Sunday, April 15, 2018

How to cure the Entrepreneurial funk


As a busy millennial entrepreneur, being and staying productive can be quite a task in itself. With working full-time, going to college, running my online business, and building a house all at the same time, it can be tough. It can be extremely hard to come home, sit down at my laptop, and continue with the same pace of productivity.
It’s hard doing #allthethings, y’all.
I know you wear a lot of hats yourself. And let me guess, there are days you just can’t get out of the funk of being uninspired, tired, and just plain exhausted. These are the days when binging on Netflix sounds a whole lot better than working on hanging out in Facebook groups. 
I have been there and done that. I get it. Grab your favorite hot beverage, my friend. Take a moment to sit with me and chat about my top three ways of keeping productive and getting out of that miserable funk we know all too well. 

Remember why you started

My lack of productivity links directly with losing sight of my goals. I noticed when I forgot why I started on this journey, the urgency, the inspiration, and all the jazz just was not as present. If this is you, take the time today to go back down memory lane. Remember why you have chosen this journey. Take in the emotions and feelings and allow yourself to go through those memories all the way to the beginning.
There is always a reason.
I decided to become an entrepreneur because I was tired of the corporate life. I wanted to create a life of my own filled with things I love. Every day at work, I remind myself with my dream board. It’s a collage of photos I put together in Canva and printed off to hang at my desk. I remember my reason for starting on this journey and furthermore, I remind myself of my why. 
This could be in the form of a daily text message, the collage I described, or simply journaling each day that you are thankful for being on the journey towards what your heart seeks. Just remember to visit your reasoning and why every so often. It will guide you and make sure you stay on track. 

Set goals that get you pumped

This starts at the beginning of the year. The beginning of the month. The beginning of each and every single day. Start with the top three goals that you need to a). Accomplish for the day and b). Get you super pumped. What usually happens is I start off slow and sluggish, but after accomplishing my top three goals, I start to gain some momentum and get so pumped I cannot stop when it is time to go to bed. 
True story. 
If you are not overall pumped for your goals and what you want to accomplish, take a second look. See how you either make them more exciting or can realign your goals with what you are passionate about. Sometimes it just takes a quick tweak and you are set to rock n’ roll. 
However, it is not enough to simply make the goals. You need to set them, add a due date, and hold yourself accountable. Planners and homemade goal worksheets have always done the trick for me. 

Don’t force it

No matter what, you cannot force yourself to be more productive, more inspired, or more of anything. Follow where your path and know that it is in your best interest overall. 
If you feel like writing instead of creating graphics, write your heart away. 
Getting out of the funk depends on the actions you are taking to get yourself out of it. If you keep pushing yourself into things that do not align with your purpose, you will never get out of the funk. (Well, maybe eventually.)
As you are in these funks, remember to stay true to who you are. Remember why you started. Set goals that align with your purpose and that pump you up. Finally, do not force anything. Let it come to you and go with the flow. Your journey and sailing will go a lot smoother that way. I promise. 
By: Ashley DeLuca











Bio:
Ashley is a digital marketing and web strategist who empowers female millennial entrepreneurs by creating a web design and foolproof strategy in 30 days. She enjoys eating cheese and playing with her two basset hound puppies when she is not glued to her laptop. You can find her at blankslatemediaconsulting.com
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Back at it!

So this is the 15,742 time I've tried to write something since January 1st 2018. But this time I'm gonna write because I want to and I want to get you all caught up on my life lately and what's coming back to this blog. I talk about coming back a lot but seriously I want to make it a regular thing and have you guys enjoy what I have to share about my life and what I'm loving on this blog and life in general. I don't do enough sharing here. It's all very shallow and superficial- so let's get real.

WE'RE MOVING

Okay first of all, yes again. We moved to this house about a year and a half ago because we wanted a house and we wanted to be in a quiet neighborhood and have it all. But we didn't. That ended up with a bad roommate (again) and seriously regretted it. So now we are downsizing and decided to go back to an apartment that we were very comfortable in and have previous experience with new management. It's in town and closer to our needs and although we are buying out of our contract I think it will be a much happier environment. We have two days to finish packing and my heart is already at the new place. I'm over this environment and ready to create a bright new space.

