Meet Joy Hmielewski of Joyelan Photography!

Meet Joy Hmielewski of Joyelan Photography!

Hello, hello! I hope you’re having the most stellar day possible. I’m excited to sprinkle some magic into your day with a Boss Babe Feature. Meet Joy Hmielewski of Joyelan Photography! She’s a destination photographer who recently moved to Tampa Bay from Atlanta. She’s always game for an adventure— especially if it means having the sun on her face and visiting a place she’s never been. Joy is a humanitarian who’s passionate about celebrating special moments & about being completely herself.

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Prep Your Business for the Holidays Like a Boss

Prep Your Business for the Holidays Like a Boss

It’s almost time to switch from Pumpkin Spice to Peppermint! That means it’s time to firm up details for our businesses now so we can fully enjoy the holidays with our family & friends. We asked 11 women what they’re doing to prep ahead of time for their business so they can watch all their favorite Christmas movies without feeling guilty. But how can this be? Is stepping away from your business during the busiest time of year a good idea? It is if you plan ahead!

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Meet Rana Tierney of Roohi Photography!

Meet Rana Tierney of Roohi Photography!

Hello there! Happy Hump Day! I hope your week has been a great one so far. It’s safe to say it’s about to get even greater. ;) Meet Rana Tierney of Roohi Photography. Rana was originally a wedding photographer and has since pivoted towards senior photography for young women who are moving from one life phase to another. This change was a challenging switch for Rana, but has given her the chance to spend the weekends with her two young boys and husband. She’s honest & passionate, and I know you’ll absolutely love her story.

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The Only Video Equipment You Need for Your Small Biz

The Only Video Equipment You Need for Your Small Biz

Let’s talk about video equipment, Boss Babes! Don’t worry— for under $60, you can have a video kit that’s mobile & easy to use for your small business. In 2017 we shared photos and links all about the equipment we used to create out Boss Babe Features, recipe content, & more. The time has come to share how these items have held up, what’s changed, & what we’d recommend. Jump in!

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14 Goals in Motion from Women We Admire

14 Goals in Motion from Women We Admire

Hello, hello! How’s your week going, Babe? Fabulous, I hope. Every week we chat about a different topic. Last week is was all about the “F” word.. FOMO. You can check it out here. This week our topic is 2018 Goals. It’s Pumpkin Spice season, so that means we’re in the homestretch! We checked in with 13 women (plus me!) about how their 2018 goals have been coming along. We also invited them to share a goal that’s currently in motion. 

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9 Reasons to Kick FOMO to the Curb

9 Reasons to Kick FOMO to the Curb

Happy Top Knot Tuesday! You know what to do— top off that mug, get your pretty hair out of your face & let’s conquer something big together. This week’s topic is ‘FOMO’, aka ‘fear of missing out’. We’ve all been there. It’s hard not to fall into the trap of the comparison game because we have access to so many different people and ways of life. Instagram & Pinterest can be tools to foster inspiration & get creative juices flowing, but more often than not they’re also the main culprit for causing us to feel like we’re not doing enough, that we’re not successful enough, or some other negative (and definitely untrue!) thing.

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Meet Crystina Castiglione of The Messy Painter!

Meet Crystina Castiglione of The Messy Painter!

Happy Boss Babe Wednesday! I’m so excited to introduce you to Crystina Castiglione of The Messy Painter. Crystina is a new mom to a baby boy & was born in New England. Her work is inspired by everything coastal and colorful, so it’s perfect that she grew up in Florida & lives in Sunny St. Pete, a city of endless color and ocean vibes. Crystina launched The Messy Painter in 2014 and specializes in custom watercolor designs and calligraphy for wedding stationery and events. Lately she’s been hard at work on architectural commissions, like of The Stovall House, Tin City Shops, the Biltmore Hotel, & Tampa General Hospital. I love that her business name is ‘The Messy Painter’. Painting is messy and so is life. Creativity isn’t a straight line and neither is success.

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12 Women Who Make Pivoting Their Business

12 Women Who Make Pivoting Their Business

Happy Top Knot Tuesday! Fill up your mug, put your hair in a messy bun & let's do this! This week’s topic is all about pivoting for your business— because the first lesson each of us learns after we launch is how to come up with a plan B. Staying flexible and being resourceful is an absolute must as a business owner. Part of being resourceful is being able to reach out when you need a hand or an ear, so the best resource we have is each other. Having women you can ask questions and hear about what has worked and hasn’t for is so invaluable & comforting. We want you to know that it’s okay if plan A isn’t working.

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Mugs Monday with Kristy Davies of Pony Salon!

Mugs Monday with Kristy Davies of Pony Salon!

Hiya, Babes! I hope you had an absolutely fruitful weekend. I hope there was fun, laughter, & some clarity. Before you get started on today’s to do list, meet Kristy Davies, Owner of Vancouver’s Pony Salon. Shout out to Vancouver-based designer, Helen Eady for naming Kristy as one her favorite Boss Babes. Kristy started her hair career two decades ago. Kristy started her hair career two decades ago. During this time she has done lots of traveling & has continued to hone her craft even after opening Pony Salon in 2012. She’s passionate about empowering her staff to further their education and stay inspired. Kristy values kindness and has a keen sense of when it’s time to break the rules.

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Know Your Worth

Know Your Worth

Hello, hello! I hope you’re feeling brave & proud this week. In order to put yourself out there in the way that it takes to be a small business owner, you gotta be brave. That doesn’t mean ‘perfect’, but it does entail saying (and meaning) ‘I belong here and I have something special to offer’. Sometimes we need an outside push to remind us that we belong. Today, that outside voice is Heather S. Saunders. Heather is a Senior Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial. ‘Know Your Worth’ is a topic for every gal who has honed her craft & created a pricing structure in order to offer that craft to others, because pricing is more than numbers on a page-- it's also a state of mind. Check out what Heather has to say about pricing for herself & her advice for other Babes out there.

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7 Challenges Small Business Owners Face

7 Challenges Small Business Owners Face

Hiya, Boss Babes! This past Sunday we hosted a Babe Crafted Member event & each of us shared a goal we’re working on. There were so many amazing goals discussed— including ones involving a new product launch & bringing more balance and self love to the table. But with goals, come challenges, and we can face ‘em together. We asked 7 Boss Babes what their current challenge is. We all come to the point where we have to ask ourselves "how am I going to get to the next level?" and "what can I do to have better balance in my life?" 

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Mugs Monday with Kadie Smith!

Mugs Monday with Kadie Smith!

Hello, hello! It’s Mugs Monday— are you ready to meet another creative, awesome woman entrepreneur? Of course you are! Her name is Kadie Smith and she’s the Founder of Drop Cap Design. Drop Cap was launched in 2014 and the name was inspired by that bold, illustrative letter you see at the beginning of a story. How fitting, because Kadie lives her life in a pretty bold way. Not only does she split her time between Dallas, Texas and Livingston, Montana, but she has created a branding studio that attracts very unique and community-oriented brands & projects.

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