Is social media running (or ruining??) your life?
Have you been using the new “Screen Time” feature on iOS 12 to track your usage? Raise your hand if the data kinda freaks you out (🙋🏼♀️)
How often do your fingers autopilot you straight into some app and before you’ve even THOUGHT about it...SO MUCH TIME has passed and you kinda forgot how you even GOT there...and didn’t you have something important to do this afternoon? Ohhhhh shit.
Truth is, we are mostly ALL literally addicted to our devices and the apps, entertainment, procrasti-scrolling, comparison-itis, and tiny dopamine hits contained within them.
I hesitate to full out say it’s RUINING our lives, but it’s certainly changing them, and our brains (hey neuroplasticity is a real thing, and the more you give in to a habit the more automatic it becomes so if you don’t like how things are the sooner you change ‘em the better!!)
I also hesitate to say I’ve figured out the ANSWER to this pickle we find ourselves in, but I know awareness is the key first step to changing habits, and I’ve been observing a lot of what goes on for ME when I give in to over-social-media-ing, and chatted with a lot of friends and clients about it and...that’s why I put together this “challenge” for us to explore using social and our devices with mindfulness vibes...think of it like a meditation practice applied to your technology habits.
5 days, totally free, daily work sheet with practices to do and journal prompts to bring it all together, and a community to chat about our experiences. You’ll get HOURS of your life back, and develop some new habits to keep that life back moving forward. Launches Oct 22nd.
⚡️ ainsliegreig.com/social-media-awareness-experiment/ or link in bio!
👉 Are you in???
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Grateful to view the world from above. Seriously, looking at mountains and “topography” (as I lovingly refer to it) from an airplane has to be one of my all time favorite simple joys. I’m fascinated by topography and landscapes that are so foreign to where I grew up, as a flatlander, below sea level. Mountains and desert landscapes excite me so much.
I’m also grateful for renewed clarity and excitement for my creative projects. I haven’t made much progress on writing my next book, #EmbraceYrWeird , in the last few weeks. Between all of the changes in my personal life (ending a 14+ year relationship, moving and living on my own again after all that time as one half of a couple, my dear old senior dog passing away, and my full time day job unexpectedly becoming a part-time contract position, then scrambling to make up the difference with other consulting projects and freelance marketing work), it’s been hard to make the time or find the creative energy to focus on writing the book, creating art, or developing my keynote performance. Ultimately, I’ve been trying to be content to show myself some grace and give myself the space and time to heal, knowing that the healing process IS necessary for the next creative steps to come together.
290 / 365 #yearofgratitude
R E P U R P O S E D
a new branding + marketing + communication agency is starting up in San Diego soon and I cannot wait to tell you all about what they’re doing + share the final logo design. It’s currently a #wip and since I I just couldn’t let these unrealized concepts go unused...I created temporary tattoos & put them up in my @zazzle shop. ✨🙃
🔎 Compass Rose Tattoo #shopmintandmerit
I know a lot of you know that I started my photography biz a little over a year ago. i also know a lot of you either have your own business or you have aspirations + dreams to start your own biz. Now a lot of times when people have these dreams a lot of fear starts to come into their mind and i just want to tell you that YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE FEARFUL in starting your business. you CAN do it! Now don't get me wrong there are a lot of things that I/we get to learn along the way in starting a business but that is part of the process + makes it so fun! I am no complete expert about how to run a (very) small business but I do have a lot of advice as to where to start or who to connect you with! SO if you have questions please let me know! The biggest thing I have learned through this journey is to jump into community that is doing something that you aspire to do as quickly as possible! Just get plugged in and stay connected. I encourage you to also dream BIGGER! When I first started I thought I would just get to do family sessions on the side for forever and little did I know that I would become a full time wedding/brand photographer in less that a year! And ONE MORE THING about Jesus! God created us to do things we are passionate about! He's put these things in our hearts! I encourage you to partner with Him and even ask him how you could fulfill this dream. And to end this post off a quote by @chrismrhume "get money. get paid."
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Trying get through this hump day but it looks like this mountain ahead of us. Also add one more baby, and that’s my Wednesday in a nutshell. Wrangling an infant who’s extra needy lately and a loud toddler without the hubby this week leaves me like this —> 😴. Anyone else having an extra rough Wednesday?
