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Stay Focused

You might love your job and the people you work with, but it is inevitable to feel a little unmotivated sometimes. Being at work 5 days a week for 8 hours a day can sometimes start to feel like a drag. This “rut” can cause low quality of work or leave you uninspired without being able to accomplish anything. If this is you or you have been here before, here are 5 ways to get out of the rut and to help you get motivated at work once again.

  1. To-Do List

Create a daily to-do list to stay on track. Writing down your daily to-do list will make you feel more responsible for completing each task. Cross items off your list as you complete them to stay motivated.  

  1. Set Goals

Is there a big project you need to complete? An upcoming presentation? Or a promotion you are after? Establish your long- and short-term goals and actively plan on how to accomplish them successfully.

  1. Spice Up Work Wardrobe

Add a couple of new pieces to your work wardrobe. There’s nothing like a new work outfit to add incentive to your day. We always say, “dress for the job you want”.

  1. Inspiration

Surround yourself with positivity. Work isn’t always the most inspiring of places. So, take matters into your own hands and re-decorate your office or cubicle so it is a place of inspiration for you.  

  1. Celebrate

Give yourself a pat on the back for your small or big accomplishments. A celebration after accomplishing a particular task is a great way to keep you motivated throughout the process.

What tips do you have for staying motivated at work?

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

January 22, 2019 0 comment
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MEET STYLIST KATIE W.

 MEET STYLIST KATIE W.

Meet New Yorker and SuitableYou personal stylist Katie W. In this edition of Meet The Stylist, we find out about Katie’s fashion icons, styling tricks and what her closet must-have item is.

What is your personal style?

I would say my style is ‘soft-edgy’. I love classic jeans and blouses, but am always looking to add leather pieces to make my outfit a little tougher.

Who is your fashion icon and why?

I find a lot of inspiration from celebrities. When you have an endless wardrobe budget, you’re sure to put together some pretty fierce outfits.  Sometimes I’m excited by young stars, like Selena Gomez, and other times I am inspired by more sophisticated looks, like Kerry Washington.

Where do you get style Inspiration?

NYC is full of innovative fashion choices. Not only is it home to some of the most powerful designers, but watching people on the street can spark just as much inspiration. I always want to look my best when strolling around the city.

Any trends you are obsessing over right now?

Right now, I’m obsessed with everything plaid. I am constantly trying to find new pieces to add to my wardrobe… and then add a pair of black mules to complete the look!

Do you have a favorite saying or style motto?

Black is ALWAYS in style!

MEET STYLIST KATIE W.

What is the best part of your job as a stylist at SY?

Shopping has always been one of my favorite hobbies, but I know lots of women don’t feel the same way. I love helping them fulfill their wardrobe needs. Their burden is my delight!

Styling trick?

When you find a piece of clothing that fits perfectly, buy it in every color!

What advice would you give Suitable You members to look and feel their best?

Accessories can be easy to forget, but they can complete a look. If you feel like your wardrobe has fallen flat, the solution may be as simple as adding a necklace and a fun pair of shoes.

What is the one article of clothing that everyone should have in their workwear closet?

A tweed blazer is always in style! It’s classic but trendy. Colorful, but subtle. And goes with everything in your closet.

What’s the one makeup item you can’t leave home without?

Sometimes I don’t have time to spruce up my day make-up before heading out at night.  Adding a lip color is a quick fix. I couldn’t live without Tarte Matte Lip Paint. I wear ‘Birthday Suit’ every day.

3 Fun facts about you?
  • I love traveling- my husband and I have visited 3 continents in the past 3 years!
  • This is my eleventh year as a classroom teacher. 🙂
  • New York City is my favorite city in the world. There is so much to see and experience. I’ve lived here my whole life, and it still surprises me.
Request Katie W. as your personal stylist? Become a SuitableYou member, sign-up today.

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

January 10, 2019 0 comment
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Board Room Meeting

Public speaking and presentations, for some, comes naturally, but for the rest of us, presenting to a group brings up all types of anxiety and insecurities. Unfortunately, this can sometimes be part of your everyday job so there is no other option but to tackle this fear and learn to deliver an impressive speech. Here are our 5 tips for a successful presentation.

