I LOVE learning! My education, training and best mentors have been found in the pages of books. There are so many amazing must-read books out there and I’d love to start sharing some of my favorites with you, one month at a time. So what do you say? Do you want to join me? Each month, I’ll unveil our Girl Boss Book of the Month, (you can see last month’s book here) you can then go pick yours up at the library, through Audible or Amazon and get your inspire on! FROM AMAZON: “In his powerful new book, bestselling author and world-renowned executive coach Marshall Goldsmith examines the environmental and psychological triggers that can derail us at work and in life. Do you ever find that you are not the patient, compassionate problem solver you believe yourself to be? Are you surprised at how irritated or flustered the normally unflappable you becomes in the presence of a specific colleague at work? Have you ever felt your temper accelerate from zero to sixty when another driver cuts you off in traffic? As Marshall Goldsmith points out, our reactions don’t occur in a vacuum. They are usually the result of unappreciated triggers in our environment—the people and situations that lure us into behaving in a manner diametrically opposed to the colleague, partner, parent, or friend we imagine ourselves to be. These triggers are constant and relentless and omnipresent. The smell of bacon wafts up from the kitchen, and we forget our doctor’s advice on lowering our cholesterol. Our phone chirps, and we glance instinctively at the glaring screen instead of looking into the eyes of the person we are with. So often the environment seems to be outside our control. Even if that is true, as Goldsmith points out, we have a choice in how we respond.” Sound familiar? Let’s get this started! About the Girl Boss Book of the Month: I have read so many amazing books that have truly inspired me, and I want to share them with YOU! Here’s how it works. At the end of every month, I will post the book that I will be reading for the next month. At the end of the month, I will post on Facebook my thoughts on the book. I hope you will post your thoughts and comments as well. My goal is to have this be an awesome opportunity to build connections, grow as thoughtful creatives and get inspired to dream and do bigger and better things. I can’t wait to get started! Are you in?
I am over-the-moon excited to be sharing my brand new Success Mapping Worksheets with you AND at an amazing intro price to boot! 2016 is here and it is time to take charge! Have you set big goals for your business this year? Yes? Awesome! Now the big question…do you know how your going to turn those big goals into reality OR if they are even the right goals for you? No? Keep on reading… I am so excited to introduce my new Success Mapping Worksheets. They come to you as an Instant Download PDF designed to help you stratgeically map out your year looking at three key elements – growth, clarity, and profit. 11 worksheets are included to help you:
- think about the “why” behind business decisions for the year
- look at your lifestyle, financial, and relationship goals
- develop a 12 month map to grow your profits and to grow as a person
- definitively lay out strategies and systems to take your business to the next level
- create a plan to grow your web presence
- assess and analyze your profits
- seek out new or untapped revenue potential
I am thrilled to have been invited to be part of a 5 Day FREE Periscope Live Event with some amazing women who mean business! Starting on January 11th, we’ll be sharing some of our best strategies on work/life balance, planning & organization, marketing, pricing, and finding creativity for FIVE days in a row. I’ll be kicking this all off!
We love our followers tons, and we want to help you start 2016 off right. This event is 100% free. Here’s how to participate:
1. Download the Periscope app (on your phone) and make sure you leave your notifications on Follow all of the presenters: @LeahRemillet, @inkwellpress, @emilypotts, @KristinCKaplan & @AmberHousley
3. Mark your calendar for the dates and times. (Don’t worry if you can’t tune in right at the start of each broadcast! Each presentation will be available for 24 hours after it starts, so you’ve got a bit of time to get all the info!)
That’s it! We’ve got a full week packed of helpful nuggets to keep your 2016 momentum strong! Can’t wait to see you there!
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December is a crazy month for all of us. For me, I seem to always get hung up between reminiscing over the previous year (and if I’m being totally honest – picking at myself for what I should have done better) and getting excited over the new year, the new start, and the new adventures that await. But I have to be careful that I don’t get so wrapped up in all of that and forget to enjoy where I am right now. I took the last 2 weeks of December off and just used them to enjoy what matters most… my family. I have to admit that I loved every moment of it! It’s funny because in the early years, it would have killed me to be away from my work for so long (I craved it), but the infatuation stage of my #girlboss ways has passed and now, almost 8 years later, we are in the enduring love stage – or something like that. 😉 We went skiing, watched movies, made treats, sang carols, read Harry Potter as a family, and prepped to host our first adults only Black Tie New Years Eve party. We celebrated our oldest’s birthday, played games, ate junk food, and spent time with cousins and family. We had Ugly Sweater Parties, fancy parties, and lots and lots of hot chocolate. December was a great month because family was at it’s center… I want more of that every month. It may not be realistic to not work 2 weeks out of each month, but I definitely see carving out more time to just be us. And that’s my Instagram Roundup for December! If you’re not already… Click HERE to follow me on Instagram!