YOUNIQUE

I have been so absent here I haven't really talked about my newest greatest passion besides this online space. I never loved makeup but lately (in the last few months) it's been a new refreshing hobby/hustrle and I'm enjoying it so much. Younique is completely woman centered and gives back much of the donations given to their own "Safe Haven Women's Retreat" for women who've been sexually abused as kids. It's a foundation near and dear to my own heart and I hope I can learn more in the coming months and write even more about it. If you'd like to get involved or donate go to www.youniquefoundation.org. I provide high quality makeup products for the every woman.I love going LIVE and seeing my friends and family supporting me, making people excited about what we offer or trying something new. I feel like it's where I'm meant to be. Building a team and making someone excited about the journey we are on together is the best feeling ever. (side note: Last night I watched a Younique sister *not my team, same company* hit a elite status and when she doubted she could do it, everyone banded together and supported her for an hour as she HIT HER GREEN STATUS. I was so moved I cried like a baby and wrote her a bunch of notes of love, encouragement and pride. I'm striving right now to hit my next promotion, I'm at 79% and I'll get a raise! I'm stoked to celebrate as soon as it happens so I'm aiming before 4/10! If you have any questions please reach out! I'd be happy to chat and help you fd what you need. I'm 100% honest about what I like, use and don't care for.
You can always shop my site at (www.youniqueproducts.com/prettylittleboutique)

DOTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS

Another huge natural change I'm making in my everyday life and home is essential oils. I started Doterra after trying a bunch of samples that I got after I took a free class from a friend of mine Hannah- who teaches how to use oils to improve your everyday life in every possible way thinkable! It was a 4 week (or about) class online with LIVE videos and I've learned so much! It was truly life changing and incredible. I had resorted to using essential oils when I felt my anxiety suddenly come back into my life with a vengeance. But since using oils on a regular basis I've found I'm much calmer and more relaxed and able to release those heavy feelings that bother me and wreck my days. I like to diffuse my emotional aromatherapy blends like passion, cheer and motivate! If you want more information please comment or contact me! I would love to share these amazing oils with you and get you started with a starter kit and give you 50$ in free products this month only! The new class 15 oils in 15 days starts on April 15th so please get in touch with me if you'd like a Facebook group invite to learn about oils and get a chance to begin using them and reaping the benefits and rewards! *If April fills up- you'll be placed into May*


And with that, I'm going to be done for now well because it's the night of the 2nd and I A) need to pack my computer and B) need to publish this already! I hope you tune and more and share alongside me and I hope that you are excited I'm back and renewed about blogging again! Wishing you all the best for the beginning of the month.... soon to come a review of "you are a badass" the book I chose for our Shield Sisters book club last month and all the amazing revelations I got from highlighting the whole thing!



Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 Goals

It's probably enough of this welcome to 2018 stuff but I cant believe that its really already this far into the new year and I feel like I just opened my eyes. I just got a grip and I'm already behind! Let's catch up and get going on these goals! I started yesterday with a water challenge and I'm doing pretty good so far. I didn't do good with tracking and keeping goals last year. Last year review was kinda in the Word of the Year for me so I won't touch that I was MIA, no excuses and I want to do better. Leave me a comment about your goals and intentions this year and how you've started! I just feel like there aren't enough hours in the day- does anyone relate?!
Without further ado, here ya go!

Home:

-Keep House Tidy
-Organize spaces
-Declutter room by room
-Keep surfaces clean
-just dust already*

Self Care

-Weekly basis for self care
-Chart self care in bullet journal 
-getting Bullet Journal layout done and using it
-Treat myself when I'm able to hair/nail treatmnets

Business

-Go LIVE everyday at least once  
-Post 3x daily to group, page and parties
-Grow my VIP beauty group (let me know if you would like to be added!)

Blog

-Grow blog and have "active" engagement (comments, shares etc)
-Grow socials/SHARE to socials for every publish
-Write 1-2x a week to 2-3x a week if possible 
-New freebie options
-Newsletter 1x weekly (coming tomorrow or perhaps this weekend) 

Self Care

Read one book a month 
Meditate daily (5-10 mins) 
-Morning routine coffee time, meditation, journal
Get dressed, brush teeth, makeup etc

Health

-Aim to drink 71oz of water per day
-get health insurance again (sean's work) 
-get annual checkup and dental appts
-yoga or some physical activity

Marriage

-Focus on quality evening time 
-Be nice, use kind words, slow down and listen 
-Help Sean when he needs it
-Take more pictures
-Find ways to communicate more effectively

Maybe you related to some of these, to be quite honest I've been working on nailing some of these down for years. So let's all just #CRUSH2018 okay? I'm taking today and planning away with my bullet journaling. 
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Word of the Year


Welcome to 2018! I hope your celebration into the new year was amazing! We didn’t do much but that was enjoyable for us. We had pizza and watched cartoons together since my husband has been working a lot lately. So I hope you’re ready to see some amazing content coming.
I took a long break in 2017 and I was really sad because I missed the writing and the community. So here I am back to my passion with writing and back with new things to talk about!