1. Prepare Ahead of Time
  • Before you get started, make an outline of your presentation. What is the goal? What is the main message that needs to resonate with your audience? Once you’ve answered these questions you can begin “constructing” your presentation in the most effective way to reach your purpose.
  • Grab your audience’s attention in the first 30 seconds. Start your presentation with a powerful opening like a quote, statistic, or anecdote.
  • As they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words. Add visuals to help enhance or clarify your content.  
  • Keep content per slide to a minimal so people can easily digest everything being presented.
2. Know Your Audience
  • Before you create your presentation keep in mind who your audience will be. This will help determine the right background, language, tone, amount of humor, etc. that will work best for your audience.
3. Practice and Rehearse
  • Practice giving your presentation in front of a mirror, to a group of friends or even record it. This will help you understand what areas you need to improve. Once modified; practice again (and again)!
  • Write an outline to keep you on track. DO NOT read your presentation word for word. If you are looking down and reading from your notes you are not engaging with your audience and most likely your audience isn’t engaging with you.
  • Speak slowly, clearly, and confidently. Keep a steady talking pace, avoid filler words, remember to pause, and avoid a monotonous talking voice.
  • Be aware of your body language. Face your audience, make eye contact, avoid crossing your arms, putting your hands in your pockets, and don’t fiddle or pace.
  • Don’t be rigid or hide behind a podium. Move around freely and connect with your audience.
4. Dress Appropriately
  • Take the environment and setting for your presentation into consideration when picking out your outfit. As a rule of thumb, always dress better than your audience. For example, if your audience will be dressed in casual attire, then you should dress business casual.
  • Your attire should be well-tailored, clean, comfortable and appropriate. You want your audience paying attention to what you have to say and not distracted by what you are wearing.
  • If sweating might be an issue, then stick to fabrics that don’t stain. Also, consider wearing a second layer like a blazer or cardigan.
  • Are there stairs? How long will your presentation take? Will you be doing a lot of moving around? These are all great questions to keep in mind when choosing your shoes. Make sure that you can walk easily in whatever you wear. Low heels, wedges or flats are probably your best bet.
5. Know the Setting
  • Know where your presentation will take place and what the setup of the room is.
  • Arrive early so you have time to troubleshoot the technology setup. There is nothing worse than beginning a presentation trying to figure out how to project your laptop!
What tips do you have for a successful presentation? Leave a comment and let us know!

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

December 3, 2018 0 comment
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Answering the Phone Professionally

Answering the phone professionally is an important skill that everyone needs to know, not just the receptionist. Even with email and live chat options nowadays, the phone remains the primary way of communication for businesses. A great professional phone call will reflect well on you and give a good impression of the company. A win-win situation!

Take your office skills to the next level by incorporating the following tips into your work phone routine.

  • If available, answer all phone calls before the third ring. By answering phone calls quickly, it shows you are efficient and attentive to your work. If unavailable let your phone calls go to voicemail after the third ring.
  • When on the phone, be warm, polite and identify yourself and the company. You always want to give the caller a great first impression. For example, “Thank you for calling SuitableYou. This is Patricia speaking. How may I help you?”
  • When calling someone else, always identify yourself and where you are calling from. For example, “Good morning. This is Patricia from SuitableYou calling for Susan.
  • When on the phone, speak clearly, slowly and use a moderate speaking volume so the caller understands you.
  • Use the caller’s name or their title (Mrs. Smith). This shows you are actively listening and adds a personal touch to the call.  
  • Be aware of your language when answering the phone. Do not use slang terms or filler words, and never use profanity or swear words.
  • Keep a pen and paper next to you when answering calls. This way you can easily jot down any important information. If there’s something you don’t understand or can’t spell, ask the caller to repeat it or spell it for you.
  • Do not eat or drink while on the phone.
  • Before putting someone on hold, always ask first if it’s all right with them and wait for their response. Do not leave the caller on hold for a long period of time and provide them with an update every 30 – 45 seconds.
  • Avoid using speakerphone unless if doing a conference call. You want the caller to feel important and that they have your undivided attention. Using speakerphone gives the impression you are too busy and not focused.
  • If doing a conference call, let the caller know they are on speaker phone at the beginning of the phone call and who else is joining in on the call.
  • Listen to what the caller has to say. At the end of the call reiterate the information back to them to make sure you are both ending the conversation with a clear outcome.
  • Answer all voicemails within one business day unless if away on vacation. Nothing frustrates callers more than unreturned calls. An unreturned phone call can mean an unhappy customer, a missed potential new customer or a missed sale.
  • End all phone calls professionally. For example, “Thanks for calling. Have a great day!”
  • A great rule of thumb is to always assume that someone is always listening in on your work phone conversations. By doing this, you will always be on your game, professional and appropriate.
Found these tips helpful? What other tips do you have for answering the phone professionally at work?

