How To: Keep A Routine When You’re Self Employed.

Keeping a routine is a DAILY struggle, right?At least it is for me.

Being self employed affords you SO much freedom. Which can be a HUGE blessing or a curse… Just depending on the type of person you are.

I tend to be the type of person that thrives on a rigid schedule and a hefty to do list that SOMEONE ELSE has created for me 😅

Luckily, I’ve found some things that really help me stay on task and on schedule.

Schedule yourself.

When you’re self employed means you get to CHOOSE your schedule. Which totally rocks.

If you really want to make an income as a self employed person, I recommend actually scheduling yourself each week. Decide when you’re on the clock and when you’re off.

I like to break down my stuff into block scheduling.

Kind of like this:

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Make sure to give yourself time to be a human. It’s easy to over schedule and think you’ll get more done but, that’s just not the case.

Make sure your life has balance. I’m still figuring that out 🤷

Keep a morning routine.

When you work a regular day job, you usually have a morning routine, right? Something that prepares you for the day ahead.

It should only make sense to have a similar routine if you’re self employed.

Do something that wakes you up. (Like exercise)

Drink water.

Make yourself breakfast.

Visualize.

Make a day plan.

A morning routine sets the tone for your day. It helps to have an awesome one!

Have Core Activities

What are Core Activities?

Basically, they’re activities that you do EVERY day that help you stay on target.

Here’s a rocking post about how to apply it to your business: https://www.proposify.com/blog/entrepreneur-daily-tasks

Some of my core activities include:

Taking our puppy out first thing

My Morning Protein shake.

Making a to-do list.

Making my bed.

Schedule Instagram posts.

Etc. Etc. 😊

Having core activities will help you keep focused on your routine and get you back on track if you fall off the wagon.

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Routine = More success!

Hopefully this post will help you achieve that.

What are you best tips for keeping a routine?

love

-H

How to: Make Your Brand Stand Out

I LOVE talking about branding. So this week we’re going to give some helpful tips about making your Brand STAND OUT.

Are you a Brand or a Business?

You answered “both”, right? Hopefully you did… but I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Building your Brand is more important than building your business. WHATTT

More on that (here) (Plus a blog post coming soon!)

That’s why I’m here to help you figure out how to make YOUR BRAND stand out. So lets get started:

WHO ARE YOU?

First things first, you should probably know who you are. Do you sell ice cream OR do you sell handmade ice cream that comes in unique, bold and delicious flavors.

GET SPECIFIC.

What do you do? How do you do it? WHY do you do it?

For Example:

Let’s say you’re a coach.

  • What kind of coach?
  • Why are you a coach?
  • What do you love about being a coach?
  • How can you help your clients?

These are all things that help you define who you are as a brand.

Make sure YOU are clear in every aspect of this. When you get clear, your audience will be able to see that and it’ll do wonders for your trust relationship.

One of my favorite brands in the whole world is The Alison Show. She also happens to be AMAZING at helping others build brands.

Follow this amazing lady for all the tips and tricks.

What’s the BIG idea?

Why did you start your business/brand in the first place?

As a brand, it’s a good idea to have a “BIG IDEA”. Meaning you need to have something that your audience will always associate you with.

Let’s take The Bucket List Family as an example:

Anyone who has been following their brand KNOWS that they’re a family of travelers who give back everywhere they go & whatever they promote centers around those key concepts: Family, Travel and Service.

Their audience KNOWS what they’re all about, which makes it easier for them to make the decision to follow their brand.

So what are the key concepts to your brand? Do you sell clothes that promote self love? Are you a coach that wants to change the world and you’re going to take your audience with you?

WHY SHOULD PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU?

INSPIRE YOUR AUDIENCE and be SO clear on what the keys to your brand are. You will be surprised at the tribe you start to build.

How do you compare to other Brands?

What sets you apart from the rest of the businesses?

IT’S YOU.

Sure you might have an amazing product, or service or you might be offering something that really hasn’t been offered before… regardless of that, people are more likely to buy something if they LIKE the person promoting it!

In no way does that mean you shouldn’t highlight the obvious things that set you apart from competition. It just means you also need to give your brand some personality.

Take Miss Jordan for example:

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Hey hey HOLLA! We’ll answer your questions for a DOLLA! Just kidding, totally free for the taking. It’s #QandATuesday which means we are DYING to hear your most pressing questions! Today the theme is… … Drumroll please … Energy and motivation! Getting motivated? Staying motivated? Motivation to start a budget? Lose weight? Get organized? How to motivate a spouse or someone else? How to keep energy levels up with young kids around? Anything and everything even remotely having to do about the subject, whether it’s how WE do it, or whether it’s advice for a situation of yours, lay it on us! Then head back here at 9:00 MST and we will answer them all – LIVE. Missed the live? Watch it on YouTube! (Youtube.com/FunCheapOrFree). In the meantime, how about a double tap for dat booty right der? #BootyBooty #BubbaAndJordy #FCFliveQandA

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I started following her for her content. I stayed because she is SO relate-able, her daily mom struggles, her love of Costco, her affinity for all the sparkly things, I feel like her and I would be BFF’s in real life.

