Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe :: Delaney Gibbons
Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe :: Delaney Gibbons

Tell us your bold boss story!

I am all or nothing. My crisis mode is Ultimate Productivity. When disaster strikes, I almost intrinsically survey the worst of the damage and come up with 5 or 20 ideas for actions I can take immediately to start making things better. These range from starting a business to quitting my job to taking the dog for a walk. They are ideas, firstly, and my quick brain turns a select few of them into action. Thankfully, quitting my job never made the cut, but it is ALWAYS on the list.

I'm supremely aware that this is not an ideal way to achieve a balanced life. But of this I am certain: there is no one ideal way to live a life that makes you happy, fulfilled, and also solves crises and pays the bills. I feel lucky that my brain and heart have this mysterious connection that my senses have no access to. It is in this productive crisis mode that I managed to create a full portfolio and apply to art school within one week of the deadline during my 2nd semester of college, because being a small "undeclared" fish at a big state university was giving me panic attacks. Because it was safe, my heart knew it wasn't for me.

It is in this mode that I started a business selling illustrated tote bags and postcards when I had to leave art school my senior year to care for my mom when she got sick. I kept selling them when I went back to school to finish my two degrees. It is in this mode that I am going all-in launching my design business in the face a life-changing relocation from NYC to Chicago at the end of the summer. It's imperative for my health and happiness that I get out of this city after 9 years and as far away from this 9-to-5 life as possible. I've got a paycheck and benefits for another 2 months, so here's to cramming in doctor's visits between self-promo and branding, lead generation, packing and sweet summertime.

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe :: Delaney Gibbons

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!

I woke up at 5am this morning because my boyfriend fell off the bed and scared the sleeping crap out of me. We both have alarmingly bad balance, which really is neither here nor there, but definitely a curious side note. Anyway, I couldn't fall back asleep after that, and my business concerns made their way from the worry pocket of my brain to my fingers to my phone. I tinkered with the three-word copy (Let's Work Together!) for half an hour before posting about my upcoming business launch to Facebook, including a screenshot of my website's "Coming Soon" home page and a link to the newsletter sign up. Facebook is where most of my concerned family and curious high school friends live, and I can always count on it for an ego boost by posting something about my boyfriend (why are people so interested in other's relationships via Facebook?) or my lovely mom.

But whenever I post something business-related that I hope will garner a lot of engagement and "Wow! Go you!" from the hometown crowd, I always end up with crickets. Today, however, was different, and I think it had everything to do with Facebook's "feelings." At 5:30am, I posted that I was > doing > making > things happen (mind you I've never used this feature before in my life). Mostly without meaning to, the post was straight to the point and sounded confident as hell: "Delaney Gibbons is Making Things Happen — in New York" "Let's Work Together!" [Link to newsletter sign up] [business page screenshot]. Throughout the day, I'd received likes, a few "loves," direct messages, texts, interest, and—most shocking to me—notes from people seeking advice. Suddenly I was in the position of looking like someone who "knows what they're doing." This couldn't be more from the truth, but a #boldboss doesn't let on to that...

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?

There will never, ever, EVER be a "right" time. Go all in.

#BoldBossTribe :: Delaney Gibbons

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