 Things I did in 2017 before I dive into my word of the year.
•switched to a new domain (this one)
•celebrated my 29th birthday
•celebrated seans 29th birthday
•Anniversary Trip to Disneyland
•took a break from blogging when I needed to
•Joined ITWORKS
•after 6 months- quit ITWORKS.
•Joined Younique
•worked on myself
•became more positive
•lost a few loved ones suddenly
•reorganized my home and online social spaces (posts coming soon!)
•new design-check it out!!!
•got rid of my old domain

So Word of the Year!
Renewal
It was harder to pick a word this year because my year was harder than in the past. It had ups and downs but more downs. So what does Renewal mean and why did I choose it?
Renewal means:
•Replacing, repair of something that is worn out or broken.
•an instance of resuming an activity or state after a state of interruption

I want to pour myself into this space and show you all the work I’ve done on myself over this past year. Most recently did some cleaning of my social media accounts which felt very healthy and I’ve been working on my positivity in daily life. It’s been harder and easier than I expected. Rejuvenation is another word that comes to mind or maybe I have a thing for R words lately. It’s all a process of emerging and beginning again. I always love the start point- not so much the continuing party the monotonous day to day is a lot harder to keep up. But alas I hope I can bring you something you value and relate to in some way.

What were some iconic or important things that happened to you this year? Did you choose a word of the year? Or for each month? I might do that as well. If so, what is it? Share it below and let me know what types of topics you’d like to see this year!


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Monday, September 4, 2017

September Goals and Intentions

HI everyone! Oh my- this month has been C-R-A-Z -Y already?!Every month I make Goals and Intentions for areas of my life that I intend to work on and keep striving towards to improve my well being and mindset. We have this linkup in hopes of everyone joining in.

GOALS: 

  1. I will keep up my morning routine.  
  2. I will continue to construct and rework my night routine to find something that works.  
  3. Blog 1-2x per week. 
  4. Slowing down considering for biz and behind scenes blog/va work. 
  5. Spend time on vacation creating memories and taking lots of pictures for blog post. 
  6. Restart my meditations and daily journaling
  7. 15-30 mins of daily personal development for my biz.(reading, listening, watching.)
  8. schedule TV time after chores and tasks are done for the day
  9. Number one daily goal: 6 list!
  10. Spend time intentionally with Sean/communication/love
  11. Get dogs and records up to date
  12. Begin Fantasy Football league with Jessica and some gals
  13. MEETUP FOR DISNEYLAND
  14. Catch up on enjoyable youtube vids

INTENTIONS:

  1.  Make blog a priority
  2.  Do daily 6 List 
  3. Self care routine/daily am/pm routine
  4. Create Office Hours for biz **
  5. Communication and quality time with Sean
  6. Stay on top of housework and important tasks

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August Bloggy Brunch



Hey everyone! I've been so busy in my own little world I almost forgot about this special link up! I didn't wanna leave you all hanging and I feel SO bad for abandoning this space but I'm still learning how best to balance and prioritize my life. I don't think I was able to get the last two up but aside from that, I have been apart of this since it began. I hope your month has gone well and I am focusing on my monthly goals.

This is a GREAT resource and I've bookmarked it for future use! It's a great post with so many helpful linkups through the week on any sort of category you could want. The easiest way to schedule out what I want to link up and when. I would love to find more things to share and how to grow overnight would be so amazing. If you have any personal favorite bloggers, websites or linkups that are tried and true- please drop them in the comments!


I find this post very useful as I do have some smaller bathrooms and kitchen spaces that I'd like to effectively decorate without clutter or being too messy/busy. I need some barstools for my breakfast bar and I also would love to have a few kitchen essentials on the counter but minimizing clutter and taking up less space. 



Sorry, this was such a short linky but I haven't read a whole lot lately or engaged much..


