Maker Studio Tour: Lisa Willis of Missive
In preparation for Re:Make SF (it’s THIS weekend folks!), we have been stalking our featured artisans. Kidding! Totally kidding. But we have been prepping our shopping lists, and reaching out to makers and artists for some creative advice and studio tours.
In general, managing a small business is a tough, full time job. Add a toddler son to the equation and it’s no surprise that Lisa is constantly working. Each day’s tasks vary, and Lisa either finds herself in front of the letterpress or working at her computer. She reserves her down time for catching up on social media and e-mail. The woman never stops.
So how does she stay on top of everything? Lists, lists, lists! We wholeheartedly agree. Lisa told us that she loves putting tasks down on a physical sheet of paper because it creates a feeling of accomplishment when things start getting checked off. Lisa also admitted to using the voice memos app on her phone —“great for reminders when you’re on the go!” We just might steal that life hack.
Productivity aside, Lisa manages to find creativity in each day. She shares the airplane hangar workspace with many other artists and makers, and she has found that talking to others about her projects can lead to new perspectives. Also, what’s a maker without her creative playlist? Lisa works to the beats of Lorde and Lana del Rey.
So yes, we are impressed and in love with Lisa of Missive, and her beautiful studio spaces. Seriously, sign us up for the next open spot within the airplane hangar. We asked Lisa to leave us with one last bit of advice on pursuing the maker dream. She said to start small, set achievable goals for yourself, and you will eventually get closer to the career you’ve always wanted.
Be sure to check out Lisa’s letterpress goods at the Missive booth during Re:Make’s Saturday festival. That’s where we’ll be!
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What do you think of Lisa’s workspace? Let us know in the comments below!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!