Celebrating Every Tiny Win

So here's a question for you today, friend: What big projects are you been working on this week? What due dates are looming ahead? What unfinished tasks are staring up at you from your to-do list?

Odds are, there are a lot of things taking up space in your mind right now.

But today I want you to take a figurative step back from that and reflect with me on your accomplishments.

Specifically, your tiny wins.

The small successes you don’t give yourself credit for often enough.

The little things you feel silly being proud of.

The things you think are “just part of the job” and don’t deserve special recognition.

A tiny win can be learning a new technique in Photoshop, meeting a big project deadline in time after struggling with time management, reaching a new follower count after working hard on your social media channels, sourcing a new branded client gift, or taking a deep breath and letting go of your perfectionist tendencies on a project.

Celebrate Every Tiny Win as an Entrepreneur

Why is it important to reflect on our tiny wins? I’m glad you asked.

  1. It grounds us in gratitude.

    When we’re caught up in the hustle, it’s so easy to forget how far we’ve already come and start blaming ourselves for not being far enough down the road. Remembering the progress we’ve made or that cool skill we’ve picked up helps us treat ourselves with more compassion and feel thankful for our unique journey.

  2. It helps us view "failures" as stepping-stones instead of the end to our story.

    When we mess up, make a mistake, or faceplant it’s easy to doubt ourselves. Often-times that doubt can paralyze us from moving forward if we believe we won’t ever be good enough or see success. But if we celebrate our tiny-wins, even in the midst of an epic fail, it’s easier to bounce back and remember that every failure gets us closer to our goal. I like to approach life from the "everything is an experiment" mentality... that way there truly are no failures. 

  3. It boosts our morale and motivation so we can do good work.

    When we regularly take time to celebrate small accomplishments, it puts us in a positive headspace and reframes our thinking. We’re much more likely to dive into our tasks when we’re feeling happy about the work we do, right? And we’ll do much better work if we’re motivated to do so.

  4. It helps us stay rested and refreshed in the midst of the hustle.

    We ALL know how it feels to be stuck in the hustle with our nose to the grindstone all. day. long. As entrepreneurs, it’s so easy to burn out. We have to protect ourselves from burn out the best we can. Aside from planning intentional vacations or weekends off the grid, we should also plan rest into our daily schedule.

    This can mean taking meaningful breaks and setting good boundaries… but I’d argue that celebrating our tiny wins can also be a great way to refresh our energy. Especially if they’re paired with a small reward, like a trip to your favorite coffee shop on your lunch break! So go on, celebrate your hard work in a tangible way! You’ve earned it.

  5. And last but not least… these accomplishments may seem tiny on the surface, but their roots run deep.

    Let’s say you’ve been battling the comparison monster but decided to take the high road and send a kind message to the Instagrammer you envy. Um, can we just take a second to celebrate that heart shift? That intentional step in the right direction is going to have a big impact on you. Maybe next time you see a post from her, you won’t feel even a hint of jealousy. Maybe it’ll even inspire you. Maybe you and the ‘grammer-next-door will even become fast friends or business partners one day.

    You never know where a tiny win can take you or how deeply it can impact you, your business, and your life.

I’d love to know… how do YOU celebrate your tiny wins? Or if this perspective is brand-new to you, how would you like to celebrate your small accomplishments? Please share your ideas below. I can't wait to hear about what works for you. 

Preparing for 2018

Its that time of year again, friends. When the cold sets in and we all start gearing up for the new year. I'm not a big fan of the snow, but I do love a fresh start! The past 2 years I created a downloadable and printable calendar to use in my office and shared it with all of you. It was a big hit, so I wanted to create one for 2018 too. I've got mine hanging on a clipboard and switch it out each month. Super fun!


Click HERE to download and print your copy today. And I'd love to see how you use it in your own space. Share on Instagram with the hashtag: #yourampersandstudio. 

2018 is going to be great! What is a business goal that you're setting? How can I support you and your big dreams? 

Remember Why You Started

Remember why you started - How to navigate the ebbs and flows of entrepreneurship. - www.yourampersandstudio.com

Sometimes this whole running-your-own-business thing is hard, isn’t it?

Sometimes we’re just tired. No, exhausted.
Sometimes we’re just afraid. No, terrified.
Sometimes we’re just stuck. No, paralyzed.
Sometimes we’re just worried. No, anxious. 
Sometimes we’re just burnt out. No, depleted.

