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This election promises to provide the greatest candidate ever. One who isn’t controlled by special interests. One who guarantees to bring unending love and joy back into America’s homes again. This candidate isn’t thinking about making America great again. No. They are thinking about making the world great again…

Scheduled to make their first public appearance April 2017!

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I can’t wait to share this journey with all of you…..Yay!!!

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Stylebook App Review

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If you’re anything like me when you saw the movie Clueless, your favorite part was her amazing organized closet.  She could mix and max her outfits in endless combinations with just a swipe….and guess what?!  With the Stylebook App you can do just that.  I am LOVING it!!

So, how does it work?

 

You start by uploading images of the clothing in your closet to your Stylebook closet.  This process takes a little time, but after a few pieces, I got the hang of it and it was smooth sailing.  Plus, I love that it gives your images a white background so everything looks nice and neat!

Once you’ve uploaded the images of your clothing to your Stylebook closet, you can start mixing and matching to your hearts content. To create outfits, open to ‘Looks’ section and click on the ‘+’. Then choose items from different sections of your closet to complete your look.

Want to plan your outfits for the upcoming week?  Just go into the ‘Calendar’ section and click on a date, then it routes you to the ‘Looks’ section to choose a look for the selected date.  I plan all my outfits for the upcoming week on Sundays.  It saves tons of time throughout the week and takes away a little morning stress.

Another feature of the app that I love is the ‘Inspiration’ section.  Find pictures that inspire you on Instagram or  anywhere…..just snap a pic and upload it to the ‘inspiration’ section.  Then you can use those pics to inspire upcoming looks.

Here are a few looks I’ve created using the app:

So far I have created over 140 outfits using just 64 items of clothing….and I’m not done yet! The outfit possibilities are endless.

So now  want to hear from you….Have you tried the Stylebook app?  How’d you like it? How many outfits have you created?

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My Journey Into Minimalism

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I like to think this little piece of the internet is a place that houses my thoughts, loves and the story of my own evolution.  From over-weight wall flower to outgoing wife, dog mom and vegan entrepreneur. You all have been by my side through a ton of changes. Whether you have been here since the beginning or just joined in on the fun, thanks so much for all of your support….it totally motivates me to keep pushing forward!!

So let’s talk about minimalism….it all started a few weeks back when my hubby started doing research on the topic and his clean-home loving self fell in love with the idea of transforming our home into a more minimalistic space.  Basically that means getting rid of anything we don’t use, don’t need or aren’t in love with. When we started the clean out process, I thought that’s all it would be….a thorough clean out of all the junk, but it’s become soooo much more than that!

This move towards minimalism made me realize a few important things:

-How much I collected things simply because they were on sale.  (Quantity over quality)

-That I had a closet jam packed full of things I liked, but didn’t truly love.  

-That all this clutter was suffocating me and causing me to get stressed.

So now this little journey is about a whole lot more than a simplified house…..it’s about moving to a more simplified life. A life where our calendars aren’t over crowded, our home has plenty of space to just be and our time is built around what we love.  Along with all the decluttering at home, I’ve taken a little breather from my personal social media pages this week, unsubscribed to about a million email lists that I never read and have been planning the perfect-for-me capsule wardrobe.

This less-is-more lifestyle is already helping me actually be on time, have more time for self-reflection and it’s brought my hubby and I even closer.  So now that you know what I’ve been up to, why not share how my minimalist journey evolves along the way?  What will I be sharing?  My capsule wardrobe, how I declutter my closet, how I conquer FOMO and much more.

I would love to hear what you think….Have you ever heard of or tried minimalism?  Do you think you could live with less?  Are there any areas of your home or life that need to be decluttered?

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It’s Her Evolution with Becky Mollenkamp

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From coloring books to newspapers and magazines, Becky’s always been a writer. Want to learn how she transformed her love of writing into a career and the struck out on her own?

Well, then come along for the ride! I mean, really, what’s better than seeing women turn their passion into something of their very own?!

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1.) Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started with your blog/business.

I’ve been writing since I could hold a crayon, but it’s been my living since graduating college 20 years ago. Man, I feel old! I got my bachelor’s in journalism then worked at a daily newspaper and later at very big magazines before striking out on my own. I’ve been a small-business owner for 11 years. I started as a freelance magazine writer, but in the last 2 years I’ve been focusing on content marketing. I’ve had a blog for my business for the last 4 or 5 years, but only truly committed to it in the last 2 months.

2.) What’s the focus of your brand and what made you choose that niche?

My clientele is primarily mid- to large-size companies, typically in the higher education, healthcare, and industrial markets. I focus on these types of clients because, frankly, they can afford me. After 20 years in my profession, my rates tend to be higher than beginning writers.

3.) What do you offer to your followers/clients that’s unique?

With clients, my biggest selling point is my experience. I require very little direction, produce quality work that needs little editing, and understand the importance of deadlines. With my blog, I think what makes me unique is my willingness to be vulnerable and to share my knowledge freely (I’m a firm believer in abundance, so I don’t worry about competition “stealing” from me).

