Don’t Hide Your Hustle: Megan, Book Coach

Welcome to Don’t Hide Your Hustle, a new series on Finding Delight that explores the myriad of ways to make a living in 2017. I’m asking folks to share how they hustle over the course of one work-day (which usually extends far beyond a 9 – 5 situation).

Today, I present you with Megan’s story. She’s a book coach and literary agent whose passion for the written word runs deep. With a baby on the way, Megan is not only juggling her expanding career but an expanding family as well.  Let’s check out her hustle!

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Hello!  My name is Megan Close Zavala and I am a literary agent and book coach. While I do still represent clients from time to time, I am currently focused on my coaching practice.  Just like a health coach helps their clients find ways to make their bodies the best that they can be, I do the same with authors and their writing.  I also provide editorial services, so I am often busy proofreading and copy editing various documents.  When I’m not reading for work, I’m reading for fun, and I love what I do!

7:30AM – Wake up and have breakfast.  Secretly wish I hadn’t given up caffeine when I got pregnant.  I usually try to give myself a few minutes before I start looking at emails, so I go on Facebook for a while.  I also like to read something more substantial than Facebook in the mornings, and it is usually a writing- or publishing- related magazine.  Today I’m reading Writer’s Digest and Publisher’s Weekly.  In addition to helping me wake up and get into the right mindset, magazines always give me inspiration for services to offer, blogs to write, and ways to help my clients succeed!

9:00AM – Now it’s time to really get to work.  I look over my to-do list for the day, in case there is something urgent that needs to be attended to first thing.  Luckily, today there isn’t anything super pressing, so I begin to sift through emails.  I respond to a few client emails and a few requests to appear on folks’ podcasts or blogs.  I look over my calendar to make sure I know what I’m supposed to be doing for the rest of the day!  Then I spend some time updating my social media, especially Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

9:30AM – Call two potential clients to give them quotes on services that they have requested.  Potential clients are able to schedule calls with me through my website.  I post my starting rates there, but very few projects are exactly the same.  Once I finish my calls, I invoice the clients for the agreed upon amount.

10:00AM – Draft two guest blogs.  One is on how publishing a book can help entrepreneurs and small business owners grow their business, and another is on keeping yourself on track when it comes to finishing your novel.  I really like doing these – I think they’re helpful for people who read them, and it’s fun to get to be the writer once in awhile!

11:00AM – Phone call with monthly consulting client.  We discuss his latest pages and some steps he can take to improve them.  He needs to work on his dialogue – he is having difficulty giving each of his characters a distinct voice, and we brainstormed some ways that he can get through that.

12:00PM – Work on improving website.  My new website just launched, so I am constantly trying to improve the copy and fix little issues I find along the way.  There is always something to do!

12:30PM – Begin proofreading for client.  Proofreading is basically just looking for punctuation, grammar, or spelling errors, and is less involved that some of the more in depth editing services I offer.  

1:00PM – Take a quick lunch break and watch a couple episodes of Forensic Files on Netflix.  Contemplate taking a nap (I’m seven months pregnant), but decide I better keep going with my day!

2:00PM – Complete proofreading for client.  I will send her the final, clean version tomorrow once I take one last glance at everything.

2:45PM – Prepare for a podcast interview by re-reading the questions they sent over and doing some research on the podcast and my interviewer.  Put on a nice scarf and some perfume – I find that when I feel professional, I’m more likely to come off that way!

3:00PM – Podcast begins.  I’m grateful I gussied up a bit because the first section was done via webcam.  Give myself a pat on the back for changing out of pajamas!  I get to talk about my circuitous path to becoming a book coach, give some advice to writers, and make a great new contact.

3:35PM – Podcast is over.  I give myself a little break and then start going through emails that have built up throughout the day.  I receive an invitation to appear at a writers’ conference but have to turn it down because it is only a few days after my baby is due.

4:00PM – Read through material sent over for a 1-on-1 coaching session tomorrow and take notes.  Clients who do coaching sessions send me their book project (in whatever form it is currently in!) in advance, I review it, and then we discuss what is great and not so great when we talk on the phone.  These are really gratifying to do, and a lot of time these folks turn into monthly coaching clients as well!

