Top 7 Crystals and Zen Practices for Your Workspace

Anddddd….I’m back!

Back with some amazing, mystical information to make your workspace into the zen den that you’ve always dreamt of. I know, work + zen? That doesn’t sound like a thing but I have been using some of these practices in my little cubicle at work and it has helped immensely with good vibes!

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What would you say are the top things you want to focus on when it comes to enlightening your workspace? Would it be focus? Determination? Goal setting? Stress and anxiety free? Productivity? Whatever the case may be, you can create a space that will help you get sh*t done but also, blocks the negativity.

I had some inspiration from a recent podcast recommendation from a friend called ‘That’s So Retrograde’ and this wellness focused series really got me into/excited about crystal healing, mindfulness and overall health. I have always been into going to the gym and doing juice detoxes and writing down my goals but this podcast really encouraged me to take it to the next level.

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Okay - maybe not ‘Pratt Daddy’ level but you’re picking up what I’m putting down right?

First, I am going to give you the top 4 crystals to decorate your space with (images are below, in order) and then I will dive into 3 important practices to implement during your typical work week.

Top 4 Crystals for your desk/cubicle/etc:

  1. Citrine - this stone represents abundance. It can help harness your creativity and imagination which is great for professionals who need to do a lot of out-of-the-box thinking like marketers, fashion designers or any creative. Also, it’s my favorite color… duh!

  2. Amethyst - this stone has many uses but is also suggested to put beside your bed for relaxation and peaceful vibes. Now, I know you don’t want to be falling asleep at your desk (or do you…) but Amethyst is great for those who work in a fast-paced, stressful environment like a lawyer, a financial advisor or even a teacher.

  3. Moonstone - this stone is perfect for goal-setting. It helps you keep an open mind and allows you to accept inspiration and possibility. Moonstone would be great for those who work in a sales goal setting where you are rewarded for making the most revenue.

  4. Tiger’s Eye - this stone fuels your determination. It helps strengthen your willpower and intention. This stone is great for those in a competitive work setting including athletes but also can work for anyone who is determined to obtain a status or goal.

You have the right crystals to sprinkle around your working area - but we’re not done yet. In order for these crystals to really work to their full power, you need to put the right practices in place.

Top 3 practices to do at your desk:

1) Meditate for 5 minutes - I like to use apps like headspace, put my headphones in and have them guide me through a short meditation. I know it can be hard to block out noise and distractions so if you need to make it 3 minutes instead, that works too! If your desk is not the ideal spot to do this, make a trip to the restroom or go sit in your car. This will help center you and get you ready to tackle your day.

2) Set your intentions for the day - I have always stressed the importance of writing things down. To begin your Monday morning, have a brain dump (list of everything you need to do or are thinking about currently) and then sort it into intentions (how you want to feel, what you want to stop doing and how you will complete each action this week).

3) Practice mindfulness - Recently, I visited a nutritionist and I realized that when I am at my desk at the office I tend to eat more, as opposed to when I am working from home. She gave me a great tip that I think can be used, not just for snacking, but for being on your phone, for taking mini breaks, etc. Set a timer for your tasks and when the time is up, get up and moving. If you’re feeling hungry, set a timer for 5 minutes, drink some water/tea and once the time is up see if you are still hungry. This will make sure you are making more mindful decisions throughout the day.

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There you have it, the most magical, mystical, mindful tips to get you centered, aware and ready to kick a*s at work!

BONUS TIP: Invest in a Himalayan Salt Lamp, a sound player (beach vibes all day) or even, if you can get away with it - a essential oil diffuser for your desk. You’re welcome. :)

I hope you enjoyed these - let me know if you have any other cool suggestions to add in the comments! See ya later bosses <3

-The Blonde Boss xo





Video Marketing: Tips to create videos without a fancy camera or expensive agency

Video Marketing - you’ve heard the term a few 100 times but what does it actually entail?

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According to Wikipedia, “video marketing is a type of content marketing and advertising in which business create 30 seconds to 5-minute videos about specific topics. The videos are then uploaded to various video sharing websites like YouTube for distribution and exposure.“ So, what does that mean for small businesses without the budget to buy fancy video equipment or hire an overpriced agency? It is a lot simpler than you think!

Let’s get down to it. First, I want to give you a few tips to creating quality video right from your cell phone (regardless if you have a iPhone or an Android) and then I am going to give you some strategy tips to make your videos compelling and allow you to become a storyteller with your content. These tricks are going to save you time, money and resources - you can’t go wrong!

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  1. Use the Rule of Thirds

  2. Take advantage of natural lighting

  3. Film horizontally, not vertically

  4. Invest in a microphone for quality sound, like this one

  5. Download free video editing apps to slice and dice your videos, like VideoShow

Now that you know how to shoot quality videos - let’s talk strategy. You can’t just create videos whenever you feel like it and expect it to stick. There is a science to it. Every business has their own strategy according to their industry, their audience and their goals. Here are my tips to building out that strategy:

1) Create a campaign around your product/service

  1. Put together a message you want to convey and a goal you want to accomplish

  2. Identify your Call to Action (CTA)

  3. Create video and still photography around this theme

  4. Schedule the content according to relevancy

2) Have both long and short form videos

3) Keep your branding consistent (color scheme, logo, voice, etc.)