4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started your blog/business?

In the beginning, I struggled to keep up with blogging because I never really defined my focus. I was all over the map and eventually got frustrated and quit. Finally, I treated my own business like my customers’ and created a content strategy with an editorial calendar. Now, my weekly blogging schedule is a breeze.

5.) What are three blogs that you visit almost daily?

Truthfully, I’m not a blog loyalist, but rather read a little of everything. I find content to read each day through the Google Alerts I’ve set up for keywords in my field, on the many Facebook groups I’m active in, and via Pinterest. That said, I am a big fan of Neil Patel’s content (http://neilpatel.com/blog/) and Melissa Cassera’s voice (http://melissacassera.com/), and try to catch their posts and read their emails when I have time.

6.) Can you give us your top three tips for staying consistent with your business/blog?

Like I said, I can’t stress enough the importance of creating a strategy and having an editorial calendar. Planning is everything! Also, be realistic with what you can do. Trying to blog daily will burn most people out. Choose a frequency that feels comfortable for your workload. Finally, get help when you need it. I’m on maternity leave until September. Rather than stressing myself out by banking a ton of content before then, I’m lined up guest bloggers to fill the void.

7.) What advice would you have for someone who is thinking of starting their own blog/business?

Just do it. Stop waiting for the perfect time or to have all your ducks in a row or until you are an “expert.” Starting a business is like having a baby—if you wait until the time is right, you’ll never do it. It’s scary as heck, but if it’s your calling to be your own boss then you owe it to yourself to try. I was terrified when I quit my day job 11 years ago, but now I can’t even stomach the idea of working for someone else again.

8.) What’s the best advice you have for someone who wants to launch their own brand/business?

Don’t go it alone. Mentoring is really valuable, even if it is informal. Even better, join a mastermind group. I did this last year and it has really been key in helping me level up my business. These groups not only inspire you and offer guidance on trouble spots, the provide accountability to keep you motivated and on track. If you can’t find a group, you can start your own like I did. I wrote a post about it and you can also download my free startup worksheet. (www.beckymollenkamp.com/how-to-start-a-mastermind-group/)

9.) If you only had $100 to get started with your business, how would you use it?

That’s not enough to launch a business, unless you already own a computer, your domain (with hosting), and have a website designed or the skills to do it yourself. Assuming those basics are in place and you’re not trying to do retail or something with other big startup costs, then I’d use that $100 to get a massage to help manage the stress of running a new business. The truth is, starting most businesses requires more time than money. It’s about putting in the hard work to relentlessly network and market yourself in order to find clients.

10.) How can readers of It’s My Evolution get in touch with you to learn more about you and your blog/business? (social/blog urls)

I’m a big believer in giving more than you get, and this year I’ve been more focused than ever on walking that talk. I’m eager to help others be successful in their businesses, especially those who are in an earlier stage than me. If I can help you in any way, don’t be afraid to ask. You can find me through my website (http://www.beckymollenkamp.com) or on my preferred social media sites: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/beckymollenkampcreative)

LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/beckymollenkamp)

Twitter (https://twitter.com/beckymollenkamp)

Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/beckymollenkamp/)

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Thanks so much for joining in on this series Becky!!  I LOVE that you charge what you’re truly worth and focus on clients who are at that level.  Sometimes asking for more can be tough, but hey….We CAN do hard things!

So what’s your biggest takeaway from Becky’s interview?  Anything you’re going to put into practice in your business or blog?  Let’s chat in the comments!

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Workin’ It Wednesday: Vegan Goodness

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Oh my goodness y’all!  I have been cooking up a vegan storm…but really though!  Growing up I never cooked and I never really enjoyed helping in the kitchen.  Well, unless it included licking the bowl after making cookies or brownies. Because, yum!

Anyways, why the sudden love of cooking?  Before I was cooking for myself and cooking separately for my hubby.  He’s always been a meat and potatoes type of guy and, as you know if you’ve been following the blog for long, I’ve been vegan since last September.  Cooking 2 separate meals wasn’t my favorite….I made it work and was glad to cook for him, but it was a lot of cooking, for sure.

A few weeks ago a BIG ole’ change happened.  Any guesses?  (Drum roll………)  My hubby came to me and told me he wanted to follow the Daniel Diet, which is basically eating vegan and only drinking water.  I was shocked…He loved Dr. Pepper, steak and a good fast food run every now and then, but he was ready to make a big change. I’m so excited for him and that excitement has turned into me wanting to create fun meals both of us will enjoy.  Plus, only cooking one meal for dinner is pretty sweet too!

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So that brings me to my next little idea….I’d love to create a vegan cookbook that includes both cooked and raw foods that promote good health.  Not vegan junkfood, but food that truly fuels you o live your best life….to look good, feel good and do good!

Would you be interested in purchasing a eCookbook?  What types of recipes would you like to see included?  What price point would you be willing to pay for an eBook choked  full of healthy vegan and raw vegan recipes?  I want to make sure it’s something y’all would be interested in before I dive in so share all your thoughts in the comments….I can’t wait to see ’em!!

