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How and Why to Set Up Your Email Automated Responder

Most people rarely if ever use the Vacation Responder tool in email. When they do, it's typically employed for literal instances of vacation or perhaps extended sick leaves or maternity leave. But you know what? You can type whatever you want into a Responder, and so you really do not need to limit your use to times when you are not working. No really. You can.

If you are already sold on this method and want to skip to the directions on how to set up your Automated Responder in Gmail, scroll down to the first screenshot. Otherwise, let's take a minute to talk about the benefits. The video includes both!

A few months ago I came to the realization that email had more power over my day than I felt appropriate. Have you heard the theory that if you don't set your priorities, someone else will? I didn't want to leave my schedule up to my inbox. So I did what many like-minded business owners have done before me and set up an Automated Responder that I leave up 100% of the time....

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Let's Talk Theory: The Self-Isolating Mistake You Can't Afford to Make

I have a little childhood anecdote for you that has helped me indicate how I do business AND relationships in general. I call it the 'French Braid Theory' because it all began as a blip of a conversation between two second grade girls chatting about the challenge of learning to French braid.

The lesson can be applied to any circumstance where you have a skill that someone else would like to learn and how you choose to respond. Be cautious, because if you respond like she did- you may find yourself isolated from peers and stuck in a mindset of competition over collaboration.

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Did you catch the first Let's Talk Theory chat? If not, why not now? It's right over here!

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How to Make a Collage Board in Canva

See this collage board I made? I bet you've noticed these on your social media quite a lot over the past few years. They're fun, right? I bet you also thought they were tricky to make or that you had to be a graphic designer to put them together. FALSE! You can do it, too! All you need is an app or software that has a background remover tool, like Canva, Adobe Spark or even Microsoft Word (yeah, even word). Ready?

Today I'm going to teach you how to make a collage board in Canva because I believe it to be the easiest and most effective tool out there. I used to use even more advanced Adobe tools, like Photoshop, to make them. Turns out that is highly unnecessary now that the background remover tool has become so widespread. Basically, you're learning at the right time in history and saving quite a bit of time!

So first things first- you need to have a Canva Pro plan in order to have access to the background remover tool. The free version of Canva is super, You can also test out the...

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DIY Holiday Cards in Canva

Tired of spending $200 or more on holiday cards? Yeah, I thought so. I have good news though! You can get high quality cards with a modern design using your own photos and 10 minutes of handiwork using a FREE app called Canva. With absolutely zero graphic design background, you can overlay text, snow, etc. to fully personalized your card and customize it to an even further degree of detail than you can with Minted, Shutterfly, and all the big brands. 

I'm going to show you how and it's going to take you half an hour to learn AND make your own. In fact, don't be surprised if you find it to be so fun and easy and that you end up designing your neighbor's card, your sister's card, your bff's card... you get the idea.

If you know me, you know I'm all about enabling action. I am NOT the business consultant who makes clients feel like they need me at every turn. Nope. I have a lot of faith in your abilities and I want YOU to have that confidence in yourself. So let's get after...

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You Can Do It, If You Do It

One question I seem to get over and over from new clients is: Can I do "this"? 

"This" might be ‘start a new business’, ‘increase pricing structure’, ‘meet a certain goal on a tight timeline’, ‘start a blog when everyone seems to be starting a blog’ or any number of things. For you “this” is that front of mind question that dodges your confidence and continues to resurface while you busy yourself with everything else. So it's no surprise that it comes up time and time again. 90% of the time I give the same answer no matter what the "this" is:

"You can do it, if you do it."

I don’t say, “Why not give it a try?” Forget trying. Just do the thing. Because the difference between you and the person who watches all the doers meet their goals, get into flow, and tick off the boxes on their checklist is that YOU are going to DO the “thing”. 

Why do we feel compelled to ask permission? Why are...

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Let's Talk Theory: Three Things You Need to Know About Flow State

Welcome to the very first video in my brand new YouTube series, Let's Talk Theory! You are going to takeaway 3 things you absolutely must know about Flow State. Why? Because understanding flow state and choosing work themes and activities that allow you to tap into that flow will give you a huge jump on your ability to do critical things like problem solve and focus over long stretches of time. Getting into flow will also improve your relationship with and enjoyment of work. 

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN THIS VIDEO?

1. WHAT ‘FLOW STATE’ IS AND ISN’T

2. WHAT ACTIVITIES GET YOU INTO ‘FLOW STATE’

3. HOW GETTING INTO ‘FLOW STATE’ CAN BENEFIT YOU

Now grab a pen and paper, because I'm going to hit you with an exercise a few minutes in so that you can get the most out of this! Are you ready?

 

Now if you prefer to read over watching a video, you can get the main ideas below:

WHAT IS ‘FLOW STATE’?

In Positive Psychology, a...

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How to Convert a JPG to a PDF for FREE

Sometimes you need to convert a JPG to a PDF. This often happens when you need to sign some kind of paperwork or contract on the fly and return a copy to the person or company you're dealing with at the time. You don't want to come off as unprofessional by sending a photo of a document. That's no bueno. There are a few web-based converters out there to choose from, but I already did the work for you to figure out which one is the BEST. I'll show you, step by step, how to use my favorite JPG to PDF converter. And bonus points- this one will allow you to convert for FREE time and time again without forcing you into a free trial and subscription that you absolutely should not be paying for!

Why might you need to convert a JPG to a PDF?

  1. You take a picture on your phone and you need to save or email it as a PDF.
  2. You want to add a picture as a page in a PDF.

If you prefer to follow instructions in writing, I'm writing them out one by one for you. BUT, if...

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How to Convert an HEIC to a JPG for FREE

If you take photos on your phone, you may find yourself looking for a super fast way to convert an HEIC photo file to a JPG. You may have wondered, what even IS a HEIC? Welp, it's the container (file extension) that holds HEIF images or sequences of images, produced on newer phones. Thankfully there is an easy way to convert these files for FREE and you don't need any fancy software or apps to get it done. There are a few converters out there to choose from, but I already did the work for you to figure out which one is the BEST. I'll show you, step by step, how to use my favorite HEIC to PJG converter.

Why might you need to convert an HEIC to a JPG?

  1. You want to display an HEIC as an image on your website.
  2. You want to display an HEIC as an image in a document.
  3. You want to display an HEIC as an image in a video.

If you prefer to follow instructions in writing, I'm writing them out one by one for you. BUT, if...

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How to Convert a PDF to a JPG for FREE

Looking to find a quick way to convert a PDF to a JPG for free? I have good news- all you need is an internet connection and a computer! There are actually quite a few file converters out there, but I'm going to show you how to use my favorite one.

Why might you need to convert a PDF to a JPG?

  1. You want to display a PDF as an image on your website.
  2. You want to display a PDF as an image in a document.
  3. You want to display a PDF as an image in a video.

If you prefer to follow instructions in writing, I'm going to jot them down right here for you. BUT, if you're more of a video watcher, click play on the video above (it's a quick one!).

  1. Open your favorite internet browser and open a new tab with this page
  2. Scroll down to the middle of the page below the fold and look for the bold line "Pick the PDF document to convert to JPG"
  3. Click the blue 'Choose a PDF File' button and then select the PDF from your computer that you wish to convert.
  4. In the JPG quality drop...
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