One of the things I would say is that I like to make things hard for myself, and what I’m trying to learn now as I get older is that it’s totally OK for things to be easy, be natural and flow. From day one my whole career was based on my love of general media; from a really young age I was obsessed with film, TV, music, music videos, magazines, books and newspapers. I did a degree in magazines when I did fashion and communication at Central St Martins.
I made a magazine, I worked at magazines and then I took a completely divergent path and opened a nail salon. It’s now taken me fifteen years to get back to the written word with The Stack and although I feel I’ve never been more at home, even now I’m thinking “How can I complicate this? How can I make it hard for myself?”
Now, The Stack seems just such a natural fit for where I am and what I’ve experienced in my life and my career. I’ve been able to structure my days to work for me: I reserve Mondays for internal meetings and collaborations; Tuesdays for deep work and big picture strategising; Wednesdays are social days for idea generating and being exposed to new challenges and perspectives; Thursdays for external meetings and potential partnerships; Fridays for insight and expectations with investors.
I bookend my week with my inner-circle – my community of team members – building, crafting and curating spaces where mission-driven women can make meaningful connections. It is, in many ways, home for me. So I’m going to relax, hone my expertise and enjoy it.
This is an edited excerpt from the book A Colourful View from the Top by Jonathan Mildenhall, co-founder of TwentyFirstCenturyBrand – one of our brilliant Company Partners. Every year, we partner with like-minded agencies to support Creative Lives and keep it free for emerging creatives. To find out more about working with us, email [email protected]