I’ll be honest, starting a business is more complicated than I expected. I mean, I graduated with a liberal arts degree -- not business management. Once I realized that I needed to seek external support in order to build a business, I turned to one of my favorite digital marketing influencers, Jenna Kutcher. She encourages the listeners of her podcast, Goal Digger, to join the Rising Tide Society.
If you have ever wondered about the origin of the hashtag #communityovercompetition, it's the Rising Tide! In essence, the organization is a national support group by creatives for creatives. There are local chapters, referred to as "Tuesdays Together" where members meet once a month to discuss topics such as SEO, websites, Pinterest for business, etc. Basically, these monthly meetings serve as a mastermind and networking opportunities.
Impostorism is a topic I have wanted to cover for a while. With the influx of recent graduates making their grand debut into the job market, many young professionals may relate to the feeling of impostorism. Especially in regards to social media, where the majority of people only post their highlight reels and not their less than glamorous behind-the-scenes, the comparison game is real.
What is impostor syndrome?
For those who may not know, impostor syndrome, (also known as impostor phenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience), is defined as, "a psychological pattern in which a person doubts their accomplishments, and has persistent, internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud."
Roughly 70% of the world population experiences impostor syndrome, across race, gender, age, etc. Impostorism is noted in high-achievers. While impostor syndrome isn’t subjected to one group of people, researchers note it typically affects women more than men. More, its presence increases among minorities.
This past year, I committed to spending money on experiences and less on material items. This philosophy has taken me to Chicago, Traverse City and all around Michigan’s upper peninsula; alone, with strangers and friends.
Going into my senior year at MSU, I decided to enroll Anita Skeen’s Appalachian Literature course. During the first couple of weeks of class, we discussed the trials and triumphs of a seemingly distant land of West Virginia -- the only state completely in the Appalachian Mountains. A state swallowed by coal dust, poverty and “overrun by hillbillies.”
The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, or RCAH, has endless study abroad and away opportunities, but I’ve always been drawn to the Appalachian Immersion Weekend to West Virginia, even before Anita’s class.
I had never visited the Appalachian region so I was unsure of what to expect.
House plants for beginners
Within the past year, I have noticed a trend of succulents and other “tropical plants” flooding mainstream media. With that said, people, myself included, take on plants as decor without understanding the rules and intricacies of each.
As a novice botanist, I’ve developed a personal philosophy:
plants are more than home decor — they are little lives with multiple health, mental, and emotional benefits.