It's Friday morning on my side of the world and this is how my iPad & laptop is going to look today - blank!
I'm currently on the train to Rome for the weekend and once I step off the train, I shall be in relaxation mode.
Always remember that it's ok to switch off and take a 'me' day. You might not think you can because you run your own business. But that's the beauty of being of your own boss.
Also taking some 'me' time prevents you from becoming worn out and actually increases motivation and productivity!
What are you guy's up to this weekend?
SOOOOOO I DID ANOTHER THING 🙊🙊🙊 this time with the gorg @readcity from the Gold Coast 👉👉👉 “We had the pleasure of catching up with newlywed Brooke Vulinovich (previously Brooke Vivoda) of Villa Management and literally did not play it cool for one second. She’s had us starry-eyed since we first discovered her business’s Instagram page around a year ago and now it is no secret – not even to her. It’s quite fitting that our initial stumbles were on the ‘gram actually, because as a social media sensei, Brooke promotes her social media workshop business through Instagram daily. Yep, we’ve been on holidays with her, to donut shops and even inside her very social media workshops. Preaching what she practices comes naturally to El Brooko, having been interviewed, featured, podcasted with and showcased in about a zillion places. No exaggeration.” UMMMM ***BLUSHES*** 🙌🙌🙌🙀🙀🙀😘😘😘 thanks so much @readcity for the epic opportunity and saying the nicest things ever about me 🙊🙊🙊 Read the full interview now via my link in bio ✌️
I try to keep Friday's as my work free fun adventure day. Today we visited @artvo_melbourne. It was total chaos with 6 kids under 5 but loads of fun. Check out some of the fun on my stories.
How did you spend your Friday?
I have a lovely Englishman as a client and anything other than “normal tea” he calls cats piss and can’t understand why anyone one earth would drink it!
But I seriously love lemon flavoured tea or green tea - it’s the only tea I can drink.
Any brands I need to be buying/drinking (that don’t taste like cats piss of course!)
📚 I have a library of 100’s of books - business, design, self development, inspiration and just general cool sh*t. They’re equally essential tools and an all out obsession in this crazy life I live. My next arrivals are due from @bookdepository next week *squeel*. What’s your obsession? 💁🏼♀️
Is Fiddle Leaf Friday a thing? Either way, we're currently wishing this was the state of ours. (This guy lives with @littlefigco.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Unfortunately our leafy office friend is looking rather sad. Are there any green thumbs out there with advice for keeping him alive?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
See our IG story for photographic evidence of the poor thing 😣.
Travelling is a great way for families to bond (and argue!). You learn more about your kids & yourselves as parents. Here is a throwback to last weekend's @parachuute family's getaway in sunny Queensland 🤩 as an inspiration for your next family vacation 😌
Someone sent me a message last night that said “I’m just so grateful women like you are happy to share for those of us who are so many steps behind.”
This instantly jolted me. First of all: I’ve been in the biz game for, like, FOUR MONTHS. I’m a baby! I’ve been designing for years, but this is the first time I’ve gone out on my own. It got me thinking: it’s lovely that people are connecting with what I’m sharing. But why is this a novelty? Why are we naturally protective of what we know? So that our “competitors” don’t get ahead?
First of all: I think it’s a beautiful thing to share what you know. It’s how I know anything at all - from people who were open and transparent about how they do what they do.
Secondly: I don’t believe anyone is “so many steps behind”. We all have different gifts and have developed different skill sets that are so worthy of being celebrated and shared.
Instead of comparing yourself to others, compare yourself to how you were six months ago, a year ago, three years ago. You are doing what you’re doing for a reason, and even though it’s so easy to feel unmotivated or like other people are so far ahead, just stay in your lane. I want to encourage you today to RECOGNISE and be grateful for your unique skills.
📷 by the incredible @foreverinthismomentphotography
🎧PODCAST: Creating a Worldwide Brand🌏
Joining me is founder of @najojewellery Jo Tory. The NAJO brand was created when Jo backpacked throughout Mexico and became inspired to create the ultimate self expression jewellery through the use of high quality materials and intricate design.
3 decades on, NAJO continues to be inspired by its followers who interpret pieces so differently and ascribe personal meaning to them in their distinctive ways. .
Mindfulbiz Podcast avail via iTunes👆
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💥 Boost Your Brain 💥
Okay, y’all. So last night I was given the opportunity to join a #femalefounders workshop on startup skills. Lemme just say, it was 🔥🔥🔥
So! Hot topic of the night: #DesignJam . Wtf is that?!
WELL, start let’s say you wanna get a coffee. But the line is too long! Urgh, Monday feels 😢 Brain dump time: how can you shake things up and solve this problem?
Maybe a preorder app? Or a desk to desk delivery service? ☕️
NEXT STEP: draw it out. How does it work? What do I want people to feel when they use my solution? It’s all about iteration. Keep your customer in mind when you’re dreaming up a storm!
Comment below your solution to beat the coffee rush!
All our lovely Misterfly range is in our 'Sale' tab with 10% off! This rabbit would be at home with any baby decor, adding charm and fun. Also available in pink. 🐰 #awholelotoflove#giftstoplaylearnlove 📷 @villarostille
Just chillin chargrillin and taking in the sweet sweet feeling of the next chapter that awaits. As of today,I’m officially full time in the business Lorenzo and I created and crafted 1.5years ago. I dreamt of this day and today it’s here! To the next adventure with @soulfulsoundwaves 🎉
Ding ding ding ** NEW DAMN GOOD BLOG ALERT **
So a couple of weeks ago we had Cat from @thedigitalpicnic talk all things FB ads with you (if you missed it go read it!). NOW we have Cherie talking all things good content, the subject though? SOMETHING we personally resonate with:
"Why your office admin can't just bang together sellable content". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You need to read it. Like, right now. GO GO link in bio.
