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!

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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.

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

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

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.

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

KAG

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FOOD IS YOUR FUEL

As someone who has always been up and down in weight it wasn’t until a few years ago that I began eating the right foods and just not the right portions. I finally realized that I needed to eat certain foods as they were actual fuel for my body. Giving me the nutrients and energy that I needed for the day. This is when I really started to listen to my body! My past story was always making sure to prep my meals and eat in portions but it was what I was putting in those meals that was all wrong. Too many bad carbs, sodium, gluten and sugar! These are definite no no’s in my book especially with having an autoimmune disease. There are certain things that just do not agree with me. Wheat and Soy are two of them. Now I know why I always looked swollen and bloated in pics. It wasn’t the alcohol it was the food! I’m not kidding…

I decided to go (almost) dairy free about four years ago. The reason behind this was I found out I could not have my iced coffee with milk in the hour after I took my thyroid medication in the am. So obviously, I had to find a resolution for that because I cannot go that long without my iced coffee in the morning. That is when I discovered my sugar-free vanilla almond milk. Which I still use every morning. Side Note: After a week my skin was clearer and all of my bloating went away. I was in shock when I realized it was dairy that was actually causing that.

I do cheat and have dairy every now and then. Sometimes (monthly) I am in need of a soft-serve cone and on Friday night I need pizza. I am still searching for a dairy free cheese without soy that I love. So if you have any names please send them my way. I grew up on pizza every Friday night. I have to have the mozzarella and that is that! I am such a high maintenance East Coaster. Pizza and Iced Coffee! Hello! I cannot live without them. Cannot!

Over the last few months I’ve been creating vegan and vegetarian meals! Lentil Vegan Falafel, Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes, Detox Soups, Vegan Ice Cream, Fresh Juices, Hummus and my favorite so far are to make homemade Veggie Burgers. I have about five different variations now. Cooking is also a huge stress reliever for me so spending hours in the kitchen just puts me at ease. Using random ingredients and leftovers in my meals is usually one of the ways I end up making the most unique but delicious meals.

Throughout the process of cooking my meals I usually post on my Instagram Stories. And then the final result is posted on my Pinterest. I honestly just love to share my recipes. And find new ones that I attempt to create as well! I definitely need to up my baking skills. I will not deny that but at least I am trying right? lol

If you have been reading my How To Series all month long you may have read a few times about a Facebook group I am a part of that has literally changed the way I think, speak and live. The best way to describe it is that I got an attitude makeover. It was created by Cara Alwill Leyba aka creator of the blog The Champagne Diet and the book Girl Code as well as many others. This group is filled with the most inspirational, motivational and empowered women from all around the world. Yes! That actually exists. If you would like to see what The Slay Baby Collective is all about just click here...

I hope that you enjoyed today’s post. If you would like to get caught up on the rest of the How To Series posts click here. I cannot believe tomorrow is the last day! 30 straight days of blogs. Wow! Almost there and then it’s CHALLENGE COMPLETE for me!!! I am so proud of myself and thankful for everyone who was a part of the How to Series. As I could not have made it as good as it is without you…

Please let me know what you thought about the post today. Leave a comment below. Please and Thank You.

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Wishing you a wonderful week!

KAG

 

 

HOW TO BE WELL

Today I wanted to share a few things that you really should do to just BE WELL! These tips are great for your overall health and well being. Don’t be overwhelmed if you haven’t done any since last year just make it a priority to get them done throughout the month. The first step is making a list…

When was the last time you went to the dentist or your primary doctor? If it’s been a while make a phone call and schedule an appointment. It really is that simple! Everyone is so busy and working these days that we sometimes forget to make the time to take care of ourselves.

Well my friend now is the time…

Follow up with any doctors that you have been putting off. I am telling you this as it has become my full time job for over a year now since learning over my NMO diagnosis.

