Tatyana Protsenko

Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Tatyana Protsenko and I am a fashion enthusiast and business owner. I run an online clothing boutique named Tink and Posh.

What is one habit of yours that helps you be productive?

I’m not even going to lie but coffee helps. I make a cup of coffee before starting work. But realistically what helps me be productive is planning ahead. Having a to do list is a must! Also having a clean space helps you focus.

What is your morning routine and how does it help you get the most out of your day?

My morning routine starts with my dog being the priority. I take her outside while I turn up music and make my morning coffee and breakfast. I usually write my to do list the night before while I’m in bed so I like to look at it while sipping my morning coffee. I then go to my office and start working on my boutique Tink and Posh. I check my emails, respond to clients and check for orders. I then plan on future merchandise and what I will bring for the next collection to Tink & Posh.

In the last few years, what lifestyle, habit or behavior change has had the biggest positive impact on your life?

I took the biggest leap in my life when I started my own business. I kept telling myself to stop being scared of failing and stop caring what others will think. I kept telling myself to do what makes you happy and go after your dreams!

When you feel unfocused, what do you do?

I either call my sisters for motivation, go on a walk with my dog or take a quick break to refresh my mind.

What is one piece of software or a web service that you get immense value out of? How do you use it?

I use Adobe software for the majority of my business. I use it to create templates, photos and graphic design. I typically use Lightroom, illustrator and photoshop. I create things for my website and my brand.

What is the one book you most often recommend and why?

I don’t have a favorite book but I would recommend self-help and motivational books. Those typically make you look at certain situations through a different lens.

What advice would you give a smart and ambitious recent college graduate? What advice should they ignore?

I have a few.. Go after your dreams. Don’t let anything stop you or discourage you. Focus on you and plan out your goals for your future. Keep track of them often to see where you are at and evaluate if you are on the right track or if you need to change a few things. Put yourself out there and get out of your comfort zone. Network and meet new people. I would advise ignoring the haters because they can start bringing you down.

What is your favorite quote, one you aim to live by?

I have two favorites. Believe in yourself every single day and you will be unstoppable. Visualize your highest self and start showing up as her.

If a recent graduate wanted to reach out, what would be the best way to connect with you?

Instagram would be the best platform for me. I use it for my business and I am always on it.