Weekly Coffee Break: 6.25.15

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Coffee-Break

What makes a perfect coffee shop? Life, Love & Coffee Stains answers that question and I agree completely!

Starting your job or internship search this summer? I loved these outfit ideas from Refinery 29.

Yum! I want to try every recipe from Fit Foodie finds, including this healthy kung pao chicken dish.

And this strawberry cake batter gelato from Design, Eat, Repeat is definite on my list for summer desserts.

Add these songs from College Fashion to your summer playlist if you're okay with getting nostalgic.

Bookmarking this for later! Levo League shares 13 creative ways to turn a small space into a home office.

Do you know what color is proven to spark creativity? Read this to find out.

Life Lately: Goals Grow Like We Do

Saturday, June 13, 2015

After today, I'm completely convinced that iced coffee, a day off and a little summer weather can fix just about anything. Summer has never been my favorite time of year, but now that June is here, I couldn't be more excited about it. It's my first full summer in the Portland area, which I already know will be an experience. But enough about the weather, because I want this post to be an honest look at life for both of our sakes.

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Summer is here but life has been a little overwhelming lately. Family, work, finances and the first steps towards a creative business can really add up. So if things have felt a little quite around here, we can just blame "adulthood" and call it good. Things aren't always going to be smooth and steady, which is a notion that I'm trying hard to embrace. Things are always going to change and evolve. And you know what? It's completely okay.

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On that note, I also want to talk about goals. Back in spring, I really honed in on a few goals I wanted to accomplish. And even before that I shared a list of 23 things I wanted to do after turning 23. But the other thing that is always changing and evolving? Our vision of life. When you start considering what's important, and what is going to fulfill you and sustain you long term, that vision can change rapidly.

Last week, I starting reading the book Rich Bitch by Nicole Lapin. I'm only on chapter three, and dammit, I wish I'd found the book sooner. For the first time, I let myself consider what I wanted my life to look like in 5-10 years, rather than just 12 months in the future. And you know what? It scared me how gutsy "future-thinking Callie" really was. I want to be a creative business owner. I want to start a local blogger network. I want to teach classes and publish a book. I want to get married and have kids (someday). I want to live (and make a living) creatively.

These long-term goals changed the way I was looking at my short-term ones. The small goals we're working on each day should probably feed into that bigger life vision. Make sense? Instead of counting my daily steps, here are three things I'm really focusing on for 2015:

Be bold about my vision.

It's not just about being comfortable to talk about goals. It's about own the vision you have for the future. I sometimes feel timid even talking about my blog. It's time to stand up straight and stop downplaying these goals.

Manage debt like a boss.

I'll be the first to admit that "rewarding yourself" can get expensive. It's time to pay off those manicures and the new laptop. Getting rid of my credit card balance before the end of 2015 is a must.

Write every single day.

Whether it's a blog post for Coffee and Cardigans or a new digital product, writing is the thing I need to do daily. Instead of counting steps, I need to be counting words.

Now I'd love to hear from you! Do you have a vision for your future? What sort of short-term goals can you set to help get there? Share more about it in a comment below.

Weekly Coffee Break: 6.9.15

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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What's the secret to balancing your job, blogging and freelance work? Olivia Adams PR has an answer.

I loved these tips to finally becoming a morning person from Pearls & Scissors.

Fill up your June editorial calendar with these blogging prompts from the lovely Kayla.

In case you missed it, summer means frappuccino weather and Starbucks has six new flavors to try.

Summer also means proper protection. ELLE Magazine has five easy rules for protecting your skin.

I don't care if college is over, College Fashion's summer bucket list is for everyone.

Are you standing in your own way? A Girl, Obsessed shares five reasons that you might just be.