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Flannel Design Co. Etsy Shop: Review

One day after scrolling social media and watching through my biggest YouTube followers on snap chat I saw this company that creates their own prints and custom decals. I was so excited about how cute and funny they all were. So I thought "hey I've been a blogger for awhile... maybe they'd like some more promotion and I'm sure that people in my audience would like these things."Of course I just literally wanted to buy everything up but I resisted.
So I decided to reach out and say that I'd like to review their products! I was so surprised when she immediately got back to me with interest and was excited to send me a few things to share!

Flannel Design Co. Website

Etsy Shop

Facebook Page

From their website; they said:
"As
we traveled through the Pacific Northwest with our flannel shirts
trough the forests and to the coast, we imagined a shop where we could
see new things and create new ideas; a place where imagination combines
with inspiration. Henry Miller wrote, “one’s destination is
never
a place, but a new way of seeing things,” and this idea is what our
company was founded on. We take inspiration from the world around us and
create fun and imaginative designs for any and all events in one’s
life, from birth announcements to moving cards, to wedding designs.
Flannel Design Co. is your one stop shop for all your design needs, big
and small.  You create the idea, and we create the design. 
Like the material, Flannel Design Co. is versatile and you can count on our materials and design to hold up to any challenge."
I reached out to them on Instagram with a little note about how I'd seen them and thought their things were so cute. She said they had some new things coming out and if I was willing to review them. All I heard was HOLOGRAPHIC FOIL...Of course! New items are so exciting and I couldn't wait to share with you guys.

You are For Me print


Can't Touch This 
adventure awaits decal/the mountains are calling and I must go decal


I also got a "let's flamingle" decal, which was not shown on their shop but they do have this in a print or a tumbler

I have already starting decorating my place with these beautiful and one of a kind prints. They make me smile and I've never seen anything like them! Head on over to the Etsy shop and check out all their unique items.
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Monday, August 7, 2017

August Goals & Intentions


So I haven't published an official post on how things are going yet (that's what a bad blogger I've been) but I started this self-run biz with the help of ItWorks and I'm throwing all my energy into it. I am enjoying myself doing this and helping people. But I miss blogging so here I am to dedicate time to do both- give me some grace here, please. I appreciate any support or encouragement (or referrals) that you can send my way. I've been working really hard on time management and productivity as well. If you think this is an easy task for me it's not but I'm doing better each day and I start to be more effective in my daily routines and tasks.
Here are my goals and intentions I'd like to try to stick to this month:

AUGUST GOALS (various want to's, should do's but not must do's)

1. Blog consistently (starting now)
2. Keep house clean weekly (morning 15 min tidy) (nightly- dishes and Sunday laundry)
3. Read one PD book, Go for No (FINISH & review?)
4. Meditate Daily
5. Journaling Daily
6. Use Planner Daily/Weekly view
7. One-two bottles of water daily -no backups, iced tea emergency soda etc
8. Batch write/social schedule plan ahead
9. set a day aside to VA every week? (Sundays? new members weekly)
10. Get one to two DTs for work-earned a 100$ shopping spree and bonus in 30 days! It's possible!!

AUGUST INTENTIONS (more defined and narrowed down)

1. Work my biz DAILY for an hour-two per day at most

  • showcase the promos and how people need and can use each product
  • MY WHY! MONTHLY GOALS HUNG UP
  • relatable and real
  • message and ASK or the answer is always no
  • get on weekly calls/weekly online events/read up on products to get familiar

2. Blog Editorial Calendar and Brainstorm with Pam/Rae

  • mass brainstorm ideas and original thought provoking posts
  • editorial layout plan and social media schedule with Buffer/on paper/each network/groups etc.
  • batch write and batch design graphics
  • GET IMMEDIATE SPONSORED POSTS DONE (2) 

3. Virtual Assisting- stay consistent and ask for direction or what I can improve on

  • Sundays: new member day
  • Saturday/Sunday: V/A scheduler days- get links, check posts, podcasts, tailwind 5-7+ days out at least, scheduled to groups and pages

4. Stick to daily routine, healthy lifestyle and begin to incorporate exercise at home from youtube or on demand free

  • wake up at 8-9am on time, brush teeth, feed dogs, get coffee, make the bed, do AM meditation/affirmations, let dogs go potty, 15 min cleanup, first IW post (11 am).....
  • go to bed no later than midnight, (early shower/bath) get PJs on/PM meditation, brush teeth, put dogs in bed, read half hour (maybe), lay out clothes for following day. 