5:30PM – Take a marketing webinar.  No matter how much I think I already know, there is always more to learn.  I always take advantage of free webinars or interesting newsletters that I get introduced to.  This webinar talks a lot about Facebook ads, which is definitely taking some time for me to master!

6:15PM – Wrap up my work day.  Respond to last emails, clean off my desk, and do some necessary filing.  I find it’s much easier to start the day with a smile on your face when your desk is not a total disaster zone.

6:30PM – Curl up with The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, my pick for book club.  I am hosting on Sunday, so I want to make sure I finish reading in time!  Start brainstorming food ideas for our meeting.

7:30PM – Dinnertime (breakfast burritos!) and hang out with my husband.  Talk about baby stuff.  Learning how to balance my time has been a big hurdle to get over, and time management is always a struggle.  But I have gotten a lot better at it, and I think the time I spend on each area of my life is more meaningful than it used to me.  We watch a little TV and I check in on the Facebook groups I am part of.

10:30PM – I put together my to-do list for the following day.  This helps me feel organized when I go to bed, which has helped to prevent many sleepless nights of lying awake thinking, “Did I do that?” and “When is that due?”  Tomorrow I will be doing more coaching calls and work on the website, and I am going to pitch some article ideas to a few different periodicals.  I’m also hoping to get more of my webinar slides completed for an upcoming presentation!

10:45PM – Read more of The Nightingale – it’s really good!  It’s so nice to be able to actually give myself some time to read “for pleasure.”  Husband reads his book, too: my idea of marital bliss.

11:30PM – Finally fall asleep.  I look forward to starting another busy but enjoyable day helping authors!

Thanks so much for sharing your hustle, Megan! Do you guys have any questions for her? Do any of you work in the literary world? Would you like to?  

P.S. Are you a hustler willing to share your story? Let’s chat! I would love to know how you’re making money while following your dreams in 2017. Shoot me an email — ebeth.berger@gmail.com. Thanks!

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mid-week round-up

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Happy Wednesday! I can’t believe it is already March. Did the month come in like a lion where you’re at? I hope you have a great day, whatever you’re up to, and here are a few links to explore (or bookmark for later)…

Rachel Dolezal was exposed as a white woman who had deceived almost everyone she knew. Why did she do it?

15 beautiful illustrations perfectly capture how it feels to be in love.

As automation reduces the need for human labor, some Silicon Valley executives think
a universal income will be the answer — and the beta test is happening in Kenya.

Tucking this podcast away for a rainy day.

A go-to meal for any time of day — but especially yummy at breakfast.

Everyday carry with the Tom Bihn Side Effect. (I totally want one now!)

Related: 3 Ways to Pack Your Tom Bihn Synapse 19

A shirt for those who dream big and hustle hard.

Related: Don’t Hide Your Hustle: Katie KelseyLatasha

10 days along the border.

I’m considering starting a Whole 30 this month and this cookbook came highly recommended.

The enduring portrait of Myspace Tom, the Mona Lisa of profile pictures.

When a woman deletes a man’s comments online.
“It is no surprise to me that online debate has become the international sport of cis white men. Those who are least likely to be negatively impacted by the outcomes of discussions regarding the rights of marginalized people, who are driven by little more than ego and the risk of slight discomfort if society is made more equal, can gleefully jump from post to post, forum to forum, challenging the heartfelt pleas of those most at risk. “Well actuallys” are flung at those working for justice and equality like drive-bys of apathy. And those who are fighting for their lives are then forced to battle each challenger bearing advanced degrees in Google and entitlement in order to prevent the outright dismissal of their lived experience.”

Long-distance Uber & Lyft drivers’ crazy commutes, marathon days, and big paychecks.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 10 Ways to Take a Time Out and Practice Self Care and I Stopped Paying Women Compliments On Their Appearance and Here’s What Happened.

February Unboxed: Beauty Box 5

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As you may remember from this post, receiving something exciting or unexpected in my mailbox brings me so much joy. And if you follow me on Instagram, you know my mailbox has been straight up killing it. I was especially excited to receive this box of goodies from Beauty Box 5 — a subscription service that sends 5 new beauty products straight to your doorstep each month.

