Inspiration

Friday Inspiration: Keep Choosing Joy

March 27, 2015
keep choosing joy quote

Happy Friday! Just a quick reminder today to keep choosing joy.

You need to actively choose happiness every day. Be grateful every day. The more you practice this, the easier and more automatic it will become.

 

image credit: I’m not sure of the original source. Please let me know if you do know!

Chasing Dreams Interview Series

Chasing Dreams Interview with Kyle Weiger, Co-Owner of Reflexion Yoga

March 25, 2015
chasing dreams interview kyle weiger

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 Kyle Weiger, co-owner of reflexionyoga.com. I came across this website from another healthy living blogger a few years ago and decided to sign up around Christmastime 2013. I’ve been hooked ever since! I contacted Kyle about an issue logging in and he was super helpful. We got to talking about digital marketing, and I just had to ask him to participate in this series. Find out what it’s been like for him and his partner to start an online yoga studio/subscription site. Continue Reading…

Resources

Sunday Link Love: #WineWednesday, Yoga Home Practice + Blogging Tips {March v4}

March 22, 2015
Sunday Link Love: Health, Nutrition + Blogging
Health, Fitness + Lifestyle

Yoga Home Practice Guide
Awesome, organized list of FREE online yoga classes. Bookmark it!

The Kitchen Tool That Has More Germs Than Your Toilet Bowl
Just something to think about…

3 Things You Need to Do Immediately After a Workout For Maximum Results
Why You Shouldn’t Wait For Others to Validate Your Decisions

The Business of Chronic Pain
I can definitely relate to this, and I’m sure others can too. I’ve talked about my tendinitis a few times on the blog.

5 Truths to Declare Over Yourself Every Day

Achieving A Healthy Balance & Stress Management

The Gift and The Curse of Passion

 

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SEO

SEO Basics: What is a Meta-Description? + How to Write One

March 18, 2015
meta descriptions

By popular demand, I’m breaking down the basics of search engine optimization in this series called SEO Basics. If you have any topics you’d like me to cover or any questions, let me know in the comments!

What is a Meta Description?
  • A meta description tells the reader of a search engine results page (SERP) what a particular page/link is about.
  • It’s the short block of text you see under a link in search results.
  • It’s typically about 150 characters long.
  • The search engine either pulls a string of text from the page that closely matches the user’s search terms, or will display what has been provided in the code of the page.
  • The meta-description is NOT used in ranking, but it’s your first touch-point with the reader. It’s what can entice someone to click on your link.
Where Your Meta Description is Displayed Continue Reading…
Resources

Sunday Link Love: The Busy Trap + Why Happiness is Embarrassing {March v3}

March 15, 2015
Sunday Link Love: Health, Nutrition + Blogging
Health, Fitness + Lifestyle

The inevitable panic that sets in when you let go of expectations. (And why it’s good.)

Manage energy, not time + 3 other tools for greater happiness now

Questions of Priority

25 Ways To Be More Active
Why Is Happiness Embarrassing
The Dark Side of Wearable Fitness Trackers
The Trap of Being “Busy”
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Chasing Dreams Interview Series

Chasing Dreams Interview with Lisa Jemus, Owner of Tarot Solutions

March 11, 2015
tarot solutions

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 Lisa Jemus, a fellow member of the Female Entrepreneur Association. Lisa runs an online business called Tarot Solutions, where she does tarot readings for entrepreneurs. I was immediately interested in such a unique business idea, so I wanted to share her story with you all! Continue Reading…

Reviews

February Reads: Business, YA Fiction + More

March 9, 2015
february reads

Well, somehow I read just as many books in February as I did in January. I’m not sure whether I should be embarrassed or grateful. I have some great ones to share, at least!

Nonfiction

Rework by Jason Fried + David Heinemeier Hansson

rework book coverBook Description:

“Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you’re looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf. Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you’ll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don’t need outside investors, and why you’re better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don’t need to be a workaholic. You don’t need to staff up. You don’t need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don’t even need an office. Those are all just excuses. 

What you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way. You’ll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counter-intuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.”

My Take:

Rework has been on my to-read list for so long, and I’m so glad I picked it up this month. It was a quick + inspiring read, confirming my general views on entrepreneurship. It reminded me a little of $100 Start-Up, in that it describes working efficiently, getting out of your own way, and scaling your business to your own comfort level.

Interesting Quotes:

“Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is home because she figured out a faster way”

“If circumstances change, your decisions can change. Decisions are temporary.”

“Working without a plan may seem scary. But blindly following a plan that has no relationship with reality is even scarier.”

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Resources

Sunday Link Love: Diet Coke + Twitter Chats {March v2}

March 8, 2015
Sunday Link Love: Health, Nutrition + Blogging
Health, Fitness + Lifestyle

Am I Doing This Right?

Forming Positive Relationships: Two Simple Strategies to Meet New People

‘Tis the Season for too Much Food: 14 Yoga Poses to Ease Digestion – See more at: http://yoganonymous.com/tis-the-season-for-too-much-food-14-yoga-poses-to-ease-digestion/#sthash.yn8QUDXF.dpuf
Healthy Holiday Articles – Helpful or Negative?
Food + Nutrition

New Research Offers 4 New Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating

Is Diet Coke Bad For You? What About Artificial Sweeteners?
Very interesting!

No-bake carrot cake energy bites

What Oils to Use When

Baked cinnamon sugar sweet potato tots

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