In those moments it’s easy to want to close our laptops for good and hide under the covers, away from the world and our responsibilities.

Sometimes it hurts too much.

I understand. 

Business is not for the faint of heart. If you didn’t know that going in, you definitely know it now. But encountering fear, paralysis, anxiety, and stress along the way is normal.

So, so normal. You haven’t failed. You’re just hitting a rough spot, and that’s okay.

If that’s you right now, I’m here for you. I am in your corner, rooting for you. I know how you feel. I feel that way sometimes too. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed that all I want to do is crawl in bed and watch Netflix for hours. Sometimes I feel like I have too many tasks and not enough time… so why try at all? Sometimes I believe the lie that I’m not cut out for business.


Today I’m here to tell you some good news that I hope will lift your heart: this too shall pass.

It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass. ;)

If I’ve learned anything in my years as a business owner, it’s that the journey of being an entrepreneur will ebb and flow.

You’ll have great days. AMAZING days. Days where you feel like you’re on top of the world. Days where you feel so ALIVE and ALIGNED and ON FIRE.

And you’ll have some so-so days. BUSY days. Days where you're head-down, laptop open and nose to the grindstone. Days where you are deep in the hustle and know you’re building something great but you still need five cups of coffee.

And then you’ll have some hard days.  

But I promise... this is normal. All of it. You’re not weird, you're not alone, and you’re not failing this business thing! You’re doing great.

Today I want to give you some advice for when you’re facing those hard days: Remember why you started. Why did you start your business? Go beyond “I wanted to earn some extra money.” I want you to get deeper than that.

Why did you start?

Maybe you started your business or side gig because you wanted to escape poverty once and for all and give your children the life you never had. 

Maybe your creativity was always championed by your dear grandmother, and after she passed away you decided that your gifts would not go unused. 

Maybe you were compelled to start a business to alleviate some of the world’s great hurt and are committed to serving others and reminding them that they are worthy.

Maybe you know entrepreneurship is woven into your very DNA and want to leave a legacy of hard work and excellence behind for those who follow.

Many times, the reason we started will make us cry. So if you’re tearing up right now as you think about your why, you're on the right track.

Remember why you started - how to navigate the ebbs and flows of entrepreneurship. - www.yourampersandstudio.com

My why? I'm on a mission to empower those who feel like they don't have a voice and help them to tell their story in a way that they're proud of - in a way that they think and know is beautiful. And this makes me tear up because I've gone so long feeling unheard and unseen myself, and through what I've learned and the tools I have I now know that my story is beautiful and worth sharing.

Remembering why I started is so dear to me… I know it will be dear to you too. So hold it close. 

Every time you hit a bump in the road or another valley, remember your why. Remind yourself of why you put in the work...why you were moved to do what you do...why you serve who you serve.

It truly makes all the difference.

And remember: I am inspired by you, friend, and always cheering you on. I'd love to hear about your why. Please share the reason why you started in the comments below. Let's encourage each other as we continue on this entrepreneurial journey together.

Support, not Shame

Even on days when I can only take little steps forward, I'm grateful for the forward motion. There is always something new to learn.

"Choose one small adjustment to make today... give yourself support not shame." - www.yourampersandstudio.com

My friend @sarajanecase said it so well the other day that I'm clinging to her words and had to share them with you too:

"Choose one small adjustment to make today... One thing that will take you closer to the life you want to live. Keep it simple and don’t change yourself, change the way your engaging with yourself, give yourself support not shame!"

So I'm making some changes with the food I eat and giving a plant-based whole food diet a try, which means no meat, something I haven't tried for my stomach before. I'm excited to see what might come of this change, and I'm going to approach it with this quote in mind... giving myself support and grace and rest and time. 

What is a way that you can apply this quote in your life? How can you give yourself support and not shame? I'd love to hear your thoughts. And if it's too personal for a public comment, you can always send me a DM on Facebook or Insta. <3 

Motivation Monday: Is this the way we would start?

Something for you to think about today and contemplate as we jump into a new work week.

For so many people, Mondays are something they dread... but I think that if you're doing work that you're passionate about and find meaning in, getting to start another work week can be so exciting! 
What comes to mind when you think about this question? I'd love to hear your thoughts and perspective, be it about personal life, business, friendship, weight loss, marriage or anything.
Such a powerful question, right?!