Five Things Friday #214
Honestly, I have had such a hard time remembering what day it is all week. I’ve been working a lot on current and upcoming projects — much more than normal as you’ll see throughout this post — and since I also worked over last weekend, I thought Monday was Friday and it was a real bummer when I realized it wasn’t. HA.
I always work some on Sundays, but I’m planning on taking more of a break this weekend so that I can break up a lot of the things I’m doing. I hope that you will do the same to rest and recharge! Until then, here’s some of the things I’m loving this week.
1. Official Erin’s Inside Job Wellness Tanks
I wanted to put an exclamation mark after that title, but I’ll refrain. If you may recall, two or three years ago Neil bought me a bunch of these tanks for Christmas for me to give out. I got a lot of questions about if I would be selling them, and although I wanted to, it was something that just sat on my to-do list forever. Ah, technology.
I finally got my butt in gear and figured it all out (with Neil), and they officially launched this week in the store! There are 12 color options (I have green and purple) and the process is super easy. I would say they run slightly big if you’re having size concerns. My one pre-pregnancy is an XS and the newest one I got is a S and fits tightly but isn’t uncomfortable. Check it out for yourself here and let me know if you have any questions!
2. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Caramels
The other week it was their peanut butter cups (which I currently have stashed in my fridge), and this week it’s their dark chocolate caramels that conveniently lived right next to the cups on their shelf.
I bought them on a whim because I love caramels, but it has to be the right kind of caramel. I don’t like overly sweet, thin caramel that gets all over your face in weird strings (just me?). I like my caramel dense and chewy, and these were exactly that. I’m sure if I wanted them even tougher I could have put them in the fridge, but I’ll save that experiment for next time.
Also, the package is empty because I ate them all before I realized I needed a picture. 🙂
3. New Facebook Group
So I already have a business page for this blog where I share new posts and any other important information going on (which you can find here), but I also wanted a more informal group community where we could come together and talk about health in a healthy way.
So far it’s had a good reception and I love that several people are interactive in answering prompts and even sharing their own questions and struggles with a group who is there to approach health with a better mindset.
If you’re interested in joining, simply head here and feel free to invite anyone else that you think could benefit!
In addition, I’ve also created a FREE 8-page PDF guidebook called 8 Ways To Identify and Express Feelings, which you can get by signing up for my email list. The subject is one that it took me awhile to learn and I’m always perfecting, plus it’s one of my post popular pin subjects on Pinterest, so maybe you will find it useful. You can either enter your email in the header at the top, or click here to subscribe and download immediately!
Neil has been using 1Password for a long time, but I was always hesitant to jump on board. It’s software (and an app, chrome ext, etc) that stores all of your logins and passwords in one place so that you don’t have to remember them all. It made me nervous to think of all that info in one place, but after going through it, the process is actually really secure. Plus, I figure if someone who used to work in software security approves it, he probably knows what he’s talking about.
There is a fee associated, but it’s only a couple dollars a month and Neil and I enrolled in the Family subscription, which is less than $60 a year. With this option, we can share passwords for places we both use, but also keep irrelevant ones private to our own accounts. It’s saved me (and us) a lot of time recently as he’s been contributing so much to this site on the backend.
5. Mindset Shift
Ok, this may come across as cheesy, but I’ve recently had more of a mindset shift in terms of this site and business overall. The past two weeks, as Neil and I discuss the future of the business and where I want it to go, have been pretty enlightening and full of looooooong talks and loooooong hours. I’ve managed to get so much done after changing my mindset around and I feel more energized about where things are going.
I’m someone who procrastinates and slowly makes changes unless prompted to by a larger force. Realizing that there is another human coming in THREE MONTHS that may hinder my ability to grow at the speed I want is causing me to put the pedal to the metal and get things cued up so that taking a break can actually mean taking a break.
I really have Neil to thank for all of this because while I have the more creative mind and longing to help others, it really comes down to business if this is to be sustainable. I’m grateful that I asked — and REALLY asked instead of casually mentioning it — for his help because it’s made such a tremendous difference.
With that being said, if there are any improvements you can think of or things you want to see on this site, PLEASE let me know either through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in the comments below. I’m here to make content that helps YOU, so your voice is the most important. Thanks for being here and I’m looking forward to this journey with you!