My Favorite Tools for Making Social Media Easier

My Favorite Tools for Making Social Media Easier

There are hundreds of lists out there that comprehensively overview and review all the apps and websites available, naming the best social media tools on the market. This is not one of those lists. I want to share my short list of tried and true go-to’s, many of which I use on a daily basis.

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The Importance of Gratitude

The Importance of Gratitude

I don’t want to hate on social media because let’s be real, it can be pretty awesome. I love seeing what my friends are up to, what they’re eating, and what weird things their kids have said and done throughout the week. But social media can also be a source of stress in my life. I realize that from time to time, social media robs me of my ability to be grateful for all I have. Instead of looking around my house thinking about how grateful I am to have the things I do, I scan my rooms worrying about the mess and why I don’t have picture perfect systems to keep my home looking magazine-worthy. The food I’m able to feed my family becomes burdensome when I can’t make it look like Rachael Ray plated it. And my child’s cozy room causes me stress because it’s not perfectly bohemian with a teepee and carefully grouped photos. What I’m missing in these moments is the ability to objectively look at the things I have and realize how lucky I really am.

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7 Tips for Dealing with Emotions in the Workplace

7 Tips for Dealing with Emotions in the Workplace

Unless you’re a complete psychopath whose main hobby is killing birds and other small animals, you’ve probably had your feelings hurt at work. On average, we spend 40-60 hours a week working. How would it be possible to dedicate so much of our lives to something and not have some emotion involved? In my opinion, it’s not possible. So here are my top 7 tips for dealing with work as a living, breathing human who feels things.

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Inspiring Relationship: A Q Women Recap

Inspiring Relationship: A Q Women Recap

Just over a week ago Alee and I had the chance to attend Q Women here in Nashville along with a team we work with out of Springfield, MO. I attended Q Ideas last year, so I had a pretty good idea of what to expect – the style and format, with short speaking sessions and a wide variety of topics. Q Women had that similar format, but all focused on women and the ideas and issues unique to us. Everything about it was top notch and well done. It was held at the Factory in Franklin, TN and it was the perfect setup for meeting new people and spending time with the group you came with. All in all, if you haven’t checked out a Q event – I highly recommend the experience.

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Becoming a Quitter

Becoming a Quitter

Nashville-Based writer and editor, Alice Sullivan, has been a long-time inspiration for us. She’s an entrepreneur with a love of all things fun. Not only do we love her personal style (gotta give props to a lady with fabulous blue streaks in her hair) but her professional style, which perfectly blends work and play, rocks our world. Today, Alice shares how she landed a life most people only fantasize about.

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5 Steps to a Successful Marketing Launch

5 Steps to a Successful Marketing Launch

Have you ever created something you really believed in? Something you poured your heart and soul into? Something you wanted to share with the world, but then realized your circle of influence reached no further than your Mom, your sister, and your best friend from high school?
There is a foundational starting point for launching any successful marketing campaign, no matter what you are trying to promote. Everything begins with identifying, knowing, and understanding your target audience. Who is that core group of individuals who will find your idea valuable or interesting enough to rally behind it and give it life? You must know them and relate to them before you spend the first dollar towards marketing to them.

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My Life Is A Little Better Because Of These 4 Podcasts

My Life Is A Little Better Because Of These 4 Podcasts

Ever since I started working from home, my love of podcasts has grown exponentially. Not only do they quench my thirst for engaging adult conversations throughout the day, they help challenge the way I see things. Very often, I’ll sit down after listening to a podcast and jot down notes on ideas to explore for Ink & Well. At home, podcasts have added a really interesting layer to my relationship with my husband. Very often, over coffee, we sit down and nerd out about the things we’ve been excited to listen to. I can’t say enough good things about how these shows have enriched my life. Here are the top 4 podcasts I think everyone should check out:

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The Power of Networking: 4 Ways It Can Have a Positive Impact on your Life

The Power of Networking: 4 Ways It Can Have a Positive Impact on your Life

Ink & Well was lucky to land our fantastic intern, Ryan Peardon, just as we were getting our business off the ground. Today Ryan shares about how he has found networking to be a key for personal and professional development. A little about Ryan before jumping into the post:

Ryan Peardon is an intern at Ink & Well and is a senior Journalism major at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is also a contributor to ProFootballSpot.com where he is the Team Manager of the Georgia Bulldogs and Coordinator of SEC content.

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The Sticky Subject of Cash

The Sticky Subject of Cash

There’s never a comfortable time to talk about money. Whether it’s with a friend who owes you $5, a vendor who’s trying to sell you something for a lot more than it’s worth, or the negotiation of a contract, talking about money sucks. It’s especially tricky when dealing with salary negotiations or contracts. You don’t want to come off as greedy, nor do you want to come off as cheap. You want to value yourself, but you don’t want to price yourself out of a job. So the question becomes, how do you strike the right balance between standing your ground and giving just enough to maintain your feeling of self-worth while still fitting into certain budget parameters?

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