Roma is a provider of sorts – on top of being her family’s breadwinner, she is as a doll-maker blessed with a knack for seeing purpose in old scraps and breathing new life into long-forgotten things. The best we could liken her to is a mother – wise in her fruitful years of experience and selfless in all of her intentions, so beautiful in the way she spurs on and peps us her creative, passionate partners and her resolve to sustain a space for them to grow.
More than a year back, Roma along with her sister and earlier partners opened up a home called Common Room – a community and space built for artists and makers to nurture their crafting pursuits. This is more than just a place where they sell their works (whether it’s dolls, notebooks, paintings, temporary tattoos, ceramics, flowers, scents, all sorts of pretty really) – there is spirit in their collaboration, and in here, everyone belongs to a kin.
Our founder and creative director Chiara felt very humbled to listen to Roma share her story as well as the behind the scenes growth of what we know now as Common Room – the first of many more conversations they will be sharing no doubt. And so it is our privilege to share our 10th Frankly episode with you today.
You’ll be feeling all warm and fuzzy in this episode as Roma reassures and encourages all of us to tweak our perspective on pursuing a career that works for us, the importance of failure in our growth and the magic that comes from genuine intentions. This episode’s for those who find themselves at a dead-end in their journey, or maybe feeling thrilled to make their creative dreams come true.
Don’t miss out on this heartwarming episode and as always, we’d love to hear what you guys think ♡
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04:27 – Roma recalls the nitty-gritty realities of quitting her first job way back 2011 as she pursued her crafting business which eventually led to the birth of her brainchild, Common Room
08:58 – She explains where her courage came from, and how aspiring entrepreneurs can confidently let go of their 9-5 jobs to pursue their creative dreams
11:26 – We find out about the hardships Roma had to go through after making this decision – mostly with the strain it put to her family initially. A spoiler: it all ends well 😉
13:43 – Roma discusses the awe-inspiring story behind Common Room, a place where makers gather
17:20 – Roma expounds about the importance of failure for our growth
28:27 – She gives advice to independent artists, crafters and brands who want to get involved in a consignment partnership with a business like Common Room
32:14 – And she also shares valuable insights and tips for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to build a business of their own. Roma leaves us with one simple advice: start small, start now!
34:57 – Roma talks about how tweaking your perspective on work can make all the difference in being truly happy despite the struggles that come along with it
40:13 – And of course, details about our #FranklywithRoma giveaway! Three (3) winners will get one PHP500 gift certificate each to use when visiting any Common Room store, valid until the end of the year!
This might take time and a lot of brain power as you analyze your plans, but do tell us:
“If there is one goal or dream of yours that you would want to fulfill in the near future, what can you do now that will contribute in making it a reality?”*
- Choose where you would like to share your entry, either on Instagram or Facebook. Make sure your account and 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 @commonroomph on Instagram or Eden & June and Common Room Ph. on Facebook and hashtag your post with #FranklywithRoma. 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 details on the comment portion below. Leave us your name & your Instagram/Facebook username. It should look like this:
Hi, I joined the #FranklywithRoma giveaway! Here are my details –
Name: Sha Erandio
We will be waiting for your entries only until Saturday, December 24, 2016 and announcing winners right the next day. In case you are wondering, we will be choosing the winners alongside Roma based on the honesty and essence of your answer.
*This giveaway is open only to Philippine residents
We love you,
Eden & June