The boxes are $12/month ($10 if you order quarterly and $9 if you pay for the whole year!) and are guaranteed to include at least $35 of product. The brands are a mix of drugstore tried & trues, innovative indie, and deluxe…and from what I’ve seen of past boxes (yes, I’m low-key obsessed with unboxing videos on YouTube, lol) the majority of products included are full size. Oh, and did I mention FREE SHIPPING on U.S. subscriptions? Ka-ching!

Now, I don’t know much about makeup, you guys. I tend to stick with the few products I love and just call it a day. But I’m eager to branch out! That’s why I figured Beauty Box 5 would be something fun to try out. Instead of standing clueless in the drug-store, wondering what products to nab, they can do the thinking for me. Then, I can add their finds to my current collection and VOILA! I have a “capsule wardrobe” of makeup for the month. Genius, right?

Here’s everything that was included in the February box! 4 out of 5 of the products were full size for a total retail value of $38.50. Let’s take a look…

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A mask for your lips? I’ve never heard of such things! But what a fun way to prep your pout — and take bathroom mirror selfies while you do. (Just me?) #treatyoself

 

Lip Glow from Style Essentials

Lip Glow in NUDE from Style Essentials (Retail: $4.00)

This lip glow is moisturizing and comfortable to wear with just the right tint of nude for everyday wear. Bonus: It smells like strawberries! I can already tell it’s going to be a new fave.

 

Unicorn Lippie from Tint Beauty

Unicorn Lippie in MAKE BELIEVE from Tint Beauty (Retail: $9.00)

The color of this lipstick is STUNNING. Luckily the ultra-pigmented, matte finish is long-lasting for extended fancy-times wear. Application is a bit messy for not-so-savvy makeup wearers like yours truly.

 

img_2504Unicorn Liner in MAKE BELIEVE from Tint Beauty (Retail: $7.00)

I’ve never really dappled in liners. But I gotta say, this little guy keeps your lipstick where it belongs and since the color is a perfect match it doesn’t look like you’re channeling a 90210 character.

 

Colour Hybrid from So SusanColour Hybrid in MARSALA from So Susan (Retail: $17.50)

The little card accompanying this month’s box boasts that this color looks great on every skin tone but I was hesitant. Could my skin pull off a bright berry, flushed look? Survey says: I love it!

 

P.S. I just watched Titanic last night (RIP Bill Paxton) and the Unicorn Lippie/Liner duo in Make Believe is SPOT ON the lip color Kate Winslet wears through most of the movie. Do with that information what you will. 🙂

Swatches from the Feb. '17 Beauty Box 5

*Note – I received this box free for review but I loved it so much I signed up for a subscription. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Finding Delight. 

10 Super Creative St. Patrick’s Day DIYs

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St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, lads! Which means, there’s still time left to get your house kitted out for the ensuing festivities. Whether you’re planning on guzzling green beer on an epic pub crawl, dancing a solo jig in your kitchen as you whip up a batch of Irish soda bread (eaten slathered with Kerrygold butter, of course), or marching behind the band in your local parade — they say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day so you might as well get in the spirit and celebrate with the best of ’em.

If you’re in a craftin’ mood, I’ve rounded up 10 super creative DIYs for you to whip up in honor of the holiday!

For your front door…

Lucky Shamrock St. Patrick’s Day Wreath

For your mantelpiece…

Lucky Penny Letter Display

For your belly…

Dublin Coddle

Guinness Cheddar Biscuits 

St. Patty’s Day Rice Krispies Treats

For added flair at parties or parades…

St. Patty’s Day Hair Pin

Sparkly Leprechaun Shoes

For your sofa…

Felted Wool Spring Poppy Pillow

For giving as gifts…

Rainbow Mason Jar

Pot o’ Gold

And because I can’t stop at just ten…this would look cute hanging on your wall and these chocolate covered four-leaf clover cookies look delicious!

Éirinn go Brách!

P.S. If I had all the time in the world, I would do crafts every day! Here’s where I pin all the projects my DIY-loving soul wants to do. I especially love DIY that is budget-friendly, upcycling-minded, or results in something that makes life a little simpler or the world a little bit more beautiful. You too? Come hang out with me on Pinterest! 

Don’t Hide Your Hustle: Latasha, Social Media Manager

Welcome to Don’t Hide Your Hustle, a new series on Finding Delight that explores the myriad of ways to make a living in 2017. I’m asking folks to share how they hustle over the course of one work-day (which usually extends far beyond a 9 – 5 situation).

