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new changes to the workshop format
January 31st, 2013     |    Life

NewChangesWorkshop

First, I’d like to thank everyone who filled out the survey on how I can best serve you in the upcoming Life and Business With Intention workshops!

I was so amazed by the depth of responses and I found so much inspiration and direction in the feedback.

In fact, I’ve made some pretty major adjustments to the workshops as a result to best serve the workshop participants.

If you are interested in coming to the upcoming Boston, San Francisco, or Austin workshops, please read below about the new changes that will be made to the workshop format.

 

I’m limiting the workshop members to 10 people or less.

In the survey the overwhelming majority of people preferred an intimate group setting with individualized feedback over a larger, more self-guided workshop format.

In order to make this a cross between one-on-one consulting and a self-guided workshop, I’m now limiting the number of participants to 10 or less to ensure that each person has plenty of personal attention from me and also has plenty of opportunity to contribute to the group.

 

I’m giving customized feedback to each workshop participant.

Just like in my one-on-one consulting, I’m going to be giving each participant five customized suggested action steps.

So those who might be looking for more individualized feedback on their specific life intentions or business visions will get the chance to work with me directly as well as gain insights and connections from the group.

 

I’m looking for city assistants.

In addition to these changes I’ll now be going to travelling to these events solo. But even a small event like this requires the help.

If you are interested in serving as a city assistant for Boston, San Fran, or Austin, please email hello(at)with-intention.com. This position will be paid.

 

I want to support local food bloggers and businesses.

Instead of just finding any old place to prepare our food for these workshops, I’m looking to partner and support local businesses who create awesome, thoughtful, and creative foods.

If you have a food blog, catering business, or are interested in helping us in Boston, San Fran, or Austin, please email hello(at)with-intention.com.

We are looking for creative foodies who want to share their passion with workshop participants.

The company or blogger we work with will be featured online and will be compensated.

 

I’m so beyond excited about these changes! Though the content of the workshops will largely remain the same, I believe that these edits to the format and the more intimate setting are really going to serve the people I work with in a far deeper way.

 

Also, please note that the workshops are not yet full, but may sell out quickly now that they are limited to a small number of spots. So sign up soon.

hiring during “pretirement”
January 30th, 2013     |    Business AdviceLife


HiringDuringPretirement

The 48 hours leading up to Alt Summit where quite a whirlwind.

By the time that I was preparing to leave for the conference I had a massive amount of work to accomplish in very little time.

You see, I haven’t mentioned all that I’m doing now that I’ve pre-retired (I call this “pretirement”) and pursued my vocation after closing my accessory shop.

Since making this shift and focusing on service, some amazing doors have opened.

Right now it’s pretty hard to answer the simple question, “So what do you do?” as I found out on flights to and from Salt Lake City last week. The short answer (“I help people”) sounds like I don’t have a career at all, and the full answer takes, like, 20 minutes.

Currently I do the following in my pretirement:

  • Blog here 5-7 times per week. (One of my highlights of my week!)
  • I’m launching the book club next week.
  • I consult one-on-one helping people design lives and businesses with intention via phone or Skype internationally.
  • I do travelling workshops helping people design lives and businesses with intention roughly every six weeks.

But there is another major aspect of my career I haven’t shared on the blog yet. I’m also the Creative Director for a small boutique Chicago hotel in Andersonville called The Guesthouse Hotel. I’ll be directing their re-branding and designing and decorating the interior of the hotel lobby this year as well.

This project is a massive undertaking in and of itself, and I’m also helping a client design and decorate their soon-to-be-built home.

I’ve been beyond excited about the opportunity to help brand and design a business space. The intersection of interiors and brands is a perfect fit for me and combines two of my favorite loves. Had Jess LC still been around, none of these design projects would have been feasible for me due to lack of time.

Anyways, my current project load is too much to undertake as a one woman show without working around the clock. Which is why I was feeling overwhelmed leading up to Alt.

As you might guess, this overwhelm led to the all too familiar Stress-Ball Jess from last year.

However, I had a “come to Jesus” talk with myself. I decided to stop the stress train and really look at the projects on my plate.

Now that I’m pretired I no longer do things in order to be as busy or profitable as I possibly can. Sure, I want to have abundance in my life. Heck, my family budget depends on it. But cash is not the trump card in my pretirement equation. Service is.

Once I realized that I could no longer accept that level of stress because I’d never behave that way if I was truly retired, I had to decide what I wanted to take off my plate in order to avoid burnout.

