We're all looking to express ourselves...
And that's exactly what we're doing here on IG.
Dale Carnegie said, "Self-expression is the dominant necessity of human nature."
So to me, that means that it's a must in order for us to thrive...just like air.
As a chronic creative, I tend to be all over the place with my self-expression, so I decided to create a seperate IG account just for my art journey: @ericafree.art
I still plan to include some doodles here, and it's a space for encouragement, inspiration and sharing my love of supporting soloprenuers and small businesses with their digital marketing and creative needs.
Are you doing anything to feed your self-expression in the next few days? Happy Friday btw!
#selfexpression #expressyourself #creativityeveryday #createcultivate #personalbranding #marketingstrategy
For those of you who know me, you know my ideal summer day is, well, not a summer day. ☀️
This 90 degree stuff has been slowly melting my brain and making me super unmotivated.
Wednesday morning, though - that was as close to perfect as summer can feel. I had to double park the car while waiting for street sweeping, and I like to sit on the stoop with Edison and have my coffee while babysitting the car and making sure I’m not blocking anyone in.
Shout out to all my fellow New Yorkers with vehicles. #thestruggleisreal
Anyway, there was actually a breeze!! Enough that I could enjoy HOT coffee instead of iced while hanging with the pup.
Edison loves to eat al fresco on the stoop, by the way. Ben carrying his bowl down like a personal waiter is one of his favorite things in life. 🐶
A slow morning, several cups of coffee, some not-too-hot sunshine… That’s a pretty ideal start to the day. I want more of those, please. ☕️
How did you start your day? Was it hectic? Low-key? What’s a perfect morning for you?
There’s totally something to be said for putting your head down and working your booty off to get where you wanna go, BUT we can’t forget to look up and enjoy the world 🌎 around us as we go! ..
You’ll hear me say again and again, this is something I’m working on AND getting better at it day by day!! Walks with Mowgli and Anthony multiple times a day are getting me out more and I’m taking time to enjoy beautiful days and views like this😎
Anyone else out there love a good latte in the morning!? Or afternoon?! 🙈Shout out to @cafezola
for one yummy latte! -⠀
Here’s a fun fact for you—I hated coffee until I was an adult—probably until my mid 20s. Then I got with the program. Haha! ⠀
What is something you hated and now can’t live without? 🤔
I’m so excited I could pee.
My giiiiirls getting maaaarrrrrried TOMORROW!!!! #rileysgotaringtoit
Before the bubbly, however, I superfood... #shakeology
....and then I check my bag twelve more times... Leave it to me to forget something important...like underwear or shoes (Rach, don’t stress when you read this. I got this 👊🏼) Let wedding weekend begin 😆 #bridetribe
“There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise” -W.E.B Dubois -
Women are powerful
Women are strong
Women are fierce
Women are resilient
Women are BOSSES -
And when women get together and support and empower one another, they can truly change the world 🌎 ❤️
Welcome to the team Ruth 🤗
We are only getting started!! -
#girlpower #girlboss #fff #empoweredwomen
It's not always crystal clear. The know-how, the steps, or the photos 😝 ⠀
But trusting that the blurry moments are stepping stones to clarity makes the whole process a lot more fun. Cheers to imperfections - they are the real perfect moments. 🎉
Do you schedule in your "white space"? This is your most important time. Yet, when things get crazy, it's the first thing we cut out.
And in the short term, it might be no big deal. But long term, you'll start to feel those consequences.
On your self-love.
On your body.
Cherish and protect and schedule in that white space for yourself. It matters!
If you need help with this and want to see how I schedule my time, comment below and I'll share all my tips :) xo,
“Far too often the male skaters go out of their way to make us feel unwelcome, or like a spectacle of some kind when we are there to have fun and become badasses in our own right. But I always say, and I know it sounds cliché but, "Just keep getting up, keep trying. You're never gonna get better at it if you don't allow yourself to fail and learn every time you hit the ground." Besides, it's all part of the fun, which is the most important thing.” @sharne_j
Founder of @girlscanskate_sa
💥 Full story via 🔗 in bio.
Own the space you're in. ✨
When I feel myself shrinking back, I stand up straighter. Let my energy expand to fill the corners of my space. Feel my wings unfurl behind me. Open my heart. Release my inner ninja.
Went to add a really great post. Phone blew up. Freaked out and swore up and down.
Remembered yesterday's post.
No one is going to die (including myself) if some tiny content marketing thing goes wrong. Does it really matter? Meh.
I'm choosing to let it go and move on with my day. Life doesn't exist inside this little box.
I grew up in the country on a very busy street and a sister who is 7 years older. I didn’t have friends to just run outside and play with so my imagination was on point.
I had a lot of imaginary friends and one of my favorite games to play was a summer camp.
