I don’t know about you but I’m sick of working from home- in my home. Let me explain!
I have been full time entrepreneur, running a business from the comfort of my home for over a year now. As a creative entrepreneur my work allows me to be out of the house for most of my projects. Pre-pandemic a typical day for me was working a few hours at a coffee shop, on-site meeting with clients, running errands and shopping for events. Since March I’ve mostly been in the house. At first it was cool then Summer came around and things start to feel different for me. I just want to go to my favorite coffee shop, pick a nice spot by the window and bust out some work for a couple of hours of my day. Now I’m having to be extremely creative about how and where I work.
Since outside has opened back up a little bit, I now get the opportunity to take onsite meetings again. But my admin day to day tasks are still being done from my home. It’s annoying sitting the house all day- in the same spot. So this week I tried to get a little creative with my work space for a day. I decided to work outside at the Botanical Gardens (in Athens, GA). I took my notebook, laptop and book to the garden to quietly get some work done and soak up the cool breeze and sunlight. Now I’m not normally a outdoor person but it felt good to work outside for a few hours.
I even had time sit on a bench a read a few pages from the book HER by Pierre Jeanty.
Now I’m on a quest to find even more creative spaces that will get me out of the house to do some work. Hopefully this seasonal weather will allow me to explore more outdoor places.
Before you go, share with me other outdoor places you go to work, relax, or read a book.
Fall is here!!!! This is my favorite time of year. I cannot wait to pull out my cardigans, wraps, and boots. I personally think that my fall wardrobe is AMAZING and comfortable.
Fall has always felt so good and so full of love. It’s not too hot yet not too cold. There so many seasonal things to do and enjoy with your loved ones. Don’t get wrong the rest of the year is lit too, but FALL is my season.
As I was preparing this blog I took a scroll down memory lane of my Pinterest boards and my personal stash of photos I’ve never posted. I smiled as I thought about the time I randomly called up my girls to meet me at Piedmont park for a lunch and THEY came. I was crying laughing thinking about the time I got my friends to go to Southern Bell farm for a campfire, I can’t explain how unexpected the chain of events from that day turned out to be. I have soooooo many cabin pictures because both my family and friends loves to take a good cabin trip to the mountains to get away and have some quality time.
This year I’m not letting this pandemic ruin my favorite season. I’m just going to find ways to work with this pandemic to safely enjoy all the wonderful things about fall and the traditional activities I enjoy.
Although I’m crafty all the time. I find myself creating some really stuff during this time. Like this table latern I made of out items found that the dollar tree.
But my favorite thing to do during this season is plan family photoshoot with my family. It feels good to look back over the years and see how much my family has changed. GROWTH is real, y’all !
Before you go, tell em you favorite thing to do in fall?
I live in Atlanta, GA where there are so many cool places to hang out and explore. As a business-women and blogger bae, I find that I am more productive when I go out to a coffee shop or lounge to get some “real” work done.
Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite places to go to work, chill and enjoy peace.
There’s a Starbucks on just about every corner in the city. I’m lucky enough to live across the street from one. When I want to have a workday or a quick meeting I go to Starbucks. I can knock out a lot of work at Starbucks rather than sitting on my sofa getting distracted by everything in my apartment.
The Dancing Goat
This cute coffee shop is a new one I recently discovered. It’s a great place to have a work date with your favorite Boss Bae. There are 2 locations in Atlanta, one in Buckhead and another near Ponce City Market. The Ponce location is my favorite (pictured) they have an outside seating area with swings. I have literally sat in the place for 6 hours straight planning content and working on my weekly to-do list.
Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market is such a beautiful place with so much to do. You can eat, shop, network, and work. The second level of the building has cafe seating, perfect for you to disconnect from the madness and answer a few emails. I actually did my very first branded blog photoshoot at Ponce City Market this summer.
Piedmont Park & Morgan Falls Park
I find the park to be the best place to go to destress, clear your head, and think of new creative ideas. As much as I love a picnic in the park, I enjoy just sitting in the park with a notepad and pen to just write. Journal my thoughts and feelings or jot down the many ideas running through my head. I’ve found it to be the best way to spend some quality alone time.
Just like Starbucks, Whole Foods is a great place to dine and work. Atlanta has a new Whole Foods location that has a rooftop. The rooftop is equipt with games, a concession stand, and dining tables. This is the perfect place to have a small group meeting to grab some food while getting some work done on a beautiful rooftop.
TELL ME, where do you go to get work done or just relax?