4) Don’t over promote your brand - add some light. soft sell content as well

5) Lastly, and most importantly, be AUTHENTIC-LY YOU

There you have it. Now you have no excuse for not creating beautiful, stand-out video content for your business. REMEMBER - this is a work in progress, you will make some crappy videos at first but once you find what works for your business, it’ll be a breeze. You have the tools at your fingertips that will help you tell your brand story in the most interactive way. No fancy camera equipment and no expensive creative agency - just your phone and a vision! Go on, it’s time to create!

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- The Blonde Boss xo




Take the LAY-ME Out of Flat-Lays; 6 tips for quality photos

Sorry for my dad joke….. kinda.

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If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years, you probably have heard of a flat-lay or seen it on social media / blog pages. And…if you are completely clueless about what I am talking about, here is an example of a flat-lay:

These photos are composed of like items, space and a common color scheme - creating a visually appealing image for all your social media and website pages. Why are we talking about flat-lays you may ask? I am no photographer or graphic artist but I have always been interested in finding fun ways to create my own content. I also put up a poll on my Instagram and Facebook stories to see which topic people would be more interested in and this was the winner. (I am a people pleaser) Honestly, I have been trying to master this technique for quite some time and I have learned that it takes a lot of practice and inspiration / “watching and learning” from others.

So, now that you know (or have been re-familiarized) what a flat-lay is, I want to dish out some awesome tips to get those photos looking fleeky! But, first things first, you will need these five things:

1) Clean, simple background

2) Good lighting

3) Like items with similar color schemes (use in 3’s)

4) Proper spacing (use rule of thirds and symmetry)

5) A small step ladder to get the right angle

Once you have those 5 things, we can get to the meat and potatoes of this blog, the tips!


1) It’s all about proportion

Use a mixture of big and small items to even out the photo and play with the spacing of those items.


2) Take advantage of natural light

Try to position your items near a window or outside where the sun can light up your photo organically.


3) Use props that work together

You wouldn’t use a bottle of wine as a prop if you were trying to market your fitness clothing line - find items that compliment one another and match your branding.


4) Be a storyteller

It’s one thing to take a photo but it’s another to make sure there can be a story tied to the image - this will help the audience relate to you.


5) Position yourself

I told you, you would need a step stool and this is why! When you do a flat-lay, you need to be taking sort of an aerial shot (from above) so this will help you position yourself to achieve that.


6) Edit to perfection

After you have tried different angles, positioning and props - feel free to edit your photo. Play with contrast, brightness and filters to get that crisp, clear and aesthetically pleasing image.

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Now, get out there! Try things, make mistakes, create some masterpieces (or not) and have fun! Like I said, practice makes perfect and when you use these tips, you’ll be on your way to fabulous photos for your pages!

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Happy content creation, friends!

-The Blonde Boss xo

2019: New Goals & New Social Media Trends to Watch For

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2019 is here and I think we were all ready for it - Amirite?? Every New Year I write down my goals and what I plan to accomplish in those 365 days but this year, I didn’t bother. Why you may ask? I am usually such a goal-oriented person but with all the great things, I feel, I have accomplished in 2018, I didn’t want to put that unnecessary pressure on myself. I wanted to reflect on my accomplishments and not force any deadlines or end points on my success. Now, this is not to say I don’t have some things I want to get better at or complete this year but I tried to keep them in my mind and not put so much emphasis on them.

What I am trying to say is… don’t feel pressured to make these extravagant goals because society makes it seem like this is the only way you can succeed in the new year.

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But… if you are looking to check some goals off your list for your business this year, whether it’s to start a blog, build an online presence or just choose a name for your LLC - you will learn that social media is your best friend.

Here are a few trends to watch for and adapt to this year when it comes to building your social media pages:

1) Storytelling and Brand Narrative

  • Create an authentic story line that’s relatable to others

  • Make your story fluid and consistent throughout

  • Put a face to the brand to tell your story

2) Video is King

  • Use video to give life to your brand

  • Utilize short and long videos to target different audiences on different platforms

  • Be unique and creative to keep your brand fresh in your audience’s mind

  • Take advantage of user generated content (ugc) to get the conversation started and build a community around your brand

3) Social Listening

  • Pay attention to and follow important hashtags

  • Watch industry leaders and competitors content that’s working

  • Follow what your audience is needing/wanting/looking for/talking about

4) Stories - Not just a fun add-on

  • Use stories to give short, informational bits to your audience

  • Use stories to ask your audience questions

  • Use stories to engage with your followers, especially with user generated content (UGC)

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Everyone should be excited for the new year because a new year means new opportunities to grow and flourish. Whether it is within ourselves or our business ventures, we must take advantage of any new knowledge or chances to make our lives fuller. These social media trends will prepare you for what’s ahead for your business pages. Make sure you are telling a story with your brand, using quality video content, listening to your audience and industry and taking advantage of Facebook and Instagram stories always!

Cheers to 2019!

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-The Blonde Boss xo