Business, Health + Wellness

Pause for Clarity

November 25, 2015
Pause for Clarity

Chances are over the next few days you might be returning to your hometown, seeing family you haven’t seen in ages, reconnecting with old friends, or even just getting a chance to take a few deep breaths.

This post is just a reminder to be mindful and stay in the moment over the next few days.

Put your phone down at Thanksgiving dinner.

Tell your parents or your grandparents something you’re grateful for that they’ve done. Something that has taught you a lesson or helped you along the way.

On Thanksgiving, don’t feel guilty about eating the pie. Just be grateful for the food on the table.

If you don’t get to spend this holiday with friends and family, take some time for yourself. Read a novel or spend the day binge watching your favorite show in your pajamas.

Just do something that will make you happy and relaxed.

Not only should you pause to be in the moment with loved ones, but this break is vital to your business success.

Take a moment to think of what you’re doing when you get your best ideas, or finally solve a problem you’ve been struggling with.

You’re usually in the shower, or driving, or out on a hike, right? Something that has removed you from the situation and your normal work environment.

It’s the end of 2015, so you’ve likely been reflecting on what you’ve accomplished this year and planning your goals for 2016. There are probably a million things you’d like to do.

If you pause and remove yourself from the planning and day-to-day work, you’ll return with more clarity for the next year.

So let’s all pause for clarity. twitter icon



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Health + Wellness, Reviews

Bellabeat LEAF Women’s Health Tracker Review (+ LEAF vs. Fitbit Flex)

November 23, 2015
Bellabeat Leaf Review

A few months ago I saw a Facebook ad for this lovely little health tracker I had never heard of before. I clicked through to the site and sent it to my sister, gushing about how cool it looked.

I already owned a Fitbit Flex that I had worn every day for about a year and a half, so I was hesitant to buy a second tracker.

I contacted Bellabeat to see if I could test out the product, and to my delight, they agreed! The following review is not sponsored and all opinions are my own. The only compensation I received was the health tracker and accessories.

LEAF Health Tracker Review

From the Bellabeat LEAF website:

An entirely new way to take care of your body and mind

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Don’t Build Your House on Rented Land (Why You Still Need a Website)

November 18, 2015
Why You Still Need Website

I’ve been spending a little more time on Instagram lately (join me!), and I’ve noticed something called the InstaBlog.

Essentially people are using Instagram as a micro-blogging platform. This is nothing new, but my concern lies with people who are trying to run an online business or have hopes of doing so in the future.

Five years ago I worked at an ad agency and my boss predicted that Facebook would completely replace websites because it was free and easy to use.

Even back then I cringed and said “No.” Let me explain why this is a bad idea… Continue Reading…

Chasing Dreams Interview Series

Chasing Dreams Interview with Batani Khalfani, Designer, Dancer, Actress, Writer + More

November 16, 2015
Batani Khalfani Chasing Dreams

This interview is part of the Chasing Dreams interview series. I’ve interviewed a variety of entrepreneurs and small business owners who have chosen a different path in life in order to go after his or her dream career. Have an entrepreneur in mind you’d like to learn more about? Let me know!

Today’s interview is with Batani Khalfani, who was recommended by Crystal Chin (who I interviewed last year). Batani is a creative powerhouse, from fashion design to dancing, acting and writing.  She also has a great positive outlook and is an inspiration for any multi-passionate women out there.

Let’s dig in!


At what point did you know you wanted to follow this career path? How did you know this was the right direction?

I was born to be who I am in all aspects. All of my talents are innate. I am self-taught in all that I do artistically. I am a self-taught designer, dancer, artist. When I was 4 years old I was asked what I “wanted” to be when I grew up. I said, “I’m going to be an architect, fashion designer, actor, model and dancer.” I am all of those things and soon I will be going to school for architecture.

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Hiring a Virtual Assistant!

November 13, 2015
hiring a virtual assistant

I’m hiring a virtual assistant to help with social media, graphics, administrative tasks, and more.

I’m not opposed to more than one virtual assistant depending on areas of proficiency for those who apply.

For example, if someone is strong in graphics and someone else is strong in writing social media posts, I’m willing to consider splitting the duties.

This would make an excellent side job for extra income or even credit for an internship!

Possible tasks include:

  • Creating branded graphics (Picmonkey is fine)
  • Scheduling social media posts + repurposing old content for social media
  • Uploading and formatting blog posts in WordPress
  • Some research and sourcing of content
  • Administrative work (updating contracts, contacting companies, etc.)
  • Help with email newsletter in Mailchimp
  • Help compiling monthly analytics reports

Software knowledge:

  • WordPress
  • Mailchimp
  • Buffer
  • Clicktotweet
  • Google Analytics (basic knowledge)
  • Picmonkey, Photoshop, etc.
  • Toggl

The first two are the most important. Overall they are all very user friendly, though.

Vital skills/characteristics:

  • An eye for consistent branding (may be working for me AND clients)
  • Strong writing skills
  • Social media for business
  • Dependability and ability to meet deadlines
  • Must sign contract to keep information confidential
  • Innovative and current with online marketing trends

Bonus skills:

  • Help create downloads with Illustrator/InDesign/Etc.
  • Able to help with copywriting and editing (especially as I begin launching products such as ebooks and ecourses)

Hours will be light to start out to see if everything is a good fit, then we will build from there.

