Get to know Tyler Calder, GNI’s Editorial & Content Lead. Tyler is the creative force behind our weekly newsletter (with plenty of help from the GNI team!), our interviews with women we admire, and the Girls’ Night In social media presence. Today, we’re chatting with her about her first few months at GNI, her favorite routines, and what she’s most excited about working on next.
Working & Life
I am GNI’s… Editorial + Content Lead, which means I work on everything from writing to social media planning, content strategy, creative direction, and partnerships. ✍️
My favorite projects are… oh wow, this is tough! I absolutely love working on the newsletter every week. It’s such a fun opportunity to share all the ways our team is taking care. Interviewing women we admire also holds a special place in my heart, and I love the social media side of things because I’m very visual and it gives me a space to connect with our community.
I’m most looking forward to… a lot of things! I want to keep having high-quality conversations and taking some of the unnecessary guilt out of self-care (both in real life and across our content platforms). I think there’s a lot of policing going on in the self-care space right now, so I want to keep talking about the important stuff – mental health, relationships, finances, work, friendship – alongside the fun stuff, like what hacks we’re discovering to make life easier and whether it’s okay to wear the same pajamas for a week straight. Self-care doesn’t have to be one or the other.
Before I was at GNI, I… was an editor and copywriter for brands like LivingSocial and CAVA. I’ve also written for Apartment Therapy, interned at USA TODAY, and blogged for the New York Times.
The best advice I’ve ever received is… I actually loved a few of the nuggets of wisdom from our interview with Ashley Ford. One thing she said was, “If you can hit rock bottom doing the safe things everyone wants you to do, you might as well hit rock bottom doing what you want to do.” That really resonated with me because I hit rock bottom last year after getting laid off from my food writing job during a tough personal time. Not everybody has a huge financial safety net, so it was a real test. I’m so glad it pointed me in this direction.
What’s your sign? I’m a Taurus through and through. ♉️ I’m deeply loyal, dependable, and persistent. I can also be slow-moving (lazy – there, I said it!) and stubborn. I try to keep both sides in mind as I navigate my day-to-day. I also learned recently that Taurus is just my ~sun sign,~ but I’m also a Sagittarius moon, and Leo rising, so I’ve been having a lot of fun figuring out what that all means.
To me, self-care means… giving myself permission to do whatever it is my body needs. I think I heard that from Jen Gotch of Ban.do first, and it just clicked for me in such an intense way. Living in a fast-moving city, having familial obligations, and trying to ~make it~ as a creative and a writer can feel like a pressure cooker sometimes. I have to remember to give myself permission to be a human and watch out for myself first sometimes.
My favorite way to spend a night in is… I like to joke that my favorite hobby is sitting. I’m a lounger, a loafer, and a connoisseur of cozy things. I just love to be among the softest things in my apartment – that’s what physical comfort looks like to me. Once I’ve positioned myself somewhere lush, the sky’s the limit. I love Netflix as much as the next person, I love making a good cheese or charcuterie board, reading, and omg catching up on a MAGAZINE!! Simple joys all the way.
The self-care products/practices I love right now are… taking a bath, without a doubt. I wasn’t always a believer but now that I’ve given it a try, I realize just how much it helps me stay away from my phone, focus on where my head is, and relax my body all in one. 🛀
My favorite routine is… we have a “salmon night” tradition in my house once a week. I’ll pick it up with some veggies on my way home from work so it’s super fresh, and then we’ll make it as soon as I get home. If I’m feeling like adding a little something, I’ll make the green romesco from Alison Roman’s *Dining In cookbook. I don’t know how we started this, but it’s something we deeply look forward to each week now because it represents a middle-ground in our food preferences (which is not as common as you’d think!). While my s/o is usually more carnivorous, I’m more attracted to grains, legumes, “whole” foods, and also cheese. This is a simple meal we both love and, more importantly, we love making it together.
My self-care pro-tip/life hack is… if you can, invest in good tupperware, good shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing. It’s a pain to pay more upfront, but you’ll never regret any of these purchases. They directly affect your quality of life.
Night-In Quick Picks
I’m currently reading… Alyssa Mastromonaco’s books, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? and So Here’s the Thing…. I love memoirs so, so much. I eat them right up. I feel like I’m in the minority here, but every time I read nonfiction, I remember it’s my real favorite child.
My favorite podcast is… Call Your Girlfriend with Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman. I feel like I’m hanging out in my apartment with my friends when I listen because they cover all the topics I talk about with my group – politics, significant cultural events, friendship, and SCAMS!! 🕵️♀️
My favorite shows are… Grace & Frankie and Riverdale. I love character-driven shows, but truthfully, I’m much more attracted to comedy than drama. I feel emotions very deeply, so after a long day, it’s hard for me to sign myself up for an emotional watch. These shows are both go down easy.
What’s your go-to takeout order? There is not a minute of any day that I’m not craving Thai food. All of it.
Most people don’t know this about me, but… I played rugby in college – I was really into that MTV show Made and was trying to do something to get me out of my comfort zone. Worked like a charm!
Lede images by Katrina Kagan.