Barely home from one trip & already dreaming up my next one... Anyone else have certain places that speak to their soul? ✈️ New York ✈️ San Diego ✈️ Greece 👆are all calling my soul in 2020✨ What are your bucket list destinations you need to hit this year??!
Walking into tomorrow like 💃 Just kidding. Reality is that I made a huge move to level up in my business & I am kinda freaking out about it I mean in the best way of course! Heading into 2020 I knew I had big goals, the scary kind that kept me up at night dreaming up ways that I would make them happen. I knew that to hit those goals I’d have to expand my team, and I was SO excited to make this a reality but didn’t think this would be a reality until at least Q2, yet here we are! And you know what? I am SO freaking excited for this next chapter, actually more excited than I ever thought possible More capacity means more growth, which means more impact for more people...does it get better than that? Nope, no it doesn’t! The #freedomrebellion retreat hosted by @alyssacoleman.ca taught me how to scale my business, productivity hacks for my most profitable year yet, the importance of my daily non-negotiables, how to plan like a CEO & execute like an employee & countless other business secrets that I can’t divulge... It also taught me in business, you can’t be afraid & play it small, sometimes you have to do the thing that scares you shitless & that making an impact with your business should be one of your main priorities So I dunno about you, but I am SO ready to level up my business & double my impact in 2020, who’s with me? P.S. hosting an event in your business is one epic way to level up your brand & I may or may not know an event planner who can help you out 😏 book a call and let’s see if you’re a good fit to become a client of mine!
Reflecting on what Bali has meant to me, how epic the start to 2020 has been & how vastly different my life was 12 short months ago ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And trust me, I’ve spent countless hours trying to figure out exactly what was the turning point in changing my life, what was that ONE ah-ha moment and the truth is, I still can’t figure it out... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Cuz for me, it wasn’t one thing or one crazy moment ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It was an inside job ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The moment I stopped being scared shitless of the life I knew I wanted ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The moment I opened my heart up to receive the kind of love I was always too terrified to let in ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The moment I stepped outside of my comfort zone and ACTUALLY started building the life I knew I was capable of ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The moment I took inventory of the people in my life, the behaviours I was repeating & the bullshit that I was allowing ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And it’s true what they say, the energy that you put out in the world is the energy you receive ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because over the last 12 months the world has put the most beautiful people in my life, given my heart exactly what it needed & took out the ones that caused chaos in my soul ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It needed these people more than I ever thought possible ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And not because I needed them to lift me up and heal me ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ No, I was doing that on my own ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because the world needed me to see the goodness in people, the beauty in their souls that I had started to lose sight of even being possible and I truly needed to understand that the people meant to be in your life will be incapable of bruising your soul ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I knew these women existed, I just didn’t know they could exist in my world ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yet here I am... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 12 months later ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Building a life I am fu*king proud of with a group of humans by my side I only ever dreamt existed ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am grateful that the people I am so lucky to have in my life have created space for me in theirs ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And I don’t take that lightly ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Bali taught me more about myself than I thought I needed to know ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It taught me strength ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It taught me patience ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It taught me understanding ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It taught me that the power that women hold is something truly magical & if you surround yourself with women that get it, and get you, your world is going to change ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It also taught me that events can be fu*king scary ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The fear of the unknown ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The thought that something can go wrong ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The million little logistics that need to be sorted out ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And I guess I truly never saw events as scary because they’re one of the beautiful things in this life that light me up ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Seeing the transformation that my clients go through from idea phase to that epic sense of freedom on the final night is hands down my favourite part of this journey ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But I get it, the thought of pulling off your dream event gives you the sweats, it constantly gets moved from your to do list and quickly becomes a dream rather than a plan ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But I promise you, I’ve gotchu ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Events are kinda my jam ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ready to host your dream event and take your business to the next level? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Book a call & let’s start mapping out your dreams, baby!