Compensation is competitive and dependent on experience and skill.

Payment will be on an hourly basis (at least to start) as a contractor/subcontractor. I use Paypal for payment.

There will be opportunities to grow with my company as things continue to pick up.


Send me an email at danielle @ with a little bit about yourself and your experience, skills, and availability. Please let me know if you have any questions or input as well.

Health + Wellness, Reviews

3 Ways Physical Activity Helps Your Business + Fabletics Activewear Review Fall 2015

November 11, 2015
Physical Activity Helps Business

The importance of health while building your business is kinda my thing. Because I strongly believe that when you feel your best, you’ll do your best.

My motivation comes and goes just like everyone else, but there are little things I do to keep going. When I’m active and eating mostly whole foods, I definitely notice a boost in my productivity and really, my mood overall.

Today I want to touch briefly on the ways physical activity can help your business, then introduce you to a lovely new brand of activewear I’ve fallen in love with.

3 Ways Physical Activity Helps Your Business

  1. Improve alertness + mental focus by increasing blood flow to the brain
  2. Increase energy to accomplish your goals
  3. Better handle stress, while decreasing feelings of depression + anxiety

[Further reading: Exercise Increases Productivity from Huffington Post]

Fabletics Activewear Review

Fabletics Activewear Review Fall 2015

Lately I’ve found myself in workout clothing about 75% of the time. Since I’ve started CrossFit and have continued yoga (plus work from home), I decided it was time to invest in some higher quality gear.

I’ve heard great things about Fabletics and it did not disappoint! In fact, I’m very impressed and have been telling everyone.

Fabletics is Kate Hudson’s new line of activewear. Each style fits flawlessly and is designed with the most high-performing, quality materials.

Your first outfit starts at $19.98 with free shipping, so to me, there was no reason not to try it. Then I signed up for the VIP membership because you get up to 40% off, personalized recommendations each month, and there’s no commitment to buy. So again, no risk.

Here’s a breakdown of what I got in my first two orders:

Pryor Tank Fabletics

Items 1 + 2: Pryor Tank + Camacan Capri in Black/Pop Pink Stripe

For my first order ($19.98) I chose these capri pants and black tank. As soon as I put the capris on I knew I was in love. They’re made for maximum compression, so they’re tight, but they’re still flattering and comfortable. It’s exactly what I was looking to wear for CrossFit so they wouldn’t move around. Having to stop to adjust pants is the worst.

I didn’t get a good picture of the back, so here’s the one on the site:

Fabletics Pryor Tank


It’s loose fitting, so it’s not the most flattering, but I prefer workout tops to be loose. It’s comfortable and I’ve worn it a few times to workout already.

The next tank isn’t loose, but I still love it.

Fabletics Review Fall
Kenyon Tank Fabletics

Salar Leggings Fabletics Backbend

Items 3 + 4: Kenyon Tank + Salar Leggings in Dark Plum

I love the detail on the back of the tank, and the material quality for both is excellent.

The leggings are maximum compression like the capris I mentioned above. So they stay in place whether I’m doing yoga or CrossFit.

Freya Top Fabletics

Freya Top Fabletics Review

Item 5: Freya Longsleeved Top

This is the main reason I placed a second order with Fabletics, immediately after receiving my first outfit. I had been eyeing this top the first time but held off. After I got the first order and loved it (along with finding out my sizing guess was correct) I ordered this before it sold out.

I love the versatility of the Freya top. In fact, the first time I wore this involved a late night cartwheel on a sidewalk in Pittsburgh. You just never know when you’ll need to be active.

Fabletics Review Fall 2015 Cartwheel

Freya Top Fabletics Capris

I highly recommend taking a look at the website and at least trying one outfit. You can’t beat the price.

Fabletics did not sponsor this post, but they do have an affiliate program. If anyone orders through my link I’ll receive $10. So check it out, place an order, and set up your own affiliate link! You’ll love it that much.

Explore Fabletics here.


Sunday Link Love: Self-Care Ideas, Pumpkin Cornbread + Local SEO {Nov v2}

November 8, 2015
Sunday Link Love
Health, Fitness + Lifestyle

The Health Benefits of Gratitude

7 Psychology-Backed Hacks for Boosting Your Motivation

77 Self-Care Ideas for Creatives

18 Meditation Masters Spill The Truth On What Meditation Truly Is

Accepting Delays and Appreciating the Gift of Empty Time


Food + Nutrition

Vegan Kale Salad Recipes

Pumpkin Cornbread

Creating a Healthy Kitchen on a Budget: Start Small with These 3 Organic Swaps

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Business, Resources

5 Online Tools I Use Every Day for Business

November 4, 2015
5 Online Tools I Use Every Day for Business

There are SO many tools available to help with your business from project management to social posting…you name it. While I use different tools for different tasks, there are some I use day in and day out to manage my business overall.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what I use every day:


Toggl is a free project and time tracker. You can organize your clients and projects by color, see visual graphs, and even add team members.

I love this tool for the simplicity. I color code my clients and use it for the basic time tracking and reporting.

A lot of my projects are still service-based, hours-for-dollars type of work. So to accurately track my time, I use Toggl. Continue Reading…