It’s no secret that I love podcasts. I listen to podcasts more than music now. I used to have the perfect schedule of podcasts. I literally had a different podcast of new episodes for everyday of the week (Monday- Friday). But “The Read” switched up days on me and I stopped listening to “Sword & Scales” so no my podcast schedule is all over the place right now.
I listen to podcast on the iPhone podcast app, its free and great quality. But if you don’t have a iPhone you can tune in via Sound Cloud, Pandora, and Stitcher.
Podcasts I MUST listen to weekly…
The Breakfast Club
Deadass with Devalue and Khadeen
Podcasts I listen to based off the topic for the week…
Hood x Holistic
Fck Work But Ima Go
Mediocre to Masterful
Small Doses with Amanda Seales
Podcasts I listen to every now and then…
Jada and XD
Jesus and Jollof
Newly subscribed to…
The Boss Print
Tell me, How often do you listen to podcasts? And what’s your favorite Podcast?
Technically, Winter doesn’t start until December 21st but if you from Georgia winter started weeks ago. I have already started my winter traditions. Here are some of favorite things about winter:
Winter Fashion – Coats, Boots, Sweaters, Leggings, and Scarves, etc.
Winter fashions are my favorite. I love cozy clothing and colors. Leggings and a oversized sweater with my Ugg boots are my go to outfit for any day of the week when its cold.
Christmas Trees and Decorations
Its that time of year where I get super creative and crafty. I love decorating just as much as I like making gifts. I can’t wait to share my christmas decor projects with y’all. so stay tuned.
I love blankets. Blankets are for sure a part of my top 5 favorite things. I love making blankets and quits just as much as I love shopping for them. I have two blanket projects I’m working on that I can’t wait to complete and share with you.
I cherish when I have a day I can lay around the house in a oversized shirt and cozy socks and watch movies all day. I will put my phone on DND and watch movies back to back to back, or catch up on a series I haven’t watched in a while. My favorite christmas movies to watch every year is This Christmas and Best Man Holiday.
The best thing in the world is being around the loves you love with all your heart.
My moods this February has been super chill. My focus has been self -discovery and working on my passions and purpose in life. Fresh flowers and dream catchers have been my inspiration lately. As a kid I was fascinated with dream catcher, but somewhere down the road lost interest. Now that I am seeking meaning behind my purpose dream catchers keep popping up in my journey (…maybe it time to do a Dream Catcher DIY).
I have been attending some really dope networking events and mixers lately. So I thought it would be a great idea to share recaps and key takeaways from each event on my blog. If you don’t already know, I currently live in Atlanta, GA. And as I take this journey to grow my side hustle into a business I NEED to networking. Last year, networking and going to events were a struggle for me. I would scroll through Eventbrite or Facebook and see so many events that I wanted to attend but failed to actually go because I had no one to go with me. Now, I am putting that fear behind me and getting out of the house more. I must say, I have connected with some really DOPE young moguls who are making things happen.
It’s always good to connect with like minded people for inspiration and business connections. This weekend I met at least 5 people I want to stay in contact with to work with on either a event or business collaboration. So if you are in the Atlanta area, I want to encourage you to GET OUT AND NETWORK. Follow me on IG for upcoming events (on my IG story).
January 5th: LEVEL UP: Caught Between A Dream and A Job
This event was hosted by Young Entrepreneurs of Atlanta, featuring some dope panelist that shared their business startup stories and advice for living in your purpose.
Tiara Johnson,The Dream Coach and Owner of TLJ Agency for Brand Management and Public Relations | IG: @tljagency
Erica Dias, Owner of The B Firm PR and Creator of Table of 20 | IG: @fashion101ed
A few of the key life hacks and gems I took from the panel discussions:
#1 Stay FOCUSED; Focus on what YOU really want and keep you focus on making it happen | Just do it!
#2 Be a good person! Stay mindful of who you are and how you treat others. You will not be successful when you are trying to break others downs. Treat people how you want to be treated.
#3 Your character is important. When you’re starting a business, networking and working with other people, you need to be likable and a pleasure to work with to keep a steady flow of business and partnerships. If you are a negative and nasty person, people are not going to want to continue to work with you. You can be the result of your own failure.
I love a turn up after work happy hour/ open bar event. The Ask me what I do Networking Event hosted by My Networking Appeal ( IG: @mynetworkingappeal) was not you ordinary networking event. Of course there was food, a DJ and free drinks, but this event also featured a DOPE Photo Booth from Moment in time rentals and a cool networking game throughout the event. Upon arrival everyone received a email for the “Networking Game”. Everyone was challenged to meet 5 people working a 9-5 and have a business, 3 people that’s ready to quit their job for their business and 3 people with a dope elevator pitch, etc. To keep the game going there was about 2 to 3 rounds of this game.