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

November 28, 2018 0 comment
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prepare for a job interview

An impressive resume will land you a job interview; but ultimately, a successful interview is the one that lands you the job. Job interviews are intimidating and stressful, but if you put in the work and prepare beforehand you‘ll be confident, make a great first impression and secure a job offer. Here are five ways to prepare for your job interview.

Analyze the Job Description

What does the position require? What qualifications are needed? Make a list of your skills, qualifications, and qualities that match the job description and be prepared to use these along with examples to show why you would be the best candidate for the job.

Research the Company

Research, research, research! Do your due diligence of the company you are interviewing with. Visit their website, review the company’s background, their mission statement, who their clients are and if there were any recent press releases. Show the interviewer you are interested in the company and the job. This prepares you to answer company related questions and also helps you come up with questions of your own.

Practice Interview

At a job interview, your potential employer will ask questions to learn more about you, your skills and to see how well you can handle yourself. Review common job interview questions and how you would respond. Try to conduct a practice interview with a friend or family member ahead of time. This is a great way to prepare your talking points and practice your interview answers. Remember to practice interview etiquette during your mock interview.

Interview etiquette is very important. You want to make a good impression from the moment you walk into the building.

  • Remember to be pleasant and courteous with everyone you meet and always greet the receptionist. Many times an interviewer will ask the receptionist for their first impression of the candidates.  
  • Watch your body language during the interview. Shake hands firmly, sit up straight and make eye contact throughout the interview.
  • Be attentive, pay attention and look interested. Also, be patient. Wait until the interviewer is done talking before you speak.
Prepare Questions

Asking questions and participating during an interview is a great way to show your enthusiasm and interest for the position. It’s also a great way to get a feel for the position and company, to find out if this job is right for you. Think of questions beforehand that you’d like to ask regarding the position you are interviewing for. It’s not always easy thinking on your feet when you’re in the hot chair at an interview. Below is a list of sample questions to ask at your next interview.

Can you walk me through the typical work day?

What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this position?

How would you describe the work environment here?

Are there any benefits or perks the company offers?

Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?

Does the company offer any educational or training opportunities?

What’s the next step of this process?

Is there any other information you need from me?

Company Directions

What’s the address? Will there be traffic? Is there parking available? What floor will you be going to? These are all questions you want answered before you head out on the day of your interview to make sure you get to the interview on time. You want to avoid running late and getting stressed.

Use a GPS or mobile app to get directions to your destination if you’re not sure where you are going. Find out how long it takes to get there and give yourself a few extra minutes to arrive a little early to the interview.

Best of luck! We know you’ll knock it out of the park.
Need help picking out your interview outfit or not sure what to bring to the interview? Checkout our other posts from our job interview series.

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

November 20, 2018 0 comment
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work-life balance

Juggling the demands of work and life can be challenging. It seems like sometimes we don’t even leave work, we are just always “on the clock”. But where do you draw the line? How do you set boundaries and balance your work and personal life?