Bottling this Bali feeling so when I am back to - ridiculous temperatures in Toronto I won’t completely flip my lid 🌴
A year ago I never dreamed that this would be my life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I never thought I’d be sitting pool side in Bali with 7 epic business women planning out world domination watching one of my clients flourish in her zone of genius while helping to bring one of her dreams to life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I mean, sure, I had the big vision that I’d one day be on a beach in Bali, but I didn’t believe that dream would come true inside of 12 months. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But here we are. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Heading into day 3 of the #freedomrebellionretreat masterminding massive business growth, epic launch strategies and learning key tools & resources to be productive & profitable. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Speaking of profit... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One of the number one push backs I hear when it comes to entrepreneurs hosting these epic dream events is that they have absolutely no idea how to make it profitable ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ They feel like they have to give up the profit dream to achieve the sexy event or they have to DIY they’re way through an event to even be in the green. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I see you out there, and I’ve gotchu... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here are two quick steps you can take to ensure you have an event that’s financially, visually & memorably sexy ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨ know your numbers FIRST. Figure out two numbers - your break even point & your dream income and work back from these numbers ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨ partnerships & collaborations. Lean into the fact that events take a village to run and understand that the partners you choose will directly impact the success of your event. I am talking financial partners, product partners, media partners, logistics partners - they all add up to helping to bring your vision to life ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now grab a piece of paper and start dream mapping, write out all the ideas you have, the visions, the feelings your attendees will feel and the dream date you want to bring this to a reality. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Still feeling like you’ve got your head in the clouds and need someone to anchor those feet on the ground? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am taking to you, you big dreamer ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let’s hop on a call & get clear on how to make this epic dream a reality 💭 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✨BALI THOUGHTS ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Woke up this morning in literal paradise and have truly never felt more myself, more aligned & more content. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And it got me thinking because I sure as heck didn’t feel this way last January. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How did I transition. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How did I grow into this version of myself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And while I can probably give you a 100 answers to that question, the #1 thing I’ve done these last 12 months is be intentional. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Intentional in knowing the type of person, business owner, friend, and human that I want to be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Then I showed up as my future self daily. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I made decisions, choices, changed behaviours that would make my future self proud ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Was it easy? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ HELL NO! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But to say it was worth it would be a complete understatement... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Intentional was my 2019 mantra. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2020 mantra comin at ya on the flip side of this adventure. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is your 2020 intention? How do you plan to show up for yourself, your business & your life differently in this new decade? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Happy FREAKING New Year! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There are SO many new faces around here (which seriously lights my soul on fire!) So I figured this would be a great time to introduce myself! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hey, I am Lauren! Comin at you from 30,000 feet in the air on route to Bali for 3 weeks... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am a multi passionate entrepreneur with a serious dorky side for planning events and helping entrepreneurs create connection with their communities through unique event experiences. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been an event planner my entire career and truly couldn’t picture myself doing anything else. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am one of the crazy ones, and 100% totally happy with that 😏 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have big ass plan for the next 12 months and cannot wait to take you along for the journey, so thanks for showing up in my little part of the internet 💕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Can’t wait to collaborate with you in the future! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Drop a note below and introduce yourself so we can get to know each other! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸: @aliciathurstonphotography Edit by me
2020 I am ready for you ✨
2020 I am ready for you ✨
2020 I am ready for you ✨
2020 Mantra: influence the energy in the room, don’t adapt to it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ SO ready for a new decade. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A new me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2019 was a year of simply surviving. Keeping my head above watering and making sure I could still breathe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This next decade is going to be different, I can feel it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I just know it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2020 you’re gonna be a year of thriving 💕