This year Taylor got the idea that he really wanted to host a New Year’s Eve Party, but not just any NYE shindig. He wanted Black Tie, disco balls, and a champagne fountain (only in our case sparkling cider). Now that the final countdown is on to bring our party to fruition, I thought it would be fun to share how I’m building our party plan and the round up of inspiration I’ve found thanks to Pinterest (my NYE Planning board). Happy New Year Garland (I found at Marshalls) / New Years Party Blower (I found at Marshalls) / Tinsel Swizzle Sticks / Gold Glitter Top Hat / Confetti Pinwheel Decoration (I found mine at Home Goods and TJ Maxx) / Gold Dipped Feathers / DIY Confetti Poppers / Tinsel Swizzle Sticks / Virgin Mint Mojito Here’s what I have planned: Food: What we get to eat is always my favorite part, and the one thing that I give the most attention to. If your guests eat well, I believe they’ll remember the night well! I know I do! We are doing appetizers and desserts. Guests will be bringing delights based on the first letter of their last name. To be sure we have plenty of foods, I will also be making a half dozen or so appetizers and a chocolate fountain station. Drinks… Being LDS we choose not to drink alcohol, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still enjoy clinking glasses and bubbly fun. That’s why I’ll be converting my gold snack cart into our mocktail station with everything one needs to make Virgin Mint Mojitos (quick recipe here), Cranberry Cuties, and Dirty Dr. Peppers. Entertainment: One of the hardest things about New Years is that it’s a l-o-n-g party, and you want to make sure guests stay entertained. We have a few ideas up our sleeve for this. The first is that as each guest comes in, they’ll be given a new identity for our murder mystery (I purchased a pre-designed game from Alleyeson Lou on Etsy). I’ll let you know how it goes after the party. Next, we will have surprise challenges and activities inside of balloons. Each hour a new balloon will be popped to reveal the challenge like a dance off, everything goes to black light while glow in the dark sticks are offered out, and match up the New Year’s Eve resolution to the guest. Finally, we are clearing out all of the furniture in our family room to make it our dance floor. Free Printable I’m using: Sparkler Party Favor Backers from Best Day Ever Memorable Moments Cards by Alice and Lois For links to all of these amazing DIY just got to my NYE Pinterest Board. I can’t wait to show you the final result of our own New Years Party come to life soon! Until then… Happy New Year!! I hope you’ll allow this year to bring you more joy, more laughter, and more fulfillment than you can currently imagine.
I’ll be the first to admit it…I am not naturally tidy! But I so love having a clean house. This is sort of the equivalent of fire and ice. The fire kicks in and the house get cleans, but inevitably the ice returns, and there’s a puddle on the floor that needs mopping. That’s why I am so excited to have Becky of Clean Mama as today’s guest! I don’t know how it happens…it can be spotless when I go to bed, and by the time I get the kids off to school, it looks like tornado barreled through. It’s funny how some seem to be born with (or grew into) the clean gene (you know the type) and some of us…well, we just didn’t. But what about those of us who have the desire but not the inclination. We want clean and tidy but seem to create chaos and mess. Now because I love the appearance of clean, I can make it look really clean and good. If company is coming, it’s going to look perfect…just don’t step into the laundry room (which you probably won’t cause you’re not going to be able to get the door open), and don’t – under any circumstance – open the coat closet. But here’s, the thing… somehow I feel like I’m a fraud with my secret compartments of madness. I want to walk into every room and not get discouraged when I flip on the light. That’s why I am so excited to have Becky of Clean Mama as my BossBabe Guest today. Clean Mama herself is sharing simple and easy to implement tips on how to keep your house ready for surprise guests…and coming into Christmas week, we could all use that! Wasn’t that a fantastic interview? I am so grateful for our many different talents! What’s easy for one (cleaning for Becky) can be a huge pain point for others (oh. hello, that’s totally me!), and yet we can all come together… Learn from each other and grow! As promised, Becky has shared one of her amazing worksheets with us – you can get the free printable below! The Weekly Cleaning Worksheet comes from her Everyday Cleaning Planner that you can purchase here. Spoiler Alert!!! I am so proud of and inspired by my friend, Becky, who is about to debut her own Clean Mama cleaning line! I can’t wait to check it out! Make sure you’re on her list and following, so you can see all her new items. And seriously…for all my Girl Boss Babes, she is one entrepreneur you want to make sure you are watching!
I’ve been so inspired by all the holiday home tours! Today I’m really excited to share my own little holiday tour, so I’m going to share my office with you. I hope you enjoy!! From the day I hung my faux deer, I imagined just how festive he would look for Christmas. Now I’ll admit that these were not the exact felt balls that I wanted, but since I waited to long to order the ones I did want, these will have to do until next year. I update the snacks in the cart often… if I’m being honest – it’s mostly cause I eat them to much! But for Christmas, it was extra fun to switch out the straws and napkins and fill my candy bowl with Lindt Peppermint Chocolates. The shelves got a little touch of fun by replacing my cake stand finds with a little winter wonderland vignette. The desk instantly looked more festive with my my sweet friend Val’s (of Lily&Val) Free Desktop Wallpaper (you can get it HERE). I also changed out my revolving print…this one changes every season (sometimes more), but for now it’s a pink Santa Claus! And of course, I love sending snail mail, so I have to have some festive stationary for the season! The hot chocolate! I am obsessed with cocoa. Being someone who doesn’t drink coffee, I have to find other things to fill my mugs and honestly… what could be better than hot chocolate? Oh wait! I know! It’s hot chocolate with peppermint in my favorite Anthro Mug and an Anthro mini gingerbread house to boot! I hope you’ve enjoyed my little office holiday tour (to see my full regular office click here)! As always, if you have any questions about anything you see, just leave a comment and I’ll let you know! xoxo!