It’s important to give yourself time to enjoy life, relax and unwind when off the clock. This way you can be more attentive and productive while at work. Here are five ways to help you create a work-life balance.

1. Be a Smart Worker

Don’t waste work time scrolling through social media, browsing the internet or hanging out by the water cooler. This may cause you to have to work late or bring work home. Be a smart worker, create an efficient daily work schedule so you can complete all tasks needed within your 9-5.

2. Set Boundaries

With technology nowadays it’s inevitable to take work with us wherever we go. Our cell phones and smartwatches are constantly buzzing with work messages or emails. To create a work-life balance, boundaries must be set. Dedicate your work time to work and learn to only answer emergency work calls, emails or messages while you are out of the office. Everything else can wait until you are back in the office.

3. Learn to say “No”

Make smart decisions on how you spend your time. Learn to say “no” to activities or people that drain your time and energy and do not add value to your career or life. You can’t be everything to everyone‍. The less time you spend on “filler” activities the more time you have for what truly matters.

4. Schedule Downtime

Make time in your schedule for activities or hobbies you enjoy and make you happy. Plan a movie night with the kids, date night with the spouse, girls’ night out or some exercise time for yourself. Give yourself something to look forward to and de-stress.

5. Get Help

You don’t have to do everything by yourself. Get help completing tasks. Make a list of all your tasks and errands and see what tasks you can outsource. Even if on a budget, you may find that the time you save is worth it.

Also, you don’t necessarily need to “hire” help to get help. Take advantage of your supermarkets’ pickup or home delivery service. This will cut down on the time you spend grocery shopping and will open time for other activities.

Hope these tips for creating a work-life balance give you insight on how to better manage your workload. What other tips do you have for creating a work-life balance?

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

November 14, 2018 0 comment
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With his background in visual design and undergraduate degree in marketing, we’re lucky to have nabbed Jimmy Quirk as one of our interns here at SuitableYou. Jimmy already has an impeccable eye for style but is gaining hands-on experience in the fashion world before he graduates from Rutgers Business of Fashion next spring. We recently caught up with him to learn more about his plans after graduation and what he could eat for the rest of his life (good choice Jimmy!).

What are your ambitions after graduation?

I am hoping to get into image consulting for fashion brands needing guidance in both marketing and visual areas.

What is your role at SY?

Marketing and research and I’m getting into creative areas as well.

Mac or PC?

Mac

Where are you from? Where do you currently call home?

Originally from the New Brunswick area, now living 15 minutes from Princeton.

Do you have a favorite motto?

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” – YSL

What was the last thing you Google searched? 

“When is mercury going to be out of retrograde?” Hah!

Favorite meme of all time?

What is the one thing you could eat for the rest of your life?

Burrito Bowl

What song is currently on repeat?

You Should See Me in a Crowd by Billie Eilish 

Become a SuitableYou member and join our team. Sign-up today!

September 20, 2018 0 comment
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#ProfessionalGal Amanda Smith is the founder of Amanda’s Kitchen, an online resource where you can find custom meal plans and personal/weight loss coaching (plus some amazing food pics – check out her Instagram – WARNING: you may start to feel hungry!).

We had the opportunity to talk to this motivated entrepreneur – she shares tips on meal prepping, how to stay alert throughout the day and even shares a delicious Carrot Ginger Soup recipe that makes us very excited for the cooler days ahead! Read the full interview below:

Do you have any tips on how to meal prep for the week?

  • Make a plan. Make a list of healthy foods you want to make. Choose realistic, simple recipes that can be made that are desirable to eat. Find out what you need to make them, and make a grocery list.
  • It’s the little things…I pre-cut my lettuce and veggies to save me time, I plan on what proteins I should have throughout the week (ex. Monday: salmon, Tuesday, chicken, Wednesday: tofu…) to get a variety of protein sources, so I don’t get stuck eating the same thing every day.
  • When I prep salads, I like to add paper towel between my veggies so they don’t get soggy + put my dressing on the side in a mini container.
  • When I know I’m going have a busy day and not be home until dinner, I always prep my food! Not only do you save time, energy & money, but you learn portion control.

