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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Why I Left My Job

I have always had a pretty clear sense of direction. When I graduated from college I knew I wanted to work in corporate America. I knew I wanted to climb the ladder. And I did just that. 

But at some point there was a shift. The thing that once brought me so much happiness didn't anymore. It was leaving me feel out of balance. There were too many glass balls in the air and I knew I had to make a chance before they all shattered. 

I haven't ever shared this story publicly before, but this September marks one year of being fully out of corporate America and my four year anniversary of being a part of the social retail company Keep Collective and the Stella and Dot family of brands.

I have been fairly certain that I made the right decision, but it was when I saw my new headshots that I take take this summer I instantly knew. I don't think I have seen a photo of my that has so much joy in it. Everything that I have been doing to strengthen relationships, work on my mental health, the place that I am in my career... it all radiated joy. And that is what life should be about. 

In this episode of Squad Life, I share my five tips for finding success in any career or side gig.

1. Develop a network and lean on them. 
2. Work really hard. 
3. Know that at some point your dream job or life will change, and that is ok. 
4. Be brave. Don't let things drag on. 
5. Seek advice. Fin those that won't sugar coat it. 

If you need a space to come hang out so that you can find inspiration, joy and have a little fun. Be sure to check out Crystal's Squad Insider's. 


You can also listen on here on iTunes or Spotify.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Squad Life: Defending the Work From Home Gig

Is part of your life a work from gig? 43% of Americans that work a full-time job also have a side gig. According to the 2017 US Census, 5.2% of workers in the US worked from in 2017—or 8 million people. I bet when the next census comes out that number rises. 

If you don't work from home it can be hard to "get it". You might not quite fully understand what we do at home all day. There is also a phenomenon out there that once a mom's children are of school age that mother should go back to a job outside of the home. I actually had no idea that was even a thing until I talked to a few of my mom friends, including Ally Billhorn. 


Ally is a successful food blogger at Sweet and Savory Eats. She has spent 10 years developing recipes for brands and her blog. She also recently launched Bread and Butter an all in one meal planner, grocery list and recipe book. I personally love Bread and Butter because of its small size (fits in a purse) and Ally's recipes are so simple and delicious. 


In this episode we cover: 

  • how to deal with guilt
  • the biggest mistake you are making when you introduce yourself 
  • why you can't work for free forever  




Ally's Recommendations: 
Beauty Products: Olay Complete SPF 15
Instagram: SweetSavoryEats

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Squad Life: Most Interesting Woman in the World

Did you grow up loving the Spice Girls? I sure did. As soon as I found out Sheridan had made the trip to London to see them this year I knew I wanted to ask her all the questions. You see Sheridan appears to be living her best life. She will straight out tell you it is unconventional and not the same thing that other women her age are doing but it works for her. This this episode we'll talk about.

  • Why you have to be brave to jump at opportunities
  • What does the phrase "don't yuck on someone's yum means"
  • Why true friendships matter
  • And how comparison never gets us ahead 



Sheridan's Recommendations:
Beauty Products: Shiseido Foundation
Instagram: Sheridan_W and HavanatheVan

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

My 100 Goal Project

The coffee cups are always designers
in small towns. 
This month I had the opportunity to attend an incredible women's conference and retreat called Camp Climb.

Kathleen Shannon of Being Boss Club led one of the keynote sessions. If you ever see her name listed as a conference or workshop speaker GO. She was fantastic. Search Being Boss in iTunes and you'll find their three podcasts that are perfect for entrepreneurs and goal setters. Spoiler alert: everyone should be a goal setter.

One of the concepts that Kathleen talked about was using goals to build confidence. Her 100 goal list really resonated with me. So last weekend I say down and wrote out my 100 goals.

I'll let you take a listen to this week's Squad Life podcast to hear how such a large number of goals gave me clarity and direction.



If you are looking for other ways to be consistent with your goals check out some of my favorite goal tools.

1. The Start Today Journal: Rachel Hollis map to how she has accomplished every single goal of hers. She has only accomplished a few things, right?!

2. Erin Condren Checklist Petite Journal: EC is known for her journals but what I really love is their quality of their notebooks. Use this link to receive $10 off your first order.

3. MIMI: This is one of the greatest apps out there but sadly it isn't available to everyone. As a Keep Collective or Stella and Dot Stylish you have access to this incredible app. It allows you to input your goals, track it visually, receive prompts on which customers you should follow up with and more. If you are a part of the Stella & Dot Family and Brands and not using MIMI you aren't using it right.

4. Post-it Big Notes: I love to make sure my goals are visible. These giant post it notes are perfect to put on your door, wall or fridge. Make your goals visible to your family too. This will help them buy in, respect the time you are putting and you can celebrate together when you have accomplished the goal.

As you work on your goals I would love for you to share a screenshot on social using the hasthag #thesquadlife or tagging me @crystalcattle. 

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