4 Lessons from Hiring a Coach

I hired a coach and it was literally the best money I’ve ever spent. While I’m a very skeptical person, I’m pretty desperate to make some progress on the business side. I’ve been looking for a coach for a while, but most of the ones I found were way outside of my budget and on the Internet. I’ve spent a some money learning things on the Internet, most things have been useful. However, I needed someone to sit down with in person, not just communicate with though skype or phone. So when my friend told me she was getting coaching from someone in South Florida, I jumped at the opportunity to chat with her myself. Here’s what I learned: Representation Matters. I’m also feeling transparent, so I’ll admit to you that I often see other people’s success and point out how I’ve had it soooo much harder in ways. And […]

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Plan Your Goals In One Sheet

My birthday is in early September. As with most people, I use my birthday as a time to assess goals – what has been going well and what hasn’t. It acts as a soft launch for my “resolutions.” So, by the time the actual New Year is upon me, I’ve already made some adjustments and am well on my way. I’ve always been a list maker and a note taker. But I realized that I was rarely executing and my lists were never getting any shorter. In the beginning of 2017, I made this complicated excel sheet I thought would help, but by summer, it proved too cumbersome. So, I set about the task of simplifying my productivity. After getting Side Hustle Pro’s Goal Getter Action Plan, I created a one page goal sheet, which naturally incorporates the SMART (Specific, measurable, attainable, Relevant, Time Sensitive) goal framework. It helped me […]

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3 Ideas for Gratitude Gifts

Let’s be real. Everyone won’t make the Christmas list. ESPECIALLY if you have a large family, or kids, there may not be enough in the budget to buy gifts for everyone who has helped you along the way this year. You can still thank those people in style: 1. Homemade I love a homemade gift. It not only says “I thought of you,” but also “I made time for you.” All you need is a basket and or some mason jars. For a person who always works late, throw together a basket of snacks that they can leave in their office. – You can grab everything at the Dollar Store or Home Goods (don’t sleep on their snack section). Bonus points if you make your own snacks, like my candied pecans. For the person with a hectic life – a spa pack with homemade sugar or salt scrubs in a […]

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Spicy Candied Pecans

1 cup Pecans (Walnuts also work, and I imagine cashews would too, but I’ve never tried it) 1 Egg White 1 tsp honey or agave 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/4 cup “regular” sugar (whatever you regular is – I like cane sugar, but white is fine too) 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper sea salt In one bowl, beat the egg white with honey (or agave) and vanilla. In another bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper. Toss nuts in the egg white mixture, then into the sugar mixture. Keep any left over sugar mixture. (If you have no sugar mixture remaining, just throw together another smaller batch and set aside) Bake on 400, turning every 5 mins. Once they start to harden, toss them with the remaining sugar mixture and put them back in the oven. Keep turning them every 5 […]

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5 Productive Uses For The Long Weekend

Long weekends, especially Thanksgiving weekend, are made for frolicking, napping, snacking, and shopping. I will ABSOLUTELY partake in each. However, when hustle is life, you can’t afford to let a long weekend go to waste. Here are a few other things you can do to make the most of this upcoming LONG weekend. 1. Start Planning for next year. At the very top of my list is working on my mood & vision board for next year. I’m close enough to the end of the year to give myself a fair assessment about what I have done well this year and what I can do better next year. I also like starting this process in November so that I have the whole month of December to consider things I may have forgotten so I have a complete vision. Instead of waiting for January to scramble and come up with some […]

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Perfect Cream Cheese Icing

Cream cheese icing is something everyone should have in their arsenal. It elevates any old cake to something really special. I’m almost not interested in a cake without it. I like my icing fluffy and pillowy, not so stiff and dense. The amount of powdered sugar determines the stiffness, so, I use less of it than the typical cream cheese icing recipe. I like the tang of the cream cheese to come through, so this is not overly sweet. I also like to add honey as some additional depth of flavor.  1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened 1 stick of butter, softened 1 tsp of vanilla 1 tsp of honey 1/2 cup Sifted powdered sugar I don’t make fussy shit, ok. But do me a favor and sift the sugar to make sure you don’t get lumpy icing. I mean, it’s the least you can do after you […]

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5 Tips for Managing Burnout

Simply put, burnout is a mess. It makes you feel like a mess too. It drags your concentration and productivity into a black hole and leaves you with nothing. It’s essentially the body’s way of saying “lay down.” While burnout is nearly inevitable at some point in your journey, since there is ALWAYS more to do, it is also manageable. 1. Lay Down. I know I talk about sleep all the time. But here it is again – lay down. Don’t just pass out, wind down properly. Have some tea (maybe splash it with a little Jack or a little Hen Friend), read a book, journal, whatever, THEN pull the covers up to your neck and go to bed. You won’t burn out as easily if you get proper rest along the way.   2. Make peace with your to do list. This could also be called PRIORITIZE. There are […]

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