An Inside Look at How I’m Preparing for Maternity Leave

An Inside Look at How I’m Preparing for Maternity Leave

We’re a little less than 2 weeks from our baby boy’s due date! 

And while I’ve shared about my pregnancy a little bit on social media and in my newsletter, I think this might be the first time I’ve mentioned it on the blog.

I’m thrilled to embark on this new chapter and plan to take 3 months off to soak it all in and adjust to life with a little one.

I have exciting plans for my return (like website updates and a new Squarespace series!), but I wanted to share how I’m preparing for some time away before I disappear for a few months.

7 Simple Ways to Start Creating Better Business Graphics

7 Simple Ways to Start Creating Better Business Graphics

Have you ever been scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest, come across some gorgeous business graphics (hello, Rifle Paper Company!), and thought to yourself: “I could never do that. I just don’t have the design eye”?

While most people may be able to spot good design and bad design, few know exactly what makes some graphics more visually appealing than others.

And for that reason, they don’t think they have a “design eye.”

But designing eye-catching graphics isn’t a guessing game!

There’s 7 simple design fundamentals that can instantly make your work look more professional (even if you didn’t go to design school), and I’m sharing about them in this blog post! 

Regardless of your design experience, you’ll be able to take these 7 rules of thumb and implement them the next time you’re sitting in front of Illustrator or Canva, frustrated by the vision in your head not coming to life on the screen.

Big Things I'm Doing Differently in 2018

Big Things I'm Doing Differently in 2018

I took a break from my business in December.

And I had a realization.

What I've been doing up until this point has gotten my business to where it is today. But it won't get my business to the next level.

So I decided that I wanted to do some things differently. 

I’m sharing a sneak peek at what’s coming up for Elle & Company in 2018 and the big changes I’m making to my business. 

These changes aren’t a step-by-step plan at what you should be doing. Instead, they’re a preview of what you can look forward to. I’m going to be sharing why I’m switching things up and making adjustments so that you can utilize those lessons in your own business.

This year will definitely look different, but I’m excited to share my plan with you. 

Business Spotlight on Lara Casey from Cultivate What Matters

Business Spotlight on Lara Casey from Cultivate What Matters

She’s mastermind behind the popular PowerSheets goal setting planner and the author of two books, Make It Happen and Cultivate.

She’s the business woman behind Cultivate What Matters, but she’s also a wife and a mom to three small kids. 

She leads a growing team of talented women, she’s in the process of writing her third book, she just started homeschooling...and somehow she manages to keep it all together!

There’s something about business owners who not only balance #allthethings well, but who are intentional and purposeful in what they do and why they do it.

So as I was thinking about prospective Ellechat guests this fall, Lara Casey was easily one of the first people who came to mind.