Posts in Business
Celebrating Uniqueness

Whether it's how we wear our hair, the way we dress, or a specific personality quirk, all women are different and unique.  It's what makes our world beautiful - the individuality of our people.  And businesses that promote uniqueness have a special place in our hearts.

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Me, Too : The Power of Story

Being heard.  It's one of those feelings that you don't even know you crave until you don't have it.  But we all want to be heard and we all want to have our story recognized.  When we aren't heard, when we aren't seen, we lose connection with who we are at our core. 

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Badass Women: Lauren Frontiera, The Real Female Entrepreneur

Around H&L, we're huge fans of celebrating the women that are making a difference in big or small ways.  And Lauren definitely fits that idea.  Lauren is the creator of The Real Female Entrepreneur, an online platform that combines the power of authentic, honest conversation and media to inspire, include, and empower female entrepreneurs. We talked with her about her brand and how she's inspiring female entrepreneurs around the world.

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The Tale of Many Majors

Piano had been my thing since I was seven, when I’d come home to a second-hand upright in the living room and a stack of pink lesson books in the bench. In high school, I practiced for hours instead of hanging out with friends or trying out for the school musical. Occasionally, my mom let me call in sick to school so I could hammer out an hour of technique followed by two or three hours of polishing pieces for competitions. How could I major in anything else?

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Lessons Learned as a Teacher Turned Professional Artist

We need to be willing to teach another person, competitor or not, something that we know about and share that knowledge willingly. The more that I have shared with members of my group and creative self-starters that I have met along the way, the more I have learned. We need to become life-long learners who crave information and are willing to educate others once we master a concept.

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Women in Music: An Inside Look at Sexism and Success

A lot of people assume being a woman or mother in the music industry is a weakness, but I see it as a strength. When I first got in the business, I realized I just put my head down and worked hard to prove myself and make relationships. Once I did, I wasn’t focused on what I wasn’t getting because of my gender, but what I could accomplish because of it and the advantages it brought me.

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The Intimidation of Creating

Even when I managed to fire and glaze a vessel, it didn’t seem right to be proud or excited about my creations. I knew they weren’t well done, but they were mine, something made with my own two hands. Though that should be enough, somehow it wasn’t. I found myself constantly giving disclaimers when people looked at my pots – “I’ve only been doing it for 10 weeks!” or “I know these are terrible!”

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An Unusually Honest Facebook Share

In late March, Holl and Lane Magazine Editor, Sarah Hartley, took to her Facebook group and asked her followers if they had anything to “get off their chest.” She offered a “safe place” to say things people had “been holding in.” Sarah, herself, started off by bravely posting about a personal struggle. After this, it was as if the floodgates opened. Sarah had given her largely female followers space to finally be honest about their lives, their troubles, their imperfections. All of this on Facebook, home of overly-perfect child pictures, and vacation albums where absolutely nothing goes wrong.

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Waves of Change

Countless times I wished for the mindset a job is just a job. Work doesn’t travel home; it remains in the cubicle. It doesn’t need to give you this great purpose in life, it needs to support what gives you purpose. At 28-years-old, this outlook hadn't stuck.

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