Daily Affirmations to Fuel Your Day

Quotes litter our Instagram and Facebook feed with inspirational messages on a daily basis. Sometimes it feels like you are seeing the same quotes over and over or maybe you are inundated with too many. However, the reality is how we talk to ourself everyday is how we live our life. It is important to speak to yourself kindly while also uplifting yourself each day. Reading these daily affirmations can make a HUGE difference to our day and how we approach work and personal life. We have a Pinterest board of some of our favorite daily affirmations that we wanted to share with you. Follow the board HERE and skim through the quotes below to get inspired!

Create time in your day for daily affirmations to remind you of your own power and drive! Don't forget to follow Be Digable on Pinterest HERE

Must-Watch Advice from Oprah's Master Class

Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE Oprah! Ever since I was younger, I would come home after school and my mom would be watching her show. It became a staple in our house and I learned to love and cherish all that I learned from her. When she moved over to her channel, OWN, she created an incredible series called, Master Class. The show tells the stories you've never heard from the people you thought you knew best. I have picked up my top moments from the show to share with you and hope you are as inspired as I am. Enjoy!

MAYA ANGELOU

At age 7, Dr. Maya Angelou stopped speaking after being sexually abused while living with her mother's family, a time she later chronicled in her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Shortly after the incident, she was sent to live with her paternal grandmother.

JANE FONDA

Jane Fonda says aging is like a staircase: You may decline physically, but you keep ascending in the areas it really counts. Find out why Jane is happy to be making the climb in the third act of her life.

ROBIN ROBERTS

After surviving a tough battle with breast cancer, Robin Roberts learned she had developed a rare blood disorder called MDS. Though the news was devastating, Robin didn't let it defeat her. "You have to fight the battle in front of you," she says.

CINDY CRAWFORD

When Cindy Crawford was a girl growing up in the small town of DeKalb, Illinois, her parents divorced. Watch as Cindy shares how her mother's dependence on weekly child support payments made her determined to be able to take care of herself. Plus, Cindy shares how she learned to lean on her husband, Rande Gerber.

ELLEN DEGENERES

Since 2003, Emmy Award-winning comedian Ellen DeGeneres has danced her way into the homes and hearts of millions of viewers. Long before the premiere of her daytime talk show, however, Ellen was known as a trailblazer.

Playlist: Sunday Kind Of Love

I don't know about you, but Sunday afternoon is my favorite time to put on a jazzy, soulful, chill playlist that allows me to reflect on the past week. I am always in my most reflective state on Sundays and a good playlist is the perfect addition as I read, do chores or set my goals for the week. We put together a playlist for you to assist you in your Sunday scheming. Enjoy!

The Top Resources for Female Professionals

With our mission of helping female executives tell their stories & empowering them to step into their ideal opportunities in business, we know it is important to have the best resources to achieve your goals. We compiled a list of our favorite organizations that provide resources & inspiration for women in business. Take a look and give them a follow to take you further in your career. If you have any more recommendations, share in the comments below!

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ELLEVATE
Ellevate Network believes in the positive impact of women in business. Their mission is to help women advance in the workplace, both for themselves and the greater good. They strive to change the culture of business from the inside out - by investing in women.

WEBSITE: https://www.ellevatenetwork.com/

LEVO
Levo arms you with the tools to develop your talent, build connections with peers, mentors, and jobs, and stay inspired day in and day out as you grow and develop. They believe you can create a life you’re passionate about.

WEBSITE: https://www.levo.com/

BOSSLADIESMINDSET
Daily motivational quotes for Boss Ladies. Need we say more? 

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/bossladiesmindset/

CREATE & CULTIVATE
An online platform and conference for women looking to create & cultivate the career of their dreams.

WEBSITE: http://www.createcultivate.com/ 

MAKERS WOMEN
MAKERS is a feminist media brand for newsMAKERS, historyMAKERS, and troubleMAKERS. We tell the stories of today's trailblazing women to inspire the changeMAKERS of tomorrow. 

WEBSITE: https://www.makers.com/

AMY POEHLER'S SMART GIRLS
Founded by artist Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls organization is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves.

WEBSITE: https://amysmartgirls.com/

HELLOSUNSHINE
Founded by Reese Witherspoon, they are a media brand anchored in storytelling, creating and discovering content that celebrates women and puts them at the center of the story.

