Inspiration Roundup 5.26.17

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I hope you all have a relaxing and fun weekend planned. This week is a little light on the inspiration because I've been all over the place. I'm working really hard to find out the exact direction I want this blog to go in. I know I ultimately want to write a book, but I'm trying to figure out the subject matter AND when I want to write it. 

To be completely honest, working on building my business and dog walking isn't exactly paying my portion of the bills right now, and it's causing a lot of stress. However, I completely believe in this journey and know that the Universe is pushing me in the direction I need to be in. I potentially have some opportunities coming my way that are really exciting. Fingers crossed!

Inspiration Roundup 5.26.17 | Sarah Michelle Blog

Any way, here's what has been inspiring me this week! 

Jenna Kutcher

I've been following Jenna for awhile on the socials, but I had NO idea how much thought provoking content she has available to her subscribers. I joined in on the 5 Day Instagram Challenge and absolutely love Jenna's advice. I highly suggest checking out Jenna and my new Insta bio inspired by Jenna's advice because both are pretty awesome :) 

Anne with an E

I actually didn't read Anne of Green Gables until I was in my twenties when I randomly decided that I wanted to get a copy of the Rifle Paper Co. cover version. The Netflix series follows the story, but fleshes out details and adds more depth to the characters. The actress playing Anne is exactly how I imagined Anne in my head, and I can't wait to see how her character grows if the series gets another season. If nothing else, Anne teaches us how valuable it is to use our imaginations or visualize our dreams. 

Pippa's Wedding

I know some people hate the British Royal Family and their familial offshoots, but I'm absolutely crazy about Kate and Pippa. My love of the Duchess of Cambridge is unending, and Pippa's wedding made my heart so happy. She looked beautiful and the children were too cute. Something about weddings always makes me believe in fairy tales.  

What has inspired you this week? I'd love for you to share in the comments (which I finally learned how to turn on this week *face palm*). 

 

Daily Self Care Checklist

Sometimes I am terrible at practicing what I preach. Lately I've been working so hard on building my blog and working with my freelance clients that I've kind of forgotten to practice some self care. 

I definitely feel a difference when I'm not actively doing my morning and night rituals that keep me on routine. Instead of getting ready for the day and meditating, I'm sucked into working on my laptop as soon as I'm out of bed. Not the best way to start the day. 

Here's an example for you. This morning I woke up and spent 45 minutes checking out all the notifications on my phone and looking at my favorite social channels. Then I got distracted by Jenna Kutcher's webinar on growing your email list (I'm kind of obsessed with her right now!). After that I ate breakfast and spent more time on my laptop before my weekly phone call with my wellness coach. 

By the time the phone call was over, it was after 10:30 a.m. I was still in my pajamas, I hadn't showered, and my hair looked like sticky spaghetti. I had been up for four hours, but still looked like I had just gotten out of bed. 

I'm a huge fan of Jennifer L. Scott's Madame Chic series and love her beliefs on "looking presentable always." It's not about looking perfect. Instead, you want to make sure that you won't feel embarrassed to answer the door if the bell rings. I definitely didn't look presentable this morning and would have been embarrassed to answer the door. 

Daily Self Care Checklist | Sarah Michelle Blog

I asked myself what the best way to combat my lack of morning routine would be so I came up with a checklist that I can look at every day as a reminder of the tasks I want to accomplish. I also figured it would be a good idea to hold myself to my night time essentials routine by adding it to the checklist as well. 

After realizing that I just increased my accountability tenfold by actually writing out what I need to do to start my day on the right foot, I thought you would find it beneficial as well so I jazzed it up and made a FREE printable daily self care checklist for you! 

The tasks on my list truly apply to pretty much every woman who strives to feel her best during the day and before she goes to bed. You can download my FREE checklist below by entering your name and email. 

Those who sign up will also get exclusive access to my new group that will help provide accountability for all things wellness-related. 

 

Inspiration Roundup 5.19.17

Another new week, another new series on the blog. I’ve always been a huge fan of weekly roundups on other bloggers’ sites so I thought I’d start my own.

This week I connected with so many awesome bloggers and business owners. These creatives seriously inspire me, and I think they’ll inspire you, too. None of these items are sponsored, I just love their stuff! Here’s what caught my attention this week.

Well-Woman Gifts

I posted about this awesome subscription box on my Facebook page and Twitter account, but I wanted to share the service on here as well. Elizabeth Lively created this service that sends all woman-made “holistic beauty products and eco conscious accessories.” This subscription is basically like receiving seasonal self care in a box. While the service is a bit more expensive than Birchbox, I definitely think you’ll get more value out of this gift either for yourself or a loved one. Stay tuned later this June for a post on mindful giving! These gift are sourced from the East Coast and ship throughout North America from Canada.

B TEE Shop

Another amazing brand that is charitable and makes gorgeous products. The store hasn’t fully launched yet, but I’m too excited about the collection not to share. Krystal, the creator, donates 10% of her net profits to female-focused charities. And these shirts? I’m completely obsessed with them. Some of my faves are the OM OG tank, Sexy Mind tee, and Self Care is Soul Care tee. Check the shop out and I’m sure you’ll find something you love!

5 Netflix Series You Should be Watching Now

Okay, this one is a little self promotional, but I wrote a fun article for Femme & Fortune about my favorite Netflix shows. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Aziz Ansari (Parks & Rec is my all-time favorite show) and Master of None is amazing. You know how Lena Dunham’s character in Girls says she thinks she could be the voice of our generation? Well, I really think that title could go to Aziz. Find out what my four other faves are, too!

What to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up

I recently came across Meg’s awesome blog, That Hummingbird Life, and it gives me goose bumps. Her content really speaks to the struggles of embracing the creative life. I’ve really been struggling with getting my blog to take off. It keeps me up at night, and I’m constantly thinking, “what if I’m not good enough?” This guide gave me such peace of mind, and Meg’s unicorn-loving personality sparkles through her words.

This week on the blog

What are your favorite reads, things, or thoughts of the week? Share them in the comments or connect with me on the socials to chat!