MYTH BUSTED: Do What You Love & You'll Never Work a Day in Your Life

We’ve all heard the saying….”do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Let’s break it down because this is a MYTH. I absolutely LOVE running The Honest Consumer & Give a Damn Goods. I have creative freedoms, get to manage my own schedule, partner with some cool brands, BUT there will always be things that I don’t want to do that have to get done. And this past week has tested me to the max…..

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The Struggles of Being Sick as a Small Business Owner

Today after another day of sleeping all day, binge watching Riverdale, and eating chicken noodle soup I’m left feeling anxious. Anxious about getting being behind on my work, wondering how long before I feel 100% (it’s already been a week), and that urge of wanting to something, but having the energy to do nothing at all. Even though I physically stepped away from my business to allow my self the healing needed….mentally I can’t shut it off. Endless to-do lists I make in my head while laying in bed. Glimpsing at my inbox every once in a while to make sure there is nothing urgent…only to be overcome with a sense of anxiety to the never ending amount of e-mails I haven’t responded to. My web traffic and social number dropping. And the stress of not evening knowing where to begin diving in when the time comes to jump back in.

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Pushing Through The Entrepreneur Burnout

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life….right? Myth busted. Entrepreneurship seems to be really glorified these days. Social media makes running a business appear easy, makes it seem common for an overnight success story, and fails to shine a light on a lot of entrepreneur's failures before success. The reality is entrepreneurship is hard as hell, not for the faint of heart, and the entrepreneur burnout is a serious side effect.

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We're THREE Years Old Today!

Today The Honest Consumer turns three years old! AHHH! So crazy! When I started this in my college dorm, I had no idea The Honest Consumer would grow into an inspirational, conscious community filled with beautiful souls. So THANK YOU all for making this possible!

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The Ultimate Relationship Test: Owning a Small Business

If you really want to know if someone is “the one” launch a business. ;) Owning a small business can turn into something that is financially and mentally consumes you and having a supportive partner is incredibly important. Whether you’re launching the business together, on your own, growing a small business can make or break a relationship. If you don’t have the moral and financial support of your partner this can cause strain on your relationship, mental health, and impact the success of your business.

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Let Go & Let Life: A Full Circle Journey

Sometimes the universe knows your path better than you do and puts you in the right place at the right time, surrounds you with the right people, and presents you with opportunities you didn’t even know you needed. That’s how it’s been for me. It’s funny to see the pieces come together for me. And I feel very fortunate and blessed. I’m at that uncomfortable age where half my friends are still trying to figure it out which is 100% OKAY! People think you have to have it all figured out and that’s NOT it! Embrace the journey and let the universe take control…you never know where it will take you. As an anxious control freak I know that’s easier said than done , but if this little story I’m about to tell isn’t full circle…I don’t know what is.

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A Day In The Start Up Life

What do you do for a living? What I do....is something different EVERYDAY. I mean everyday. I couldn't tell you what a day in the life is like because I don't have a set routine. My days are chaos...most days, relatively organized chaos.

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The Freelance Life: Challenges to Be Prepared For

Since graduating in December, I’ve been doing odd jobs including web design, content management, and copywriting, all while running The Honest Consumer. My collection of odd jobs helps me makeup the difference in bills and continue running The Honest Consumer.

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Owning It.

Sometimes I feel as though I'm a Sim and the big man in the sky is looking down laughing at me. In my first week of "real" adulting (my post graduation life back in Nashville after the holidays) I was bombarded with chaos. My dear friend Malayna and I had a terrifying experience driving from Texas back to Nashville. We were caught in snow, ice, and witnessed an 80 car pileup....needless to say we had a guardian angel. 

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New Year, Better You: Embracing Personal Growth

2017 was a year of a lot of laughs, a lot of cries, and a lot of learning to embrace it all. I learned so much about myself and experienced personal growth in ways I couldn't imagine a year ago. I wanted to share a few of my key experiences from 2017 in hopes that it may inspire you to embrace personal growth in 2018.

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Fake It Till You Make It: Lessons from a Social Entrepreneur

From not being taken seriously as a blogger to being told people don't care about conscious consumerism, I've just about heard it all. But guess what? The Honest Consumer is still here. Like a lot of entrepreneurs, I jumped in head on following a passion. The idea of "Fake it Till You Make It" can bring on a confidence to keep you going on the rough days.

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The Honest Truth About Blogging

When I started The Honest Consumer in 2016 I did not want to be in the pictures. If you scroll back to the beginning of my Instagram feed, you will notice I'm rarely in a photograph. When I thought about bloggers, I pictured that perfect girl with the photogenic lifestyle and that's not who I am or what The Honest Consumer is.

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Pushing Through Anxiety to Pursue A Passion

Last week my university flew me to a conference to further my knowledge on social innovation for The Honest Consumer. I had so much fun! I learned a lot and met many inspirational change makers. While I had an excellent time I definitely had to fight through some anxiety while I was there. In the morning walking into the conference room with endless tables and picking a seat made me anxious.

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