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Name Promise Tangeman
Age 27
Business Promise Tangeman Creative | Go Live HQ
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Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you feel called to do?
My name is Promise Tangeman-Wurzell, and I am currently located in the LA area with my husband Brian and our puppy son, Parker. I am the founder and art director of Promise Tangeman Creative, a boutique graphic and web design studio for creative businesses, and also the founder and designer of Go Live HQ (formerly known as SiteHouse Designs).

 In 2012, I stepped out to create a workshop for creative business owners called GO LIVE. Starting with one of my SiteHouse Designs, my team and I help the attendees build, design, and launch their website in two days flat. It’s an exciting, motivating, and inspiring couple of days…complete with new headshots to boot.

I am the founder of SiteHouse, which has recently had a rebrand to Go Live HQ. As a small business owner myself, I understand the importance of having confidence in your brand’s message and visual appearance. I am ecstatic about helping others improve that in their own businesses and to see them come alive in what they are made to do because that’s my story too.

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When/how did you know you were an entrepreneur?
I have always been wired that way, even as a kid. When I was younger, my sister and I would play and come up with all types of fun ideas for little businesses. It was really fun, and I have always felt the freedom to create and dream.

How did your business start?

As an artistic fashion junky, I grew up LOVING the arts and expression and inevitably stumbled upon graphic design, as I saw it as the “FINE ART” of the future in a way. Following my love and desire to improve my craft I graduated from Northwest College of Art, double majoring in Graphic Design and Fine Art. With a fresh, eclectic design aesthetic, big ambitions, and even bigger hair, I started Promise Tangeman Creative in 2009. From there, my personal business grew and grew, and in 2010, I launched Sitehouse Designs as a way to offer an affordable and efficient way to get your unique website up and going. From there, I launched the Go+Live Workshop, which is one of my passions. The workshop gave me a way to work face to face with small group of attendees to build, design, and launch their websites in 2 days flat.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I would say it’s the second day of the Go+Live workshops, seeing everything that our attendees have accomplished. We have heard so many stories of how it took people months and months of work, technical frustrations, and mixed communication to finish their website. I just knew there was a better way to go about it. It’s such an incredible feeling to see a room full of business owners and entrepreneurs go live with their own website in a matter of days!

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How do you maintain your creative inspiration?
I try to make sure I spend time around other creatives. Being around like-minded, driven, passionate people also inspired me to start Designer VACA. It’s an anti-conference retreat for female designers in Palm Springs every year. It’s a blast getting to be around so many great energizing people.

How do you keep from falling into the comparison game – comparing yourself to others in your field?
It’s really easy to fall into that, but I’ve just made a mental decision not to let it affect me in a negative way. One of my favorite verses has helped me with that as well. It’s encouraged me to always be happy and congratulate those who are doing well and accomplishing their own dreams and achievements.little-bird

Is there an area in life or business that God is calling you to take a risk?
Yes, it was with our new launch. It was a risk rebranding and starting new services, but I’m really happy the way it turned out. It really challenged me to push for new goals and make those goals happen.

What are your fears within that risk and how are you navigating it {well}?
It’s important to not get TOO emotionally invested into a certain idea, project, or venture to the point in which you start to measure your self-worth based on the project’s success or non-success.little-bird AHH have you even done that? I have. YES, you want to achieve your goals and execute the plan to the best of your abilities, but you can’t afford to be derailed to the point of no return if the project doesn’t work out! The idea of “failure” can hinder people from having confidence, moving on, stepping out, and taking that second chance. That’s when we need to be reminded of the BIG picture and what really matters in life. And move forward. That project does NOT define you! Personally, I try to not to look at things that don’t work out as “failures.” But instead I look at it for what it is…just an idea or project that didn’t work out! #liveAlittle.

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What do you know now that you wish you had known 5 years ago?
Reflecting back, I would worry less about trying to take in everything that came my way and instead sticking to what I was good at. I was inspired by a talk given by BOB GOFF. He said “stop doing what you stink at… and just start doing what you’re good at.”little-bird It takes time figuring that out, but I wish I would have started to do that sooner.

What advice would you give to women who are striving to have a healthy work/life balance?
I read this the other day in My Utmost For His Highest, “The strain of life is what builds our strength. If there is no strain, there will be no strength.” It really helped me in understanding that sometimes the strains of life are necessary for us to grow. I think the same applies to business challenges. There is growth in learning through the difficult times and knowing that it will get better as we learn through it.little-bird

What is your favorite easy go-to meal for your family? 
I love making healthy smoothies in the morning for Brian and me. We blend all kinds, but one of our favorites is using spinach, lemon, blueberries, carrots, strawberries and celery. Yum!

What scripture do you cling to?
Galatians 6:4-5 “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”

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How has your faith played a role in your journey as an entrepreneur?
It’s definitely helped me trust God for things I can’t control. It’s nice to know at the end of the day God’s got it handled.

What do you want to be remembered for?
Helping others and being an inspiration to live creatively.

Name 3 people you would want to invite to dinner.
Katy Perry, Jennifer Lawrence, and Christine Caine.

Salty or Sweet? 
Both! inbox

2 Comments on interview with promise tangeman

  1. Mandy V
    September 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Such a great interview! I loved your thoughts around staying healthy while working. Very encouraging! Thanks.

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  2. Renee
    September 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm (3 years ago)

    Promise everything you said was wonderful and divine. I really am glad that you were able to share your story, but I am even more glad that you know Christine Caine and want to meet her! This was a great thing to read over my dinner. #inspiration and prayers for your future girl!

    Reply

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