Details by Chelsea Ann » CT, NYC & Destination Event Design

Category Archives: Business

Today I want to share a little of my heart when it comes to goal setting. I am also going to share what worked in 2015! I love that how Lara Casey taught me that there is nothing magical about January 1st. Society often makes it seem like this is the day that we have to get our act together. We need to have clean homes, get out our exercise shoes, make sure all our emails are responded to, make sure that we have our goals in place and the list goes on and on and on. I know that I am not the only one who has felt like this. Goals are important. Sitting down and reviewing your year is important. Figuring what worked and what didn’t is important. However there is nothing anymore special about doing this in February than there is on January 1st. So whether you have gotten yourself together already and have a game plan for the upcoming year or you are reading this and have not yet found the time to work out your dreams for 2016 I want to send some encouragement your way…Don’t let the date on the calendar stop you. Don’t let what other people are posting on social media stop you. Just put pen to paper, when you can, wherever you can.

Tiffany Joyce Photography || Lavender + Lemon Wedding Inspiration

What worked in 2015

(1) GOAL – Attend at least 3 workshops to make me a better business owner and help me with my craft.

  • I had the amazing opportunity to attend Making Things Happen Conference in Chapel Hill, NC. Total game changer for me. When I first heard about this conference  I did not know what to expect but I knew that a lot of creatives whom I looked up to had attended and seemed to definitely be making it happen! I took the leap of faith and attended the March conference and it was truly an amazing experience. The atmosphere at MTH is distraction free allowing you two days to lean about yourself. After MTH I have implemented a lot of changes in my daily life as well as how I cultivate relationships with others.
  • I took Bonnie Bakhtiari’s Instagram with Authenticity class – a four week course to help you delve into a thoughtful social media strategy, examining how to best use this platform to your brand’s advantage. Bonnie is super sweet and this course was full of fun tips, tricks and tools to create authentic content.
  • I joined Studio Calico for their Marketing for Creatives class – This class really helped me step up my online marketing game with simple  tips on what to look for to make sure that all of your platforms are uniform shared by top notch creatives such as Amber Housley, Ashlee Profitt and Kim Stoegbaeur.

(2) GOAL – Have professional head shots taken.

New York Event Design + Styling || Details by Chelsea Ann

(3) GOAL – Participate in at least 2 styled shoots.

Details by Chelsea Ann || Event Design + Styling

the rising tide society, rising tide challenge, my monday mugshot, community over competition

Good Morning y’all. Are you Instagram obsessed? Today’s post is for you! Switching up today’s blog post to let all of you creatives about an awesome movement that is sweeping the nation – The Rising Tide Society. Often times in the entrepreneurial journey we feel the need to compare ourselves to others. We compare techniques, successes, failures, office supplies, social media followers and it’s exhausting! The Rising Tide Society is a commuity of creatives focusing on #communityovercompetition. You can head over to The Rising Tide Society for more info on what they are all about! While you are there be sure to check out all of the great resources.

This month the theme is all about Instagram and the ladies over at Rising Tide are hosting the #risingtidechallenge to not only teach us a few things about Instagram but also connect us with fabulous creatives.  Calling ALL creatives! If you are a creative, a photographer, stylist, artist, blogger, calligrapher, small business owner…..and the list goes on – be sure to join this weeks challenge. Believe me you will not regret it!

I have been so blessed by this amazing group and can not wait to see how it continues to grow and create community!

I am not sure how many of you are into the blog scene, but there are definitely a lot out there and cover anything and everything that you could ever wonder about.

Before I started my business I started following other small business entrepreneurs as they often gave advice on what worked for them when they first started out and how to build a business around something that you are passionate about. From there I found other blogs that line up with my hobbies; I found great blogs from photographers, interior designers and even blogs on building your own furniture which has become a passion of my husband’s and mine.

Going directly to each blog site every day can be very taxing and time consuming. I recently discovered Bloglovin’ where you can add all of the blogs that you follow and view them daily from ONE feed! Not only does it save lots of time but when there is a post that you like you can save it as a favorite to be easily accessed later on. There is also an App for iPhone, Android and iPad. Super convenient!

 

FLOWER

Today I want to give a shout out to my website platform – ProPhoto Blog. When I first started researching different website options I looked into everything from custom designed websites to drag and drop formats and let me tell you the options were overwhelming!

I decided that having the flexibility to edit my site myself was the flexibility and ease of use that I was looking for. I read reviews and tested several different drag and drop platforms. Drag and Drop is great because you do not need to have CSS coding knowledge to build a site from scratch, if that is what you are looking to do. You just click on the area of your site that you would like to work on and type text, drag photos, etc.

Untitled-1

While ProPhoto was built with photographers in mind I determined that there was no limiting factor that would prohibit it from working the way I needed it to for me! ProPhoto has designers that they work with to provide website templates OR if you prefer you you can create something totally unique all by yourself. ProPhoto utilizes the easy to use and all familiar WordPress, which is great because all of the software you need is installed right on your web host’s webserver. ProPhoto gives you the tools and knowledge to be able to do this on your own and they have a great support team for when you get stuck! They also provide informative, step by step tutorials which are view-able right from their website.

I have been able to create a blog and website – with one theme that is entirely based around my needs as they are right now and the best part is that as my website grows the ProPhoto platform will grow with me!

power1

power2

power3

power4

The ProPhoto theme is available for an affordable one, time payment which includes Support!

Use Code CFOU4382 to get $10 off your purchase of ProPhoto. 

 

 

photo (1)

Today I thought that I would take a few moments to share some power tools that help me stay organized, minimize paper clutter and save time + energy on a daily basis. All of these tools can easily be used by anyone in both personal and business capacities!

  1. Unroll.me – Check this one out…you will not be sorry! It seems as though everyone and anyone has access to our email these days. We receive marketing, sale ads, notifications, alerts etc. all come through our inbox. This tool is a great way to keep the important things in your inbox, unsubscribe from the places where you do not wish to receive emails from, and roll the remaining emails into one email that you receive once a day that you can review at your convenience. This one is definitely a life changer!
  2. Expensify – This is a quick and easy way to keep track of expenses. Can be used on a computer and also has an app for on the go usage. The SmartScan feature allows you to snap a photo of your receipt and it will automatically fill in the merchant name, date of purchase and purchase amount as well as store the photograph. It can also track time and distance. After you create your expenses you can separate them into reports which can then be downloaded to PDF or Exported to certain software such as Evernote.
  3. Evernote – This tool really helps you remember everything while keeping life manageable by making it easy to find the things that matter when they matter. Evernote allows you to keep things organized through the use of Notebooks and Notes. These can be text, photo, reminders or lists and you can categorize or sub categorize in whatever way makes sense for you. It synchronizes between all of your devices so you never have to worry about having your most updated information at your fingertips. They also have a web-clipper tool that you can install in your browser which allows you to “clip” a page on the internet, a photo, an email anything you are viewing through your browser and import it into a Note or Notebook of your choosing. There are really so many great features that Evernote has to offer so definitely check them out!
  4. Genius Scan – This is an app compatible with the iPhone and iPad which allows you to take a photo or scan of a document, photograph, receipt etc. and exports it as either a JPEG or a PDF to Dropbox, Email, Evernote, Expensify, Facebook, Google Drive or a host of other applications that you may use.

Do you have a collection of tools that make your life easier? I would love for you to share what they are in the comments below!