A few years back, Marisa Lynch lost her magazine job to the global financial crisis and fell into depression.
Then, inspired by the film Julie and Julia, she turned to a passion she’d long neglected – sewing. Marisa challenged herself to make 365 upcycled dresses in 365 days, spending only a dollar a day.
Her New Dress A Day blog quickly went viral, and Marisa was asked to appear on television, was interviewed by the likes of The New York Times, and made dresses for celebrities. She even secured a book deal.
But what strikes me most about Marisa’s story is how she remained completely unattached to these outcomes, even amid all the success.
She says she wasn’t fussed about how popular her blog was, or if people liked the dresses she made. She simply did it because it made her feel good. That was the anchor she kept coming back to. That was her measure of success.
Imagine if we all approached our work this way.
In this interview Marisa shares:
+ How sudden unemployment taught her to put herself first.
+ How being raw and honest on her blog during the bad times helped her build a deeply connected community.
+ The one little step she took that turned her blog into a global success – so quickly that the sudden rush of attention literally blew up her Blackberry!
+ How she coped with the pressure of sudden success, which brought some trolls to the comments section of her blog.
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My favourite quote from Marisa’s interview is:
Resources Marisa mentions in this interview:
+ New Dress A Day – the book Marisa wrote after securing a publishing deal on the back of her blog’s success.
Connect with Marisa at:
- Website: www.newdressaday.com
- Instagram: @newdressaday
- Facebook: /newdressaday
- Twitter: @newdressaday
- YouTube: /newdressaday
What is your biggest take-away from this conversation with Marisa? Share it with us in the comments below.
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