Forth Approved: 5.22.17 by Amanda Glandon

Photo: Argaman & Defiance

Photo: Argaman & Defiance

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This Week

May 23: Argaman & Defiance is partnering with J.Villa Workshop for a weaving and natural dye workshop.

May 23: Jessica Zweig is speaking at the Enterprise Sales Forum on selling through service.

May 23: The Shift is holding a branding workshop.

May 24: Lydia Crespo of Argaman & Defiance is hosting a paper marbling workshop.

May 26: A Little Photo Studio will capture your kiddo using their imagination at their May Happy Hour.

Upcoming

May 30: Early to Bed has a workshop on feminine dominance.

May 31: Claire Staszak of Centered by Design is speaking on content creation at the Digital by Design conference.

May 31: Alia Dalal hosts Global Healing Kitchens: Japan, where you can learn to prepare plant-centered, Japanese recipes.

June 1: Festive Collective hosts a free happy hour for the work-from-home crowd.

June 3: Emily of Bon Vivant Cakes shares her donut-making knowledge at a Festive Collective workshop.

June 11: Lauren Ash leads Self Care Sunday at REUNION.

June 13: Jessica Zweig joins a panel on female travelers at NeoCon.

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Episode 3 of Go Forth is out now, featuring Alia Dalal on abundance.

Alia Dalal explains the Japanese principle of Washoku.

Forth Approved: 5.15.17 by Amelia Hruby

Photo by Anna Sodziak for South Loop Loft.

Photo by Anna Sodziak for South Loop Loft.

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This Week

May 16: WeWork hosts a panel of digital media experts, featuring Jessica Zweig.

May 18: Julie Schumacher is co-hosting a workshop on writing digital content as Deskpass' Chicago Coworking Meetup Day.

May 18: Chicago Woman magazine is hosting "A Toast to Summer: Wine, Travel, & Style".

May 18: Flourish Together hosts a Mala + Meditation workshop.

May 18: Jessica Zweig is a featured guest at Bomond Rendezvous' RSVP series.

May 21: Slow Food Chicago is selling tomato seedlings at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits.

May 21: Click Shoes is hosting a spring soiree with Annie Frances.

Upcoming

May 23: Argaman & Defiance is partnering with J.Villa Workshop for a weaving and natural dye workshop.

May 24: Lydia Crespo of Argaman & Defiance is hosting a paper marbling workshop.

May 26: A Little Photo Studio will capture your kiddo using their imagination at their May Happy Hour.

May 31: Alia Dalal hosts Global Healing Kitchens: Japan, where you can learn to prepare plant-centered, Japanese recipes.

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Our second episode of Go Forth is out now, featuring Patrice Perkins talking about boundaries.

ChicagoInno tells us about a day in the life of Julie Schumacher.

Lauren Ash on Bloomsville.

Johanna Lowe was interviewed by The Glossary.

Vichcraft made some golden tickets for Iron and Wine.

JOBS

Bangtel is hiring a reservations and concierge manager.

South Loop Loft is hiring a showroom sales + project manager.

Forth Approved: 5.8.17 by Amanda Glandon

Photo: Alia Dalal

Photo: Alia Dalal

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This Week

May 11: Learn about clean eating and filling fats with Alia Dalal.

May 13: Sugarbeet Schoolhouse hosts a Mother's Day Market complete with a DIY body care station.

May 13: Slow Food Chicago is having a volunteer day at their preSERVE Garden.

May 13 & 14: Renegade Craft Fair is popping up in Pilsen, and Argaman & Defiance, Po Campo, and Vichcraft will be there, among a ton of other amazing creatives.

May 14: Dose Market is all about the moms this time around.

Upcoming

May 18: Chicago Woman magazine is hosting "A Toast to Summer: Wine, Travel, & Style".

May 23: Argaman & Defiance is partnering with Joslyn Villalpando for a weaving and natural dye workshop.

May 24: Lydia Crespo of Argaman & Defiance is hosting a paper marbling workshop.

May 26: A Little Photo Studio will capture your kiddo using their imagination at their May Happy Hour.

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Our first episode of Go Forth is out now, featuring Julie Schumacher talking about community.

Jessica Zweig is POWWFUL's Girl Crush!

 

Forth Approved: 5.1.17 by Amelia Hruby

Photo by Lydia Crespo of Argaman & Defiance.

Photo by Lydia Crespo of Argaman & Defiance.

