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Drinking Coffee with Writers: Katarina Hybenova

Photo by Maya Harsaniova

One day, while I was walking down the street in Bushwick, Brooklyn, I witnessed a building go up in flames.

I was close to the fire, and my millennial brain propelled me to whip out my camera and snap away. I didn’t just want to post them on social media, though, so I emailed them to a local news website called Bushwick Daily.

Editor-in-chief Katarina Hybenova responded, publishing my photos within minutes.

No one was hurt in the fire, so I felt slightly less guilty about the process of witnessing and reporting on something. In the end, I thought, “why not give local journalism a try?”

I submitted myself as a contributor, and a week later I was sipping cocktails on a sun-soaked patio with 10 other writers and Katarina herself.

Immediately, I knew she’d be a blast to work with. She’s was a platinum blonde boss babe with an amazing sense of humor, and she called me Mishka, which I appreciated—it’s one of my nicknames, yanno.

I soon learned that she’s also a stellar content manager, thoughtful editor, and natural leader.

Her resume includes positions as digital editor at massive local news website QNS, as well as founder and editorial director of Bushwick Daily. She was also a 2014 fellow at Tow Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.

…oh, and she used to be a lawyer. How badass is this gal?

I thought she would be the perfect person to interview for the launch of our brand new series, Drinking Coffee with Writers.

Below, check out her top tips for writers and discover how she spends a typical day (hint: it involves getting up at 5:30AM to write).

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How To Stay Productive While Working & Traveling

How To Stay Productive While Working & Traveling

Staying productive while working and traveling can be a serious challenge. Turquoise waters, swaying palm trees, the beach beckoning you…

I know, #FirstWorldProblems, right?

But really—if you’ve ever daydreamed about whipping out your laptop and working at the beach, you’re in for a surprise.

I mean, the first surprise is, laptops + beach = destroyed laptop.

The second surprise is, work-life balance is hard to find when you’re surrounded by fun experiences and beautiful landscape to explore.

And then there’s tequila! Ugh, tequila…

Anyway, we’ve both developed some pro techniques for handling this careful balance between enjoying life (which is the point of this lifestyle, right?) and getting our sh*t done.

We were psyched when That Marketing Dude asked us to share our expertise as part of his “30 Days of Fist Bump Worthy Knowledge Bombs” in September.

We cover scheduling downtime, staying inspired, picking your travel partners and so much more. Don’t miss these essential tips for any writer who calls the world her office!

Read the full post here: How To Stay Productive When You’re Working In Paradise