As you may know or have seen, I had the pleasure of spending my summer in Maine (where Aaron is from originally) and with that, I was blessed with some major quality time with his family who I lovingly view as my own kin. Each individual in the family is an incredible soul + my heart is happy when I am with them.
My sister-in-love, Raechelle, of Fortitude Fitness is a woman who came into my life for a reason. Truly, I joke that we met the Haynes brothers to meet each other ;) We are kindred spirits united in strong opinions, bad-assery, entrepreneurship + love for good food.
Having this entire summer to bond, hangout + train made us even closer! As I said, she is the owner of Fortitude Fitness, where she serves her community with personal training, nutrition coaching + bootcamp classes with a whole tribe of women who are lead + inspired by her. She has an incredible way about motivating and encouraging in the most sincere and whole-hearted way.
SWITCHING TO ORGANIC MAKEUP
As I shared at the start of this year, I have deemed 2016 the year of INTENTION!
Part of my goal this year has been to become even more intentional with the products that I use. Choosing organic and REAL household products, food, etc has been important to me for half a decade. I want to know exactly what goes into my body, be aware of what I consume, what I use on my skin, etc.
Over the past five or so years, I’ve overhauled our eating habits (limiting sugar, eating all organic, whole foods), drinking habits (getting rid of soda + excess sugar), household products (getting rid of products containing sulfates, changing our laundry detergents + cleaning products), body products (shampoo, conditioner, body wash getting rid of lotions, etc) but the last thing on my list is something I use everyday . . . MAKEUP!
Sadly, it’s the last thing I’ve analyzed and switched over. I really wanted to have a better idea of the ingredients in my makeup because our skin is our largest organ and absolutely absorbs everything we put on it! With this in mind, I knew it was finally time for me to put my makeup under the same scrutiny that I put the other products in my life.
I said goodbye to drugstore + designer brands alike and instead sought out natural, organic makeup brands that I could actually read the ingredients! Sure enough, my skin has been way happier!
I’ve been loving ALL of the brands listed below and knew I wanted to share them with you. Whether you want to try out a new product for summer, or whether you want to overhaul your makeup bag entirely – I hope you find this post helpful! And as always, I am here to answer any questions you may have!
ALL THE BRANDS INCLUDED:
Colorescience | 14E Cosmetics | Kari Gran | COOLA | Lilah B
ENJOY. . .
No matter if you’re already a beach bum or have a tropical vacation in your near future, this list of beach essentials will help you keep it simple next time you spend your day by the ocean. . .
If you saw my post on Instagram last week, you saw that I straight up hit a wall.
Even when you love what you do with a fiery passion, have awesome clients, are writing about things you love–
Sometimes, you just get tired of this routine: sit & stare at a screens all day, sit & stare at screens all day, repeat (especially if that sometimes means answering emails straight for 72 hours).
After taking the day to decompress and reflect, plus slowing down on work for the rest of the week. . .
I decided to write this post; a list of things to do to stay sane in this digital-preneur era we live in.
I’m sharing in hopes that it will serve as a checklist (keeping me accountable) + also giving some tips that will help you in your life.
(plus, read until the end for a fun giveaway!)
HERE’S HOW I STAY SANE
(EVEN WHILE I STARE AT SCREENS AND SIT ALL DAY)
Have you ever heard of hypnotherapy?
When you did, were you like me + thought ‘Pssshhh! What a scam.’ ?
Well – after some of those famous ‘mother’s words of wisdom’ – I came to the conclusion that she was right, I had tried everything else. And I was tired of letting something so small control so much of my life.
What exactly was that ‘something‘? Well, this is a topic that I’ve never shared before besides with my closest friends and family. Why? Honestly, because I think I was embarrassed, ashamed even, of this habit that I found childish, in-cleanly and frankly, gross.
What am I talking about?
There, I said it.
Here are my 5 Tips To Stay Focused Working From Home:
1. MAKE LISTS
Am I the only OCD list maker out there? I can’t be!
