HOW TO GET ORGANIZED AND SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS IN 2020. TIPS, TRICKS AND LIFE HACKS REVEALED!

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post on how to get organized in the upcoming year and it was a hit! So today I have decided to use that information and add more of what I have done this past year for you to make it even better. All my tips, tricks and life hacks for you to use and implement into your home, office, business and personal life! Less is more my friends. It’s time to clear out the crap and what is no longer serving you. And make room for a cleaner, more enlightened area for you to live and work in.

Below are the tasks I complete every year in my personal life, my office area as well as online and on my devices. I have also decided to continue doing this quarterly throughout 2020 to keep me on my toes. I like to do a number of these on the first of every month as well, which you will see below. So, don’t stress about getting it all done at once. Just start! Light your favorite candle, put some drops in your diffuser, turn up the volume on your music and get this organizing party started today! And if you get stuck tag me on Instagram @thehappyworkaholic so I can see what you’re up to and help you out!

Office Tasks

Shred old paperwork, legal docs and tax info from years past. Not sure why I didn’t do this years ago. I was shredding docs from 1998. Really? Obviously keep what you will need to reference.

Create a Vision Board and Calendar System for your Personal, Business and Life/Family Goals. I am a very visual person so if I have something to look at every single day it helps me stay focused. I also need a daily tracking system so for me this really works!

I just posted a video on how I mapped out six solid months of goals here! 2020 is going to be life changing for me! And I am so ready for it! Are YOU?

Get rid of battery packs, chargers and electronics that are no longer working. Set up an eBay store and sell them if they do work! Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp and the Nextdoor App are great places to get rid of your items quickly and locally.

Organize folders, office supplies and paperwork. Labels, sharpies, decorative boxes, glass jars or vases and paperclips are best for this. I just cleaned out a storage unit, so this took the longest but felt so good when I finished.

Speaking of storage, I love clear bins to hold larger items such as photo albums, sports equipment and clothes. Being able to see items really helps when it comes time to shop! Use what you have first!

Create a special space for journals, old planners and notebooks. If you are like me and love to write everything down, then put them somewhere nice in case you need to ever reference them or feel like taking a break to look back at your accomplishments.

Put together a 12-month plan/calendar so you can see every day what needs to be worked on to stay ahead of the game. I have always focused on a month at a time. This year I wanted to map out all of 2020 and focus on my personal, business and life goals. So far, it’s working out for me.

Set up a work schedule and designated area for yourself. If you work from home like me, you must be scheduled, organized and love the office vibes you’ve created for yourself! Set up a routine. Try a few out and then choose the one that you feel the most creative and/or productive from. Choose a few days to work from a coffee shop or somewhere out of the house. A change of scenery is always a good idea!

Personal Tasks

Buy a planner you know you will use! It doesn’t have to be a $100 planner. It doesn’t have to be filled with stickers. By the way those give me such anxiety!

Just buy a notebook and basic planner and make them work for you! I am very particular with my planners. They first and foremost must have lines. I would be all over the place in those little boxes without them!

I am SO over the tops with my highlighting color coded system in my planner and notebook. But you know what? That is the system that works best for me and so I use it every single day! Find a system that works for you and it will change your life! I’m not kidding…

And if you really need your life changed check out my new program, The House of Organized Chaos and Successful Solutions here!

Donate everything you possibly can. Or sell, up to you! A couple of months ago I decided I wanted to travel more so I packed up my things (for the 500th time) and put them in storage. Throughout that process I realized I had so much more to donate and sell, so I did! I wanted to challenge myself and try to live as minimally as possible.

And can I just say I accomplished that task! I was able to get my clothes, makeup, all the beauty products, my office and my Iced Coffee essentials down to three bags. Check out that highlight reel on my Instagram here! I truly impressed myself!

Journal! Find a notebook that just speaks to you (design wise) and write down your thoughts every morning or evening. Whichever time you feel most empowered. I’ve been doing this since July 2014, filmed a tv pilot around a lot of those stories and then launched a podcast years later. Stay tuned for more life changing episodes coming to you in 2020!

You can listen to The Happy Workaholic Podcast on your favorite podcast channel right here!

Try to eat as healthy as possible. We all know what is good and what is bad so just make the right choice! I am giving up sugar for the first 100 days of 2020 and I also have a HUGE goal (Misogi) of dropping 100 pounds. I know I can do it and excited for the challenge and BIG WIN at the end of the year. My body has been through hell over the past three years and now that the healing and detoxing has begun, it’s simply time to get back in shape! PS Please don’t spam me with your products because I don’t want them. TIA…

Prepping meals has always been one of my favorite things to do. Cooking for me is therapeutic. It’s my stress relief. I am just in the zone when I cook! If I have a hectic work week, I will never have to worry about making bad food choices because the healthy meals are already prepared and waiting for me. If you’re into healthy soups, veggie burgers, vegan ice cream, simple stir-fry’s and more I have a ton of recipes over on my Instagram located in the highlights section here!

Some other kitchen tasks would be to throw away all the items and cans and spices in your pantry and cabinets you haven’t used in six months. Throw away food in your fridge you know will go bad. Be one step ahead of the game. Figure out which storage containers are missing their better half, recycle them and buy new ones for your meals. Design a new menu plan and shopping list every week!

I have so many more for the kitchen but that it a whole other blog!

Walk as much as you can throughout the week. It is just good to clear your mind, get fresh air and smile at strangers. Or at the birds, no judgement here! I’ll be doing this more myself as well as Yoga and Pilates in 2020.

Meditate daily. Even if you only have five minutes. Trust me! You will be so much calmer afterwards. I use the Insight Timer App the most!