After a few moments of reflection I realized that I truly wanted to take nothing off my plate at the moment.

You see, I love what I do now!

I want to help clients and readers in these ways and I don’t want to have to put anything down. Will I most likely have to turn down future business in order to best serve these current projects? Perhaps. But I don’t want to limit my involvement in the projects I have now.

So then the solution became rather simple: figure out how to be less stressed with my current workload.

This led me to a pretty sane, but unanticipated conclusion: I needed to get help.

… Which leads me back to the 48 hours leading up to Alt. In those two days I hired not one, but two assistants.

Crazy town.

I had no idea when I pretired that I’d be taking on help. But the fact is that if I want to do the projects that excite me to the best of my ability without being Stress Ball Jess, I gotta get some helping hands.

Fortunately, the Universe was preparing me for this all along. The two women I hired are perfectly fit to help me in the areas where I need it most.

One assistant will be virtual. She will help me manage incoming emails, inquiries, workshop location research, and other things that can be done online.

The other assistant is based in Chicago and she is helping me on the design projects I have with the hotel, home, and any future design projects that come my way. Having someone to help me shop for items, gather inspiration, and give me a second opinion on my ideas will help my design projects flow much quicker and easier.

And while part of my brain thinks it’s insane to hire two people and not “lose” a ton of money, The 4-Hour Workweek is helping me to realize that’s not the case.

Sure, the virtual assistant position is going to cost me money on an hourly basis. But the amount of time that she’s going to save me will open up more availability to serve consulting clients and will free up more design time for my hotel and home projects.

Which means while this position will cost me money, I am opening up more time to serve others, increase my billable hours, and relax as well.

Meanwhile, the design assistant will be working roughly the same hours that I will be on the design projects. So I’ll be getting paid for the project and paying her rate out of my hourly rate.

Meaning the design assistant will “cost” me nothing except a portion of my design hourly rate. And again, by having her to help me with this project, I’m opening up more hours to do consulting (which has a higher hourly rate than the design rate) or simply relax in my pretirement!

This whole new understanding of pretirement and assistant help is mind blowing for me. It’s smashed so many assumptions that I held to for no reason. I cannot even begin to tell you.

But one thing I can say is that by forming a new paradigm about my projects, time, and paid assistants is leading to a whole lot of joy and peace.

Which is exactly what I’d like to experience in my pretirement.

 

WishIKnewAltSummitTomorrow on Wish I Knew Wednesday I’ll be sharing the 10 reasons why Alt Summit was good for businesses. I’m sure there are many amazing Alt recaps centered around blogging floating around, so I’d like to share the business side of things.

Think of this WIKW newsletter as your own mini Alt Summit summary pertaining to your business (or blogging as a business).

 

If you’d like to get the email, simply sign up by clicking on the image below. This email list is also where I announce upcoming workshops and other Business With Intention updates.

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priorities and time
January 28th, 2013     |    LifeQuotable

 

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Alt Summit was completely amazing. The amount of inspiration and information I gained from the trip is so substantial that it may take me most of this week to process (and share with you, of course).

However, given the fact that I haven’t had a day “off” in several weeks, I’m doing my best to ease back into things.

Though there is so much I’d like to do rightthisminute, Tim Ferriss’ quote is helping me realize that my priority is on myself today and there is nothing wrong with that. Things will get done.

Right now it’s time to be still.

 

thoughts on… semi-custom furniture
January 25th, 2013     |    Decor

 

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When it came to decorating our home, Mr. Lively was willing to go with my design aesthetic except for one major demand:

No glass topped furniture.

Which meant my bachelorette dining table top didn’t stand a chance.

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We first considered selling the Ikea table entirely and ordering a new, rustic table. Room and Board has a table with the look we wanted, but the price was so high we decided keeping the base and customizing the top would give us the look for a lot less.

Once we decided to keep the base and donate the top, we researched wood workers to get a custom-sized wood surface. This wasn’t as easy as we initially expected. We found a few local places that did great work, but didn’t have the style we desired. Then we searched online.

Many inquires later, we chose Union Furnishings on Etsy.

The Union team was amazing and offered us a great price. They also made sure that we had our top in time for our family party over Thanksgiving (which we greatly appreciated!).

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Overall the experience of creating a semi-custom piece was pretty incredible. It isn’t always the cheapest option, but in our case we got the (more expensive) look we wanted, enjoyed supporting the craftsmen, and retained a base we already had.

