July Inspirational Downloads

Handlettered Inspirational Quote - Rule The World Planner

I’ve been looking forward to July for a long time. First off, it’s summer – who doesn’t love summer?! Second, July means my travels to Israel with my family! Stay tuned on instagram to see more about our travels!

Did your planner serve you this month? I’m loving this month’s quote from Jess Lively, and I hope you do too! You can download this handlettered quote and hang it in your office, or wherever you need a little extra inspiration. What’s your intuition telling you? Make sure to look back at the goals you set for yourself last month, and fill in the high fives in your Rule The World Planner. It’s time to start writing down what you want to accomplish in this next month. And don’t forget to grab some wine, print out your coloring page, and you’ll have some great stress relief!

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7 Reasons to Shop Small

Sugar and Type 7 Reasons to Shop Small this holiday season

Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK and that means holiday shopping madness starts NOW! With tons of craft fairs, black friday deals, and a million ways to shop from your pajamas, here are some reminders of why shopping small is so incredible.

  1. Unique and one of a kind
    When you buy from a local craft show, a local shop, or online from someone locally, there are a TON of handmade items. This item won’t be found in every department store, but that doesn’t mean it’s not popular. These items have something extra special about them!
  2. Meet your maker
    When you shop at your local craft sales you actually get to meet the person who made what you’re buying. Chances are, they’re super cool and you’ll want to be their friend (see number 4 & 6).
  3. Better than a pinterest DIY fail
    Don’t wait until the last minute, try something you found on pinterest, and then realize you totally failed. Adding a handmade element to your gift is great, but you don’t have to make the gift all by yourself. And let’s be honest, you’ve got a lot of shit to do.
  4. Grow your community
    You grow your personal network, and your community as a whole. You can make a new friend, or introduce an old friend to someone you just met! This helps the local shops thrive, which leads to the next item on our list!
  5. Support your local ecomony
    Local companies support local jobs! When you shop local, you’re giving right back to your community. The money goes back into the community, and supports a thriving economy.
  6. Makes a good story
    When you buy a gift locally, you get to tell the recipient all about your experience. Maybe your friend happens to own the shop, or maybe the company started kickstarter, maybe they give back to a non-profit that you strongly believe in. Each local item (even food) comes with a story! When you meet the marker, you can learn their own story and share it to make each gift really an experience.
  7. Super cool shit!
    Honestly, some of the most beautiful pieces come from your area! Talk about getting inspired! We’ve got everything from jewelry makers, to soap makers and I love knowing that my purchase helps them pursue their passions.

How are you shopping small this season? Head over to instagramand tag your favorite shop so I can check them out!

Influence over Fame

I recently had brunch with two really lovely ladies, and quickly realized it should be more of a regular occurrence. First off, brunch is delicious (DUH) and second, getting out of the office and talking with like minded individuals brings me so much fuel!Gain Influence Not Fame

Natalie’s a wedding photographer in Rochester, NY, and her work is magical. Her  work is primarily locally based, and she truly values the experience her customers get when they work with her. I’m not going to spoil all the juicy details of her brand experience, but working with her is so much more than hiring a photographer. She creates memories, she makes you feel wonderful beautiful things, and she has consistent beautiful messaging throughout. Her goal is to have an impact on those clients who choose to work with her, not to make some sort of global photography empire. Her success is not measured by her instagram likes, or how many clients she books, but by the influence she has on them. And let me tell you, she books a lot of clients. Thanks Natalie for reminding me how lovely brunch is, and for keeping me inspired!