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Let’s get Organized

Well, I think most of you know that I’ve been in business for almost 30 years and to stay in business this long, a girl has to be organized!

Sometimes it might not look like I’m organized but it just happens to be an organized mess occasionally. LOL! But I can always find everything I need!

I want to share one of the main reasons I do stay organized with all that is going on each and every day.  It’s my amazing Day Designer Planner 🙂

I have to write things down on paper. I can’t put them in my phone like some people. I will never remember! I need paper and a pen (or pencil) and I have to make lists and check them off.  I need to see my monthly schedule as well as my daily list of things to do, and my wonderful Day Designer lets me see both which is amazing.  This has been the best day planner I have ever had.  I don’t think there is a page that’s not written on. 🙂

If you are a list maker, note taker, detailed scheduler, the Day Designer is for you as well!  This baby keeps me focused on not only my day to day schedule but also reminds me to be grateful each day 🙂 It has a little section to write it down each day.

Being business owners (or side hustlers), we have to stay on top of the day to day tasks, know what our weeks look like (for the big picture) and then focus on each day as well.  As our businesses (and side hustles) continue to grow, so do the tasks that have to be managed and having great team members in place is so important.  And… being extremely organized is crucial!

Take it from me, if your life could use a little organization, then check out the Day Designer and get focused and organized with me!

**This post contains affiliate links. All this means is I will receive a little commision if you purchase an incredible Day Designer Planner. Prices are the same for you whether you use my link or not.

One of the best hires I made this past year…

As a Business owner for almost 30 years, you find that you wear way too many hats most of the time.  The “juggling” act can become very interesting as your business grows. And you find yourself at different points in your journey needing help in different areas of your business.

The great thing about today’s technology is that we have the opportunity to not only hire team members that can work for us at our place of business, but we can also hire team members that can work remotely!

As my business has grown again over the past couple of years, I have found it necessary to increase the team physically here at the studio as well as finding a special person to handle my Social Media.

With that being said, I was blessed with the opportunity to hire my daughter this past year.  She was leaving her current job and living in Nashville (me in California), and it felt like the right time to hire her. I’m a firm believer in things happening for a reason and this has been life changing for both of us!

Ashley came onboard as my Virtual Assistant and Social Media Manager, still working from Nashville. Things quickly changed for her and she decided to create her own  Social Media and Marketing company, Wanderlust Marketing + Social Media, so I ended up hiring her company.

As I started delegating more and more of the managing of all my social media platforms to Ashley’s company, it freed up time for me to be more involved, once again, in the creativity of my business.  She now handles Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, email, etc.

We have created channels that allow me to see everything she is working on and what’s scheduled so that I’m still involved in the topics and content being provided to my following/tribe.

Finding someone that can handle all of this is a blessing.  Finding someone that is very dependable and understands your industry is also a key to creating a good match.  I don’t think Ashley ever knew growing up with a creative mother would lead her down her own entrepreneur path, but her creative upbringing has made her a true asset to the creative industry and helping other creatives with their social media and marketing.

As a creative business person (and I’m a total control freak) we have to let go of things that keep us from doing the stuff that will make us money and let us be creative.  Every business needs to have a social media presence and it can be a time-consuming task.  The best thing I have done for my business these past few years is hiring more team members to keep my business growing and providing the best products, teaching, and content for our customers.

If you are on the fence, feeling totally overwhelmed with all the hats you are wearing, it’s time to investigate hiring.  It can be someone next door or in another state, but help is just around the corner with today’s technology.

Make sure that as your business grows that you bring on the best team members you can and your business will continue to grow.  For those of you thinking you can’t afford a VA, believe me, you can’t afford not to hire one.

If you are interested in growing your business or turning your side hustle into a business, make sure to check out my coaching group.  We cover every aspect of a business, from social media to brick and mortar, and how to help you manage and grow that business.

