How to Use Canva

How to Use Canva

Effective use of design is arguably one of the most important aspects of creating a memorable brand. There are plenty of paid services you can use to create branded content, but new business owners often don't have the budget (or skill) to invest in more complex marketing tools. If you’re looking for a free option that is easy to use, with almost complete creative control, look no further. Because Canva is the option you are looking for. Canva is a phenomenal free design service that … [Read more...]

The Multi-Tasking Myth: Lunch with Roberta Oster Sachs

The Multi-tasking Myth

Multi-tasking has been a talent listed on my resume for years...it's one of my hot words when it comes to how I "do it all." This buzz word has been the super star employee that HR managers hunt for, the dream team "must-have" for any busy department. But as it turns out, multi-tasking might just be a myth. What?! Thanks to the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Professional Women's Leadership Luncheon Series and the brilliant mind of Roberta Oster Sachs, I recently learned an important lesson … [Read more...]

Must-Have Reads for Busy, Working Moms

Working Moms Must-Read Book List

I know, I know. We're busy working moms, right? When in the world do we have time to read? Trust me, as a working mom, female entrepreneur and woman of strength, making time for each and every one of these books was absolutely worth every second and then some. I constantly find myself challenged personally and professionally, to improve my business, my personality and my quality of life. These authors have a passion for equipping others with the skills and resources to excel in every avenue of … [Read more...]

Working Mom Small Business Rules

Working Mom Small Business Rules

As a mom who works from home, it can be easy to blur the lines between work and family. But overlapping these two corners of our world can easily cause either work or family to suffer; many times both work and family suffer by blending these lines and failing to set healthy boundaries. How can you prevent these areas of your life from suffering? Set business rules and stick to them. Every successful business in the world is successful because it has a set of rules that it adheres to. Process … [Read more...]

How to Use Trello to Manage Your Life

How to Use Trello to Organize Your Life

It's time to add another application to the short list of resources that you use to make life as a working mom more manageable. Learning how to use Trello alongside Slack and Hashtag Todo/Google Calendar will take you one step closer to clarity and an organized (busy!) life. I'm sure your first question is why do I need to learn how to use Trello and add another tool to my arsenal? Can't I get by with the other resources I've implemented into my routine?   Let's outline how you are … [Read more...]

How You Can Use Scrum to Get Organized

How You Can Use Scrum to Get Organized

I know what you're thinking. What the heck is Scrum? Stick with me here - I promise it will be worth it. Scrum is a management and control process that software developers use to break complex projects into incremental pieces, driving focus and productivity with more effective, higher quality results. I came across it in the corporate world and quite frankly, didn't give it much thought. Since Scrum was designed for software developers, which I most certainly am not, I figured it didn't apply to … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Mornings

Make the Most of Your Mornings

Even if you’re not an early riser and prefer the land of the night owls, the 10 tips below will help you to get the day started right and make the most of your mornings. In an ideal world, we’d wake up to birds singing and little mice helping us with our morning chores like a Disney movie.  Unfortunately, most of us wake up 15 minutes late with bed-head, lunches to pack, and no gas in the car.  Learning how to make the most of your mornings is a process for people who aren’t naturally … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Use Google Calendar

10 Ways to Use Google Calendar

Every busy, working woman needs a reliable calendar app to stay organized. The time has come for you to stop searching! Google Calendar has everything that you need and more. It literally functions as my brain most days and I can't imagine life without it. Here are 10 ways to use Google Calendar. Multiple Calendars Sometimes one calendar just isn’t enough. Have you ever wished that you had a separate calendar for personal events? Well… now you have it. Google Calendar … [Read more...]

Why Your Next Meeting Needs a To Do List: Boosting Workplace Productivity

How to Use a To Do List to Boost Productivity at Your Next Meeting

Why Does Your Business Need a To Do List? Moving Creative Ideas From Conception to Completion is the Key Marker for Professional Success. We’ve all been there. You sit down with inspired, like-minded folks to collaborate on a personal or professional adventure and the ideas start pouring forth like manna from heaven. Creativity is at an all-time high, you’re blasting through obstacles to map out the big picture and passion runs deep as your visions come to life right before your eyes. You’re … [Read more...]

Clean Your Computer Calendar

Clean Your Computer Calendar

As a photographer and teacher, one of the worst things for me to hear (and I've heard it a lot!!) is "I lost my images!! My computer died!! What do I do?!" I am constantly preaching back up, back up, back up. Shortly behind that soap box monologue comes the computer file organization challenge. This includes images and files...as a working mom, creating order in your technological playground is essential to save time and energy. Most people feel overwhelmed at the thought of tackling the … [Read more...]