Happy New Years friends! I'm SUPER pumped to start 2019 off with a giveaway from our friends at Sanctuary Beauty!
The owner's name is Anusha and she's the mom of two littles. Growing up in South Africa, her family did not have access to the big global beauty products, so women in her family had a long tradition of taking care of their skin using natural ingredients that were plentiful where they lived. When she moved to the US, she found her skin was sensitive to some of the ingredients in the popular beauty brands available.
Sanctuary Beauty was inspired by the natural skincare she grew up with and her deepened understanding of the importance of taking care of your skin.
After experiencing postpartum depression, she used her knowledge of essential oils, natural ingredients she grew up using and skills from being an Occupational Therapist to create body products that helped nurture and nourish her body back to health.
They are a family owned business with a passion to create all-natural beauty and bath products that are safe, good for you, and effective. Their deepest is hope that the products empower you to set aside time for YOU and enable you to face the challenges of daily life with confidence.
10% of sales at Sanctuary Beauty are given to provide nutritious meals, school supplies and other services to vulnerable children living in the Langbos settlement in Western Cape, South Africa.
This week's giveaway will help someone carve out a little time for themselves in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the new year! They have given me a Chillax Self-Care Kit to give away this week to a Do The Thing Movement Insider! The kit includes:
Chillax Body Butter (4oz)
Chillax Body Scrub (6oz)
Chillax Shower Steamers (set of 4)
Chillax Bath Bomb (4.5oz)
It's super easy to enter:
1. Follow @rebecca.dotson and @sanctuary.beauty on the 'gram!
2. Join our email list by entering your email on the home page of the site to become a Do The Thing Movement Insider!
The giveaway will close Sunday night, January 13th at 8PM EST. Good luck!
Your biggest cheerleader,
Jesus, help me be mindful to carve out time to be still with You. I don't want to miss Your voice, especially Your whisper. You are so wise. I want my knee-jerk reaction to "life" happening to be listening to You and not the world around me.
In Your name,
Guys! I'm so excited to have my friend, Samantha Lane, sharing with us today about her business called Origami Day!
Check out her time management tips below AND do the following to enter to win an Origami Day 2019 planner! The winner will be announced on Monday, November 26!
1. Follow @rebecca.dotson and @myorigamiday on Instagram.
2. Head over to the home page and subscribe to be a Do The Thing Movement Insider!
If anyone knows a busy life, it’s an entrepreneur! Starting, and running, a business provides a world of to-do’s that can barely be dreamt about before embarking on such a journey. There is always something to do, so the trick of it becomes knowing what to do first and finding a way to get it done. Not to mention, many entrepreneurs spend a fair amount of time juggling side-hustles until their dream gig becomes their only gig, adding to the strain of managing time.
So how on earth do you manage your time to find work-life balance?!
For starters, you have to know what really matters. There are a lot of things we do each day that don’t have any impact on the most important parts of our lives and jobs. To avoid any waste of time, we need to know what is actually important. If you could only do one thing today for your business, what would that be? If today was your last day on earth, where would you spend your time? Define your most important things, personally and professionally, and let those drive you through the chaos.
Once you have a clear goal, its time to make a plan. I mean an actual written plan. Writing things down helps us remember more. Crossing things off helps us accomplish more. Write down your plan. In detail. On paper. For an entire week, if you can. Once your plan is on paper, it’s really easy to see if it’s a good one or trouble shoot things in advance. Make sure important appointments, tasks or deadlines are included and that the items detailed for each day can actually happen in the allotted time. Also, put personal and professional items on the same plan so you are only managing one information hub. If you aren’t sure what tool to use for this, I strongly recommend Origami Day Weekly Planning Sheets.
Once your plan is in place, protect it. It is ok to say no to things that aren’t on your plan, especially if they have nothing to do with those important items you defined. A lot of what makes a busy season stressful is taking on more than we really need to. The reality is: saying yes to something is really saying no to something else. Remember that when there is a demand for your time, and ask what you may be saying no to in order say yes.
Again, it’s ok to say no.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all there is to do in life, especially when running a business.
Thankfully, small steps can add up to big rewards when it comes to managing your time. Remember three simple steps to time management as an entrepreneur: know what’s important, make a plan, and say no.
Samantha Lane is a reformed workaholic and the owner of Origami Day. She now uses her passion for efficiency to help others shape their time for work-life balance.
1. How did you choose the name Origami Day?
The business was originally called Organizational Origami because that was what I
called the weekly planning sheets. When I completed a program with the local
entrepreneur center I was lucky enough to work with some really talented people who
helped me refine my brand very early on. I knew I wanted the word Origami in the name
for a few reasons. One was because the product that started it all is a folding piece of
paper and origami is the Japanese art of folding paper. Also, my grandmother is
from Japan and I am part Japanese so it seemed like the best way to pay respect to my
heritage and family.
