Outfit of the Day, the EC way! #ECootd

#ECootd

I’ve always been obsessed with fashion and have been “collecting” clothes since high school. Yes, it’s true, I still have some faves from the 80’s and 90’s that I’m glad I hung on to (seeing my daughter in my Jake Ryan t-shirt after forcing her to watch 16 Candles with me was a highlight.)

 Someone on our Marketing team suggested that we photograph some of my work ensembles to show more of my personal style and personality and showcase just how fashion trends can influence the collection and designs seen on the website.

The result? An ongoing #ECootd series that will appear in our Design & Style section from time to time. For details on what I’m wearing in this picture, read on!

(blazer: H&M, denim shirt: JCrew, cuffed jeans: Mother, slip-on shoes: Stella McCartney) 

SETTING SMART(ER) GOALS

 

It’s been more than a month since we set our resolutions and in this stretch of striving to continue without breaking them, goal-setting becomes even more of a trending topic than usual. If you’re someone who hates not meeting goals, maybe you make the mistake of setting the bar too low. Maybe you get overly ambitious and challenge yourself by setting unattainable goals. The key to success here is by being realistic, and being…(dare I say it?) SMART.

The SMART system has been around for years and is an effective way to measure the goals you plan on setting, by ensuring that your goal meets each of the 5 tenets. Whether you like setting monthly goals and writing it on your mirror, make yearly goals when you decide your New Year’s resolutions, or like to set weekly or even daily goals, check out the SMART method below (and print our FREE downloadable worksheet!)

By making sure that your goals meet all of the SMART criteria, (Specific, Measured, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) you ensure that you are setting yourself up for success with checkpoints that allow you to take a second look and reevaluate. Physically writing down your goal and visualizing it is a positive way to hold yourself accountable and makes you more likely to see your goal all the way through to completion.

Plan fun rewards for when you hit your goals, make an inspiration corkboard to hang in your room and visualize yourself achieving and succeeding! Print the attached download and hang on your fridge, keep on your desk or tuck into your LifePlanner™ as a reminder of what to remember in goal-setting!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR SMART CARD!

UP, UP & AWAY: CELEBRATING OUR 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

We had so much fun at this photo shoot, I just had to share! Here are some highlights from our big 10-year anniversary campaign…

We filmed in our Los Angeles warehouse, putting up a green screen and bringing in the LARGEST balloons I have ever seen!

Behind the Scenes Sneak Peek!

 There were outfit changes, a huge fan to make that natural windblown look (ha! look out Beyonce!) and “movie magic” all done in post production to make it look like I was being carried away into the sky! My team had fun with their solo balloon shots too.
 Employee Solo Shots

At the end of the shoot, my team surprised me with a HUGE and adorable cake. I must say, our 10 year anniversary was pretty sweet! I hope you enjoy the the behind the scenes peek as we celebrate a decade of happy organization & inspiration.

Celebrating 10 Amazing Years!!!

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Click here to see our Newsletter with the final images!

Putting the FUN in Fundraising: Mom’s Night Out!

 

It seems like we get less and less state funding for our schools these days unless we decide to raise it ourselves. Our sweet little public school really needs all the help it can get and thankfully we have an incredible group of volunteers that organize events to make money for our education foundation.

 Our Mom’s Night Out at the Comedy Club in Hermosa Beach all started when one of my friends thought we could have some FUN while fundraising and now it has become one of my favorite school events of the year! My company sponsored the event this year by providing stickers & “swag” for all the guests, and sooo many other generous local businesses donated amazing items to the gift bags that were raffled off before the comics took the stage. I must say, we made our own comedy on stage as I felt a bit like Vanna White showcasing all the prizes! The event was sold out and brought in more than $10K for our school! Way to go MOMS!