Creating Your Own Path - Episode 16 - Preston Tillotson + Tyler Robinson

Preston Tillotson and Tyler Robinson of Sudz by Studz.

Preston Tillotson and Tyler Robinson of Sudz by Studz.

Meet Preston Tillotson and Tyler Robinson, everyone! They're the makers behind a very successful line of artisan skincare products, Sudz by Studz, and they were kind enough to join me on today's episode to talk creativity for a bit.

Both Preston and Tyler have very diverse backgrounds and I found it so interesting to hear how their journeys led them to soap making. If you're interested in turning a hobby into a business, want to know how a philosophy student and musician came to become soap makers or just love learning more about creating products for sale, this is the show for you. 


"Know your brand. It's much easier to create if you know who you are, what you're making and who you're making it for." --Preston Tillotson  //
"Don't sit around waiting for someone to tell you that you can do it. You have to be proactive." --Tyler Robinson  // 


Today's show brings me to ThinkHouse Collective to chat with Preston Tillotson and Tyler Robinson, owners of Sudz by Studz. Together they create artisan skincare products and I am so inspired by their story.

Listen in as we chat about how they went from a contestant on The Voice (Tyler) and a student of philosophy (Preston) to becoming professional soap makers, the new company they've just acquired, their incredibly wise advice to those just starting out. Happy listening! 




Learn more about Tyler and Preston and follow along with their upcoming projects!



Special thanks to ThinkHouse Collective in Midtown Sacramento for the use of their recording space.



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Giving Yourself A Little Grace

Can we all agree to be a little less harsh... with ourselves?

Friends, let me tell you: I tend to be the worst offender on this front. I give so many of those around me the benefit of the doubt. I offer up support to those who have been there for me over the years. I do my best to give love sans judgment or expectation.

Okay, sometimes I fail at that last one. But I'm trying.

And when it comes to giving myself a little grace and some extra room to breathe? That's where I really fall down on the job. Why is it so difficult to cut ourselves some slack when we need it the most? I'm constantly reminding myself (and have others to remind me, thank goodness) that I will never be everything to everyone.

Logically, I know this to be true. We are all just human beings trying to figure things out as we go along, after all. How could I possibly expect myself to live up to such standards?

In the midst of my book project, the podcast, client work and other side projects, I'm attempting to process all the good and the bad coming my way and it hasn't been easy. I'm rather grateful for the good, mind you. Friends and family members are getting engaged, starting families and celebrating victories both large and small. It's all so great. Simultaneously, it seems as though bad news is delivered just as regularly online, on the news and over the phone. To be really honest, some of that bad news is hitting far too close to home at the moment. I often find myself wanting to dive in. To process information. To help. To love. To support. To comfort. To enable. To do whatever I can to make someone else's day just a tiny bit easier. And thus, I tend to set my own life and work (and life's work) aside to do so. 

Then the guilt sets in. Those of you who run a business understand, yes?

Here's what I'm trying to keep in mind: It's okay. It's okay to give myself time to process the good and the bad. It's okay to offer up support even when saying yes to someone's joyous occasion or painful moment means temporarily saying no to my own priorities.

It's okay to give myself a little grace.

p.s. When you're forced to slow down + the longest to-do list...

Write Your Book: The Longest To-Do List

Write Your Book: The Longest To-Do List //

You're looking at the longest to-do list I've ever made. I'm a big fan of making lists, but this one is a monster. I've written plenty of shorter e-books, drafted multi-page reports, crafted content for entire websites and created script upon script for the podcast. Yet, the book writing process is so daunting. So overwhelming. 

A friend of mine recently wrote an e-book and she noted that she had a ritual of getting up an hour earlier than normal each day to write. The logical part of my brain knows she's on to something. Just spend a little time each day writing bits and pieces until you have enough to put together the whole thing. I've used that tactic in the past (see: e-books). It works. Yet, my creative brain—the portion of my mind that won't stop looking at the big picture, the big ideas and the endless possibilities—is making it tough to focus.

I've set out on this 90-day experiment to attempt to write the majority of the book, craft a proposal and decide how to move forward. I'm doing it while juggling freelance work, but that's no excuse. People do that all the time, right? To be fair, I have been working on it each day, but not all the work has been focused on writing the actual book.

So, I guess I'm jotting down these thoughts so I can hear more from all of you. How do you tackle giant projects that feel a bit overwhelming? Do you break them up into small bits and do a little bit each day? Or do you hole up in a cabin somewhere to plow through the work in a marathon session? I want to hear how YOU do the big work, my friends.