In this episode, Lisa Aihara of Fiber & Dye (our graphic designer!) talks about how she was “cool girl-ing” failure and treating it like it wasn’t a big deal – while also not being vulnerable enough to express how special her business was to her. There are a few tangents and we dip into film criticism so if you like that kind of thing, you’ll love this episode!
A writer, doodler, painter, illustrator, and all-around dabbler, Lisa Aihara started Fiber & Dye on her 30th birthday after years of loving pestering from friends and family telling her to find a creative outlet to flex her art muscle, if you will. Now you can add owner + artist to that list of titles. In August 2016 she launched the greeting card line with a few cards that featured her original artwork and text. Just like the gal who created them, her designs are always cheeky and mostly cheerful, with its sentiments sincere but not without wit and cursing like a sailor. Never intended to be taken seriously because let’s face it, she certainly don’t take herself too seriously either. Unexpected, silly, oddly-specific. Oh, and pretty. From stationery to custom wedding design to business branding, Fiber & Dye is a design studio for silly people who love pretty things.
- (1:59) Lisa introduces herself and how she started her biz as a 30th b-day present!
- (4:04) We cut our teeth in the Myspace (and Xanga and LiveJournal) days.
- (6:02) Lisa swears like a sailor and is so proud of that, it’s on her about page.
- (7:20) Transitioning from a corporate life to an entrepreneur life
- (10:00) Treating your business as part-time vs. full-time
- (11:10) Are the busiest people the most productive?
- (12:58) Lisa’s failure story!
- (13:44) That cool girl who doesn’t really care
- (16:50) When you hope to fail, you can’t get disappointed
- (20:38) Lisa’s motivators to get through failure and pick herself back up
- (24:44) Doing what’s right for you and your people, regardless of what the trend is
- (29:27) Lisa tells us what *not* to do when it comes to failure
- (31:20) A brief interlude into film criticism
- (33:20) What exactly is self-care? And how does Lisa feel about it?
- (39:40) It’s easier to start a new habit if you pair it with something you already do
- (40:32) Kristin needs help.
- (43:06) Just a gentle plug to leave us a review! We’ll love you forever!
- (43:44) Lisa sums up her relationship with failure.
- (45:52) What Lisa wants you to take away from her episode
- (8:07) “[My business] wasn’t ready for me. I wasn’t ready for it either.” – Lisa
- (10:12) “What would it look like to put a full-time commitment behind this passion?” – Kristin
- (13:54) “I always felt for some reason that a career and your dreams are separate things.” – Lisa
- (15:48) “If you chase two rabbits, you won’t get any.” – Japanese Proverb, paraphrased by Lisa
- (18:02) “I have come to believe that the opposite to failure isn’t success, it’s doing nothing.” – Lisa
- (21:50) “I’d rather be an acquired taste than beige.” – Lisa
- (22:40) “It’s been a lot easier to know maybe not what the right thing to do is, but what the right-for-me thing to do is.” – Lisa
- (26:46) “Education is one of those things that no one can take away from you.” – Lisa (and her mom)
- (29:27) “One of the most important parts about coping with failure is…taking ownership of it and making it your story.” – Lisa
- (30:10) “When you’re telling your own story, don’t be the hero or the villain – be the author.” – Brene Brown, paraphrased by Lisa
- (33:28) “When I think of self-care, I think of things that help you rejuvenate and restore internally. It helps you recenter or gives something back to you.” – Tina
- (35:53) “I feel like it’s so important to let yourself off the hook sometimes.” – Lisa
- (43:34) “Failure has been something that I thought I needed to avoid…and now I’ve come full-circle and realize that it’s something I actually need to get better at.” – Lisa
- (44:04) “I’m ready now to have these failures as battle scars.” – Lisa