Happy HO HO & Merry Whatever! 🎄 Whatever you are celebrating this holiday season I hope it’s the most beautiful it can be, it fills your heart with joy & you are reminded of the love that surrounds you. And to everyone who’s holiday season might be a little bit of a painful one, remember that just because your world doesn’t look like what society tells us it should, that doesn’t make it any less beautiful 💕
The power went out & I just about sh*t my pants... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Honestly I wish I was kidding. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was in the middle of a massive sales call with a new client and I went silent, couldn’t collect my words and figure out what the heck I was gonna do next. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Okay maybe that’s being a bit dramatic cuz I mean it’s almost 2020, of course my MacBook instantly connected to my iPhone hot spot and my call carried on as usual. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But it got me thinking. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At what point do we stop relying SO much on technology? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At what point do we go back old school and get sh*t done without the panic if our wifi is working? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Seeing as though I live my life 1/2 the time on a plane, I’ve had some time to think exactly how to make this happen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨ intentionally go on “airplane mode” ATLEAST once a week. Disconnect from the world with your trusty pen, paper & favourite journal or planner and get those burning ideas onto paper. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨meditate & practice gratitude. Seriously, slow the eff down for 2 seconds and be present. I promise you, this will make a massive impact. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨ step away from the computer and have a conversation with someone you love. Call your mom, text your siblings, hell - talk to yourself for all I care. The point is to connect with someone else on a human level, ✌️out technology ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨ create a to do list of important tasks you can tackle the second you’re connected to wifi again & can execute on your world domination place ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ K that’s if! Wifi is back & I’ve got some serious goals to crush 🤓 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸: @justaskjenny
I lost my obsession for alignment, growth & inner peace & happened to lose myself with it ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You see, I used to geek out on personal development books, I spent my free time immersed in the latest growth hack and found myself way more interested in surrounding myself with people doing epic shit than I was with people spending their time at the bar. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I knew who I was and where I was going. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Until I didn’t anymore. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Until I left a career and industry I worked SO hard to build a name for myself in & seemingly left that identity with it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When I left I had dreams of continuing relationships I thought were solid & having that name and reputation I worked SO hard for follow me, cuz why wouldn’t it?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ HAHAH reality check. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It didn’t. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And if I am being honest, the people I thought would run & support my new business idea where the ones that were no where to be found. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And the ones that I barely thought knew my name were the first to hire me & put their trust in me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Then it hit me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We’re a product of the people we surround ourselves with, right? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So why are we busy surrounding ourselves with people who make you the topic of conversation when you get up to walk away. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Why are we so focused on making everyone else happy when those exact decisions are what are making us miserable inside? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And then, somewhere in the midst of all of this chaos, I remembered who I am. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am just a girl with a big dream & an even bigger heart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And because of that heart, sometimes that dream gets questioned & challenged. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And I am ok with that. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am ok with knowing that I am not for everyone but I now know how beautiful it is that for the people I am for, it’s an absolute HELL YES ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So thank you ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you to those of you that showed up for me when I didn’t have the capacity to show up for myself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You know who you are 💕
So I unintentionally purchased the EXACT same program 12 months apart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ & didn’t realize until I was halfway through. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You see, the program is virtually identical and the lessons mirror what was taught 12 months prior but the outcome will be six figures in difference. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The difference in experiences? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Me & my mind set. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My willingness to do the hard work, my dedication to myself & 12 beautiful months of growth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I genuinely cannot wrap my head around how different my experience has been with the course this year over last & feel stupid lucky to have the most epic girl gang helping me through this thing we call life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What’s been your favourite course you’ve jumped into & who is in your girl gang?!?