Seriously though, my life would not function without lists! Here’s what works for me:
A weekly/monthly list – things that need to get done in this timeline
A daily list – only put enough things on here that you can accomplish in one day
(or you’ll feel as if you didn’t achieve everything you ‘had’ to do)
Also, depending on how my week looks, I will separate these lists into ‘work’ & ‘other’ so that I’m not trying to do things for the house in the midst of work. It’s easier if you can block out your day to work in the morning & then get other things done in the afternoon. Or vise versa! Whatever works best for you.
2. STAY FUELED
Again, I can’t be the only one who forgets to eat unless force fed? Right?
It’s something about the nature of working from home, I think. There’s not someone telling you to clock out & you don’t have co-workers jonesing to get out of the office as soon as the clock strikes 12:00!
But, as we all know, keeping fueled + hydrated is vital to success! I want to stay focused all day, so I try to start with a tall glass of water first thing in the morning. Then, throughout the day, I try to eat breakfast, take a break for lunch + then eat dinner once I’m wrapping things up or buckling down for a late night.
My saving grace on days that feel like I have a million things to do? ProBars. When you’re hungry but don’t have the time to make a meal at the moment, our minds naturally go to snacks. Problem is, in our organic household where we try to eat whole foods as much as possible, there aren’t many ‘snacks’ that I will eat. I used to love protein bars or granola bars until I started to read the labels–EEK! Since then, I have steered clear of bars of any sort, until I found ProBar. *major heart eyes* They are made with sustainable, organic + nonGMO ingredients. Totally making my heart sing & leaving me with a happy belly to continue working!
3. STICK TO A SCHEDULE
Are you a morning person? Or a night owl? Do you feel most creative mid-day or in the evening?
These types of habits can throw your focus out the window or keep you dialed. That is, if you understand them!
I know that I am a morning person, through & through. So, what that means for me is that I know as soon as I get up + make my coffee, I get to work. It’s when I’m most productive + focused.
Mid-day I tend to get a little antsy, wanting a break from what I’ve been doing all morning. So, I will always schedule client meetings during this time. Or I will dive into a creative project–editing client photos, shooting product photography, blogging, etc.
Later in the afternoon is when I check back into my daily list + see what else I need to accomplish for the day. Wrap that up. & then move onto what ‘other’ things are on my list! Do I need to go to the grocery store? Laundry? Meet friends for dinner? I devote my time to these things during the later hours of my day.
By having a ‘schedule’ based around my own habits, I am able to know when I am most productive + plan around it. Without a schedule, I tend to lose track of time, get distracted + feel unaccomplished at the end of that day.
4. TAKE DEEP BREATHS
Working from home can be stressful at times! Point blank.
Your day goes differently than planned, something unexpected comes up, you’re feeling overwhelmed/exhausted/lost . . . These days will happen! More so if you are not serving yourself, taking care of yourself + honoring yourself.
TAKE A DEEP BREATH. Seriously. You’re a rockstar. (Repeat that to yourself)
I love to diffuse essential oils while I work–ones that uplift my spirit, promote a positive mindset + keep me focused! One of my favorite blends while I work is Peppermint, Joy + Clarity. Peppermint to promote energy + stimulating the mind. Joy to promote a happy, loving feeling. Clarity to promote memory retention + mental alertness.
5. GET UP & GET OUT
Going back to my post about how being social will SAVE you as an entrepreneur–GET OUT THERE! Make a coffee date, have meetings with your clients outside of your home, go work from your favorite co-work space! Take a hike in the morning, ride your bike to break up the day, switch up your routine to include a fitness class. See other humans! In theory, this will mess up your schedule + distract you, but in reality–this balances you, keeps you sane + allows you to really focus when you are working!
(BONUS TIP: Take it one day at a time. These are words straight out of my partner Aaron’s mouth. He is the one who reminds me to slow down, focus solely on the task at had + remember–one step at a time.)
How do you stay focused + productive working from home?
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