Category Inspiration

How to Not Hate Yourself Long Enough to Enjoy the Twinkle Lights

The holidays are exhausting in every way, good and bad. And for everyone they’re tinted with memories of the past, good and bad. No matter what, don’t forget that what Catherine O’Hara reminds the airport attendant in Home Alone, it’s also “the season of perpetual hope.” So, by jingle, I have hope that I won’t always hate myself. That’s my determined Christmas wish. In the last few years since graduation, I’ve come a long way. I was fortunate enough to have the time to tackle my anxiety, depression, and PTSD head-on. Skilled therapists, mentors, family members, and other close confidants helped guide my ambition away from external rewards and turned it inward to securing my mental health. No one close to me would deny how hard I’ve worked. Overwhelmed at first, I broke it into sections. I remember the moment: my mom was sitting in the bathtub with the door

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Give Words to Your Heart and Share Your Story

I have news for you. Ready for it? You have something extraordinary. I know that it can be so easy to look outside of yourself and think that is where the answers are. But I think it is time for you to take a moment to look within. You see that beating heart in you? You see that story that is only yours to tell? You see the journey that you’ve walked for yourself? Those things are your power. I’ve got five reasons for you why now is the perfect time to give words to your heart and share your story. Your story creates connection. When you share your story, the good and bad and all of the in between, it sparks a genuine connection with people. People can look at you and feel like they know you and you get them. That gives you the starting point to build relationship with people in a

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Dear Entrepreneur: If You Were Your Bravest Self, What Would You Be Doing?

Dear Entrepreneur, When was the last time you gave yourself permission to dream big? When have you stopped work to think about where you want to take your precious business in the next year, the next five years or even ten? We are so bogged down with the everyday hustle. There never seems to be enough time or energy. We are creating new content, building relationships, serving our clients, posting on social media… the to-do list is never ending. We are caught up IN the business. In the every day. In the daily minutia. I encourage you to make the space and give yourself the grace of envisioning where you want to go next. Brain dump all those wild and crazy ideas. Don’t get caught up with the I can’ts or the I don’t haves. Be open and daring and dig deep into your heart’s desires. Allow yourself to reach

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The Secret to Finding the Confidence You’ve Been Looking For

For my skimmers, here’s what you’ll find in this post: one look + one life lesson. Featuring a convertible dress you can wear 30 ways, learn why you’re experiencing resistance when it comes to finding confidence and what to do about it.  The Look: Midi Dress in Dark Amethyst from HipKnoTies ($49.99 – Save 20% with code GemNation20) // Gold Open Bangle from Drew & Co. ($50.77) // Blue Taylor Tassel Crossbody Bucket from 88 Handbags ($45) // Coachella Rose Stainless Steel Watch from Escape Watches ($150) // Similar High Low Skirt from The Real Real ($75) //Nine to Five Ear Jacket Pierced Earrings from Carolee Jewelry ($45) // Aldo Shoes (ON SALE – $45.00) Raise your hand if you’ve never struggled with confidence. Yeah, that’s what I thought. The following phrase seems to keep appearing over and over again in my life in the Facebook Groups I’m a part of and in the conversations I have every day with mind-blowingly brilliant entrepreneurs: “I need more confidence…” to

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It’s Okay to be a Little Clueless

For my skimmers, here’s what you’ll find in this post: one (Clueless inspired) look + one life lesson. Featuring heels so comfortable they’ll keep you on your feet and an adorably affordable handbag, learn why you need to stop hoarding information and start embracing your own cluelessness.  The Look: UKIES Paloma Heeled Loafer ($279) // Black/Wine Python Top Handle Mini Crossbody from 88 Handbags // Coachella Rose Stainless Steel Watch from Escape Watches ($195) // Bryant Park Stud Pierced Earrings ($45) and Union Square Wide Stretch Bracelet ($95) from Carolee Jewelry // Express Gray Pleated Skirt (similar from Kate Spade – $198) // Similar Bow Blouse from ASOS (ON SALE – $36) // Styled by Christina Imberlina The Lesson: You don’t get very far by knowing everything, because knowledge isn’t what leads to progress; it’s experience that does. Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom, on the other hand, comes from experience. I know, I know. Being clueless feels uncomfortable. That’s why we like to

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Weaving Struggles into Your Story with Soul

For my skimmers, here’s what you’ll find in this post: one look (featuring leggings from How We Soul) + one life lesson. This one’s on why you should try adding some soul as you face your struggles.  The Look: How We Soul Stardust Leggings ($58) // Cobalt Katie Medium Satchel from 88 Handbags ($50) // Gracie Mansion Dramatic Bib Necklace from Carolee Jewelry (ON SALE NOW – $75) // Bryant Park Stud Pierced Earrings from Carolee Jewelry ($45) // Similar Blouse from Last Call by Neiman Marcus (ON SALE NOW – $39) // Aldo Shoes (Similar from ASOS – $66) // Styled by Christina Imberlina The Lesson: I know it’s hard. Shit happens and the first thing we ask ourselves is “why is this happening to me”. We aren’t really looking for an answer. We’re playing the victim. But this moment is just one thread in your story. Occasionally, there are excess strings. Ones that we can cut off. Ones that

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When I Lost My Father, I Realized Life’s Too Short Not to Go for It

My name is Amber Fant, I am a full-time, self-employed, handbag designer/maker/owner at Daylin Skye Designs. I get asked how I started my business and it always sort of puts a wry smile on my face. Mostly because, I don’t really care for purses. In fact, it was the fact that I don’t like carrying a purse that put this whole thing in motion. Five years ago, I bought an iPad. Although I was working in a lucrative corporate position and could afford to pay cash for the iPad outright, I made myself raise the money because I saw it as a toy and not a need. So after selling other electronics, my bike, household decor items and anything else I told myself I didn’t need, I had the $900 to get the iPad and accessories I wanted. And with said iPad in hand, off to Starbucks I went to do

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A Little Bit of Nature Goes a Long Way

Are you aware of your surroundings on your way to work? Better yet, if you work from home do you ever take a few moments to step outside and get some fresh air? What would you say if I told you that it is a proven fact nature actually has a profound and positive impact on your well-being? Simply passing trees, plants and greenery on your way to work can boost your mood and relieve stress. Don’t believe me, click here. So to the peeps that have to drive through a city and around road work every day, be sure to find your green space. On your entrepreneurial journey you may have felt the effects of burnout or a funk. One of the best ways to prevent this is to surround yourself with that natural green stuff; not what you were thinking, nature silly. You do not have to be a hardcore

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