I opened the fridge at lunch to make a sandwich and I saw a random jar in the door, tucked behind the mustard. I pulled it out to examine it — my mind blank. And then, I realized. It was the cocktail sauce we bought at the market when you were here.
I turned the bottle and the expiration date has not yet passed.
I pressed the cool bottle to my chest and cried so suddenly and deeply it felt like my heart was being ripped from my sternum, my grief cast like a million miles of fishing line out…
I just conducted a very thorough clean-up of my Instagram and am sharing my process with anyone who’d like to increase their productivity and follower engagement.
I run a small consulting business and have used Instagram as my primary social outreach since 2016. I prefer it over Facebook, even though I have over 10,000 followers on Facebook and just over 2,000 on Instagram. The tight-knit community has made it easier to foster real connection and therefore, paid client work.
Quick note: I have consciously chosen to keep my Instagram on the personal account setting after experimenting with both Creator and…
1. Some people put up with a lot of BS in relationships and think they are proving their love and loyalty. But really, they are putting up with BS because they are addicted to the other person, afraid to be alone, or addicted to how they feel as the Saviour, “good one,” or hero/heroine. The shit-taker goes through high-highs, low-lows, confusion, starvation, self-loathing, vindication, relief, depression, and victory. If this is you, I have a message: love doesn’t feel like this.
2. He is smart, has a decent job, has a wonderful family (that loves you), and would make a…
“A lot of people like to fool you and say that you’re not smart if you never went to college, but common sense rules over everything. That’s what I learned from selling crack.” — Snoop Dogg
My name is Stephanie St.Claire, and I’m an unfunded entrepreneur. I’ve been in business for eight years, after engaging in my own personal and tenuous renaissance (uh…divorce) and rediscovering my Divine Core Purpose. In other words, I grew a pair of ladyballs, launched a business, and tried to make enough money to keep a roof over my head.
But there was a lot to…
I’m a personal advisor (a life coach and strategist combined) with my own private practice. I am 100% responsible for all my own marketing and outreach, so I depend on being able to wake up each day and bring powerful, fresh ideas to my work. But sometimes I feel like I’m groping in a fog. This is my go-to list of ideas for when I find my creative light dim and lackluster.
Read gorgeous books by favorite authors. Dive into the section of books I’ve gathered in my book cart that will make me a better writer.
Joe Coulombe, the founder of Trader Joe’s, has died at 89. When I heard the news, I felt the kind of chest-heavy sadness usually reserved for family members.
I grew up in 1970’s Southern California within driving distance of the original Trader Joe’s. My own parents shopped at Stater Brothers and Alpha Beta but I had a friend who had a cool mom. Her cool mom looked like Cher, ate only organic, and had given up smoking.
On Saturday mornings before we hit the beach, we’d pile into the backseat of Cher’s Nova, the hot vinyl seats searing the backs…
There are times when life is just socking you in the face. I’m talking about the days you’re so overcome with anxiety, grief, and stress it’s hard to even think straight.
I have been there, friend. Many, many times. And so I put this list of coping strategies together in hopes it will help you get through the hours, day, night, few days? when things are really, really bad and you are just trying to crawl up to a basic level of emotional stability. We’re not even talking about long-term solutions or self-work. …
This post is inspired by an interview I did with Joseph Mavericks, a purpose and self-improvement writer on Medium. He is publishing a series of interviews with writers about their morning routines.
I’ve experimented with different ways to get the day going and this is what’s working beautifully for me now.
What time do you wake up in the morning?
I wake up at 5:30. I have one of those “sunrise clocks” that mimic the light of sunrise slowly dawning to the sound of birds chirping. It’s a much better way to wake up than my previous two decades of…
I’m asked by my subscribers all the time: How on earth do I read one book a week?
When I mention this daily habit, I think people assume I’ve carved out an eccentric little LiFesTyLe of LeiSuRE that includes 4 hour work weeks and daily lunch on the terrace at Cap Ferrat. I must be reading hours a day, stretched out in an oversized velour hammock strung between two stately Cypress trees overlooking the Mediterranean while the bills somehow take care of themselves.
Reader, this could not be further from the truth.
Today’s advice applies to any person building a career, but this really applies to any person starting a business of their own.
Let me save you some time and heartache by sharing 7 totally avoidable pitfalls you can sidestep by not. doing. these. things. Because I already did them and learned #allthelessons and cried #allthetears.
HOW I FELL INTO THIS TRAP:
At the beginning of my business, I turned to friend groups and people at networking events to “flesh out” ideas with. I mistakenly thought that pep talks were what I needed instead of straight-up facts and instructions. Many of…