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How To Use A Label Printer To Simplify Your Life

Paper filing has always been a struggle for me. Finding the perfect solution to simplify that process is important. I can’t tell you how much time it has saved me so far. Keeping my personal and business files organized and easily accessible was vital. I definitely needed something simple and streamlined. I have put together a file folder organization holder utilizing my Epson Portable Label Printer. Learn how to use a label printer to simplify your life below!

I’ve tried filing folders in filing cabinets, but that didn’t work that great for me. I would get overwhelmed with the chaos of the cabinet and therefore never bother keeping it organized. I found this handy white file organizer that fit perfectly on the wall by my office desk from Ikea ( go figure :)) I also found these cute patterned file folders in the Target dollar bin. *Score!* I categorized my pile of papers in 6 file folders. This helped with not feeling so overwhelmed.

I took a look at the papers that I had laying around that needed organizing. The categories I came up with that would help the most are: Blog Notes, Menu Planning, Coupons, Taxes, Bill to Pay, and Misc. (for all the random papers that don’t fit into one of the prior categories.) These are the categories that work for me, but figure out what would work best for you and your family and give it a whirl!

You can utilize the Epson Label Printer from your computer or your phone! It can connect via bluetooth as well! It offers a lot of different ways I can customize labeling around the house. I can choose various fonts, font sizes, etc. There are a variety of symbols and borders to choose from to customize your labels!

This Epson Portable Label Printer can also print date labels for food items, QR code labels, or labels to organize cables. You can even create ribbons for gifts! How fancy is that?!

Using the Epson Portable Label Printer – I can print labels from anywhere: my PC, Mac, phone or tablet! You can download the Epson iLabel app for Android or iOS and you’ve got labels on the go! I had those labels printed out in seconds. It was super easy to install and print out – I was amazed! The printer is operated on batteries and/or an included AC adapter for use right at your desk.

The Epson LabelWorks printer is normally $99.00 – but you can use the discount code LW25SAV, and save 25%!

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8 Tips To Stay Positive As A New Entrepreneur

The entrepreneurial world is wonderful, but it can get hard. From little setbacks to not reaching your goals quite as quickly as you thought you might, it can get tough to stay positive. Here are my top 8 tips to stay positive as a new entrepreneur. Use these tips to keep a smile on your face as you set out on this great adventure!

If you haven’t yet – check out my tips to being productive when working from home!

8 Tips To Stay Positive As A New Entrepreneur

  1. Celebrate The Little Wins

    As much as concentrating on the big picture is always important, take some time to celebrate the little wins! Set yourself a series of small, achievable goals and celebrate those victories as you pass them. Practicing gratitude is a way to keep you motivated, so be happy for the successes, big and small.

  2. Remember Your Roots

    Why did you become an entrepreneur in the first place? Remember that reason always. I keep my motivational mantra posted on my desk at all times. Go ahead, print it out if it speaks to you too! If you embarked on this amazing journey, you most likely were seeking balance in your life. Keep that thought in check as you go about your daily activities.

  3. Take Breaks

    Take a step back and take a break. It’s very important for your mental health to take time away from the stresses in your life. Go out for a walk or a drive. Leave your phone at home and just relax. Take your mind off work. Remember: Entrepreneurs that take breaks and vacation when needed are much more productive & successful long term.

  4. Set Goals. For the Day, Week, Month, & Year!

    Set small, everyday goals as well as long-term goals. Make sure to check them off as you go. Set goals that are realistic. One of the most important ways to stay positive is to make sure your goals are attainable. Don’t limit yourself to work goals either. Set yourself health/wellness goals as well. Getting up and moving is important for your well-being and will benefit your business in the long run!

  5. Surround Yourself With Supportive & Uplifting People

    One of the best ways to solve (or avoid all together) a negative mood is to surround yourself with positive people. Friends or family who support you will always be the best way to keep yourself motivated!

  6. Develop A Business Model That Makes You Happy

    Come up with a business model that not only works for your company, but works for you. Be realistic about how much time you can put into your work each day, and allow yourself mental and physical breaks. Do what you love. If you have one particular service you offer that you don’t particularly like doing, take it off the list and focus on the items/services you do like doing! You have the power to choose what you want to do!

  7. Find A Supportive Community Of Like-Minded Individuals

    The internet is a wonderful place to find like-minded individuals! There are plenty of Facebook groups, blogs, or mastermind groups that are filled with individuals in the same position as you who love answering questions and sharing experiences! Stick to these communities, they’ll help motivate you to be a better you!

  8. Have A Motivational Mantra

    Create an easy, positive saying that will motivate you to keep going. Repeat it as often as needed. If you want something you’ve never had – you have to do something you’ve never done! This is my mantra. Choose one that resonates with you and look at that quote/saying every morning. Or better yet – choose a different mantra for every day of the week.