WEBSITE: https://hello-sunshine.com/

Podcast Recommendations: Business Advice, Wellness Tips and Inspiring Stories

With my new commute to work over the past year, I spend about 2 hours a day in the car. Podcasts have become my best friend. It has turned my commute into cherished time in which I can reflect, learn and be inspired. Here are just a few of the podcasts that have moved me to grow.

Mentoring Moments
We were turned onto this podcast by a colleague and fell in love with it. It is a great podcast to hear stories from women in business and all the twists and turns they took to "make it." Forbes contributor, author and entrepreneur Denise Restauri, invites you into her NYC apartment to tap into her conversations with successful women who are sharing vulnerable moments. From high points, to when good ideas go bad, to moments of sudden insight when you just know you have to risk it all. The podcast is no longer active, but you can still go through and listen to the archive of episodes.

Super Soul Conversations
What can I say? I love Oprah. I have been a big fan of Super Soul Sundays for a long time, so when they turned it into a podcast, it was even better. You hear Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self.

Skimm'd From The Couch
The wildly popular, theSkimm, just launched their weekly podcast and it has become an instant favorite of mine. theSkimm's co-founders and co-CEOs, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, started their company from a couch. Now they’re bringing it back to one, and inviting powerful female leaders to sit down and chat about everything from celebrating career wins to the worst advice they've ever received.

Marie Forleo Podcast
Marie Forleo has a piece of content for just about anything you need advice or guidance on. I have tuned into MarieTV and now with the podcast, I can listen to it on the go. Marie and her guests share actionable strategies for greater happiness, success, motivation, creativity, productivity, love, health, contribution and fulfillment — often with a lot of laughs. From business, marketing and career advice, to tackling failure, disappointment and fear, to philanthropy and doing our part to make the world a more loving, just and equitable place — they cover it all. 

Storycorps
I have been a huge fan of Storycorps for years. I fell in love after seeing this animated video of the story of "Danny & Annie" an elderly couple reflecting back on their life and relationship. It is unbelievably heartwarming and reminds me of the power of storytelling and why we need to listen. Storycorps highlights stories of the heart. They are candid, unscripted conversations between two people about what's really important in life: love, loss, family, friendship. 

Inspired Workspaces

The environment around you plays a big part in contributing to your everyday success and motivation. It is important that you surround yourself with an inspired space that fuels your creativity, motivation and happiness. It is the little things that you add to your office or space, that can make a big difference.

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We each have varied workspaces, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Plants—This is always great way to add some color and bring some life to your space.
  2. Motivational messages—My personal favorite is a desk calendar that has an inspirational message each day. This could also be a framed quote on your wall.
  3. Offices supplies—I don't know about you, but having a great pen, notebook, planner or desktop calendar really gets me excited.
  4. Wall decor—Whichever wall your desk faces, make sure you have something in your sightline that brings you good energy. For me, I am a visual person, so I have a wall calendar with dates for the next three months. Or for you, it could be a great piece of art. 

These are just a few simple ways to create a more inspired workspace! Take a look at our Office Space Pinterest board below for some additional inspiration. Make sure to follow Be Digable on Pinterest as well for some more great resources.

How to Organize Your Instagram Collections

With how quickly social media changes, it can be hard to keep up with all the new features! I mean, it seems like Instagram is rolling out a new feature every other week. Not only is it difficult to keep up, but then learning how to use the feature so that it would be useful to you is another challenge.

With more and more of my time being spent on Instagram, over other social channels, I noticed I was using the “Save” feature a lot. I would save recipes, clothes I wanted to buy, funny posts or inspirational quotes. "Save" button outlined in red below.

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Therefore, I started utilizing the Instagram Collection feature. It has been super helpful because it is much easier for me to find things I saved, rather than scrolling through the sea of posts. Here are some tips and ideas of how you can organize your Instagram Collections!

  1. Think of the types of posts that you save the most or would like to save. For example, recipes, fashion, home decor, vacation ideas, beauty tips, etc.
  2. Go through your saved posts (if you have any) and start to organize or try saving one post to see how it works. You will hold down the ‘Save’ button on an Instagram post, which will prompt you to create a folder or add to an existing folder. 
  3. Continue to add posts to your collections and create new collections! Whenever you want to access your folders, go to your Instagram Profile and click the tab on the far right with the “Save” button.
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Happy Collecting!!