SO create something or someone for your audience to relate to. Something for them to connect with and something they can associate you with. It’ll help you stick around in their brain for a much longer time.


If you feel like you need help with any of this, Contact me!

I love helping brands succeed and I’m a boss at marketing (especially on Social media platforms)

Just send me an email over at: Passeypromoting@gmail.com

Who is your favorite brand that you follow?

Feel free to share in the comments!

love,

H

5 Quick Tips For Branding Yourself Online

Are you on the struggle bus of figuring out how to BRAND yourself?

Let me help 🙂

Branding is my favorite part of marketing. It creates a cohesiveness to your business and allows your follows/buyers/peeps to relate to you in a more intimate way. PLUS It will help set you apart from all the “other guys”.

Branding ROCKS and should definitely be a key part of your business or personal endeavors.

SO lets get into it.

Here are 5 quick tips to help you brand yourself:

1.Decide who you are.

This is THE most important step for virtually every part of promoting your business. You have to get really clear about who YOU are.

Here are some questions to help you get started:

  • Who are you?
  • What do you do?
  • What are you promoting?
  • What’s the big idea?
  • How do you compare to other businesses or influencers?

Answering these questions will help you get a clearer understanding of what you want to convey to your followers.

Feel like  you need more help standing out? Check out this fab article (LINK)

2. What’s the Mission?

Creating a mission statement or just an overall mission for your personal/business endeavor will help you keep your eye on the prize and really help you stream line and give your branding PURPOSE.

Here are some questions to help you get started:

  • What part of this endeavor excites you the most?
  • Why did you start all of this?
  • What are you hoping to accomplish?

People love to follow people who have goals and an ultimate reason for doing what they do.

Here’s a quick How To if you need help (LINK)

3.Define audience.

Who do you want to reach?

It’s okay to not be EVERYONE’S cup of tea. Actually, it’s better! The more specific your audience is, the more loyal your following can be and the easier it is to target when you start getting into advertising.

Sit yourself down and think about what you’re offering and who specifically you want to offer it to!

Here’s an awesome resource if you need more help! (LINK)

4. Establish a color scheme

What’s your aesthetic?

Picking a color scheme will help your audience to identify you in the ocean of social media posts or advertisements.

Our brains are like 70% more likely to remember something we SAW. So help your followers to associate you with some gorgeous color schemes.

If you need some inspiration, this color scheme branding board is a MUST SEE.

The rose gold makes me SWOON.

5.Create a Logo

What do you want people to identify you with?

Are you a photographer? Maybe include a classy camera. Are you a writer? Maybe a pen or pencil or something that alludes to what you do!

If YOU are your brand, you can just use your name and create something gorgeous and classy.

THIS is my logo:

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Something with a little bit of wild in it is what I wanted people to see!

Do you think this works for my brand? Why or why not?


I hope these quick tips help you out in whatever you are trying to accomplish online.

Let me know if you have any you think I should add in the comments below!

love,

-H

 

P.S. Here’s a bonus link to what NOT to do when branding: (LINK)

 

Puppy fever. My dream come true.

Any one who knows me, knows that I have ‘Puppy Fever’ like perpetually, forever, it’s never going away. I’m going to end up with 38 dogs and my husband will probably leave me.

Anyways, since yesterday was National Puppy Day… My husband made my dream come true.

Wanna guess? HE GOT ME A PUPPY.

You want to know how I reacted? MENTAL BREAKDOWN.

Me: Still excited but also horrified that I didn’t prepare for this sort of wonderful thing. Don’t get me wrong, I am so so happy but, getting a dog is crazy and requires a lot of thoughts, prayers and maybe some prescription drugs.

Anyways, Meet Miss SCOUT. Our adorable Aussie Mix.

She has THE SWEETEST personality. She is about 10 & a half weeks old and the best craigslist decision anyone could ever make. She’s like to cuddle and is very shy but, we are working on that.

Because I know a lot of you who read this are just like me in the control freak OCD arena… I’m going to give you a break down of everything we had to do before we brought her home.

Find the Right Breed

I’m always doing research on breeds since I’m obsessed with dogs and all that. So I knew that I wanted an Australian Shepherd. They’re loyal, smart and excellent family dogs. However, they are also mischievous and very high energy. Working dogs NEED to be exercised daily.

Tips to help you:

  • Look at your lifestyle.

(Are you active? Do you need a family friendly dog? Will you be leaving it alone for long amounts of time? What is the main purpose for you getting a dog?)

