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How to… (one dozen super rad things I think you should do!)

how to do one dozen things

Y’all!

We’re in the dog days of Summer down here in South Florida. Heat index over 100 and daily afternoon thunderstorms that arrive out of nowhere and leave just as quick. It’s pretty bananas. So, Chet and I are escaping to Delray Beach for a few days. I’m going to sit my butt on the beach (with a couple good books + an iPhone full of podcasts), eat conch fritters, drink rosé, and soak in some #saltlife vibes.

I’ll get back to posting ’round these parts next week. But since you’re already here, why not stick around and check out some posts I pulled from the archives! Here’s how to do ONE DOZEN super rad things…

How to start a fascinating conversation with a friend (or stranger).

How to use stickers to stick to your goals. 

How to make a super cute calendar from burlap.

How to use jars for DIY wedding decor.

How to create the perfect care package. 

How to take meaningful breaks during long projects. 

How to give your office a style upgrade.

How to tap into the power of self-care.

How to work on your female friendships.

How to practice styling photos.

How to dance more.

How to pack for a weekend away in the Tom Bihn Synapse 19 + Side Effect.

I hope all of you have a wonderful week and I’ll see you back here soon! 🙂

P.S. If you have any posts (how-to’s or otherwise) you think I should tackle when I get back, LEAVE  YOUR IDEAS BELOW! Thanks. 

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Don’t Hide Your Hustle: Johnna, Faith-Based Community Organizer

Welcome to Don’t Hide Your Hustle, a Finding Delight series 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 Johnna’s story. As a community organizer, Johnna works with and for others in order to secure a better city for all – and she’s got the perfect positive attitude for such a task. She’s also a huge fan of a holistic approach to health, both for herself, and the readers of her awesome blog. Let’s check out her hustle!

Johnna, The Anxious Wonder Woman

Hello beautiful people! My name is Johnna and I’m a faith-based community organizer. If you don’t know what that means, you probably still won’t after you read this post. But that’s because it really just depends on the day and time of year. In general, I coach volunteer leaders from different congregations to build and use people-power to hold public officials accountable to doing justice in our city.

I also have a blog on health and wellness called The Anxious Wonder Woman. My health journey has been through a lot of ups and downs, mainly because I used to focus too much on my physical health instead of my mental health. When I started going to therapy, that changed. Now, it’s my mission to be open and honest about all aspects of my healthy lifestyle, including my anxiety. And I want to empower other women to think about their health in a way that is sustainable and holistic! Eventually I’ll use the coaching skills I’ve gained from community organizing to help individuals that want to improve their overall wellness. But for now, you can get it all for free on the blog since my job is more than enough for me. 😉

Today I’m going to give you a glimpse into my first day back at work from a 9-day vacation. Probably not the best choice on my part, but it will give you a good idea of how many things I manage to juggle in one day! So without further ado, a day in the life…

6:30 am – Wake up to take my temperature. I use a natural method of birth control, which means I need to take my basal body temperature every day at the same time. Usually I wake up after that. Today, since I’m still tired from jetlag, I decide to go back to sleep.

7:30 am – I read my email (I always start with the latest news from The Daily Skimm), drink some coffee, and eat breakfast. Oh, and I read any updates from blogs I follow. I do all of this in bed. There are no crumbs in bed, I promise! Coffee stains might be a different story.

8:15 am – I start getting ready for the day. Then I leave the house. I have a meeting at 10 at the Panera in town, but I decide to go ahead and leave so I can get some work done beforehand.

8:45 am – I send emails that I ignored while I was on vacation. Out of office email responses are so good for my sanity.

9 am – I have a phone call with the Executive Director of the umbrella community organizing nonprofit I’m a part of. They’re starting a new mentor program for second year organizers. My one year anniversary with this job is in August, so it was good to think about my strengths, the work tasks that really energized me, the things I still want to learn, and who I look up to in the network. Can’t wait to see how that goes!

9:30 am – Since I have some time before my 10 o’clock meeting, I decide to check in on the various Facebook groups I’m a part of for my blog. I also start finalizing the blog post I’m writing about my 9-day vacation to some West Coast National Parks. I put the notes I took during the trip into a WordPress page and do some research for the best SEO keywords.

10 am – I meet with someone from one of the churches I work with. This was our first meeting, so it’s mainly getting to know her and sharing some things about myself. Organizers actually call these meetings “1-1s”. Because, you know, you’re meeting 1-on-1 with another person. These 1-1s are essential to our work. It lets us dig deeper than the surface level Q-and-A’s that we typically get when we’re talking to someone. We try to really understand the underlying values and motives that drive us to do the things we do in life. It’s actually pretty hard to do, because it takes a lot of courage to ask the questions we all normally shy away from.

10:45 am – I drive to the office.

11 am – I do research for a community business that I’m meeting with later today. Currently, we are in our Investment Drive, when we raise the majority of our money for the year. We do that through investments from individuals in each congregation, but also by having meetings with different businesses in the city. That being said, the real purpose of these corporate visits are to build relationships of mutual respect with business leaders. The money is just a measure of how much respect we’ve gotten.

12 PM – The three volunteer leaders joining me for the corporate visit came an hour early to practice. I coach them on our organizations’ script, as well as what we can expect from the business and its CEO based on my research.

1 pm – We meet with a well-known hospital in the area. These corporate visits only last about 20 or 30 minutes, since the business leaders are super busy. This one was a little longer, but it was only because there were a lot of questions and answers.

