We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Marsh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness That most frightens us. We ask ourselves Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small Does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking So that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, As children do. We were born to make manifest The glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; It’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.” I love this poem by Marianne Williamson (made famous by Nelson Mandela). It’s a reminder I’ve needed many times in my life and one that I hope to share with others as often as possible. We were made to shine. There’s no room for playing small. Best of all, when we step away from fear and fully into our own light we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. I like to think of it as a positive ripple effect. When I am faithful with what I have in my hand to do and show up, others around me will do the same. That’s how we effect real change in the world.
What should our readers know about your business?
PICCADILLY CREATIVE is a women-led creative agency specializing in one-of-a-kind experience curation through brand development + storytelling, image consulting + editorial styling & social media management. Based in Miami, FL , our team serves clients from all over the world with our customized + creative offerings. Through creative brand strategy we help uncover, cultivate + celebrate the beauty in every person, situation and space. Underlying it all is our core belief that life is, in fact, BRIGHT + BEAUTIFUL. I’m convinced that too many people settle in life for what is just ok. We live week to week holding our breath until Friday and dreading the return of Monday. I fully believe that there is more abundance available to each of us if we’re willing to go after it. That’s actually what Piccadilly Creative was birthed out of. I spent many years working in a gray box (aka a cubicle) and while I will never discredit the good in that season (I learned so much, met amazing people + had some great experiences) I always knew that I was meant for more. I believe so strongly in my heart that there was a wildly creative + meaningful life available to me if I was willing to take the risk + go for it. That’s what I finally did. There’s definitely been a lots of bumps + ups + downs along the way, but that’s what brought me to Miami + to where Piccadilly Creative is today. There’s been a variety of iterations of this dream but I like to call it the “creative evolution” process. You just have to be faithful to keep going, take the next step + knock on the next door, etc. It’s out of this experience + closely held beliefs that we seek to serve others, especially female entrepreneurs. Our goal is to help them go after the life + business of their dreams, tell their authentic + powerful stories + shine bright.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oohh I love this question. I have definitely been doing a fair share planning during quarantine, just waiting for the day when I can get back out + fully enjoy the beautiful city of Miami. There’s more places than I can possibly name but I’ll share a few ideas. Watch the sunrise in South Beach. There’s nothing like getting up early to watch the sun rise over the ocean in Miami Beach. Bring a blanket + a journal + set your intentions for the day. Grab an acai bowl or smoothie from Dreamer Cafe + snap a few photos of their totally instagrammable decor. Stroll through Upper Buena Vista + visit the little boutiques nestled under the massive banyan tree. Grab a cocktail, specifically the “Flamingo Hotel”, at The Sylvester in Midtown. Spend a day exploring the gardens + history at Vizcaya Museum + Gardens. Practice your best poses in front of the many incredible + brightly painted walls in Wynwood. Ride your bike (or a rental) down the boardwalk in Miami Beach + check out all the amazing Art Deco architecture of the beach front hotels. Try the outdoor yard games + cocktails at the totally cute + pink Casa Florida. Bring a picnic dinner + watch the sunset at South Pointe Park.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I know it’s popular to throw around the phrase “Self-Made” but honestly, I don’t really think many of us can actually say that. Rather I believe we are all building + growing because of the sacrifices + investments that others have made for and in us. I’m incredibly grateful for the countless mentors, entrepreneurs + aunties that I have had in my life who have helped coach + guide me over the years. In particular, I can say that my business, Piccadilly Creative, would not exist if it wasn’t for my Grandma Betty. She loved people + made every day about bringing joy + inserting color into the lives of others. Piccadilly itself is a word that evokes everything good about childhood. my Grandma Betty, an entrepreneur herself, owned a small thrift store named, The Piccadilly Emporium, or “Piccadilly”. The store was an extension of her personality – lively, bright, chock full of quirky goodness – and priceless collectiques, as she called them. As a child, I spent countless hours there, sifting through antique handkerchiefs, reading old comic books + searching for hidden treasures. It was there that I first discovered her obsession with accessories + all-things-vintage. It was also in the small shop where I watched how my Grandma Betty cared for people. It was in her small shop that I first hoped to start something someday that would bring as much joy to others as that small shop gave to her. It is my continued hope that Piccadilly Creative will not only be the continuation of her legacy, but also, the embodiment of all the fun, whimsy + love that I discovered in her shop.