2020 vibes ✨
I must admit: I have a thing for airports. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I dunno what it is, but something about them just sets my soul on fire. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is it the idea that in a few short hours I can be anywhere in the world? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Or the concept that real life rules simply don’t exist - wear your PJS and eat a pizza at 7 am, who cares?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But honestly I think it’s the freedom behind it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The freedom to go wherever I want whenever I want while still building my dreams. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The freedom is what I am chasing in 2020. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Speaking of freedom - I can barely contain my excitement that we’re less than a month out from the #freedomrebellion retreat with @alyssacoleman.ca in FREAKING Bali!!?😱 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Slide into those DMs if you want more info on how to claim that final spot 😏
New yearly non negotiable: take the last 6 weeks of the year “off” to solely focus on me & my business. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ About 8 months ago I blacked out the last 6 weeks of 2019 in my calendar and marked them “get your shit together” time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Cuz if your 2019 has been anything like mine, it’s been a beautiful mess of chaos & lack of sleep. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And that’s ok because I was in a building phase. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But you know what’s not okay? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Refusing to make any adjustments to what hasn’t worked and continue on with the same schedule that burnt me out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So instead, take the time to look at your year and plan out the times you intend to spent ON your business not IN it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Watch out 2020, you have no idea what’s about to hit you 🔥
I’ve always been a planner, but never a planner, you know what I mean? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Probably not because if I am being honest, I barely even know what that means. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was that teenager that thought I’d be married with 2.5 kids by 24, married to my high school sweetheart (LOL thank goodness that plan didn’t work out), living in my house with the perfect white picket fence and my insta-worthy rescue dog... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Okay so maybe one of my teenage plans came true 🐶🥰 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But I never actually planned how I’d get to that goal. I never took the time to map out my path to success. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Instead, somewhere in between life, love & loss, I misplaced MY idea of a dream life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I never took a second to ask if the things I was doing were getting me closer to my ultimate goal, I was too busy making everyone around me happy that I never stopped to think, does this shit make me happy? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is MY cup full? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do I feel fulfilled. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And you know what? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The answer was no, I wasn’t. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wasn’t living in MY truth, in MY happiness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I took a chance on myself & started actually planning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I planned out the path to MY dream life, I surrounded myself with the people who were on the same train as me, and I leaned into my version of perfect. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As we close out this decade (cliche, I know), I couldn’t feel more aligned & happy if I tried. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2020 is going to be the year of intentionally planning to make time for the things that set my soul on fire. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Who’s with me?! 📸: @aliciathurstonphotography
T-Minus 1 MONTH UNTIL BALI!!!!
Slow Saturday’s ☕️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I spent the better half of today planning out what my 2020 will look like, using incredible resources to pinpoint goals, put into action steps that would ensure I achieved these goals & set myself up for a successful and less chaotic 2020. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And you know what? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My soul has never felt so at ease. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve never felt so excited to head into a new year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I can already tell next year is going to be my best year yet because... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2020 is the year I turn 30. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2020 is the year I can FINALLY say goodbye to my 20’s. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✌️out to the 10 years from 20-30 that sh*t kicked me & pushed me through seasons that most people take a life time to experience and while I am beyond grateful for the experiences that have shaped me into the human I am today, I am SO ready for 30. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am ready to finally be the age I feel. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am ready for the growth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So while all my fellow 29 year olds are dreading the dirty 30, I say let the celebrations begin✨✨✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What has been your favourite age so far?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Small Business Saturday ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Anyone else feel like by being a small business owner it automatically puts you in this little gang of other business owners that so fierce support and cheer for eachother? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That might be one of my all time favourite parts about being a business owner, what’s yours?!? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ BRB, pulling out my credit card and finding all my fav local businesses to support 🤓🤑 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
TGIF ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s been a WEEK... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I found myself avoiding grabbing my phone, resenting the reminder notifications that I had scheduled posts ready to go and the idea of scrolling through Instagram made my stomach turn a little so instead of fighting it, I leaned into it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I only picked my phone up when it rang, turned all my notifications off, went old school and grabbed a notebook and did a massive 11 page brain dump. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Then I suddenly started to feel the stress & overwhelm lift. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The pressure of the last week had disappeared and I was suddenly excited about my business again. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And it got me thinking. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Most things start working again if we unplug them for a little while, right? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So when’s the last time you unplugged yourself and took a hot minute to breathe? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If your answer isn’t within the last 7 days, I urge you to take a second to yourself, WITHOUT your phone and truly give yourself that space to realign with what matters to you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Cuz it turns out, the things I was stressing out about & opportunities I thought were missed were actually putting me on track to one of the most exciting weeks of 2019 ✨
T-Minus 5 weeks to Bali...
