When I think about slowing down, I often refer back to a moment in my early twenties. In the first years of developing my business, I found myself sitting in my dad’s apartment in Queens, tired and completely frustrated. There was momentum around what I was doing, but I couldn’t seem to find solid ground. I was young and still didn’t know all of the questions to ask, yet somehow my dad provided me with the answer of a lifetime: “It’s going to take about 10 years,” he said knowingly.
At the time, the “it” he was referring to was the inflection point that we had grown used to seeing in the founder community. There would be a collective awakening to a founder’s entrepreneurial prowess that would cement their status as an innovator, expert—a success story. If I’m honest, that defining moment never came in the way I had expected. But after nearly a decade of running (toward incredible opportunities, and sometimes into walls), I have only recently started to catch my breath and actively recalibrate my perspective in all areas of life.
As I write this, I’m 10 days shy of my 28th birthday, and I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s actually happened in the 10 years since I first catapulted myself into adulthood. While the way I view my work has changed, my gradual shift in pace has also revealed what’s remained constant in an age predicated on speed: creativity, connection, stories.
From Tumblr blog to boutique content company, my business ultimately morphed into something that feels all-too-fitting for the situation we currently find ourselves in. (You can read a little background here
.) The most recent (and perhaps most important) addition is a podcast and platform called Slow Stories
, which features conversations about slowing down and telling stories in our digital age with creatives and founders—like Glitter Guide’s own Taylor Sterling
. So when Taylor asked me to write a piece about slowing down in honor of Glitter Guide’s November theme, I revisited our Slow Stories
conversation. This soundbite from Taylor struck a chord: “If you have the ability to slow down, you get this time and space to pay attention and to recognize things around you and within yourself—that maybe before with all the noise, and the busyness or things that you’re consuming, made it hard to hear and to notice.”