• Happy Flourish Friday! Over on the blog, you can learn all about @delaneyspaid's journey to become a social media coordinator, consultant, and educator.
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In my opinion, Delaney tackles all 3️⃣roles seamlessly within her business. She has the savvy to help clients craft Instagram presences that embody their brands AND create cultures for conversions. And bonus, she shows up on her own Instagram account with actionable tips and strategies all the time. (You should go follow her if you aren't already!)
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Head to the blog (link in bio) to learn how Delaney's career path (including majoring in fashion!) led her to flourishing in Des Moines.
  • Bring on all the coffee this morning with a hefty to-do list to check off before officially kicking off the weekend. Co-working with @arworkshopankeny makes it way more fun.
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What's your top to-do before the weekend? 📝
  • I snapped this photo Monday evening as the planning team finished setting up at @thehalldsm for Flourish. Shortly after, more than 100 local community members filled the tables to support our three women business owners who had the spotlight, and our winner who took home $2,000 to use in her business.
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It was a good day to have a beer and celebrate. To celebrate coming together as a community. To celebrate small business owners serving the community. To celebrate dreams coming to life.
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Flourish has been so many months in the making, that it feels odd now that all of the prep work is done. But it's a great reminder to do what we can, no matter how small, to keep showing up for local small business owners.
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What small business owners are you shopping from this holiday season?
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#dsmflourish
  • I've got myself a @letterfolk booooooard! 🎉 ⠀
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Insert all the puns and Gilmore Girls quotes. I just couldn't resist after getting constant enjoyment from the creativity others bring to Instagram with these fun lettered boards.⠀
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To kick things off, my favorite place: home. After a busy few months and some travel, I'm ready to cozy up inside as the temps drop and savor the rest of this year.⠀
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What's your favorite thing to do on a cold fall day?
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PSA: Swipe right for some outtakes as Darcie joined in on my fun. 🐶
  • The How I Flourish in Des Moines features continue! Head to the blog (link in bio) to read up on Laura Reed's small business journey bringing AR Workshop to Ankeny.⠀
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Almost one year in, she and her husband have made DIY even more accessible for those of us with a passion for homemade projects (think all the trendy Pinterest projects!) but not enough time to tackle them on our own.⠀
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I can't wait to head over to @arworkshopankeny later this month to experience my first class and make a knit blanket!
  • It's a seriously happy day when you're prepping your November PowerSheets and your new 2019 set arrives in the mail!⠀
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October was one of those months where my goals and expectations drastically changed, mainly due to reading Traction by Gino Wickman. The book's recommended systems rocked my world and helped me focus on the most impactful tasks I can be doing with my blog and over at @illuminateddev.⠀
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Now on to wrapping up those PowerSheets so I can start making progress this month!
  • 🙌🏻 Soaking in these wise words from @emilyley as my post-vacation to-do list feels like it will never end.⠀
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Slowly but surely, I'm giving myself grace as a small business owner, wife, dog mom, friend, and organizer of all things. I hope you do the same for yourself!⠀
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What reminders do you give yourself when your day doesn't go quite as expected?
  • Who’s your best bud when it comes to your business? The friend who is always ready to listen to your next idea, the partner working by your side, or the customer cheering you on.
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I feel so lucky to call this guy my business partner AND husband. He listens to my in-the-moment ideas, brings new technologies to our workflows to make life simpler, and visualizes the big picture of what @illuminateddev can become. Basically, I couldn’t do it without him!
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Tag your best business friend or partner below to show them some love and gratitude. ❤️