This is the second in a two-part series with TFB intern, Emily. In Part One we shared about what it’s like to work at TFB Agency, tips on getting an internship and being a good intern. In this post, we’ll get into a little bit more about me and her and our relationship.
What is on your bookshelf? What book recommendations do you have?
Emily: I’m currently reading “Brave Enough” by Cheryl Strayed, and “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. I love reading self-help books, and books centered around self-improvement. I definitely recommend reading “The Joy Plan” by Kaia Roman and “You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero. These books are super inspiring and share some great tips and tricks when it comes to improving your personal and work life.
Christina: “The Power of Kindness” by Piero Ferrucci is what I’m currently carrying with me.. I also just bought Being Boss, by the creators of one of my favorite podcasts of the same name. The last book I finished was The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin. The book I recommend most often is Linchpin by Seth Godin. I’m excited to see him be inducted into the marketing hall of fame next month in New York.
What inspires you?
Emily: I am always so inspired by people who have cool side hustles, and who are always looking to learn new skills. I love seeing the interesting projects that people do, and how creativity is expressed in the most amazing ways.
Christina: People who are always working to improve themselves.
What is something that you do every day?
Emily: I try to write every day. Whether it’s just journaling in my notebook or typing a quick note on my computer, I try to write something creative each day. I love to write, so this helps me think of new and interesting ideas, while doing what I love.
Christina: My morning beauty routine; even if I’m running around and have to do it at stop lights in the car, I’ve got to do it. I love my products – especially my serums, concealer and bronzer
What quote do you live by?
Emily: “Nothing changes if nothing changes.”
Christina: Ah, so many. I can narrow it down to three: “Anytime you believe the problem the problem is “out there,” that very thought is the problem.” – Stephen Covey. “Everything you do is either going to raise your average or lower it.” – Seth Godin. “The world will tell you who you are, until you tell the world.” – Tamara Winfrey Harris
What’s the first thing that you do in the morning?
Emily: Check my phone
Christina: Check my phone
Who do you follow on Instagram that you currently love?
Emily: I love Sophia Amoruso (@sophiaamoruso), the founder of Girlboss. She is so spunky and always shares the best ideas and advice. She is an entrepreneur who aims to inspire young women looking to do their own thing and follow their dreams, no matter how big.
Christina: @lydiacarns and @marinedequenetain – they both do the most beautiful illustrations, @whatfranwore – Shan Brown curates and identifies all of Fran Drescher’s outfits from the 90s sitcom, The Nanny. @BeckettBoutiqe – I visited when I went to Charleston and I LOVE following their stuff. I also subscribe to the #tortoiseshellcat hashtag.
Who do you look up to?
Emily: I really look up to my dad because he is such a hard worker and is always so passionate about everything that he does. He has an amazing work ethic and has taught me so much about business, and life in general.
Christina: My former professor, Scott Sherman and my first boss, Jackie Davenport. I might not be able to predict where the industry is going, what skills I’ll need to learn or get better at, but I do know the type of person I want to be and how I want to treat the people around me.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Emily: Whenever I’m stressed or worried about something, my parents always ask me “Will it matter five years from now?” Usually the answer is no, which totally changes my perspective on the situation. I try to remember this advice and apply it to everything that I do in life.
Christina: As I was preparing to graduate and start my first job, I remember talking to my friend Robert’s mother and her telling me that when I went to work people would ask me to do things that didn’t feel right to me but to never compromise what I believe. I didn’t understand what she meant at that moment but it became clear to me later on. It can seem easier to adapt and fit in with what everyone else is doing, especially when your job/career is important to you. But, I’m glad I stayed true to myself and think it’s why I ended up where I am today.
What is one thing that you wish you knew when you were younger?
Emily: To not put so much pressure on myself. I think it’s important to work hard for what you want, but you should learn to enjoy the process and embrace the ups and downs and use everything as a learning experience.
Christina: That I’m not better than anyone and no one is better than me. It would have taken so much pressure off of me.