It's a big week here at Forth: we're launching a podcast! ICYMI it's called Go Forth, and this labor of love is one of Forth's most exciting projects this year. We can't wait to share it with you all. The first episode goes live on Thursday, but what can you do in the meantime? Three things:

  1. Subscribe to Go Forth on iTunes.
  2. Listen to our Season 1 promo.
  3. RSVP to our launch party!

GO, DO & SEE

This Week

May 4: Forth is hosting a launch party for our new podcast at Beermiscuous.

May 6: Paper Doll Club has a mini-session event so you can update your headshot.

May 6: Chicago Zine Fest features handmade books, zines and paper goods from local artists.

May 7: Make a hand-dyed infinity scarf for your mom with Argaman & Defiance at West Elm.

May 7: Lauren Ash hosts Self-Care Sunday with Black Girl in Om.

Upcoming

May 11: Learn about clean eating and filling fats with Alia Dalal.

May 13: Sugarbeet Schoolhouse hosts a Mother's Day Market complete with a DIY body care station.

May 13 & 14: Renegade Craft Fair is popping up in Pilsen, and Argaman&Defiance, Po Campo, and Vichcraft will be there, among a ton of other amazing creatives.

May 18: Chicago Woman magazine is hosting "A Toast to Summer: Wine, Travel, & Style".

May 26: A Little Photo Studio will capture your kiddo using their imagination at their May Happy Hour.

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Founder Kelly Connelly and a number of Forth faves took part in the upcoming issue of of Driftless Magazine.

Jessica Zweig dishes on her obsession with Snapchat.

Embrace vulnerability and the challenges of body-confidence with Amelia Hruby.

Forth Approved: 4.24.17 by Amanda Glandon

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This Week

April 27: Meals on Wheels hosts Chicago on Tap at Thalia Hall.

April 29: A Little Photo Studio is hosting a popup of pop-up books in celebration of Amy Krouse Rosenthal's life.

April 29: Margot Harrington is among the artists who created masks for the Maskerade fashion show.

Upcoming

May 4: Forth is hosting a launch party for our new podcast at Beermiscuous.

May 6: Paper Doll Club has a mini-session event so you can update your headshot.

May 7: Make a hand-dyed infinity scarf for your mom with Argaman & Defiance at West Elm.

May 13: Sugarbeet Schoolhouse hosts a Mother's Day Market complete with a DIY body care station.

May 13 & 14: Renegade Craft Fair is popping up in Pilsen, and Argaman&Defiance, Po Campo, and Vichcraft will be there, among a ton of other amazing creatives.

May 18: Chicago Woman magazine is hosting "A Toast to Summer: Wine, Travel, & Style".

May 26: A Little Photo Studio will capture your kiddo using their imagination at their May Happy Hour.

READ, WATCH & STREAM

Elise Metzger wrote about transparency on the Forth blog.

Jessica Zweig talks about how your closet relates to your personal brand over on Medium.

Spot Geena Davis sporting a Department of Curiosities dressing gown on last week's episode of The Exorcist on FOX.

On the Topic of Worth: Transparency in Creative Entrepreneurship by Amelia Hruby

Photo of Elise Metzger (and friends) by Kelly Allison.

Photo of Elise Metzger (and friends) by Kelly Allison.

How do we talk about worth?

A few months ago, about ten members of Forth gathered together for dinner and a conversation about transparency. Transparency of fees, processes, and our growth as individuals. Ultimately, it was a conversation about worth. The oh so uncomfortable topic that combines money, time, ego and a whole host of other factors. It’s a theme that comes up again and again, both personally and with other business owners. What are we worth and where does that worth come from? Is it an internal sense of self-worth or a projected fake-it-till-you-make-it kind of worth? Or is worth something generated by comparing your services to comparable ones in your market? How do we talk about worth?

This is for me, as a relatively new business owner, a crazy concept to grapple with. The idea of worth surfaced the moment my monetary value was not assigned to me by a company. The days (even the hard and ugly days) when I could console myself with “at least I see X in my bank account every two weeks” were gone. Without a corporate home, I was challenged not just to consider how much I should make per hour, day or year, but what my sense of self-worth was.

I was challenged not just to consider how much I should make per hour, day or year, but what my sense of self-worth was.

I’m not sure if this surprised anyone else at the table that night, but the expression of self-worth really bubbled up when we began to discuss the cycle of price setting.

