Breakfast for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Now that’s my kind of recipe.Read More
In summary: go to Baltimore. Give it a chance. Drink Natty Boh and Bloody Mary’s with Old Bay in them. Eat all the crabs. Go to an O’s game at Camden Yards just to watch the visiting team play (we all know the O’s are sucking it up). Live in my rosy retrospection.Read More
Get rid of the idea that you need to explain yourself to everyone. Get rid of the idea that you need to find a "plausible excuse” that is so believable it could be true. How about you just tell the truth?Read More
We came home from a 24 hour stint in Atlanta with the following ingredients at home and no motivation to be in public: pasta, lemon, parmesan cheese, frozen shrimp, parsley.
So I did what any respected, genetically quarter Italian would do and made my best effort to make a pasta dish. The result was as if my Italian forefathers came down from heaven and cooked the meal.Read More
Start spreadin' the news, I'm leavin' today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York
Ok it’s a bit cliche to start this post with a Frank Sinatra lyric but GD it, NYC just does it to you.Read More
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30 Second Travel Guides. No flowery reviews or minute details of the foods we ate. Ain’t nobody got time fo date. This week we head to Marfa.Read More
Quick check in:
How do you talk to yourself? Are you your own best friend or your biggest bully? Be honest.
The unworthiness epidemic has led a lot of us to be our biggest bully, a topic Julee Hunt covers in her book “You Are Worthy! Even When You Believe Otherwise.” The book explains how our world is experiencing an Unworthiness Epidemic where too many people have learned to believe they are "not enough".Read More
Because who has time to read flowery reviews of everything? Expect honesty. And short posts.
This week we head to Denver.Read More
Claudia and I met four years ago at the first iteration of Soul Circus where she impressed me with her innovative vision of athletic apparel. Her products were made for surfing, yoga, swimming, HIIT classes, SUP, and hiking - you name it, you can do it in her pieces.
In an apparel world where people think we need different clothes for different activities, my minimalist spirit saw this collection and thought, FINALLY. Today we hear where the inspiration for Island Feather came and where the brand is going.Read More
Introducing a new series: 30 Second Travel Guides.
Because who has time to read flowery reviews of everything? Expect honesty. And short posts.
This week we head to Santa Fe, New Mexico.Read More
Losing her job almost cost her everything, but Julee found ways to love herself again. In this post, she shares her tips and tools to fuel self love.Read More
Learning to let go and be flexible is something I’ve only come to dabble with in the past few years. Everything that people might use to define me - oldest child, German, woman, Libra - screams control, balance, structure, and process. Breaking out of that definitely is an exercise in yoga (not the asana, but the lifestyle of yoga).
We’re in the middle of a move. And a road trip. Because we had two weeks of freedom and only a few places we HAD to be - Breckenridge, Houston, Atlanta, and eventually Fort Benning. So we packed up our car with all the belongings we didn’t want the movers to touch (turns out it’s A LOT), and headed north west towards our first stop: Denver for me, Breckenridge for Austin.
We’re deciding our next step the evening before or the morning of. We’re booking hotels super last minute (thanks to Hotel Tonight).
It’s kind of thrilling. But it’s driving our parents crazy.
I've been wanting to do this for awhile now - I've come across so many amazing women from different walks of life who have taken their careers into their own hands.
Given that it's Women's History Month, I thought it was the perfect time to highlight a few of these women I've met along my journey.
Today I'd like to introduce you to Nina and Mary from Boldly + Co, who developed not only a productivity methodology to keep us sane but gorgeous products to complement that methodology.
How did Boldly+Co. come to life?
Boldly + Co. came to life when She-E-Os, Nina Ferraro and Mary Manthei, joined forces after realizing how ineffective so many individuals are at managing and maximizing their time. After years of researching and developing their proprietary methodology, they realized that this was about far more than just managing and maximizing time - it was about overall wellness, mental health, and a positive mindset. In late 2018, Boldly + Co. officially launched with their 2019 line of planners and coordinating products.
