Resources

Sunday Link Love: Food Myths + Becoming a Premium Brand {May v4}

May 24, 2015
Sunday Link Love: Health, Nutrition + Blogging
Health, Fitness + Lifestyle

How I deal with Chronic Headaches/Migraines

6 Great Things About Introverts

Selfies, Budgets & The Reality Distortion Field

5 Surprising Reasons Why You Should Smile More

Finding the Calm During the Storm

Reclaim the Forgotten State of Wonder to Live an Extraordinary Life

6 Solutions For When Things Aren’t Going Your Way

Why Confidence Leads to More Criticism <–YES! So true.
Being confident in your choices and successful at what you set out to do forces people who aren’t deeply happy to question what they’re lacking.

 

Food + Nutrition

Debunking The Myth of Food Combining

5 Words You Should Stop Using When You Talk About Food

Frozen Mexican Breakfast Burritos

How to Eat 7 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables in One Day

A Nutritionists Top 5 Plant-Based Pre-Workout Energy Boosters

 

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Business

The Value of Transparency + Easing Up (+ a call for guest bloggers)

May 20, 2015
value of transparency + easing up

Over the past three weeks I’ve been in a major transition period. I uprooted my life and moved back to Pennsylvania…alone. So without getting into too much detail, I’ll just say it’s been a whirlwind change. With a little guidance from my mentor Dr. Danielle Dowling + listening to my gut, I forged ahead and know this was the right decision.

A few realizations came to mind in the midst of these changes. First, I was open and honest with clients about what I was going through. Not for sympathy, but for transparency and understanding. I couldn’t juggle the work + the huge (somewhat sudden) move, so I had to take some time off. They were all receptive and many responded with “been there, done that, let me know how I can help.”

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Chasing Dreams Interview Series

Chasing Dreams Interview with Samantha Costello, Owner of The Little Green Studio

May 18, 2015
Little Green Screenprinting

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 Samantha Costello, a fellow member of the Female Entrepreneur Association. Samantha runs The Little Green Studio, a boutique design + stationery studio specializing in wedding stationary. I am in love with her work and you will be too.

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

My background is originally in marketing, which I loved and still love now but after 4 years in this field, I decided that I needed a new challenge. I started a design & lifestyle blog in 2011 as a creative outlet (as well as a distraction to my then long distance relationship) and completely self-taught myself Photoshop. However, YouTube videos can only get you so far and in 2012, I signed myself up for complete graphic design course at night school and I have never looked back. This was honestly one of the best decisions I have ever made and I knew/know that this is the right direction because it feels so right. I read a quote recently that says, “You know you are on the road to success, if you would do your job and not get paid for it”. I believe it was Oprah Winfrey who said that and I think she is absolutely right. I wake up every day and I am excited to get to work; whether that is designing wedding stationery for a client or screenprinting in my studio, if feels like a hobby that I also get paid for!

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Resources

Sunday Link Love: Having it All + My Recent Adventures {May v3}

May 17, 2015
Sunday Link Love: Health, Nutrition + Blogging
Health, Fitness + Lifestyle

Getting out of the comparison trap

How to Have it All: Measuring Success with Fun (Part 1)

It’s Not All About That Bass. Skinny Shaming and Fat Shaming Are the Same

Paying Yourself For Workouts May Be Just the Motivation You Need

The Benefits of Practicing Backbends

7 Money To-Do’s Before You Hit 30

11 TED Talks That Inspire Change

10 Reasons To Escape Excessive Consumerism

 

 

Food + Nutrition

What’s in My Fridge + Healthy Fridge Shopping List

Salsa Yogurt Dressing

Oatmeal Raisin Energy Balls

10 No-Sweat Meal Prep Tricks from the Pros

How to Replace Dairy in Your Diet 

Simple Ways to Enjoy Leafy Green Vegetables

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Business

14 Tips to Stay Sane, Organized + Inspired as a Blogger

May 13, 2015
stay sane as a blogger

When it comes to blogging, it can feel like you’re being pulled in a million directions. Write more posts, create beautiful imagery, comment on blogs, respond to readers, answer affiliate emails, don’t forget to promote on social media! Learn about SEO, stay on top of current trends. You get the idea. Remember when you thought starting a blog would be easy and fun?

Despite being overwhelming at times, it can definitely still be fun. I’ve put together 14 tips that will keep you organized and less stressed when it comes to managing your blog.