Do you know how many patients your doctor will see in a week? I doubt it! You are just another name on a list. It is YOUR JOB to follow up if you want answers. If you are not sure how to do so email me and I will give you a step by step. I am telling you I am a PRO at this sh*t! Sorry for the swears but it is necessary. I feel like I am saving my own life every day.

YOU must be your own advocate and be proactive in any and all things medical. Always, ALWAYS get a second opinion if you are looking for answers regarding a specific medical issue you happen to be going through. And maybe even a third opinion. Don’t be shy or feel bad! This is your life we are talking about. You only have one to live so you must make the best choices in these matters. Again, I am telling you all of this from experience…

If you would like to learn more about my health journey and how to be proactive click here…

SELF CARE. Do you partake? If not, make the time. Even if it is ten minutes. Meditate, listen to some relaxing music, journal, listen to a podcast or cook a delicious meal. What ever your body is craving. Mind, body and soul. Just check the hell out! It is so important to do this every day or every other day even if it’s for five minutes. It will completely change the mood you were in. When you have more time like on a Saturday or Sunday treat yourself to a spa day. Either at a new hotel or at home. I am not going to lie. I love my DIY spa days. I put on a face and hair mask, sit in a bubble bath and just zone out. At times I bring a book or even my tablet to catch up on my shows. I know seriously? Yes. I am that girl! However, don’t knock it until you try it. Having a tv in the bathroom is amazing. Why do you think they are in your hotel bathrooms? Hello? lol

Lastly, I want to share something with you that has really been helping me through my recent health diagnosis. That is doTERRA Essential Oils. I tried them once and I was sold. I just love the fact that they can help you from the inside out. You can use them topically for your body and your home as well. Adding them in all my healthy juices and meals I create just adds so many additional health benefits. This info is just a tiny bit of what the oils can do for you and your overall well being.

I believe so much in this product that I have now become a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. What that means is that you can order all your doTERRA Essential Oils through my website which you can find right here.

As always, sharing is caring. If you have a friend that you feel could benefit from today’s blog post or anything else on my site I would love it if you could share it with them!

Please leave me a comment below to let me know what you do to “be well” and take care of yourself or maybe how you would like to change.

Wishing you a wonderful Day!

KAG

One more thing…

Today on #GivingTuesday, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center will be matching up to $2 million of funds raised for US nonprofits through Facebook’s charitable giving tools. I would truly appreciate it if you would create an NMO fundraiser on Facebook or hit the “Donate” button on The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation’s Facebook page. Neuromyelitis Optica is the autoimmune disease that I have and that there is no cure for. A disease where getting a chemo treatment twice a year for the rest of my life is the only way to prevent a relapse. You can learn more about NMO here…

Donations can be matched up to $50,000 per nonprofit, with a max of $1,000 per fundraiser or donate button, until the $2 million in matching funds run out. And, Facebook is waiving all fees for donations to nonprofits on #GivingTuesday. Don’t miss out on this incredible fundraising opportunity to double your donations! #GiveTueNMO

Thanks for letting me share this today…

 

 

 

 

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY WITH AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

The Universe works in such a crazy way sometimes. Ironically this blog post had already been scheduled as the How To Series post for the day. If you saw my Instagram post earlier today then you will understand how I am feeling right now and why I am talking about the Universe. I have less Chemo so it is time to get back on track with my healthy eating. I started my morning off with some Bulletproof Coffee and a Thanksgiving Stir Fry (leftovers) and feeling great so far!

You can listen to my latest podcast show here which explains it all…

As you may or may not know I was originally diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis lat year and now know that I do not have MS. I actually have an extremely rare autoimmune disease called NMO aka Neuromyelitis Optica.

You can learn more about it here…

Since then my personal and professional life has had to completely change. One thing I refuse to change is my positive attitude. Yes, I have those days that I cry and I am curled up in a ball in bed. But you will never see me posting a negative comment about it on Facebook. I just don’t want to bring negative energy or comments into my life!

