All my family and friends know that I am not the one to be found in the kitchen. But there are a few things that I LOOOVE to make! This easy Decadent Peanut Butter Pie is one of them! And NOW, I can finally call it "A Family Award-Winning Peanut Butter Pie". Funny story, my Sister texted me the other day with “I have a friendsgiving tonight and the banana pudding that I made didn’t turn out. Can I grab your peanut butter pie recipe??!” Of course I sent it to her and then I got a text later that night with “I won best dessert.” I was like “oh cute.” Because I thought there was probably like 10 people there and that someone said “that was the best dessert.” But I found out that there was over 60 people there and they had a proper contest where my sister had to stand up and give a speech after she WON! Hahahah! There were some elite bakers there and little did everyone know this was a good ole’ Jif Peanut Butter recipe found on the Smuckers website. SO FUNNY! So, all that to say, if you really want to trick your friends and family BRING THIS DESSERT!!!! It looks small but it’s so rich that will literally makes it’s rounds. Here's how to make it.
Over the last few years, my team and I had been working remotely from our homes all across the country. It was fun to create our own schedules, but this summer I started dreaming of a time where we could be together working side-by-side in the same office. So, when the plans finally came together, I was excited to design an office space that was bright, modern, and fun to step into every day!
To start off, I went for a clean white look with sit/standing desks from Ikea and sleek white office chairs from Amazon. I got some killer Sonos Speakers installed in the corners of the office to help keep us vibe-ing throughout the workday. I already had a dark cowhide rug, so I wanted a black geometric chandelier to compliment it and found the perfect one at West Elm.
The room needed some bold unique personality and I thought one of the main walls in the office would be PERFECT for a college-like mural concept. As a fine art major, I love collage and mixed media pieces, so I knew I wanted a mixture of paint, decals, splatters, dips, wall panels, etc.
Here is how to create a fun mixed media mural:
1 - Measure Your Wall & Order Your Decals
Measure your wall using a tape measure to get the exact dimensions of the surface you’ll be working with. Then order your decals. There are a lot of fun places to get all kinds of graphics and decals for your walls. After perusing a lot of sites, I fell in love with the fun and quirkiness of these floral & flamingo decals from Urban Walls and geometric wall panels from Kirath Ghundoo. TIP: I took my wall measurements into consideration before purchasing.
2 - Install Wall Panels
Before anything else, I put up the wall panels, which are essentially like big sheets of wallpaper minus all the paste. The nice thing about these ones are that they won't ruin your walls if you decide to take them off! I knew I wanted mine on the edges to frame out the wall.
3 - Paint A Messy Foundation
I thought an artful mess as an under painting would bring a strong dynamic to the mural. So, I used gray paint and mixed it with water to get it a watery consistency. Then I painted a swipe across the wall and let it drip down. I also hand-painted black and gold as an accent on the wall, and then mixed water with black paint and went to town splattering on the wall. It was a ton of fun!
4 - Place The Decals
Tape the Urban Walls decals in place on your wall so you can get an idea of where you’d like to put everything before making that semi-permanent install. You may want to rearrange and try a few different variations before committing and installing the decals. Their tutorial video was really helpful.
5 - Install The Decals
After I had figured out the placement of the final decals, I was ready to commit and ready peel and stick!
That's it! I am super excited with how the wall came out. It adds that fun and funky vibe to each day we spend in the office. What do you think of this? Will you try it? Let me know in the comments!
If you got the latest copy of Darling Magazine then you might have seen an article written by yours truly! In this issue, I’m dishing on tips for how to start your dream job NOW, instead of putting it off into the future of it-will-never-happen-land.
Here’s a sneak peek:
While previous generations dreamed of climbing the corporate ladder, our generation more—than any other—is driven to pursue our passions, making a living doing what we love and being our own boss. It’s empowering to be living in the digital age, a time when we can say goodbye to our nine-to-five and turn our daydreams into dream jobs, thanks to the availability of unlimited online training, education, crowd-funding tools, digital marketing strategies and social media resources. The power is literally at our fingertips.
While the digital age is both inspiring and empowering, real life settles in, and the daily grind, old-fashioned hard work and the striving for excellence become important ingredients to launching a successful business. Many aspiring entrepreneurs simply don’t have the time it takes to create the PERFECT brand and business they envision. So, their dream takes a backseat, and sometimes, the thought of it can feel daunting, overwhelming and even paralyzing.
My team and I at Go Live Hq believe that the key to launching a business you love is simply to JUST GET STARTED!! While everyone else is waiting for all of the moons to align, we have a little secret: your brand doesn't have to be absolutely perfect before being released into the world. For a lack of a better analogy, a brand is a living, breathing entity that needs to grow and change as your business develops and evolves. So, just go live with it, and then, tweak and refine from there, as you learn more and more about the demand in the marketplace, the niche in your industry, your ideal client base and a ton more.