Today, I present you with Latasha’s story. She’s a social media whiz-kid in the corporate world and produces a stellar YouTube channel. (Seriously, I binge watched her videos recently and they’re a magnificent mix of beauty, lifestyle, and smart lady opinions.) Let’s check out her hustle!

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Hello! My name is Latasha James and I am a social media community manager. Although my official job title is pretty standard and well-known nowadays, my life is anything but average. Because I work full-time doing corporate social media, freelance for clients across the globe, and manage my own personal branding efforts (which include a blog and YouTube channel), it goes without saying that I lead a pretty busy life. I wouldn’t want it any other way though — there’s never a dull moment and my life is always full of surprises. Come along with me for a recent Monday in my life!

6:30 am – I try to wake up a couple of hours before I have to leave the house so I have time to pull together a nice outfit, sip some coffee, and get a little bit of freelance work done. This morning I spent my free time checking emails and jotting down notes for a conference call with a client in Paris tomorrow.

8 am – I hop into my car and prepare for my sometimes treacherous commute… which usually involves a podcast. The Ask Gary Vee Show, Online Marketing Made Easy With Amy Porterfield, and Social Media Social Hour are my favorites. If I’m feeling like I need some extra self-care, I’ll turn on Nahko and Medicine for the People and belt it out on the highway instead… which is exactly what I did today.

9 am – I arrive at the office, sip more coffee 😉, check emails, and start a to-do list for the day.  I also use the beginning of my day to check the social media inbox for any urgent questions or inquiries.

10 am – After the immediate maintenance is taken care of, I start to schedule social posts for the day — this can take some time since I manage quite a few accounts.

11:30 am – Time for some personal branding! My company uses an employee advocacy tool that encourages us to share posts about the company and other relevant content with our networks, so I add a couple of articles to my Twitter queue. I also make sure to share some of my own personal posts and general social media industry content.

12 pm – Lunch time! I almost always work through lunch. Today I grabbed a quick salad from my company’s cafe, turned on a Podcast, and worked on the engagement piece of social media management aka ‘liking’ our social mentions, retweeting relevant accounts, and responding to comments that weren’t considered ‘urgent’ from this morning. This is the fun part of social media management — it involves lots of thank you’s and smiley faces. 😃

1 pm – I like to use my post-lunch energy to tackle a bigger project like implementing a large social plan, creating a video, or publishing something on the website. My company has quite a few events coming up, so today I worked on social support for those.

3:30 pm – This is the point in the day where I get started on scheduling social posts for the following day, close the loop on any customer service issues, and make a to-do list for the next day.

5 pm – Waste no commute time! I usually take a call with a client or listen to another Podcast, and today I choose to have a check-in with a local client.

5:30 pm – Immediately after getting home, I take some time to rest and unwind. Today I make a light meal, catch up on The View (I can’t help it, I’m addicted), and touch base with my partner, Norris.

6:30 pm – I send out a newsletter for a freelance client every Monday, which takes up quite a bit of my evening. I like to get started on that sooner than later.

8 pm – For another client, I am in charge of team organization and weekly social analytics. Once the newsletter is complete, I work on sending out an internal update email to my team and updating a spreadsheet full of metrics from the week before.

8:30 pm – More social media scheduling… 😃 This time as a freelancer. Since I only manage two accounts for this client, versus several at my company, this is pretty quick. I use Buffer, which is super user-friendly, very inexpensive for small businesses and freelancers, and makes it easy to recycle posts.

9:30 pm – More relaxation… with a twist. My boyfriend and I throw a silly TV show on in the background while we work on other things. Today I’m working on getting a YouTube video published, so I update the metadata, create a thumbnail with Picmonkey, and post it to my social networks while vegging out in my onesie.

10:30 pm – Winding down is important to me, and so is communication. Norris and I usually have a cup of tea, turn off the TV, and just talk for a little while before bed. Tonight the topics range from politics to goofy memes. It’s such a nice way to end the day. I’m a night owl and rarely fall asleep before midnight, but I like to start winding down well before then.

Thanks so much for sharing your hustle, Latasha! Do you guys have any questions for her? Do any of you spend your weekend and evening free-time working on personal branding efforts?  