My advice to anyone with a medical condition is to surround yourself with the most positive group of people. That includes your Doctors! Seriously even them! You have to be strong for yourself in order to get better and stay healthy. My mantra which you’ve probably seen me post before is Positive, Productive, Happy and Healthy. And this is how I choose to live my life…

The first thing I did when I found out I was sick was search for other patients online. I needed more information. I needed to speak with others that knew exactly how I was feeling. I was just thrown into a world of unknown and needed to find answers and others going through the same experience. And that is what I continue to do every day. Now I use my voice to help spread awareness about all of my recent diagnosis in the JUST FOR US COMMUNITY.

There are so many people out there that think they are alone. But they are not! They just need to want to find others out there. They need to be extremely proactive and want to do it. That is a must! Trust me it’s a full time zero paying job being your own advocate. I know my voice matters and can help others if I use it. I realized this when I started posting videos about my chronic illnesses. I’ve received hundreds of messages and emails from others wanting more info as well as providing me with info that I am so grateful for and messages thanking me because I made the video in the first place. That part is and still is crazy because I was just doing it for me! I needed an outlet…

I remember the day I got diagnosed. I cried my eyes out. My friends hugged me and told me I was going to be OK! There is no way I could hide this! I needed everyone to know so I could find others that were going through the same thing. I needed help and answers as this was the one thing I just could not fix or change. I was so frustrated but thank god for social media because that is where I found everything and everyone I needed to know! Part of me didn’t want to post because of clients finding out. But then I thought if they think I couldn’t handle their workload then they didn’t really know me. Everyone knows I am a Happy Workaholic and always have been. And they know my personality, which is I NEVER EVER give up!!!

And being healthy has a lot to do with how you feel. I personally feel that the less gluten, dairy and sugar are best. I’ve read up and researched a lot of “diets” and feel that everything in moderation is also the key to feeling your best. Everybody’s body is also very different. So go with what makes you feel your best. I go back and forth with eating meat. Some weeks I eat it every day and then I will go weeks without it. So you really just need to listen to what your body is craving in at the moment. What you do is up to you so just make the choices that will help you more in the long run.

Two very important things I would like to suggest you do are meditate and journal. Being around positive friends is one thing but you really need to be and feel comfortable in your alone time. Find a great book filled with blank ages and write your thoughts away. Trust me you will feel so good after a little “brain dump” session. As far as meditation I love using apps like Insight Timer and Relax Melodies. If you have an autoimmune disease you most likely will have some stress and anxiety that goes along with it. These apps will help you in that department. Try a few out the first week to see which ones work the best and then switch to one in the morning and one at night and use them consistently. I think even a quick five minute meditation will help you as you are just starting off!

I even love a good bubble bath filled with essential oils. Lavender and Eucalyptus work the best for me. If you want to learn more about essential oils feel free to check out my Doterra site here…

I would love to know if there are certain meals you love cooking. Please leave them in the comments. I post a lot of mine on my Pinterest as well as Instagram. I will leave those links for you below…

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Wishing you all a wonderful Monday!

KAG

TEN TRAVEL TIPS FROM A PRO

Everyone has their own way of preparing for a trip. You may start weeks ahead or be a pro at last minute packing. Either way it’s just nice to have a few back ups or new ideas. Sometimes that moment comes along when you’re like “Sh*t I can’t believe I forgot to bring that”! Or maybe a “Why didn’t I ever think of that”? Am I right?

So here are my top ten travel tips! Some you may already do and some may have you thinking I am crazy OCD! However, if you have been reading my How To Series all month you would know more about me and know that being organized times ten is just my norm…

TOP TEN TRAVEL TIPS

1: Do your research.

It does not matter if you are going away for business or pleasure, you should always do your research and prepare. You should look up local restaurants and shops because supporting local is important everywhere! Just saying. Contact a few people on social media that you may want to connect with later on. Ask them for their two cents on some places you’ve found online. I’m telling you this will really enhance your trip. And by doing it ahead of time you are not running around frantic or stressed. As trips are meant to be enjoyed. Even business trips.

2: Plan an itinerary and/or schedule.

