Earlier this month I decided to get a smaller camera for more everyday use. I wanted to continue sharing small moments of my day on my social accounts, but neither my iphone nor my DSLR were ideal for my between-blog-post moments (most of them at home). While I loved the field of view and ease of using my iphone, I wanted more control and crisper photos than I was getting with my phone. My DSLR was just impractical for everyday use. The most obvious reason is its size, but beyond that, it’s not a full frame camera. When I launched the blog and shop in mid-2016, I just bought a beginner’s DSLR (Nikon D5300); I didn’t know the difference between a crop or full frame camera. My prime lenses for the DSLR don’t offer an analogous field of view as an iphone, and the kit lens is a disaster in low lighting. I needed something completely different than what I had. Something between the iphone and the DSLR… like an iphone on steroids!
Rather than admit what my goals are for year 2017, I thought it would be more helpful to my readers if I discussed the biggest lessons I learned from 2016. The year 2016 was a big year of change for me professionally. I resigned from an alternative investment firm and started my own online boutique. My youngest went from being a baby, to being a toddler with the energy of a cheetah. My three-year-old daughter quite literally grew into her own person in 2016, and asks me questions that not even the Google Gods would know how to answer. Chris and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary, and have now been a couple for more than half our lives. So without further ado, these are the biggest lessons I learned in 2016 on business, mothering, and marriage. Enjoy! View Post
It’s been a while since I’ve done a work-related post that wasn’t a photoshoot, so today I wanted to list the first 10 things I did when I started Ellie & June. A few months ago I did a post called My Starting Toolkit. I focused namely on my background and what competencies I had (and didn’t have) starting this little venture. Today’s post is different in that I’ll be listing the first several things that I actually did do; and my list may surprise you. View Post
As I read through my morning paper (okay, I’ll be honest… it was the paper from four days ago because I have two toddlers and I only get to read three sentences at a time), I couldn’t help but find myself jotting down notes in my newspaper. I confess that I skip right to the Business section every time, and if I’m really good, I can get to Money and Investing. I feel like I can count on my fingers how many times I’ve read through the main section. Unless it’s the second page of the main section which will address economic data… but anyway, I totally digress.
There’s too many things I love in this life, but somewhere at the top is reading and learning about other businesses. So today, as I’m reading about scrap metal in India and Bayer shifting some of its focus from pharmaceuticals to pesticides, I can’t help but think: Whoa. Running a business is scary. Don’t get me wrong. It’s also very rewarding and freeing; but at the same time there’s a degree of responsibility that is downright intimidating. There’s a whole entity that is dependent on good timely decision-making and execution, and there are so many ways you can really mess it up completely unintentionally.
So today, I wanted to talk about five of my biggest fears being a small business owner. These are in no way comprehensive, but were inspired from articles on my lap this morning (and one more from several months ago that has been on my desk with a post-it note). As a follow on, perhaps I’ll do a post highlighting specific things I do to address these. Enjoy my dear friends, and never let fear stop you from doing something great 🙂 View Post
Ever since I became a parent, I’ve had to make a more dedicated effort to find a work-life balance. I don’t even remember what things where like before that. Truly, my husband and I both worked full-time-plus (I just made up that word by the way) in startup companies, and I have zero recollection of ever thinking to myself “we should have a better work-life balance”. Not that that never happens by the way, it does. But when we had kids, I was like “wow, we totally suck here”.
And I still suck. I want to be clear about that upfront before I dive into the tips I remind myself of. There’s no mastery of this (I don’t think so anyway) because our lives are too dynamic. Different situations call for different responses, and what we “mastered” yesterday we may not master today, that’s life. It’s okay.
The best we can do (my theory) to achieve a work-life balance is to separate the two while also bringing them together. Does that make any sense? Hopefully it will here soon. So here we go- my tips to a better (note- not mastered) work-life balance. Enjoy my friends 🙂 View Post