My 2018 Intentions … Better Late Than Never!

It’s nearly March, and I’m just now getting around to mapping out my intentions for the year. Mesita (my new girlfriend that also happens to be the Bridal Shop Owner that designed my custom wedding dress) shared with me the difference in having intentions versus goals. I’ve learned that intentions are actions that I am working on, while goals are merely a thought. So this year I decided to share my intentions with you all …

  1. Be Present. I’m a planner, so naturally I’m always forward thinking. I tend to over think sometimes which causes me to loses out on living in the moment even if it’s just for a split second. I got a glimpse of living in the moment at my wedding… HD and I really had the time of our lives in 8 hours. And every chance I get to reflect back and relive those moments, I do. I loved the feeling that I felt at my wedding, surrounded by everyone I love and standing in that moment in time. It taught me that every day I need to bask in my present-self.
  2. Save More For Things I Want. Again, another valuable lesson I learned from wedding planning was my ability to save! HD and I planned the wedding of our dreams in less than 12 months, stashing away lump sums of money at a time. It taught me that I could do this more often! It showed me that there are certain things that I can live without (excessive Target spending lol) and that things can get done with prioritizing and being consistent.
  3. Let Go of People Pleasing. This has honestly been my toughest lesson. I’m a people pleaser; I over accommodate and try to meet the needs of everyone I care about. It really takes a toll on me. I always end up getting the short end of the stick, or working too hard to make sure everyone in my camp is good. I’ve learned that, it’s not fair to me. This year I’m intentionally going to work on pleasing myself instead of others.
  4. Increase My Credit. HD and I have real goals –big ones and they require a strong foundation. I’ve learned that a 700+ credit score is more valuable than 200 grand in the bank. So we’re working towards that 700+ score! Wanna join me on this journey? I’m going to start a ‘credit challenge’ in the next few months so please be on the lookout.
  5. Treat Myself. If you know me, you know I work REALLY HARD. Somedays I’m typing away at my computer for my clients for 14 hours straight, while other times I’m traveling between 4 airports in 48 hours. I want to learn to take a breather and treat myself. I deserve that facial, or a nice pedicure. I work hard for it! And this year I’m going to honor myself by going the extra mile to treat myself.

What are some of your intentions for this year?

5 Steps For Feeling More Confident

For some reason, I’ve never struggled with confidence. Like most people I’ve doubted myself a few times here and there, but for the most part I’ve been a very confident individual. I truly believe that’s something that starts in the home. For as long as I can remember my family pushed me to be a leader, to never follow –but to always lead. In order to be a leader, you must be confident. …

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How To Grow Your Network Online

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 1.02.22 AMAt the end of the day, people only do business with those they feel comfortable with, those they like and those they trust. Your network can open many doors of opportunity for you and your business,  or it can be your worst nightmare. Having an online professional network is vital in today’s market especially if you are looking to connect with people who aren’t in your regional district. Throughout my growing career, most of my opportunities have derived from online connections with people and businesses whom I have networked with and built an outstanding reputation with. Here are a few tips on how to seamlessly build your network online while mixing your business background with your personal life.

1. Do Your Research. When searching for online connections, be mindful of who’s who. Before you just go following people on social media, or connecting with them on professional networks, you should really dig deep and to find out as much about a person as you can before ‘pursuing them online.’ Why? Well it helps if you are familiar with the person and also because you want to see if you need them if the first place. The last thing you want to do is waste someone’s time!

As you find out who these individuals are, you shouldn’t rush to follow them on any social media networks, instead monitor their online presence for a while just so that you can see what their daily professional lives consist of, and you will know if that’s someone you would like to move forward ‘rubbing elbows’ with.

2. Be Mindful of What You Post. As cliche` as it sounds, you really have to be careful of what you post online, because once it’s out there, it’s there forever. Picture it like this: just as you are ‘online stalking’ the people you look up to, they may be looking at you, too. You wouldn’t want to be ashamed of what someone you are trying to impress sees.

This doesn’t mean you have to be a bore on social media. You can still be your outgoing-self but be sure not to be any of these things: overly opinionated, inappropriate, or obnoxious. Have well-balanced social media accounts that show you are outgoing, social but still very ambitious and business savvy.

3. Open The Door For Opportunity. The worst you could possibly hear is, “No!” If there is someone you have been researching online and you’ve found a point of contact for that person, go for it! Be sure that you have something to offer, because nothing is free and busy people don’t want to waste their time on you.

4. Be Intentional. I believe the only true way to network with someone is if you are really interested in building a bond with that person. That means, if you are only using them to get ahead, it won’t work. In order to build your network, you have to really consider what you can offer that person, and in return what can you gain from them and their networks. After all, the bond you build with your  network will be a constant exchange, and that can’t be done with people you don’t want to deal with long term.

5. Think Long-Term. Connections may open doors, but relationships close deals. Always look to build a lasting relationship with those in your network, this means you must build trust and they must believe in you. Networking isn’t just connecting with someone on social media or exchanging business cards. It’s about creating long lasting relationships with colleagues that can always count on you. Make yourself needed and always keep in touch with those you are connected to. You don’t want to be the person who only comes around when they want or need something.

Dreaming Of Floral

Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 6.13.40 PMScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.15.22 PMScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.15.59 PMScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.15.42 PMScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.16.08 PMThere’s been one sun shiny day after another. As long as my allergies allow, I’m enjoying every bit of this weather. Bright colors inspire me so much, they really make you feel as good as you look. Though I typically choose black pieces when I shop (there’s something about the polished look of black) … I felt like fun colors today.

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