YYC Girl Gang Hang – Beers + Markets: As defined by the evening’s photographer

YYC: A unique + beautiful city tucked in beside the Rocky Mountains that provides creatives + entrepreneurs with the space, communities, platforms, etc. to learn + flourish. Sprinkled with local shops, micro-breweries, + an endless amount of ways to connect with neighbours + the city itself, YYC is constantly amazing its occupants with its spirit…

YYC Girl Gang Hang: Azuridge High Tea

  Hey girl hey! I’m Jasmine, I’m a painter, I’m a photographer and I specialize in newborn photography. I also work full-time during the week in advertising; and balancing all these things can cause some serious burn-out. That being said, the afternoon I spent at Azuridge with the YYC Girl Gang couldn’t have come at…

Relationships and Small Business

The life of a small business owner can be a challenging, yet rewarding balancing act. Sometimes it seems like there isn’t enough time in the day to ensure that all our business needs are taken care of. Throw in a full time job, and this balance may become even more precarious. So what gets moved…

Entrepreneurship and Mental Health: Breaking The Silence

This is a bit of a new post for me. It’s also one of the most important. Quite recently, Instagram released a new campaign called #HereForYou. The goal of this campaign is to bring together stories from Instagram users around the world who struggle with mental illness. I love this campaign because it gives those…

The ‘E’ Word

Let’s talk about everybody’s least favourite word: Exposure. If you’re a maker like myself, you might find you’ve come to detest the word exposure, because it seems to be a simile for “give me free stuff.”  After a certain point, being asked for goods and services in exchange for exposure becomes tiring – particularly when…

When and How to Say No as a Small Business Owner

“No.” The most dreaded word that we small biz owners hate to use. Why? Because it says no to money, no to exposure and generally makes the person on the receiving end unhappy. But what happens when saying yes too many times starts to take its toll on us? Making us unhappy in the end? Last…

Managing the Grunt Work in Your Creative Business

Being an entrepreneur means that, at least for a while, you have to do it all! Maybe we should say that you GET to do it all – because as much as it can be enormously frustrating to grind your way through the tasks of running a business that you don’t love, or maybe don’t…

YYC Girl Gang Hang: January 2017 at Village Brewery

Hey Boss babes, My name is Meghan and I’m an introvert. I’m also a photographer, and was super excited to shoot the January Girl Gang Hang at Village Brewery. Any form of networking usually scares me, I feel nervous and don’t know how to start conversations and feel I have something to prove. Regardless, I…

One of ‘Those Days’

This post was originally published on April 18. 2016 on www.saltwatertea.com – it has been reposted here with permission. All photos by Sarah Beau Photo. We’ve all had that day where it feels like absolutely nothing is working. You try one thing and it doesn’t work, so you move onto the next, and the next,…

A letter to the Boss A$$ B!tch

If you’ve had a bad day, a bad customer, a bad comment, a bad review. This is my letter to you: “Dear reader: You my friend are a boss ass bitch. You’ve made a whole company from the ground up. You got those creative juices flowin’, made some shit, came up with a killer name,…