The Stages Of Worth

Generally speaking, there are several stages, each with its own drivers and challenges. Your worth is expressed not just in what you charge, but in the process of deciding what you charge.   

Stage 1

The first stage, we agreed, is basically “Say Yes to Everything.” You no doubt need to get your name out there, build your client roster and, of course, pay the bills. But the emotional roller coaster during this stage is...hard. It feels a little like dating, wondering where every first exchange will lead, but hoping each “date” leads to the real thing.

Stage 2

The next stage is “Raise Rates but Lose Some Clients.” There’s no rule book as to when this happens, but when you feel like you are running on a hamster wheel instead of zipping down Lake Shore Drive, it might be time. This also means raising your standards (and potentially losing clients). There’s no HR in freelancing and nothing is fair. When someone treats you in a way that makes you want to run back to corporate life, or eat five tacos or wherever your safe place is, don’t. It’s just not a match, and says nothing about you. Just pass “go” and keep going.

Stage 3

The third stage, lengthily titled “Get Better Projects and Make More Money” is a sweet spot that requires a little extra work, time and perseverance. It doesn’t happen all at once, and getting here is a different path for everyone. But, you don’t get to play in this space until you feel your worth for real. And the transparency factor of this stage is that you just can’t fake it. I mean, I guess you could, but it might not feel nice. How can you ask for better projects and more money if you don’t believe you are worth it?

Getting Over the Self-Worth Hurdle

The ideas of transparency and worth don’t always come up in the same breath. Gossipy questions like “How much is so-and-so worth?” end in Google-stalking a celebrity, while inner monologue questions such as “How much does person-I-know make?” aren’t really open for discussion in our culture, and thus we depend on Glassdoor approximations and lifestyle assumptions to compare ourselves to our counterparts.

Find a Business Buddy

I have two thoughts on how to get over the self-worth hurdle and into the “Cool Projects” zone. The first is to combat the isolation and guessing by adopting a buddy system. Make it your mission to find a trustworthy peer to discuss matters of business and worth.

It must be organic and mutual, but it will be worth it. You don’t need to discuss every detail, but having a “business buddy” has been an invaluable part of my journey of self-employment.

Career worth vs self worth

My second thought is to pry away the death grip that your career worth has on your sense of self-worth. As a dear friend said to me, “You must outsource yourself to yourself.” Self-employment means showing up to work as you would any other job, but treating it with a dose of objectivity that, as a creative, can be hard to come by.  

Self-employment means showing up to work as you would any other job, but treating it with a dose of objectivity that, as a creative, can be hard to come by.  

At that dinner, we had a transparent conversation about transparency, yes. But what I took from it was this battle of worth. Even during the conversation, it felt as though questions were being raised that had formerly been suppressed. You can read a summary of the discussion here. It doesn’t have any secrets, but you may find something in it that helps fill a gap in your sense of worth.

By Elise Metzger.

Forth Approved: 4.17.17 by Amelia Hruby

Photo by A Little Photo Studio

Photo by A Little Photo Studio

ICYMI, we're launching a podcast! It's called Go Forth, and it features interviews with brilliant women from our creative entrepreneurial community. The first episode launches on May 4th, but you can hear a promo and subscribe in iTunes right now!

GO, DO & SEE

This Week

April 18: Dana Frost is leading an aromatherapy workshop at DL Loft.

April 21: Create your signature scent at Department of Curiosities' Fundamentals of Fragrance workshop.

April 22: Create personalized photo-lockets for Mother's Day (or any day) with A Little Photo Studio and Winifred Grace.

April 23: Stop by The Great Wedding Recyclery for the garage sale of your DIY wedding dreams.

Upcoming

April 27: Meals on Wheels hosts Chicago on Tap at Thalia Hall.

May 4: Forth is hosting a launch party for our new podcast at Beermiscuous.

May 7: Make a hand-dyed infinity scarf for your mom with Argaman & Defiance at West Elm.

May 13: Sugarbeet Schoolhouse hosts a Mother's Day Market complete with DIY body care station.

READ, WATCH & STREAM

Find Vichcraft is in your Instagram Story stickers.

Elise Metzger dishes on small ways to make your home feel luxe.

Advice for designers looking for meaningful work from Erin Huizenga.

Thoughts on going all in from Nicole Vasquez on the Life Skills that Matter podcast.

Department of Curiosities features in this month's Michigan Avenue Magazine.

 

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