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

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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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.

If you are looking for a job let everyone in the group know.

You never know who your next contact could be…

New story is up on Medium about what makes you happy!

Group Coaching Sessions are currently for sale for Leverage Your LinkedIn!

Have you ever wondered how you should be using LinkedIn to grow your business? How to create that perfect profile?

Do you want to learn why you should utilitize LinkedIn to build your brand, pitch or collab with other businesses?

Are you in need of some expert tips on how to generate leads for your business? Tricks that will save you time and money?

The Leverage Your LinkedIn (two hour live) Group Coaching (power session) includes a step by step program that is sure to upgrade your profile and get more eyes onto your page once implemented.

Come prepared. Have your questions written down because this is the time they will all be able to get answered by ME!

Class One is to learn the basics. Class Two is an advanced class. Have a question? Contact Kelly here…

Space is limited. Only ten guests permitted per class to ensure results. 

Group Coaching Sessions are currently for sale for The Podcast Project!

Over the last few months podcasting has become quite the rage!

How do I start a show?

Who will listen?

What should I talk about?

How can I promote to get listeners?

Is there a big investment involved?

Do I need specific software?

How do I design graphics?

Where do I publish my show?

How much time will it take to start a podcast?

If you have recenty asked any of the questions above then The Podcast Project (two hour live) Group Coaching (power session) is for you!

Come prepared. Have your questions written down because this is the time they will all be able to get answered by The Happy Workaholic herself Kelly Ann Gorman.

Class One is to learn the basics. Class Two is an advanced class. Have a question? Contact Kelly here…

Space is limited. Only ten guests permitted per class to ensure results. 

And coming soon…Instagram Updates!

Be sure to follow me @kkinvegas to read the news first!

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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WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE IN HELL AND END UP BACK ON TOP! GOODBYE 2017! I WON’T MISS YOU!

Over the last 12 months I have honest to god been through hell and back quite a few times. I have been mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted more than I could have ever managed possible! I’ve shed gallons of tears, punched multiple pillows and screamed out of pure frustration until my voice was completely gone. More times than I can even remember at this point.

You always hear people say that the man or woman above will never give you more than you can handle. And I am a firm believer of everything happens for a reason. But come on!!!

I’ve asked myself multiple times every single day this past year…Why me? Am I going to die? Is today the day that my time is up? Am I going to feel pain when it happens or will I go peacefully in my sleep? Do I share my story or keep it a secret? How am I going to be able to work if I go blind or my body becomes paralyzed?

Pretty depressing right? I blame a lot of those dark days on being on way too many medications. As of today I am happy to say that I am no longer asking myself those questions or taking the crazy amount of pills that I was on for so many months. The withdrawels were the worst by the way! OMG!

For those of you who are reading this and unfmiliar with my story I was “officially” diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called NMO which stands for Neuromyelitis Optica. It is a very scary disease and one in which you are usually misdiagnosed with having MS at first. That is what happened to me. For those of us that have NMO that is a very scary situation because some of those MS drugs can actually kill us! I was a lucky one. I didn’t take it even though it was in my fridge. I just had a feeling to go with my gut (like I always do) and wait until my 3rd round of MRI’s that my 3rd Neurologist had ordered for me.

To make my very long story short. My 3rd Neurologist said that if I didn’t want to take the drugs prescribed my only option was five days of IV Steroids which would suppress my immune system and prevent a relapse. So I said yes to that treatment.

I ate like a piggie throughout that time (as expected when you’re on steroids) and on the 5th day my blood pressure skyrocketed to 263. I was immediately rushed to the urgent care across the hall which then put me into an ambulence and rushed me to the closest hospital with a neurology team.

I then spent 9 glorious days inside four walls of my hospital room. That is where I met my 4th and final Neurology team who then ran every single test twice that I had previously done throughout the year already. That included 3 more MRI’s and a lovely little spinal tap! Sounds so fun! Right?

I went through 15 IV’s during that time because my veins are apparently invisible. Thank god I have a port now! I mean a metal device in my body for the rest of my life is much better than the anxiety and stress of someone trying to find one of my veins now. I’ll tell ya getting bloodwork done now is a piece of cake for me!

