What you get up to this week, friends? I caught up with friends, got a hair cut, and am gearing up for a roadtrip up to Winnipeg for my yearly mastermind retreat. You can follow along with all my travel adventures here or DIY your own creative mastermind with these tips!
What’d you get up to this week, friends? I workedworkedworked because on Thursday we left for five days in Vermont to celebrate my birthday/our anniversary. OBVIOUSLY we’re doing the Ben & Jerry’s factory tour!
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When I showed off our incredibly cute Vermont Airbnb on IG stories, a lot of you wanted to know the listing. It’s The Benthill Schoolhouse and it is a-dor-a-ble. We pretty much exclusively use Airbnb when we travel and can’t recommend it highly enough. If you’ve never used it before, here’s a $40 credit towards your first booking!
I’ve spent the last week and a half NOT grocery shopping, to empty our fridge for our trip to Vermont. I turned it into a #nogrocerychallenge and documented all the meals I made on IG stories. AND IT WAS SO FUN! You can see all the before-and-afters of my meals here.
This profile of former president Jimmy Carter was so lovely and inspiring. It sort of made me weepy? Carter is the only president in the modern era to return full-time to the house he lived in before he entered politics — a two-bedroom rancher assessed at $167,000, less than the value of the armored Secret Service vehicles parked outside.
Ex-presidents often fly on private jets, sometimes lent by wealthy friends, but the Carters fly commercial. Stuckey says that on a recent flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles, Carter walked up and down the aisle greeting other passengers and taking selfies.
I was on the Pimp Your Brilliance podcast this week talking about building habits that will support your business! Listen here.
I loved Laura’s article on consciously building yourself and drawing a map of the person you want to be. Actively searching out influences for my fashion, my career, my choices of pasta – it doesn’t dilute who I am. In seeking out inspiration from others I’m not a sell-out or shallow. I’d argue the opposite. I find pieces of myself in others, and in making them a part of my family tree, they are, indeed, a map. They are a map towards my truest and most best self. Being inspired by others makes me more… me.
If you’ve ever been told that you’re lazy or beaten yourself up because you keep missing deadlines, you need to read this: Laziness Does Not Exist. For decades, psychological research has been able to explain procrastination as a functioning problem, not a consequence of laziness. When a person fails to begin a project that they care about, it’s typically due to either a) anxiety about their attempts not being “good enough” or b) confusion about what the first steps of the task are. Not laziness. In fact, procrastination is more likely when the task is meaningful and the individual cares about doing it well.
If you’re dipping your toes into solo travel, but you’re not quite ready to backpack around Croatia by yourself, an all-female retreat is a great first step! Every year I host retreats for my friend Rebecca’s company – Fit & Fly Girl. Come hang out with me in Costa Rica next year – January or March!
Have you burned bridges this year? Is that something you could give thanks for? And so yes, if saying that Black Lives Matter, and affirming the Muslim community, and condemning treason, and standing with my LGBTQ brothers and sisters, and calling out men who boast of grabbing women by the p*ssy, and demanding care for sick people—if these things ignite the bridges connecting me and these people, so be it.I’m not reveling in it but I can live with it.I can still even love some of them, but I will simply love them from a safe distance.
Ahhhhh! I’ve been playing this song on repeat all week!
How was your week, friends? Like most of you, I spent much of it glued to the news and on the phone with my elected officials. But I also made time for a friend’s 40th birthday party, coffee with friends, and a day at the beach. We have to fill our cup before we can pour from it, right?
How was your week, friends? I flew back from Philly on Monday, after spending a few days poking around Reading Market, eating my weight in soft pretzels, and imagining a life in which I live in one of those row houses with cute window boxes and a brass knocker on the door.
I’ve traveled SO MUCH these last few months and I’m really looking forward to spending the next few months doing things like: staining the deck. Going to friends’ weddings. Actually moving my life and business forward instead of just packing, unpacking, and digging myself out of an email hole.
Also! On May 10th, I’m running my Spending Diet + Earning Spree book as a group program! Book + private Facebook group + live Q & A + accountability for less than the price of a Target swimsuit! Sign up below and you’ll be the first to know when doors open!
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How was your week, friends? As you read this, I’m in Philly, speaking at The Blog Connect conference about defining success for yourself and creating habits that will make that success a looooot easier. (P.S. If you run a conference and you’d like me to speak, drop me a line and let’s chat!)