For women that are not caffeine drinkers, how do you remain alert throughout the day?

  • It all begins with sleep, get whatever makes YOU feel good.
  • Stay away from refined carbohydrates (anything white and sugar) because they will cause your energy levels to spike and then crash just a few hours later (also leading you to want more!). Keep in mind I do not restrict myself if something looks really good and I want to try it – I just don’t include those foods in my everyday diet.
  • Lastly, having anxiety can suck the energy out of you! It’s exhausting. Doing yoga or even a 5 minute meditation in the morning can make a huge difference.

What is your to-go breakfast that will last you until your lunch break?

Basically all my breakfasts that you see on my Instagram (check out Amanda’s Instagram)! But these are my favorite three: Berry Fibre Smoothie, Egg White Peanut Butter Protein Oatmeal, Egg White Omelette with a side of PB&J.

Do you have any advice on how to stay active during the day for young professional women who work at a desk from 9-5?

To be honest, it’s SO easy to make excuses. The reality is, you have three options:

  1. Either wake up early and get it done before work (no snoozing! – you’ll feel great and get it out of the way!). You have to choose between netflix the night before or working out in the a.m.
  2. Use your lunch break to do a workout then eat at your desk after your workout.
  3. Workout after work (good luck! In order to do this you NEED to have an accountability partner! A friend/sibling/parent… anyone!).

We know sleep is very important. So, what is your advice (and your own routine) for maintaining a healthy sleep schedule during the work week?

Apple just introduced this new feature called “Bedtime” and I absolutely LOVE it! It can be used to remind you to go to bed and make sure you get the amount of sleep you want.  So when I receive a bedtime reminder the night before alarms are set to go off. Mine is customized because I like to get a notification 30 mins before bed (then I’ll leave my phone in my kitchen and go upstairs). I like it because it keeps me accountable to get my 8 hours!

Take us through your approach with someone who wants to lose weight.

When one of my clients want to lose weight, it’s important to figure out why they’re overweight and how they got to this point. Why do they overeat? Is it because they just love desserts? Are they binge eaters? Too much partying? Lack of planning? Lack of sleep? Are they lonely? Do they find comfort in food? Are they just used to eating poorly?

I also like to know why they came to me, what are their goals, what is their weight history.

My standard approach process is a consult where we figure out all of the above and I make them a meal plan, and the month of coaching starts. At  that point, my client has full access to me: They get a portfolio and plan developed by me, a full analysis of your current eating and exercise regime, a meal plan designed just for the client…with portion sizes, recipes and everything you need to succeed, tailored to your needs, preferences, lifestyle and goals!

What is some advice you can give someone on a weight loss journey?

  • To take it one day at a time. Don’t get discouraged.
  • It’s very important to keep a food journal. You have to be aware of what you’re eating. With that being said, stop estimating. Buy yourself some measuring cups and a food scale. 
  • There will be sacrifices but there are always alternatives. Instead of dwelling on what you need to give up, focus on the “why” you’re doing what you’re doing.
  • Don’t do the all or nothing approach, it never works out. FACT: 95% of diets fail!
  • Get a coach or find someone to help keep you accountable. It should be someone who will listen to you when you’re frustrated or tired, and also cheer you on!
  • All the small changes have an impact. Don’t go crazy and cut out every single bad food all at once. Start out by cutting one thing out, like soda or sweets, and then slowly add on to that.
  • You never have to sacrifice taste while looking for healthier options!
  • Make sure that you have a variety of recipes because eating the same thing prepared the same way can get boring.
  • Be active constantly! Don’t be lazy, walk to the coffee shop, park a little further,
  • Eat things that will satisfy you. So stick to the three keys: protein, fiber and fat which keep you full.

Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  •  1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  •  1C diced yellow onion
  •  4 large carrots (or 6 medium)         
  •  4C vegetable broth
  •  2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  •  1 small potato
  •  1/4-1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  •  1 tsp salt
  •  pepper to taste
  •  pinch of cayenne (optional)

STEPS

  1.  In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil, and sauté the onion with a pinch of the salt for about 5 minutes until soft and translucent (not brown).
  2.  Add the veggie broth, carrots, potato, ginger, turmeric & salt, increase the heat to high, and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3.  Reduce the heat to medium-low & simmer for 15-20 mins, until the carrots are soft (you can stick a fork through)
  4.  Transfer the soup to a blender on high until smooth and creamy.

Learn more about Amanda and how she can help you achieve your goals;

weather it be to shedding some weight or leading a healthier lifestyle.

www.AmandasKitchen.co

September 18, 2018 0 comment
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SY Member Chelsea Wilson

Chelsea Wilson is a speech pathologist for young children and mom to a 13-month-old baby boy. Since becoming a SuitableYou member we’ve had the pleasure to help Chelsea build her workwear wardrobe, and even helped with her attire once she returned to work from maternity leave. We checked in with Chelsea to see how this working mamma is doing, and to find out a little more about her lifestyle.

Q: How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

A: Family-oriented, loyal, and kind.

Q: What does your morning routine look like?

A: My morning routine is pretty hectic as I need to get both my son and I ready, and out the door on time. After I drop my son off, I try to decompress on my commute into work by enjoying my coffee and listening to a podcast.

Q: How do you take your coffee? Or are you a tea person?

A: My day doesn’t really start without a cup of coffee!  I prefer my coffee with just a splash of milk or cream. And in the summer I love iced coffee!

Q: What’s one thing you wish you had more time for?

A: As a full time working mom to a 10-month-old son, I always wish I had more downtime to spend with him and my husband!

Q: Favorite item to wear this time of year?

A: My favorite things to wear this time of year are either a casual maxi dress or colored jeans with a top.

Q: Favorite genre of music?

A: My favorite genre of music is country! Attending a country concert is the perfect way to spend a summer night.

Q: Do you have a hobby?

A: If I have any spare time, I enjoy reading a good book, taking a Pilates or Barre class, or binging on a good Netflix show!

Q: On average, how many people have you told about SY?

A: I have told many co-workers and some of my cousins how affordable and fashionable SY clothes are!

 

Are you an SY member? Want to be featured in our customer spotlight series? Drop us a line at support@suitableyou.com.

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

September 11, 2018 0 comment
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In this edition of #ProfessionalGal, we are excited to introduce you to the two beauties behind With Grace and Gold, a design and branding agency for creative women in business.

With Andra’s sharp eye for beautiful and meaningful design and Kelly’s passion for encouraging diverse women in business – this dynamic duo is a force to be reckoned with! We had the chance to chat with these lovely ladies and hear what makes them successful womenpreneurs. Read the interview below:

What is the most important aspect of building a successful business?

Kelly: Consistency! Over the years, we’ve done our best to create new content consistently, to market our business consistently, and to serve our clients consistently well, through a well-defined process. Consistency not only helps to create systems within your business, but it also helps to build trust – because your audience and your clients will know what to expect from you. Of course, there is always grace built in… but we believe consistency can make a big difference!

Andra: To “stay in your own lane” or to focus wholeheartedly on what you are doing well. It’s easy to become distracted by what is working well for other business owners. I think the most important aspect of building a successful business is knowing what you do well, carving your own path, and wholeheartedly believing in what you do.

Photo courtesy of Lauren Kirkbride Photography

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you at the beginning of your career?

Kelly: That’s a great question! This isn’t so much advice, but I wish I had solidified a female mentor as I started my career. There are certain challenges women in business, and women in leadership positions face, and I wish I had someone to encourage me or show me how to successfully journey through life as an entrepreneur.

Andra: Entrepreneurship isn’t for the faint of heart. You can serve people well, but there will be long days (and weekends) and sacrifices along the way. It is worthwhile to make your own schedule, pick and choose what you work on, and experience the joys of entrepreneurship – but there are definitely sacrifices!

How do you deal with setbacks that occur in running your business?