Depending on my mood at night I will either watch a show or if my brain is just done I will put on my Hypnosis Sleep Well App or new meditations I found on YouTube that are guaranteed to give you a deep restful sleep. Search for the channel Nu Meditation Music on YouTube. They use Binaural Beats, Delta Waves and more.

I also love the Sleep Meditation for receiving love, money and support from Amanda Frances. Look for it on her YouTube Channel! These meditations are both over 8 hours long and play while you are sleeping.

Online Tasks

Upgrade your website and any channels and accounts that need backing up. A few months ago, I lost my website for 4 solid days. I legit had a mini heart attack. Twelve years of content and over 2 years of my podcast were gone! Luckily my servers were able to come back to life. Boy was I lucky!

It’s a New Year and a New Decade! Give all your social media pages a fresh look and updated bio. Show your followers how excited you are for this new decade!

Unsubscribe from all the emails you keep deleting. It literally is the most annoying task! I know because I just did it. A few weeks ago, both my Gmail and Outlook inboxes were full so that is when I poured myself a glass of wine and got down to business.

Delete social media accounts you are no longer using. Also delete the apps on your phone.

Create a thank you messages for all your new followers in the notes section on your phone. CTA’s are also great to have there as well as LinkedIn responses. You’ll need these when you upgrade your profile!

Change your email signature. Add your LinkedIn Profile, Podcast, favorite social channels and cell. People want to know and feel like they have a personal relationship with you so make that known!

Computer Tasks

Track all your social media numbers, podcast downloads, website traffic, income and email subscribers. I created a super simple Excel Spreadsheet a few years ago for this and use it every first of the month and track those stats. It is nice to have one place to refer to track your growth, savings etc.

If you don’t have a business you can change the titles in the Excel Spreadsheet to mortgage, bills, kids, groceries etc. Use it to keep your funds organized.

Grab the exact Excel Spreadsheet I use every month here!

Back up all files in a minimum of two different places. I have multiple clouds like Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive as well as a few hard drives. We live in such a tech driven world now. But guess what? Clouds can crash, accounts can be deleted. Do yourself a favor and back all your stuff up on an external hard drive that you own! It’s better to be safe than sorry! Trust me…

Organize Your Desktop! Put all the files that are all over the place on your computer (I’m looking at YOU) into a folder that makes sense and that you will be able to find the file in later!

Change the wallpaper/background image to something that excites, motivates and inspires you the moment you turn your computer on! I know it sounds a little out there, but it makes a difference. Implementing tiny little changes like this really change your mood and your overall vibe for the day.

Don’t allow pop ups and make sure to do all the security checks and backups when needed. I choose to do this every first of the month.

Clean up task bar, cookies, search results and cache. You may feel this is extreme, but it just feels lighter and cleaner when working online. At least that is what I tell myself!

Phone Tasks

Delete apps you haven’t used in three months.

Reorganize your apps! Just do it for fun and make your brain work a little bit harder!

Delete email accounts you no longer need on phone.

Make sure you have all your music apps ready to go! When it comes time to sweat, put in a long work “sesh” on the computer or maybe you’re folding laundry and scrubbing the kitchen sink. YOU NEED MUSIC! So, find the best playlists for the tasks or create your own.

Delete notes that you are no longer using. This takes forever for me to do because I use this app all day long! It’s basically my assistant and the other half of my brain! It’s also THE BEST place to store all your hashtags from the “Gram. COPY/PASTE BABY!

Organize photos into new albums and delete what you do not need. I deleted over 1,000 pics yesterday. Mostly from my Stories…

Back your phone up to your iCloud or server when on Wi-Fi. Overnight is the best time for this. I would also recommend using this time for your phone’s software updates. We all know those are the biggest pain in the you know what!

Organize your Books App or the areas where your PDF’s live! I have all my media kits and important docs located there, so they are super easy to access when I am not on my computer and need to pitch or submit info to someone.

Well that’s it my friends. All my tips, tricks and hacks when it comes to getting organized in your personal and professional life! Don’t go getting all stressed out now. Just take it on by sections and you will feel so good once you declutter and get organized in the best way that works for you!

Oh! I almost forgot to mention my online schedule for you! This is so important so your followers know where to find you…And most importantly it keeps me accountable knowing that I must post and follow the outline I have created…

Monday: Content Creation Day. I usually don’t take any calls on Monday as they disrupt my creative process. I usually post motivating or inspiring content online on the first day of the week. You can always find me on the ‘Gram posting a little “bts” action of my day though…

Tuesday: LinkedIn Published Posts, podcast recording and LIVE videos coming soon. Patiently waiting for my feature…

Wednesday: Newsletters go out! You can subscribe here if you would like to receive the next one delivered to your inbox! This is also the day of the week I’ve chosen to do all my podcast production for my clients. You’ve got to be scheduled my friends…

Thursday: LinkedIn Published Posts and podcast recording and same as Tuesday. I’m still waiting over here…

Friday: New episode of The Happy Workaholic Podcast uploads to Apple Podcasts, iHeartRADIO, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and more…

Lastly, I have been spending more time on Instagram Stories and LinkedIn so if we are not connected, let’s do that today! You can find me @thehappyworkaholic and on LinkedIn here!

WOW! You made it to the end! Congrats! This was a long post. I hope that you enjoyed it, learned something new and will refer back whenever you feel the need to. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and please share with a friend who is ready for a little life hacking and success in 2020!

Wishing you the most productive and successful year to come!

