Making the decision to travel full-time as a family was probably the most exciting (and life changing) decision we’ve made since deciding to start having babies. We packed up our house, put everything we owned inside a storage shed and took our three kiddos to explore the world. But before we got on that first flight bound for London, there were some logistics that were really hard to wrap my head around. Probably the biggest being, how I was going to condense my big office (that I absolutely adore) to fitting inside a backpack. I can’t even tell you how much time was spent trying to figure out how this was ever going to work. I searched on the girl boss’s version of Google (Pinterest of course) but with no help. That’s why I wanted to blog about this, maybe someone else out there is trying to figure out how to become truly virtual too. My plan was to work while we traveled, so I needed all of my essentials. It’s funny because I had always thought of myself as “virtual” since I do work from home but I quickly realized that I only seemed to know how to work from my big pink chair. I needed to learn a whole new skill. I needed to learn how to work from anywhere in the world. From London to Hong Kong, Tokyo to Bali… All places we’ve been in the past year. I had no idea how this was going to work! So the challenge was to fit my office into a backpack. I needed to get down to the absolute necessities. I’ll admit there were some moments where trying to convince myself that gold staples and pretty Kate Spade trinket dishes were not crucial, it wasn’t easy! What can I say, I’ve always been a sucker for the details. Knowing this change was coming, I worked my way down from dual monitors to one monitor to finally a laptop. I purchased a portable storage drive from Costco and got everything that I was going to need, stored on the drive with a backup in the cloud and a backup in Dropbox. It was important to have a portable hard drive that did not rely on internet connection to get what I needed because I knew there were times I might have zero access for days. Today I thought it would be fun to show you what made the list, and after months of traveling what has become my absolute must-haves. This is it! This is my must have list. The only thing not pictured is a universal adapter for my laptop charger by Twelve South. I got mine from The Apple Store and love it because it gives me one extra USB port, and let me tell you – that extra port becomes incredibly valuable when you have as many devices as we do and you’re looking at an outlet that is not a match to all your charging prongs. I also knew I would need a mouse! Most wouldn’t need it but I’m special (and not in a good way in this instance). Even after months of working on my laptop now, I’m still slow with the trackpad. With a mouse comes the need for a pad, so my weekly schedule notepad doubles as a mousepad. So in the backpack, I have one medium size zipper pouch that holds my portable hard drive, mouse, small notebooks, pens, earbuds, and thumb drive. Then I have a larger journal for sketching out ideas and thoughts, my schedule pad that does double duty as a mousepad, and a little coin purse for money, transportation cards, and Starbucks gift cards (my typical workplace when I need a quite space. Well, quieter than being surrounded by the family in our latest AirBnB. And then, of course, I have my cell phone. We are now back in the US after traveling for almost eight months out of the country. And while I am excited to have my office back someday, I never want to loose this availably to truly be virtual.
Happy March friends! How is it already March… I feel like the physics of time (is that physics) doesn’t seem to be playing fair lately? Am I the only one? Whether you’re feeling amazing about how this years goals are going or you hit a slump on January two… We are ready to help you slay it with this month’s desktop organizer! And here’s a quick video setup tutorial to help you make the most of your desktop organizer!
The beginning of a business is a lot like the beginnings of new love. You can’t spend enough time together, being a part feels like agony, and all that you see is… possibility. It’s a wonderful phase. I loved that phase. It comes with some hazards, though. Friends and family feel neglected, past priorities can be forgotten, and sleep is a necessity for other people, but not you. But then one day it all catches up. You miss your friends, you miss sleep, and you begin to reminisce over past interests you no longer have time for. It is in this moment that you choose to either, slowly burnout or continue to burn-on. Only this time, if you choose the latter, you make a silent promise to do so a little more responsibly. For years I hustled. I forwent sleep, showers, snuggles with my husband, playing with my kids. All in the name of hustle. Too much, I forwent way too much. I have learned that hustling is often misunderstood. Just because Instagram says “this is what success looks like”, doesn’t actually mean the people posting have ever experienced real success. Hustling becomes hurtful when it is associated with never resting and never rebooting. This is a recipe for disaster. Disaster in marriages, friendships, parenthood, and even the one thing you’re devoting everything to. Because all of that guilt from all of those other areas of your life eventually channel into resentful, angry, and burnt-out feelings toward your business. I’d like to think I’m a bit of an expert on this. I did it all wrong in the early years, trusting the wrong sources for what success should look like. I thought success equaled busy, but I didn’t clarify for myself what busy meant. Now I define success as a sense of contentment. Not idleness, nor lack of passion, or curiosity, or disinterest in finding better. But rather, success is waking up and loving who and where you are, while simultaneously looking with eager anticipation toward what can still be. I’ve come to believe in the short-term hustle. (I can’t quite remember if I coined that name or heard it somewhere but it doesn’t matter). The short-term hustle is the need to go above and beyond for a limited amount of time that has a specified ending date. Launch time. Website Revamps. Branding Overhauls. Product Creation… These will all most likely need the short-term hustle, but the key is to set boundaries for your hustle-happenings. Boundaries that those you love can count on. Business is an adventure. Sometimes we get it right; sometimes we don’t. But that’s what I love about it. I make mistakes, but I also get to own them and that means I can grow in the aftermath. This gives me the freedom to own my bliss. This month, now that your annual goals have been set, I’d like to challenge you to go back through each goal and ask yourself WHY. Why do you want it? Once you’ve prioritized your goals, you’ll have the clarity of knowing that what you’re working toward… Will, in fact, give you more of what matters most to you. If you need some help building your growth map and getting the clarity you crave, check out our success mapping worksheets HERE!
