Fun fact: I majored in accounting during my first two years of college back the day (as the kids say.) Like many students in the quasi-adult world of college, I realized that my heart was elsewhere – so, I switched majors just before my third year and jumped into the then unknown world of advertising and marketing. It was the best decision I could have made for myself, as I fell in love with the marketing industry.
When Anna V. of Paper Anniversary® reached out to Thomas and I to learn about the story of our relationship, we were surprised and excited! For each of our wedding anniversaries, I’ve supported Anna V.’s small business and purchased beautiful, creative anniversary gifts for Thomas – I’m a big fan of hers, so it feels wonderful to be able to support each other as female entrepreneurs.
Last week, Simplified celebrated a major milestone – our ribbon-cutting! The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce kindly hosted it in their beautiful boardroom.
I am so extraordinarily grateful to my family, friends, colleagues and fellow chamber members for supporting Simplified at the ribbon-cutting and in spirit!
My New Year’s resolution this year is to track Simplified time as diligently as I do for our clients’ projects. If you’re a small business owner, you know far too well how an hour can swiftly jump to five hours while working on a passion project for your own business. You get really excited and pull an all-nighter, then take a nap and get right back to the grind for your clients without skipping a beat. Does this sound familiar?
Happy Holidays! Today, I offer the simplest of Simplified Suggestions during this holiday season – please be kind to yourself and others. With all of the chaos in the world, kindness is the best we can offer to anyone and what we can control within ourselves. Show love to those who you care about and give yourself love, too.
As I reflect upon this past year, I am extraordinarily grateful to my family, friends and colleagues for their indelible support and love. Earlier this year, my resignation from a ten-year marketing and advertising career was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve made; however, my announcement was met with supportive smiles and genuine well wishes from everyone I care about.
Not knowing what I was going to do next was terrifying, but necessary because I needed to take a break for myself and pivot my career toward simplification. My focus was to relax and determine how best to incorporate my love of organization into a role within a company, but life took an amazing turn and I am so happy that my passion has come to life as Simplified by Jess. In the spirit of this Simplified Suggestion message, I’m also proud of myself for my determination and courage. Starting a business is not an easy task, but it is definitely made less difficult when you give and receive love and support. This holiday season I’m thankful for kindness.
Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow. I have a place in the pattern, and so do you. Thinking of you this holiday season!
People often joke about my incessant use of spreadsheets for everything in my life – I totally get it, it’s a tad out of control. True story – my husband won me over with spreadsheets when we first started dating. He created two shared spreadsheets for the movies he needed to catch me up on (don’t judge me because I haven’t seen any of the Indiana Jones movies) and restaurants that we should try together. I think I knew I was in love when Thomas created a shared Google Calendar as I melted into a love puddle, obviously.
Jokes aside, I can confidently say that my fondness for spreadsheets absolutely prepares us for holiday gift giving (and budget-tracking) success. Fun Fact: I love giving gifts, surprisingly though, that is not my love language (it’s Words of Affirmation). What I love more than giving gifts is organization; hence, for the last several years, I’ve been keeping track of each year’s holiday gift recipients, gift types, mailing addresses, budgets, postage, etc.
While I was away on a short vacation last week, I grappled internally with the irritating idea of not having the time to create my weekly Simplified Suggestion post. This type of scheduling stress tends to happen around this time of year for most people, the holidays overtake your personal and professional schedules, and it can become ridiculously chaotic if you let it.
What I decided to do is going to be a shock to everyone who knows me personally – I skipped last week’s post. Completely skipped it, without notice and without warning. After too much deliberation, I decided that being mindful of my head-space and making time for myself to relax, especially around this time of year, was most important for my mental health and well-being. And do you know what? It worked like a charm! I flew back home with a more clear head-space and ready to take on the work ahead of me for myself and my clients.
Since our first holiday season together in 2014, Thomas and I have kept our seasonal decorations simple. A beautiful rosemary tabletop tree here, some seasonally-scented candles there – it’s just that clutter isn’t our thing. So, when it came to a tree for our home, we turned to Not Martha, a super unique DIY blog with tons of amazing ideas for your home. Not Martha presents an amazing DIY idea for an alternative to a standard Christmas tree. Not Martha’s Christmas Tree Ornament Mobile is such a fun interpretation, that once Thomas and I saw it we knew we had to make it happen for our home.
Earlier this week, I digitally attended a Webinar co-hosted by DocuSign and Google. Using their new integrations, I learned that you can create, edit, and complete documents in minutes right from Google Drive and Gmail (I would insert a heart-eyed emoji here, if I could.) DocuSign has been designed as a natural extension to core Google applications, enabling users to create end-to-end digital workflows and move seamlessly from an email attachment or file stored in Drive to approval & signature in no time at all. Doing business has never been more efficient. If you are interested in watching the DocuSign and Google Webinar, you may click this link.
Quick! Take a look at your phone. How many red notification bubbles do you have scattered across the screen? Do said notifications overwhelm you or bring you stress? If so, be a tech rebel and turn off your notifications – you don’t need to be beholden to your phone.