2. What has been the biggest obstacle for you in starting a business?
The most challenging things for me has been the reality of finite resources. When I started Origami Day, I did not have the luxury of quitting everything else to
generate revenue for the business. To this day, I cobble together side hustles to keep
my bills paid until Origami Day can sustain me as a full-time employee. There is always
a battle of having time or money, but rarely both. I’m very transparent about that
because I think it’s one of the biggest challenges for many small businesses, not just
3. What is the most exciting success story that you've heard from a customer who uses
I have been so lucky to date because I have countless success stories! It has been my
favorite part of running this business. Some of my favorites are:
them live their lives with more balance!
Prayer for the entrepreneur:
Jesus, thank you for time. I'm amazed that you created it and You're not bound by it. You are the beginning and the end. However, I need your help to discern, prioritize and organize my life in such a way that I most effectively can reflect YOU to the world around me. Help me do that today.
In Your name,
Karama Collection, some new friends of mine, are doing a Do The Thing Movement giveaway of their Addis Tote (shown in photo above) this week! You guys: THIS BAG IS LIFE (and the original price is $236!). I have traveled quite a bit this month and it's been so nice to have a big 'ole tote to carry my makeup, planner, laptop, etc. around. It really does fit just about everything!
I couldn't be more excited to lock arms with them and be a part of their "Swirl of Good" to share about their mission!
Karama Collective Misson:
Karama's mission is to alleviate poverty by restoring dignity through creative, purposeful work for artisans, beginning in Africa. Their ultimate vision is to live in a world where poverty is overcome through dignified work, so families and communities can thrive.
Karama began in 2006 with a single artisan partner in Ethiopia and has since expanded to working with artisans in 6 countries, affecting over 2,400 artisans and their families in this time period. Each purchase provides layers of transformation, yielding individual, community, economic and eternal impact.
Young Life Africa/Haiti:
Karama is dedicated to funding Young Life Africa and Haiti's campership program where thousands of teenagers experience the love of God and many begin a relationship with Jesus Christ, often in the same communities where Karama is invested in local businesses. As Karama grows and reaches a broader audience, sales increase, as does our ability to contribute to the outreach ministry of Young Life in Africa.
Karama has done an incredible job producing a video to showcase their heart for the work they do. As creative entrepreneurs, we all have those times where we need to show our story through video. I asked them to give me the "behind-the-scenes" about the process they went through to shoot the video below:
1. Who produced the video for you? We produced the video in house! We are a nonprofit so we do a lot as a team and work hard for every marketing piece and campaign that goes out into the world. We are happy to share the stories of YL campers and artisans. We believe we have a privilege and responsibility to educate our consumers on ethical fashion, fair trade, and to ask the question where there products came from. The voiceover is done by our co-founder Dyan Larmey, on a Karama tour visiting our artisan groups.
2. Tell me about the process of choosing a videographer. What was important to you? Our videographer for the first video was a girl in our own tribe, part of the Swirl of Good, friend of Karama, etc. She's an amazingly talented local girl who knows how to tell a story!
3. What were you trying to accomplish through the video? More than anything, we want consumers to know their purchase matters. Love Looks like Karama was a campaign built to tell the stories of our artisans and connect everyone in our Swirl of Good, to show them where they fit in the picture of Karama. Our Swirl of Good which encompasses our artisans, customers, Young Life community, staff, and volunteers. Karama seeks to connect everyone in our Swirl as we share dignity and provide job opportunities for those in Africa and Haiti. We wanted to capture the communities where our artisans and live and work, as we tell their stories through creative work!
4. How long did the production process take? The tour was 2 weeks long and our videographer was with us for the entire duration of the trip.
5. What advice would you give someone looking to produce a similar video? Be honest and convey a clear message. Ask these questions to yourself: Why am I making this video? What story do I want to tell? What will the result of this video be? And like anything in a campaign... edit, edit, edit! Continue to improve and revise your work to see the best results.
Above is another video about the impact of Karama Collection to check out! I asked them about their vision for this video vs. the first one and this was their response:
"This video was made on a very low budget. You can obviously see the difference, but it's doable! The two videos served very different functions. the first was telling a story and showcasing the spirit of Karama whereas the second was showing the impact Karama has already made and will continue to make. The video is comprised of video, camera roll, and stills we had collected over the years with a voice over from a Swirl member, Young Life Africa friend and leader."
I want to say a HUGE thank you to Karama for being willing to share on Do The Thing Movement. Here's the moment you've been waiting for...
HOW DO I ENTER TO WIN THE ADDIS TOTE BAG?
To enter, do the following:
1. Follow @rebecca.dotson and @karamacollection on the 'gram!
2. Join our email list by entering your email below to become a Do The Thing Movement Insider!
It will close Sunday night, October 21st at 8PM EST.
I can't WAIT to announce the winner on Monday, October 22!
Your biggest cheerleader,
Prayer for the entrepreneur:
Jesus, you are mighty. You are greater and bigger and more loving than I could ever comprehend in life here on earth. May You always be the ultimate Hero of the content I create. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in YOUR sight, Lord.
In Your name,