Kelly Ann-Founder/Creator of The Happy Workaholic Network

A ONE STOP SHOP FOR YOUR BUSINESS, PODCAST, LINKEDIN AND LIFE!

Learn more about me here…

PS Feel free to tag me on IG @thehappyworkaholic and LinkedIn @kellyanngorman when implementing some of my go-to life hacks and organizing tips! And if you need help in any of these departments I would highly suggest you check out my end of the decade sale because my virtual organizing sessions are included! You can view them all here.

THE HAPPY WORKAHOLIC PODCAST. LAST TEN EPISODES OF 2018.

Hey Friend!

I am getting ready to close up shop, start a new adventure in another country, and take the next week to prepare for a new year of fresh new upgraded content for you.

However, before that madness begins I wanted to share the latest episodes of The Happy Workaholic Podcast with you.

A few quick announcements before I drop the links below…

  1. You can now play The Happy Workaholic Podcast on iHeartRADIO using #AlexaPlay.
  2. The Happy Workaholic Podcast currently has a global audience of 45 countries and growing. The top five downloaded countries being the United States, Japan, United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany.
  3. We can live chat when listening to the show on iHeartRADIO so don’t be shy. Say hello!
  4. When you tag @thehappyworkaholic on Facebook and Instagram while listening to an episode I feature you on my Stories.
  5. Today is the last day for the $99 podcast sponsorship deal aka your very own commercial spot that I record for you. If you have a product, brand and/or service and want to share it with a brand new global audience let’s chat . Click here to connect today!

Here are the last ten episodes for you to listen to! Enjoy!

109: HOW TO UPLEVEL AND BECOME AVAILABLE FOR MORE IN 2019

108: YEAR IN REVIEW AND BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS

107: I CHOSE THIS LIFE WITH MELODY SPENCER

106: THE INCREDIBLE BENEFITS OF CELERY JUICE

105: TIPS TO GET YOU ORGANIZED IN 2019

104: I CHOSE THIS LIFE WITH JAIS CURRY

103: I CHOSE THIS LIFE WITH SHANNON GARRISON NEGI

102: WHY I JOINED A NETWORK MARKETING COMPANY

101: THE IMPORTANT AND NECESSARY LIFE CHANGES I’M MAKING

100: I CHOSE THIS LIFE SERIES, PODCAST SPONSORSHIP AND A GLOBAL AUDIENCE

Thanks so much for tuning in. It truly means the world. And if you listen on iTunes I would LOVE it if you could leave me a review. Please and Thank You.

Every review receives a complimentary copy of The Entrepreneur’s Daily Guide To Greatness as well as a 2019 Excel Spreadsheet. These documents are something that I personally created and will for sure get your mind, body and business on the right track in 2019.

Be on the lookout for all new upgrades to the show. They are coming very soon…

Wishing you a happy, health, positive and productive New Year!

Kelly

SEEING THE LIGHT AFTER LIVING IN DARKNESS

I’ve been going back and forth over the past few days on whether or not I should publish this post. Normally I would just record a podcast but seeing as though my voice sounds horrific now (thanks to my steroids) I’ve decided I am not going to put you through the torture of listening to me for 30 minutes. So here I am typing it all out with my right hand. I’ll fill you in on that shortly…

So, as you may or may not know I have an autoimmune disease called Neuromyelitis Optica. NMO for short. It is a disease that has no cure and one that I am getting chemo treatments for. Treatments that I will have to get until someone finds a cure. This is a disease that can (in a few minutes) leave me blind and/or paralyzed at any given moment. It is some scary shit to say the least!

I have always tried to be positive, vocal and strong when talking about this online. However, that is not always how I feel. I feel lonely, sad, depressed and anxious. I constantly question why this is happening to me. Why now? Did I do something to cause this? Questions I obviously do not have the answers to.

When talking about my disease on my podcast, a Facebook live or a YouTube video I have always said that I feel like I have this for a reason. That reason being that I am strong enough to fight (most of the time) as well as speak up for others who are afraid or don’t quite have the courage yet. I will be their cheerleader of sorts. I have the platform to do so why why not make it more aware to others? For others? Right?

I am writing this today to give you an update on what has been going on with me “behind the screen”.

Over the last two months I have had three relapses. The last one was this weekend. The time before that was a few weeks ago and ended up getting me admitted to the hospital. I am on steroids again to suppress my immune system until I meet my new NMO Specialist next week and we schedule my next chemo treatment.

I know for sure I need it as I never had my treatment in June. I pushed it because I honestly was scared to get it. I also felt healthy and thought it would be ok to wait until I lined up all my new doctors. My body however had other plans for me…

So, a few weeks ago I thought I had sprained my left wrist. The pain was so annoying so per usual I took an ibuprofen and moved on with my life. By that I mean continued to work and type with my right hand only.

Days went by and the pain got worse and started to travel up my arm. It felt bruised. It was honestly an odd feeling. As I was on my way to get a much-needed pedicure something told me not to go inside. That inner voice of mine was telling me something was wrong with my left wrist and now arm and I needed to go to ER and get it checked out ASAP.

I run my business online so typing with one hand only was getting a bit ridiculous! However, I’ll have you know that I am really good at it and surprisingly fast! lol

Long story short my left wrist that I thought was sprained ended up being inflamed nerves triggured by by NMO. They were so inflamed that it caused that bruised feeling. You could actually feel them.

While I was waiting for my nurse to come back in and fill me in on the splint I had to wear my entire left arm went numb. Then my right. Next my upper back and into my neck. Lastly, the bottom half of my left leg. This happened within 5-10 minutes. Good thing I didn’t go get my pedicure, right? Thank god I listened to that inner voice of mine and went to the ER when I did.