I would imagine that This summer camp was filled with girls from all over the world and we would do exercises, play sports and compete with one another. Compete but uplift and be there for each other. (I told you it was on point 😝)
I was laying in bed last night and I recalled this memory. I had a huge smile on my face as I realized the games I played as a kid is the exact career and mission I have as an adult.
The things I loved to do as a kid Is the exact thing that lights my soul on fire, today!
And what if those imaginary friends were my guides and angels leading me on my path.
Mind. Blown. 💥
Do you have any experiences like this??
I have never felt truly beautiful until this year. When my inner beauty and outer beauty finally matched. Every time when I say I am not that beautiful, it is quite interesting to see the look on people’s faces. They are kind of like, “Are you kidding?” No, I am not kidding or trying too hard to come off humble. My family was super poor, and my mom never wanted me. All my clothes were hand-me-downs from my older brother. I had pretty much zero knowledge about how to look good when I was young. My mom had very limited style advice. So, I was never exposed to fashion or beauty until I moved to Shanghai in my late 20s. Swipe left to see two old photos. The first one, I was 24 years old. The second one was when I first got to Shanghai. I was 26 years old. I always knew I had inner beauty, but I felt my appearance did not match. My best friend when I was in Shanghai was a very beautiful girl. Guys were fighting with each other to talk to her. I was the invisible one next to her, of course. LOL. It did not bug me at all. Because she had her way to get what she wants, but I have always believed that the best way to earn the life I wanted is through hardworking. Read more for my new post "BEING THE BEST OF ME || BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT" at https://colorandgrace.com/2018/07/20/being-the-best-of-me-beautiful-inside-and-out/
#selfcare #selflove #selfhelp #selfimprovement #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #selfmotivation #selftalk #selfawareness #selfempowerment #selfrealization #selfacceptance #selfworth #selfloveisthebestlove #empowerment #empoweringwomen #empoweryourself #empoweredwomen #bethebestyou #bethebestversionofyou #bestofme
In Innerliethen today, I saw a shop called Findra selling women’s mountain bike and outdoor clothing in beautiful rich colours. after a little time thinking I realised why I knew the name!
This is me with Alex Feechan who owns @findraclothing
, a boutique outdoor clothing shop. Alex was the first female business woman I ever networked with, which is very special! At the time (2015) she was testing material samples and sourcing dyes for her first clothing range, and I was working on an idea for wearable medical ID for the Sports Innovation Challenge in Stirling.
Alex ran a workshop for SIC and I remember feeling so inspired as she told us about her hunt for materials that were functional but also beautiful. What truly inspired me about Alex on that day was her attitude that she could try anything, even if she didn’t have the skills or knowledge she would learn and try until she had the resources to hire someone experienced to help.
This lesson has come with me all these years and now that I’m self employed I often try to adopt her attitude of persistence and just having a go!
If you’re ever in Scotland look out for her boutiques, or otherwise check her out online - you won’t be disappointed!!
Thank you Alex for showing me around your boutique today and for being an example to younger me 🌟
#empoweredwomen #tewp #businesswomen #smallworld #findraclothing #smallbusinesseveryday
Why so stiff? Loosen up and be yourself. Oan; who's ready for fall? I think I'm ahead of the game.
I am a bit jiggly. Like, I work out a lot and I have areas that are lean and toned but I also have bits that are jiggly. I think they are here to stay and I love them 🙋. Because it's warmer and I show my body more in the summer I ALWAYS get messages offering me wraps and weight-loss shit 😂 like what the actual fuck (I am a size 10uk so it's outrageous that they would even try and market them to me 🙄) 😂. Yes, some parts of me are a bit squishy, yes I have stretch marks too, I'm a grown woman who's created life I am entitled to those things, they are just a part of a greater tapestry. Having fat on your body, does not automatically make you unfit, you don't have to be perfectly sculpted from head to toe to be "fitspo", fit and healthy looks different on everyone. My body is powerful, strong, flexible it's a woman's body, perfect in it's natural, wild imperfection. Having those things does not make my husband love me less or find me less beautiful, and I still feel 🔥. I have no interest in losing weight and those wraps would literally melt away under my goddess-like awesomeness anyway💃😉
day 3 #kingpigeon
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🎋diez leyes del IKIGAI🎋-r̫o̫d̫éa̫t̫e̫ d̫e̫ b̫u̫e̫n̫o̫s̫ a̫m̫i̫g̫o̫s̫. Son el mejor elixir para disolver las preocupaciones con una buena charla, contar y escuchar anécdotas que aligeren la existencia, pedir consejos, escuchar, divertirse juntos, compartir, soñar, apoyar, empoderarse! 🙌🏽🙏🏽💫 creo en la a̫m̫i̫s̫t̫a̫d̫ sana, que eleva, potencia.. que s̫u̫m̫a̫! 🎎♥️ La a̫m̫i̫s̫t̫a̫d̫ también es un #habitossaludable
y tiene un rol fundamental en nuestra forma de vivir, llénate de esos amigos que tan bien te hacen, que te nutren el alma y te llenan el corazón.