Smiling my way through the day because today my two worlds collide. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am running an event for my brotherrrr 🤓 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When we both started our career paths in the midst of navigating our new normal with my dad’s stroke I NEVER in a million years thought we’d be here. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I never thought that 8 short years later we would be running our own successful businesses, collaborating on exciting projects to support each other’s businesses but damn am I ever proud that we are. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My brother is my hero, my best friend and has been my biggest support during some of the darkest times in my life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am beyond proud of him, incredibly grateful that he’s mine and genuinely excited for what the future holds 🥰 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Brb just busy having a little moment over here 😭 📸: @aliciathurstonphotography
A little piece of my heart tonight 👉 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you @rainbowsalt for always somehow putting into words exactly what’s going on in my heart 🖤
Brb, taking the next 6 weeks to slow down, smell the roses & reflect on the insane amount of growth that has happened over last 12 months. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am human enough to admit that I let life get the best of me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I found myself watching as my years passed by, allowing the circumstances that life threw at me to turn me hard and I started to put up a wall so high I could barely see over it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You see, I jump wholeheartedly into the things that light my soul on fire, I chase the highs and learn through the lows. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am constantly pushing for the next biggest thing, saying yes to things I probably should be saying no to and letting people take advantage of the heart that I’ve worked so hard to build back up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I did all of this until I couldn’t any longer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I couldn’t continue letting life pass me by, I refused to let my heart be walked all over by people who haven’t walked a mile in my shoes and I sure as hell was done with letting life happen to me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ No, life was happening FOR me. And it was my responsibility to teach my world, and the people in it, how to treat me and what I would tolerate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But most importantly it was time to set some of my own boundaries and time for me to slow the eff down. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So if there’s one thing that 2019 has taught me it’s that life happens in the beautiful in between moments. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The moment when you catch yourself taking a deeper breaths because you CAN. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The second you catch yourself staring at someone you love and thinking “DAMN, of all the millions of people in the world, I am blessed to have you in mine” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2020 I am ready for you. I am ready to no longer let the 💩 moments phase me but instead turn them into a lesson or take them as a sign that the best is yet to come... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Plane ticket is the answer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Who cares what the question was 🤷♀️
Have you ever had your mind blown? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now stay with me on this one... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been going to the dentist for 29 years, I’ve tried multiple different dentists in many cities and even across Canada. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have always just thought the experience was destined to be mediocre, the dentist was never an experience that I thought positively about, and I am sure I am not alone in that! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Until today... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I walked into this new dentist office and immediately thought I was in a spa (maybe this me manifesting a spa day but I am going with it!). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The receptionist greeted me by name, shook my hand, welcomed me and recounted a phone conversation we had when I initially called... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He then proceeded to walk me to the waiting room and offer me a drink before I was called into their consultation office to have a “get to know you” chat... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Then I was greeted by the dental assistant who walked me back to get X-rays and made the experience nothing short of exceptional (and hilarious!)... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Halfway through my x-ray experience the dentist popped in to welcome me to his office and let me know he would be with me in a few minutes... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🤯 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Then things got even better. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Before he jumped in to become BFFs with my teeth, he got to know me, asked me what made me tick, where I had concerns & how he could help me... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He then took his sweet time getting to know my jaw in a way no dentist has ever done before, explained things to me I didn’t even know were possible and left me feeling a sense of excitement for my dental future (who even knew that was a thing!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But it got me thinking... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How have I gone 29 years without this experience before? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And why aren’t more people doing THAT in their business? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Why is everyone doing it just slightly better than the next person? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And where can I improve in my business so people leave the interaction truly feeling like they’ve been taken care of, supported & listened to. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ All that from a sore tooth! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So yeah...my new dentist just changed the futu
Happy Women’s Entrepreneurship Day ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If there’s one thing I’ve learned about this journey it’s this: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You’re not alone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yes, it can absolutely feel isolating and terrifying some days, but by surrounding yourself with people on the same journey as you, who go through the same crap as you and who celebrate the same wins as you, you will realize your building yourself a little family of people that will stand up and cheer for you when you sometimes don’t have the capacity to cheer for yourself ✨ 📸: @the_essentialist_
