Posts by Allyn Lewis

3 Ways to Stop Comparing Yourself to Strangers on the Internet

The Look: similar skirt from boohoo ($40.00) // similar dress by Tadashi Shoji from Nordstrom ($268.00) // Carolee Necklace [n/a] – Similar one from BaubleBar ($68.00) // similar Shoes of Prey pumps from Nordstrom ($189.95) // similar Michael Kors crossbody from Macy’s ($148.00) The Lesson: It was a Saturday night in March. I was getting ready for my friend Christina’s birthday party (who, by the way, is hands down the best fashion/personal stylist I’ve ever met AND she took the pretty pictures for this post!). Like a tornado spewing debris across the landscape, my closet was ending up on the floor at an impressive speed. Nothing was fitting right. UGHHH! After an eternity, I determined I’d be wearing the skirt pictured (thanks Claire <3). And so, the storm began again as I tried to figure out what to wear up top. Unsatisfied with everything, I pulled out this black lace dress from the depths of my

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He Said, She Said: A Tale of Two Oms

My boyfriend, Shaun, and I have a pretty unique dynamic. He’s working his butt off to make it as a musician (and also helps me a ton with my business), and I’m over here doing the whole “whatever I gotta do to not have a real boss” thing.  What I am most passionate about has always been stories, and it always seems like we’re constantly in the midst of a tale that could be made into a Netflix series someday. Our relationship doesn’t necessarily have a lot of drama – unless we’re trying to figure out how to re-arrange the living room – but life always does seem to be throwing a lot of turbulence at us that we imperfectly navigate together. So, we’re starting a new series here at The Gem where you’re going to get both sides – mine and his – of the story. Complete with life lessons,

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4 Brands Built By Entrepreneurs Dealing with Depression

The look: similar skirt from ASOS ($48.00) // similar romper (yep, that’s a romper that I have the skirt pulled over in this look!) from ShopBop ($73.50 – ON SALE!) // similar shoes from shoe.com ($79.95) // Asymmetrical Green Amethyst & Sterling Silver Necklace ($50.00) and Sterling Silver Long Drop Ripple Earrings ($26.00) from Soasa Designs // Juniper Rattan Handbag from Purse for the People ($200.00) // Maternal Mental Health CHARITY TIES™ Bracelet from Maria Shireen ($45.00) // “Storms and Sunshine” Mug from Cricket Lane Studio ($15.00) // Temporary tattoos from Soul Stamps ($10) Everywhere you look, people are succeeding. People you’ve been watching since you started seem to be far beyond where you thought you’d be right now. Why not me?  What am I doing wrong?  When is it going to be my turn?  We talk about success like it’s its own entity. An individual. A stand alone goal. But it’s not. It’s one side to a coin. On the other side is struggle. Both get exactly

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How I Manage My Anxiety While Running a Business

Gem Resource – Master Class on how to get through anxiety on a day-to-day basis and what strategies have allowed me to become a successful business owner while living with anxiety  First of all, I want you to know that you are 100% completely normal for having anxiety while running a business. You’re also still 100% completely capable of acquiring your big dreams despite this struggle. I know this because I’m right there with you battling my own mental burdens all day every day. Next, let’s get something straight. As defined by Google, anxiety is: a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Businesses are founded upon uncertainty. No one actually knows how things are going to pan out or what the journey will look like so it’s usual, perhaps even expected, that anxiety is going to show up along the way. (In a UCSF study, 49%

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An Attorney for Creatives: Joey Vitale’s Unique Approach to The Law

Legal business for creatives can be complicated. Like, really complicated. There’s a good chance a lot of us have neglected crucial legal elements of our business simply because we don’t know where to begin. Fret not, Gems! Joey Vitale of Indie Creative Law is here to rescue us with his unique approach to being an attorney. Being a graduate of From Struggle to Shine, it has been an absolute pleasure watching him grow his presence on social media and his connection with his audience. Joey was gracious enough to take the time to answer some of my questions to help give all of you a better understanding about what he does and why his passion is an asset to all of us: So, tell us what exactly it means to be “an attorney for creatives”? How do you differ from regular attorneys? Ha, I get these questions a lot! When I

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March 2017 Income Report – $1,539

If you’re like “wait a minute” where is February’s income report, I definitely skipped it. Not on purpose, but life happened and now all of the sudden it’s the end of April. I was way too overwhelmed to go back and do one for Feb and March, so here we are. But, I will tell you my overall Feb income was $535.62 with a net profit of $117.58… Yeah, yikes. A part of me feels like I failed because I’m supposed to be making progress here and while I worked my ass off in February, looking at the numbers feels like I took a step backwards. That though is the reality of owning a business and the whole point of the transparency behind My Story to Making $10K a Month journey where I’m inviting you to follow along while I figure out how to make 5 figures every 30 days. Some months

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January 2017 Income Report – $815

I love the idea of income reports – the transparency, the strategy – but let’s face it, it’s discouraging when the only ones out there are from people making 5, 6, 7 + figures a month. Their strategies don’t always, or ever, seem realistic for where my business is at. I want to clarify that I’m 5 years and a few failed business models in (including a breakup with a business partner and a significantly profitable PR firm that was burning me the hell out). I’m not at the beginning. So wherever you are, no matter how many times you’ve failed, you still have a journey to go on and a story to tell. And so, as part of My Story to Making $10K a Month, where I’m inviting you to follow along while I figure out how to make 5 figures every 30 days, I’ve decided to do a business and blog income report

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The Difference Support Makes with Rebecca Nash

You may not see it, but everything you do – from the way you run your business to how you interact with your clients – stems from your story and what you’ve been through. One of the first exercises I walk my clients through (in fact, Rebecca was the very first person I walked through this process!) is determining the theme of their business in one word. Most of the time, people have no idea what this is, and I can often see it before they do. For Rebecca, her standout superpower is support. It’s not that she’s supportive because she’s a nice person (which is totally true), she’s supportive because of her story. From suffering from mental illness and spending four years raising her daughter as a single mom to managing three learning disabilities and a full time job while running a business (Rebecca Nash Photography), this Gem has seen the contrast

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