Kelly: First, we step away from our business for just a moment – whether it means going hiking, going to yoga, or spending time with my husband. When setbacks happen in business, it’s easy to feel immersed in or overcome by the setback. Then, we talk about what went wrong – and what we can do differently in the future. Being a small business owner is all about making pivots and adjustments, day after day, week after week, and so on. That way, you can always grow, evolve, and produce better work in the years to come.

Andra: Kelly and I walk through what went wrong, what went right, what was out of our control, and what we could have done differently. Sometimes, things are out of our control and we can’t do anything – and other times, we can learn from our mistakes and grow from them.

How do you achieve work-life balance?

Kelly: Having a schedule has helped us to achieve better work-life balance. Our current business hours are 7 AM – 3 PM, so having a set schedule has been really helpful. We also shifted our mindset to believe that the time away from our business is just as valuable as the time within our business. We want to bring our best selves to With Grace and Gold, so being healthy, happy, and balanced is essential.

Andra: Set boundaries and stick to them!

Who is your role model, and why?

Kelly: I don’t necessarily have a role model; I try my best to pick up bits and pieces from a variety of people. I’m always inspired by women who are unapologetically themselves, who are brave and share their stories, who are authentic. I also really look up to my husband, who is an extremely hard worker.

Andra: My mom – she was the queen of balance; managing a household, finding time to volunteer, spending time with family and friends, working hard – she balanced it all!

Is there a motto you live by?

Kelly: “Every day is a new day.” My husband once shared with me a Tony Robbins “lesson” about drawing a line in the sand and beginning fresh every day. So, no matter what has happened to you in the past, no matter what lies you’ve believed about yourself, others, or the world – every day is a chance to start again, become the person you’ve aspired to be, and change the world.

Andra: I’m not sure if this is a motto, but I read this quote the other day and loved it: “Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” – Vincent Van Gogh. It’s true in business and in life: thinking outside of the box, being OK with making quick decisions that are out of your comfort zone, rolling with the punches, and figuring it all out along the way.

Where do you see your company in the next 5 years?

Kelly: I love this question! We’ll continue to serve creative women in business in a variety of ways. And I hope we foster more of a sense of community among diverse women – to let women know that, no matter where they come from, there are millions of ways to uniquely reach their goals. I grew up in poverty, and I wish I had seen or known of more women who successfully emerged from hardships to reach their personal and professional goals.

Andra: Serving creative women in business – and potentially in more robust ways, through more diverse resources or offerings.

What would you tell a woman who is interested in making the leap to entrepreneurship?

Kelly: I would say, look inward before looking outward. There is a LOT of noise on the Internet… millions of articles will tell you how to successfully navigate entrepreneurship. But, before you go looking at those articles, decide for yourself what you’d like entrepreneurship to look like for you. If you look at those articles first, your journey will be a blend of everybody else’s goals and visions. First, decide what your vision is, and then incorporate the lessons you learn from others.

Andra: Go for it… but be smart! Plan ahead, and make sure you are paying your bills.

Photo courtesy of Lauren Kirkbride Photography

What is your go-to piece of professional workwear? Why?

Kelly: When I became an entrepreneur, I excitedly donated all of my professional workwear. But, I do have a navy blazer to wear when I need an extra boost of professionalism. As an entrepreneur, my go-to piece is a fun pair of earrings. They dress up any outfit in a personal way.

Andra: A stylish shoe! It can make or break any outfit.

What do you do when you are unsure about a future business move?

Kelly: Discuss it thoroughly with Andra. We are really decisive and love trying new things – so we’ll always encourage one another to think more strategically before a final decision is made. If you don’t have a business partner, there are awesome Facebook communities of business owners.

Andra: Talk through all of the pros and cons with Kelly! We push one another to make decisions quickly and strategically.

What song do you listen to when you need a confidence boost?

Kelly: “Get It Right” by Diplo (Also a fun workout song!)

Andra: 90s music is my guilty pleasure!

Thinking about rebranding or creating a new website for your business? Or just want to see some beautiful design?
Check out Kelly and Andra’s work at withgraceandgold.com
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