I love talking to myself, she gets me ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And she’s kinda hilarious. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸: @justaskjenny
More of a wash 3 times, then dry, then wear from the basket kinda girl 😏
Every November I find myself in awe of the change that has happened over the last 12 months while also being ridiculously excited for what’s to come. Because let’s be honest, if the last 12 months have been any indication of the direction this life is going, let the journey begin! Life has a beautiful way of removing the things not meant for you, attracting the things you never dreamt possible and giving you the things you’ve worked your ass of to get. Currently going through a season of what the f*cks?! Here’s a few of the things that got me through 2019: ✨ don’t avoid your emotions, face them head on, worth through them and allow yourself to feel them ✨ if your gut is telling you something is wrong, it probably is. Your intuition will truly guide you, you’ve just gotta listen ✨ don’t ever be scared to tell someone how you feel, even if the outcome isn’t what you would have hoped for, your heart will thank you for speaking your truth ✨ understand, and I mean fully give into the fact that sometimes the people you thought would be in your life forever are actually the ones that you’re better off without ✨ hold your circle close, ask them for help when needed and show up for them just as much as they show up for you ✨ don’t ever stop believing in yourself. You MUST be your own cheerleader, no one else is going to stand up and clap for you as much as you need to clap for yourself. ✨ enjoy the journey, don’t rush to the next season in your life. You’re currently living what you used to dream about
2020 plan: find me someone that looks at me the way I look at a travel brochure 🥰🔥
It’s no surprise that being a planner, I’ve been DEEP in the planning stages of what 2020 will look like for my business for quite some time now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been crafting up my master plan, hiring team members and STRATEGICALLY saying no to things that just don’t fit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By carefully planning out each quarter, month and week I’ve already filled up 80% of my available 1:1 spots FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR! 😳🤯 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But what EXACTLY does that mean? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well for starters it means if you’ve been thinking about planning an event and wanna talk, slid into my DM’s REAL QUICK 🤓 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But more importantly I’ll be able to show up 100% for each client. I’ll be able to dedicate the time each and every idea deserves to truly bring their event to life and create magic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Being successful doesn’t always mean having the most amount of clients or boasting about have the biggest sales because let’s be honest... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you’re too busy focused on filling your calendar with the next sale instead of nurturing the clients that have already put their trust in you, you’re looking at this all wrong. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Business is a long game, a delicate well curated journey that takes patience, understanding and damn hard work. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We’re in the business of relationships so start nurturing the ones you’ve got instead of closing the ones you haven’t yet found ✨
Be kind or don’t be in my circle 😏 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Genuinely struggling to wrap my head around so much of the world being so damn unkind. It truly breaks my heart that there is so much room for anything but kindness when we’re all trying to live this life to the best of our ability. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But instead I am choosing to focus more on the idea of spreading kindness and being that champion for change rather than focusing on those that don’t have the capacity to be kind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So if there’s one thing you can do each day to be the best version of yourself; it’s to choose kindness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Please, just be kind ✨
Big Ambition vs. Burn Out ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I used to think that the “hustle” life was the life I wanted to live. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I thought that to make a big income and massive impact I had to give up my free time and trade in my sanity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I did just that. I launched my business, over filled my calendar and hit the ground running. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was LOVING my life. I was constantly busy, exploring new destinations, meeting new clients and helping women bring their visions of hosting these beautiful events that left their communities in awe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But I felt like sh*t. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After every event my body would shut down. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My relationships were suffering because I wasn’t around to nurture them and my mental health was at an all time low. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was giving my clients all of me, and leaving nothing for myself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I made a promise to myself (and my team!) that I would never take on so much again that I was barely keeping my head above water. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ NEW PLAN: 2020 is going to be the year I make a big impact, check that sexy sales goal off my list while also keeping my sanity in check. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To do that I need to focus on my favourite tools and resources 👇 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨ Grab my @thecontentplanner and ACTUALLY PLAN out my year ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨ All things @alyssacoleman.ca because this girl is magic ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨ Getting over this whole “self made” bullsh*t because no one, and I mean no one can do this alone. What about you? How do you plan to knock 2020 out of the park?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸: @aliciathurstonphotography ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Lest We Forget ❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. —John McCrae ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ & Happy Birthday Grandma. Miss you everyday but you're heavy in my heart today❤️
