We asked some of the city’s hidden gems to tell us about what they feel is the most important factor behind their success.

Meg Wilson | Makeup Artist & Lifestyle Blogger

Consistency. I know this is mentioned all the time, but with the right routines I feel most successful. I love to share behind the scenes, so showing up for Instagram stories daily is a must. I also make sure to set goals for a variety of timelines: one year, 3 months, one month. It is important to look at the big picture with an end goal in mind. A monthly calendar allows me to focus on smaller chunks of time and seasonal topics. This helps to keep me motivated and organized as I simultaneously work a full-time job and my beauty shop. I can’t forget to mention collaboration. I meet with fellow content creators who are like-minded, and share my niche, every few months to brainstorm ideas and goals. We find joy in being creative, while also delivering value to our audience. I love being part of an amazing community of women. Don’t forget, it never hurts to put on some red lipstick to embrace the day. Read more>>

Dani Kahn | Small Business Café Owner & Artist

Part of changing my life and becoming more accountable for my own success was instilling good, consistent, daily habits. While it is difficult to be disciplined (and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not perfect) it helps to stick to a routine. Upon reading the book: “Atomic Habits” by James Clear – I started to put into practice many of the tips he describes in his book. Habit One: Planning my next week every Friday afternoon. I bullet journal all the tasks that I need to get done for the weekend and the rest of the following week. Habit Two: I stick to the same morning routine every day, waking up at 4 am, praying/meditation, drinking 24 ounces of water, 4 ounces of coffee, washing my face, completing chores, exercise, eat a good breakfast – then my work day starts by opening my phone. Waking up that early makes it possible for me to get ‘me time’ done before anyone else in the house wakes up. Habit Three: I write lists, my notebook contains many task lists (using the format that James Clear describes in his book). I have a slight memory problem where I really won’t remember anything unless it’s written down or drawn out. Read more>>

Kelsey Kosenkranius | Yoga Instructor & Fitness Enthusiast

Do something related to your goals each day. It is very easy to get overwhelmed by the end goal because when your only focus is on that big goal, you get discouraged each day that you don’t hit it and end up not doing what you need to do. Focus on small things that you can do each day to progress towards your goal, whether it’s as simple as sending out one prospecting email or doing five minutes of yoga, it may not seem impactful on a daily basis but when you look at how much you can accomplish over months or years you will see how far you have progressed. Read more>>

Mackenzie Ehlers | Calligrapher and Designer

I’ve always considered myself to be a go-with-the-flow, “free spirit” type of personality, and that was a big motivator in pursuing a creative career! However, I have found over the years that I actually do need structures and boundaries in place in order to succeed. This was an important lesson to learn because once I started implementing more of a regimented schedule (something I had avoided for a long time), I found that I was much more effective in my business. Now, my morning routine is one of the most important parts of my day even though it was a phrase that I once rolled my eyes at. Ultimately, boundaries have ironically allowed me to have more freedom and creativity as a whole. Read more>>