P.S. Are you a hustler willing to share your story? Let’s chat! I would love to know how you’re making money while following your dreams in 2017. Shoot me an email — ebeth.berger@gmail.com. Thanks!

mid-week round-up

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What have you been up to, my dears? This past weekend my dear friend Adam came to town! We enjoyed delicious food, lounged by the pool, and spent a day at the beach. It was so nice to have him here, and it makes me wish we lived in the same city…or at least a little closer. I finished this book while we were at the beach. I’m feeling compelled to learn more about circus before the final Ringling shows draw to a close this year. But enough about going to the beach in February (!), here are some links from around the web…

The forgotten history of “The Oregon Trail,” as told by its creators.
“I remember watching 7th and 8th grade kids improve in reading. Their “lives” depended on it.”

My husband sent me this link and said, “You’re denying the reality.” #TeamRinse

Stop apologizing for the pop culture you love.

The hidden history of the laundry chute.

How racism harms pregnant women — and what can help.
“And so we come back to the path from discrimination to stress to poor health, and it begins to paint a picture that many people of color know to be true: racism is actually making us sick. Still sound like a stretch? Consider this: immigrants, particularly black and Latina immigrants, actually have better health when they first arrive in the United States. But the longer they stay in this country, the worse their health becomes.”

My favorite way to take my vitamins.

“Arthur said he was a 23-year-old Belgian orphan. He wasn’t, but he was a good companion.” 

RuPaul’s Drag Empire is built on a foundation of humor.

Genius.

Inside the case that could protect homeless people against unwarranted police searches.

Immigrant mother in Denver takes refuge as threat of deportation looms.

Wouldn’t dinners at home feel extra special if you set out a bread basket with a few warm slices?

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Recipe: Cheesy Cauliflower and Book Review: The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger.

The 3 Movies I Can’t Wait to Watch

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While I love curling up on the couch with a glass of wine to watch a DVD or plow through a few episodes of television, I’ve been itching for a trip to the movie theater. There are a lot of great movies coming out in March, and these three have caught my eye as must-sees…

Beauty and the Beast (March 17)

The Zookeeper’s Wife (March 31)

Uncertain (March 9)

Who wants to join me at the movie theater? What are YOU looking forward to seeing? Comment below! xoxo

P.S. Movies I’ve already watched and LOVED — Woman in Gold and He Named Me Malala.

Cents of Style: Fashion Friday – Floral Skirts for just $19.95 shipped

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Great news, you guys! Cents of Style is offering a full collection of floral skirts for just $19.95 + FREE SHIPPING with coupon code FLORALSTORY at checkout.

Floral patterns are all the rage right now! Find a print that fits your personal look and let the skirt take you all over town from errands to meetings, date night to Sunday brunch. From ultra-soft and flowy to the perfect pencil, and sizes S – 3X, there are a ton of options in a variety of colors.

Stacked floral skirts from Cents of Style

I love how the pencil skirts look when dressed down with a graphic tee and ankle boots —

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But I’m a bit more of an a-line girl, myself! I recently picked up the Kambree Ultra-Soft Floral Skirt in black. The material is ridiculously soft and I love that it can be easily dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Here’s how I recently rocked it with a black cardi, Fair Trade scarf, wedge ankle booties, and my trusty Daniel Wellington watch

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Shop all floral skirts HERE.  

How would you style YOURS?

Don’t Hide Your Hustle: Kelsey, Concierge Hairstylist and Makeup Artist

Welcome to Don’t Hide Your Hustle, a new series on Finding Delight that explores the myriad of ways to make a living in 2017. I’m asking folks to share how they hustle over the course of one work-day (which usually extends far beyond a 9 – 5 situation).

Today, I present you with Kelsey’s story (whose hustle changes so drastically from day to day that we just had to include two!). Kelsey has been a licensed cosmetologist in Texas for many years and she also has a social media management and virtual assistant business. Let’s check out her hustle!

