Imagine a room bursting with unique individuals, voices crashing onto one another, each one intent on making their ideas and dreams and stories heard amongst the noise. But here comes AJ doing great things without the desire to be loud about it, outspoken but reserved, hardworking but humble. It may be her full grasp on her purpose that sets her apart or her unreserved love for what she does but her work, especially her baby Sunday Paper Co. speaks right through to us, bias aside. If you’re familiar with her creative biz, we’re sure you’re nodding in agreement right now.
As a brand crafter who grew up in a family of entrepreneurs, risk-taking in her genes from the onset, she left her corporate job back in 2013 to build a business of her own – creating beautiful yet handy paper goods that people could use in their day-to-day lives. At 25 today, she’s grateful that she gets to do what she loves every single day and feels contentment in knowing she’s exactly where she’s supposed to be.
This episode with AJ is packed with so much insight, and it was very humbling to listen to her talk about the value of staying small in a world that constantly hustles and grapples to be big. She also shares some refreshing BTS realities of her freelance life along with so many other things. Pretty much AJ has been the most frank on Frankly Radio (you’ll get why when you listen, just make sure you have earphones on) and we loved every bit of it.
If you’re feeling a little lost through your creative journey and looking for valuable directions, this episode’s going to help you find your way somehow. There’s a catch though: there are no set of rules, just pure guts and a real desire to fulfill your life’s purpose, and AJ is here to spell it out for us.
We hope you enjoy this week’s Frankly episode, we can’t wait to listen to what your inner voice has to say ♡
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03:13 – It’s AJ’s season of hustle, and she reveals what she’s up to with Sunday Paper
04:18 – AJ talks about how she prefers to be quiet with her successes and not overshare on social media
08:32 – She shares about what she does as a brand strategist and expounds on some experiences with her clients
10:54 – If you currently have or are planning to build personal brand or business, listen as AJ shares about the importance of having brand even though it may be viewed as less of a priority by older generations. She also asks, in a world full of content, how do you make yourself stand out?
13:33 – We dwell on her 4-year journey as creative entrepreneur and how she’s at peace with where she is at life
15:10 – AJ talks about why she decided to become an entrepreneur. The main question she always have and continue to ask herself: what kind of life do I really want?
22:20 – She also continues to share about the struggles of working as a millennial in a competitive generation, and how everyone is good because everything is at the tip of our fingertips. She also unmasks the life of a freelancer and boldly talks about its not-so glamorous days
25:27 – AJ expounds on what it means to stay small in a world that constantly wants to be big, also in connection to her business
28:51 – AJ shares about her personal struggles & what she does to overcome it. Clue: breaks and beer
30:54 – She shares to us why she doesn’t believe in work-life balance
36:33 – We find out that AJ is mostly inspired by fashion, especially since previously working for a fashion school. This influenced her passion for design, and helped shape what she wanted for her future
40:53 – AJ gives some useful tips for people who want to start their own business as an entrepreneur
44:54 – AJ talks about her upcoming projects for Sunday Paper Co. and discount coupon codes she’ll be providing for all of you guys!
46:56 – And of course, details about our #FranklyWithAJ giveaway! We’re giving away two box kits for one winner (win one for yourself and a friend, basically!) and every single one of you who listened to this can get a 10% discount coupon code. Just listen until the end to get the exact code for using on your online shopping cart via sundaypaperco.com
This beautiful thought-provoking question should help you to reflect:
“If it were all up to you, apart from the norms and expectations, ask yourself: What kind of life do I really want?”*
Here’s what you need to do to submit your entry:
- Choose where you would like to share your entry, either on Instagram or Facebook. Make sure your account or post settings are set to public so that we can view your entries. Only one entry per person is allowed.
- Whether you’re posting on Instagram or Facebook, simply repost the photograph above, or share your own alongside your answer to the question as the caption.
- Important: mention us both @edenandjune @sundaypaperco on Instagram or Eden & June and Sunday Paper Co. on Facebook and hashtag your post with #franklywithaj. If you don’t do this, we won’t be able to count your post as an entry.
- Make sure you give us a follow on Instagram or Facebook 😉
- Once you’ve shared your entry, come back to this post and place your information on the comment portion below. Leave us your name & your Instagram or Facebook username. It should look like this:
Hi, I joined the #FranklywithAJ giveaway! Here are my details –
Name: Colin Dancel
We’re keeping an eye out for your entries until Friday, December 9, 2016 and sending in your gifts Monday of the next week. We’re choosing the winner alongside AJ based on the honesty of your answer, no less.
*This giveaway is open only to Philippine residents
We’re rooting for you always,
Eden & June