  • Look at where you live.

( Do you have the space? Will you need a yard? Do you have places to walk your dog nearby?)

  • Look at your schedule.

( Do you have the time and energy for that kind of dog? )

These are ALL important factors to take into consideration before even looking for a prospective dog.

Here’s a helpful little quiz to get you started:

http://www.akc.org/tools/dog-breed-selector/

Can you afford it?

Dogs are almost more expensive than children. At least for the first couple of months.

When you get a puppy there’s a LOT of maintenance. Lots of ruined carpet, lots of vet visits, lots of shots, lots of toys and beds and collars.

Here’s a list of everything we had to pay for in the first 24 hours:

  • Vet Visit -$49.95
  • Dog Bed- $5.96
  • Dog Crate- $18.86
  • Dog Treats & Toys- $20-35
  • Potty Training Kit- $19.99
  • Food- $20
  • Food bowls- $5
  • Apartment Deposit- $400
  • Collar & Leash – $35
  • Miscellaneous- $30

Not to mention all the shots & check ups they’ll still need. Luckily, our clinic (Kaibab animal hospital) has a “puppy plan” that includes all that for only $30 a month!

So make sure you really have the funds to take care of your new best friend.

Also check out petsmarts Puppy Coupon book:

https://www.petsmart.com/featured-shops/new-pet/puppy/?srule=relevance&pmin=0

Are you gonna give it a forever home?

This is my biggest anxiety. There are SO MANY “what ifs” that fly through my brain when I think about this.

Dogs are thinking, feeling animals. I’m 100% sure they feel love and they know when we love them! It’s so important to do whatever you can to make a place for your new dog & to know that you’re going to do everything you can to keep them as part of your home forever.

Obviously, if something happens outside of your control and you have to give up your dog that’s okay. Dogs deserve the best life they can possibly have.

So that’s why we’re getting TWO. (Go Big Or Go Home?)

Meet Our Aussie Corgi mix TUCKER.

We pick him up in April & I can’t wait to make these two adorable dogs have the best life ever!

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Tell me, am I missing anything?

What are your best training tips? I would love to hear them!

Love

-Hailee

Parade of Homes -St. George 2018

If you’re hardcore into ‘window shopping’ (especially for houses), the Parade of Homes is for you!

This last week we decided to take a trip down to St. George to see what all the fanfare surrounding the Parade of Homes was about. We were not disappointed.

These homes ranged from $450k- 4 Million in price. The styles and themes were vastly different but all of them were so beautiful!

Here are some of my favorites:

Building style & Architecture :

As much as I love craftsman or bungalow style homes… these desert dwelling had my heart pumpin.

Desert Dwelling:

Modern:

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(The Greystone)

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(Sunset over Dixie) *Major Fave

Check out this link to see ALL the pictures:

https://paradehomes.com

Landscaping:

Landscaping is something I always keep an eye out for. I love the outdoors and my dream house will have a GIANT back yard as well as land for daysss.

However, the parade of homes is definitely more focused on the HOME, there isn’t a lot to the yards besides pools.

Here are some of the cool features that WERE there:

This volcano rock blows my mind.

Fire rocks were all over! So cool!

Kitchens:

You can’t have a Parade house without a dreamy kitchen, it’s the law. I can not WAIT to move into our new place with a giant kitchen!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Bathrooms:

What I wouldn’t give for an insane bathroom like on of these. Bath’s are a stressed out college girls best friend and these tubs couldn’t be more inviting.

Here are a few of my favorite designs:

The view on this one makes up for the lack of privacy

Interior Design:

Definitely one of my favorite factors of any home. I love the way small things can pull together an entire room.

Here are a few of my favorite accent walls & pieces:

Views:

Most of these gorgeous homes were located up near Snow Canyon park in Southern Utah. An incredibly gorgeous place that you definitely need to see for yourself.

Here’s a link if you want to go see it:

https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/snow-canyon/

If you’re looking to build a house in southern Utah and love the way these look I highly recommend checking out this website to find some awesome contractors:

https://www.suhba.com/

A Blondie’s Guide: ‘Whole Food’

Let’s talk about ‘Whole Foods’.  

If you’re a little crunchy like I am you’ll get why whole food is a big deal. Now, I am not talking about the Grocery store chain. I’m talking about real actual food!

Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite blog posts from another blog I have that is ALL about being healthy:

https://the-wellness-home.com

Here it is:

HELLO HELLO! Today we are going to be chatting about ‘WHOLE FOODS’ … so if you’re not into learning about food or you don’t like to eat food or you’re not into eating good foods… stop reading NOW.

If you ARE looking for a some resources about things to put in your body to make it happier AND healthier, you are in the right place.

What are ‘Whole Foods’?

Definition: “plant food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances.” (Thank you google.) For example.. Fruits, Veggies… good grains.

