Lift Up Moment #4: Emma Gannon

In newsletter #4, I interviewed another woman I’ve had on my list since the beginning of the project, and one of my favourite creatives – Emma Gannon. I’m so pleased to share this interview with you, as she chose Liz Gilbert as the woman she admires – and I really, really love Liz Gilbert! So, here you go:

Emma Gannon – Author, blogger, podcaster & speaker
Emma is my ultimate muse. With a successful podcast, newsletter, blog and now book (Ctrl, Alt; Delete) to her name, she’s the queen of personal branding and a creative force to be reckoned with. She’s currently forging her own path in the creative world – having recently given up her job to go freelance full-time. I have a lot of admiration for Emma and I’m honoured to interview her for this week’s Lift Up Moment.
Read: Why flexible working hours makes me 100% happier
Follow: @EmmaGannon
Emma’s mantra: “You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith. Keep writing and quit your bitching.” – Cheryl Strayed

Who do you admire and why?
Liz Gilbert – Author
Follow: @GilbertLiz

Emma: “I wish I could write a whole massive list of people. I am constantly inspired by people and that’s why I believe in curating your social media feeds in the best possible way – so that every time you log on the Internet it’s a source of light and not a source of doom.

Right now, I have to say Liz Gilbert. She’s always blazed the trail for others and books like Big Magic pepped me up when I’m feeling afraid – but more than that – recently she announced some personal news on her Facebook that she was in love with her best friend Rayya Elias and I can’t stop thinking about how much of a positive impact she has on millions of people by constantly telling her truth. I admire her in how she lives her life, not just in her career but everything she does. That’s the goal for me really; to have courage in all areas of life, not just work.

She inspired me to start my podcast (I love that she used her podcast to talk about creativity and her book) and she was the very first guest on mine which meant the world to me. Earlier this year her publicist invited me to a small intimate lunch to celebrate Big Magic after she noticed a blog post I wrote about the book and I’ll never forget the advice she gave me. The ultimate “lift up” moment.”

Lift Up Moment #3: Laura Jane Williams

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In the third Lift Up Project newsletter, I was lucky enough to interview the wonderful Laura Jane Williams. I mentioned in the newsletter that when I started the project, Laura was top of the list of women I wanted to feature and I was truly honoured when she agreed!

Laura Jane Williams – Author
Laura is a fiercely brave writer who’s not afraid to break down barriers and talk openly about issues like mental health and body image. As well as writing pieces for her own blog, Superlatively Rude and hosting her own podcast, she’s also written for the likes of Grazia and The Guardian, and recently wrote her first book called Becoming, which is about how she went on a journey to find out who she really is.
Read: Burnout
Follow: @SuperlativelyLJ
Laura’s mantra:You have to have endless love with constant boundaries.” – Drew Barrymore

Who do you admire and why?
Meg Fee – Writer
Follow: @Meg_Fee
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Brianna Wiest – Writer
Follow: @BriannaWiest

Laura: “Okay, I can’t pick between these two: everyone knows I’m obsessed with the wise words of Meg Fee, a pen friend who has become one of my best, and that I RT everything Brianna Wiest writes, because her brain operates in a way I could only dream of for myself. With both of them, what I admire is that they are writing to add value to the world, by writing to make sense of their own.They are both genuine wordsmiths, committed to communicating personal ideas with both clarity and poetry, and I think the online landscape is parched for voices like that. I’m so incredibly tired of online personalities creating content for the sake of creating content – that we’ve become terrified to stay quiet lest our audience forgets about us. Meg and Brianna both post sporadically, but with absolute quality. It makes me feel valued as a reader.They don’t waste my time by expecting me to applaud every time they poop – they curate ideas and words and thoughts and package it beautifully so that when they appear on my timeline it’s beyond a treat. Reading their words feels like an investment in myself, and is something I always make time for.”

Lift Up Moment #2: Amber Bryce

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In the latest The Lift Up Project newsletter, I interviewed the lovely Amber Bryce. If you want to sign up to the newsletter, you can do here!

Amber Bryce – Social media journalist & freelance writer
I know Amber as a (ex) colleague and as a friend and I can say hand-on-heart, she shines at both. She’s a whizz-kid when it comes to social media and has a wonderful imagination and creative flare. She’s also a skilled writer and has contributed to the likes of Broadly and The Debrief.
Read: When You’re Pathologically Terrified of Giving Birth
Follow: @Amberlouiseb
Amber’s mantra: “Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.” – Patti Smith

Who do you admire and why?
Leona from Lucky Dip Club – Creative business owner
Follow: @luckydipclub

Amber: “I’m very inspired by creative women from the past, such as Nikki Giovanni for her poem “Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day”, Mary Quant for creating the mini skirt, and Stevie Nicks for, well, just being Stevie Nicks!

If I had to choose a woman that’s inspired me more recently though, it would be Leona from Lucky Dip Club. About two years ago she set up her own business, collaborating with various independent artists to create super cute monthly themed boxes. I’ve followed her on Instagram since the business began; so have watched the journey of this small idea flourishing into a success, which in turn has brought together a community of wonderfully creative women.

The fact Leona quit her job and took a leap of faith to make something she loves happen has really motivated me to be braver, and reminded me that it’s ok to achieve things in your own time. She also loves unicorns and rainbow-coloured foods and vintage cat tins, which makes me love her all the more.”