The ER doctor said he had to then admit me, so I could be seen by neurology team and get the very high dose of IV steroids my body needed to suppress my immune system.

I was crying hysterically. Crying because I was scared, relieved and annoyed. Again, questioning myself. Why the EFF is this happening to me?

I was immediately getting flashbacks of my last hospital stay which was nine days. There was no way in hell I was doing that again! Although, I knew it could be a possibility…

The one thing that did give me a sigh of relief was the fact I had a port this time. My last glorious trip left me bruised for about a month after being discharged. 15 IV’s and a two-hour procedure for a pic line that did not work. Hence why I now have a power port. One of the most painful procedures I’ve had to date but 150% worth it now.

I was lucky this trip to hospital. They let me out the next afternoon. I did not have to stay for a five-day IVIG treatment if I agreed to stay on steroids for weeks if discharged. The highest dose I have ever been on by the way.

The next few days were rough. I felt like I was going to literally blow up! I could barely see my eyes because I was so swollen. And the pressure headaches that come along with these drugs are unreal. I would also like to add that a side affect stated on the prescription bottle states loss of appetite! That my friends is a complete lie. It is the opposite. I know this because I cannot stop eating and I crave the strangest things all dam day.

After about five days I was feeling better. However, I still could not look at myself in the mirror. I am just feeling so huge and so awful from these drugs but know that this is the course I need to be on right now. I know it will pass because it always does, and it must because I simply cannot live like this! I don’t want to live like this! Therefore, I fight every single day!

I also have a whole month of planned video content that I no longer feel comfortable doing becasue of the way I look. There is not enough makeup or contouring that will make me feel better. I also cannot stop sweating and nobody wants to watch the hot mess express unless it’s on BRAVO! And I am not quite there. YET…

I finished my steroids last week. Two days after my doses were done I started feeling things again. My wrist started bothering me. My body was getting the electricity feelings throughout. I knew something was up.

I started coughing again. I began to lose my voice. My system was shutting down. I knew that if I went to ER they would just give me steroids again, so I ended up getting a hold of the on-call doctor and she sent me a prescription which was amazing. It took me six hours to get a hold of the doctor, but that time spent was well worth it.

Today is Wednesday and I started on another dose of steroids on Monday. I spent almost the whole holiday weekend in bed. I was so weak. I was so depressed and so so sad. My anxiety was through the roof and I just wanted to be in darkness. And I was! My doctor told me to rest and no work. Seriously? I’m THE Happy Workaholic. I LOVE to work but knew I really had to listen this time.

So here we are today. I am typing with my right hand again because my left one has the splint back on to help with the nerve issues I am having.

I am sharing my story with you today because I know I am not the only one going through something scary in life. Something dark and depressing. I want you to know that you are not alone! There is a light at the end. I promise you that. I have seen it so many times and I know I will see it again.

If we are strong enough to fight whatever may come our way, then be the light for the next person. Shine for them so they know that they are supported and loved. If you feel confortable talking about it then do that too!

We all have shit we are dealing with. Everyone has a unique story. That is what makes us all so different yet so relatable right? We are all on a different journey but our paths do eventually cross at some point. Where the happiness and sunshine is.

We’re all in this thing called life together. It is up to you to choose your path and whether you want it to continue in the right direction. I try to do this every single day. TRY is the key word here. There are always going to be good days and bad no matter who you are, where you are and what you’re doing.

For me I know that I will get back to my happy self. I am there now it is just that I am spending more time fighting and medicating these days rather then laughing and smiling but I know I will be back there soon enough. That is a promise I have to keep. Laughter truly is the best medicine!

My appointment that I have been waiting on for months with my NMO Specialist is next week. It is then I will get my next treatment plan and can move on with my life. Literally! I’ve got a mile long to-do list to take care of! A business to continue to build, brands that are relying on me and a group of clients I am so lucky to be working with.

Am I scared for this next treatment? Absolutely! Do I have horrible nightmares that my time may be up while in the chair? Yes! However, I know that I must convince myself to not think this way as I am strong and will continue to fight every chance I have and so will you when going through “the impossible”.

You have just as much strength to get through the thoughts currently going through your head. Trust me I know those thoughts all too well. My advice to you would be to get those thoughts out in a journal and try to meditate when time allows. That is what helps me the most.

Every day when I wake up I know it is a brand-new day to start fresh, to fight, to conquer and do what I love the most which would be connecting with others online and IRL as I run my business and enjoy my life to the fullest.

I have my brand for a reason. I have my podcast for a reason. Everyone has a story to tell. And this is mine.

Well there you have it. A little life update. How I’ve been feeling in the real, raw and right handed typed out version. And in under 2,000 words! lol

I hope that by sharing my true authentic self with you today I am able to shine a litle bit more light on a disease that needs more attention towards it. One that over 4,000 others are fighting with every day in the US. I am not the only one living with an autoimmune disease that fights and battles a chronic illness on a daily basis.

If you know someone dealing with something heavy today call them. Make them smile. Make them laugh. Make them cry tears of joy and happiness that you took two minutes out of your day to make sure they knew they were loved!

Here is to living my best day today. Happy, healthy, positive and productive.

Talk soon,

Kelly

PS I’m now sharing my NMO journey on my Instagram Stories and Highlights.

Connect with me @thehappyworkaholic.

To learn more about Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) visit The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation here!

HOW CAN YOU GROW YOUR BUSINESS TODAY?

Over the last few years I have been coaching entrepreneurs, business owners as well as their teams. Service, Sales and Social Media are the key to building your brand and one that my own business thrives off of.

