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TheLivelyShowWithVictoriaSmithHappy Lively Show Day!

I’d like to ask you a question about an idea I am considering.

A few people have been asking for more podcast episodes, so…

facing challenges intentionally
May 27th, 2014     |    IntentionLife

FacingChallengesIntentionally

Lately, a few (possible) big changes in my life are being determined by a handful of factors beyond my personal control.

As I’ve waited for these situations to unfold, I’ve felt like an acorn floating down a river.

Sure, I can chart an intentional path down the river, that’s what this whole site – and my life’s work – is devoted to!

But there are times when a rock blocks an opportunity, or a canoe paddle catapults me to a completely different part of the stream.

In those times, I’m trying to get my head above water, rather than careening head-over-heels down the stream dizzy, upset, and gasping for air.

Though the (sometimes dormant) perfectionist in me would like to think that I can one day reach a point of “Acorn Zen” where I never get caught off guard by a waterfall, where I always keep my head above water, that may never be the case.

Or at least that is certainly not my reality in the present moment.

So rather than fight the rocks or force myself to always keep my chin up 100% of the time, I’m working on my

TheLivelyShowWithLindsayOstrom

Happy Lively Show day to you!

Today I have an awesome new episode with Lindsay Ostrom, the blogger behind the incredibly popular Pinch of Yum.

Lindsay’s food blog has tons of great recipes, eCookbooks, and helpful income reports (great for those looking to monazite their blogs). She and her husband Bjork – the business half of the blog – also have a site called Food Blogger Pro where they help food bloggers take things to the next level.

In today’s episode, we are talking about Lindsay’s recent decision to go full-time as a blogger after deciding to stay in teaching last year, her experience teaching abroad at the Children’s Shelter of Cebu, and what she would recommend for those who want to give back either through travel or donations as well.

This episode is perfect for those who love their day jobs and are trying to pick the right time to go full-time with a blog, or for those interested in getting involved internationally in a greater way.

ThreeReasonsWhatYouWantedDidntHappen

Though we all face disappointment and rejection throughout our lives, “nos” to opportunities we deeply want hit hard.

Today I’d like to share three reasons why those “Important Nos” in our lives may happen. As you’ll see, these nos are actually working out for the best… though we may not see how in the present moment.

TheLivelyShowMrLively

Today’s episode of The Lively Show has a special guest…. Mr. Lively himself!

When I first started dating my husband, I called him Mr. Lively on the blog.

Back then, many readers assumed it was a pseudonym.

In fact, one or two readers even shared their disappointment when they learned that Lively was, in fact, his last name. They preferred the idea that it was a nickname based on his personality alone.

Me on the other hand?

I was thrilled to adopt the Lively last name myself!

Anyways, today’s your chance to get to know the hubba.

We’ll be talking about loving a 9-to-5 job. This is an important topic – and one of my favorite episodes – because I deeply believe being intentional is not tied to entrepreneurship specifically.

This episode is perfect for those who love their day jobs, those who want to find a 9-to-5 they love, or for those who want to hear about the benefits of having a day job compared to entrepreneurship. 

WantTos

At 6:18pm on December 28th, 2011, I sat on the Orange Line train at Midway waiting to return home after a trip to see my family in Pennsylvania.

Due to the snow storm that hit the east coast over Christmas, flights were delayed and my entire trip (with a layover in Minneapolis) lasted about 10 hours.

As I sat in the train I had a mini-breakdown.

TheLivelyShowWithErinGatesToday’s show is a huge honor for me!

I’ve been a big fan of Erin Gates of Elements Of Style for many years and I have loved reading her blog and learning from her as a designer and following her life and career.

In this episode we talk about her exceptional career path and book deal.

But our main topic is perfectionism (starting at 18:30) – how Erin has learned to make the most out of it and appreciate it for what it is, rather than fighting to change herself.

This episode is perfect for bloggers, designers, aspiring authors, and anyone who struggles with perfectionism. 

“pinterest perfect”
May 6th, 2014     |    InspireThink About It

PinterestPerfect

I’ve had this Pinterest picture bookmarked for several months. I knew I wanted to talk about it, but didn’t quite have the message yet.

However, in this Thursday’s episode of The Lively Show, I talk with Erin Gates of Elements of Style and she said the exact phrase that explains this image perfectly:

now hiring
May 5th, 2014     |    Business With IntentionLife

NowHiringAs I wrap up the hotel lobby design project this month, I’m going to begin re-launching Life with Intention Online in a longer (even more awesome!) format and start another major (still secret) project.

And with all of these changes, I’m looking for a new partner in crime here in Chicago to help me make all of this happen – and take a few other areas of JessLively.com and The Lively Show to a new level.

I’m looking for a part-time Right Hand Lady (about two weekday afternoons per week)  to help with the following aspects:

  • Social media planning
  • Content idea creation + vetting
  • Jess Lively shop expansion + promotion
  • Graphic design in Photoshop (preferred, not required)
  • Lively Show guests + topic idea vetting
  • Occasional email responding + scheduling
  • Life with Intention Online student leader

This position is paid, requires about 5-10 hours per week, is based in Chicago, and can be used for internship or school credit (though there is no specific age requirement).

new may wallpaper
May 1st, 2014     |    BusinessLifePurpose

JL_MayQuote

Happy May!

I don’t know about you, but I’m wishing and hoping for warmer weather this month.

I also have a new wallpaper for you. One with lots of flowers and a powerful quote by Danielle LaPorte.

Here’s what it will look like on your desktop:

JL_MayMini

download full-size wallpaper here

Do you have a quote you’d like to see in an upcoming wallpaper? Send your suggestions to me at jess(at)with-intention.com.

Enjoy!

 

Wallpaper designed by Joy Laforme for JessLively.com.

 

TheLivelyShowClaraA

Good Thursday to you!

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting more and more excited about Thursdays lately because it means I get to share another episode of The Lively Show with you!

Today’s episode is powerful.

I asked Clara of ClaraPersis.com to come on the show not to talk about her social marketing and event company or her lovely lifestyle and food blog (though you should definitely check them out).

Today we are talking about her personal journey with anxiety, ending a relationship, and listening to her intuition.

She was kind enough to share openly in the hopes that her story may connect with others who deal with similar struggles.

Let’s go to the show.

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