Wow, I can’t believe I am doing this again. Friday Fives was something I started back in college when I had a Tumblr blog and then eventually got fancy with a WordPress site under my maiden name, and now here we are in this little space of the world as Emily A Steele.
I talk about my Friday Fives a lot in our personal branding online course because it’s the thing I did that allowed me to connect with so many of you in both trivial and meaningful ways. It was a place where I wrote about juicing and where I was traveling, art I was buying… the same things I’ll probably talk about now. Just going down memory lane, my first Friday Fives post on WordPress on October 18, 2013, my #5 said this:
My creative and entrepreneur juices have been flowing like cray this week. Like off the charts. Honestly, I’ve been drinking about four cups of coffee per morning. I need more like-minded people in my life. I’m a total wannabe entrepreneur with absolutely no capital, very large visions and a get ‘er done (well) attitude. Will someone just write me an extremely large check so I can invest in really fun projects/businesses?
It’s wild to see that I was even talking this way back in ’13. And that I thought starting a business required capital because that is 100% not how I create businesses I run/own now.
After having an incredible Human Design reading by Bria (learn more about HD here), she encouraged me to lean into what’s fun and energizing as Mani Gen.
The story I have told myself year after year is that talking about the multitude of things I love, create, work on, buy, etc. makes me confusing and hard to understand… perhaps inconsistent even. But why exist in the world in order for others to “understand” me?
So to hell with that old way of thinking.
I love sharing what I’m working through, projects I’ve started (and maybe won’t ever finish), foods I’m baking and cooking, travels I’m taking, raising a baby and quite literally whatever else lands on the keyboard and onto this page. My only intention with my Friday Fives is to share whatever is on my mind in hopes it add some joy, curiosity, and value to your world. Let’s do this.
1. I cannot get over the bouquets at Wildflower. I’ve been sending bouquets to people when I feel inspired to since I know people will be home lol. If you’re in the 515, check them out, especially as Mother’s Day approaches. Speaking of Mother’s Day, I am loving this sweet “mama” necklace at Jane’s in the East Village and this cute “mama” shirt from Polished Prints.
2. Over the last few weeks, I’ve gained a ton of clarity for my marketing company, love local. As someone who loves diversity and getting creative with clients, I’ve found that oftentimes, it makes it too complicated for myself and for my team. We’ve fully implemented our 90-day Local Launch program for local business owners who want more traffic online + offline by focusing on social media, email marketing, and strategy. I am so honored to be onboarding Core PT and am beyond impressed with their approach to helping people!
3. I’ve been wrestling with the idea of sharing my birth story. It was 0% what I intended and prepared for. And I know people always say, “well you know how babies are, they all have their own plan!,” but it feels like that message totally dismisses how I feel about the disruption to the plan. And look, I’m not someone who needs things to go as planned. I find myself to be flexible and have a very go with the flow attitude but I still have some sadness around the whole subject. Is this something you’d like me to share about in a separate post?
4. There are so many amazing collaborations and ideas happening in our local community. One of them I just posted about today is “Fancy Friday,” where instead of embracing casual Friday, you get dressed up, post a selfie, and share what cause you’re giving to. In no means am I even remotely taking credit for this idea, but I love seeing our personal branding course students doing this likes this because in a local community, it’s how you build your network, show your value, and do a heck of a lot of good. So many of our students are getting creative with their online presence to show up as their most amazing, beautiful selves.Another collab I just saw yesterday thanks to my friends at The Side Garage is this project with to raise money for the Food Bank of Iowa by purchasing one of these totes or tees. Add. To. Cart. 🤩
5. I’m growing plants! That I can eat! Here’s what the seedlings are up to. They are MOSTLY herbs, but I’ve got spinach in a row as well. I’m hoping spinach takes off cause it’s my favorite to add to my egg scrambles and smoothies. Here’s the canvas we get to play in once they’re ready to be outside. Zach planted purple potatoes in there, but if the space allows, I’d love to get a few more types of produce. If you’ve had success with any types of veggies in Iowa, do share!