That sounds easy enough, right? Well.. it’s not. Take a good look at what things you may have in your fridge or in your pantry or cabinets. I am willing to bet most of the food that you have stored away in there doesn’t quite meet the requirements for ‘Whole food’. In today’s world it’s much harder to find unprocessed, unrefined, un-tampered with food. Even a lot of the produce we consume has additives or artificial substances added to it.

Crazy, right?

Note: Check out the labels on your food! If you can’t read it or pronounce it, it most likely isn’t whole food and it probably isn’t too awesome for you.

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Why do we need ‘Whole Foods’?

Now, I don’t mean to scare you, everything will be OKAY. Not having a strict diet of only ‘Whole food’ will not kill you and hasn’t been proven as a cause of cancer or any of that kind of junk (Maybe)… our bodies just don’t function as well without them. ‘Whole Foods’ are an essential part to having a healthy balanced body and life!

Our bodies were MADE to process and use Whole, Fresh, food! Imagine a life where all you ate was ‘Whole foods’, I’m sure you’re picturing more energy, a more balanced state of mind. Perhaps, clearer skin and memory, greater health and vibrancy. You are SO right. Our bodies function on a whole different level when we give them the nutrients they need without all the fillers or frills. Eating more whole foods is essential to health and a HUGE step in the right direction if you are ready for an improved healthy lifestyle.

Note: TRY IT! If you haven’t heard of the ‘whole 30 diet’, I recommend checking it out and giving it a go for 30 days! I’d love to start another challenge group and do it with you.

How can we incorporate more ‘Whole Foods’ into our lives?

That being said, how in the world are we supposed to incorporate more Whole Foods into our diets? Easy Peasy. Buy them. I know what you’re thinking… ‘how am I supposed to eat that stuff?’ RECIPES! If you are on Pinterest I am SURE you will find what you need to make these whole foods sound appetizing. Create meal plans, get your family in on it, make it a goal! You will thank yourself later for being so proactive with your health.

Besides, we are happy to help! Join one of our 21 day challenges and get some awesome recipes, meal plans and tips to help. (Email:be.eating.clean@gmail.com)

The truth of the matter is that our bodies crave these foods and what we can find at the grocery store wont entirely sate that craving or fulfill all of the nutrients our bodies need. That is the BIGGEST reason I advocate for supplements.

Specifically ‘Whole Food’ supplements.

Some of my favorite ‘Whole food’ Supplements:

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Greens- Jade greenzymes

The ULTIMATE super food. You can literally survive off of this stuff and water. This will help alkalinize your system, promote better functioning organs (especially digestion/acid reflex stuff) and it’s definitely the best option for families who need some help in the eating more greens department. PLUS its great at fighting off infections and I even use it as a facial mask to suck out any impurities in my skin! (Seriously, if you have sick kids all the time THIS is a MUST.)

Click here to learn more. 

Daily Health- Kenzen Mega Daily (Men & Women)

Most daily vitamins are hard for your body to absorb.. but, because these are ‘Whole food’ supplements your body uses them right up! I LOVE the way I feel one these. My hormones stay so balanced. There’s also a ton of rocking antioxidants AND metabolism boosters. HECK YES.

Click here to learn more. 

INSANE Daily Nutrients- Kenzen Vital Balance

I am totally not a protein shake type of gal but, I make an exception for something that has literally changed everything about my health. This stuff tastes good and does the best things for your body. My immunity is much higher, my skin is brighter, my hair is longer, my digestion has improved IMMENSELY (more on that later) and I have a crazy amount of energy. (Not to mention this stuff is the bomb for both building muscle AND losing extra weight you may be carrying around)

Click here to learn more. 

Energy- Kenzen Ten4

MY FAVORITE THING EVER. If you need more energy, a gentle detox… some brain/emotional balance, THIS should be your go to. Besides having an amazing amount of nutritional value and antioxidants, this stuff boosts your metabolism AND helps you gently detox. I LOVE IT. 10/10 would recommend to EVERYONE.

Click here to learn more. 

Total Detox- Activated charcoal

Lately I have been totally loving on this stuff.. even though its not technically a ‘Whole food’ it will totally help scrub out all the gunk in your system to help you absorb your Whole foods better! Just make sure you continue to drink copious amounts of water to help it filter through!

Find this on Amazon or at any health food store. Or click here for the one I use.

Note: Find what works for your body! Do research, ask questions, be proactive.

Link to full post:

https://the-wellness-home.com/2017/11/15/why-whole-foods-are-everything/

This for sure isn’t everything… There is so much more for us to learn about how are bodies are affected by food. I can’t wait to write more about it!

Stay tuned for a fit & foodie post in the next month or so!

What are your favorite Whole Food recipes?

Have you done Whole30? What was your experience?

 

Love

-Hailee