Working Bitches | Conquering Procrastination

By this time, I think we all know that I am a notorious procrastinator. If it can be put off just one minute longer, I will find a way to do it. The problem with this is that it makes everything more difficult. Stalling just makes whatever it is you’re avoiding seem bigger and less manageable.

I’m a busy, hustling momma with way too many tasks to keep track of in the course of any given week—from my kids’ social schedules to my freelance projects and assorted appointments to remembering to do laundry and clean my house (which is what I forget about most often). Life can seem overwhelming. Unable to run away or just sit in the closet eating chocolate all day, I’ve figured out a few ways to break my nasty procrastination habit. Now, I don’t always live by them (um, I wouldn’t have a procrastination problem if I did), but when I do it really, really helps.

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Ask the Expert | How Do I Get My Lipstick to Stay?

When I have a question—whether normal like What time does BJs open? or obnoxious, like when I’m trying to prove to my husband that I know all of the things and type Is Chris Hemsworth Australian?!—I usually turn to the magical oracle that is Google. It doesn’t let me down and leaves me feeling like a smug, fancy pants know-it-all (he is, indeed, Australian).

Still, once in awhile, I want the added comfort of speaking to an actual expert on the topic that I’m looking into, rather than a chorus of randos on the internet. I know I’m not alone in this, right? Google is my BFF, but there really is no substitute to an actual trained expert.

That’s why I decided to start a new series called Ask the Expert. I’ll take our burning questions and bring them to trained professionals. My first burning question?

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Paperback Posse | February’s Book Club Vote

It’s that time again! Last month’s pick (Unbroken) was one that a lot of us had trouble getting into (…or even opening, HA!). You can’t win em all, right? Hopefully this month will get us all back in the game.

Check out the choices below and vote for your favorite. I’ll announce the winner next Sunday in our Facebook group (it’s a closed group so that it doesn’t take over our newsfeeds when we get excited about something. If you want in, just request to join and I’ll add you!).

Here are this month’s options:

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My (Latest) Weight Loss Journey

my latest weight loss journeyI’m not exactly sure when it started, but for a long time I was in this weird relationship with food. I needed to eat all of it. Like, every last bit that was on my plate. It didn’t matter if I was at a restaurant and there were like three portions piled up or if I was at home and my eyes were just way bigger than my stomach. If it was there, I had to eat it.

Part of me thinks it was my inner cheap ass and hater of waste saying “I’m not letting that end up in the garbage.” Another part of me says I had no willpower and wanted all of the tasty things. It was probably both.

It wasn’t until I started exercising regularly last February that I began thinking more about my relationship with food. After a few months of working out almost daily and losing very little in the pound department, I was immensely frustrated. I was eating healthy most of the time (although trying hard to sweep sugar binges under the rug) and seeing very little for it.

Do you know how annoying it is to sweat your butt off with Jillian Michaels just about every single day and have the scale stare back at you with the same unsatisfactory number week after week? Yes, I was feeling better. Yes, I was absolutely stronger and healthier. But failing to lose any weight when you’re working so hard messes with your head. Continue reading

Working Bitches | Podcasts for Creative Entrepreneurs

awesome podcasts for creative entrepreneurs #smallbizI’m new at this whole podcast thing. For a while there, podcasts and videos just weren’t in the cards for me. I find it impossible (and slightly nerve wracking) to listen to things or watch potentially inappropriate videos while the girls are around. But since Ellie started preschool, I’ve dipped my toes into the podcast pool—and I’m hooked.

It started with Serial. If you haven’t listened to it, you should stop everything and follow that link. It’s awesome and I will wait here patiently while you binge listen. If you have listened to it and need something to fill the void, check out Invisibilia. It is also awesome.

Somehow, after Serial I followed a path that has slowly led me to become sort of a business-y podcast nerd. If you told me that a couple of months ago, I would have laughed in your silly face. Pshhhhht. Listening to someone talk about business for pleasure. Yeah right. Continue reading