September 17, 2012

Yogahhhhhh

Filed under: Health & Wellness — Tags: , , — lidia @ 5:19 pm

The view from my yoga mat

I used to be an avid yoga enthusiast. I even did prenatal yoga quite regularly when I was expecting. And then I had a baby. Who didn’t sleep for the first 10 months.

Now that Little One’s just over a year old and sleeping well, I’m slowly getting back into my yoga routine. One of the things I missed was how great yoga made me feel—especially during busy weeks when I logged a lot of computer time. A regular yoga/stretching routine even helped me bounce back from a case of wrist tendinitis, so I can’t sing its praises enough.

The benefits of yoga for a busy biz mama

  1. It melts away the day’s stress—and pulls back my (computer-induced) hunched over shoulders
  2. It allows me one glorious hour to myself, where I don’t have to worry about anyone being fed, changed or walked
  3. It clears my mind of any work tasks and prepares me for the weekend with my family

I’ve been taking outdoor yoga classes in a park near my office, so it has the added benefit of spending an hour in fresh air and sunshine. Friday can’t come soon enough!

June 20, 2011

Put your dog to work

Filed under: Small Business,Workspace — Tags: , , — lidia @ 11:00 am

It's time to take a break!

Why should kids be the only ones who get a chance to peek into Mom & Dad’s workplace?

Mark your calendars: Friday, June 24 is Take Your Dog to Work Day!

In my case, I’m lucky to have Essie in the office regularly. Essie is a great office-mate. She doesn’t complain much. She’s a great stress-reliever and walking partner. Plus, I don’t even have to pay her (well, maybe in kibble). She also keeps me from hunching over my keyboard for hours on end. How can you resist a furry paw on your arm, begging you to go out? Now if only I could train her to fetch me a cup of coffee.

See Essie “hard at work” in the Take Your Dog to Work Day Photo Gallery.

Are you planning to take your dog to the office on Take Your Dog to Work Day?

Does your dog work with you full-time? Share in the comments!

September 11, 2009

What I learned on my summer vacation: Part 9

Filed under: Small Business — Tags: , , — lidia @ 3:29 pm

Part of a series of post-Creative Freelancer Conference postings:

9. Tell potential clients about your work process:

  1. Initial consultation details (free? time limit?)
  2. Project types (we take on jobs of $xxxx size or larger)
  3. Fee structures (hourly, by the project)
  4. Communication preferences (email, in-person meetings).

Based on this advice (inspired by Michelle Goodman’s session, Dealing with Nightmare Clients), I’ve decided to add a “How We Work” page to my website. This will give new clients an opportunity to learn more about our work style before we meet in person—helping to determine “are we the right fit” in the beginning of the process.