What is the mission behind the business?
Our mission is to teach individuals and companies lifelong skills that help them balance their busy lives, reduce their stress and anxiety, and help them become their best.
How did you go about setting up the business and gaining funding?
Boldly + Co. operates as a for-profit LLC. We initially started Boldly + Co. with our own time and money; however, we understood that we couldn't fully finance the business by ourselves. So, we took three helpful steps: 1) we launched a successful Kickstarter campaign; 2) hosted a local launch party; and 3) raised a small amount of private funds.
Tell us about your productivity method and how you developed it?
Our proprietary method is first and foremost rooted in teaching. We realized that so many planners are actually glorified notebooks - they don't really help anyone other than to create a generic "to do" list. So, instead of being just like the rest, we root ourselves in truly teaching how to plan masterfully (which is a skill and knowledge set that not many people have). We not only teach you how/when/why to plan within our Boldly Go Productivity Planner, but we also educate you on a number of other things that allow you to truly zone in, focus, and be your most productive.
Some examples are:
1) multiple ways to plan so you are taking action on the right types of things at the right time for your brain and body
2) how to shift unhealthy behaviors into positive ones
3) how to master your mindset. Our method was developed out of sheer necessity.
Years ago, our She-E-O - Nina - was working no less than 70 hours per week and traveling full-time for work. She was extremely stressed, anxious, and on edge, and she realized it was causing her to become a negative and unhealthy version of herself. In a moment of vulnerability, she understood that she needed to make some serious changes in how she planned out her weeks and balanced her health. So, she began researching topics on everything from psychology to productivity to positivity. After two years, she had enough knowledge to develop the bulk of the Boldly Go methodology in use today.
Are there any challenges in being your own boss?
Yes! The challenges that exist are wonderful ones, though, and we are grateful to have them. A primary challenge is loving the work that we do, which means we want to work as much as possible. Considering that we teach how to balance a busy life, we must constantly keep ourselves in check. Another challenge is the flexibility that exists with working from home. When we operated in the corporate world with set days and times that we were required to be in an office setting, flexibility was a dream. However, now that we have it, it's easy to put other things in front of our business that we would have otherwise ignored or pushed back - family life, taking care of chores at home, and so on. It's interesting to have two opposite challenges - working all of the time vs. having too much flexibility. Thank goodness for our planner!
How do you feel about the expansion of wellness into the corporate environment?
While we believe wellness awareness is on the rise, there's still an obvious disconnection between what corporations and leaders "talk" and what they actually "walk." Corporations and leaders often say: "We absolutely believe in a balanced employee that isn't overworked, but remains productive, and is also healthy in all areas of life." However, what they actually do is far different. Corporations and leaders don't have the knowledge of how to teach wellness as a lifestyle that starts right there in their office, nor do they know how to enable it. For example, a manager may say: "I don't want you to work tonight - rest and recharge for the next day," yet they expect the employee to answer emails 24/7, respond to chat messages, and text at all hours. The digital bombardment that is experienced (and expected) is a true harm to wellness and productivity. This is where we come in. Boldly + Co. teaches corporations, leaders, and individuals how to treat and act on all these things - productivity, focus, balance, wellness, etc. - just as they would introduce project methodologies in the workplace.
What is the importance of brand authenticity to Boldly + Co.? I
t's everything! One thing that we wanted in our brand was something that exuded sleekness yet was full of bold, beautiful colors. When we were in the corporate world, we were both often confined to boring templates and tools and extreme creativity was frowned upon. But for us: it inspires us! Keeping our brand our own - bright, bold, and beautiful, yet refined, means the world to us.
What does the future for Boldly + Co. look like?
Ahhh... our favorite thing to do: dream about what the future holds! The future of Boldly + Co. lies in sharing our teachings with as many businesses as possible, in an effort to shape our workforce for the better. We want people to feel alive, excited, productive, and positive every day because they learned the Boldly way.
For more on Boldly + Co, go to www.boldlyandco.com