Early Morning in Cardiff - Cardiff by the Sea, San Diego
Maintaining piece of mind through the daily challenges of entrepreneurship is imperative to success and confidence is key.
Waking up and feeling like you are in control and ready to handle anything and everything comes with time and proper grooming and choosing to live like a King can help you achieve the level of mastery needed to navigate around a moat full of sharks.
Below are a few life hacks you can incorporate into your routine that will help make you live like a king even when your pockets show otherwise.
1. Keeping the Peace
As King your first rule of order is keeping the peace. This is key to running a successful kingdom is all about keeping the peace. As entrepreneurs and business owners that often means working smarter not harder and tackling hardest things first. By putting the unwanted tasks first you reward your mind by allowing it to check off the most daunting task leaving you feeling more accomplished and confident in the process.
2. Head into "The Study"
Everyone comes from different circumstances and faces a set of their own unique challenges or in the words of some great philosopher out there "The world isn't fair." But that doesn't mean to give up and throw in the towel. No, quite the latter that means to pony up on the one circumstance you can control. Your effort. And if you capitalize and double down on effort I have the perfect spot in the castle for you to head into, a space where you will most certainly be left unbothered, affording you the space and knowledge needed to make crucial decisions. Enter "The Royal Study" often known as your "Local Library."
There you will be able to have conversations and pick the brains of most respected leaders in your field and perhaps gain the mentor you never had. Putting in the effort here is what separates the novice from the expert. Warren Buffet, iconic American businessman famously said, "Read 500 pages like this every day. That's how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it." Don't rule out the power of audiobooks and podcasts either, whether you are renting from the library or using your smartphone on apps like Audible, ITunes U, or Podcasts there are a plethora of ways to get quality reads right to your phone. How about that for making your daily commute to and from the castle a little more productive!
If you are based in the San Diego area, I highly recommend checking out the San Diego Central Library in the East Village, one of the most public modern spaces I have ever been.
3. Rest and Relaxation
We all need it. Despite all the efforts put forth to the daily grind a little R and R is often the key to unlocking new potential. In the words of the great coach Phil Jackson, "When the mind is allowed to relax, inspiration often follows."
So how can the King relax on a shoe string budget? One way is through meditation. Find a quiet room or even a space outdoors that allows you to disconnect and disengage from the world for about 15 - 20 minutes. Focus on your breathe in and out and attempt to block out any racing thoughts. Focussing on the present moment allows for mental clarity and can leave you in a state of calm or euphoria. In time you will long for these moments.
Live in an apartment that has a hot tub? Or have a friend who does? Schedule a time to get a few moments to soak and let your muscles and body recover after a long hard day. The other great benefit of being submerged in water is that you will need to disengage from your phone. Taking a few moments to go without your digital extension of self can do wonders for the body and mind.
So there you have it. You don't have to have the wealth of a King to live like a King and by adding some positive and productive habits you can bring your self that much closer to your goals.
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I'm sure you've heard of the term, "Bridezilla" and I'm hoping you have never had to work with one. It is inevitable that something(s) may go wrong on the big day and it is important to be prepared. Don't be a Bridezilla... handle wedding plans with poise and have your bridesmaids on your side. Treat them nicely! Who else is going to help you to the bathroom in your big, white dress?
Consider Their Budget
Let's be honest... It's no easy task to be a bridesmaid. CNN reports the cost of being a bridesmaid averages around $1,695. Keep reasonable requests and communicate them early on. A note to future bridesmaids: consider financial woes when you say "yes!"
Keep a budget in consideration and cut costs where you can. If you can't afford to buy their dresses, research sale events like David's Bridal occasional $20 off promotion. Try off-the-rack dresses from brands like ASOS or Lulu's. I'm sure it is important for your wedding party to look flawless. I'd argue that it's more important to have your besties at your side.
Provide the bridesmaids with color swatches, sample photos, and a preferred material. Let them choose their own dress and shoes. Hopefully they'll find goodies they can wear again!
Don't require the bridesmaids to get their hair and makeup done by your entourage on the day-of. Suggest a more affordable trip to the Sephora counter for their glam fix or an easy hair-do they can do themselves.
