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workspace wednesday | favorite podcast episodes.

Posted on: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Favorite Podcast Episodes | Ann-Marie Loves

It’s no secret that I enjoy a good podcast.

As much as I love listening to music, sometimes I just want to drop in on a hilarious / insightful / inspiring conversation (without having to do any of the work, of course). My best podcast listening is done while cleaning house, taking a walk, or sitting in rush hour traffic. I have a long list of favorite shows that I frequent and am always on the hunt for new podcasts to add to my ever-growing playlist. Today I thought it would be fun to share some of favorite episodes from some of my favorite shows:

The Lively Show: Blogging, Biz, and Motherhood with Erin Loechner – Anytime I can listen to a major blogger speak, I’m all ears. I am such a fan of Erin Loechner and I find her soft-spoken voice and humble outlook on her online success to be incredibly refreshing.

After the Jump: Live the Life You Want to Live – Let me just say that Grace Bonney knows how to put together an inspiring podcast. I love when a new episode pops up in my feed, especially when it has anything to do with work / life balance, such as this one.

The JV Club: Casey Wilson – Oh, Casey Wilson. How I adore her (RIP Happy Endings!). The JV Club is always a must-listen for me and this particular episode is so funny and touching, I could play it over and over.

With Purpose: Kathleen Shannon - Kathleen of Braid Creative is constantly churning out solid blogging and business advice that helps me to rethink the way I conduct my own brand and online presence, so I was thrilled to hear her speak on these matters.

Our Style Stories: A Conversation with Bri + Trey Denton - Random Instagram discoveries are my favorite form of social media kismet. It was a happy accident when I stumbled upon Hilary Walker because I adore her podcast; especially this interview!

What are your favorite podcasts? I love finding new gems!

workspace wednesday | motivation.

Posted on: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ten Tips for Getting Motivated | Ann-Marie Loves

Motivation is one of those topics I’m not really sure I’m qualified to speak on. Like most people, I struggle with this nearly every. single. day. Some days I wake up feeling super super pumped and can crank out work like nobody’s business. But most days? It takes a little convincing to get me going. Here are some of my tried-and-true tricks for getting motivated:

 

1. Lists. Making lists (especially on pretty notepads!) always helps me to streamline my priorities and gives me visual incentive to get things done. Checking things off looks and feels good.

2. Clean house. If my environment is in disarray, my mind is in disarray. It really is as clear cut as that. So if I know that washing dishes or straightening up my desk will make me feel better about my space, I will take the extra fifteen minutes to knock out those chores before trying to force myself to work.

3. Beautiful things around me. Much like the last tip, I am my most productive self when I am surrounded by beauty. Nothing is more inspiring than a well-styled bookshelf, or a colorful coffee mug filled with my favorite brew, or freshly painted red fingernails typing at the keyboard. I’m absolutely driven by aesthetics.

4. Change of venue. Lately I’ve been killing three birds with one stone by walking to a coffee shop that’s 1.5 – 2 miles away from my house to get work done. Not only do I get exercise and coffee (okay, and a muffin) out of the deal, but I also get to work in a new environment that inspires me to get down to business. I like to set mini goals for my coffee shop work sessions, such as “I will write three blog posts before I leave.” Which brings me to my next point…

5. Mini goals. In addition to making a daily to-do list, I also like to set mini goals for myself. These can be simple, like “cross off six items before John gets home from work” or more involved, like “launch e-course by Tuesday January 28th.” The secret to mini goals is that they’re small and easily attainable. Most of them can be achieved in less than a week, sometimes less than a day! Of course I have long term goals that I always keep in the back of my mind (“buy a house in five years”), but the big picture dreams are not nearly as motivating to me as my daily intentions.

6. Workout. I know, I know. This is the last thing many people want to hear, but man, working out works. Even if I don’t work out in the morning but I know I will be exercising later in the day, I’m much more motivated to get things done. It’s almost like I have to physically wear myself out before my brain will turn off all the background “noise” and allow me to focus on what needs to be done.

