How to Get Things Done When You Spend Your Whole Day in Meetings

How to Get Things Done When You Spend Your Whole Day in Meetings

Do you find yourself running from one meeting to another and all of a sudden it’s the end of the day and you haven’t gotten anything done? And worse yet – you need to work extra hours to get that work done. Sometimes – okay maybe a lot – it feels like meetings take over our lives.

Sometimes there’s hope and you see 30 minute increments of open time throughout your day. You have every intention of being productive, but it’s hard to really dig into a project in such small amounts of time. Even if you’re lucky enough to get an hour in between, that time flies by. Those breaks in between are great for answering emails, making quick phone calls, or you know….going to the bathroom or eating your lunch. But at the end of the day you always find that you didn’t get too far on your bigger projects or that you didn’t have a chance to really dive into strategic things.

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Working Remote from the Hyatt Regency Chicago

Working Remote from the Hyatt Regency Chicago

In August I tweeted in all caps about The Scene Aesthetic going on tour. This was their first tour in SO LONG! The Scene Aesthetic was one of those bands in high school that I loved. So when I saw their tweet about going on tour, I knew I needed to go.

Their closest show was in Chicago (3+ hours away). On a Monday. 😫 My friend Emily and I decided we couldn’t miss the show, and so we decided that we were going to hang out in Chicago for a few days. We’re both really lucky to have jobs with flexible work schedules and the ability to work wherever we want or need to.

Fast forward to November, and we’re taking the train into the city! I was able to score an awesome deal on our hotel through work (woo!), so we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

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More Comfortable and Affordable Periods – The Diva Cup Review

More Comfortable and Affordable Periods – The Diva Cup Review

A few years ago my best friend, Shannon, told me about a tampon alternative called a Diva Cup. She explained that it was a reusable cup that you empty, clean, and use throughout your period. To be completely honest I was like, ‘Uh no thank you byyyyeee.‘ The thought of getting all up into my cooter and then dealing with the contents of the cup grossed me out. But the thought of having a reusable, cheap option kind of hung out in the back of my mind.

And then I feel like I didn’t hear a whole lot about them until the last couple of months or so. Back in March one of my favorite Instagram ladies shared a post about her Lunette Cup – another menstrual cup option on the market. I trust Jera, and I can get behind anything she trusts too. Not that I don’t trust Shannon! Oh I trust Shannon with my life, but Jera served more as a reminder that these cups were out there.

So I started to do some research – mostly on Instagram – to figure out some more information. Diva Cup and Lunette Cup’s websites have a ton of information, but I love hearing from real women using these products. I decided I was going to give it a try, and I texted Shannon full of excitement when I bought my Diva Cup! Continue reading “More Comfortable and Affordable Periods – The Diva Cup Review”

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How to Conduct a Digital Detox

How to Conduct a Digital Detox

Cleaning out your closets, emptying your cupboards, and tossin’ out half of your stash of whatever you collect is super detoxifying and freeing. Hell, maybe you made a few bucks off of it too. Guess what – there’s so much more you can do to de-clutter your life. We spend so much of our time on our phones, in front of computer screens, and watching Netflix. There’s gotta be some digital clutter to get rid of – I promise you there is. I started cleaning out the extra digital pieces of my life, and honestly just instantly felt better. There are things that I didn’t even know made me feel anxious until I started getting rid of them. Continue reading “How to Conduct a Digital Detox”

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5 Work from Home Tips When You Are First Starting Your New Schedule

5 Work from Home Tips When You Are First Starting Your New Schedule

Do you ever wake up in the morning and wish that you could just skip the shower, forgo the makeup, and go to work in your PJ’s? I sure do. The good news is that I get to do that twice a week! πŸ˜‰

