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Friday Vibes 05.26.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week.Mantra: Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable. Market: I’ve been a little obsessed with the Magnolia Market lately. How cute are these wall badges?  Move: Try Heidi Powell’s 5 workout moves that actually help you look younger. Make: Keep it healthy and festive this holiday weekend with this Watermelon Blueberry and Feta Salad.  

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Friday Vibes 05.26.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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5 tips for making the leap from employee to entrepreneur

Have you been pondering whether to make the leap from employee to entrepreneur? Depending on where you’re at in life, and, let’s be honest, how much your current job is working or not working for you, are big factors as you prepare to make the transition. In my case, I had been working as a corrections officer when I decided I couldn’t handle the tough realities of working at a prison anymore – it just wasn’t me. Since I was a big-time DIY soap maker, I decided to sink $15,000 (on my credit card!!) into supplies to start my own soap making and supply business, Bramble Berry. It was a huge leap of faith to quit my job as my then-husband was unemployed. I was fortunate we didn’t have children to support at the time, which is certainly a consideration some must take into account as they start a business. I was doubly fortunate to have hit on an idea that resonated with crafters and I haven’t looked back since. Turning my hobby into a business was the best move I could have ever made. Considering whether you’re ready to take the leap? Here are five tips to get you started. Start saving – Chances are there will be some lean times starting out, so starting a contingency fund to spend on anything from office equipment to car repairs makes good sense. Do your research – You probably have a general idea of what you want your business to look like, but you need to push further to understand your real costs and how you’ll find your niche in the marketplace. See this previous blog post for more inspiration. Get a plan – Especially if you’ll be asking a bank or investor for seed money, you’ll need to produce a business plan. If you’ve done your research, this piece will be a slam-dunk. Ask questions – Guaranteed, there’ll be a lot you don’t know along your entrepreneurial journey, whether it’s what to do with a P&L sheet or choosing a business entity. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t be afraid to build a team of experts in the areas where you’re not. Go for it! – After all your saving, researching, and planning, you eventually have to make the leap to full-time entrepreneur. Things may not be perfect, but they don’t have to be. Business is a marathon, not a sprint, and there will be plenty of time to tweak, re-tool and perfect your business. LinksInfographic: https://fi.co/posts/12121http://www.businessinsider.com/sc/anne-marie-faiola-bramble-berry-interview-2015-3

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5 tips for making the leap from employee to entrepreneur

Have you been pondering whether to make the leap from employee to entrepreneur? Depending on wher...

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Friday Vibes 05.19.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Mantra:  You will never have this day again so make it count. Market: Next up on my reading list is Head Strong by Dave Asprey (the bulletproof coffee guy). It’s a plan to activate untapped brain energy to work smarter and think faster in just 2 weeks. It looks so interesting. Make: Are you in a good meal prep routine? Here are 25 tips on how to cook once and eat for a week.   Munch: I love ancient grains so this puffed amaranth granola recipe is right up my alley.

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Friday Vibes 05.19.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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Meditation: Your Magic Bullet for Productivity?

Looking to give your business’ productivity a shot in the arm? Then take a time out. A time out for meditation, that is. The insurance company, Aetna, estimated they gained $3,000 per employee in productivity since starting a mindfulness program. (Meditation is a form of mindfulness.) It also saves an additional $2,000 per employee in healthcare costs. Those numbers speak to the bottom line on the benefits of mediation in the workplace, as evidenced by major corporations offering such a benefit, including Apple, Google and Ford. Meditation or any similar contemplative, mindful practice allows practitioners to be more present in their work, exhibiting clear thinking, focus and better decision making. Those who meditate are also better able to tap into their flow of creative ideas, bolstering innovation. Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam records and the entrepreneur who started such brands as Phat Farm, has found that meditation is integral to his businesses.  “Meditation is a guaranteed way to not only dip into but stay connected with your creative spirit.” A practitioner of transcendental meditation (TM), Simmons credits much of his success to his practice, citing benefits such as creativity, focus and getting past “success” and “failure.” Simmons isn’t the only major player who takes time out of his day for a regular meditation practice. Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post, Marc Benihoff, CEO of salesforce.com, and Oprah all mediate. The Harvard Business Review adds that CEOs not only fare better at achieving business goals (that productivity piece again) but also improve qualities such as resilience and emotional intelligence. And the benefits for your team stretch beyond clarity and creativity, says author David Michie (“Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate”). He cites better attendance, teamwork, and leadership among a number of positive byproducts of mediation practices at work. With all these glowing reports about the benefits of meditation for your business, the first step may be trying it for yourself. While there are a number of different styles of meditation and many different apps and guides to get you started, Gabby Bernstein’s “Beginner’s Guide to Meditation” is a great place to start. If you’re interested in starting a program for your business, read this article by the Society for Human Resource Management to get started. Linkshttp://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/03/corporations-newest-productivity-hack-meditation/387286/ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/232270http://www.whyamiunhealthy.com/10-famous-entrepreneurs-that-meditate/http://davidmichie.comhttps://hbr.org/2015/12/how-meditation-benefits-ceoshttp://www.chopra.com/ccl/5-types-of-meditation-decodedhttp://gabbybernstein.com/https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/hr-magazine/0417/pages/does-mindfulness-training-have-business-benefits.aspx

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Meditation: Your Magic Bullet for Productivity?

Looking to give your business’ productivity a shot in the arm? Then take a time out. A time out f...

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Friday Vibes 05.12.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week.Mantra:  Get up every morning and remind yourself, “I can do this.” Media: The Washington Post shares 3 things that will help you live longer, enjoy life more, and actually find the elusive happiness. Read the article here. Motivate: Tips on getting better sleep. The why and the how is hilariously written by Nerd Fitness.   Munch: Love the paleo lifestyle? Try this healthy coconut “oatmeal” recipe from Paleo Hacks. #mustlovecoconut  

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Friday Vibes 05.12.17

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