So the next time you designing a space, keep in mind that you may be able to get unique look by altering an existing piece or commissioning a craftsman to do something just for you.

 

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

 

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ending up with more
January 24th, 2013     |    Life

 

BeThankfulForWhatYouHave

Wise words from a wise lady.

Enjoy!

my valentine picks
January 23rd, 2013     |    LifeStyleWardrobe

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Today I’m off to Alt Summit! Though things have been a bit of a whirlwind leading up to this trip, a few amazing opportunities presented themselves this week which leave me pumped for my return home (more on that later!).

Though I have no real idea of what to expect from this trip, I have my bags packed, I’m ready to co-teach my authenticity workshop with Ez on Saturday, and I’ve got some pretty new business cards to boot.

While I’m soaking in the design blogging world in Salt Lake City I thought I’d share a little pretty with you!

I was delighted when Meg and Katie asked me to share 16 things that I’d love to receive for Valentine’s Day for their To and From magazine.

Since I have been on a personal shopping hiatus for January this was both awesome and tempting. Check out my picks on page 61 along with the other amazing blogger Valentine’s Day suggestions. As you might expect, there is plenty of white and gold in my wish list.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

WishIKnewWednesdayCaseStudyMissionBasedThis week on Wish I Knew Wednesday I’m changing things up a bit and doing a case study (a business school teaching method from my college days).

I’ll be sharing the 10 things that Sseko Designs did to help grow a successful mission-based product business. Plus, Sseko’s founder will share insights about her company that can help other socially conscious businesses thrive.

 

If you’d like to get the email, simply sign up by clicking on the image below. This email list is also where I announce upcoming workshops and other Business With Intention updates.

(If you have signed up for the Wish I Knew Wednesday newsletter, you will automatically get this email.)

 

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i’ll be happy when…
January 21st, 2013     |    LifeThink About It

 

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Today I’m over on The Everygirl sharing ways to stop future tripping and escape the “I’ll be happy when…” trap.

Hop over here to read the column.

 

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as seen in… croatia
January 21st, 2013     |    Decor

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For any and all Croatian fans reading the blog… my home was featured in the Croatian newspaper, Jutarnji List.

{ Pretty crazy! }

thoughts on… spreading happiness
January 18th, 2013     |    Life

SpreadingHappiness

Though there are many methods which lead to happiness, I’ve realized that the most reliable way for me to become happy is by increasing another person’s happiness.

This concept is not unique, earth-shattering, or surprising. This is a principle that we all know to be true.

However, though we may “understand” this concept, I’m shocked at how often I personally need to remind myself to utilize this truth in my own life.

Sure, I’ve used it from time to time. Most frequently with people I care about.

But eventually my ego would start clamoring for more attention. “What about me? What about me? What about me?” it whispered.

And inevitably my focus would shift inward, away from others and onto myself.

Given the chance, my ego would rather focus on what I was getting rather than what I was giving.

We all know that the oxygen mask needs to be put on ourselves before we help others. But what about when we just suck the dang air so much that we forget to help the other passengers on the plane?

In 2013 I have been training myself to shift my focus outward. To trust that my needs will be cared for even when I’m not sitting around thinking about myself.

This doesn’t mean that I undervalue myself, quite the contrary. It just means that I am trusting that the more I serve others, the more I will experience abundance without striving.

This is my motivation for donating the proceeds of the book club, taking a month-long personal shopping hiatus while investing in nice things for others, and measuring how much I serve rather than how much I make in my career this year.

Changes like these have already given me much more peace, joy, and happiness than ever before.

Do I always feel like I’m floating on a cloud? No.

New situations come up which challenge me to stay true to the course when my ego would rather run and hide in its little What About Me? Cave.

But I can say that the renewed dedication to this goal every single day has been building up a strength within me. It’s becoming easier to shake off the sick satisfactions of the ego and forgive those that hurt me and look for new ways to help people.

And speaking of making other people happy, I’d like to share a video that my friend Susie introduced me to last night.

Every time I watch it I cannot help but cry happily along with Lily. The video a great example of how happiness comes from serving others.

Plus, watching it may make you feel happier as well.

 

 

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend!

success is liking yourself
January 17th, 2013     |    LifeQuotable

 

SuccessIsLikingYourself

Wise words from a wise lady for your Thursday morning.

Enjoy!


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