Six months after my coaching programs began I incorporated LinkedIn trainings as that has been one of my personal tools and keys to my success. Continuoulsly creating new relationships is one of my favorite ways to network online. An updated and informative profile can go a very long way. Trust me! Learning how to engage and nourish new relationships is very important and one that I am extremely passionate about.

Twelve months later I found out I had an autoimmune disease that could potentially leave me with zero vision. It was then that I scratched the book I had been working on for three years and began my rearch on podcasting.

I am a self taught woman. I learned everything I needed to know and soon after (July 2017) I launched The Happy Workaholic Podcast. A Show about Business, LinkedIn and Life with an Autoimmune Disease!

I can 100% assure you that I have not looked back since. Podcasting has become such a true passion for me now. It allows me to share my message to over ten countries every week. A platform that I never imagined being on. One that has done wonders for my brand. This is why I created Your Podcast Production. A coaching and producing program that will allow you to take your business and brand message to the next level.

Every morning I wake up extremely grateful that I am able to help others and in a way that I have personally created. A way that will motivate and inspire others to do more in their business. Work in more productive and “happier” ways.

I am able to fill a few more spots in July if you or someone you know are in need of coaching (see below). Please do not hesitate to reach out! I would love to help you and your brand get to that next level that you deserve!

Service, Sales and Social Media Coaching

Leverage Your LinkedIn Coaching

Your Podcast Production

To learn more about Kelly Ann Gorman, The Happy Workaholic Network, Podcast and Leverage Your LinkedIn Coaching click here…

Talk soon,

Kelly

 

MY PERFECT CHAOS!

Hello Friend! I have missed you!

It has been quite some time since I have written a blog post. Literally months…

I originally planned to post a blog on Friday and then the day got the best of me aka trying to fix my phone.

I already had content planned but then that became something so much better which is the story I will be sharing with you today!

Over the past few weeks I have been “living” and working without my beloved iPhone! Me? I know!

It’s been quite the ride and there were of course a few lessons learned along the way.

However, half of this time I was super sick so I think that is honestly how I was able to survive so long without it.

We live in a world of constant communication. Most of us are on our phones all day long.

When was the last time you went somewhere and everyone was truly engaged in conversation?

No phones out! Just humans conversating.

A few days ago I was at the beach to watch the sun set and I noticed an entire group had come out of a restaurant to take selfies. They weren’t interested in a group photo. They were all about showing their friends, families and followers their beautiful San Diego selfie pics. I too am guilty of course!

I mean…

Isn’t that the world we live in now?  I was going to get up out of my beach chair and offer my photography skills. That was until I witnessed a few selfie sticks come out.

My schedule is always planned to perfection. I schedule all of my social media posts and use a number of apps for myself and my clients that will truly attempt to make our lives easier.

I store all of my passwords as contacts in my phone. By the way I learned that is not smart at all. I somehow manage to back up my entire life on clouds and external hard drives but don’t give the same attention to my thousands of contacts in my phone. What the hell was I thinking? Three days later they have all been found and safely stored. Thank you to all of my new friends at Apple Support!

I am a firm believer of “everything happens for a reason” but this time something felt different. Something in the universe was telling me that I was going to survive without all of my god dam notificatins going off all week long. I just knew I would be ok!

I just want to mention that all of my clients and friends were already aware of my phone troubles so that was a weight of stress that did not exist! Just the piling of work I only do from my phone.

Ok so onto Friday…

As I was ready to head to the Apple store at the Westfield UTC Mall La Jolla I realized that since my phone was still frozen getting an Uber was not in the cards for me. I literally had to message a friend on Facebook  so that he could get one for me!

Cut to spending a few hours at the Apple store and another iPhone repair kiosk I still had a phone that could not be repaired. By this point I was frustrated and needed a little happy hour lovin’ in my life! I needed a glass of wine while I decided who I was going to give a lot of money to for a brand new phone.

I ended up stopping at True Food Kitchen because a few of my friends had been there before. They said it was grear! I also noticed that they had a great happy hour. Ironically happening at the very moment I needed it the most!

I sat down at a table all alone. And without a phone. I did have my planner and notebooks with me so I was able to get a few tasks completed. This is actually when I started writing this post. This is also when my outlook on life changed for the best. No more phone…

Since the realization of my phone not being able to get repaired I decided to just roll with it and live my best dam life without it for another day!

Once I was sat at my table I told my server Stephanie the “short” version of my phone drama and that we would probably become best friends before I left because I had nobody to talk too! lol

She suggested a Rose; so I went with it. Two minutes later a bottle arrive? The women delivering the bottle looked a bit shocked as did I! Apparently, there was an error in the system so they brought a bottle over a glass. For a split second I did have to question myself! I was so stressed out. Maybe I did say bottle! lol

Someone else came over with that bottle. The General Manager Jeremy. He too wanted to see who the hell ordered herself a bottle of Rose! I mean I know I am a bit high maintanance sometimes and LOVE a good deal but that was a bit excessive. Even at Happy Hour!

All of a sudden I am having a full blown conversation (this lasted the few hours I dined in) with my other new best friend Jeremy (the GM of True Food Kitchen).

We chatted about the philosphy behind the restaurant and brand which by the way created by Dr. Andrew Weil. Based around an Anti-Inflammatory diet. This definitely peeked my curiousity as I have NMO. When trying to live your best life with an Autoimmune Disease you really need to be careful with the foods you eat. So basically it was great that I stopped to check out True Food Kitchen.