You don’t want to be scheduled too much but you definitely want to have some sort of a plan to make sure you don’t overspend on traveling to each destination you are looking to visit. You also want to make sure you see everything on your list! Creating a schedule is just so you are able to see it on paper or a list on your phone. It may remind you of something else you wanted to do!

3: Packing and shipping.

The world we live in now is so different than 10-15 years ago. If you fly commercial you are sometimes charged for breathing room now! Just kidding! But the extra charges are getting to be a bit ridiculous. Not all airlines thank god just some of them. This is where shipping comes in. Next time you have a trip planned and have a lot to take I would definitely suggest looking into shipping a few things. It is cheaper to send a FedEx or UPS box than an checking an additional suitcase at the airport. Check it out. I’m sure you will be able to save some money in this department!

4: Stay charged up!

Bring your chargers for your chargers! Bring batteries. Bring extra batteries to charge the battery pack. These are on the list of you will spend a fortune buying them on vacation if you forgot them at home. Lay out all of your devices on the bed before packing to make sure you have everything you need for them. This is what I do! It makes it a lot easier. Then get those Ziplocs out and ready to go!

5:  Packing advice. Roll everything!

As you may have read this week I used to travel a lot. I would fly almost every week and to a completely different climate. One week I was in Panama, the next Alaska then sunny San Diego and Hawaii. I would have to bring an every day wardrobe as well as a formal work attire in one suitcase to fit all of these climates. How I did this was I rolled everything. I rolled things inside of other rolls of clothing and stacked them in rows. I would then pack my breakables in towels in between them to create layer. You will be shocked when you see how much more room you have packing this way. You also need Ziplocs and a lot of them. Ziplocs can be used to store everything! They will also help save you a ton of room in your luggage as well as keep it nice and organized.

6: Prepare what to eat and what type of food to eat.

These days most restaurants can accommodate any diet restrictions but you want to make sure you find those great places to dine beforehand so you are not stressed right before a meal. Going out to eat should absolutely be enjoyable not a stressful situation. Make a list of what type of dining you want to enjoy too! Italian, Mediterranean, Asian cuisine etc. In Vegas especially choosing your dining can be overwhelming because there are just so many options. And going off the grid aka off “the strip” is also a great choice! Pick a day of your trip to go where the locals go.

7: Carry on your essentials and back ups.

I am by no means telling you this to jinx you but you always need to plan and be prepared. God forbid your luggage gets lost and you are on your way to a deal making meeting. Please do not pack anything for that meeting in a suitcase you check! You MUST have those items on you or ahead of you. Feel free to refer back to Tip #3 packing and shipping if you need a reminder.

8: Download Apps and save money!

This is one of those tips that a lot of people don’t think about doing. Some apps are only available in certain cities and if you are a new customer you are sure to save! No matter what the case may be. Hotels also have many ways for you to save. A players card or VIP member of some sort. Just research these before you hop on that flight so that you can start saving as soon as you land. Social media is the easiest way to find these codes and/or apps. Contact me here if you need any Vegas deals…

9: Make lists on your phone.

I have lists for my lists. I am not kidding! I know that is extreme but it keeps me organized and prepared at all times. On the down time you have flying or sitting in the car put together a plan for your stay. This is to make sure you don’t forget the attractions, places or restaurants you really want to go to. We all know trips can be a bit stressful so why not try to avoid that!

10: Experience and enjoy!

You are on a trip for a reason. Whether it’s for work or personal you just need to enjoy every moment of it! Take lots of pics, videos and your journal if you have one. But not to the point where you are not fully present! Trust me I used to be one of those. Enjoy every moment because you deserve it…

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KAG

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TRAVEL LIKE A PRO TO LAS VEGAS!

I cannot believe I have lived in Vegas for almost six years! That is a record for me! As someone who has lived in ten cities over the last ten years you can only imagine how odd that feels. I always get asked…How do you live here all year long? or Why am I not on the East Coast? To be honest with you I’m not sure I could do what I do anywhere else. As more of my business has moved online I could work from anywhere. However, what I want and need would not be at my finger tips as it is here in Vegas! And most of what I want is here in Vegas and just not found anywhere else!