4 Health Tips to Keep Your Sanity 

  1. Schedule in down time. Disconnecting is the most important (but often hardest) part.
  2. Get your blood flowing every day. Set an alarm to break at least every hour. Stretch. Take a walk outside. Go to the gym. Whatever works best for you.
  3. Stay hydrated and limit sugar and foods that make you drowsy.
  4. Take your lunch break. Get a change of scenery. Turn your phone off. This is important whether you have a day job and blog part time or are focused 100% on your blog or online business.

Remember, when you feel your best, you’ll do your best.

10 Business Tips to Stay Organized + Inspired

  1. Keep a notepad (or use an app) with all your ideas so you never run out of things to write about. Inspiration tends to strike at the most inopportune times, like while you’re driving or in the shower. For those times, I rely on Evernote and voice-to-text.
  2. Listen to your readers and directly ask them what they want.
  3. Remove social media alerts from your phone, or remove the apps completely. Set a reminder to check social media twice a day.
  4. Limit multi-tasking. Make a to-do list and focus on doing a few items a day really well, instead of marking off as many as possible without 100% attention.
  5. Set hours for your workday. If you have clients, set boundaries for contacting you.
  6. Set up a content schedule so you can quickly mark off what you need to do for each post, such as:
    1. Outline post
    2. write post
    3. add photos
    4. add alt text to photos
    5. optimize post for search engines
    6. add internal links to related posts
    7. add a click to tweet
    8. schedule post
    9. create and schedule post for Facebook, three tweets,
    10. add to Pinterest
    11. set up and schedule email newsletter
    12. submit to stumbleupon
    13. respond to comments
  7. Overwhelmed just looking at that list? Get help when you can. Offer an internship, ask for guest posts, hire a VA or have a family member help.
  8. Keep a list of guest posts you’ve done and guest posts you’d like to do.
  9. Keep a list of affiliates/brands you work with and how much you’re making. Every few months reconsider which ones are worth your time and effort.
  10. Evaluate your blog every few months in general. What’s working? What’s not working? What’s cluttering up your design and distracting from your content?

What keeps you healthy, organized and inspired when it comes to blogging? Share your tips in the comments!

*This post originally appeared as a guest post here on Cotter Crunch.

Chasing Dreams Interview Series

Chasing Dreams Interview with Kristl Yuen, Founder of Kwai Fah Acupuncture Clinic

May 11, 2015
kristl yuen interview

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 Kristl Yuen, a fellow member of the Female Entrepreneur Association. Not only does Kristl run a successful acupuncture clinic, but she also works with other business owners to reduce debt and reach their financial goals.

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

Believe it or not, I’ve wanted to be an acupuncturist since I was 7, after I received treatment for the first time. I’d struggled with respiratory issues and frequent colds as a child and acupuncture and herbal medicine were the only things that helped. I wanted to help people feel better the way that it had helped me feel better.

What are the biggest struggles you’ve faced while trying to achieve your dreams?

Practically, the biggest struggle is that we didn’t get great business training in school, so there’s been a huge learning curve there. Emotionally, I’ve had to learn not to compare myself to others and not to worry about their opinion of me, of what I’m doing, or of how I’m running my business.

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Resources

Sunday Link Love: Internal Motivation + Creating a Physical Product {May v2}

May 10, 2015
Sunday Link Love: Health, Nutrition + Blogging
Health, Fitness + Lifestyle

Finding Your Internal Motivation

Journal Prompts: Tell Your Story

4 Tips to Help You Choose When You Have a Lot of Passions

Your words + wisdom are powerful. Use Them.

We Are All the Same, So There’s No Reason to Hide

Why I like my unsettled life and have no hope of finding balance

Shut Down the Negative Voice on Your Next Run

 

Food + Nutrition

Mexican Rice Recipe
I’m pretty sure I save every recipe for Mexican food I come across. Yummm.

Double chocolate greek yogurt muffins

Healthy No Bake Triple Peanut Butter Bars

Breakfast Nachos

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Inspiration

Friday Inspiration: What Matters in Life

May 8, 2015
what matters in life quote

“What matters is the value we’ve created in life, the people we’ve made happy and how much we’ve grown as people.” -Daisaku Ikeda

Sometimes we all need a little reminder, ya know?