It was on my 5th day of my hospital stay that I received my “official” diagnosis of NMO! I cried tears of joy! I felt like I had just gone through a life long court battle and had come out a winner! A winner I was. And the ones who were wrong were the three previous Neurologists that were trying to tell me different.

I am leaving out a lot of details of the pain and suffering throughout because I just wanted to share my story and somehow still keep it light! I hope I’m doing a good job!

Over the last year I have had to get 12 MRI’s, 3 spinal taps, more than 25 labs (some were 37 viles at a time), 5 days of IV Steroids (mentioned above) and 5 days of IVIG Treatment while I was in the hospital. I’ve had to go through months of physical therapy and now Chemotherapy. This right here would explain my lovely weight gain. However, I am happy to announce I’m finally down 10 pounds now:)

Cut to now. 12-29-17…

I had my last Chemo of 2017 yesterday which is why I’ve been able to work on my computer 12 hours today. The first day I’m usually wired and then I crash a few days later. It was my 9th treatment in only a few months and with my port I feel like a pro! I’m just praying I don’t have the week of bedrest like last month. Praying. Praying because that was the worst pain I have actually felt throughout this entire year or in my life!

I am saving every ounce of energy I have to ring in the new year with the biggest glass of champagne I can find because I dam well deserve it and so do my friends that have stuck by my side throughout this past year! I don’t even have words for how thankful I am for them. That also goes for my doctors and nurses who have completely saved my life!

Sitting in bed watching tv one minute. The next you cannot feel your arms or legs. Feelings of electricity running up and down your spine and body. Seeing white lights and then nothing as your best friend is rushing you to the hospital. That deserves a glass of something right? And my best friend a bottle!

That is just another glimpse into NMO…

I wanted to share my story tonight because it feels good to get a lot of this out. It feels good to know that I have a 150% correct diagnoses and treatment plan after fighting for my life for more than one year. I have a team of doctors that I fought like hell to get. A team that is familiar with this disease and knows how to treat it correctly. NMO is extremely rare and only 4,000 patients in the US have it.

I want to share my journey with you (trust me it’s a lot longer) because you need to be your own advocate. You must speak up for yourself because nobody else will! If you need a second opinion get it! If you need a 3rd or 4th get it! I did! And look where it got me! Back on top and starting to finally feel like myself again.

It doesn’t matter what you are going through in life. We all have our stories. The only thing you need to keep telling yourself is that you are going to make it through. If your family and friends slowly drift away because they don’t understand or for some other reason it is ok. You know who you need on your team to keep your spirits up, your laugh in tact and a smile on your face. You may laugh and cry at the same time. You may sink into a depression and be filled with a rediculous amount of anxiety but I promise you…

You will make it through because I did! And if you don’t have a team I will be your biggest cheerleader!

I hope that by sharing my story with you tonight you will open your eyes to what is possible. You fight hard enough you will win. This goes for everything in life! I’ve always been a fighter. This year I just decided to take it to a whole other level. Not by choice of course but I feel like now I can do anything I want!

You have to give yourself the permission to cry and seek help when you need it. You have to know when you are wrong and apologize. You have to always know that everything does happen for a reason and mine is this. To spread awareness of NMO especially for those who do not have the strength as I hold it for them.

Not every day but most of the time…

As of today my Chemo treatments will be every six months. That is wonderful news for me. I started off going every week, then once a month and now just twice a year but for the rest of my life. Sounds awful but it could always be worse.

I’ve lost enough hair from this drug and the stress added on top. Just FYI if you see my blonde locks again it will be my fabulous new wig as my Dr’s told me to stop dying my hair. If you know me well enough you know that I did not listen! I’ve been through enough shit this year just let me get rid of my dam roots so I can smile in the morning! lol

So to sum up this very very very long post…

Please know that wherever you are and whatever you may be going through you have a friend and supporter right here! We only have one life and we need to make the most of it! With a smile and a sense of humor.

Find your tribe and be the best you can everyday and know that they will always be there to support you just like you will for them!

I think that’s all I have in me tonight!

Sorry. One more thing. The most important!!! Me forgetting. Yup! That’s called Chemo brain and I am definitely suffereing from it right now.

