SVP, Communications for the Copyright Alliance
What, if anything, are you doing differently?
These days, due to social distancing, I’ve been working from my home office in Northern Virginia. It’s a different environment for me, as I’m so used to going into my DC office and seeing my colleagues every day. But it’s been going well. I feel fortunate that I can focus and work almost anywhere. So my work and schedule are pretty much the same as they were when I was going to the office, but I don’t have a commute (which is something I won’t complain about). I am also adjusting to participating in a lot more Zoom meetings and conferences, which help you stay connected with colleagues you don’t get to see on a regular basis these days.
Are you staying creatively active?
My job and my interest in the creator community keep me active from a creative perspective. I frequently blog, post on social media (both personally and professionally), develop marketing and PR initiatives, draft and edit newsletters that we send to our members on a regular basis, and so much more. I find it really fulfilling to write down my thoughts and ideas, and to see what evolves when I put my words on the page. From a personal perspective, I’m a huge fan of audio books and try to listen to at least two books a month. Books take you on amazing and creative adventures that you would otherwise not experience, no matter how much you’ve traveled in life.
How are you sparking yourself creatively?
When I feel tapped out creatively, I typically walk away from whatever I’m working on and take a short break. I find that exercise helps me refuel (especially riding my bike on local trails) so that I’m ready to tackle creative efforts again. Also, a change of scenery is helpful too – just getting away from your laptop and stepping outside on a sunny day works wonders. And talking with family and friends during a break from work (especially in today’s environment) is an amazing pick-me-up. I’ll usually call or Facetime with my family, friends and my kids, or spend a few minutes chatting with my husband when I can convince him to take a work break – all of which help me to focus and feel reinvigorated. Before the days of social distancing, I loved to travel, something that always inspires me and helps me to be creative. Last summer, we took a trip to Russia, Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Denmark – which was pretty incredible. So now when I need some additional inspiration, I’ll take a look at all of the fun photos we took during our great adventure last year.