There’s a ton of research around how setting habits can help us conserve energy because it reduces the number of decisions we have to make in a day.  However, not all habits are created equal and so we’ve asked our community to tell us about the habits they have been most effective for them.

Mariam Naba | Artist & Photographer

Things that have helped me reach the state that I’m at currently, whether it’s personal or in my artistic, go beyond generality. In my time as an artist, what I realized is important and contributing is research. The amount of self-development you’ll be able to achieve when finding out more inspirations, more ways to network and get your work and voice out there. Researching has allowed me to find things that contribute to my success. It has brought me new ideas and taught me lessons. Those are the things that truly bring success to oneself, lessons that teach you what success looks like. My success has also been developing because I’ve learned how to use my experiences and personality into forming my artwork. Read more>>

Molly Rasmsusen | Creative Director

Regular goal setting, as a team, as a company, and as an individual. We do a staff retreat once a year to set goals for personal successes and also for our company looking ahead to the future. Benchmarking achievements with actionable goals has lead to quick growth, and helps us make decisions surrounding our goals as a company to always move the team forward. Read more>>

McKinis LaChe | Style Architect & Designer

Risk taking or what I like to call it “faith walking” played a big role in my career. Sometimes you have to do things that may seem strange to others but you know in the pit of your stomach it’s the right move for you. Maybe its l moving to a new place or switching careers and making less money but its your dream job. Transitions and risk are not always comfortable but often worth it to build your career and achieve your goals. Read more>>

Adina Starke | Photographer, Graphic Designer & Handmade Bath Product Artisan

In order to succeed you should hone skills in your field of choice. As a photographer, I learned by joining groups of likeminded photographers, studied, took classes and tutorials, and practiced my craft. Eleven years later, I continue to educate myself and learn as much as I can to evolve as a photographer and businesswoman. I use those same habits in my newer endeavors with managing a photography studio/event space and making bath and body products. In order to grow your business, you must also learn how to network and work with other people. Never give up on your goals, even as they may evolve. Read more>>

Andrew Sherman

I shoot photos all the time. I edit them the next morning if possible. I never let them sit longer than 48 hours. I have a calendar on my phone and I put every appointment in the moment I get it. I listen to all opinions. I never assume I’m great at what I do. Read more>>

Blanca Barajas | Cake Artist & Bakery Owner

I’ve always considered myself a very determined individual. I like to challenge myself as I believe there is an opportunity to learn something new everyday. If I’m not challenging myself to be greater and smarter then I can’t grow as a person and develop my skills further. Even through my failures, I don’t give up, I don’t stop. I keep moving forward and take my defeats and use them to fuel the fire I have inside me. Read more>>

Melissa Adame | Food Photographer & Digital Image Retoucher

I grew up with parents who pushed me towards excellence throughout my life. When I was in school I gradually began to build my work ethic. I learned being on time was late, doing the bare minimum wasn’t enough, meeting deadlines was important, and respecting others is the key to form healthy relationships. My mom and dad have always been kind and giving people that prioritize the needs of those they care about. I have learned humility, generosity, and kindness from my parents. All these things have helped me evolve to the person I am today. Through this I have had the opportunity to work for some amazing people that have helped me grow in my profession. Ultimately, I have learned that even though I do have good habits there is always something I can work on; I am continually learning and building myself up. Read more>>