There is currently no cure for NMO! Please take a moment to learn more about this disease below. And if you have an extra five bucks to donate to help find a cure that would be incredibe and I thank you in advance.

Visit The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation here!

Last but not least. Thank you for making it this far. I think now I owe you a drink! LOL.

I wanted to let you know that I will have two new shows up on The Happy Workaholic Podcast tomorrow. This will make it an even number of 40 shows thus far.

I will be sharing some very exciting news on those shows that you will not be able to find anywhere else so you are going to want to tune in.

You can listen to The Happy Workaholic Podcast right here on iTunes!

Not on iTunes? No worries. You can listen to all the episodes on my blog right here!

Thank you again for allowing me to share my story with you. It truly means the world!

Wishing you all a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year! 2018 is our year!

XOXO AND CHEERS!

Kelly

PS To learn about the Just For Us Community I started visit www.justforuscommunity.org here!

***The  Just For Us Community was created for anyone going through a tough time in general. Health, heartache or just in need of some happiness. It is a safe place for you to share your feelings, find a few friends and most importantly know that you are not alone!

MAKE TIME TO UNPLUG

From someone who used to be allergic to the word “unplug” I somehow managed to (years later) learn how to do so. Not so much to do it but I learned why I NEEDED to do it! For my mind, body and soul…

It doesn’t matter what career you are in, if you work from home or take care of your family. All of these are job and you MUST take the time to unplug, relax and maybe even meditate. Be grateful for what you have. Take the time to write these things down in a journal. Create a zen for yourself. Create a happy place to escape to even if it just in your mind.

When you take the time to do this you will come back to wherever you needed to get to faster because you are feeling so refreshed.

When I gave myself this challenge of writing 30 blogs in 30 days for my How To Series I thought it was honestly going to be a piece of cake.

Ummm…

That was not the case. I had to create a posting schedule for 30 days and five weeks that would make sense and excite my readers. Manage the professionals posts that were sent to me as I had many guests help me create a few posts each week. Then I had to share my story as well as a few others every day. Almost every post was at a minimum of 1,000 words.

And I am so happy and thrilled to share with you that today is Blog #30. The end of my How To Series. I am not going to lie when I tell you how proud I am that I achieved this personal goal of mine. Again…

That being said I am going to take my own advice and unplug this weekend. I’m going to take deep breathes, write in my journal and just escape from my norm…

Aside from unplugging I will be working on The Happy Workaholic Podcast!

I wanted to leave a few of my favorite “unplugged” quotes. Please enjoy them below…

It was true pleasure writing this series every day and I truly appreciated all of the comments here as well as all over my social media channels.

I want to connect and/or stay connected with you! Let me know what is going on in your world…

Comment below and let’s chat.

Want to connect with me on my social pages? Just visit my home page to follow me.

Now it is time for me to officially unplug until Monday and I hope you do the same…

KAG

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CRUISE SHIP QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

How many of you have been on a cruise ship? How many are looking to take a trip on one? Maybe work for a cruiseline? Well I am here to help you answer all of these questions. This is for the guests, the agents and the crew.

I consider myself an expert in this field because I have worked on over 20 ships all around the world. I went on as a guest every week for almost two years straight! Yes that means I had the joy of clearing customs every week as well! Fun times! Some ships I sailed for one week and others for 4-5 depending on where I was. I was also lucky enough to go back on a previous ship. I loved doing this as once I became friends with guests and crew I would go back on that ship to see them again and of course manage everything makeup while onboard.

My job on ships was to train all the Makeup Artists on board. I was a National Makeup Artist for an International Brand and was able to cruise around, train makeup artists and paint the faces of international guests on board. Oh! I also gave seminars to thousands at a time! Seriously! This was my job. Head mic and all! You will read all about that story in my book one day but basically I created this position after contacting every cruise line asking them why there were no positions like this? So I begged and begged and BOOM it finally happened…

Now back to cruising. I want to make myself available for everyone to ask me anything regarding cruises. I will be available all day on  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If we are not friends on social media please add me and feel free to message me there.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

KAG

PS Health and Wellness Week starts tomorrow! I cannot wait. Be sure you are following me on Instagram for some more tips and tricks throughout the week!