Keep up the amazing work, stay motivated, and you’re on the way to success! With these 8 tips to stay positive as a new entrepreneur, you’ll be mentally prepared to stay motivated and turn your business into your dream. What are some of your tips to stay motivated? I would love to hear them!

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The Creative Local: Talia Kite

Up Next: Talia Kite from Blissful Impressions Photography. I am excited to bring her over to Uniquely Women today. I got the pleasure of meeting this sweet gal in Colorado last year, and have been following along with her ever since! I just love her creativity and the images she captures daily. She will be sharing a little bit more about her business and some of her favorite Denver, CO hangouts within this interview!

If you are new to Uniquely Women, I started a new blog series column – The Creative Local. This series showcases boss ladies, whether it be bloggers, entrepreneurs, or women making a difference in their neck of the woods. Each will showcase their current city, taking us around to their favorite places along with a little bit of their current business endeavors. Tag #thecreativelocal on Instagram & Twitter to showcase the creative local in YOU to be featured.

The Creative Local: Talia Kite

Her Favorite Denver, CO Spots:

We have lived in Denver for 3 1/2 years now. When my husband {Noel} and I were dating we had a summer off between school and decided to go work at a camp. On a whim we decided to apply to a camp in Estes Park, Colorado called Camp Cheley. I had never been to Colorado and was taking a huge risk by packing up my life for 8 weeks and heading into the mountains. Little did I know this was going to be one of the most life changing events I couldn’t have planned for. Noel and I worked separately at the camp and met so many amazing people from around the country and world. After our summer ended in ’09 it was time to head back to the Midwest and move from Chicago to St. Louis so Noel could begin and complete Chiropractic school. We decided at the end of our 3 1/2 years in Missouri we had two choices; move back to Chicago where it may be a little easier to start two businesses, be surrounded by family and support and start our life up once again, OR we could take a huge risk, move out West and take a chance on ourselves as business owners being among new friends, insanely beautiful weather and an active lifestyle. We had a lot of support and moved out to Denver in 2012 and as most Midwesterners say out here “we haven’t looked back yet.” Denver is the home to people from all over, it has more people move here than are natives, and those natives are extremely proud of their state, as they should be. The city itself is clean and friendly and while many people think it’s a very cold place, our elevation ends up working in our favor and giving us 70 degrees in the middle of February. We are 30 minutes from the foothills and under 1 1/2 hours from amazing ski slopes and hiking trails. I’m starting to sound like a travel book, but it is so easy out here, there is nothing you can’t do, except maybe go to the ocean. We love, love living in Denver, exploring the breweries, restaurants and welcoming environment that allows us to live our lives in our own way and make a business that fits into our lifestyle, rather than the other way around.

Tula Hot Yoga

I have been doing hot yoga for over 11 1/2 years and find a struggle, joy and acceptance in every class. I have practiced around the country, whenever I travel and my family, who started with me, always makes times to go together when we are all in the same time zone. I have split my time over 4 different studios, based on places I have lived and Tula is a great space! I love the welcoming atmosphere, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s only 5 minutes from my house. This helps a lot, since it is so easy to talk yourself out of not going and I can wait until the last minute to realize, it’s only an hour of your life, might as well make it worth it! Tula is clean and has great instructors that are willing to go above and beyond to make sure that you are getting exactly what you need out of each session. Classes are either 60 or 90 minutes, are heated to 105 degrees with 40% humidity and are a moving meditation with focus on your breath. When you break down a lot of the postures, they are fairly simple, although adding in the challenge of a hot room, holding a pose for 60 seconds and being uncomfortable helps turn your focus inward and find what you can truly accomplish. I try to always take away from yoga that how you go into something is just as important as how you come out and do this by finding a way to be comfortable in the uncomfortable moments in life.

Tula Hot Yoga

Little Man Ice Cream

My family has always been big into dessert and sweets, and ice cream is a constant winner. We have far too many memories of Dad being out of town and Mom taking us to Dairy Queen for dinner…woops! Well that has definitely transferred into adulthood. We love going to Little Man in the Highlands and waiting in an insane line for a scoop of ice cream. I’m not kidding, you could wait 30 minutes, wrapped around the block, summer or winter, to go up to a 28 foot tall milk jug to get your fix. We love taking guests there, especially because they have vegan options and they taste just as good as the dairy-filled ones 🙂 It is also in a great location, that you can walk around and see a great view of the city!

Little Man Ice Cream

Wash Perk

Do I drink Coffee? No. Do I love a good coffeeshop? Who doesn’t? Wash Perk is a coffeshop that is in the middle of my neighborhood. You might not even notice it’s a business, since it just looks like another home. It is constantly packed and has the coziest atmosphere, couches, eclectic tables and decorations and are extremely dog friendly. I have spent many hours in here, reading, chatting with friends, meeting with potential clients and working. Also, my favorite part is that the name reminds me of Central Perk, which if you are a huge Friends TV show nerd {who owns all 10 seasons like myself}, you understand.