1:30 pm – We always evaluate the corporate visits right after. Basically, evaluation is an important part of community organizing. So we do it after everything. After corporate visits, after big events, after research meetings…anything you can think of, there’s an evaluation for it right after! While this can get sort of tedious, it’s really important. You can’t improve if you’re not thinking about what worked and what didn’t.

2 pm – After my leaders leave, I take my own notes on the visit. Notes are also important to community organizing. There isn’t a lot of collective memory in this work unless it’s all written down. The point of a good community organizer is that the work can still go on without them!

2:30 pm – I order lunch because I realize I haven’t had any food yet. I’ve gotten pretty tired of the food within driving distance of the office, so I order Jimmy John’s. I think mainly because I saw someone get Jimmy John’s at the hospital we were just at. Subliminal messaging is pretty powerful, I guess!

3 pm – My lead organizer and I catch up. We have a big 5-day training starting tomorrow, so we need to get organized and on the same page about what needs to happen for that.

4:30 pm – I work on some social media for my blog. Specifically, I plan Facebook posts and interact with others on Instagram.

5:30 pm – I write a rough draft of some blog posts and comment on other blogs.

6 pm – I have another 1-1. This time it’s with someone who has been a leader at the church for longer. I’m new to working with her church, though, so it’s another first meeting.

7 pm – I talk on the phone with a friend on the drive home. This is someone I’ve been meaning to call for a few weeks now, because she’s going through some problems in her relationship. We’ve texted, but a phone call is the only real way to talk through those sorts of things. I tend to make calls, with my phone on speaker, while I’m driving. I know, I know. That’s bad. But I like to take advantage of all the time I can! As soon as I got home, I eat dinner really quickly.

7:30 pm – I make some calls for work. Since many of my leaders work during the day, I have to find time for evening calls a few times during the week. Weekend calls are also the only way I can reach some people.

8:30 pm – I do yoga for stress and anxiety.

9:30 pm – I work on this blog post and respond to emails! My boyfriend watches TV while I’m on the computer. He interrupts me for a bit because he loves cuddling. Ever since I started my blog, I think he feels a little ignored. 😛

Thanks so much for sharing your hustle, Johnna! Do you guys have any questions for her? Do any of you work in a similar field?  

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!

An update.

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Oh my golly, you guys! I haven’t posted in FOREVER and I certainly apologize for my absence around these parts. Elitist llama up there doesn’t look too kindly on bloggers who ignore their blogs!

Whilst M.I.A., Chet and I went on a week’s vacation to Louisiana. We got to visit with his family, eat a bunch of delicious food, and mosy around the great outdoors with out the oven-like temperatures of South Florida. We also managed to sneak in a little time in New Orleans where we BBQ’d with friends, enjoyed daquiris, and walked around the sweet neighborhood streets. (Have I mentioned how much I want to move to NOLA these days???) All in all, we had a BLAST!

Book-ending our trip out of town has been a LOT of work to be done by yours truly…accounting for the other half of my radio silence. Hopefully I’m on the return path to a balanced WORK – BLOG – LIFE flow. Well, at least for next few weeks! I’m off to Kentucky for two weeks in July and I might be too busy visiting with my Mama and shaping the mind’s of America’s youth to drop any lengthy content. (I’m teaching at a speech & debate camp!) But I’ll try to post updates/fun stuff here and there.

STAY TUNED!

P.S. Check out my FAVES PAGE for a list of my current favorite things. I plan to update regularly…in case you care about my faves…which you should.

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!

In the name of transparency…

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I’m not awesome at cooking and have never cooked my way through an entire cookbook in order to get awesome. I haven’t radically changed my diet to mirror neolithic, paleolithic or WWII times nor am I actively trying to shed pounds. I’m not training for anything. I don’t live in a gorgeous neighborhood in some hipster city or spend all my time going to concerts and flea markets. I’m not sartorially gifted. I haven’t taken any symposiums on HTML or photography.

I live in the real world. I have a full-time job and responsibilities and seasons of Netflix to watch. I don’t have time to do Pinterest projects every day of the week. I’m also kind of lazy and not independently wealthy. I like simplistic, sustainable approaches.

I feel like this “lazy girl” (read: simpler) approach to all of the above (learning, healthy living, cooking, discovering, decorating, dressing, business) is a voice lacking in the blogosphere. We all have busy lives, so why shouldn’t we focus on doing less in order to live more?  So, if you’re cool with this lazy girl’s commitment to life-long learning and search for the good life by way of an easier lifestyle then I think that’s what I can give ya. Some “smart laziness” if you will.

I really like the idea of maintaining a “lifestyle blog” for the breadth of editorial possibilities that can fall under the umbrella of “lifestyle.” But I’d like to highlight ways in which we can make our lives easier and happier. Cheaper and less stressful. I’d like to LEARN how to live a more thankful and productive life by writing about what’s working and what doesn’t instead of telling other people how to be. I’d like to share knowledge and books and adventures.

Basically, I just wanna write about the shit I wanna write about. Because I like to write and would love to get better. Because I want to have a greater purpose behind new tasks and research. Because I’m seeking a mental and creative outlet to supplement my day-to-day. Because sometimes I miss having an audience.

(Andddd….in total and COMPLETE transparency, if you’ve ever had any sort of online blogging presence and I know you even a little, I’ve probably read it because I’m a big internet stalking weirdo. So, I may as well return the favor and let you creep MY life for a change.)

I think that’s quite enough of the introductory, boring stuff. Let’s start the real fun tomorrow. : ) I’d like to devote Wednesdays to a mid-week round-up of links I’ve recently found and would like to share. So, check back tomorrow!

(Painting: Georgia O’Keefe, Ladder to the Moon. 1958.)