nasty women unite

 

Hello friends, I hope you’re all having wonderfully lazy Sunday! I know I am. My head is full of thoughts that I want to share with you today so fill that cup of coffee and get cozy!

Sunday thoughts / femmesociety.ca

 

First of all, I am so insanely proud of all the men and women who stood tall and participated in the #WomensMarch around the world yesterday. My Facebook feed was FULL of photos about the march. I literally spent hours just scrolling reading some of the most powerful signs and hearing speeches that nearly brought me to tears. Some of the most powerful were Buzzfeed’s Best Signs From Women’s Marches Across America, The New York Times’ Pictures from Women’s Marches on Every Continent, and of course America Ferrera’s Speech. My love goes out to the MILLIONS of people who marched for equality, dignity, and a future of non-complacency. We are all Nasty Women.

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Second of all, I had a lesson in confidence and self-worth last week as I found the strength to quit my corporate job in exchange for an opportunity I’ve been wanting for years. In short, I’ll be starting my new job at the end of the month at a university planning events for prospective students. For the past seven months or so, I had been feeling really down about my abilities in my line of work and how I was ever going to make a difference doing what I love. Thankfully my boyfriend Alex supported me like no other and really pushed me to believe in myself. Applying for this job was one of the first times that I took pride in my skills as an event planner and now I’m going to start a job that I only dreamed of having. The whole experience was perfect timing with the Women’s March because it reminded me that we should never should never doubt ourselves nor our capabilities in the professional world or any world for that matter. Anything is possible, you just have to believe in yourself.

 

And lastly, next week Alex and I are taking on a complete bedroom makeover starting with a king bed! After that we’re looking for matching side tables, lamps, full length mirror, and some pretty art for the walls. It’s going to be fun doing this project together but we’re both stuck on designs and haven’t found anything we like in the stores in our city. Friends… I really need your help! I would love to hear any bedroom decor ideas, inspiration, or links to your favourite home sites. I’m on Pinterest so feel free to spam me EVERYTHING!

 

Sending you love and encouragement for a great week. Dont’t forget to follow along on Instagram for daily inspiration! xoxo

 

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3 tips for goal setting

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“A year from now, you will wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb


Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a lovely holiday and are having a great start to your new year! Although the weather can be a bit dreary this time of year, January is the month of fresh starts and clean slates. It’s the time of year where your mind is racing with new ideas, goals, and adventures. It’s the time for making “new year, new me” resolutions because why the heck not?! But if all these resolutions and goals and ideas have your head spinning, do not fret. Let’s simplify things. Here are 3 tips for goal setting in 2017:

 

Get organized and buy yourself a good planner. You won’t regret it.

Having a good planner is a complete game changer when it comes to goal setting. I like writing down my goals in a different colour than the rest so they stand out and are easy to read. Writing your goals down in a planner keeps you more accountable for the things you want to achieve and you’re more committed as opposed to using a sticky note. I swear by the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley because of it’s simplified design and functionality. I’m also a fan of Rifle Paper Co., Day Designer, and of course Kate Spade New York.

 

Break down those big, scary goals into smaller, baby goals.

So you have a list of goals you want to achieve in the next year, but where the hell do you start? The best way is to break your goals down into smaller, simpler goals. Smaller goals are less intimidating for us to accomplish which helps boost our self-esteem and helps get us closer to the end goal. For example: if your goal is to start a blog, give yourself a list of smaller goals such as finding a niche, picking a name, choosing a platform and hosting package, brainstorming topics, researching your audience, talking to a friend for feedback, watching webinars, creating a marketing strategy, etc. All of these things are smaller goals that contribute in a big way to your ultimate goal.

 

Reach out to like-minded people and communities for support.

Some of my hardest goals were made possible simply because I reached out for support. Not to mention, Facebook is exploding with groups that you can join full to the brim of likeminded people. Whether you’re looking for cross-fitters, bloggers, knitters, business experts or photographers, you will more than likely be able to find a support group on Facebook. It’s really helpful to have a community that you can interact with, ask for feedback, and push yourself towards bigger things. Some of my favourite creative groups are Melyssa Griffin’s Blog + Biz BFF’s, Wholehearted Woman, and Allison Marshall’s Creative Superheroes.

 

You’re now equipped with 3 tips to help with goal crushing in 2017 and I have all the trust that you will absolutely kill it. Comment below and tell me what some of your biggest goals are for the new year, I’d love to hear them!

 

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finding balance

Alright, raise your hand if you’ve ever struggled with life? From working, to raising kids, building your empire, remembering to take your car in for it’s overdue service, posting on Instagram 27 times a day, managing quarterly taxes, eating your veggies, eating normal food in general, and fulfilling your promise to use your gym membership before your year-pass runs out… With all these distractions, no wonder finding balance is so hard.

Is it just me, or is the glorification of busy just totally exhausting? As a creative, I say YES to just about everything that comes my way. I find myself taking on new projects left, right, and centre and next thing I know I’m nodding off at my desk and the coffee in my cup has gone completely cold.

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For those of you that don’t know, as much as I’d love to be a blogger and wedding planner full time, I work Monday-Friday at my corporate job because I’m just not there yet. The reality of it is, sometimes I don’t post on Instagram for two whole weeks. Sometimes, a whole month goes by before I write a new blog post. Sometimes, I feel like I should quit because I’ve lost all my momentum. The guilt is real my friends. And then I had a revelation, thanks to my good friend, Emily Ley. In Emily’s new book, Grace Not Perfection (which is an absolute NECESSITY in your life and should go buy it right now) she wrote:

“When we are weak, we aren’t our best selves. We can’t draw water from an empty well. And when we are empty, we’re good for no one.”

That was all I needed to hear.

Maybe you haven’t finished editing the engagement photos you took for your client last week. Maybe you haven’t made any progress on the book you’re writing, or the website you’re updating. But guess what? It’s OK. Give yourself a break to fill your tank. We all have moments of feeling completely burnt out. Instead of being a hero and trudging though the already deep mud, stop for a second and allow yourself to re-fuel. Everything and everyone in your life will thank you.

It’s important to know that finding balance looks different to everyone, and I challenge you to find a balance that works for you and your personal struggles. Depending on your routine, allow yourself to refuel one day a week. A hot bath with my favourite candles can do wonders for me at the end of a busy week. If baths aren’t your thing, give yourself a one hour coffee break (alone!) before picking the kids up from school, meet up with an old friend over a bottle of wine, or grab some headphones and go for a walk to your favourite Spotify playlist.

Find your balance, everything else can wait.

What is the hardest part about finding time for yourself? If you could press pause on life right now, what would you during that precious time? Need some ideas for finding balance in your life? Let me know! hello@femmesociety.ca

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