Tuesday, February 2, 2016

creative marketing

one thing i know for sure, i am always thinking outside the box. my practice has been consistently thriving since 2011, however, this girl just won't lose the hustle. i love exercising creativity in how i express my business to others.  

business' are redefining your average business card. after admiring some brilliant concepts, i decided to do some redefining of my own.  

a bike tool to advertise the bike shop

 a personal trainers card: you have to stretch the band to view his info

 an edible cookie to market your local bakery


my first idea originated from my one and only, southern gent. he gave me the idea to upload my branding film to usb drives and distribute to referral sources. i loved the idea and even found a woodworking company that branded usb drives. voila! that way if a physician wants to show a patient my film, they just pop it into their laptop and my business card comes to life. 


the second idea that i copied struck me was an interior designer who gave her clients a lovely candle and personalized matchbook as a christmas gift. i thought that was so wise. 
i have been excited to see matchbooks make a comeback. swanky restaurants, hotels and bars are carrying them again. i have started a little collection of my own, which has been fun to sift through and recall the memories we created inside the places. 
all of this love & creativity sparked the idea of having my business info printed on matchbooks. naturally i had to come up with a little slogan to make matches relevant to therapy/personal development/goal setting.  


don't ever lose your spark and interest in furthering your personal/professional development!


Monday, January 18, 2016

taking risks!

it's one thing to say i am going to do big things, it's another to take action. this year i plan to create and accept new challenges. a few short weeks ago, a friend contacted me to brainstorm newsletter ideas. he is a realtor who markets with a savvy monthly publication. i always gain a tip or two from his knowledge. instead of listing ideas to him, i volunteered to submit my own piece. he brought it to his team of colleagues and they accepted my submission. Below is what will be published in his February newsletter.

thank you for your help editing & revising, Virginia!

there are a few exciting challenges brewing for me in the coming months. stay tuned. i am terrified and thrilled at exactly the same time! 


Saturday, January 2, 2016

2015 in review

happy new year my friends! what a year it was. reflecting back on my year assures me one thing, i certainly possess self discipline. i established some very healthy habits this year and they each had a lasting impact. i found it very attainable to set a monthly goal and hyper focus on it for 30 days. some of the habits i would carry into the next month. my proudest is the "only water" discipline. currently i am drinking a caffeinated beverage twice a week. that feels like a huge feat in comparison to my twice daily habit i kicked in november. 

january: do things differently herehere and here.
february: just make it hereherehere and here.     
march: mostly vegan herehereherehere and here.
april: wake up before the sun five days a week here, here and here
may: exercise curiositherehere and here 
june: daily gratitude and generosity herehere and here
july: at least one mile a day here and here
august: beach body challenge here and here
september: lead with love and positivity hereherehere and here
october: vulnerability here and here
november: only water here, here and here
december: take better care of yourself


2015 was a productive, healthy and painful year full of personal growth. it involved many tears. when we work hard on self improvement there are growing pains along the way. i also cried lots of happy tears this year. i had a couple difficult conversations that were remarkably healing. being open and honest, with good intention, healed wounds i had been carrying around for a long time. that was my greatest achievement this year. if you have a relationship that needs improving, speak up! our words have an incredible power to heal.  

here are 15 highlights in 2015! it was full of travel, which is always a good idea. #wanderlust


15. started out the new year with my favorites in Florida!
they surprised me and my heart burst with happiness!

14. how can we forget the brown/red/purple/blue hair...whoa
equally fun and traumatizing. i went from too blonde to too dark. 
i have finally found my happy medium as a bronde (brunette & blonde combo) and also a new salon.
i don't regret taking that risk, we should all live on the edge a little bit. 

13. explored the wonderful mountain town of asheville with my crew!
traveling with the dogs made it even sweeter. 

 12. my bestie from high school came to visit with her crew of five!
it's always epic to get to know your favorite people's, people. 