Guest Blogger: Ashley Morgan

Hi there my beautiful creative friends! I’m Ashley Morgan and I am the founder of Wanderlust Marketing + Social Media and Wanderlust Wellness. I am super passionate about Jesus, health + wellness and helping small biz owners with all their social media marketing needs!

If you couldn’t tell by the picture above, I am Jenn’s daughter! 🙂 I am her Social Media Manager and her Essential Oil Guru! Today I am going to be giving you ALL THE INFO on essential oils and how they have changed my life (for the better obvi 🙂 )

So… I started my oily journey in September of 2017 and haven’t looked back. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since I got my Starter Kit with Young Living! I was never very holistic growing up and just didn’t ever research things I was putting in or on my body. Since starting my oily journey, my eyes have been opened and I am constantly looking at the ingredients in not only the food I am eating but: my makeup, beauty products, soaps, lotions, laundry detergent, candles, cleaning products, the list goes ON AND ON AND ON!! It really BLOWS MY MIND that some of the products that are approved by the government to use in the products we buy are SO STINKING BAD FOR US!! Like a ton of products and ingredients are banned in other countries. BANNED!!! That is truly mind boggling!!

I want to let you on a few products I have DITCHED + SWITCHED since I started using Young Living products!

  • Dryer Sheets: These NASTY things are covered in carcinogens + toxin! NO THANK YOU! So, I have switched to using Wool Dryer Balls + adding my fav essential oils to make my laundry smell super yummy!!
  • Candles: Most candles are filled with toxins + just not good for your insides! (Yes, just because you aren’t drinking the candle doesn’t mean those toxins don’t get inside you. You are breathing in those fumes.) Now I just pop my fav smells into my diffuser and my house is smelling so good!
  • Things I get from Young Living: toothpaste, face wash, face moisturizer, shampoo + conditioner, sunscreen, lip balm, pain cream, makeup, laundry detergent, dish soap, hand soap, antioxidant drink, probiotics, all the oils :), basically anything I would get at Target I get from Young Living, it is delivered to my door, and I get 20% back on EVERY. SINGLE. ORDER. (insert all the praise hands here)

Some of my favorite oils + YL products right now:

  • Valor EO // My fav oil everrrrr. Gives me all the confidence + courage
  • Peace + Calming EO // Best sleep support oil everrrrr. Literally sleep like a baby every night I diffuse this.
  • Thieves Hand Purifier // Because hand sanitizer is really bad for you + this stuff is amazzzzzzing
  • Thieves EO // ALL the immune support! Can’t live without this oil!
  • Charcoal Bar Soap // This is one of YL’s newest products + it is so so good!!
  • Frankincense // KING FRANK!! My go-to skin support oil!!

My Favorite Way to get Started with Essential Oils:

THE PREMIUM STARTER KIT:

It comes with 11 essential oils, a diffuser of your choice, samples of the Thieves household cleaner + Ningxia Red (the best antioxidant drink ever), your 24% off discount, and more!!

THE OILS:

  • Lemon: I like to put it in my water for extra immune support. Great for cleaning + a natural degreaser!
  • Lavender: Swiss Army Knife of oils! Basically if you don’t know what to use use Lavender. Great for sleep support, skin support, emotional support!
  • Thieves: King of all immune support! Cannot live without this oil!
  • Frankincense: KING FRANK! Best skin support oil ever! Super grounding oil.
  • Copaiba: Great for immune support and inflamation! Go google this oil!
  • Panaway: The name kind of says it all! Great oil for after a workout 🙂
  • DiGize: Tummy support!!
  • Peppermint: This was my “gateway oil”! HAHA! Great for tummy support and great for after a workout!
  • Raven: Respiratory support oil!!
  • Citrus Fresh: Smells so good! Immune support! Odor nutralizer.
  • Stress Away: Well with this one, the name really does say it all! Smells like you’re on a tropical island 🙂

DIY RECIPE:

Want to keep your outdoor cookouts and summer hangs annoyance free?? Just try out this amazing outdoor spray!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Witch Hazel
  • 2 oz distilled water
  • 20 drops Thieves Essential Oil
  • 20 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 20 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 20 drops Citronella Essential Oil

Mix together in a 4oz spray bottle. Shake before use.