Jeremy and I ended up chatting about so many other things other then food and illness. Service, sales and running  businesses. Obviously things we loved and so much more…

This is by the way in between my exceptional salad and dessert that the Chef prepared and Jeremy had sent to my table with perfectly poured Rose’s.

This is where I would like to add that I went into this restaurant a sweaty mess with no makeup on, a hat and wearing my basic workout clothes. Not even the cute ones!

I was immediately greeted, sat and served (in my opinion) by some of the best in the biz. I honestly had one of the best experiences since moving back to San Diego.

I just wanted to find a fun new atmosphere to have a glass of wine in and to figure out what the hell I was going to do about my phone. Instead I had some of the best conversations that I have had in quite some time.

Do I need my phone on me all the time? Yes!

Did it scare me that my device has been frozen on and off for days? Yes!

Am I living my best dam life without it? Hell yah! And that was without any pics taken for the Gram!

Moral of the Story…

Try to live in some silence every now and then. I promise you will notice that your world doesn’t have to revolve around selfies, social media and the constant notification. Even if it is your job!

You can follow up, you can email, you can delay responses. What you cannot do is delay life!

Go out alone. See the city you live in, meet the people the Universe wants you to meet today and be sure to report back to me. I’m telling you this break feels amazing at the end!

Not having my phone over the past few days was a great reason to get out of the house and meet the new people who had come into my life at True Food Kitchen.

You should always give yourself goals. Personally and Professionally. I say this all the time…

As for myself, I am always striving to learn more, do good and give knowledge.

Two things I learned on Friday…

Appreciate all of our “precious moments” and of course love the “perfect chaos” that we live in every single day. We all go through our own version and craziness of life. Just make sure and take a moment to appreciate the small stuff. I promise it will really change your outlook on a lot!

You never know who you are going to meet or what life has in store for you each day. What you do want to do is make sure you are always living your best dam life.

Every. Single. Day.

Friday was definitely a day to remember. I love seeing the surprises that the world has in store for me every day. I hope and wish that you have one of these unexpected experiences happen to you. Why? Because you deserve it and I know that you will appreciate it and need it at this very time of your life.

Special thank you to Jeremy (GM of True Food Kitchen La Jolla) for introducing me to my new precious moments and explaining my perfect chaos to me. And of course Stephanie! You know we’re going to bump into each other at Trader Joe’s finding our wines right? Thank you so much for keeping me company and being one of the best experienced and knowledgable Servers out there! I appreciated it more than you know…

As for my iPhone it has been repaired for now. I am currently mainfesting a brand new model to fall into my life or lap…

Thanks for reading today’s blog. I know it has been forever since I’ve posted. I have been so focused on The Happy Workaholic Podcast. 

I would love to know if you have had an amazing service experience like this lately? How about living without your phone for a bit? Let me know in the comments below…

Talk soon,

Kelly

PS Chapter Two of The Happy Workaholic Podcast has now begun.

You can find Episode 81 right here.

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My BIG Birthday Celebration Continues…

On Sunday June 10th I turned 40!

This year was a really big deal for me (I’ll be sharing more on that soon).

I’m a huge believer in numbers, luck and manifesting. I love documenting milestones as well as enjoying new experiences (I’m trying 40 new ones this month). I love sharing my knowledge, expertise and story any way I can because that’s the reason why I was put here. To help others (at least that is what I believe).

This is why I am a Business Coach. It was an incredible journey to get to where I am today and one that I talk a lot about on The Happy Workaholic Podcast.

I want to continue celebrating throughout the month of June. Not just for my 40th but for you as well. I want to support you and be there when you celebrate your wins. I want to help you get to the next level of your business. Branch out, collab and uplevel. If not for your business; make it happen in your personal life! Why? Because you deserve to live a happy and healthy life. You need to stay positive and productive to get sh*t done! And I am here to help you do so.

I have decided that this month I am going to offer a very special sale price of $610* for two months of business services! This is more than 50% off! This is also the last time you will see these prices as they will all increase July 1, 2018.

I know this may sound a bit crazy but I like to do something like this every year! I even dropped my WordPress Web Design packages to $610. They usually begin at $1500 so if you are in need of a new website now would be an excellent time to take advantage!

I am also launching a year long program on July 1st. So be sure you are following me on Instagram as that is where I am sharing the launch info first. You can find me on IG @thehappyworkaholic.

You have the option to choose between three of my coaching programs. Service, Sales and Social Media, LinkedIn or Podcast Coaching. You can choose two months of one program or two different. You can also add one additional month to cover all three coaching programs for an additional $305. All of my coaching programs have been strategically designed (by ME) to uplevel your business.

If you are ready to take your brand to the next level then joining The Happy Workaholic Network is just what you need! Once a part of a coaching program you will gain access to my private business networking Facebook Group. This is where you will meet other like minded entrepreneurs. A fun place for you to chat, collab and bounce ideas off of each other. A place where other business owners are there to support you!

If you are looking to grow now is the time to let me help you.

My special birthday pricing is more than a 50% savings so you will definitely want to act fast as space is limited.

All available coaching program options can be found right here!

When you are ready to hop on a call with me send me a message here!

I cannot wait to hear from you…

Kelly

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One Year Ago Today My Life Was Changed…

One year ago today I was getting my fifth and last treatment of IV Steroids for my Autoimmune Disease Neuromyelitis Optica aka NMO. The reason why I was getting that treatment was because I denied the other MS Meds my 3rd Neurologist had given me. I needed something asap that would suppress my immune system and hopefully prevent me from becoming blind and/or parlyzed. Steroids were the only option at that time.

