My Rory. There isn't one person on this earth that impresses me more than this man, in literally every aspect of life. Or anyone I trust or believe in more. He works SO hard, with a pure heart and honest intentions, always. He's so beyond fucking talented, smart and funny as SHIT and genuinely one of the most considerate and detail oriented people I've ever met. If you ever mentioned liking that one random thing in passing when you were drunk that one random time, trust that you're getting it for your birthday or Christmas that year.
I hope you enjoy getting to know this very special person and just know, you have barely seen the TIP of what Rory is bringing to the world..
1.) Describe what you do for a living and how you are adjusting to social distancing?
I’m the head of Global Creative for a large cosmetic brand and I moonlight as a jewelry/accessories designer. I’m truthfully *just* starting to adjust to social distancing — six weeks in. It goes without saying, not being in the office has made it infinitely more difficult to not only manage a staff and workload but also myself and my feelings. A real journey.
2.) Being your own boss, it can be hard - damn near impossible - to stay motivated during stressful times like these. What has been your go-to, kick me out of my funky ass mood, ritual or activity during quarantine?
3.) Describe what a busy/productive day looks like for you these days compared to BC. (Before Covid)
4.) Now describe what a meltdown day looks like! Do you let yourself feel it all or do you push through?
Jokes aside, I let myself feel it. The most important thing you can do during a meltdown right now is to have the fucking meltdown. Have it hard because if you don’t, it’ll be back for more.
5.) Any challenges or goals, personal or career you’ve given yourself while on lockdown? Or is getting through this shit accomplishment enough? (It is btw.)
An action plan revealed itself to me after a gorgeous and sunny meltdown day. The pants are in the mail. I live for the entrepreneurial high you get from a heavy brainstorm sesh that results in a plan — especially when it’s your name on the dot com. As with other small brands, I pivoted and began designing and producing PPE face masks. The success and support surrounding that initiative sparked a real restructure of my priorities. The vision I have for my brand mid-quarantine feels so much more authentic and evolved despite being pretty much closed. I’m actually excited for the future.
6.) What has been your most favorite thing about this crazy moment in time? Discovered any hidden gems about yourself or your life while having a moment to breathe and reflect?
7.) What advice would you offer anyone who is particularly going through it during this isolation period?
With that, be nice to yourself. Use this time as wisely as *you* can. Try and find your little joys — you just need one to start. If you can’t get yourself to locate them yet, take a breather. Stop looking at Instagram and pick up a book. If you need a reco, ask someone. People love talking about books! Remember you are never without resource.
8.) What are you looking forward to most once the lockdown has been lifted?
I’m also looking forward to fucking up a fresh-out-of-the-oven Mac ’n cheese from Preaux & Proper the minute they open. I might even have two.
9.) How difficult has this been for you on a scale of hermit to social butterfly? Do you need the juice of other humans or are you thriving in your lil quarantine cocoon?? Have you been quarantined alone like moi? Or do you have a partner/family around?
10.) And lastly, any hilarious or embarrassing tidbits you’d like to share are most welcome. For example, did you freak out and buy a years supply of hand sanitizer? Did you get drunk and text an ex lover because you thought the world might be ending or was that just me?