Chasing Dreams Interview Series

Chasing Dreams Interview with Dana + Bridget, Founders of Crop Tops & Kale

April 20, 2016
Minimalist Approach to Wellness

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 Dana Barron and Bridget Shannon, founders of Crop Tops & Kale. CT&K helps women enhance their wellness, beauty and style in a simple, minimalist way. Their message and work are completely in-line with my values, and we hit it off right away during our first meeting.

Plus, both Bridget and Dana are graduates of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and Bridget was previously the social media director for IIN. I just love how they approach wellness and life in general from a minimalist, approachable perspective.

I had chills while reading this interview because you can feel the passion and dedication they have to their vision. They’re both so honest about the fear and excitement of starting a blog and business that I promise you’ll come away feeling inspired for your own path.

Let’s dig in! (and stay tuned, because you’ll be hearing from them again on my blog in the future.) Continue Reading…

Health + Wellness

4 Benefits of Simplifying Your Life

March 30, 2016
Simplifying Life

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ve probably noticed my attempts at simplifying my life (such as here, here, and here).

For me it’s been an ongoing task that requires frequent reminders and resets. But that’s okay! That’s life.

I’ve been thinking about it a lot again (maybe that urge to spring clean?). Not only in regards to physical objects, but also in regards to my business and obligations, as Jennifer mentions in number two below. Danielle Dowling recently asked, “Of everything on your to-do list, what could you live without?” that really made me stop and think.

So I’m excited to have Jennifer Scott from Spirit Finder on the blog today reminding us of the invaluable benefits of simplifying your life, plus plenty of tips to help us get there.

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Many people tout the benefits of simplifying your life. On the surface, living a minimalist lifestyle may not sound appealing to everyone. But the many benefits to be gained from simplifying your life might just change your mind.

1 | Simplify Your Life to Save Money

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Health + Wellness

How to Fit Exercise into Your Crazy-Busy Schedule

March 23, 2016
Fit Exercise Into Busy Schedule

Running my own business often requires me to make tough choices about which tasks get the highest priority. Unfortunately, this often results in my health and fitness getting bumped further and further down the list when something urgent rolls in. (and everything business-related feels URGENT, right?)

Being active and fit is not only great for your mental health, happiness, and overall well-being, but in turn benefits your business. This is why I’m so pleased to have Jennifer McGregor on the blog today.

She’s sharing 5 tips for busy entrepreneurs like you and me to manage our time and fit great workouts in on a regular basis. #4 is the tip that’s helped me the most. At the beginning of each week I try to schedule in which CrossFit classes I’ll attend.

Please welcome Jennifer and read on for her super helpful tips.

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Every woman wants to be healthy and fit, but finding the time to work out every day is easier said than done when you’re a busy, working professional. It’s a gripe shared by many working women these days who recognize the value of exercise in their daily routines yet can’t seem to squeeze out a precious extra hour or two each day. We can’t put more hours in a day, but we can find creative ways to burn some calories and fit in a workout despite a busy schedule.

Here are 5 exercise tips for the busy, working woman: Continue Reading…

Inspiration

Friday Inspiration: 14 Quotes to Celebrate Women’s History Month

March 18, 2016
Quotes for Women's History Month

Wow, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve done a Friday Inspiration post. Six months to the day, actually.

My Instagram account kind of took over for that content, but Women’s History Month seemed like a great reason to share my favorite quotes either by inspirational women or about inspiration for women.

(Confession….it was also a great excuse for me to play around designing the images in Canva.)

14 Quotes to Celebrate Women’s History Month

1 | Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher.” -Oprah Winfrey

"People Who Will Lift You Higher" Oprah Quote

 

2 | “Everything is Figureoutable.” -Marie Forleo Continue Reading…

Resources

Sunday Link Love: Small Victories, Calorie Counting & Blog Titles

March 13, 2016
Sunday Link Love
Health, Fitness + Lifestyle

Why You Should Celebrate Small Victories 

Binge Eating Disorder Facts <–The most common eating disorder in America. Good facts to know.

 

Food + Nutrition

5 Unknown Facts About Counting Calories <–Great post. I don’t believe in counting calories long term.

Carrot Cake Quinoa Flakes

Roasted Potatoes with Maple-Mustard Sauce <– Guys…I have a confession. I eat roasted potatoes like 4 times a week. I can’t stop.

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Business

8 Often Forgotten Small Business Tax Write-Offs

March 10, 2016
Often Forgotten Small Business Tax Write Offs

I’m not going to lie…dealing with taxes and the legal aspect of running a small business can be a nightmare.

Back in October I registered as an LLC, and elected to be classified as an S-Corp, and I’m still trying to figure it all out. Trying to deal with all of that while working with clients, blogging, redesigning my website and everything else that goes into running a business has my head spinning a little.

And now it’s tax time.

I feel like I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on tax write-offs over the past 4 years that I’ve run my business, but I learn new things every year.

As an entrepreneur or small business, you know that taxes can be pretty harsh. Make sure you’re taking advantage of everything you’re able to.

8 Often Forgotten Small Business or Entrepreneur Tax Write-Offs:

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Resources

Sunday Link Love: Yoga Directory, Vit D & Tax Tips

March 6, 2016
Sunday Link Love
Health, Fitness + Lifestyle

 

Food + Nutrition

The Best Sources For Vitamin D (That Aren’t Sun)

Green Smoothie Pancakes

15 HEALTHY Smoothie Bowls

Wild Blueberry Cacao Smoothie Bowl

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SEO

SEO Basics: 7 Steps to Optimize Images on Your Website

March 2, 2016
optimize images for SEO

You know it’s important to include images on your website, but did you know they can actually hurt you if not prepared correctly?

There are a few simple things you should do before you even upload your image. And a few things you can do once it’s uploaded.

Not only will these actions help with SEO, but they also help you organize your images in your media library and help with visitor retention.

Visitors will only stick around for about 3 seconds on a desktop and 5 seconds on mobile waiting for your page to load before they go elsewhere.

So, page load speed is an important ranking factor for Google and important for user experience.

Word of caution: You don’t need to delete all of your old images and start over. If you do this, you risk ending up with a lot of broken links directing to your site, especially if you have a presence on social media channels.

 

7 Steps to Optimize Images on Your Website

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