A Beautiful Life: Work From Home & Stay Inspired

Sep 12, 2014

I'm so excited to be kicking off a new series. A Beautiful Life! I personally love reading posts that are aimed at inspiring us to live better, and be better. So naturally, I thought, hey if I like it? Others must too! One of my greatest passions in life is being an entrepreneur, and today I wanted to share tips on how I stay inspired. This is something you can use for your blog life, or if you're hoping to spend a few hours a week growing a project that is dear to your heart. And if you are? I really encourage you to. There is nothing more satisfying than growing our dreams and seeing them become a reality. It takes hard work, but it is possible!!



Start your day off with a bang // I love having a routine in the morning. I usually take 15 minutes to tidy my office space, have my coffee & breakfast on the patio and answer client emails. I also love getting dressed for my day. I used to just work in my pj's. Um yeah, absolutely terrible - plus it does nothing for a gals moral! So now, I do a quick swipe of mascara & lip-gloss, a striped tunic, tights and mocs. Super cute and I'm ready for my work day!

Reward Yourself // Part of working as an entrepreneur can mean long hours and nights spent working alone. So, once I've finished a big project... I love to pat myself on the back for a job well done. I'll take myself out for a lunch & pedicure. Or pop by my favourite boutique to grab a pretty blouse, or visit Target and nab some adorable office supplies. It might sound small, but it does so much for our sense of well being when we take time to recognize our achievements!

Beautify // Who doesn't want to work in a beautiful space?! I've framed some of my favourite sayings & inspirations around my desk. I usually have fresh flowers, candles and music playing. Plus, I like to keep everything super organized. For blogging? I keep my closet organized as well. I have an area to hang all my sponsor clothes and another area with upcoming outfits. I'm type A, and organization is my jam!

Rejuvenate // Afternoon slump? I like to beat mine by taking a work break around 2ish and either going for a quick run or hitting the gym. I'm usually back by three, feelin' super jazzed and have lots of energy to work. It's honestly the best way to feel productive. I also love mixing up my surroundings and working from my favourite coffee shop, or buddying up with a friend at their office space for the day!

Balance // I LOVE to work. Just ask Martin... I'm a workaholic and I don't mind one bit. But even us work obsessed gals need a break. For me, it's one of the hardest things to do, but I've slowly learned to love it. Especially because it means I'll be that much more productive once I'm back at work! Win, win, right?!

PS - Thanks so much for your awesome feedback on the new site guys. I'm over the moon with the design and loving the inspiration that's come with it. Also, have you peeked at my new + super rad "about" page? If ya can't tell, I'm really excited about it! xo

22 sweet notes:

  1. these are great tips! especially breaks and rewards. emulating a normal office environment is the best way - because we also get perks, breaks, congratulations that sustain us!http://www.ladiesinnavy.com

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  2. Oh wow! This is my first time on your site, so I don't know what your previous layout was, but I reallllly love your layout right now! It is so cute and minimalist yet filled with personality! Just the theme itself is making me want to come back to your blog! ;)
    Also, I really like this post (it is a bit like a post I made a few days ago!) I totally agree with the first one--having productive mornings really can power you through the rest of your day! (also when I am doing homework I can never do it in pjs--getting yourself ready like you're going out is a great tip!)
    But anyway, you've found a new follower in me! :)



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  3. Love this new series Veronika! This is so great. Thank you for sharing! :)

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  4. This is a great series, and I love these tips. I don't work from home, but I can definitely apply these ideas to both blogging and my day job. Love the reward yourself and rejuvenate ideas--anything to beat that afternoon post-lunch slump!

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  5. really enjoying this new series! such an inspirational post, I really need to adopt some of these, especially rewarding my self! great new blog design as well!


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  6. Awesome tips! I'm also a big fan of inspirational life posts :)

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  7. Ooooh, love this lifestyle post! I'm interested in incorporating similar posts into my blog. Great tips you've shared - you're mornings sound so charming. I want to find a little patio table for our porch, but it's nearing fall/winter....so maybe next year :P

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  8. These are great tips! I always struggle working from home. It's something to do with the separation of work time and relaxation time. I'll try to incorporate some of your tips to see if I fare better!

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  9. John just started working from home full-time, and it's amazing how many of these things we've started implementing in just the last few weeks to keep him productive and happy!

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  10. I'm honeslty writing down every single one of your tips Veronika... Lately i've decided to take a little break from blogging to give some thoughts on what i want to blog about and the proper way for me to do it (taking the ABM blog life e-course made me ask myself tones of questions actually!) and also develop some new adventures to follow my Etsy shop etc. I'm very excited and every little bit a advice or tips is most welcome and you sure inspire me girl! Great post! ;)

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  11. Oh V, I am so with you on this... except the pajama part. One of my greatest joys when I worked from home was that I never had to get dressed for anyone but me. It was just the most glorious, glorious thing :) I imagine if I'd stuck with it for longer, that might have changed, but in the first fifteen months, the novely sure didn't wear off for me. So looking forward to our afternoon tomorrow, can't wait to see your beautiful face!
    xox,
    Cee

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  12. Congrats on your new design everything looks so nice!!!!! Loved this post, keep it up! :)


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  13. Thank you, so nice to hear you enjoyed the post + like the new design. Wishing you a fabulous Sunday!! xo

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  14. Brianna, thank you. So thrilled we've connected via instagram + thrilled to hear you like the new series. I've got so much more up my sleeve! ;) Happy Sunday, love!! xo

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  15. Thank you so much for your sweet and thoughtful comment. Thrilled to know you like the blog + layout! <3 And it's lovely to meet you & your blog too! Happiest Sunday, lovey!! xo

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  16. When I broke my foot back in March and was stuck on the couch for several weeks, I STILL took the time to get dressed and do my makeup every single day, dearest Veronika...I totally agree that it makes all the difference for moral!! And enjoying the flexibility that comes with working from home is my biggest dream right now...can't wait until I can put all of your wonderful tips to good use!! XOXO

    www.StyleIsMyPudding.blogspot.com

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  17. Thank you so much for the sweet words. It's always good to know that people you feel identified with encourages you to follow your dreams.


    Isabel
    xoxo

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  18. I LOVE this new series- definitely keep it going! I work from home too and have been guilty about working in pjs (ahem, like, right now). I try not to do it though because I feel so much more better and more professional when I'm in an actual dress. Then it doesn't feel like I'm just working on a hobby- i'm actually *work* working. And definitely agree on taking a little break in the middle of the day if you're feeling yourself peter out. I sometimes go for a run and when I come back I'm ready to kick butt again!

    And loved the idea of treating yourself after you accomplish something. I haven't done that, but just the possibility of getting to buy something from Target is getting me motivated, haha! ;)

    xo marlen
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  19. love this new series! what a wonderful community you've created here, veronika! xo

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  20. i love this series! i always love to hear how other people do it - it's interesting and inspiring

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  21. Erin, thank you. I've wanted to start a life/inspiration series for awhile... can't wait to share more!! By the way, the Photoshop boot-camp looks awesome. Really want to check it out!! xo

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