Erika T. Montgomery, CEO Three Girls Media, Inc.
BSO : Since our interview years ago, please share with us ways in which you’ve 1) challenged yourself and 2) grown, personally AND professionally.
ETM : Professionally, I’ve continued to grow and revise my business over the last several years. Three Girls Media (www.ThreeGirlsMedia.com) has now expanded to include working with mid-size businesses, and has put a greater focus on our content marketing services including:
- Social Media Management
- Social Media Advertising
- Blogging for Businesses
- Email Marketing and Newsletter
- Custom Graphics
- Custom Videos
Our client base is growing rapidly and so is our team of Marketing & PR Specialists.
I’ve also started a micro-podcast, Two Minute Marketing Tips, which is available under my name, Erika Taylor Montgomery, on the Chirp app (on iOs) as well as on the Three Girls Media blog (www.ThreeGirlsMedia.com/blog).
Personally, I made a life-changing decision to leave Silicon Valley where I was raised and started my business. I relocated to the greater Seattle area, purchased some acreage and built a custom home with my husband. We’ve had a lot of fun and taken great pride in landscaping, building a veggie garden, raising chickens and enjoying a more rural lifestyle.
BSO : With what you’ve learned about yourself and all that you’ve achieved, what are 3 pieces of advice you’d give your younger self?
ETM : The three pieces of advice I’d give younger myself are:
- It’s okay to delegate. I’m a perfectionist at heart and it’s taken me many years to be able to let go and ask for help.
- It’s okay to say no. There are only so many hours in the day and only so much of me to go around. It’s perfectly fine to turn down favors people ask of you, or work-related events if you don’t have the time or they won’t forward your business.
- Don’t take things too seriously. There are very few obstacles that can’t be overcome, so laugh off what you can, and pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep on pushing ahead no matter what.
BSO : That never ending ‘balance’ question (wellness, career and family). What’s your typical day look like? Or share with us a sample of 2 days.
ETM : My morning always starts with greeting my husband and 4-footed bestie, Effy, a pug/chihuahua mix that is also Three Girls Media’s Office Greeter. That’s shortly followed by a trip to the kitchen to grab some coffee and a simple breakfast that I can easily eat while I’m at my computer.
My days are spent in meetings with staff and customers, holding consultations with potential clients, editing materials my team has produced for each of the clients they manage, and attending events such as Chamber of Commerce luncheons or speaking engagements where I’ve been invited to talk.
I try to always end my workday between 6pm – 6:30pm so I can spend the evening with my husband. We enjoy having dinner together and watching some TV before bed.
BSO : To function at our highest level and to continue tapping into our creativity, Weekends should be restorative, physically and mentally. What do yours look like?
ETM : I’m a serious home cook so I enjoy making new recipes on the weekends, as well as spending time with my dog and chickens. Depending on the time of year, I also love hanging out in my garden picking organic blueberries and blackberries that I make into pies and other baked goods or homemade jam. I also love planting and picking veggies in my extensive vegetable garden. I’m an admitted TV junkie as well, so there’s usually some binge watching happening on weekends too.
BSO : Please share with us what we can look forward to in terms of projects you are working on or your next exciting venture.
ETM : I’m excited to announce I’m working on a new book, “Content Marketing Success! 52 Weeks of Actionable Activities You Can Do for a Killer Year of Content Marketing.” It will be published in 2019.