7. Get dressed. For anyone in the regular 8-5 world, this is obviously a no-brainer. But for those of us who work from home? Mmm…not so much. I’ve learned that if I make myself get dressed within an hour of waking up, my day feels infinitely more productive. I like knowing that I can run a quick errand or grab a coffee or heck, even answer the door, at a moment’s notice. Plus there’s something about regular clothes (vs. pajamas) that makes me feel like a real live working adult! (ha!)

8. Blogs / Instagram / Pinterest. While these three things may seem like a great way to put off your to-do list for several hours at a time, they’re also a powerful tool for productivity. I love anything Elise writes on goal-setting. I adore Tara Whitney’s take on Southern California living via her Instagram feed. And a quick scroll through my pins is a surefire way to get my creative juices flowing.

9. Podcasts. I’ve talked about my love for podcasts once, twice, or ten times before, but they bear mentioning yet again. If I’m performing a (relatively) mindless task, such as editing photos or designing new buttons for my blog, I love having a great podcast to keep me company. Recently I’ve been returning to old faves, such as The JV Club, The Art of Simple, and always, Joy the Baker.

10. Nap. When all else fails, I take a nap. Sleep is truly a wonderful thing in that I always wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world!

 

What are your favorite ways to spark a little motivation?

these three things: social media edition.

Posted on: Friday, July 6, 2012

Happy Friday!

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared three things that have caught my attention recently. Here’s what’s inspiring me this week:

After the Jump. Obviously everything Grace Bonney touches is gold, so it should come as no surprise that her podcast is fantastic. I enjoyed her interviews with Genevieve Gorder and Meg Mateo Ilasco so much that I might have listened to them at least three times (or more…).

Blog, Inc. I absolutely, positively can’t wait to read this book! I’m obsessed with blogs. I’m obsessed with talking about blogs. I’m obsessed with anything blog-related. September can’t come fast enough.

Alt Channel. In the year and a half that John and I lived in Utah, I feel like we pretty much experienced everything Utah has to offer. However, there is one thing I regret not taking advantage of: Alt Summit! (Gah!) So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered the Alt Channel. Being able to take an Alt class without having to book a flight to Salt Lake? Sign me up!

xoxo

Just a few things…

Posted on: Saturday, April 10, 2010

In the spirit of lazy Saturday mornings, I found a few things that have kept me quite distracted (and parked in front of the computer for waaaay too long). So I feel like sharing the lazy bug with you as well:

I’m obsessed with podcasts. And the word obsessed applies quite literally here – it’s nothing short of an addiction. One of my favorites is Tranquility du Jour from Kimberly Wilson. Everything she blogs/speaks about it everything I want to hear.

Another favorite is the Paperclipping Roundtable. I can’t seem to get enough of that show! Especially this past week when they spoke with Stephanie Howell (whom I totally adore!). One of my favorite concepts from Stephanie during that show was when she said she really only scraps about moments as opposed to events. I want to do that too!

I just ran across The Color Room blog/color challenge site that looks quite intriguing! I can see myself going back here again and again.

One word: GLEE!!! This is how much I love that show: one time John and I watched an episode TWO times in a row! If you know anything about me and my lack of patience/ability to sit still long enough to watch an hour-long show all the way through without fidgeting like a 4 year old, you would realize what a landmark event it was for me to do such a thing. That, my friends, is good television.

Lady Gaga’s and Beyonce’s “Telephone.” That song is INTENSE! Especially when Beyonce starts rapping. And of course, the subject matter is so serious. Love it!

Kelly Purkey’s Snapshots of My Weekend posts. Such a fun concept – I’m jumping on the bandwagon too! Look for my weekend recap in photos on Monday…

Have a great weekend, everyone!

P.S. Cloudy weekend mornings make me want to watch HGTV and listen to jazz. But not at the same time.

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