I've been inspired on a daily basis by Melyssa for quite some time now, so I'm very thrilled to be able to share this interview with you, my muses!
Melyssa runs The Nectar Collective, a website geared towards helping folks improve their life, blog, and business. She also has a background with web design and one-on-one blog coaching. Firstly, thanks so much Melyssa for spending some time with us to share your wit and wisdom!
Tell us about your biggest business failure.
I have a hard time with defining things as a "failure." I don't think we ever really fail because we learn so much when we miss our mark or don't succeed in a certain goal.
But if we're trying to think of something that didn't work out, then that would be a print shop I start in early 2014. At that time, I was a graphic designer and thought that my dream was to create a print shop full of inspirational quotes and sayings. I squeezed out my savings to buy a $600 printer, along with every other supply I'd need, from card stock paper to mailing envelopes. That business was a "failure" for two reasons. The first is that it never reached any momentous level of financial stability. Perhaps if I kept going with it, it would have had a chance, but in the end I sold less than 100 prints in total. The second reason is that I fell out of love with running a print shop. As much as I thought it was a "dream," it ended up feeling like a chore. So, while this was a failure of sorts, I learned a lot about business and myself, and I'm very glad I tried it.
Where is your creative haven? Can you tell us a bit about what this space is like and what you did to make it your ideal space— or perhaps it was already the perfect space for you?
My creative haven tends to be anywhere where there aren't any computers. I feel most creative outdoors, in the shower, or just lounging around my apartment. I also enjoy going to coffee shops because I find that a change in scenery can really help to rejuvenate my creative drive.
Tell us about one book that changed your life in a big way. Is it still a book you love now? Would you recommend this book?
Definitely Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. It's a personal development book disguised as an advice column and Cheryl communicates her messages in deeply sincere, intelligent, and profound ways. I think it's a must-read for anyone.
What is something you do every day you couldn't live without, or that is an ESSENTIAL part of your routine?
I have a pretty specific morning routine that I always seem to follow in order. It includes showering, taking my dog outside, turning on some music, and then making breakfast. I guess it's a pretty simple routine, but there's something I enjoy about it. It feels like a happy way to start my day.
And finally, what is your dream?
I'll have to get back to you on that one. ;) I feel a strong purpose to help people feel connected to others, appreciated for being themselves, and empowered to create a life that they feel good about. I'm still working on what exactly that means for the future. :)
You can find out more about Melyssa and The Nectar Collective here, as well as follow TNC with Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. More recently, Melyssa has started her own Facebook group for bloggers and biz ladies, which is such a fantastic resource for those starting out or looking to get support from a brilliant community of positive folks.
I hope you have enjoyed this little moment of insight from one of my inspirations, and I hope she becomes an inspiration to you, too!
xx Much love muses