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  • My afternoon plans. 🌴
  • I still can’t believe this was ✨two✨ years ago (from yesterday). Back when Iowa weather treated us well with warm temps instead of the snow I hear that happened in the past few days.
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Being this guy’s wife is my favorite. I’m still trying to figure out how I got so lucky (he cooks AND manages all the admin sides of our life and business), but just pinch myself on the daily that I get to live this life with him.
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Now back to reading poolside before returning to normal life (which I also can’t wait for!) next week.
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#anniversary #mrandmrs #desmoinesiowa
  • Do you love road trips? What about finding hidden gems in the Midwest? The latest How I Flourish in Des Moines features Megan Bannister and her travel blog, @olioiniowa, where Megan helps us all discover more about what makes the heart of the U.S. so great.
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Head over to the blog to read more about her passion for traveling and the many resources she shares to help you on your next trip or drive!
  • Even on vacation, the Soults family wears cardinal and gold and watches @cycloneath football games. ❤️💛
  • When it comes to vacations, are you someone who seeks out new adventures each time, or do you crave a repeat of fantastic experiences you've had in the past?⠀
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For me, I'm a repeater at heart. Maybe it's that I'm creature of habit, or the fact that I got sick last time on this trip. (Definitely aiming NOT to repeat that part!) Either way, I absolutely cannot wait to return to Maui today and disconnect. More life experiences, less inbox and social media scrolling.⠀
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I'll make sure to share some photos from warmer temps, and because I love my blog so much, know that content will continue going up while I'm gone.⠀
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Now I want to know, what was your favorite trip of all time? Mine is Maui and this view at @andazmaui.
  • It's always the elusive dream - how do we *actually* work smarter without working harder?⠀
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To me, I think it's a balance of shifting priorities and realizing that some things will have to sit on the sidelines for a while. For example, how can I really hone in on establishing more systems in my business, and spending more time on those tasks, if I expect to keep moving on everything that had previously filled my to-do list?⠀
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That's probably also the reason why it can be hard to make movement on those big, scary goals. They don't happen if we don't carve time out for them!⠀
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Over on the blog, I'm sharing five strategies (a mix of tools and systems) I'm tapping into this quarter to truly work smarter (more balance, automation, and processes) without giving up my evenings or early mornings for work. Head to the link in my bio to give it a read!⠀
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How are you working smarter, not harder before the end of the year?
  • One of the things I love the most about this season? Seeing everyone's updated family photos. The happy smiles, new babies, and memories captured.⠀
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I've started a yearly photo tradition with my little family. Having engagement and wedding photos taken in the fall felt like the perfect routine to continue. We get to take advantage of nature's gorgeous colors and be ready for holiday cards later in the season.⠀
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This was Darcie's first formal photo experience, and I'm happy to report that she exceeded my expectations! But don't be fooled, pockets full of treats and Whitney's coaching made it all possible.⠀
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📷: @ivoryhousephotography
  • Blogging is no simple feat. There’s planning and preparation. Editorial calendars, SEO research, and writing. And once you click publish on a post, it’s so easy to focus on what’s next and move on.
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But what if you could spend just a few more minutes on work that will bring more readers to your blog, and in turn, more ideal customers to your doorstep? I have good news. You can, and in my opinion, it’s worth your time!
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While blogging takes some time, I’m here to uncomplicate it for you. To take out the stress and give you confidence to add valuable, efficient tasks to your plate. Over on the blog, find 20+ strategies you can get started on right now. No wait. No fuss. Just simple, smart moves to take your blog to broader audiences!
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What’s your go-to strategy to promote blog posts?