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Getting a Leg up by Putting Intention Behind Your Business

Instead of growing up with the golden ticket, Tasha Kendall, Co-Founder and CE sOul of How We Soul, grew up with a golden pineapple. With a smile, her mother told her that by placing a golden pineapple in front of their home, people will know they are welcome there. This concept came full circle for Tasha in college while she was volunteering in Botswana, a year that has shaped every year since – you’ll find out more about this in her interview below! She has since moved through life practicing this pineapple principle because she “saw first hand how much feeling wanted, welcomed and cared for meant” to each person. For Tasha, the experience made her realize hospitality goes beyond the home – she’s dedicated herself to living with a gold pineapple painted on her life. This is where her business, How We Soul (HWS) comes in. This Gem creates chic, active leggings (they hug your body in all

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Behind the Scenes with Yes Supply Co.

At the end of 2015, I connected with Reese Evans, the founder of Yes Supply Co. As Reese puts it, Yes Supply was created to get rid of the glossing over of how to live a life on purpose, a life that you choose to completely and full-heartedly say yes to. Yes Supply aims to get rid of the “oh I just fell into the job & life I love” rouse, and does so by sharing “real advice from cool, smart and creative women (and a few cool dudes) who aren’t afraid to bare their souls and share the obstacles, and insecurities that they overcame to get their yes supply.” I spoke with Reese about her thoughts on doing a mental health check-in alongside New Year’s resolution and goal setting (more on that here), and along the way learned more about the path that has taken her to where she

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Maintaining a Relationship with Your Partner While Being an Entrepreneur

In 2016 I’ll be celebrating my 6th year as an entrepreneur, and my 10th wedding anniversary. Recently, I’ve been interviewed multiple times about my experience as a business owner and I usually end up talking about my husband, partly because he recently joined the team, and partly because he’s the biggest reason I can do what I do. He’s really supportive of long nights and the other adjustments that come with being in a relationship with an entrepreneur. People have asked me how we make it work and I tell them, “I make our relationship a priority. We were a couple before I started this company, and we’ll be one long after.” The thing is, I understand that it’s easier said than done. When you’re starting a business, and even when you’re finally hitting your stride, it feels like there’s never enough time, money, or energy to make it work.

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Must Read Books for Every Entrepreneur

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown I’d heard oodles about this book from friends and fellow bloggers. Now that I’ve delved into it myself, I understand why. Daring Greatly speaks volumes about vulnerability and shame and how these two things ultimately control our lives, from the way we parent to the way we love. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from a book about vulnerability, or if it would be applicable to my life. Now I can say that I think it would be applicable to literally anyone who reads it. Brene Brown does an excellent job of sharing her research in ways that are easy to understand, fun to read, and deeply profound. There were many instances when I felt like she expressed things I knew, but never quite knew how to understand or verbalize. I think this book would be great for women or men — it’s definitely one of my

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How to Overcome Comparison and Collaborate Better with Others

I love to think of comparison as the little voice inside my head that starts to tell me I am not good enough. That if I try to do better or try something new, I’ll just fail. So, why even try? Then, I join in on a self-pity party and start to tear myself down – a spiral that gets me in a dark corner of self-doubt and toxic thoughts. RELATED: Why Self-Doubt is Actually Necessary for Your Success It’s not a good place to be. Once you’re there, it’s difficult to come out. It takes work to rid yourself of toxic thoughts (it can take years and usually requires the help of others). What you think really does determine who you become. So, you need to catch it before it gets to that dark corner. Why does the dark corner of self-doubt happen? Here is a break down: We make

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Combating Overwhelm: Why It’s Destroying Your Decision Making Process

Do you know what the one thing that ALWAYS comes up in every single conversation I have with another entrepreneur is? Overwhelm. The more I explore the mental cost of owning a business, the more conscious I’m becoming of all the internal elements that hinder progress, like how fatal the combination of overwhelm and anxiety can be. We make an average amount of 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day, and that’s just for the average adult. We probably partake in like triple that amount as business owners (maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but still). As a business owner, you never know what complications the day is going to throw at you. How am I going to deliver on the insane task of my client? How am I going to get the products for this massive order together in time? How am I going to make enough to pay

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#DecideToShine: 4 Weeks to Improved Decision Making

Are you ready for another challenge, Gem?! I know I am! I can’t lie, we totally rocked the #ShineInto2016 challenge back in January! If you missed out, here’s your chance to get in on the action. The theme this time? Making great decisions! Are you running your business like a season of American Idol? Every week you get up to perform and then wait to hear feedback from the judges and the rest of the voices on social media? Are you getting so caught up in what your fans think that you’ve lost sight of your destination? Do you suffer from analysis paralysis? Or, maybe you missed out on getting the “just go for it” gene? Perhaps, you just have WAY too many ideas and absolutely no idea where to start (and finishing anything seems next to impossible). Recently, I’ve come to the realization that success is really a correlation of how

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Banishing Workplace Negativity Before It Turns into Conflict

Lets face it — as business owners, negativity in the workplace can be a little terrifying and, perhaps, feel insurmountable. Workplace negativity breeds conflict and conflict is uncomfortable and gritty. It makes the entire team feel like things could fall apart in a flash. It is important to understand that conflict is a natural part of life and business. Negativity, however, is something to avoid or correct quickly. It can poison an otherwise healthy team.  We have all known negative people.  The ones who whisper under their breath during a meeting. The ones who seem to fight every suggestion and direction you, as the team leader, want to take them. The ones that give angry, passive aggressive responses when asked a direct question. What happens when you allow this negative energy into your company? It breeds. It grows from one employee to the next. It affects your clients, your vendors

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