Choose your battles
Odds are that all your bridesmaids won’t be able to make every festivity. Remember that they have lives outside of your wedding. While you’d love to have them all by your side all the time, standing by your side on your wedding day is the ultimate win.
If you find yourself in disagreement or disappointment during the planning process, remember to choose your battles. Go easy on the meltdowns. Then remember that almost everything is best sorted out in person or over the phone vs. text message. Your bridesmaids know the pressure you are under, and are more than likely trying everything within their power to make things easier for you. These friendships should certainly last past your wedding day.
Celebrate with your gals
Brides, remember what you're celebrating! The beginning of your new life as half of one deserves a celebration. There is no need to impress or entertain others; be yourself with your gals, let them help you celebrate the love you found.
Even if their efforts don't exactly duplicate your Pinterest inspired set-up, graciously thank your bridesmaids! They've worked hard to organize an event in your honor. Smile and thank them with grace. Appreciation won't kill you.
Shower them with love
There is likely no way that you can ever repay your bridesmaids. You don't have to spend a fortune on gifts to show your gratitude. If you choose gifts, find something meaningful.
Spoil them with love and make an effort to recognize them on your wedding day. Add them onto your wedding program and give them a plus one without question.
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This article is not just for the photographers out there.
It is for everyone whose career is based on sales, which as far as I'm concerned, is everyone.
At the end of the day we are all selling something, whether its our time, craft, or trade.
For some this information may come as alarming news and for others the voice in the back of your head that you already know, but have a hard time coming to process. But with most difficult news, it is a reality and up to you to decide how you will react. Fight or flight.
What we know by the numbers is that Instagram has been on a meteroic rise ever since being acuqired by its juggernaut, older brother Facebook and doesn't show any signs of stopping. With over $500 Million users and an estimated value of over $50 billion dollars, I see major potential to invest your time and effort into the platform. As stated in Forbes Magazine August Issue, in the four years since the purchase, Instagram has become one of the fastest-growing platforms of all time, with about as many users as Twitter (310 million), Snapchat (100 million plus) and Pinterest combined."
That being said I think we should all be doubling down on the power of Instagram whether we are artists or sell hot tubs.
So how can Instagram help my business. Well as stated above your reach and level of engagement is built right into app itself. Instaneously your ability to share work that directly speaks to your client on a device that fits in their pocket that they are already checking far to often is incredible. But knowing how to speak to them thats where this curation concept comes in. Let me break it down for you in three simple steps.
1. Focus on your brand and mission.
If you have a personal account already but would like to dedicate your feed entirely your business, create a separate account that only shares aspects of your business. If your business is intertwined with who you are, what you do, and your brand personality find creative ways to interweave them as one. For example if you are a personal trainer and share aspects of your workout plan in the gym and how you and your family stay fit, that could be a game changer and actually grow your audience by letting them in. On the latter if you are selling pools but post photos about how you like to eat pizza all day and watch Netflix you may find your audience shying away from you.
2. Curate the heck of it.
This idea piggy backs off the first bullet in terms of what your share. Be sure to only share relevant content that is on brand. That means we don't need to see every wedding you attended last year, unless you work in the wedding industry. To take it a step further this also means to be cognizant of the subject matter, colors, and editing style you are using each time you post. This will help make the feed more attractive to the average viewer and quickly explains to the customer who just stumbles on your page, exactly what you do in a clear and easy to read format.
3. Quality Matters
The quality of your post helps demonstrate to your audience that you are professional and that you mean business. Think about a brand that you love. Do they post low quality or blurry photos or high quality, cinema-like imagery. Consider the market for your business and do some research about how advertising has traditionally molded the creative. Are you selling a product? Then clean, polished photographs could be your best bet. Real estate? How about vibrant colors and wide sweeping viewpoints.
Now if you have never picked up a camera before or the above sounds terrifying thats why we are here! At ART IS BEING we can handle all of the photo, video, design, and social content marketing while you do what you do best, focus on your business. We come with referrals, years of experience, and a team that is focused on you and your goals!
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