COMING SOON 🔜 Foley, party of four 🎉 this summer throwback photo brought to you by... the day we found out I’m pregnant!⠀ ⠀ (peep brady adjusting to the news 😂 and to clarify no, not twins - he's just the first)⠀ ⠀ we are so so grateful. excited. and still a bit in “this is really happening” land.⠀ ⠀ honestly, it felt like a huge leap of faith to capture this day. we’d been here before and to keep choosing hope doesn’t get easier.⠀ ⠀ from the start, 2020 was going to be a wild year. we began IVF just a few days into january and nothing says “happy new year” quite like you + your husband standing over the kitchen counter feeling like chemistry drop outs mixing up not-the-fun-kind-of-shots⠀ ⠀ everything went great that month but our transfer wouldn’t happen until summer... two cycles were cancelled before covid pressed pause on everyone 🖤⠀ ⠀ when we got the okay to start again and made it past earlier roadblocks, we played Shots by LMFAO to get hype on my first big ass mf needle day (college kate would be proud if not also disappointed). thinking of the giant prog needles still makes me weak in the knees in the worst kind of way. iykyk, and i'm sorry you know.⠀ ⠀ aside from daily booty shots, the first trimester (and most of the second) flew by in a weird twilight zone. as we thankfully make it past major milestones I feel myself taking deeper breaths I didn’t realize I’d been holding in. and as strange as it sounds, I've only recently fully embraced that I'm pregnant (partly bc I'm retiring pants faster than regina george + partly bc fertility issues can mess with you)⠀ ⠀ if you’re going through pregnancy struggles or infertility, I hope you know how not alone you are. last december I was an absolute wreck of emotions + am so thankful my husband helped us approach ivf with excitement and for everyone who shared their story or normalized feelings along the way. you’re in my thoughts always⠀ ⠀ and a giant thank you for being the best support + encouragement this year without even knowing it; i’m so happy to be sharing with you!! 🎉
whewww, s-t-i-m-u-l-a-t-e. it's getting hot in here just thinkin' about it 🔥🔥🔥⠀ ⠀ the best way to support a small business this year?⠀ ⠀ WITH YOUR MONEY 💰💸💰⠀ ⠀ those quotes going around about '100% free ways to support a small business' are cute + feel good. (and are true!)⠀ ⠀ engagement absolutely matters to small brands. the likes, comments + shares help a small brand get more visibility and they THANK U.⠀ ⠀ but if there’s one thing 2020 smacked us over the head with again + again, it’s that talk (and likes) are cheap. ⠀ ⠀ we need action. ⚡️⠀ ⠀ the local shops that add charm to your neighborhood stroll... the coffee shop where the barista always knows your name (and has your dog’s favorite treat)... the online shops that have seriously unique can't-get-this-anywhere else products.⠀ ⠀ they need you. 👯♀️⠀ ⠀ no, they may not have free two day shipping or always be as convenient as the big guys; but with a little extra intention, your small shifts in spending can make a BIG difference in their lives + in your community.⠀ ⠀ (ps. did you know for every $100 spent, $68 stays in the community when you shop local vs. just $43 when spent at a big business? whewww. there i am with that sexy talk again 🔥)⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ✨HERE’S AN EASY TIP ✨⠀ ⠀⠀ 1️⃣ when you see a product you love on Instagram 👉🏻 like + SAVE THEIR POST 👈🏻⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 2️⃣ create a saved collection called “gift ideas” or “brands to try”, etc!⠀ ⠀⠀ 3️⃣ then when you’re ready to drop some dolla dolla bills... go shopping there first💰🛒 ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ whenever you can make that choice, thank you for shopping small. shopping local. choosing the longer shipping time over next day prime. the goal isn't perfection or 100% commitment; understandably that's not always practical or financially realistic for everyone.⠀ ⠀ but every dollar counts + is appreciated more than you know by all the hard working owners + employees behind the counters (and screens)⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ... and when you can't shop small. get that thumb a double tappin' 😉⠀ ⠀ ⠀ SWIPE FOR 10 MORE WAYS TO SUPPORT ➡️ shop small. shop local. shop your values.⠀ ⠀ let’s get started this week 🖤 what are some of your favorite small businesses to shop?