I thought the networking game was a really good idea to encourage people to talk to someone that they didn’t know. Because I will be honest, when I arrived I scanned the room and jetted over to the people I knew as soon as I spotted them. That’s not really NETWORKING. But I was thinking if stick with them, I might be introduced to someone else they may know that I don’t- or I could introduce them to someone I knew that they may not of known before the event. That’s how I tend to make connections. But the networking game encouraged people to go up to one another and just start talking. My shyness got the best of me until a Real Estate Agent just walked up to me handing me her card and asking me my name and what do I do? Of course that sparked a healthy conversation that lead to meeting a bartender and stylist. That’s what networking is all about.
January 12th: Glitter and Goals Vision Board Party
Last year, I connected with TLJ Little League (IG: @tljlittleleague) as a mentor for young girls in the Atlanta area. We meet once a quarter to mentor girls from 4th grade to 12th grade. ” Girls with dreams, become Women with Vision”. As I am walking in my purpose and living my dreams I want to always be able to reach back and instill that into our young, brilliant, beautiful females. Back in October, I got the chance to host a self care session with the girls- teaching them how to make DIY face mask and body scrubs. I think I enjoyed playing “beauty” just as much as the girls did. It warmed my heart to see them participating and engaging in the session. This weekend we had the 1st event of the year that was had a major turn out. This time we had more girls (all ages) attend and we even have more mentors now. The program is rapidly growing and I cannot wait to see what’s in store next.
January 12th is National Vision Board Day, so you know exactly what we did… MADE VISION BOARDS. We started by giving each girl a paper butterfly and asking them to write down their DREAM. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” With their DREAM in mind the girls started on their vision boards and setting goals for what they need to do to make their dreams come true. Kids are so creative and innovative, I was surprised by the level on context some of the girls gave when explaining the finished project. Everyone made such creative vision boards with great ideas and goals to put behind their dreams. I love listening to youth speak passionately about their future.
My day to day activities are fueled by my energy levels and mood throughout the day. Sometimes I’m happy and cheery, sometimes I’m angry with an attitude, and sometimes I’m just in my feelings. Music and podcasts are my outlets for changing my moods and staying in my lane.
I start my morning out with my bible app or inspiration podcast. I use my bible app to listen to daily scriptures and plans. I am currently completing the Luke 12 day plan. I have a few inspiration podcast that I like to listen to here are my favorites:
On my way home in the evening I love listening to audible books. I am currently listening to Becoming by Michelle Obama.This audible is 19 hours and narrated by the ONE and ONLY Michelle Obama herself and I love it. I will be driving home listening to the books, and she’ll say a word and I’ll start talking about like we having a real conversation. Sometimes, I have to pause the audible just to talk to myself. Queen Michelle Obama is speaking a word of honesty and truth in this book and in such a gracefully unapologetic manner. I LOVE IT!
Once I get home I want silence. Pure Silence for at least 30 minutes to an hour. No TV, No phone, No music. That’s my distressing time. Then the good podcast come while I’m cooking, cleaning and blogging- and those are:
A few weeks ago, my friends and I got together to celebrate one of our dear friends birthday and party with a purpose. The birthday guy requested we all bring items to make blessings in a bag. This was such a great idea and it warmed my heart. My friends are truly amazing!
We gathered most of the basic essentials …. likes bottled waters, cereal bars, fruit snacks, socks, tissues, toilets, over the counter medicine, and first aid items for the blessing bags.
As we partied and mingled, we also each made a blessing bag to put in our cars to bless a person in need.
So, I road around for at least 2 weeks with my blessing bag in my car. I honestly almost forgot about it. It wasn’t until I was at a red light on my way home and saw a man standing in the cold holding a cardboard sign. My first thought was, “It’s cold outside! Do I have a blanket in my truck to give him to keep warm?” Of course, I didn’t. But it dawned on me that I had the blessing bag I made with my friends at the Party with a Purpose kickback. I reached behind my seat and pulled the blessing bag from the pocket behind my seat and rolled down my window to give the man the bag. He smiled at me and said, “Thank you! God bless you.” In that moment my heart was full and I wished I had more to offer him in that moment. It was then I realized how important it is to keep things like blessing bags handy. You never know when you might come across someone in need and want to help them. This motivated me to start keeping blessing bags in my car for the next time I come across someone in need.
Blessing bags are easy to make and has the potential to make a huge difference to someone in need. Please be prepare to lend a helping hand at every moment possible, you never know when if could be you that needs the help from another stranger.