BONUS: This can be a great diffuser blend for the back patio or camper, too! Use two drops of each oil with water in your diffuser.

Thank you so much for letting me be here today! I love getting to share my passion with others 🙂 If you are interested in learning more about essential oils, please feel free to email me at: wanderlustwellnesstribe@gmail.com

If you are ready to get signed up + grab a starter kit head HERE. By signing up through me, you will join my team + get so many incredible resources + the community you always wanted! You get access to our private Facebook groups + we teach you everything you need to know about your oils!

My Two Favorite Essential Oils

So for those of you who follow me over on Facebook you know I have recently started using essential oils… My daughter started her oily journey back in September 2017 and has hit the ground running trying to get these amazing products into the lives of everyone she knows. She got me hooked when she had me diffuse lavender and I actually slept for most of the night!!

Not only does Young Living have oils, but they have toxin-free products for basically anything you can think of. Last month I ordered the Thieves hand soap for our home and my studio. Not only does it not have any toxins in it, but it smells amazing! It’s like Christmas in a bottle all year long 🙂  Yes, you will be smelling your hands!!!

Okay, now to my two current favorite oils! Lavender & Peppermint are my favorites and I want to tell you how I use them EVERY SINGLE DAY!

First, let’s talk about lavender… Lavender is my favorite sleep support oil because its aroma is extremely calming and oh so lovely! I also love to use lavender for all skin support because it is a very versatile oil.

Next is peppermint… I use this amazing oil for its cooling abilities during those lovely things called hot flashes! I try to make sure I always have a bottle of peppermint with me because you never know when the next hot flash will strike. HAHA!

These are just two of the incredible oils we use in our lives every day. Our house is always filled with a new aroma and I am always running to my daughter, Ashley when I have a new problem. She always says, “There’s an oil for that!” 🙂

If you have ever wanted to know more about essential oils just shoot me a message in the comments below, or email me at jennifer@artisticpaintingstudio.com. I definitely don’t know everything (not even close), but my daughter is always ready to answer questions for me when I don’t know the answer! If you are ready to start your oily journey, just click HERE and follow the steps below 🙂

1. Check “Wholesale Member” rather than “Retail Customer”. This doesn’t mean you have to sell oils, I promise! It simply gets you your kit & a 24% wholesale discount for the year.

2. Choose the starter kit w/the dewdrop diffuser or desert mist diffuser (unless you want to upgrade to the rainstone or aria)

3. Now, you can choose to set up a monthly “wellness box”, called Essential Rewards. It is hands down the best way to begin a toxin free lifestyle & receive sooooooo many freebies/rewards points in the process!

4. Enter all of your info! Create a username, password, and pin. Write these down so you have easy access to the site again for placing future orders!

5. Check out, confirm you got all the way to the confirmation page, & get super stoked you’re about to start your oily journey!

Change is Good!

I started this blog site at least 4 years ago and wasn’t really sure what I was doing at the time (still not sure I know what I’m doing)!  LOL   But, after all these years – I decided to customize my page to look more like my business…….Artistic Painting Studio.  So, with the help of my wonderful Web Master (Julie) – my new look has been up since April 1st…….but life has been so busy these past couple of months, this is the first time I have had a chance to tell anyone about it.

With this new look – new page……I’m adding my BFF Morey Dunbar as a regular contributor on this blog site.  So not only will you be hearing from me once again on a regular basis, but also Morey will be contributing on a regular basis too……..Now, that could be trouble – if you know Morey and I, we tend to have a little too much fun together (really, we just know how to enjoy life)!

So please get ready to enjoy some great information – a preview of the class Morey and I have been developing – a wonderful article by Morey on Painted Furniture and much much more.

Jenn