#TDPHQs team dinner last night, and rather romantically? We chose a venue to eat + drink [too much] wine at, that was the same venue Cat + Cherie met on their "first date" many, many moons ago when TDP was still being dreamt up.
4 years later? We came back to that same venue, with extra humans. Beautiful humans. Team members. Our own little team that makes up TDP HQ's [not forgetting our beautiful #TDPfambam workshop facilitators!], and something that we genuinely didn't envisage happening when we did our "first date" at this same venue 4+ years ago.
We both looked around on the evening, proud of the fact that we're surrounded by intellect, creativity, humour, empathy, kindness, generously spirited humans, who we just can't believe make up our little team here.
Man, ... it feels good. x
People are always a bit nervous about a session around numbers, GST, Payroll, BAS, financial performance.
But my lips are sealed.
Everything we talk about is confidential and doesn’t go outside of the phone/Skype/Zoom session.
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DAY 4: Finding Your True North.
Today we are delving into helping you claim your power.
The entrepreneurial journey is a tricky one .... it certainly isn't something that is straight and clear. It twists and turns ... it takes us high and low.
I think we are often so worried about our 'success' that we forget to stop and honour the journey. So today I would like you to think about the paths you have travelled and what you have learned
We look at other people's life and businesses (especially from the vantage point of Facebook) and they can seem like a perfect fairy tale (with the gremlins and naughty people removed). That's because we choose to share the good and glossy and not the humiliating and hurtful things that do happen in our lives and businesses. I call this the photo-shopping of our lives. Just like the unattainable image on the front of the magazine ... it isn't true and we cannot achieve that. So let go and instead see the lines, the bumps and the imperfections as part of who we are, part of our intense and deep beauty and depth.
So I want you to spend some time reflecting, writing, drawing or just thinking about the road you have traveled and what you have learned along the way and the depth and beauty this has delivered to you. To find your True North.
So that .... if you were to travel this path again, and for the path that is under your feet now, you will have a compass that remind you of your True North, your passion and power. The gifts that you possess ... this compass will lead you to find clients that honours and values these gifts.
So my question, after this long story ... dear reader is .... What is your Compass?
What is your True North?
What is that inalienable truth in your being that can steer you through and keep you on track?
🤳ARE YOU FOLLOWING THESE? :: Get it right or flounder
Check out this article by @collectivehub, written by guest editor Jemimah Ashleigh of @tangsdesignjewellery - link in my bio.
Here are their top 6 social media commandments to help you carve out an effective social media presence:
1. Thou shall stop posting boring content
2. Thou will have a strategy in place
3. Thou will not spam everyone with sales
4. Thou will engage with all the people who engage with you
5. Thou will be consistent with filtering and imagery
6. Thou will use the right hashtags on the right platforms
A little weekend R&R away with friends is just what the doctor order. Mid week public holidays are great but has totally thrown my routine out the door. Eeeekkk. Feel like it’s Tuesday today. Anyone else? 🙋🏼
I had a kooky dream last night! I was back in the classroom teaching but instead of students I was surrounded by our dolls .. chatting amongst themselves and busy building something but they wouldn’t let me see what it was and kept saying it was a surprise. It was the strangest thing but now I really want to know what they were building!?!
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Phone down Friday 🙌🏻
Friday’s we decided at the start of the year was a non negotiable NO WORK day. 🙅🏼♀️🙅🏻♀️
Is it hard? You bet - we could be ticking things of our to do lists for sure, but this year we said we’d happily work hard but self care had to be priority & said a big no to burning ourselves out.
We’ve been tempted, to “just do” but we give each other a gentle reminder that we agreed that we would stick to it and gosh it feels good. 📷 @violettinder
Hands up who is jewellery obssessed?! @lovewinter_nz is a boutique jewellery studio in Auckland, which was born out of a desire to create unique, quality sterling silver jewellery for everyday wear. It is lovingly designed and crafted by hand, and each piece tells a story – whether you wear it to be reminded of how much you’re loved, or what you’ve achieved, or just because it makes you feel good… this jewellery is made with love, to make you feel like the goddess you are! LISTED ON OUR YOUR DIRECTORY
The last couple of week’s I’ve been working with a client to upskill their team on managing their social media in-house. I’ve been working with them since the start of the year, developing a strategy, managing their socials, completing custom training and now - on-going coaching & support.
It’s been an amazing process, and man am I proud to see them loving getting their hands stuck into social media. For them, and for many businesses - it’s a scary, sometimes daunting and frustrating [at times] process to upskill, change the way they work and confront new challenges.
But, the past month? I’ve watched them post to their channels all by themselves - and it’s made me get that warm and fuzzy feeling. I’m so damn proud to see them trying, succeeding and flying! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I am so damn thankful that is my job.
Pic via @ps.ny
Have you ever heard the saying what you allow is what will continue? Because for me, it's followed me through my life. 🏊♀️I spent the majority of my high school years getting up early for swimming. I'd dedicate hours to doing laps over and over. I knew that if I snoozed my alarm, didn't get out of bed and didn't hit the pool (even on the coldest of mornings), I'd let myself believe that it was okay to put off my morning routine time and time again. That I'd get used to this new schedule and take advantage of it, because, let's face it, I would have loved a sleep in. 👶 The same goes for your baby's sleep. Yes, they're bloody cute. But if you let them get away with bad sleep habits, they'll think it's okay to continue waking you in the night, crying to get your attention and remaining restless through the evening. By learning what can benefit your baby's sleep cycle you'll allow only the best rests for bub and for the rest of your family too.