Saying YES to ever increasing evolution, upleveling, and growth 🙌🏻✨🥂 Of myself and in my business. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s INEVITABLE that I see huge, amazing results 💁🏻♀️
Because I'm committed to playing the big game. Experiencing and seeing exponential, incredible growth 💫
I realized, not too long ago, that I am the best damn investment I could EVER make.
That when I invest in myself massively, it forces me to up level and evolve RAPIDLY 🔥
And so now, at this new level of myself and my business, making 5-figure months consistently, doing the damn thing…
I felt a nudge; another shift needing to be made.
And realized yet again, that at every level, there is more growth to go through to RISE, to THRIVE, to continue to tap into your FULL potential. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So I said YES to a new scary level of growth.
Hiring a new high-level mentor. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hell yes, it was scary saying YES.
Investing at a higher-level than ever. (Investing feels the exact same at EVERY level (even if the $ amount may change)).
But I also know that when I’m stretched, when I’m challenged, that is when I uplevel the most. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And I KNOW that me saying YES, will propel me into quantum growth ✨
Powerful things happen when you say yes.
When you COMMIT.
When you go ALL IN.
When you tell God you’re READY to play big. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I am so READY for this next level of my own growth 😍🔥🙌🏻
For ALL that I am becoming and stepping into.
To be able to take my clients into this NEXT LEVEL container WITH me.
For all the magic happening and coming my way 💫
And I want to encourage YOU today, to have the courage to say YES, too.
To expand. To grow. To evolve. To RISE.
You are worth it. You can have it.
But you have to choose it, take the leap, and say YES. 🥂💥 .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
(Photo 📷: on Pinterest)
I’m a founder.
A female founder.
How’s that different than being a business owner?
Founders (who happen to be female):
+Founded companies that have both INTERNAL + EXTERNAL mission statements
+ Founded companies that are meant to grow and scale
+ Work everyday to become the best version of what their business requires of them
+ Don’t blame the market or others for their lack of growth. They figure it out and deliver it to themselves.
+ Draw their decision-making from inside (not from customers or the general public)
+Don’t avoid growth
Read more (and see if you’re a budding founder) over on the blog!
It has been a long journey, knowing what we wanted but not sure how to make it happen. Australia was always on the list of places we wanted to call home.
Here we are! After a long process and some uncertainties along the way, we traveled to Melbourne this Tuesday. We crossed the immigration and in the blink of a second, just like this, we got validated for our title of Permanent Residents in Australia. ✨
This is what we have been waiting so long for. This new envisioned life lifts so much weight from the past and brings so much serenity to our lives. Words are lacking to describe how we feel! And what we feel is way beyond words.
We are still in Singapore for a few months until we move to Australia for good. Even writing this seems unreal.
The journey is not an easy one ~ doubts and the fear of the unknown never leave your thoughts. Your sense of time, perseverance and never letting go have a whole new meaning, but dreams do come true. They really do. ✨
Simplicity and de cluttering. Two words that I 💕 and embrace in my life.
Particularly when I had redback spider 🕷 that I nearly walked into the other day ! Check out my stories ! So today is cleaning and de cluttering the pantry day.
I swear the god it makes me feel soooo much better when I clean and get rid off unwanted stuff. Like where does all these things come from ?!? Seriously 😳
Love my boys to bits but they are messy little buggers. I love having simple things around ( that’s the little Finn 🇫🇮inside of me talking) and serious having simple things around is better for your mental health. Particularly if you are a #businessowner and work from home. So 🙌🏼 to all you mothers working from home !
There is a great article by beautiful Lizzie from @manyhandsmakevirtualassistant about working at home and how to prepare yourself and getting best out your day. Check her bio for the link.
Pic by @villaarjunabali
New blog post is live! “Why small businesses need a responsive website” .
“Responsive” means a website on a desktop computer will be scaled down to fit the pixels of a smaller screen (aka a mobile phone or tablet) to look just as good.
To find out more check out the blog linked in the bio!
It’s so important to create support for yourself professionally.
When you’re starting out on a solo project it’s too easy to think you can do it all alone. In reality, every venture is made easier when you have others around you. Avoid isolation by being intentional in your networking; find a business buddy, get to know other local solopreneurs and go to events that give you the chance to meet likeminded people. ⠀
Networking is such an important (and often neglected) skill for new solopreneurs. It’s not only an excellent way to build your business, it’s a good money saving tool too. For example, offering a free hypnotherapy session to a web designer in exchange for a cheap website build could be a great solution.