Something in my gut told me not to take those drugs. I could not have both MS and NMO which 3 Neurologists had been telling me. I know they were similar but I just had a very strong feeling they were all wrong. I also tested positive for a virus which would have caused a brain infection if I had taken those MS drugs. Thank god I did not as I would not be here today sharing my story.

So one year ago I opted for 3 more MRI’s (#7,8 and 9) of my brain and spine to see if there had been a change. More lesions (tumors) etc. In the meantime I was receiving the 5 days of IV Steroids.

My veins have always been invisible so on the first day it took a while for them to appear. The nurses wrapped my entire arm up so that I would only have to go through that process of poking twice as each IV can stay in for 36 hours. Besides eating for an entire family after each treatment everything went fine. I was crazy wired, sweating like I’ve never sweat before and like I said eating and eating. I knew that was part of the drill though.

Everything changed on the fifth day. Throughout my treatment (about two hours) I felt ok. It wasn’t until the last 10-15 minutes I started swelling up and felt this pressure. A few minutes later it became extremely painful. I called one of the nurses over and she took my blood pressure immediately. It was 264. They stopped the IV Drip immediately. Then a team of nurses came rushing over to me. They put me in a wheel chair and ” ran” me over to the urgent care. Thank god it was right across the hall! They said I may not have made it if it was not there.

Immediaitely I had a team of doctors and nurses surrounding me doing EKG’s, bloodwork and I don’t really remember the rest. That was until they said they were rushing me in an ambulance to the hospital with the closest Neurology team. Thank god it was two blocks away. That ride it still a big blur. I was so scared I think I just blocked it out to be honest.

The next stop was the High Risk Dept. of the ER. From there I began my lovely 9 day hospital stay. And where I met my 4th Neurology Team that saved my life! Which I am forever grateful!

Being in the hospital I had to go through every single piece of testing that I had done in the past year. So now I’m on MRI #10, 11, 12. I also got to have another Spinal Tap! Fun Times. This one though I was so drugged all I remember is the ugly peach paint in the hallway! lol

Throughout my nine day stay I received another treatment that would suppress my immune system called IVIG. Something similar to a blood transfusion. Something you need really good veins for. Long story short. I went through 14 IV’s throughout that stay as well as a 2 hour pic line procedure that did not work. Mostly due to all the steroids I was on.

Here is a funny story about the pic line procedure. They had asked me if I minded if two medical students came to watch and I said sure. Ummm…

There were ten medical students. I was crying hysterically after the blue gown was draped over me and my anxiety was through the roof! When I heard the words “local enesthesia” I should have known…

It ended up being ok because my drugs kicked in right in time and I ended up laughing with all the med students afterwords and thanking them for playing country music to calm me down from one of their phones! lol

Thank god I have a port now! I actually feel better having this then the pic line.

I think it was around my fourth day in the hospital that the Neurology team came in and told me I was right! You have NMO and only NMO! It was like I won a life long court battle trying to save my own life!

The journey of all of this started the Summer of 2015 so you can only imagine how long it really felt. LONG!

After I got discharged from the hospital last year it was then time to come up with a treatment plan. I remained on steroids for months after but was finally taken off of them last Summer! Thank god because they made me craaaazy!

At first Chemo was out of the picture which I was so excited about. However, it reentered over the Summer. In the beginning my treatments were every week, then every month and now twice a year! The last one was in December and then next one will be in June! However, there will be more if I relapse so fingers crossed!

The Chemo I am given suppresses my immune system (preventing a relapse) and that is it. I have to take medication for all of my other symptoms unfortunately.

Ironically, I had taken care of someone with cancer years ago and took her to chemo and watched her go through it. ALL of the ups and downs.

The Chemo I am on is for the rest of my life as there is currently no cure for NMO! I wish I could do a few months and be cured but that is not the case for me.

I looked at chemo as a job. Just like it was for me in the past. That was until I started to really feel the side affects and loosing hair and all of the other painful, emotional and stressful baggage that comes along with it. The day that I couldn’t move one finger in my bed without it feeling like a truck was running over me was the day I finally realized that this shit is actucally happening to ME! This drug is in me and this could kill me!

I’m trying to stay positive here so I am not going to get into all of the details but chemo just sucks:)

Over the weekend I did a lot of journaling and self-reflecting and what I came up with was this….

I am a fighter. I always have been and ALWAYS will be! I know now when it is time for my body to take a break and so I take one. I hate that I have to sometimes nap in the middle of the afternoon but it is something that comes with this disease. Chronic exhaustion and pain.

I can handle anything that comes my way. I will ALWAYS find a way to fix a problem. So having NMO is just one more to-do added to my list! You know I looove a good list! lol

Sense of humor is so important for anyone going through a life changing moment. Whatever the case may be. You need to be able to laugh and smile at the end of the day. You need to override those feelings of anxiety, depression, stress and anything negative! Really enjoy the simple things in life such as fresh air and sunshine! Two of my faves.

There are going to be friends and family that you wish could understand what you are going through. But they won’t be able to just be there and some will just drift away unfortunatley. And some you will become so close to that you never would have expected. You just need to keep your circle tight and filled with the ones that love, support and truly appreciate you. They are the ones who are going to help you get through everything!

All I know is that I would never be where I am mentally, physically or emotionally if I didn’t have “MY circle”. They are everything! You know who you are:)

If you are still here thank you for taking the time to read this very long post. I wanted to share something that has been on my mind all weekend. Hopefully I will be able to help someone else out there my sharing my story…

For more information on Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) please visit The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation here.