Emma ในงาน "From Viloence to a Place of Power"
มี Nasra, Marai และ Davi มาร่วมเสวนา
จากคนไม่ได้หน้าตาดี เรากลับมาภาคภูมิใจกับความเป็นตัวเอง จากคนที่ไม่เคยเห็นว่าตัวเองมีอะไรดี กลับมาเป็นคนที่รักตัวเอง ทำให้รักคนอื่น คนรอบข้าง รักโลก.. รู้สึกว่าตัวเองมีคุณค่าจากที่เคยคิดว่าตัวเองเป็นแค่จุดเล็กๆ บนโลก กลับมาเห็นคุณค่าในตัวเองมากมายว่าฉันทำให้โลกนี้มันดีขึ้นได้
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul try-on is on my stories now + my top clothing, activewear, & shoe picks up on the blog!! Are you snagging anything from the sale? Let me know what you’re getting!! ⬇️⬇️⬇️ .
These dubious looking little brown nuggets are actually nature’s gift to those of us that spend far to manny hours counting sheep and tossing and turning. They are jam packed with relaxing oils that calm the mind and body. They have been my saviour while being away from my kids. My sleep at home is always super disrupted and never very sound because I have at least one little rug rat coming in for a cuddle or two...I always think that being away will give me the sound slumber I crave so much but sometimes all that space feels so foreign. I guess I really do love those little bodies snuggling close to me ❤️ These have been the bomb diggity. Pop a few of these and it’s goodnight world, without the sleep hangover in the morning. They are also great to use during times of high stress and when emotions feel out of control. These are a tired mama’s lifeline. I am NEVER without these little gems 😍
So sad to announce the closure of Picaflor. 😔 I have loved the journey of discovery, the women we’ve helped, the people we’ve met. Thank you all for the love and support. Our last few gems - which have now become limited edition- are up for grabs with 50% discount on our website. Use code FINAL50. Link in bio. Won’t be long until Christmas.. you can stock up on beautiful ethical gifts made with sustainable materials.
Yeah yeah, sometimes she's sweet, sometimes she's spice. But she's also adventure with cheer and a brain with no fear. 🥊
This is my morning ritual-boiling the water, brewing the leaves, and sipping the infusion- just a cup of tea can be a deep meditation. .
Hi, it’s me again (Julieanne) one half of the Red Tent team and as promised I’m here to tell you more about our amazing 2nd speaker, Gemma Sandwell (Chief Happiness Officer). I have only known Gemma a short while, she’s been my work coach and friend but what I do know about her is she has a deep nurturing soul.
She’s a positive psychology practitioner, happiness coach and mindfulness teacher who’s an extremely knowledgeable and professional woman with a lot to offer.
She has a background in Psychology, who later advanced her education at Positive Psychology in 2014.
She works at alongside her clients, one on one but also with larger corporations, to help them perform at their best.
Gemma says in her own words …’I went on a journey of personal self discovery through Positive psychology and Mindfulness and set up the Happiness Branch to help people and businesses flourish with the same tools I applied to myself on my journey’. I can’t wait for you to meet her….I can’t tell you how much your life will change by listening and speaking to this lady.
See you there !
Julieanne & Eva
Red Tent Team #redtentlady #redtent #empoweredwomen #meet #gemma
is everything, right?
Yup! We're all for it! Did you know we even have our own Facebook Community -- a safe space to connect, interact, learn from, and grow with niche experts who are there to help you launch, pivot, or scale your business! 💃
If you've been looking for a place to ask all your questions about design, marketing, social media, and just business overall, then this is the place to be! 😎
Earlier this week, one of our founding partners @ladyandcocreative
shared all the things about "what the heck is branding and how it helps your business" and @childersandco
, who's all about that some social media strategy, hopped on live yesterday and spoke about why community is so important to build a sustainable business! If you've like to catch those replays (and many more LIVES to come!), follow the link in bio and request to join, you won't regret it! 😉
Your life only changes when you DECIDE to show up differently.
It's not when you finish that degree. Or when you get through wedding planning. Or when you magically have more time (let's be real, that just never happens 🤷🏼♀️)
It's when you draw your line & decide it's time to step over it.
It won't always be easy. You will have to stop making excuses for yourself. Stop blaming your circumstances on the choices that are yours to make.
You have to put yourself first when it's uncomfortable. You have to change your habits.
But it will all be 16384937% worth it - because you'll be the girl that decide to go for it. & the girl that achieved it for herself👊🏻
HAPPY FRIDAY FRIENDS!!
•ITS FRIDAY YOU GUYS!! •
•It’s been a TOUGH week for me, between completing my CLEAN WEEK workouts and some other personal challenges. BUT, WE MADE IT!!
•This week-end is the time to rest and recover from a loooonnngg week!! Take time for yourself and HAVE FUN!! LOVE YOU!!💖💖💖