To create a one-of-a-kind, cohesive brand you need more than one logo to represent your business. Think of your brand as a system, each branding element needs to work together to be successful. My goal is to provide clients with a full branding experience from start to finish, building strong visual identities across multiple mediums.
In this weeks blog post I share why it is important to have multiple logo variations for your brand. Go check it out!
GIVEAWAY TIME! Win a pair of tickets to watch JONAH at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival! 🎟🎟 // Enter by tagging a friend or someone you admire AND tell us why you feel they are a #HRDWRKER in the comment section of this post. // The winner will be chosen at random! Good luck!
🤔Have you had a great idea but the timing to get it started isn't right? Maybe it's something that should happen immediately because the reward is instant and it's a really fun idea or project . . . but your current (equally important) commitments and goals are taking up your time. Or maybe your idea is beautifully complex and is going to take a good bit of time to execute, so you need to schedule it for when you have quality time to focus and work on it. ⚡
AHHHHH! But the ideas are flowing RIGHT NOW! And you need to get them out of your brain somehow before they fly away, right? There are three steps that i have been doing recently that have really helped with managing the waves of inspiration that can appear when creating, and which also set me up for flowing right into the goal mapping routine once I'm ready to tackle them. Want to know what they are? Join my FREE facebook group to find them! Link in bio! -
When your energy vibrates at a frequency that is within direct alignment to what the universe has been attempting to deliver to your life. You begin to live in the flow and true miracles start to happen.
Now that the museum posts are complete I'm gonna change up the tone a bit...
From architecture to nature, from teals & oranges to reds & greens 💕
The following selections of posts are from Allan Gardens & the botanical conservatory~ Enjoy! 🤗
Details, smiling faces, making memories...that’s our ultimate goal! My husband and I strive to make our business all about the people. Seeing our products making a mark is still unreal.
God is always working in ways we can’t even imagine! The highs, the lows, it’s all worth it when it’s something you love. A year has gone by, we are still learning, still believing, still determined, and still striving.
Thank you to everyone that believes in our brand! Y’all make it worth it and make us better 🙌🏽🖤
I created this print because I simply can not for the life of me, keep plants alive! So I’ve come to terms with the fact that the only plants I’ll see in our house are on this print!
Also today has been a tough one! I experienced TWO aura migraines in one day! Boy it was painful. I’m now cozy in bed ready to watch the Apprentice, because what’s more entertaining that supposedly top business people act like utter tools? @etsy @etsymcr @etsyuk
Have you heard the news? Cannabis is now legal for use recreationally in Canada! We look forward to seeing what the future holds for the rest of the world as it will no doubt be examining the social, economic, and cultural impact on our northern brothers and sisters. #CongratsCanada#CanadaCannabis#growinternational 🍁🇨🇦🍁
It’s an editing day 🤓🙌 Kids and I got sick over the fall break and last few days been rough but we are much better today. Kayleigh went back to school today and I am catching up on editing. We’ve been having very unusual weather in October this year and the rain has been throwing off my schedule and I had to reschedule clients around twice already 😩 I really hope it won’t rain this weekend🤞
Well finally folks I’m very happy to tell you we’ve rebranded!
Our new website is live (link in profile) and we’d love to know what you think.
We’ve incorporated the @mybakesclub products, added lots of new things, and, basically, we really bloody hope you like it! ✨
‘THE NEW COLLECTION HAS JUST LAUNCHED, ACT NATURAL’
I’m so excited I could bust. I promise not to spam you with Christmas stuff constantly but just for the launch - there’s Ready Made tree skirts, toppers, handmade decorations, stockings and garlands (plus the old favourites like the Original Santa Hat, obvs). Then there’s knit kits for crowns, knitted advent calendars(!), mini stockings, regular stockings and a santa sack.
Should you choose to shop or peruse, there’s a link in my bio and more on my stories 😁😁 .
There, it’s out of my system OK?! PHEW now I just need to move premises and I’m ready for Christmas 😳🤪😂🙈
🤣 finally, thanks for this shot @georgiadelotz it’s my fave 🙄😂 this is definitely my ‘oh hey, I’m just casually looking at this decoration’ pose 🙈😂 #winner