Have a question? Find me on  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MY TRAVEL WEEK SERIES

Greetings from Las Vegas! I cannot wait to share what I have in store for you throughout this entire week…

Are you are looking for travel tips? Are you looking to get into the travel industry as a new career? Are you looking to make a big purchase? Well folks this is where you need to be to read up on all the info I have in store for you! I am not just giving you advice on where to travel. I am giving you the inside scoop. The behind the scenes. And the answers to your most asked questions…

All this week I will be posting about private aviation, yacht charters, commercial flights, must-see destinations as well as a few more ideas I’ve been keeping up my sleeve for this week.

I have Captains, Pilots, Recruiters, Chief Stewardesses, Owners, Crew and other Las Vegas Industry and Service Professionals ready to share their knowledge, advice and piece of their world with you too! Discreetly of course…

How amazing is that? Not sure you can find that info anywhere else. But you will here and all this week! Did I mention how excited I was?

Please let me know if you have any questions you would like answered so that we can answer them for you this weekend. You can leave them in the comments.

In case you didn’t know I have been working in the luxury travel industry for more than ten years. I’ve had a number of people contact me about how to get a job, where to book a charter or where to find crew. So I decided that this week was the time to give you all that information! I’m giving you everything I know plus bringing in a team of pros that I know and trust that do their job to 150 percent which is why I asked them to be involved in Travel Week.

Cannot wait to share more with you tomorrow. And if you can’t wait until then you can find me on Instagram.

KAG

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HOW TO DO BEAUTY

Beauty Week is finally here! Over the NEXT seven days I will be giving you everything I know about beauty. And guess what? I called in some favors from a few of my PRO friends too!

We will be sharing our tips and tricks. Everything makeup, hair, skin, nails, brows, lashes and more…

Sounds incredible right? This is where you will want to come when you are looking to learn How To Do Beauty.

I will also be on my Instagram Stories all week so that I can actually SHOW YOU a few tricks I have up my sleeve. For example: How to wash your brushes properly. How to use the correct makeup brush for products and where. How to keep your makeup clean and organized etc.

Just in case you didn’t know why I have been so excited for this week to start. It is because I was (now retired) a Pro Makeup Artist for 16 years. I was extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world doing so. If you care to learn more about that world you can read my bio here.

I love sharing everything I know about makeup and organizing. I still get asked questions at least five times a day. Hence, why I am taking a whole week to share everything beauty for you here and on Instagram.

Also, if there is something that you want me to go over then please leave it in the comments below and I will be sure to answer or post sometime this week in a blog.

Until tomorrow…

KAG

PS Are you following me on Instagram yet? This week will be jam packed with videos on my Stories…

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HOW TO ENGAGE WITH YOUR AUDIENCE

To piggyback off yesterday’s HOW TO GET SOCIAL! post I wanted to reiterate how important it is to engage with your audience, your followers and of course your friends…

Your customers and clients can be anywhere. You always want to be active online and as positive as possible everywhere you go. Grocery store, post office, mall etc.

That parking spot you just decided to pull into while the other car was waiting could have been a client. See the trend here…

Let’s focus on your social media platforms. When you share a pic or video on your Facebook, Instagram or Facebook do your followers comment? Or do you they just hit like?

I will admit it. I used to be a “liker” but why not engage? Try it. Engage after that “LIKE”. I promise it will teach you something. And share too! If you have other friends in business or a mentor just posted an incredible quote why not share it with your audience? It feels great to know that you have their support!

Engaging online is a great way to get recognized quicker if that is something you are striving for. I actually do it because I am obsessed with meeting new people. I have always been the person who wants to learn as much as I can about someone. I want to be able to connect them with others. Or maybe even partner up with them on projects! Networking has just always been in my blood…

You never know what someone may be going through each day so a tiny thing such a an emoji or comment on their post can really mean the world to them. Just saying…

Now go out there and engage. Let me know how it has changed you or your business over the next week or so.

One very important thing I would like to mention is that if a client or customer reaches out to you please do not ignore. Always always follow up! Because it is the right thing to do! And be sure to do it in a timely manner.

Please and thank you…

Until tomorrow…

As always sharing is caring and let me know what you think about this post. Leave me a little message in the comments below.

Have a great day 🙂

KAG