The reason why I moved to Vegas in the first place was because I took a promotion with a company I was working for in the world of private aviation and luxury vehicles. Per usual, I said YES! Packed up my two 70 pound suitcases and hopped on a flight from San Diego. Seriously! I didn’t even have time to look for an apartment because they needed me right away. I got to live in various hotels on “The Strip” for quite some time. So if you ever need to know how to save money on “The Strip” I am your girl! Contact me here…

I wanted to share some tips with you from a few of my friends who have some pretty demanding and reputable jobs here in town. In my opinion they are the best at what they do! And as I always say SERVICE IS KEY. In any industry but especially in Las Vegas and they all do just that!

A few tips I would like to give you is to hire someone who knows the ins and outs of the city. Someone who can create a complete itinerary for you with your budget. Someone who will be able to save you money in one place to be able to use the extra in another. For example: Locals get great rates on attractions. That would save you money. Then that extra money you would have used can be put towards better seats at a show! Get it! By the way I create a pretty dam good itinerary. Just saying…

Always hire a Professional to help you create the best experience for you. It doesn’t matter if you are here for a convention or bachelorette! There is always time to get things done. Vegas is 24 hrs!  I’m speaking from experience as I have had clients email me lists of what they need prior to their arrival. I shop for it so it is here for when they arrive and deliver it to them. That saves them time and money and that is just something simple.

If you are looking to come to Vegas just to get away you should keep in mind holidays and calendar holidays as rates are much higher. If you are coming with a group and you have been nominated to plan the trip then absolutely contact someone to help you plan everything. Your trip will be so much more enjoyable without the stress of you planning it all.

I had a group of 18 last year that I had planned every dinner, transportation and event for. I had concierges doing meet and greets and texting me throughout the trip so I knew when and where that group was if I wasn’t there myself. I do this because I am a perfectionist and want every single person I deal with leaving Las Vegas extremely happy and wanting to come back for more…

Over fight weekend a few years ago I had 48 people I was personally in charge of. That was just completely insane! I manged it (through many miracles). And everyone left happy. We all made a lot of money but then I ended up in the hospital. I was prepared times ten but that weekend was definitely out of the norm. I had armed protection with me at some points. It was just insane! My point is hire a professional to take care of your trip. If my clients tried to book anything themselves that weekend they would have been in their rooms. Even the pools had 3-4 hour lines to get into. It does not matter what you plan on doing or spending. The point is you deserve the best service when you are here. So you must try to plan as ahead as you can. And that is what I did for those groups. They all left happy and that made me happy…

So if you are planning a trip to Vegas let me know and I can help create THE BEST itinerary for you! If you are in need of an Event Planner I can also do that! When someone contacts me to produce an event for them I send them a document to fill out. It is just a list of questions to answer so that we are on the same page. Budget, design, purpose, branding etc. This is one of my favorite ways to work with clients coming to town. Producing and designing events…

Here are a few tips from a Concierge for first timers…

Tip #1: Don’t try to cram everything into one trip, there is just too much to do in so little time. Pick a few key things and stick with those.

Tip #2: Plan in advance! Too many people wait till the night of or the day before to buy tickets or book a reservation and then get upset when they don’t get what they want. Trust me, the price won’t go down for good shows just because there are empty seats.

Tip #3: Trust your Concierge. The last thing we want is to spoil your vacation and send you somewhere you won’t like. It’s our job to make you happy and give you the best trip possible!

Why use a Concierge?

Yes, you can read reviews online and even book your experiences so why use a Concierge? As the old saying goes, time is money. It’s simple really, Concierge saves you time by being your one stop shop for everything you want to do (as long as it’s legal and ethical). You don’t have to waste hours on end researching that best seat for a show or picking from the two dozen steakhouses. Give us some info and we guide you in the right direction. Our goal in the end…make you happy! Hotels pay us to make you happy so why not use us, we’re free (although gratuity is always appreciated).