Wash Perk

Next Up: Interview with Talia

(Read Below)

In a few sentences describe yourself:

I am a creative, a wife, a yogi, a business owner, a dog mom and almost a real one 🙂 I find joy in relaxing, growing my business, watching reality shows while editing for hours {don’t judge}, relaxing weekends in the mountains, brewery hopping and going on new adventures with my husband and friends. I am an introvert until I find it safe to open up, then you will wish I go back to my original ways. Even as an artist, I find it constantly difficult to express myself without fear of judgement and always taking the risks I wish I had. I believe everything happens for a reason. I am proud of where I have gotten myself and am humbled by the unconditional support that I am given. I hope to travel more, worry less and continue to be grateful for the opportunities that present themselves at the most perfect of moments.

How did your shop start? Where did that passion come from?

I learned photography by accidentally getting into a photo 1 course. I originally signed up for Interior Design {a big fan of TLC, Trading Spaces at the time}, and photo 1 was my back up. Luckily my older sisters had taken the course so we had some equipment. My dad has always been big into photography and my Grandpa was a WWII photographer who went on to start his own photography business. It was one of those things that was meant to be, but was not obvious.

I always had trouble learning in school, classes did not come easily to me and I wasn’t a natural at anything it seemed, so I didn’t think too much about this course either. I knew I always loved art, but this was a whole new realm. I went out and took my first roll of film for the class, I was getting ready to go develop it and the film got stuck, we fiddled to open the camera and everything got exposed and ruined! Naturally you are a tad bummed, but I went out again and went for round 2. I came back to the dark room, developed some photos, entered a contest and won on my first image. I had no idea I was good at this, of course you don’t need outside influence to tell you, but it doesn’t hurt. From then on I barely left the dark room. I took so many photo courses I ended up in studio classes that I was the only student and made up my own assignments, assignments that teachers loved that they took to use in their own classes. I realized I had found my calling. When I applied for college I decided photojournalism was the way to go, as I had no idea what else you do with a love for photography. I wanted a state school and decided to move forward with my photojournalism major, mind you, I had absolutely no idea what this would entail. Once I realized there was no art, in my mind, as to what I was doing I took a harder focus on photography itself. I put all of my efforts into my art courses, decided to double major in art education and photography and go on to start a photography business, 2 years out of college. I haven’t looked back, and when I think back on how things could have turned out, I realize this is exactly what was meant to be. All the struggles in school, the confusion, the only clear thing to me was when I held my camera and was creating, I felt calm, and nervous and comfortable and at ease and excited, and those feelings travel with me today before every session. Blissful Impressions was built from not only pure passion, but technique, skill and drive. I don’t think passion is enough, you must find the inner strength to create a lifestyle and business that you want to live, and that is something I try to work on everyday.

What technology/software/camera gear do you use to keep focused on what you do best, as your photograph?

My current main camera is a Nikon D800, I use this with a variety of lenses to capture wide angle and macro detail shots. My all time favorite lens is a Macro 60mm f/2.8. It creates the most beautiful bokeh {blur behind the subject} and has a crisp, warm addition to the photos that I have not found in other lenses. While it’s perfect for those obvious close up details of newborns or wedding rings, it truly makes the photo with portraits as well. I chose to use Nikon because when you accidentally get into a film photography course in high school, you use what is given to you! I didn’t know too much about the various types of cameras when I started out, although as I begin to gather more lenses and really get to know the cameras I was using, I decided to commit. As I traveled through college I stayed with 35mm and medium format for a large portion of my courses and then switched to digital before graduation. I feel there is such an importance on understanding film photography, the development process and presentation that goes into every digital image as well. When picking a digital camera it is vital to understand how it is different than the other well known brands. While I chose to stick with Nikon it wasn’t out of just having the lenses and familiarity, it was a choice and one that I will continue to move forward with as I see fit for my business. When it comes to editing I use ACR {Adobe Camera Raw} a photoshop program, along with presets that I find fit my style. ACR allows me to batch edit many photos in the same lighting situations at once, this way I provide a clear consistency between final images.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

The hardest part of being a photographer, professionally, is creating a business. We all have specialties that we want to share, and the idea of getting your camera, taking the photos, editing, delivering and repeating is very nice, but not the truth of the business. How do you get those clients, how do you keep those clients, how do you get those clients to refer you to their friends and family? There is so much that goes into running any business, and one that is so personal you have to make sure you are connecting with your clients on a deep level. I am a very shy person to begin with, so getting out of my comfort zone was definitely a struggle! When I finally get through all of that, the hardest part of actually taking the photos is when you get to sit down and edit and try not to be overly consumed by photographers that have already had great success and trying not to duplicate their work, but find my own style to define my look as an artist.

Top Bucket List Locations

Greek Islands
Paris
Hawaii
Austin
San Diego + San Francisco