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Hey ya’ll!  My name is Kelsey and what I do changes from day-to-day and seasonally.  The one consistent in my life is lots and lots of coffee: black with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a coconut milk latte with light foam.  Monday thru Thursday I am a Social Media Strategist and Marketing Manager.  I create content for other businesses including: blog posts, brochures, email campaigns and press releases.  I also create “less fun” content including Annual Reports, Investor Relations presentations, and Proxy Statements.  Like many I sit in front of my computer for hours answering emails and typing until my nails are blue.  Friday, Saturday, and some Sundays I am a stylist.  I have eleven years as a licensed cosmetologist in Texas and absolutely love working with brides.  I book wedding parties across the state as well as across the country and internationally.  I love that every day with a new client brings new challenges!

A recent Thursday working as the Marketing Guru at Styled Startup:

5:30 am – Wake-up and immediately check today’s calendar. Looks like it is going to be a busy one!

6:00 am – Drink my first cup of coffee and check emails. I have eight (!) email accounts so this can take a while.  I delete the spam, try not to get distracted by shopping deals, and favorite the emails I need to respond to.

7:00 am – Reach out to Virtual Assistants to discuss the daily to-do list.

7:30 am – Get more coffee.  Fix my hair and put on makeup.  Usually I only straighten my bangs and throw the rest of my hair into a messy bun. I contour, put on eyeshadow, eyeliner, two coats of mascara, bronzer, and a burgundy lip color.

9:00 am – Skype with a client to discuss new materials and social media strategy for the next month.  We are amping up her email campaigns to make them look more exciting.   I take notes outlining upcoming events and promotions.

9:30 am – Time for morning Instagram posts. I schedule my Instagram posts for a curated feed and to track hashtags across my accounts and client accounts.

9:45 am – Respond to 165 emails.  Trade secret: I have auto-responses set for most occasions but there are some responses that require a non-template response.

10:30 am – I head out for brunch with a local photographer. We enjoy crepes and lattes.  I like savory crepes with lots of veggies and feta but she opted for sweet. This sort of networking is a huge part of all of my businesses!  I use photographers to style and shoot flat-lays for my websites. Plus, photographer referrals are my favorite way to book brides.  

noon – More emails!

1:00 pm – I work on marketing materials for a client.  I create brochures and update their website.  Of course I have to link all these new materials to social media, too.

4:00 pm – Touch base with Virtual Assistants to make sure all their work was completed.  If any tasks are remaining by this time of day, we discuss options for finishing in the evening or the next day.

4:45 pm – Afternoon/Evening Instagram posts.

5:30 pm – I hit up Happy Hour with a bride I’ll soon by styling.  Since it is winter I opt for red wine but during the hot, Texas summer you can find me with a French 75 or margarita on the rocks!  I meet all of my brides for coffee or drinks prior to booking their wedding.  This has helped me significantly reduce “bridezillas” and make sure that I’m compatible with all my brides.  A bride should feel comfortable on her wedding day! Since she and her bridesmaids will spend a significant amount of time with me, it’s important that I’m someone she wants to hang out with on her big day! She also needs to make sure my portfolio is able to accommodate the hair and makeup aesthetic she’s looking to achieve.

7:00 pm – Another round of emails.

8:00 pm –  I have a good friend who is a small business owner in another state who acts as my accountability partner.  We have a nightly call or FaceTime to discuss our daily wins and losses.  I call her now to discuss our daily activities.

8:45 pm – Final Instagram posts go up.  I scroll through the feeds and correspond with like minded creatives.  Did you know for a comment to gain traction with Instagram’s new algorithm it has to be at least three words?  I try to be genuine and only comment on pictures I can directly relate to or that tug at my heartstrings.

9:00 pm – I fire off a Facebook chat to my photographer friend. The convo started out personal but quickly turns into a business discussion.  This leads to me scrolling through the friend’s Instagram account to perform a quick audit.  We discuss where disconnect with potential clients may be.

9:30 pm – Now I am performing hashtag searches to determine which hashtags will drive the most traffic to her Instagram.  I create a list of twenty hashtags to use in every Instagram post and send it over to her.  

11:00 pm – Scrolling through Instagram, I find a few more accounts to interact with before checking my email one last time and then heading to bed.

A recent Friday working as a Concierge Hairstylist and Makeup Artist:

5:30 am – Wake-up, check the calendar, drink coffee, and attend to emails.

6:45 am – Check that hair and makeup bags were properly packed and make sure we have enough applicators and lashes for the bride and all her bridesmaids.

7:00 am – Drink more coffee while fixing my hair and doing my makeup.

