Out of sorts

I’ll be quite honest: As driven as I am, I sometimes fail.

Right now, I’m not feeling very organized. I’m going through the process of learning a new organizational strategy (the Bullet Journal!) but naturally picked the busiest time at work to do it.

Basically, my life is a disaster of papers and things to do.

So unfortunately, Wanderlust Wednesday and my blog is taking the back burner. I just need to develop a new plan and then I will be back at it! Don’t write me off just yet – my goal is to be back up and running by next week!

xoxo.

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Thursday Therapy

It’s almost Friday, but I’m struggling. My PVSD (Post Vacation Stress Disorder) is in high-gear and I’ve been playing catch-up at work all week. I’m back to my usual busy schedule and as much as I love it, sometimes, we all need a little pick-me-up; some motivation to get through the week.

Sometimes,wp-1472082041241.jpg that pick-me-up comes in liquid form, consumed with coworkers during happy hour.

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and billionaire investor on Shark Tank, is the King of Snarky Wisdom.

He’s also a major investor in BeatBox Beverages, one of my favorite (alcoholic) drinks.

I’ll warn you here; I’m a bit biased. 

Basically, if you like wine, cocktails, or candy, you’ll love this. It’s a fun, unique concoction designed to share.

Don’t just take my word for it; Take Mark’s, too. And if you happen need a few inspirational words to get you through the week, check out these Motivational Mark Quotes To Live By (compiled by yours truly) on the BeatBox Blog!

“I create offbeat advice; I don’t follow it. I rarely take third-party advice on my investments.”

– Mark Cuban

Do you love to travel?

As much as I love being home, I get restless. When that happens, the only thing to do is pack a bag and leave town. Lucky for me, I have two homes (Austin and Chicago), so I know I’m going somewhere different at least a few times every year. Even better, is that even though I’m technically a “grown up,” I’m still invited on my family’s annual vacations.

Needless to say, I’ve been to some pretty cool places, and I have plans to visit even more. But the thing is, I’d like to keep my Wanderlust posts weekly (because really…how catchy is ‘Wanderlust Wednesday’?).

Because of this, I need your help.

I’m enlisting friends, family, followers, and peers to join my Travel Team and guest blog. I want #WanderlustWednesday to become a community of free spirited travel bugs! You don’t need to be a complete globe-trotter. Just one cool place will do (there’s a lust after wander for a reason)!

Click here to fill out your submission form and join my Travel Team!

 

Be unstoppable.

I’ve subscribed to this whole #BossBabe thing for quite some time. I’ve been a boss while working a dead-end job, as a barista, as a freelancer, a blogger, and now, doing something I love at a company that appreciates my abilities. I’ve been happy, stressed, skint, depressed, and every emotion in between.

But even at my lowest point, I didn’t lose my drive. My motivation is who I am; Some days are more difficult than others, but in the end, it’s what keeps me going.

I’m not a huge fan of super-cheesy, girly quote crap, but these are some of my favorite #BossBabe quotes that inspire me when I’m feeling down. Hopefully, they motivate you, too.

“Life is very short.

Insecurity is a waste of time.

– Diane Von Furstenberg

When things gets tough…

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…Don’t give in…

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…Remember: Coffee cures everything. So drink up, re-focus, and grind.

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Just get it done.

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Don’t forget what you’re worth.

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“If you wanna appease me, compliment my brain.”

– Christina Yang, Grey’s Anatomy

Work through despair.

“You have to stop crying. You have to go out there and kick some ass.”

– Lady Gaga

Calm down; You got this.

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Business is an art, and you’re performing.

#Success #Quotes Chase Your Dreams @styleestate

Sometimes, it gets lonely…and that’s okay.

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“You know who’s gonna give you everything?

Yourself.”

– Diane Von Furstenberg

 

7 Girly Pinterest Marketing Tips

At my “big girl job,” I’ve been spending a lot of time optimizing our company’s Pinterest profiles. Now that I’m actually getting some work done here on the blog, I decided it was time to apply the same tactics to my own Pinterest account.

It was actually kind of a trip; I started using Pinterest literally as soon as it was available, so cleaning up my pins and pin boards was like going back in time. It was exhausting, but pretty awesome. Now, I’m finally ready to use it as a business tool!

If you’re using Pinterest for your business, you’ll want tofunny-pinterest-someecard make sure that you’re not just blindly pinning content. Pinterest is definitely overlooked as far as social media marketing tools, but if you have the right audience and you do it right, it could easily be one of your top influencers.

I’ve done quite a bit of research to prepare the optimization of my boards at work, and I’ve compiled my top tips and things to think about, so that you don’t have to sort through all the long articles I read.

