Creatives in Crisis | Melissa Goodchild of Familiar Company

Creatives in Crisis | Melissa Goodchild of Familiar Company

Well, life sure is different right now!

A month ago we were talking about meeting each other for coffees and drinks at the pub, or having date nights in our favourite restaurants. And now it's isolation this, and quarantine that. So I wanted to put a piece together that reminds us all that we're here and in the trenches together! We're each others' best allies and life support through this. 

The incredible women interviewed over this series are from all over the country. They're artisans, business owners and freelancers I've walked my creative journey with. As such, they've all be hit in various ways by the crisis and have generously shared their journey over the past few weeks and months. I hope you'll be inspired by their stories, encouraged to connect and gleam little rays of wisdom from the way they've pivoted & adapted during this time! 

Let's get to know Melissa Goodchild.
She is a one powerful half of Familiar Company

Thinking back a few weeks, what was the last normal day of work for you like? (Before COVID-19 hit and self isolation was a thing). What did you do in it? What were your plans for the next few months? 

We had our busiest month last month, so each day was pretty jam packed! We were making plans for the next 6 months on how to bring some balance into our work/life, and putting plans in place to slowly transition me out of the business for a few months whilst we have our second child in September! Seems that has been done for us quite swiftly :) 

How has the space you're working in changed/ work flow changed? 

Day to day hasn’t changed too much as we usually spend a lot of time working from home or a local co-workspace. The biggest change has been having our (almost 2 year old) daughter home with us all day, every day. Often it can feel hard to get enough time for the business, but ultimately she is the biggest joy and a breathe of fresh air and we are so grateful to have her around so much. 

What is the greatest challenge you've faced in the last few weeks?  

Losing several clients due to the economic situation, and not being able to lean on our support as much. Makes us very grateful for the help we normally do get from family, friends and the carers at her daycare to allow us the time to keep the business going! 

What have you implemented into your daily schedule to keep yourself sane? Stay creatively motivated? Or are you embracing this time to take space for yourself? 

Waking up early and getting out for a walk for some alone time, fresh air and to get into the best mind frame for the day! Also keeping the house clean (much cleaner than normal which we are all enjoying) and making time to stretch and breathe each day! 

How do you stay connected with your family, friends, and business friends? 

More calls with people just to check in and catch up! Face time with grandparents and family daily and sending small letters in the mail to let people know I am thinking of them. 

What are some things you'd like to do / you are doing during self-isolation that you maybe wouldn't have considered if you weren't confined to your house? 

Finding the time for things that normally don’t get attention - like trying new recipes and reading everyday! 

Many of us work in isolation or away from people a lot of the time. Any tips for staying sane and creative in self isolation?  

Make sure you take yourself out for walks, or move throughout the day to keep yourself feeling fresh! Sometimes a simple downward dog or wriggle can be just as good as a nap! Make sure your workspace is as comfortable and set up for productivity as it can be. Make lists! Even of the simplest of tasks, the satisfaction that comes from completing something, even minor is very worth it. Also, do your best to avoid working in bed!

Is there anything we can do to support you & your business through this time? 

Chats, inspiring notes and all the love xx

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