moments the place you’ve gotten form of a failure, is to view it as simply the universe is sending the tennis ball to your aspect and it’s your job to only ship it proper again. Don’t hand over. 

Elsie: I beloved that as properly. I additionally love the thought of it doesn’t matter what kind of artwork you’re making, contemplating your self a painter or a author or no matter from the primary day, not, I’m making an attempt to be this, I’m pondering of being this, it’s like you might be doing it simply as a lot as anybody else is doing it ever. 

Emma: A few different issues I beloved from the ebook, she does quite a bit the place she does the personification of like feelings, and creativity. And I feel for her it’s extra of the assumption that creativity really is that this little being, like a genius that comes to go to you. And I like that concept. Whether or not you imagine it in a literal sense or not I feel is irrelevant. However in a single half she talks about she’s doing personification with feelings and he or she talks about, I’m getting snug along with her concern and the way she grew up a really fearful youngster. I feel all of us have concern at occasions and he or she talks about how concern just isn’t a foul factor. It’s not an adversary at occasions that may hold us secure. We’ve in all probability all had these moments the place our radar goes off and we go away a sure space or one thing occurs the place it’s it retains us. So concern just isn’t a foul factor, however she has this little speech that she offers her concern, she talks to it and he or she says I take care of you and also you’re welcome to return right here and provides us your concepts, however you might be by no means going to have the ability to make selections or drive the automobile. She simply units these boundaries with these feelings or these components of herself and I like that cuz I like the thought of accepting who we’re absolutely, but additionally recognizing that doesn’t imply that, let’s say concern must be the driving pressure of our life. As a result of I feel we are able to all agree that if we let concern be the driving pressure of our life, we’re in all probability by no means going to strive for something huge. We’re by no means going to take an opportunity on like assembly new individuals or altering our profession if we needed to and even I feel a whole lot of time I had a whole lot of concern round turning into a mom as a result of I used to be like, what if I suck at it? What if I don’t love my youngster? And if I had let these fears be the driving pressure, I in all probability wouldn’t have my stunning son now. I simply assume you may’t, you must set boundaries but additionally settle for these components of your self. And I actually love her tackle that and the way in which that she does it and the way in which she explains it within the ebook. I believed it was actually useful. After which additionally she does that with creativity, speaking about how inspiration will come to go to us, and it’s our job to seize maintain of it and assist it have an actual life. So, if in case you have a ebook thought, you must write it and let that concept change into an actual ebook or if in case you have an thought for portray, you must paint it. After which that concept will get to change into actual in the true world. And we’re similar to a vessel that this concept is gonna move via, that form of factor. One factor I like about that complete idea is, I really feel prefer it makes artistic work much less about us, much less about ourselves, and extra about communion with one thing past ourselves, one thing greater I’m not a very non secular individual, however I do love the thought of being linked to the world via one thing that does matter to me, which for me could be creativity.

Elsie: I appreciated her quote when she stated, my artistic concepts have to be an important factor on the planet to me, and in addition not matter in any respect. I feel that may be a mind-bender a little bit. I imagine that it’s like you must commit your self fully to this artistic course of and stay dedicated and stay open, but additionally perceive that it’s not the top of the world, it’s not that huge of a deal. As a result of I feel lots of people can drive, myself included, drive themselves loopy, eager to make one particular thought profitable when actually, Emma and I like to hearken to success tales and other people, how I obtained began tales. And in case you hearken to the tales again and again, you’ll quickly study that lots of people discovered success after they least anticipated it by staying open and making an attempt various things, not by having this one concept that they had been obsessive about their total life they usually had been rejected 150 occasions and the hundred 51st time it grew to become a bestseller and that’s a little bit bit extra uncommon. So I like the concept if we enable the universe to information us and keep open and simply strive issues, simply strive every thing that’s attention-grabbing. We’ll discover our place extra naturally and we don’t need to pressure it. So one final thing I had down for Large Magic is the story of a girl named Winifred who obtained fascinated by an entire new topic when she was 80 years outdated and have become a whole skilled by the point she was 90 years outdated. And that is my long run, the primary most vital factor about who I wanna be in my golden years is the entire by no means cease studying stuff that’s so vital to me. I simply need to be beginning one thing new till I die. I wanna unfold the excellent news about that. I feel that it’s such a great way to remain open to the world for one, to maintain your self shocked and to only hold experiencing issues that you simply by no means thought you’ll be fascinated by like 100 occasions in your life you may be obsessive about one thing that you simply by no means thought you’ll be fascinated by. What a phenomenal expertise.

Emma: Yeah, and I feel too, it might assist with retaining your ego in test, which all of us wanna assume we’re proper about every thing, or we all know every thing. And I feel lifelong studying is an effective way to remind your self that you simply don’t know every thing. And that’s okay and that’s good. 

Elsie: Everybody ship us a narrative if in case you have a giant magic expertise and don’t fear, if it’s not this yr, if it’s like 5 years from now, nonetheless ship it to me. I wanna hear them eternally. Okay. So we might be again subsequent week with a Consolation Rewatch episode for the basic Star-Studded film, Twilight. So we’ll see you subsequent week.