Happy Monday! I am excited to host Cristina Roman ~ founder of One Women Shop for our Thrive Lady Interview. If you are a solopreneur then you must bookmark this site. It is chock-of-full of resources, tools and a fantastic community! xo Laura
p.s. Make sure to download this great guide of 28 tips to grow your online community. Yes, I am spilling the beans of my own go to tip.
My name is Cristina and I am the founder and editor of One Woman Shop, a resource hub and community for female solopreneurs and freelancers. I also works with solo business owners to help them increase their productivity, build their brands, and establish awesome online presences through CMR Strategies. In my free time, I love doing yoga, playing tennis, drinking too much (decaf) coffee, volunteering, speaking Spanish, listening to NPR podcasts, and going out like most 24 year olds 🙂
What inspired you to create One Woman Shop?
I was running my own solo business and knew all about both the ups (flexibility, autonomy, the thrill) and the downs (isolation and overwhelm) of solopreneurship. I knew from chatting with other women in my situation that they struggled with the same things, so One Woman Shop was born. Our tagline, “Going it alone doesn’t have to be lonely” encapsulates the inspiration behind the site.
I was also really inspired by reading Alexis Grant’s behind-the-scenes details of the launch of The Write Life, a great multi-author site for writers.
What advice would you give to women who crave living a richer/full life?
Cultivate resourcefulness. Let your passion guide you, but don’t be a slave to it. Stop being so hard on yourself. Read the Power of Now and let it sink in. Ignore advice that just doesn’t jive with you. Learn to say “yes” a lot but also say “no” a lot too.
What’s your go to morning routine?
This is my new routine as of late and I am LOVING it: I snooze from [6:45]-7 then I check my email on my phone from bed (I know, I know!), brew some coffee, and sit down at the computer to dive into emails and work for the day while eating a rice cake with cream cheese, tomato, red onion, and pepper (breakfast is the only meal of the day I pretty much never vary much).
I used to try to do non-work related things first thing in the morning, like reading or working out, but I realized my day is so much more relaxed and productive when I get to work right away. Counterintuitive but true!
What are your go to self-care tools and experiences that restores you to your best self?
Getting tons of sleep, doing yoga and playing tennis, spending time alone (preferably in the kitchen cooking up a gluten-free meal with a glass of white wine nearby!), keeping up with my gratitude journal, and not beating myself up when I have an unproductive day.