As a female entrepreneur, I’ve lost count of the number times I’ve been asked about work life balance. I have strong opinions on the topic, as do most other women in business.

I was thrilled when my friend Grace Bonney, the founder of Design*Sponge, stopped by for a candid conversation about overcoming the fear of failure, the transformational power of learning from mistakes and the unspoken truth about work life balance.

Grace’s life was turned upside down after a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. She was forced to reevaluate every aspect of her existence including her priorities and the day-to-day management of her online business, which hosts nearly 2 million readers per day. She also was struggling to deliver material for  her next book  — until she pitched a Hail Mary and proposed, at the last minute, a completely new concept to her editor.


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That new book, In The Company Of Women, came together in record time. It’s filled with stories from inspiring female entrepreneurs who share empowering advice for the next generation of creatives and makers.

In today’s episode we talk about overcoming fear, embracing mistakes, the myth of work life balance and what it takes to manage the breakneck pace of digital entrepreneurship — especially when life throws you a major curveball.

We cover:

  • What Grace learned facing Type 1 Diabetes, 2 doctors, 6 MRIs, 12 new meds and around-the-clock insulin
  • How to decide what to pause or delegate in your business when an illness, injury or other life altering event occurs
  • The reason she no longer gives the advice to “find your voice” and what she tells new content creators to do instead
  • Why striving to be perfect — especially in the beginning — will crush you
  • How she learned not to put all her online revenue eggs in one basket
  • And much more!

If you enjoyed this interview with Grace, check out our first conversation where she shares Design*Sponge’s revenue model, her perspective on blogger burnout and two brilliant pieces of advice for new bloggers.

Now, Grace and I would love to hear from you.

What’s the most important actionable insight you’re taking away from this conversation? If you’ve got more than one, that’s great too. Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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So often we can beat ourselves up, thinking that we’re doing something wrong because we don’t seem to be moving as quickly as we perceive others around us are.

I hope this conversation helps you take a sigh of relief by realizing that none of us are superhuman. There really is no finish line. And everyone is very much still figuring it all out.

Thank you so much for watching and sharing with such enthusiasm and kindness. I’m truly grateful for your participation and the consistently insightful conversations that happen here.

With all my love,