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Thrift It Clique: Florals

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May’s #ThriftItClique theme was floral and we were all so excited to dive into this one.  Then bad weather hit the weekend of our planned photo shoot so we all took charge and took our photos separately….Sad day!  BUT I was still super excited, because was got to rock some fabulous floral crowns from Adorned by Chi.

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I thrifted this green dress for just $6.50, because I think the green goes great with the floral crown. With the cool green grass outside, I didn’t even need to add shoes. Yay for Spring turning into summer!!

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I also skipped out on accessories, because I wanted to let the crown take center stage. I feel like I could live in it all summer….now I just need a bikini and a few more dresses to match it and I’m set for summer!

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Don’t forget to check out all the other Thrift It Clique ladies to see how they styled their floral fashions: Addie, Brittany, Elle, Tiyuanna & Britt. 

How would you style a floral crown? Let me know in the comments below!  ((Plus it will totally help me find more ways to rock this in everyday life. HAHA))

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It’s Her Evolution with Dannie Fountain

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Whew, May is FLYING by…hence the reason this post is running a little behind this week.  Sorry about that y’all, but trust me when I say, the awesome tidbits of wisdom you’re about to get from Dannie are worth the wait!

Dannie is a marketing whiz and a rockin’ girl boss who gives back to those is need. Want to find out how she’s built her business and what it takes to jump start your own?  Then keep on reading girlie…

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1.Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started with your blog/business.

I’m the founder of LE Professional Consulting, an omni-marketing company that serves businesses and individuals. LEPC was actually started as a nonprofit venture, creating resumes and cover letters for low income individuals. We really enjoyed helping them and we decided to expand and start growing our business to support those efforts. Now, we still help low income individuals in that capacity, but we also provide paid resume and career development services and we’re a full service boutique marketing agency as well.

2.What’s the focus of your brand and what made you choose that niche?

We have a split focus – marketing strategy/implementation for small businesses (up to $5M in revenue) and career improvement for individuals. The second niche came from our roots and the first niche evolved naturally as the business grew and expanded – it’s interesting how that happens.

3.What do you offer to your followers/clients that’s unique?

There are two elements that we offer that are unique – first, I have a BA in Marketing and an MS in HR so I’m able to offer true “academic” strategies and solutions paired with the real life experience that comes from working in the corporate world and running my own business for four years. Second, I’m a certified open water scuba diver and a certified student pilot (pursuing my private pilot’s license) so I like to tell clients I can look at their issues from literally any angle – and we truly do that!

4. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started your blog/business?

Don’t lose sight of why you started doing this – because when you do, the joy you find in your work will be gone. This is so true!

5.What are three blogs that you visit almost daily?

-The ThinkCreative Collective blog http://thinkcreativecollective.com/blog/

-The Elle & Co blog http://www.elleandcompanydesign.com/blog/

-The Squarespace Design Guild blog http://www.squaredesignguild.com/

6. Can you give us your top three tips for staying consistent with your business/blog

-The most important lesson we’ve had to learn is balancing that age-old mantra of “the customer is always right” with truly providing the best service we possibly can. Sometimes we have to push our clients, gently nudging them towards an awesome outcome, even if they haven’t yet seen it’s potential. We actually have a clause in our contract that we walk through with clients that basically says “we’re going to challenge your way of thinking and you and I will both grow as a result”.

-Time management is absolutely CRITICAL to good business. I could not live without my planner (I use a She Plans To Do List Planner). Being able to list out my tasks and see everything for the week on two pages is critical to my success as a business owner!

-Work smarter not harder. Seriously. It took me 2 years before I implemented systems to automate processes within LEPC and I shudder thinking about all the time I wasted doing things manually. Checking out things like 17hats, hellosign, or your provider of choice will really help you grow your business faster without feeling like you’re working 24/7.What advice would you have for someone who is thinking of starting their own blog/business?

7. What’s the best advice you have for someone who wants to launch their own brand/business?

Set business hours. Resume creation and marketing services are largely digital – LEPC doesn’t have traditional brick-and-mortar office space. Setting office hours was crucial for us to ensure that we’re still spending time with our families and doing the things that we love!

8. If you only had $100 to get started with your business, how would you use it?

I would invest in training and education! The things that have been MOST impactful to my business have been the trainings and courses I’ve attended. The one I recommend the absolute MOST is the Biz Chic Co-op by Think Creative Collective.

9. How can readers of It’s My Evolution get in touch with you to learn more about you and your blog/business? (social/blog urls)

    1. You can find us online at www.leconsulting.org
    2. We’re on Instagram at www.instagram.com/leconsulting
    3. We’re on Facebook at www.facebook.com/leconsulting
    4. We’re on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/leproconsulting
    5. We’re on Twitter at www.twitter.com/leproconsulting

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So what is your biggest takeaway from Dannie’s interview?  What are you going to do this week to propel your business forward?  Let’s chat about it in the comments!

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