Hello April

Hi there —

Thank you for taking the time to checkout my new – newsletter. I’m so happy to have you here. It’s been a while since I’ve connected with you and some of you have been with me since I launched 2015. Wow! So much has changed and I can’t thank you enough for your continued support. I decided to pick the newsletter up again for two reasons; reason one being, I’ll have a little extra time on my hands and reason two because I really enjoy talking to you! 

There’s no way I can check in with you without addressing all that havoc COVID-19 has caused within our families and our lives. Who would have known 2020 would have so much in store and we’ve just made it out of Quarter 1! It’s only up from here right? With the uncertainty of the economy, I’m sure you’ve begun to scale back on your expenses — keeping costs low where you can. While your personal finances are important especially at a time like this, I challenge you to dig a little deeper. Do you have a relationship with any full-time entrepreneurs? Consider supporting their small business in lieu of your everyday purchases. Example? Purchasing dinner to-go from a local caterer.

If you don’t know exactly where to start, you’re in luck! I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favorite businesses that would love your support at this time. And if you’re not looking for a gift for mom it’s always a good time to do something nice for yourself!

If you’re in the mood for a tasty cheese plate, try Cheese Me Atl.

If you’re in the mood for something sweet and indulgent, Say Cheesecake Co. is the truth!

You guessed it, I love cheese!

If you’re trying to maintain Health & Wellness: Rockin Beet juice from Pure Green is delicious and not overly sweet. Gearing up for a home workout? Nike Training Club is offering the Premium workouts for FREE. You know me, I don’t put a question mark where God puts a period. 

Looking to take control of your finances (business and personal) Check out Cleverl Girl Finances. There are courses about everything; home ownership, debt management, and student loans. Go ahead and learn something new!

Feeling motivated and wondering how to improve your social media presence? A Dash of Michaela is my go-to!

Maybe you’re sprucing up your home and taking on more DIY projects, check out Special Event Factory. The candles are amazing!

In the mood to send a gift to someone special, look into Teak and Twine. The gift is free, just pay for shipping!

Aside from this list, here are a few other techniques that are helping me navigate through this time. 

I start my day with a heart full of gratitude. I’m sure you’ve heard that quote before but I’m serious. I journal for 5-10 minutes every morning. You’ll be surprised how your perspective changes when you’re reminded how incredible it is just to wake up.

For a deeper dive into this practice, listening to The Rise Podcast, episode 72 will get you all the way together.

And to keep me grounded, I tune into the Elevation Church Podcast.

Let me know what you’re doing to stay grounded during these times. 

Looking forward to all your suggestions!

April 1, 2020