Meet the Emily Writes Team: Lauren Shissler, Editor and Writer

Welcome back to a special series where you’ll get to know each of the incredible team members at Emily Writes! While I started out as a one-woman show, I soon discovered that I needed a team. I certainly can’t do it all, and am incredibly grateful for each woman who contributes to our success. Each project is matched to their individual creative talents and expertise. 

This week, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Lauren Shissler. Lauren and I met at a retreat and I have always loved her fun personality and wit. When I needed to add an editing expert to the team, she immediately came to mind. 

Lauren’s role soon expanded to writing social media posts for our clients that need a dash of whimsy or an extra-clever touch. Lauren has a knack for adding fun and personality to her work, which is super important to many brand voices! Lauren is a very talented and reliable team member, and I’m so blessed to have her on the team. 

What is your name?

Lauren Shissler

What tasks do you work on for Emily Writes?

I proofread Emily’s blog and create content.

How long have you been working for Emily Writes?

About one year.

What is your favorite thing about working with this team?

Everyone is so nice and treats each other like a real person.

What is your favorite thing about working in the digital space?

I can work from home with my dogs and I love having the ability to flex my hours when my kids are sick or someone has to be at a baseball practice, gymnastics lesson, or doctor’s appointment.

What are your top 3-5 tips for working from home successfully?

  1. Prioritize your work time. As moms, I think we tend to put everyone and everything else first. That doesn’t work. You won’t be productive and you will always be playing catch up. 
  2. Block your time for the day, even if you don’t have work that particular day. It helps me so much to be able to see not only things like appointments, but also how long I will be driving to and from that appointment. I struggle with time blindness and this has been a huge help. 
  3. Have a dedicated office space. This sounds silly and I know it’s not in everyone’s budget to have an entire room to themselves, but even if you can cordon off one area in the house somehow, it will help. Your family (even the pets!) need to understand that when you are in that area/room, you are not to be bothered.

How does freelancing fit your life and goals?

It fits very well. My goals are to keep myself and my family happy, healthy, and balanced. Being able to work from home, on my schedule, is not only something that fits my life and goals, it’s the ONLY way I can meet my life and goals. I’ve done the 9-5 in a cubicle and there is just no way to make that work for my family’s needs. Working at Emily Writes is awesome!!!

What do you do outside of work (hobbies, family, passions/interests, etc)?

True crime podcasts, lots of reading, crosswords, beach vacations, weight lifting, dip nails, and Harry Potter. My interests are far and wide!

Thank you so much, Lauren, for taking the time to introduce yourself to our audience. I am blessed to have you on the Emily Writes team.