Another Concierge tip…

Always sign up for a Player’s Card at properties. It doesn’t matter if you gamble. There are so many more benefits such as restaurant and shopping discounts that are definitely something you should take advantage of! The more you spend and swipe the more discounts. Also room upgrades are possible. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?

Thousands of people come to Las Vegas just for the club scene. And out of that large group I would say 75% of them have no idea that the lines to get into a club here can be 3-4 hours long (depending on the DJ). All I can say is that you must use a reputable Host. You have to spend the money to have the best experience. Do you think if someone gave you free show tickets it would be the best show and seats on The Strip? I don’t think so…

You need to use a host that has been in the business for years and has built a strong following based on excellent service. That host for that I would recommend is Johnny Reyes.

See Johnny’s Do’s and Dont’s below…

Do: Always get a Host to help sort out your itinerary. They live here and know a lot more than what you think or have heard. Let them know: How many people in your group, budget, likes and dislikes, dates, and other activities you might want to do.

Always tip, an average tip can range $100-$200 per club. If you have a good Host they will get you faster entry, better tables, girls, and take all the worries out of your trip.

Ask what time to arrive and try to be there on time. Sometimes clubs do sell out and it sucks having to tell people “I told you so”.

Don’t: Don’t ever prepay someone you don’t know! Don’t worry about having everything setup before you come out. Many people change their plans day of or book a club within hours of opening. Don’t shop around different clubs and Host thinking your gonna get some crazy better deal. Most Hosts know each other and we also talk. If your thinking of another club just let us know, you don’t have to make up some huge lie and give us the run around.

I hope this information will be useful in planning your next trip. And I would love to help you with any questions you may have so that you can have the most enjoyable stay here in Las Vegas!

And be sure to contact Johnny next time you are in Las Vegas for any and all day and nightclub bookings you have and be sure to tell him I sent you!

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MY STORY AND TIPS FOR YACHTING

Once upon a time (2007) I lived in a Crew House. The best way to explain a crew house to you is that it is like a sorority and fraternity house combined and everyone who stays there works on yachts. Either you are dry docked (boat is out of water for maintenance), a day worker (working on a variety of yachts per day as extra crew) or in between boats (looking for a new job). Most of these houses are located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida which is basically the hub of yachting as well as the home to the largest boat show in the world.

I had a friend in yachting that suggested I should stay in a crew house to meet some new people in the area. Back Story: I was in the FT. Lauderdale/Miami area because I had just resigned from my cruiseship life and traveling all over the world. I was definitely ready to enjoy a few weeks off and figure out what my next step would be. At this time it was Boat Week. Basically like the Super Bowl of yachting so I was lucky to even get a room at a crew house.

From the moment I walked into my crew house I was asked which boat I had come from? How long I had been in yachting etc? My answer was I’m a Pro Makeup Artist. Their response was all the same. How the hell did you find our crew house? And why are you here? Do you do makeup on yachts? lol.

I was welcomed by 17 other roommates that evening as we of course were hosting a party for another crew house. That’s right! There were 18 of us! It was like the Real World of yachting. I was having the time of my life and meeting the most amazing people from all around the world which I was used to and loved! I think I was one of maybe four Americans in the house at that time.

We partied hard! That I do remember. And somehow everyone woke up at 5am to get to their yacht to make sure they were polished and in pristine shape. I did not know how they pulled that off every day in the hot sun especially after a night of drinking.

One of these afternoons while I had the house to myself the crew house phone rang. I answered it. The gentlemen on the other line said he was a Captain of a boat and needed an American Stew ASAP. And by that I mean they had already left South Beach and were driving to Ft. Lauderdale to come and pick up who that American would be. That is how fast paced the world of yachting works. I said yes I was American but I am a makeup artist. I was once a stewardess on a small cruiseline but I had never been on a yacht before. They said that’s ok we will show you everything. We just need you for three days. He didn’t really give me a chance to ask any more questions or say no. So about 60 minutes later I was all packed up and in their car driving back to Fisher Island with them to work on a yacht!