8:30 am – Fill up my 30 ounce Yeti with (more) coffee, grab the bags, and head out the door.

9:00 am – Arrive at the venue, meet with my team, and unpack hair and makeup bags.  It is crucial to get everything organized right away to stay on schedule throughout the day.

9:15 am – Airbrush Makeup for Bridesmaid #1.

10:00 am – Hairstyle for Bridesmaid #1.

10:45 am – Airbrush Makeup for Bridesmaid #2.

11:30 am – Hairstyle for Bridesmaid #2.

12:15 pm – Airbrush Makeup for the Bride.

1:00 pm – Hairstyle for the Bride.

1:45 pm – Hair and Makeup for the Flower Girl. This doesn’t take long as flower girls usually just get a little shimmer eye shadow, blush, and some lip gloss. Just enough to feel like a princess!

2:30 pm – I collect any outstanding payments, Square has made this a huge time saver.  Before, I had issues with checks bouncing or bridesmaids forgetting to bring cash.  Luckily everyone always has a card on them and Square has my back with transaction protection.

2:45 pm – Pack-up hair and makeup-bags.  The team leaves together and heads their separate ways.

3:15 pm – Arrive home and unpack the bags. I inventory all the items and make lists of those we are running low or out of.

4:30 pm – Payroll for the day in Square dashboard.

5:00 pm – I deep clean and sanitize all the makeup brushes.

5:15 pm – I fire off a response to an email from my dream venue for Wedded Weekend 2018 and book a follow-up call with the owner.  Proceed to do a happy dance around the townhouse!!!

5:30 pm – I work on the budget spreadsheet for Wedded Weekend 2018. I created Wedded Weekend, a three day creatives retreat and styled shoot workshop for wedding vendors, in 2016. The weekends are filled with collaboration, learning, and lots of fun. But the prep is a LOT of work. I try to carve out a few hours on weekend evenings to check a few items off my Wedded Weekend to-do list.

Thanks so much for sharing your hustle, Kelsey! Do you guys have any questions for her? Do any of you completely switch professional gears between weekdays and weekends?  

(Photo by Nicki Evans Photography.)

P.S. Are you a hustler willing to share your story? Let’s chat! I would love to know how you’re making money while following your dreams in 2017. Shoot me an email — ebeth.berger@gmail.com. Thanks!

What Did You Do With Your Wedding Photos?

what did you do with your wedding photos?

Chet and I got married a shocking seven (!) months ago. My, my how time flies! I posted about a bajillion Facebook albums when we first got our photo files. We also made books with some of our favorite snaps for family members. But now I’d like to finally tackle something for ourselves.

So, I’d love to know, what did you do with your wedding photos? Did you curate a collection of the best and make a book? (Websites like Artifact Uprising and Pinhole Press have stellar reviews!) Did you make a massive album to stow on your coffee table? Print stacks and stacks for a shoe-box labelled “WEDDING”?

And what about for displaying on your walls? We have a three-photo picture frame in our hallway that displays 3 of my faves. Do you have larger prints hanging on your walls somewhere? Tell me everything!

I’ll be honest, part of me wants to completely shirk the idea of a printed-on-the-page photo book in favor of placing each individual photo in an album like this one. Is that crazy!? I love how beautiful the wedding books are with their lovely spreads and high-quality paper. But I’m also the kid who would haul the photo albums up from her grandparents’ basement every chance she got. The pages crinkled in that plastic-y way, the bindings creaked. The weight of all those photos and memories rested heavy across my thighs.

Wouldn’t it be kind of cool to tie the physical representation of one of the most important days of my life to all those other albums–filled with births and birthdays, family vacations and Christmas mornings?

Anyways, I am nothing if not the MOST indecisive person on the face of the planet, so PLEASE–tell me what you did with your wedding photos in the comments below! 

P.S. What’s that? You’d like to SEE my wedding photos!? You’re in luck…
The Bridal Luncheon
The Rehearsal Picnic
The Venue
The Details
Getting Ready
Bride + Groom
The Ceremony
Family + Wedding Party
The Food
The Reception
Note:  We are lucky beyond belief to have so many beautiful images from our wedding weekend thanks to Sur La Lune Photography. Even if they weren’t our BFFs I’d be obsessed with their work. Have a look for yourself!