11. fashion week in charleston with emily! 
we uber'd, shopped, grubbed on sushi & gelato and saw a runway show.

10. south beach for labor day. incredible restaurants, cocktails and people watching with my love! 

9. traveled first class to jackson hole with the jackson5! 
we took a couple years off our lives, but it was worth it. big G's voice hasn't recovered yet. 

8. we headed west in the summer and the winter to enjoy mountain life and our wonderful family!
wine, dogs, mountains, cute towns, fireplaces, great food and lots of fun people! 

7. southern gent and i typically travel solo. this year we found joy in traveling with others. 
we went to both las vegas and toronto and felt wonderful energy from the crew around us!

6. a couple quick girls trips to arizona and charlotte with some of the finest!

5. music makes the world go round' 
i saw a fun variety of artists this year!

4. our favorite trip was to cabo san lucas. 
the champagne almost convinced us to buy a timeshare!

3. family beach week/corona commercial/mom retired/parents bought a beach house.
that's a lot of excitement in one summer!

2. three days of filming for my 2.5 minute branding film. it was a dream come true. 
the guys who run the company and my generous friends/family who were my "models" made the entire experience a joy!

1. this year i hired my first employee. he is able to provide clients exactly what i cannot; warmth, closeness and affection. he has been an invaluable addition to my practice and i cannot imagine my business without him. he has a tremendous way of impacting others. he is my beloved sidekick. i am happy he is on the payroll and able to earn a living. i wouldn't want him to think everything in life is free! 


well, there it is. my most memorable moments in 2015! 

in 2016 i vow to continue my pursuit of personal and career greatness. 

i plan to continuing doing new and interesting things along the way with this quote in mind always: 
"kindness is the best thing we can put on each morning" 
-sarah jessica parker- 

my only resolution is to begin practicing meditation. 
thank you for enjoying this journey alongside me! 

Monday, November 30, 2015

monthly discipline: december

january: do things differently herehere and here.
february: just make it hereherehere and here.     
march: mostly vegan herehereherehere and here.
april: wake up before the sun five days a week here, here and here
may: exercise curiositherehere and here 
june: daily gratitude and generosity herehere and here
july: at least one mile a day here and here
august: beach body challenge here and here
september: lead with love and positivity hereherehere and here
october: vulnerability here and here
november: only water

december: take better care of yourself

i am so proud to say i conquered november with amazing grace. countless cravings but not one lapse. on special occasions i did drink alcohol, but only vodka/soda (because it's clear)! my water game has never been so strong. i sort of can't believe it myself. one of the best things age has taught me is that difficult moments pass. ride the wave and it's always better on the other side. 
a friend and i concurred that our sweet tooth increased with the loss of caffeine and syrupy drinks. there's nothing a little starburst can't remedy. might revisit that candy craving in january. 

for now i will leave december open to interpretation. we each know what it means to take better care of self. it might mean eating cleaner. it could mean being more honest. maybe it's more exercise. quite possibly saying "no" or setting boundaries with others. it's potentially letting go of anger and forgiving those who have hurt you. perhaps lighting candles and taking more baths. or perchance letting go and not taking life so damn seriously. it will mean something different to everyone, but you know what it means to you. whatever is holding you back from being your optimal self, identify it and repair it. 
let's finish this year with poise and gratitude. i have really pushed myself in 2015 to be the best i can be. i will always be striving to improve. i hope you are too. 