That’s how my life in yachting began. That one boat decided to keep me for three weeks. And after that I was hooked! I was officially a “yachtie”. I may have looked like a guest on board at some times because of the amount of luggage I always had with me. Knowing how to store all of that in the smallest of spaces became my forte! This is why I am a Pro at organizing anything and everything. Side note: Most “yachties” travel with one bag! I had two 70 pound suitcases. lol.

After the first yacht job was over I realized that if I wanted to stay in the industry I would need an agent or agents. So I got four! I submitted my CV (Resume) to all of them and waited for a boat to call for a permanent job. In between the waiting I ended up working for another owner and a circle of his friends. The yachting world is very small so if you work your ass off and excel at your job everyone will know! And that is what I did.

Cut to almost three years later I had worked on over 20 motor yachts. I traveled all over the East Coast, Caribbean, West Indies and South and Central America as well as the Panama Canal. Bucket list was checked for that 13 times! I held many positions throughout this time period. I was a Stewardess, Chief Stewardess, Makeup Artist, Manager, Stylist, Cook, Nanny, Personal Shopper and Assistant. I did it all! NO is not a word in the yachting vocabulary.

I met some of the best crews out there and are still in touch with them of course through Facebook, Instagram and Skype. Thank god for that. My career was definitely not the norm as most stay on one boat with a contract. I hopped from boat to boat because I had created relationships with owners, captains, crew and my agents. When the next job was up I went! I’m not sure I ever said no! To a day off either! The job was addicting…

That is the very short story of my yachting career as crew. Years later I have held other positions for owners. Whether I provide them help finding crew, redesign interior or table setting layouts or find them a client for an actual charter, personal shopping or assisting. And by shopping I mean you have 4-5 Escalades full of new items for the boat! It’s like you robbed the store but paid on your Black Amex you carried around. No big deal right?

You honestly never know what will be asked of you? But I made sure to always get the job done 150% so of course they continued to call. I was and am still extremely lucky in that department…

I wanted to also share an Owner and a Chief Stewardess perspective on yachting so please continue to read on below…

Charlotte is an incredibly poised Chief Stewardess that worked in yachting for over 5 years. See what packing tips she would like to share with you…

Tip #1: Take lots of shoe bags & loads of ziplocks for dirty and wet things.

Tip #2: Split cards and currency up into two different places. It’s awful having anything stolen, but it happens, splitting these ensures you can still function. It happened to me arriving at Nice Airport. €1k Euros gone and a few cards. Thank goodness my phone and another card were elsewhere and I got some breakfast and a coffee and got on the phone.

Tip #3: Pack Silks. Easy to steam (way easier than linen) out and teeny tiny to pack so more outfit options in hotter destinations.

Tip #4: Adapt your moisturizer and make up according to the weather. Sports makeup has come a long way. Great for humid conditions and ski fields.

Meet David. Owner of a MY Champagne based in San Diego, CA.

When booking a charter (rental of a boat) he suggests that answering as many questions asked (by your broker) as possible is the key to a great trip!

What type of event/charter?

Party or relaxed trip?

What size group?

Budget?

Location/Itinerary?

When most guests charter they want to experience a lifestyle that they would normally never be exposed too. Whether it be for two weeks or two nights.

That is what a yacht charter is all about…

And here are a few more tips from me…Kelly…

Always hire a broker or agent. This will ensure any request is properly and legally taken care of. Customs and transfers of large sums of money can be a bit tricky!

