It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. I’m Hannah Pomphrey – I’m an avid reader, a lover of old-fashioneds, and a creative consultant and designer. I moved to Greensboro after graduating from Appalachian State University in 2014 and have loved making a home here along with my boyfriend, Sirtuah.
Q. What is your work?
A. I own Hue & Tone Creative, a local graphic design and marketing firm, here in Greensboro. We specialize in graphic design of all kinds – from business cards to billboards, and everything in between.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I’m currently working with the YWCA on collateral for their Academy of Women Achievers Gala. It’s an awesome event that honors women whose successful leadership inspires others!
This is the first year the event has been held, and it’s been great to help set the direction of the event’s branding and marketing.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. We recently bought our first house! The commitment of staying in Greensboro was really scary to me at first. I’ve loved Greensboro since I moved here, but there was something about knowing we’d be staying put that made me freak out.
Four months after closing on our new home I think it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what's stopping you?
A. I love where I am right now. When I first founded Hue & Tone my ultimate goal was just to be able to support myself, but business grew quickly, allowing me to be more selective about the types of clients I take. I feel like I can take on projects I’m really passionate about – and I have the time for pro bono/non-profit clients whose causes I believe in.
The one thing I want to improve on is leaving enough time to learn new things – whether it’s auditing a few classes, having more time to read, or just experiencing new things. It’s easy to get busy and not make time for personal enrichment, but learning is part of what motivates me and my work!
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Keep putting the work in – you’ll get where you need to go.
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. “You have the same 24 hours in a day as Beyonce.”
Everyone gets roughly the same hours in their day to pursue their dreams. Whatever you want to do, go do it.
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. It’s my job! One of the best parts of being a professional designer is getting to create all the time – even when I don’t feel like it! Having to push myself to be creative on a daily basis keeps me sharp, and I’ve found that some of my best ideas come when I force myself to push through my creative block. Just keep sketching, even if you don’t think you have any ideas. You’ll get there eventually!
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. Sleeping pigeon!! It’s been my favorite since my first yoga class!
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. When you work for yourself, it’s easy to neglect the parts of your life that aren’t work – and I’ve learned to be intentional about avoiding that trap. Whether it’s making time for learning and enrichment or clearing my schedule to do nothing but watch Netflix, to me, an abundant life is one that makes time for rest as well as hustle.