Fellow business owners: Hands up 🙋🏻♀️ if you ever get tired of telling people what you do or what you sell, hoping they end up picking up what you’re putting down? ⠀ I know how frustrating it can be to feel like you’re not getting your message across or that people aren’t seeing the value in what you offer —especially when you *know* just how valuable it is. ⠀ YOUR IDEAS (YOUR WORK) IS WORTH KNOWING AND SHARING WITH THE WORLD. ⠀ So the next time you want your audience to engage and interact with your products or services, try SHOWING vs. telling. ⠀ As humans, we learn through experience. ⠀ Double tap if you agree! ✨🙌🏼 ⠀ (And if you want to brainstorm some tangible ways for your audience to *experience* your product or service, I’m doing a little Q&A on my stories today —happy to help you get the wheels turning! 💡) ⠀ pc: @dalisonphoto
“You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life.” — Jac Vanek Oh, how I love this sentiment. ✨ I truly believe that it’s the people, the places and the perspectives you encounter that wind up shaping who you are and how you choose to show up in the world. ⠀ And so, for a different take on #fridayintroductions, I thought I’d share a few experiences and encounters that have impacted my life and the way I live it. ⠀ + When I think about someone who has taught me so much, the first person who comes to mind is my Dad. And while I certainly gained several nuggets of wisdom from him growing up, it has been witnessing how his character continues to stand the test of time, long after losing him. His legacy inspires me to build my own and to always remember that being a good human is the only accolade that matters. ⠀ (If you’re new around here, hiiii 👋🏼, I’m Shannan and I don’t steer clear of the deep stuff.) ⠀ + Places… in December 2014 I had the opportunity to visit my #1 bucket list destination, South Africa. It was honestly like being transported to another world, a stark contrast from the concrete jungle I was used to in Toronto. It was in this place that for the first time, I felt connected to the earth — to nature, to the animals, and it made me realize that 𝑤𝑒 are the visitors here and ought to respect and protect what came before us. ⠀ + As for a perspective that I keep close, it would be “A life of less always yields more”. I believe in being both a minimalist AND a maximalist — making the most of life through the things that truly fulfill us. ⠀ Ok, your turn! 👉🏼 Tell me in the comments: What person, place or perspective has greatly impacted you? I can’t wait to hear your stories. pc: @elanaloo
“I woke up missing Hawai’i”, Josh said to me as we laid in bed a little longer one morning last week. I couldn’t help but say, “Yeah, me too.” ⠀ The truth is, I’ve been waking up missing Hawai’i 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 morning since moving. This transition has been tough. You’d think, being from Toronto, city folk and all, that we would adapt quite quickly to the pace of LA, but that hasn’t been the case, at least for me. We’ve been living in the hotel where Josh works for four weeks now (a perk of the re-location). And while that sounds glamorous, believe me, it comes with its own challenges and frustrations. But alas, this coming Monday, we are moving into our new apartment in West Hollywood. I am itching to get back to some resemblance of a routine, not to mention, be able to cook my own food again and stop living out of a suitcase. This season of life has truly tested me. I never imagined that I’d feel a little loss of identity, but I do. Not only have things shifted personally, but they are shifting professionally, too, which I’ll be sharing more about soon! So much change in such a short amount of time can throw you for a loop, ya know? But slowly the pieces are falling together and I’ll soon be ready to bloom again. pc: @wildesparrowhawaii
3 moves in 3 years. What is life? ⠀ In a few days, our Hawai’i chapter will be coming to a close —much sooner than I had expected and hoped that it would. But as hard as it is, I’m choosing to see our move back to the mainland as a beginning, rather than an ending. ⠀ I sat on sharing this life update for so long because it’s literally impossible to put into words just how much this little island in the middle of the sea has impacted and influenced my life. ⠀ I remember arriving excited, yet hesitant. I wondered whether or not this city girl could actually pull off island living, ha! ⠀ The truth is, Hawai’i has humbled me in more ways than one. I’ve become more conscious (of my thoughts and choices), more connected (to myself and my surroundings), and more intentional (about celebrating the little things —the seemingly simple, yet significant joys in life). ⠀ And while I’ll miss so many things about this special place, from the endless adventures to the slower pace of life to the rich culture and kindness —I’ll be taking it 𝒂𝒍𝒍 with me. What a beautiful thing it is for our experiences to live on in us; if we share them, they will never be lost. ⠀ So La La Land, I hope you’re ready for a little aloha spirit! ⠀ Many mahalos to those who made our time in Hawai’i feel like home, especially my girl @elanaloo who not only took this sweet photo that I love, but who continually shared her talent, her wisdom, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 her dear friends with me. 💛 ⠀ A hui hou! The #samadventure continues...
Back in October, I went on my first official ‘insta vacay’, a concept inspired by today’s guest on the pod. ⠀ (If you scroll down through my feed, you’ll see it.) ⠀ I had just returned from San Diego after hosting a 3-day business workshop and was feeling quite deflated from months of planning, promoting and producing the event. ⠀ Now I’m not saying you have to put up a sign on your Instagram feed to take a break from social media like I did, but when I saw @madebycanopy post one on her account, I found it to be a welcomed reminder, a needed permission slip. ⠀ And that’s what this week’s episode of @ideaswithintention with Sarah Magidoff provides —permission to go against the grain and do things differently in order to protect our creativity, mental health and productivity as business owners. ⠀ If the idea of #slowentrepreneurship intrigues you, then you definitely want to tune into episode no. 79 where we creatively refine our workflows and redefine what it means to hustle. ⠀ Tell me: Do you see ‘rest’ as an active or inactive practice? Comment below! 👇🏼 ⠀ pc: @shreves