One of my favorite memories from my wedding is my dance with my dad. (Probably because we’re both enneagram 8’s) We both wanted to do something a little different and more challenging than we’d seen before, so we decided to try out the tango. And since we wanted a challenge... we got one 😂For weeks leading up to the wedding, when we’d go out to feed the pets, we’d also be practicing the tango, including the morning of the wedding. Happy Father’s Day to the dad who I grew up watching work harder and take on risk better than anyone I knew, and who gave me the confidence to choose the same path. Pretty sure Layne and I are two of the luckiest girls out there! . . One of my favorite photos by @brettheidebrecht
18 years ago around this time, a colt named Elvis with a “little bit more spunk than was good for him” was shipped from Memphis to Tulsa for someone to try. He ended up being too wild for them, and finally, I had a chance to ride him. It was love at first sight. 18 years later? Not a whole lot has changed.... and hanging out with this playful guy is my favorite way to spend my summer Saturdays
Life lesson from this week? Don’t fool yourself into thinking you’re too busy. Wish you had time to catch up with your friend, but you don’t know when’s a good time? Just call! . . I’ve had a lot going on behind the scenes right now, and it’s made me really take into account how I’m spending my days. Entrepreneurship is unique in that no matter what you do on a day to day basis, we’re all in the same boat. There’s so much we can learn from each other, if we just take some time to. Instead, it can be so easy to get caught up in the day to day, we basically put ourselves into cubicles of our own making while posting on Instagram about the joys of “entrepreneurial freedom”. This week, I got to cross paths with friends from all over the industry and country, and the one common theme between each of those conversations? There’s always so much more going on behind the scenes than you see in these little squares. Have a great weekend friends-i hope it’s a restful one!
“You can have a busy life. It’s crazy to have a crazy busy heart.” -Paul Miller . It's a season of transition around here, and there's so much going on behind the scenes right now that have limited how much time I actually have to do each day's work, forcing me to ruthlessly edit the day's priorities. I knew heading into June that it would be one of those months where literally every hour is accounted for, and as someone who is all too comfortable with over-working and oftentimes forgetful of the fact that burnout actually *is* a thing, I knew that I'd have to make an intentional effort to carve out a moment of white space each day. . Everyone's different, but for me, that's meant spending at least a little bit of time each day outside, and making an effort to actually flip the page of a book instead of a staring at yet another screen. There's something about the sunshine that brings an element of calm to the day! Lately, I've been reading Boundaries by Cloud & Townsend, which talks about the principle of stewarding your time, and the law of sewing and reaping- i.e., the cause and effect of how you spend your time. I have to say, it's one I'd recommend to every business owner out there- cultivating boundaries around my time has been one of the trickiest areas of owning a business, and I have a feeling I'm not alone with that! . What’s on your list these days—tell me below! I'm just about done with this one, and I'm already on the hunt for the next 📚
My #1 piece of advice for any business owners. Because of my job, I see it every day-people are either coming to me so that they can avoid problems ahead of time, or clean up those that have already happened. There’s really no other reason someone is coming to a lawyer. So, it’s pretty easy to spot the difference between the two: . . Hustling is what happens when you have a well-laid plan. All you need to do is implement it. . . Rushing is what happens when you’ve figured out the stepping stones between where you are now and what you want to happen, and you mistake it for a sound plan. . . A lot of time, the latter results in legal consequences. And without a “boss” or someone directing us, telling us what steps are right or wrong, a lot of us are actually rushing from idea to idea, but we call it hustle instead. It’s more of a frantic scramble. . . What I’d like to tell all entrepreneurs? Balance your ambition with prudence. Slow down. Do it right the first time-your business deserves as much! If I can help one person distinguish between the two, my job’s a success. Here’s to running business that serve our families rather than vice versa-because there’s so much more to life than that!
I don't think anyone aims to be typical, really. Most people even vow to themselves...not to be typical. But still, they just kind of loop back to it somehow. Like the circular rails of a train at an amusement park, the scripts we know offer a brand of security, of predictability, of safety for us. But the problem is, they only take us where we've already been. They loop us back to places where everyone can easily go, not necessarily where we were made to go. Living a different kind of life takes some guts and grit and a new way of seeing things. @bobgoff, Love Does. . A little #mondaymotivation for you as we embark on a new week. Happy Monday!
I need your Charleston recommendations, friends! Matt and I made a last minute decision to spend a few days traveling before meeting up with family in NC next month, and it’s looking like we’re heading to the Holy City! Do you have any recs on where to stay, and restaurants we can’t miss? I only have a few weeks to plan, so I’d love to know what you love there! . . Photo by @laurafoote
Todays goal: finish up our backyard project, and spend every single minute I can outside. Give me a perfect summer day, beautiful flowers, and a Triple Crown race to boot, and I’m one happy camper. Also, if you look really closely you’ll see two beautiful little yellow finches in that birdcage, and I came oh so close to bringing them home with me... that’s just what happens when the golf course steals my husband away for the weekend 🤷♀️