Curate Your Social Feeds To Create Joy

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media? Are they friends, family, or public figures? Do they inspire you? Or make you laugh? Or do they annoy, frustrate and make you feel...well, blah?

It is very important to be mindful of who you choose to follow on social media. You may not realize it, but those messages and images are infiltrating your thoughts on a daily basis. There may be a former coworker that always complains on social media, but you remain friends because you don’t want to be mean. Or it is the reality TV stars you follow on social media, who always end up making you question your own beauty or outfit. It may seem simple, but over time your subconscious is now filled with these ideas, images and energy that can be draining you. It’s not about unfollowing someone because they think differently than you. It is about being more mindful of who you are following and how that impacts your feelings about yourself, your friends/family and ultimately the world around you.

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Now while social media has its dark side, there is also a beautiful side to it as well. There are people with inspiring stories, laugh til you cry funny videos, awe-inspiring artistic works, and uplifting words of wisdom. With this blog, I want to inspire you to take action steps towards curating a feed that will bring you more JOY.

STEP 1: Identify the potentially toxic people, brands, or public figures you follow on social media. They may frustrate, annoy, or make you feel bad (comparison syndrome). You can either unfollow, unlike or defriend. You can also 'hide from newsfeed' if you are not ready to defriend. 

STEP 2: Think of the people you enjoy following. How do they make you feel? Find accounts or topics that make you feel this same way. On Instagram, go to accounts you enjoy following, click on the small triangle under 'following.' It will populate similar accounts to follow.

STEP 3: Think of the hobbies or industries that bring you joy and inspire you. Do research on who and what to follow within those communities. I recently discovered the handwoven creative community on Instagram and it brings me such JOY! I love seeing their incredible pieces because you can feel their passion—and I have never woven anything in my life, haha!

Here are examples of accounts that bring JOY to me on a daily basis:

  1. FEMALE EMPOWERMENT: Makers Women, Ellevest, Women’s March

  2. INSPIRATIONAL: Humans of New York, Super Soul

  3. BUSINESS: Levo League, Harvard Business Review, Gary Vee

  4. HOME DECOR: Liketoknow.it.home, Wit and Delight

  5. CREATIVES: Craftsposure, Unique Markets, Woven Together (& joy is in her bio!)

  6. FOOD: DKs Donuts, Tasty, The Loop Churros

It is critical to not just be mindful of the accounts you follow, but how much time you are spending on these platforms as well. Take a look at my 5 Ways to Unplug Worksheet to help you disconnect from your phone and devices to be more present everyday. Download the worksheet here. You are now well on your way to manifesting more intentional joy each day!

What Is Your Personal Brand?

Whether you know it or not, you have a personal brand that you are cultivating everyday through your online presence. It is being defined by which real-time events you choose to participate in on Twitter, it is who you engage and follow on Instagram, or even the ideas you share (or don’t share) on LinkedIn. Wherever you choose to engage online, you have a voice that your friends, family, coworkers, and potential colleagues are learning about you. Are you someone who loves your pet and post about him or her regularly? Maybe you heavily engage in the political discussion or maybe you like to post inspirational quotes. Your voice online is an extension of who you are and many times we aren’t as intentional as we could be with our voice.

We are still in the early stages of the new digital world where social media is at the center of our universe. We have yet to see how our profiles will live on and how our children, grandchildren and ancestors will be able to access our stories we have told through our accounts. However it evolves, one thing I am very passionate about is owning your story and utilizing your online presence to share that story. Your story and who you are IS your personal brand.

I believe in telling your authentic story; the good and the not so perfect. We are in an age of finely curated feeds reflecting our finely curated lives. However, it is not reality. My goal in assisting with building your personal brand is to identify the key topics and themes in your business and personal life that you enjoy sharing and that others would benefit from learning.

I have found that many professionals have an incredible expertise or understanding of various business topics, but never share them with their online communities. I also understand the guardrails that some companies place on employees and how they can discuss business online. I am here to provide actionable, realistic, and simple strategies to:

  1. Authentically tell your story online

  2. Position yourself as a thought leader in your current or aspirational field

  3. Leverage your personal brand to uncover potential opportunities

We need more female professionals telling their stories, being seen as thought leaders, and moving into those corner offices. If you are interested in working with Be Digable, you can contact us here.

In the meantime, you can download the FREE Get Your Social Right! Checklist here to help you start thinking about your personal brand in a different light.