We're natural born creators and cultivators, which means we're always on the move. Doing what we love, doing what we need to get to that next step, and doing what we can to help others.
That's why when Sara Haile, creator of People Who Do reached out to collaborate on a series celebrating those "who do," we were totally game. We continue the series with Jessie Artigue, lifestyle expert, consultant and founder of Style + Pepper. Get to know the colorful gal below.
Name: Jessie Artigue
Why is it important to you to do and create?
I’ve always been someone who had a hard time sitting still. Once I realized that I could harness that energy to pursue a career doing things that I love, it was like a lightbulb went off and I have hardly slowed down since. The drive to keep moving and keep creating is something that I just can’t ignore, and has become a part of my identity that I can’t imagine life without.
To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?
I think this would have been a tough question to answer a few months ago. I used to feel like I had to list a fancy national news appearance or brand partnership, but ever since launching Marriage is Funny earlier this summer, I can honestly say that it is my absolute best work. I am so proud and honored by how well it has been received so far, and working with my husband has changed me in ways that I could never have expected. It is incredibly humbling to hear the generous feedback from listeners who tell us that the show makes them feel like a better partner. Encouraging people to love each other well is the best possible accomplishment I can think of.
#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments: I tend to skip the mantras and head straight to the prayers. Always helps me to remember that I’m not alone, and that everything belongs. (Even the rough patches.)
What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?
I’m continually learning that I’d rather be known for my warmth than my strong-will.
What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?
Trust steadily, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.
What are some of the ways that you relieve stress?
Whipping up healthy meals in my kitchen and working out are both sure fire ways to calm me down. Running, pilates + power flow yoga are my Rx.
Favorite method for logging any kind of inspiration: Give me a decent seat on an airplane and a stack of old-fashion magazines and I’m a happy gal.
You lead such amazingly creative and forward-thinking projects that focuses on the digital space. What’s the biggest thrill that you get from them?
The brainstorming process is usually my favorite part! I love balancing client goals with our own strategic offerings, and the dynamic nature of the digital space makes for SO many exciting opportunities.
What is one thing that is so satisfying in your career that you wouldn't be able to do if you had chosen another career path?
The ability to have a flexible schedule is something that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to give up.
Top five people you would invite to a dinner party: Steve Carrell, Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig, Mindy Kaling and my husband Gerard.
Three words that you want to be remembered by: Faithful. Generous. Free-spirited.
What’s the next goal? Carving out a new normal in Southern California, and continuing to daydream about a TV version of our podcast. ;)
What advice would you give to someone who's trying to follow in your career path?
Don’t start a blog as a full-time source of income. Use it as a portfolio, embrace it as a fun side-project, and diversify your revenue streams.
Freelance photographer Sara Haile has always seen the importance of pursuing creative ideas of any kind. She created People Who Do to highlight the importance of balancing creativity with motion, and to show a deep appreciation for the motivation it takes to show up and excel at your craft.