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34 Reasons to Smile

The years are passing pretty swiftly and I can’t believe that last week brought me into my 34th year. I’m feeling more excited and thankful than ever before in my life and I decided to share some of the reasons why. Be sure to share your own in the comment section!

  1. I’m alive, and really that’s all I need.
  2. I’m learning and growing more everyday, as a person and a business owner.
  3. The Indie Chicks is growing by leaps and bounds.
  4. My family is excited for, and supportive of, my company and while I would still be doing what I’m doing without it, having their support feels amazing.
  5. My loved ones (family, friends) are all healthy, happy, and thriving and I’m so happy for all of them, their accomplishments, and their joy.
  6. I am finding more time to write, for me…and may even be able to crank out a book in the next year!
  7. Which is because I’m finding a balance and managing my time a lot better! YAY.
  8. Sleep…I’m getting it! I know there will always be a To Do list waiting when I wake up, but getting rest is essential to a productive me.
  9. The biggest smile came when The Indie Chicks reached their IndieGoGo campaign goal 2 hours before my birthday, making it the best birthday and greatest present EVER!
  10. Which means there WILL be a Fall print of The Indie Chick!!
  11. AND, we’re going INTERNATIONAL with our first ever run in Australia!! OMG International, baby!!
  12. I actually enjoyed my summer, getting some sun and color so I won’t be transparently pale all winter long…well not right away at least.
  13. They’re making a Sharknado 3. Enough said.
  14. I have discovered a super classy love of Prosecco.
  15. Music…oh my gosh, such great music lately!
  16. I’m going to see Motley Crue in their farewell tour in Atlantic City and am so ready to rock.
  17. I’m also seeing the entire Fleetwood Mac lineup! Concert heaven for me.
  18. My allergies are behaving and I’m happily rocking the open windows and outdoor living. YAY for managing the sneezing.
  19. I’ve got the world’s most motivated, inquisitive, and eager interns and they make me smile with their enthusiasm.
  20. I can decorate for Halloween soon and that ALWAYS gets me excited.
  21. I’ve made time for friends a priority…again, the work will always be there and it’s important they feel loved.
  22. I also wrote an article for my friends, and it makes me smile every time I read it. You should, too…then send it to your friends.
  23. I’m getting better at eating before 2pm, something I struggle with since I just don’t get hungry. I’m already noticing a difference in my energy levels.
  24. It’s Fall and that means I can get out my Fall candles and hand soap & I love them!
  25. While in NYC we ran into a girl who said “Oh my gosh, I follow you on twitter” & I get emails from people who just ‘found’ us. Knowing we’re becoming known outside our immediate circle is so rewarding.
  26. I got Tyler Knott Gregson’s book Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series. Seriously, you should get it! I’m in love with it…like I am pacing myself and allowing only a poem a day because I never want it to end.
  27. YouTube…honestly, addicted. I cannot get enough of makeup channels or random challenge/game videos. It’s a problem and I have no desire to get help.
  28. I just binged on notebooks/journals and think I may do a giveaway with them soon–I have like 12 waiting to be filled, I think I can afford to give some away. Comment below if you’re interested in that.
  29. I’ve been branching out into costume/less expensive jewelry and statement pieces and loving it!
  30. Swapping out my summer purse for my fall one…listen, it seems silly but I missed my large coach bag during the summer months.
  31. I’m getting more organized with my makeup, with a grown up caboodle. Be jealous.
  32. It’s almost time for sweaters and boots…can we get a hell yeah.
  33. Have I mentioned our Fall issue of Indie Chick hits shelves early October and we will be in AUSTRALIA? Yeah, that, again.
  34. I’m smiling because of you. Because you read my words, support me, comment, and continue to come back no matter how long it is between posting. Love you for that.

That, my lovely friends, are the 34 reasons I’m smiling today. I’d love to know what is making you smile right now. Comment below and holler if you’re into another giveaway. icon smile 34 Reasons to Smile

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Spreading Self Love in NYC

If you follow me on ANY of my social media accounts then I’m sure you’re aware that I spent Monday in New York City with my business partners spreading awareness about The Indie Chicks, Indie Chick Magazine, and our IndieGoGo campaign. It was simultaneously exhausting and amazing and I am still riding the high of it.

10385585 10152622875283486 6687964121781414724 n Spreading Self Love in NYCFor those of you who aren’t aware, we are running an Indie GoGo campaign to fund our Fall print issue of Indie Chick Magazine. The lovely way that printing works is that payment is required up front payment (understandable) but Barnes & Noble won’t pay us for our currently print edition until after it’s shelf life (in September). So, we don’t get paid for current until after the Fall has to be printed. Which leaves us in a start up business limbo of needing help to fund this next one so we can get on a cycle of print/payment.

If our campaign is not a success we do not go to print, it’s that simple. So, we decided to get proactive and hit the streets to bring awareness to the mainstream media’s tendency to put women down and stress why our magazine is so needed-because we don’t. We got an amazing write up in the New York Daily News on Sunday to make people aware of our intentions for the next day, which was awesome. There’s something about seeing yourself in print that just gives you a jolt.

10600372 971961636163723 7711421085704247634 n Spreading Self Love in NYCWe got decked out in black, pinned traditional headlines across our bodies with messages of self doubt, shame, and the message that you need to change and hit the streets. I’m not going to say it was easy to pin things like ‘TOO FAT’ or ‘LOSE 7 LBS” or other derogatory things like “STOP AGING” or “FIX YOURSELF” all over my body and walk the New York City streets from 7am-4pm but that’s what I did.

The  support was pretty amazing from everyone I talked to. People who came up to say “I agree” or people who came up to ask if they could take pictures of or with me and asked about our message and what they could do to help it along.

When push comes to show, my business partners and myself were not going to sit behind a desk and just ask people to give us money to save our magazine. We KNOW we have something phenomenal and we’re not giving up until everyone else knows it as well.

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It’s hard to change the voice of media in an industry where women have come to accept the negative messages they are receiving from long established magazines. It’s hard to do it with a team of 3 women (no matter how determined, badass, and motivated they are). It’s not an easy task we’re taking on but we HEAR YOU when you say you NEED US. We believe that we are the voice that should be heard. We want to continue to be that…and so there we are, on the streets, hearts on our sleeves (and everywhere else on our bodies) asking you to help us.

PLEASE contribute to our campaign, share the campaign link, share this post, and spread the message so we can keep a positive voice for women #ontheshelves where it belongs!

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