“I’m always chasing new ideas and struggle to stick to one thing. It's sooo frustrating"⠀ ⠀ sound familiar? 😬I know I’ve said those exact words before ⠀ ⠀ You're in the middle of a project when *boom* new shiny thing catches your eye.⠀ ⠀ We continue to chase new ideas like a drunk butterfly diagnosed with "Shiny Object Syndrome" (aka the tendency to start something new, instead of staying focused)⠀ ⠀ And blame new things, lack of follow thru, and lack of focus for why we’re not further along. which surprise! = more shiny objects. (ohhh this planner! i should try mushroom coffee!)⠀ ⠀ ⠀ BUT —⠀ ⠀ WHAT IF you’re not chasing anything.⠀ ...you’re running AWAY from something?⠀ ⠀ ⠀ When I work with clients, focus is rarely the issue 👀 I’ve seen you! You know how to put your head down + smash goals 🎉⠀ ⠀ ⠀ INSTEAD, HERE’S WHAT I SEE:⠀ We turn to shiny objects when we’re trying to AVOID something…⠀ ⠀ ⠀ HAS THIS HAPPENED TO YOU?⠀ ⠀ you’re halfway thru Instagram strategy A. you feel unsure of how you're doing when strategy B pops up: “OH! That’s why this feels off. I'll try this"⠀ ⠀ You start strategy B and a few days before your launch, you “get distracted” and go the complete opposite direction with your products…⠀ ⠀ That's when you see strategy C and think - “THIS is what I'm missing. I’ll move my launch out a month"⠀ ⠀ Two weeks later, you throw your hands up in a very un-Miley like fashion + scream “AHH I can’t follow thru on anything”⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Or... did you just run away?⠀ ⠀ 🤔to avoid uncertainty [this is new, which feels scary]⠀ ⠀ 🤔to avoid failure [what if this launch fails, what will they think of me/my business?]⠀ ⠀ 🤔to avoid being vulnerable [to take ownership + admit “some things didn’t work. next time I will...”]⠀ ⠀ ⠀ See? You’re not a distracted, unfocused butterfly. Shiny objects just feel safer.⠀ ⠀ Because all that stuff above:⠀ - Pushing past uncertainty + trusting yourself? HARD.⠀ - Willingly putting yourself in a position to fail? V HARD.⠀ - Looking in the mirror + acknowledging where you could improve? HELLA HARD.⠀ ⠀ (esp rn, someone plz remind me to shower)⠀ ⠀ ⠀ so *deep breath* the last time your eyes wandered, what were you trying to avoid?
consider this your permission slip✌🏻to embrace messy imperfect action⠀ ⠀ ... you just may surprise yourself ✨
The Introvert's Guide to Showing Your Face on Stories: ⠀ ⠀ you've heard "show your face on Stories!" enough times to know it's important...⠀ ⠀ you also know that doesn't make it *easier*⠀ ⠀ if anything it leaves you in that weird guilt-inducing place of "I know it's important, and I'm still not doing ittt 😳"⠀ ⠀ ^that place, btw, is the wooooorst 🎶⠀ ⠀ ⠀ to get ya outta there, here’s 2 rules to remember and FIVE practical tips to make it happen captain.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ RULES TO REMEMBER:⠀ ⠀ ONE. People are not thinking about you nearrrrrrrly as much as they're thinking about themselves.⠀ ⠀ show up for them + 90% of the battle is won. ✨🖤⠀ ⠀ ⠀ TWO: People will believe in your product/business as much as you do.⠀ ⠀ You got some self-doubt? welcome to da clubbbb, me too, but leave that ish at home. process offline with a friend, a coach, or a pup.⠀ ⠀ there's a difference between being vulnerable —and— openly downplaying your gifts ✨⠀ ⠀ ⠀ k? ok!⠀ ⠀ *S W I P E* ➡️ 5 TIPS TO SHOW YOUR FACE ON STORIES ➡️⠀ ⠀ [save this post for a future pep talk 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻]⠀ ⠀ ya ready to show up on camera this week?! ⠀ ⠀ 🤳🏼go ahead, pick a day + tell me below to hold yourself accountable. YOU GOT THIS!
as a product shop on social media, you likely hear “how to show up” 17x times a week - show your face. be professional. be real. be polished. like yo. which one is it?? messy feed. pretty feed. real feed. business feed. one fish two fish red fish blue fish. i 👏🏻 could 👏🏻 care 👏🏻 less⠀ ⠀ if you want to create a perfectly polished magazine quality gorgeous feed - i hope you kill it and let your creativity shine.⠀ ⠀ if you want to post the real, the raw, and the messy unfiltered life- go for it boo, i’m cheering for you.⠀ ⠀ if you want to find a feel good in between- i can’t wait to see YOU do YOU. 🖤⠀ ⠀ authenticity is more than just appearances. ⠀ ⠀ and you don’t need to follow the crowd.⠀ ⠀ over the past few years the pendulums been swinging back + forth:⠀ be polished. be real. be an authority. be imperfect.⠀ ⠀ anyone else tired of it?⠀ ⠀ there are examples of success across the full spectrum from “beautiful, curated, perfectly edited feeds” >>> to “unfiltered, everyday, real life moments” ⠀ ⠀ it 👏🏻 takes 👏🏻courage 👏🏻 to put yourself + your business out here online. FULL STOP. ⠀ ⠀ being real is about more than whether or not you wear makeup for an instagram story. ⠀ ⠀ or if you feel better throwing a lil filter on.⠀ ⠀ i want you to share what you believe, what you feel, what makes you laugh, what helps you during the hard times, and how you celebrate the hell outta the good times.⠀ ⠀ surface level appearances is one place to start... connecting on a human level is the real goal. ✨