I made a promise to myself as a young girl. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I promised that no matter where life would take me, I would take myself to as many places in the world as possible. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I would experience as many cultures and see as many epic sunsets as possible. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I told myself that I would stop at nothing to fill my cup up with things that lit my soul on fire. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s rather fitting that I’ve not only chosen a career that allows me to fulfill this promise to myself, but it gives me the opportunity to connect and create for people I am truly honoured to have in my circle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2020 you’re shaping up to be the best year yet ✨
Always be the type of women that fixes another woman’s crown without telling the world it was broken ✨
I never used to believe in the power of manifestation... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now stay with me for a second while we hash this one out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For those of you that know me, you know I was raised in the world of vision boards and manifestation, the power of positive thoughts was something that we spoke of on the regular and I never knew what a glass ceiling was because I was blessed to be raised by parents that never allowed me to doubt my abilities and refused to let me listen to others peoples opinions on where my life should go. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But somewhere between shitty highschool relationships, societal pressure to be “perfect”, going through painful friend breakups, watching my father suffer a massive stroke that took away his ability to speak, moving across the country, climbing the corporate ladder in a job I THOUGHT I loved and giving my heart to the wrong person I lost sight of the little girl I was raised to be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I gave up on the idea that this beautiful life was a life I was worthy of, I thought the pain and bullsh*t that life was throwing at me was destined to be my path because life kept happening TO me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Why was life happening to me? Why did the universe keep throwing heart break after heart break my way? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well, it turns out, life wasn’t happening TO me, it was happening FOR me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ All of these hardships were shaping me into the type of woman I always dreamed of being. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The type of woman that knew what she wanted and stopped at nothing to get it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The type of woman that knew she was made for more ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So as I sit here, prepping to speak at an event, booking my flights to Bali with one of my dearest friends for her dream retreat, planning out a year long road show with a friend I always dreamed of having and MANIFESTING what I want my future to look like, it suddenly hit me... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We truly are the sum of our thoughts, feelings and actions, so sorry not sorry but I no longer have space for the behaviours that don’t bring me closer to my dreams ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Who the heck is with me?!
Sometimes you meet people and it just makes sense. They’re the people that no matter how long you’ve know them for, they come into your life and never leave. The kind of people that match your level of everything that is beautiful about you. Your passion. Your drive. Your heart. They give just as much as they take. They show up in every season of your life. The type of people that when you meet, your soul just clicks. To everyone who my soul has had the pleasure of loving - thank you. Thank you for choosing me ✨
Ever have that feeling that you’re EXACTLY WHERE YOU NEED TO BE?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Up until now I can’t say I have. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve never felt like my career fit, like my passions were being properly pursued and that my WHY was never being fulfilled. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Then things changed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ April 18, 2019. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The day I made it official - I was ready to stop working for someone else’s dream & it was time to start my own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I had NO idea what I was doing but I could no longer hold in my passion and purpose. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I could no longer wake up and not live my life to the fullest. So I jumped that day and followed my heart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When people see the words “event planner” they think it’s someone who’s highly organized, someone who can take direction well and execute on someone else’s plan. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And sure, all of those characteristics 100% come with being an event planner, people often leave out the heart part of it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The part where I am absolutely OBSESSED with seeing people connect, create new experiences, laugh until their faces hurt and truly be in a space that sets their soul on fire. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So yeah, I may be an “event planner” but to me it’s so much more than that. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To me, it’s creating a space for people to be seen and heard, its about bringing people together to experience something together that will create a bond they didn’t know they were craving, and it’s about connecting with people who, through sharing their stories, are changing the world one day at a time ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2019, you blew my freaking mind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2020, I am comin for ya. 📸: @justaskjenny
Much like being an event planner, entrepreneur life is almost as though you’re a duck - cool, calm and collected on the outside but underneath you’re swimming like crazy to keep yourself afloat 🦆
Some things take insane bravery. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But after that, you’ll be free ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve pushed myself to show up brave in life the last few months and DAMN has it ever paid off. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As I wrap up one of my last events of the year with clients that have become dear friends I am reminded that it’s never too late in life to create the future you want for yourself, sometimes the friendships that touch you the most are the ones you never saw coming and that maybe, just maybe if you bet on yourself something epic will happen.