Well, this just about covers it! I'm sorry I've been gone for awhile, I hope you missed me though. What are your goals for this month? What habits are you working on improving or changing? Is there any way we can help each other? And if there is please shout out and tell me. I'm currently using "Forest" to pump out this blog post and well, heck I did it! Congrats to me! Thank you for hanging around and being patient! Stay tuned and I hope to share lots more soon. I have two sponsored posts to get to you.
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

BLOGGY BRUNCH #??

 Hey everyone ladies and gents! I know I've been missing and completely gone for a bit but I HOPE to be officially back. A lot has happened and also nothing has happened. I needed a break and just felt sorta unmotivated so I stepped back for a breather. I hope your June and July have been wonderful! :) I'm working on myself and my goals a bit more but I hope to grow this space and become more involved here again. This is a special place and I won't abandon it! So, I want to see what wonderful things you've all been up to lately, please follow us all and link up down below to join in.

 I decided to do a quick link mashup since I've been gone and didn't participate last month that I remember so here's a bunch of things I found that I love in the last week on the interwebs.







Well I hope you liked all these links I've been loving this week and recently, just these few really caught me eye and I wanted to share them! :) I will be making that marg soon I tell ya! I'll have more fun announcements coming in this week so stay tuned and follow me on social media if you aren't already! Happy Monday! 
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Friday, June 30, 2017

Things I Can't Live Without: On My Desk

Photo by Roman Bozhko on Unsplash

PANDA PLANNER

This year was the first time in a long time I reconsidered actually using a planner for growth and productivity. I looked and looked around and asked so many people their opinions on what planner is best. Until I found it! Panda Planner has been my savior, literally. I am not going days without writing in it. It has everything I need in it- monthly, weekly and daily undated so that I can fill it out and use as needed. My days and weeks go smoother when I really know what I'm doing and what I'm expecting of myself. I can also track just about anything with goals and daily habit tracker. I don't think I'll ever go back to any other planners.

FELT TIP PENS

Sometimes I like these to write in my planner to color code, to doodle or when I need to tell apart something I'm jotting down like an appointment alongside a post I'm thinking about. Colored felt tip pens seem to always come in handy in some way or another. Using color always seems to make me more productive.

BIC BLACK OR BLUE WRITING PENS

These simple pens... They are the bee's knees. Only pens I've ever used that don't skip or leak ink. I think they write well and I have a good handle on them as well. I can write as fast or slow as I want and my hand doesn't cramp or change. I can get them in packs and be good to lose them or not lose them and I don't mind because there are so many. I know they come in blue, black and red. Other Bic pens also in other colors.

PEN HOLDER- "PAPA'S MUG"

My pen holder is a mug of my papa's that I always saw (or used) growing up. It has a lot of memories attached to him and breakfast time.  It holds all my pens and markers and stamps. Every time I look at it it makes me smile and think of him. 

STAPLER

I had wanted this Nate Burkus stapler to snazz up my desk for awhile. I kept seeing it at Target and couldn't get past it. So I bought it! And I love when I use it all the time I can feel like I work in a real office. It works well and isn't cheaply made also it's shiny and nice sitting on my desk! 

NOTEBOOKS

I have a HUGE variety of notebooks! Spiral, bound, small, big, moleskin, graphic- so many to choose from. I've been going through them to distinguish what is what in them. But so far I have no luck, they are all a mush mosh of my thoughts, needs, wants and desires. I have a couple from high school that have collections of my writings and those are so special to me. 

SCREEN CLOTH

I have this one small screen technology cloth that's I always use. It's a microfiber cloth and it's great for my phone but I always will pick it up if I smudge my completed screen. It's soft and never scratches. I also love a good safe technology cleaning spray but I can't find mine right now. You can also safely wash these if they get dirty or spill something on them.

STYLIST

And no I don't mean a hair stylist. I mean a pointer pen. I've had a bunch of them- the funky little cheap ones that don't work and frustrate you. If you invest in a good one it will make your technology life much much easier. Sometimes my fingers on my phone don't work or I'm being lazy. I often use mine on social media to "write" messages or draw things. It makes my handwriting turn out a lot neater.

If you liked this post go check out the on I wrote on Things I Can't Live Without: On My Nightstand
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