self-improvement september – meditation

Certain things come easier than others. Sitting still & relaxing is just not usually my thing. But as part of self-improvement month, I have increasingly recognized the need to have stillness in my life to improve my health and well-being. I’ve dabbled in meditation before but I’ve struggled to keep it up with much consistency.  According to mindful.org, “when we meditate, we inject far-reaching and long-lasting benefits into our lives: we lower our stress levels, we get to know our pain, we connect better, we improve our focus, and we’re kinder to ourselves.” I’m in! Below is a quick roadmap

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what do you do with an idea?

One of Maisie’s favorite children’s books is, “What Do You Do with An Idea?” We were reading it tonight before bed and I wanted to share my favorite pieces of the book with y’all as they are applicable at any age and feel particularly so as I embark on this new adventure with Rightside Brewing. I love brave concepts presented in children’s literature and love them even more when I see Maisie’s gears turning. I hope by reading these types of books, we are instilling concepts like bravery and creativity in her, and hey, it is a good refresher for

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building your support system

Starting any endeavor, especially a business, is no easy feat. It sounds simple, but no one knows everything. That small step of acknowledgment leads to outreach, and I have found the more support behind me, the likelier I am to achieve what I set out to do. When I started with the idea of Rightside Brewing, I didn’t have the first clue about brewery operations. By a stroke of luck, I got paired with a mentor that had started his own brewery through the Notre Dame business plan competition. He provided immense knowledge where I had literally zero experience.  Knowing

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celebrate every tiny victory

I am admittedly a little bit of a goal-setting junkie. I love a good project plan and seeing a project come to life as I check each item off the to-do list. Last week, I shared how some objectives (like starting a business) are SO big that breaking them down into smaller, micro goals can allow for a more digestible path forward. I was listening to the Rise podcast with Rachel Hollis (the inspiration for this week’s post), and she had some insights on celebrating those small wins to keep the motivation going. Harvard Business Review, in a 2011 article,

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challege = change

It’s tough to be uncomfortable, but it’s in those moments, that we truly grow. There have been plenty of times these past few months that I’m tackling something new and feeling incredibly challenged. Uncharted territory is difficult, but once I emerge from it, I feel accomplished. I’ve stretched a muscle that hasn’t been worked (maybe ever). I’ve never been incredibly active on social media, but with Rightside, I’ve wanted to start building a digital presence. Y’all, let me tell you, I’d be embarrassed by my google search history. Rightside was my first insta story ever – and I had to

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micro goals

“Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.” – Saul Bellow Hi y’all,   As we get closer and closer to our product launch, I’m consistently reminding myself that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” I get caught up in those BHAG (big hairy audacious goals) that I have set for Rightside and how far we have to go. While I would be the last person in the world to discourage a “dream big” attitude, I think it’s important to acknowledge the small, micro goals that help propel us further.   According to a Harvard Business Review

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Pursuing Your Dreams

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” This blog is designed to be short and sweet tips & clips of inspiration and optimism to start your week off with a bang! As this is the first post and somewhat of an introduction, I wanted to start with a quote from my favorite book of all-time, The Alchemist. Rightside Brewing is not only a dream but feels like a destiny, and I’m THRILLED to share the journey with y’all. Inspired by embarking on this new dream, I want to share some tips on

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the benefits of a dry january

Happy New Year, y’all! According to our Instagram poll, 71% of you plan to participate in Dry January this year. Dry January, if you’re not familiar, is a 31 day challenge to abstain from alcohol. A lot people choose to participate after indulging around the holidays or just want a healthy start to the new year. Today, as we kick off Dry January, we are highlighting some of the benefits of this 31 day challenge. Better Mood! – some people may rely on alcohol to cope with stressors from the day. According to Ashley Jones, APRN-CNP, a certified family nurse

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