Step Into Your Power

Posted by Contributor on September 29, 2020 in Female Founder Collective | No Comments

By Gabrielle Katz

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Female Founder Collective’s What’s Next Fest. During the three-day virtual summit, I heard remarkable female leaders share their experiences on the way to success and how to lead once they got there. One session in particular changed my perspective completely. The session, “Owning the Room and Owning Your Future,” gave me a sense of confidence in my future and inspired me to figure out what I want to do in my life. It taught me how to step into my power. Read More

Renewing Your Sense of Purpose

Posted by Contributor on September 29, 2020 in art, business journey | No Comments

By Annaliese Bennett

“It was never about the art; it was always about how you looked while creating it.”

A while back, I decided to purge some of the seemingly endless notes I’ve accumulated on my phone. I’ve developed a habit in recent years of using my notes app as a catch-all for everything from grocery lists to a space where I jot down random thoughts and musings. This simple little reminder caught my eye during my scrolling, inviting me to consider its enduring relevance. Read More

Failing Forward with the Female Founder Collective’s What’s Next Fest

Posted by Contributor on September 25, 2020 in Female Founder Collective | No Comments

By Annaliese Bennett

“We have to be able to try things out and to fail forward.”

Out of all the brilliant insights from the many talented women I’ve had the opportunity to listen to over the past few days during the Female Founder Collective’s What’s Next Fest, this simple reminder from Nadia Al Saeed, CEO of Bank al Etihad, has stuck with me the most. Read More

Financial Literacy For College-Age Adults

Posted by Contributor on September 23, 2020 in Financial Literacy | No Comments

By Gabrielle Katz

College. The “best four years of your life.” And don’t get me wrong, as a current college student I can confidently say they are, but there’s so much more to the experience than those six words. Over the span of just four short years, you not only learn more about yourself but also about how life in the real world works. Living on your own, or in my case living 1,800 miles away from home, you have to learn to fend for yourself and make your own decisions. I’ve been taught many valuable life lessons during the past three years I’ve spent away at college, but there is one lesson in particular I wish I had learned earlier: how to save and invest my money. Read More


Posted by heatherlygraceshepherd on September 11, 2020 in Inspiration, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

“There is no courage without fear.”

The 19th anniversary of 9/11, my father deploying again, the current conversations highlighting good versus evil in our society and the many doctors and nurses who are working tirelessly through COVID-19 and other surgeries like my most recent knee surgery have inspired me more than I could ever express. Read More

California Wildfires: How to Help

Posted by melissa kandel on September 10, 2020 in California | No Comments

Though our team is dispersed from coast to coast, we were founded (and are based) in Newport Beach, California … and with the state currently experiencing devastating wildfires, we want to do our part to help. Gabrielle Katz, little word studio intern, put together a comprehensive list of resources if you’d like to contribute in any way to this cause. Read More

Cozy Playlist: little word sounds vol. 3

Posted by melissa kandel on September 9, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

As we round our own sharp corners into the soft turtlenecks of autumn, a cozy playlist for your listening pleasure: Read More

little word sounds vol. 2

Posted by melissa kandel on August 26, 2020 in little word sounds, music | No Comments

And for our next trick, tasty tunes to keep you humming and happy. Cruel summer, who? 

Yes, this week’s playlist is all about the happy – getting happy, staying happy, figuring out what makes you happy then realizing that sometimes the person who makes you happiest is you.

Featured artists: Ben Rector, Johnnyswim, Allman Brown, Patrick Droney, Jon Bryant, Lowland Hum, Little Chief, Josh Kelley, Nathan Angelo, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Cody Fry, VACAY, Ed Patrick, The Happy Fits and Clay Finnesand.

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How to Fix Your Bike and Solve Your Business Problems

Posted by melissa kandel on August 24, 2020 in business journey | 4 Comments

It was a sticky, hot Saturday morning. The back tire of my bicycle had sprung a leak, so I stood sweating outside the local bike repair, an admirably scruffy shop wedged between a bakery and a tattoo parlor. Read More

The Van That Mrs. Westphalia Bought

Posted by melissa kandel on August 19, 2020 in Fiction | 5 Comments

Mrs. Westphalia sipped her tea. She was getting very good, almost expert level, at making tea on the black varnished stove top shoved between the washing machine and her nightstand. Read More