Pinterest Tips: Spark-noted

  1. KEYWORDS EVERYWHERE: They’re super important for your board descriptions and even more important for individual pin descriptions. Be smart with your keywords; Be vague, but also clear and concise. Protip: Pin descriptions perform the best when they are between 200 and 500 characters. 
  2. Use hashtags sparingly: The same way you want to be strategic with your keywords, apply the same with hashtags. Don’t use a million of them (3 to 5 will suffice), or it looks like spam.
  3. Make your boards pretty! Since I was pinning as an adolescent, I ended up going through and deleting a ton of pins that were blurry or just looked like crap for one reason or another. You want people to like browsing your boards, and they won’t do that if you have a ton of ugly pins (as girly as that sounds, it’s the cold-hearted truth and just how girls are).
  4. Don’t forget about board topics: This is crucial for Pinterest searches. When you go to edit your board, make sure your board isn’t listed as ‘other’ under topics, unless it doesn’t fall into any of the other topics. If it’s a DIY board, you best be sure it’s listed there so that your pins and boards appear higher in Pinterest search results. 
  5. Put your best pin forward: Once your board is up to par, go back to edit the description and choose the main photo. Make sure it’s not cut off in a weird place, that it’s pretty, and is a good overall image-description of the board.
  6. Keep your best boards near the top: If you own a boutique, you’re going to put your prettiest (and probably more expensive) garments in the windows and on display. The same principle applies to where your boards are placed, so re-arrange them based on what your audience likes and where you’re pinning the most.
  7. Utilize Secret Boards: I used this as a way to move my pins around without overloading followers with pins, but it’s also a great tool for starting brand new boards. Start pinning to it and, once it’s ready, make it public. That way, you don’t have a handful of pins on the board. You also don’t spam your audience with content as you create it.

Check out my improved Pinterest profile.

This craft brewery should be on everyone’s radar

Photo via Lazarus Brewing Co Facebook

“What if there’s more to beer than just…beer?”

– Christian Cryder, CEO (Lazarus Brewing Co.)

I didn’t really become a big beer fan until my junior year of college. To me, all beer was cringeworthy Miller or Bud Light…until my then-boyfriend introduced me to a local Chicago craft brewery called Two Brothers. We went on the tour and my eyes were opened to all the wonders that (good) beer can offer.

One of the things I love about living in Austin, Texas is the local beer scene. Here, it’s about more than just great beer, it’s about the community that surrounds it.

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Photo courtesy Lazarus Brewing Co

“Beer was specifically designed to be shared.”

– Matt Couch, Brewmaster (Lazarus Brewing Co.)

With that said, I’m really excited to report on the newest brewery to enter the scene, to open in October:

Lazarus Brewing Company.

Lazarus Brewing Company has a huge focus on the community, being a neighborhood business, and they are all about their patrons. They are creating a space that people will love to be in, which may be why they’ve commissioned a custom 10×10 stained glass window to brighten up the brewery.

The family-owned brewery (The Cryder Family), in addition to having an undying love of good beer, they also adore great coffee. So if you don’t want to drink but need a place to set up shop and study, you’ll be able to plug-in to their wifi and have an amazing cup of coffee instead (and I’m not talking your standard cup of Starbucks ‘jo, I’m talking real coffee made from beautifully roasted beans).

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Photo courtesy of Lazarus Brewing Co. Facebook

There will also (thank God), be a kitchen at their place. We got to sample the tacos they’re going to be serving and oh my hot sauce, they are to die for. Seriously. Best tacos I’ve ever had in my life…and I’ve had a LOT of tacos.

The Cryders want us to stay, hang out, and get to know us! So they’ve created a space they know we’ll love; under construction or not, I know I’m already in love.


On top of all this amazing-ness, the brewery was unfinished for the party. It was basically and an empty warehouse-type space, decorated only with blueprints for the renovations and whatever graffiti art was already there. A pretty gutsy move, in my opinion, because of the potential to backfire; however Lazarus Brewing Company could not have pulled it off better. We got a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what they’ve been working so hard on, as well as a taste (literally, have I mentioned how amazing the tacos were?) to what we could expect once they open.

Seriously impressive.

It was also a part of a greater plan. Upon entering, guests were informed that the party was being recorded by a team of videographers for the brewery’s Crowd Funder campaign.

That’s right, they’ve got a Crowd Funder because you know what? Dreams cost money. Plus, CEO/Founder Christian Cryder wants to give “regular” people the opportunity to be Patron Saints for Lazarus Brewing Company. (Get it? Lazarus? Patron Saints? Yeah, I love it.) Not only will certain donations earn you a super cool custom glass as well as free beer for life.

Want the whole scoop? Watch the video below (look for me!) and check out their website.

Oh, and don’t forget to keep an eye on their Facebook page, because you won’t want to miss their launch party.

Personally, I cannot wait until they open, mostly for the tacos but also for the beer.

Nineties Nerd

Yep. I’m one of those losers walking around town, staring at my phone, catching Pokemon. But more on that later. 

wp-1468343681154.pngIf you’re living your childhood dream (or you were too young for that but think the game is cool anyway) of catching Pokemon like I am, I have even more good news: Downloading another app will totally justify you for playing the next time someone judges you.

An article by Wide Open Pets details how all that walking is not only healthy for you, but can help homeless pets. All you need to do is download and open an app. You can even choose which shelter to donate to!

Obviously, I can’t pass that up. I’ll be donating to the local no-kill shelter, Austin Pets Alive! while I meander through the next few levels, and then I’ll switch to PAWS Chicago, where I used to volunteer.

Check out the full story, download the app, and share it with your friends. Make the most out of your Pokemon Go experience!