utilize every single day you are given and keep your mind open and optimistic! love thy self! 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

november discipline: only water

19 days and still going strong! i have moments of cravings, but haven't wavered. i even stocked back-up caffeine free soda in my work fridge, but haven't indulged. it's mostly the ritual i miss. oh and the bubbles and flavor too. i believe having the option to reject gives us power and a stronger sense of self control. we traveled to Toronto and walked the chilly streets with Starbucks on every corner. i did stop in and order a hot water. i added lemon slices and had the same experience i love, keeping my hands warm between steaming sips. i bought lemons and limes in bulk and squeeze them into each tall glass of h2o. at the office i am frequenting the red knob on the water cooler, for piping hot aqua. it's so very soothing.
my energy levels are normal, i am not experiencing fatigue or the crashes associated with caffeine highs. after a little research, i learned caffeine taps into our adrenaline. please take a couple minutes to read this article on how caffeine impacts the adrenal glands. the caffeine-cortisol connection is fascinating.


kicked off the holiday season in Toronto! 



exploring a new city is one of our very favorite things to do


the hockey hall of fame was incredible 

experiencing Mr. K's induction was remarkable

sharing good times with great friends makes everything more meaningful 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

november discipline: only water

5 days in and i am going so strong. i've only had water with and between meals. it's been difficult. today i felt like i was mostly over the hump, the constant headache has subsided. i saw nine clients in a row today, i was in my office from 11am-8:30pm with no caffeine. it felt like a huge feat.

i honestly don't miss my morning chai. i am already past that. it's the soda and juices that i miss. i don't miss alcohol, i can take it or leave it. i love a cocktail and the entire experience it provides, but i don't need one very often. i have been waking up earlier, just naturally. i am feeling more and more fresh now that the anti-caffeine fog has lifted.

there is a commercial on tv that displays a soda bottle pouring into an icy glass. in slow motion! it's so hard to watch and really unfair. sugary sweet beverages are the perfect accessory to meals and daytime errands. southern gent and i went out for dinner last night and i ordered a water. initially it felt a little sad, but ended up being all i needed. southern gent ordered a water too. he always makes me feel supported.

i am not sure if caffeine and my addictive personality can co-exist. for now i am having a love affair with water and it's moving toward greater health and harmony.


my definition of discipline: consistent gestures that are sometimes difficult, but lead to an improved self.

discipline comes in all shapes and sizes. where is your level of personal discipline? 




Saturday, October 31, 2015

monthly discipline: november

january: do things differently herehere and here.
february: just make it hereherehere and here.     
march: mostly vegan herehereherehere and here.
april: wake up before the sun five days a week here, here and here
may: exercise curiositherehere and here 
june: daily gratitude and generosity herehere and here
july: at least one mile a day here and here
august: beach body challenge here and here
september: lead with love and positivity hereherehere and here
october: vulnerability here and here

november: only water


for as long as i can remember, i have started my days with an iced chai latte. it's like a prerequisite to the day. halfway through the afternoon i drink a diet coke. with dinner i may have a glass of juice. later in the evening maybe some wine too. 

i don't drink enough water. 

when i get a facial, the esthetician usually informs me of my dry skin. i have heard functions such as brain activity, flexibility and circulation are impacted by hydration. it's time to focus on my water intake. 
strangely i drink water in bulk. after a strenuous jog i chug 1-2 water bottles. i don't sip it throughout the day. 
it's time to disarm these bad habits, cold turkey, by only allowing water in november. i am prepared for three days of headache. caffeine is a strong drug. 

there are a few special occasions this month where i will likely sip an alcoholic beverage or two. but i vow to mostly stick to water. i am excited to see and feel the benefits! 

as i finish this october 31st, i am enjoying my root beer float. every.last.drop. 

in other news, here are the latest happenings:

i won a bowling tournament, first place out of 26 women.
prize: black onyx cocktail ring seen below. score! 

bid farewell to one of the squad members.
for now.
we will see her again in 2015!

supported my charming nephews at a school fundraiser!


attended our 4th annual neighborhood Halloween party!
2012: little red riding hood and the wolf
2013: duck dynasty mr. & mrs.
2014: wonder woman and clark kent



2015: darth vader and princess leia

we spent halloween on the football field.
it's halloween at our house everyday (always happily handing out gum/candy to neighbor kiddos)
so we took the actual holiday off.

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