LinkedIn’s cofounder, Reid Hoffman, says, “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” While I don’t encourage the launch of a lazy product or of one you should be embarrassed about, I do believe in the intent of Hoffman’s message. I also believe that...
Perfectionism should not hold us back from achieving our dreams. Instead, a healthy level of excellence & the urgency to launch should propel us into success.
Snag your copy of this issue at your local Barnes & Noble or online at darlingmagazine.org.
I love owning a business and being my own boss, but oftentimes, it requires doing a lot of things that I don’t necessarily want to do. HA! Life, right? And because I don’t have anyone that I directly report to, I can tend to procrastinate on the tasks that are well, less exciting. Those tasks can range from things that I don’t want to do, don’t know how to do, or just make me feel overwhelmed. All the sudden cleaning the house seems like so much more FUN and a whole LOT better than doing my taxes. Can I get an AMEN??!?
Because I’ve been at this for over 8 years now, I’ve had to learn how to pull through and beat procrastination. As my friend and mentor, says “you just gotta eat the sh*t sandwich as fast as you can!” LOL! And I can attest to that! So, are you ready for my fave tactics to get things done quickly, so that you can move on to the things that excite you in life?!?! Here it goes...
Set a timer
How long do you think it will take you to do the task? 5 minutes? 30? Decide how long you’re willing to spend on this task, set a timer, and GO! I totally believe that a task will take you as long as you allow it to. Got 3 days to write a term paper? I swear it will take you 3 full days to write that paper. But only got 60 minutes? and it’s DONE!! Funny, huh?!? My husband and I even use this when we do the dishes too! We give ourselves only 4 minutes to wash the dishes and clean the kitchen after dinner! Even chores around the house don’t seem so bad when you know it will only last 4 minutes.
Start With The Quick Tasks To Get Your Day Rollin
Some people say that If you’ve got a lot to do, then do the task you’re dreading the most FIRST. I say do the smaller, easy tasks first to shorten that list ASAP, so you feel less stressed. The feeling of instant gratification and immediate accomplishment will give you a serious high for the day so you can SLAY the bigger tasks.
Take advantage of your full concentration by grouping similar tasks together and doing them all at the same time. For example, if you blog weekly you can write a full month or two of blog posts in one sitting (as opposed to writing week by week to help you not only knock out current tasks, but work ahead for the same (or similar) upcoming tasks!
So, those are my favorite tricks to beat procrastination…What are yours?
So, in the last few months, I’ve learned a lot about the hiring process for my company Go Live Hq. Overall it’s been a blast getting to meet new people, learn of amazing accomplishments, and different perspectives. Through the hundreds of applications I got to look through there were a few characteristics that definitely caught my eye. I thought it would share a few tips & learnings for those that are either hiring or looking to be hired. FYI, these tips may sound basic, but the *majority* of people did not do them, so I thought it might be worth mentioning.
1 - Articulate A Passion For The Mission Of The Business
I want to hire people that will love their job, and I’m guessing that a lot of other small business owners share that same desire. When people love what they do, it’s contagious. So, naturally I want to hire people that have a shared passion for helping people launch what they love. The people that really stood out to me personally, were those that mentioned a strong passion for branding, design, and helping others pursue their dreams. So, take some time to explain your shared passion for the heartbeat of the business you’re applying for.
2 - Specialize In Something
The people that stood out to me the most were people that had a specialization of sorts…data analytics, social media, writing, brand strategy, coaching or leadership, etc. It’s like they had an extra super power that they could bring to the table. So, get GOOD at something.
3 - Clean Up Your Public Social Profiles
As an online business in 2017, I want to e-meet the applicants and get a feel for how they would represent my company online to potential clients. To be frank, if a profile was protected or inappropriate I just moved on. So, make sure your socials are presentable if you’re applying for an online brand/company.
4 - Respond Quickly
When people responded quickly to our emails (like within a few hours) it communicated that this opportunity was a priority for them. Plus it gave me a taste of what it would be like to work with them on a daily basis. So, respond quickly!
5 - Send A Thank You Email
It sounds cliche, but getting a thank you email from someone that I had an interview with went a long way. To me, it showed that they were humble & appreciative, had a good time/and or liked the interview, were still REALLY interested in the position and respected my time.
BONUS!! We had several people create designed PDFs and even full blown password protected websites customized for Go Live. It was pretty impressive and it DEFINITELY stood out. I liked that kind of creatively and innovation! Hopefully this was helpful!