It’s been a crazy few weeks over here in event planning world but that hasn’t stopped me from cooking up some super exciting announcements! Stay tuned for an announcement of what we’ve been up to 😏
HOME STRETCH It’s hard to believe I am only 4 events & two speaking gigs away from hanging up my event planner hat for the year 🤯 When packing my schedule full of incredible events this season there was one thing that was for sure: no matter what it took, I was taking my December back. I was determined to set a boundary for myself and stick to it. Turns out I surprised myself and did! I’ve learnt more in the last year than I have in the last 10 combined so while I have 2.5 seconds to spare I am gonna throw em out there! 1️⃣. No matter how hard life may get, always show up with a smile on your face. The hard times will pass, I promise. 2️⃣. Don’t believe what people say, believe what people do. 3️⃣. You’ll surprise yourself with the strength you have when you continually show up for yourself and dreams 4️⃣. It’s okay to walk away from what no longer serves you. 5️⃣. Trust your gut. I am serious. That icky feeling you get about a situation or that fluttering of anxiety in your chest - listen to it real hard and run from whatever is causing it 6️⃣. Never shrink yourself to make someone else feel comfortable. How they react to you is on them, not on you. 7️⃣. Don’t be scared to ask for help. The people in your life will always happily help you. 8️⃣. Get real with yourself, do the hard work and have the difficult conversations. You’ll only grow by pushing yourself to do better and you can’t do better if you aren’t willing to see where you might have gone wrong. Cannot wait to see what 2020 brings ✨
My only regret about going vegan is that I didn’t do it sooner. It’s #worldveganday and since I am asked daily how I did it, how I keep it up and what I eat, here are some of my favourite tips! 🌱 start small. If you have no idea where to start, the next time you’re grocery shopping replace one or two items with a plant based item. Try alternative milk or a meat replacement. 🌱 every recipe can be made vegan, just get creative in the kitchen! I follow @erinireland for inspo and she seriously is THE BEST at recreating recipes and educating you 🌱 educate yourself. Netflix has a ton of documentaries on how being vegan affects your health, the poor animals and the world. Start with Game Changers, you’ll thank me later. 🌱 don’t be so hard on yourself. If you’ve made the decision you want to be more conscious of what you’re eating, know that it doesn’t happen over night! 🌱 if your excuse is that your family won’t support your decision. I suggest you have a conversation with your family about why you’re doing this, offer to contribute to family meals with items you’ve made and convince them to try it - don’t let them be closed minded! This has been a JOURNEY for me but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I feel the healthiest I’ve felt in years and I can sleep at night knowing no decision I made that day put an innocent animal at harm but it has been far from easy. As with everything else in life it’s a commitment, something I’ve decided to stick to and as a result have influenced SO MANY PEOPLE in my life to open their eyes to it. I’ll never push it on anyone, I rub it in someone’s face or make them feel guilty for their choices. I just want people to educate themselves and be able to make the decision for themselves based on the information they know, not what they were raised on 🌱
Happy Halloweeeeeeen 👻💀 📸: @laurenconrad