Meet Katie Corcoran - A Lady Hustler
Katie Corcoran - Author of She Makes It Work: A DIY Guide to Thrive In Your Hustle and Podcast Cohost of Badass and Bare
Introducing: Katie Corcoran, Lady Hustler, Author of She Makes It Work: A DIY Guide to Thrive In Your Hustle, Cohost of Badass and Bare, nutritionist, consultant for marketing and brand strategy, and all around bad*ss.
After realizing she needed a change in her life, Katie did what we all talk about doing, she quit her advertising gig and began her journey as a writer, a podcast cohost, and an entrepreneur. Her story and her ability to pivot just may teach you a thing or two.
Secrets from Katie:
• What goes down in a Podcast
• Her book and how she got into self-publishing
• Sidehusting while still doing the 9-to-5 Grind
• How to find an epic partner (in business)
• Real tools and actionable ideas
- Codie Sanchez Baker
Codie: Let's jump right in. Fear cripples.. How do you get over those moments of anxiety?
My answer for your question is to always, do more. First of all, I make sure that I have absolutely fulfilled my basic human needs. I have been on my entrepreneurial journey and exploring different avenues for about 5 or 6 years now, and for a great period of that time, I constantly told myself to feel the fear and do it anyway. Keep going. Don’t be anxious. Push through it. If you have had too much coffee, it is your fault. So drink some water, get moving, and push through it. Overtime, we develop the muscle and we develop the ability to really not notice fear anymore. You kind of befriend it.
Codie: Give us your origin story Katie... Why do you do what you do?
Katie: When I wasn’t feeling fulfilled at work, I had to go outside of that environment to find energy, and to find inspiration, to feel, and to get a reminder that I am okay and I can do it. I was trying to coach on the side in addition to full time advertising, but at that time I didn’t feel ready to coach when I was still trying to figure things out for myself.
I knew that I wanted to move on from not only ingesting content but also creating content. So that was where the book came in. And I kept the book a secret for a while. I was doing it while I was working full time. I was interviewing people and burning the candle at both ends. The book came out and 2 years later. Overnight sensation just isn't the reality. But after, I was rocking and ready to do something else to deliver inspiring, happy and joyful messages. That was why my cohost and I created our podcast all Badass and Bare. I like to be a part of positive, inspiring, exciting, uplifting, and motivational content. To be able to make a change for others is really what fulfills me and that was the medium that I have explored.
Codie: How do you deal with change?
First, my parents divorced when I was 4 and I had two homes as a child. Throughout the course of my upbringing, I moved to about 12 homes by the time I went to college. It didn't stop there, then I moved every single year in college. Finally, I moved to New York shortly after college, and luckily have been living in the same apartment now for 6 years. I am addicted to that idea of packing something up, remembering it as being an exciting time in your life, and then moving on. I really grew up always willing to pack some type of bag. I am addicted to change because that is something that I am used to.
I read the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert recently. She talks about how creative people are people that need to explore and act like a hummingbird. Aka lots of flitting around without definition. We need to try to figure things out along the way. When creative people or entrepreneurial people are not doing that externally, we instead flitter about internally and we end up almost creatively destroying what we were set out to create externally. That’s why I realize I am addicted to change. The second that I start to feel a little bit too comfortable I get bored, I start to overanalyze and I can self-sabotage.
Codie: What would you tell someone that can't commit to the change yet?
Katie: Knowthis: You are great today. You are awesome today. But if you are yearning about something more, you are the only person that can make that happen. So exploring what that thing might be is exactly how you are able to start to uncover and figure out how to make it work for you.
Codie: Why did you self-publih She Makes It Work: A DIY Guide to Thrive In Your Hustle?
The subtitle on my book said a “Do-it-yourself” guide and no publisher liked it. I felt so strongly since I ended up featuring powerful humans that were my friends, I wanted to include them and I did not want any of the publishers to cut any of that stuff. So I DIY'd my book too.
Codie: What's one thing you wish you knew when you started that somebody could take from this interview, and apply to their process for writing and becoming an author?
Katie: You cannot control your creative. We are all on different cycles. Everyday looks different from the day before. When I was bound to a full time job, in addition to writing, I had to control my creative a little bit, because I only had a certain time before and after work, and the weekends. When I sat down to write, nothing came into my brain. So I told myself I could not push it. I did not touch it for 3 months. Then I looked at the book again, and I looked at it so differently. I took a break and went back with fresh eyes 3 months later.
Katie: You have to be able to predict but enjoy the unpredictable thoughts that your cohost has. Andrea and I are both so trusting of one another’s ability to take the conversation in whatever which way it goes that I am fully comfortable not being in control at times and being in control and taking the mic for a minute and going off a bit. It is also a bit of luck when the things I do not want to do, she likes, and the things she does not want to do, I like.
Codie: What is your favorite tool for managing social media and not letting it manage you?
Katie: Meet Edgar. It is a scheduling tool primarily for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. What I love about Edgar is that it is a tool where you can basically categorize the type of post that you want to automatically show up on those social channels. We recycle our episodes on Badass and Bare. It gives your content the ability to have another life.
Codie: If you have to leave one last thought as a creative, a hustler, as somebody out there making their mark on the world, what would that be that they could take away from this interview?
Katie: Don’t force the outcome. Have goals, believe in your goals, have vision, and explore your curiosity. But if your goal does not happen today, don’t be pissed at yourself about it. It is going to happen and it is going to come about in the most ridiculous way and thrive you when you least expect it. Don’t force something when it doesn’t feel right today because you are going to have an answer shortly.
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