Throughout my journey of finding my true diagnosis I realized that I wanted to create a happy, healthy, positive and productive space for other patients. A place for everyone to share stories and bring awareness to their diseases and illnesses through video and voice. I knew that if I was willing to share my story that there would be others out there that were feeling the same way. Others in need of learning more about what a family member or friend may be going through. Others searching for answers from patients actually living through what they have been diagnosed with.

Knowing that there is power in numbers and always hope ahead…

The place I created is called the Just For Us Community which you can become a member of here.

Well there you have it. My very long story semi-short. Yes! This is the short version of my NMO Anniversary coming up. Am I emotional? Absolutely! Will I give up? Never! And neither should you. This goes for anything and everything. Be the fighter you deserve to be. There is always a brighter light ahead. I promise:)

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Kelly

GETTING SH*T DONE!

Happy Monday Friends!

It has been a while since I wrote a blog post on my site and I am here to tell you why…

I have been spending a lot of time (offline) creating content for some new coaching programs as well as working with my current clients and simply learning how to enjoy life! Getting outside, journaling, meditating and creating healthy recipes are some of my favorite ways to keep myself in check!

Living with NMO (my Autoimmune Disease) can sometimes get the best of me! Especially when I have a full month of doctor appointments. However, I am a fighter so I will never give up on what I am trying to accomplish. It may take me a little longer and I may have to become extra extra creative in the process now but I can still get sh*t done!

I’ve learned that I am my best when I focus on one thing at a time. Especially when it comes to creating something BIG! So I have had to take a little break from the internet. As much as I love Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook. In order to better myself and take on more clients and projects I have to remain in a positive and distraction free mindset so I have to unplug more than usual.

Today I am happy to say that many of my projects I have been working on are now complete and I would love to share them with you below!

New episodes are live on The Happy Workaholic Podcast!

The Happy Workaholic Podcast is a show about Service, Sales and Social Media. Three important ingredients needed in order to build a successful business, create long lasting relationships and take your brand to the next level. Tune in every Friday for a brand new episode where Kelly will share all of her tips, tricks and triumphs regarding all things Business, LinkedIn and Life! 

My Pinterest has been upgraded!

My Boards are all about Business, LinkedIn, Travel, Podcasting, Design and Decor, Health and Wellness, Recipes, Healthy Living and so so much more that I love!

Check it out! It’s super organized! I’m so proud to finally check that big project off my to-do list!

New blog up on LinkedIn about my new networking group (see below)!

I created a brand new group on LinkedIn called The Happy Workaholic Network!

The Happy Workaholic Network is for Business Professionals to share their story and what they have to offer. Networking is key when running a business and this group is just the place to do so. 

Once a member of the group please feel free to post a litle bit about yourself. Unlike a lot of other LinkedIn groups you may absolutely post a promo, sale or job you are trying to fill.

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Well……

If you made it this far! Thank you so much! I know that was suuuuper long.

I would love to know what keeps you motivated, focused and inspired?

Let me know in the comments below.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

KAG

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ONE OF THOSE DAYS…

I am not sure what happened today. I woke up and everything was fine. For some odd reason everything on my to-do list was a big pain in the ass. Simple projects like installing java script on my site. I just could not get it done correctly. Writing this blog post earlier today. It was just an impossible task!

My brain was filled with technicalities so I honestly couldn’t write or create. I had so many design projects on the books today that I just could not complete. So many pitches that had to be done. And the list goes on. Needless to say I definitely had a strange morning.

Has this ever happened to you? OMG! Did I have a case of the Mondays…

After getting some advice from a few of my friends I decided to turn my computer off and get outside to work out. I did two miles and feel so much better!

Once I got home I showered, did a face and hair mask and painted my toes. I am even going to attempt my nails after I post this. I know…living on the edge.

Right now I’m eating some cereal, drinking a glass of wine and blasting my Broadway music. Not sure of the food combo and why I was craving it but I must say I am in such a better mood right now then I was earlier. I forgot to mention I am craving bacon like crazy! What does that even mean?

I’ll be honest with you. I put a large amount of pressure on myself to get a lot done in a timely manner. However, when I walk away (go for a workout) I realize that everything can wait. I have to focus on myself first so that I am able to give 150%.

That is the recap of what I did this afternoon and I am so proud of myself that I did get outside. Especially for some Vitamin D. My old self would have kept going and be totally burnt out in the morning and have to do it all over again. And without a workout.

So now that I am back to myself I want to share something so incredible with you! Something that I have always been extremely passionate about. Something that always puts a smile on my face. That my friends is cooking. I love creating amazing meals from scratch and being able to entertain.

Fun Fact: I have held positions on motor yachts and in restaurants cooking! I bet you didn’t know that?

Here is my super exciting news…

I started a brand new Facebook group called the KK Cafe. 

THE KK CAFE IS A PLACE TO SHARE HEALTHY EATING HABITS, HEALTH ARTICLES AND OF COURSE YOUR FAVORITE RECIPES!

Something else I have always wanted to have was a LIVE cooking show! So that is happening too! That’s right I’ll be cooking live!

You’re probably curious how that name came about. It’s simple. My friends call me KK and my kitchen the KK Cafe as I am probably the most high maintance iced coffee drinker, cappuccino maker ever! And that is really how it started. If you follow me on Instagram you can also find me @kkinvegas!

If you are into meeting a fun group of people, sharing recipes and a good laugh then I would absolutely love to have you in the KK Cafe! And if you know someone else who you think would love it please let them know. The more the merrier right?

To join the KK Cafe today click here!

That’s all I have for you tonight.

Talk soon,

KAG

PS What is your favorite meal to cook at hme? Let me know in the comments.