This month’s set of free desktop organizers is ready for you! I’m excited about these designs, of course we had to encompass a little of the love we’re feeling this month! You’ll have 3 desktop screensaver and if you need help with training on how to use them, you’ll find that in your download email too! Remember, we create new designs every month along with offering tips, tricks, and strategies for growing your business. My goal is to help you stay inspired and empowered as you build your own business bliss.
It’s been a while since I’ve shared a Friday Favorite but I’m excited to show you my current round up. Favorite Space If you want way more Pinterest worthy office inspiration, check out the full home office reveal of Hello Love Events here. Favorite Quote The quote I’m holding onto right now… Favorite Eats Bacon wrapped…. Let’s just be clear – anything wrapped in bacon is my favorite. If you need a simple but show stopping appetizer – I’m telling you, bacon wrapped dates should be your go to! I like to fill mine with parmesan because I love that salty factor inside and out. Here’s a recipe from OnlyBestCooking you can try for your next shindig. Favorite Accent I am absolutly loving marble these days! The classic white and grey accented with just about anything, just feels right! Favorite Space We are getting ready to head to the snow and this gorgeous home get’s me so excited. We are going to be skiing, iceskating, tubing and driving a lot of cocoa. I can’t wait!
We as women are hard enough on ourselves, without any help from anyone else. I’m pretty sure on a personal level we can all agree on that. And yet, we forget to extend this truth for others. Every day I struggle with my own feelings of ‘not enough’. Every. Single. Day. In one form or another, they come. Any yet, I stand tall (well I try to, I’m a bit of a sloucher) and I put on a big smile (I’m good at that one) but the truth is, sometimes inside I feel really small. Yesterday was a particularly fragile day. Just a whole lot of things weighing on me at the same time. I couldn’t seem to find how to turn the faucet in my eyes off. I didn’t want anyone to see me cry, so I looked at my hubby who knew instantly and asked him to help me find an escape route. We walked out a side door from church and he took me to the closest place, his parent’s house. Everyone else was at church still, I walked straight upstairs kicked off my pumps and climbed right into the perfectly made guest bed and then tried to protect my MIL’s beautiful white sheets from my mascara that seemed to be leaking all over the pillow. He brought me up tea (cause he’s that amazing) and listened to my sobs because there were just to many little cracks in that moment and I just couldn’t seem to hold it together any longer.
And normally I wouldn’t tell you that, it’s just not my style. I’m happy to be vulnerable but I don’t like the attention of ‘poor you’. If that makes any sense to anyone but me, thank you!! But today I’m sharing, because we all have fragile moments. That’s real life. And maybe sharing mine will help you realize it’s okay to have yours (and let me know I’m in good company!) The thing is, I was back at church that night carpooling girls and no one would have known about earlier. Except maybe the evidence of slightly puffy eyes and vanishing mascara. My point is, I hid it. And most people are hiding what they are going through because we can’t all walk around with badges that admit the wounds were nursing on the inside. We have to STOP looking at each other with judgment (may that be because you think they have it all together or because you think she has none of it together). We need each other. We need to be lifted and encouraged, we need to be smiled at and hugged. We are all fragile. There will be moments when we are each carrying burdens that others can’t see. What could we heal if we treated everyone like they deserved compassion before contempt? Today my message is this, if you are feeling fragile… Hold on! Keep trying, keep loving, keep smiling, and keep trusting. You are enough, you can do this!
Welcome to 2017! I’m going to be honest, 2017 makes me nervous. I don’t know what 2017 has in store. As in, I have no idea. I’m pretty sure as a strategist/mentor/whatever I’m not supposed to admit that. Some might say I should act like I have everything together, and all planned out, that I know exactly where I’m headed. I’ve always believed that being honest and vulnerable is the better choice. The thing is, typically I do have it “mostly together”, and that makes this feel even stranger. Because I honestly have no idea what comes next. We have spent the last seven months traveling the world, and the truth is, I don’t want to be done. I want to go back out; I want to be surrounded by people, places, and cultures I’ve never experienced. I want to have my only focus be my little family, my laptop and trying to figure out where we are going next. But, it was time to come home. So here we are. Home. And I have no idea what happens now. 2017 is truly a blank page for us, so blank that I can’t even see the faint outline of what this picture is going to be. And while that is scary, I can also choose to see it as exciting. Some moments make that easier than others. But, it’s a choice. I choose to be excited, or I choose to be scared… Sometimes I’m exSCAREted. Maybe 2016 fell short for you. Maybe it was so wonderful you can’t even imagine how this year can compete. Maybe you fall somewhere in between. No matter what emotions you’re meeting 2017 with, we can all make the decision to trust. Trust that this year will develop just as it’s supposed to. Trust that you, yes you, are meant to leave an impression. Trust that life will unfold in direct proportion to your courage. I don’t know what 2017 is going to bring… But I’m choosing to trust. I am trusting that not only is there a plan for me (and for you) but that it will be made known as we’re willing to look for it. This is why my 2017 word is TRUST.