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"The most attractive thing to me is effort.
Someone who really wants to talk with me, to see me, wants to make me a part of their day."
I am not unsocial. Not in the least. I thrive on connecting.
But I realized in the month on our trips away that vacation isn't just about experiencing something new, connecting with family and friends.
It's about resting and getting whole again.
I posted almost nothing of our family trips. Not because I don't want to share but I felt like I was jumping into the rabbit hole.
A rabbit hole of studying, watching and comparing myself, my life and business against the others.
I can't help it.
I compare posts against the real in my life.
I compare their edited perfectly calculated or not so calculated post against my work. My life.
More and more people I know are discussing this.
More and more women are discussing how even though we are strong and confident, the social media around us, sucks us in.
And in turn - we are feeling bad about ourselves.
Bad about ourselves compared to the perfect post that was posted.
And in turn - more people are seeing real relationships, real connections, IN REAL LIFE relationships again.
What do you think? What relationships can you bring from social to real life??
LEAD. Lovelies. Lead.
--> 30 products you love from women led organizations. Ohhh Swell bottle - I heart you!
--> Nikon hired 32 photographers to promote a camera and not one of them was a woman. I hesitated sharing this because I don't want to publish negative posts. This upsets me. What can we learn from this? Everyone makes mistakes. It's important to have a diverse team. And as a leader, it's important to have someone in your corner as another honest set of eyes.
--> I get asked all. the. time. how I increase celebrities income. We find products. We find partnerships. JetBlue has added a new and fun income stream. Think on what and where you can add.
--> How the sports industry gets things done. Cliff notes version: A routine reduces the number of decisions you have to make. Set a routine and work it the process.
--> Big Little Lies won for Best Limited Series last night at the Emmy's. Reese Witherspoon said in their acceptance speech "What an incredible year for women telling their stories." She couldn't have been more correct and dead RIGHT. It's our year ladies. Our year. Give yourself a pat on the back!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST.
--> Thank you for completing the surveys as you have!! If you haven't taken it yet now is the time!! Here's your friendly reminder!! Would you take a 2 minute mini-survey?
--> A couple of friends I know use this really great popup for their site to direct users to their favorite social media site like Instagram or Facebook. I love the tool so much and once I heard a woman created it - I had to interview her on the podcast! This week I talked with Jillian Tobher Leslie from Catch My Party (a crazy success party planning blog) and MiloTree. After our conversation I wanted to hug her and go to a conference with her to meet her IRL like we talked about!
Quick side note from Ashleigh. Here are my most favorite tools ever.
- For audio motivation - Relentless by Tim Grover. I listen to him as I was in the mornings. My walk always becomes a power walk after listening.
- To focus during the day I love to focus@will. They say music helps you focus and for me it surely does. I blare the classical music. I am not sure how many people my age choose that over techno but either way I love it.
- Rosemarie Groner (from the Busy Budgeter) is a friend and I just LOVE how much she gives everything away. She tells you and anyone she can her detailed way to making money! Start with her Pinterest Strategy Guide that is worth every penny. Not. going. to. lie