Send the yacht any food allergies and/or menu requests when booking charter. This goes for floral decor and liquor/wine requests as well. You may not be able to get what your guests asks for last minute because you are anchored away from a very small island! No one is going to be able to drop you what you want from the sky upon mid charter request. Although some guests think so 🙂

If you are “green” (brand new) to the yachting industry or looking to charter any size vessel please feel free to reach out to me any time. You can contact me right here…

Maybe you need help building an itinerary or you have a random yacht question? I promise I will be able to have an immediate answer for you…

I hope you enjoyed my story and learned more about yachting today.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday and don’t forget to leave a comment below with your question…

KAG

 

TIPS FOR FLYING COMMERCIAL

Are you planning a flight sometime soon? Counting down the days until takeoff? Trying to squeeze all of your belongings into that new suitcase? Today I want to help you and share with you a few points of view from cabin crew and pilots before you book your next trip. With years of experience flying commercial aircraft both domestic and internationally these friends of mine offered to give me some great advice to share with all of you. Listen up passengers! These tips may have you thinking and acting a bit differently when you board your next plane…

A few tips from a cabin crew member…

Tip #1: Travelling together, check in early (in person or online) you’ll almost certainly get to sit together. Going solo? Leave it last minute, you’re more likely to get upgraded (if you look the part).

Tip #2: Minimize jet lag by snoozing lots, eating light and only drinking water…might sound boring but you’ll be glad you took it easy when you leap outta bed day 1 of your trip!

Tip #3: Make the crew love you! Don’t freak cause we ran out of chicken or poke me in the ribs when you need extra sugar. Make my job easy and it’s amazing how often I forget to charge for liquor (I know I said just water but you’re on vaycay. It can’t hurt).

Tips and Advice from a Pilot

Always be at the airport on time, even if the weather is good. Good weather means more traffic at the airport and longer lines going thru security.
During bad weather, give yourself extra time to get to the airport. Check traffic for accidents or construction that will delay your arrival at airport..
Pack necessary clothing. According to destination, but always a light jacket and long socks just in case a warm day turns into a chilly day.
I always put my socks and underwear inside my workout shoes. It gives me more room to take other stuff.
If you forget something at home, like toothpaste, toothbrush etc. most hotels will have it.
Always check the airport van schedules and pick up and drop off locations. Sometimes Uber is a lot faster.
Once in the air..if you like to use the bathroom often, take an aisle seat, if you like to nap, the window.
If gate agents are offering to check your bags to your destination, do it…saves time when you deplane.
Obey the announcements from the crew, be courteous and patient during a delay.
Be nice to the flight attendants, they notice who is not a good passenger.
At the end of flight a good thank you for a great flight or what a nice landing, makes our day better.

 

Another Pilot’s perspective…

Check weather where you are going and where you are connecting.  Final destination may be good but where you are connecting might be snowed in.
If on a cruise allow some time cushion on both ends. Planes fly all over the country or world and a lot goes into the overall experience so if it’s delayed, don’t get mad.
Unless the agent is being rude, always be nice and courteous to airline representatives. Many will go out of there way when you’re nice and compassionate.
Know that a lot goes into flying massive planes with passengers into crosswinds and weather is a big factor. So it’s not always easy to make the smoothest flight or landing.
A ton of work goes into just the flight from creating a flight plan, the dispatch flight release with all the weights/fuel and best route.  Not simple get on bus then get off. Proper preplans and execution are a must!
Tips for new pilots…Be prepared and budget for an unplanned overnight at hotel in case flight diverts or breaks down. Have something basic in carry on.
It’s Kelly now…
It’s always great to hear another perspective and point of view isn’t it? This is why I have asked a number of my friends in the travel industry to be involved this week.
For some who travel frequently and perhaps everyday they don’t think twice about all the planning, prepping and safety measures that go into a smooth flight. The flight that you may be on your phone/computer the whole time. Next time you board look up and greet your flight attendant. Don’t stare at your phone. It’s just nice to be acknowledged.
Everyone in any service industry deserves a smile and a thank you. I mean if you’re really excited a high five or hand shake too! In all seriousness, next time you fly be sure to thank your crew and anyone that helped you before, during and after your flight. It’s just the right thing to do…
Until next time…
KAG
PS Do you have an in-flight story you would like to share? Leave it below in the comments. Let’s talk about it!