I’m super lucky in that I work for a company that lets us work from home twice a week after two years. I am coming up on my third year at E-Power Marketing, and I’ve been working from home for a year. It’s definitely been a great change of pace that’s made so many days less stressful and more relaxed. Of course there’s been some challenges, but that’s to be expected, ya? When I first started my work from home schedule, I reached out to my coworkers that work from home part time and the ones who work from home full time for some advice. They were super helpful and it made my little transition even easier! I love working from home, and when I first started I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t be as productive or my relationships with my coworkers would suffer, but they didn’t and I was still productive – if not more productive compared to when I’m in the office. Continue reading “5 Work from Home Tips When You Are First Starting Your New Schedule”

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My Plan to Make 2018 Just Peachy

My Plan to Make 2018 Just Peachy

The holidays are winding down. We are all recovering from a month-long sugar high. Now it’s time to get back to a regular work and life schedule, right? But I was so enjoying not doing a whole lot these last two weeks! πŸ˜‰

As I get my butt into gear for the new year and new month, I sat down and thought of some of my bigger goals for the year. If you remember from the past, I’ve talked about how I love to set goals for the New Year, but I also love setting daily, weekly, and monthly goals to keep me working towards those bigger year-long goals.

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My Mood Board for the New Year

My Mood Board for the New Year

The new year is always exciting. It’s time to start fresh, try new things, fix the things that need fixing, set new goals, etc. Sometimes, though, January 1 hits and you’re just like, “Uh, okay. Where’s this motivation and inspiration to make things happen!?” It doesn’t just snap into place for some of us.

Some years I am all about setting goals for the new year, but some years – like this one – I need a little extra dose of inspiration to help me get motivated to set goals. I heard about mood/inspiration boards before. Usually I see them being used to inspiration for a room in a house or a wedding, but I suppose they can be created for anything! I decided to put together a mood board for the new year, and it was so fun! Ready to see it? Continue reading “My Mood Board for the New Year”

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8 Inspiring and Entertaining Podcasts to Add to Your List for 2018

8 Inspiring and Entertaining Podcasts to Add to Your List for 2018

Books, music, audio books, Netflix, the radio. There are so many ways we consume things and get entertainment. Every day we’re finding new ways to be entertained and to learn things – we get bored easily. I get bored easily. Podcasts are a new one for me. I’ve been pretty into podcasts this year, and I’m not the only one. 42 million Americans listen to podcasts weekly.

I forgot what got me started on podcasts, but I’m so glad I started. It’s been entertaining, enlightening, educational, and inspiring. I listen to everything from reality TV and minimalism to entrepreneurship and marketing. It all depends on where I am, what I’m doing, and the mood I’m in. I love listening to new podcasts – even if it’s just one or two episodes. There are a few that I listen toΒ all the time. Some I’ve finished. Some I’mΒ almost finished with (there are so many episodes!!). Here are some of my favorites – in no particular order because honesty it changes by the day. I’d love to hear yours too. πŸ™‚ Continue reading “8 Inspiring and Entertaining Podcasts to Add to Your List for 2018”

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10 Songs to Make You Feel Like a Bad Ass In the Gym

10 Songs to Make You Feel Like a Bad Ass In the Gym

I don’t know about you, but I need some good music (and some good pre-workout) to get me through a session at the gym. When I forget my headphones, it’s seriously the worst.

Over the past several years I’ve created a go-to list of music, and it’s changed a lot. In fact, I have 49 playlists in Spotify because I have so many different moods, even different gym moods. I listen to all of them. Haha.

My recent go-to music is a pretty wide range of styles from rap and hip-hop to Disney and country, I have some bi-polar gym sessions. If you need a fresh set of tunes to get you through your HIIT session or through a heavy lifting set, try these out. Continue reading “10 Songs to Make You Feel Like a Bad Ass In the Gym”

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I Spent the Summer Doing Yoga, and This is What Happened

I Spent the Summer Doing Yoga, and This is What Happened

I’ve always dabbled around with yoga, but earlier this year I decided I would make yoga a part of my fitness routine. I was in such a slump (and some days I still am!), but yoga felt like a good fit. To me, a yogi is strong, courageous, and a little more in-tune with themselves. I wanted to be those things. Continue reading “I Spent the Summer Doing Yoga, and This is What Happened”

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