Gardening Is About Growth, But Also About Mindfulness

By Elisa Schmitz / August 7, 2021 /

I’ve done a lot of writing about growth and gardening. That’s because there are so many connections between growing a garden and growing a successful career or business, and a happy and healthy life. But there’s more to gardening that is important to share, starting with the fact that it’s an amazing mindfulness activity. Whether…

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The Power of Building Community & Fostering Human Connection

By Elisa Schmitz / July 31, 2021 /

During some very dark days of the pandemic, it seemed like fear, illness and death were winning. The news was filled with grim updates that made it seem as though life as we knew it may forever be changed. Then science and health-care heroes shone a bright light that pierced the veil of darkness with…

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Six Dresses, May Flowers Edition, Dress Six: How a Maker Moves From Dreaming to Doing

By Elisa Schmitz / July 27, 2021 /

Growing up in chaos, you learn to use your imagination to escape. You get creative and adaptable and find ways to thrive. Even after childhood, when life is chaotic and you don’t have the right tools or resources to help, you get good at dreaming of better times and better ways to do things. And, ultimately, that’s how you…

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Six Dresses, May Flowers Edition, Dress Five: Pull the Weeds & Watch Your Garden Thrive

By Elisa Schmitz / July 24, 2021 /

When you’re out there growing stuff – a garden, a career, a life – chances are, you’re going to encounter weeds. In the garden, they can show up as crabgrass or thistle. They may even try to pass themselves off as flowers, in the form of clover or dandelions. Weeds can grow in personal and…

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Six Dresses, May Flowers Edition, Dress Four: Spring & Sunrise Bring Opportunities to Realize Your Full Potential

By Elisa Schmitz / June 24, 2021 /

I have good news. Spring brings rebirth every year. That means as disappointed as we may be to see things hibernate or die in fall or winter, we can look forward to a reset with new life emerging every year. But there’s even better news. Sunrise brings rebirth every day. That means as disappointed as we…

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Six Dresses, May Flowers Edition, Dress Three: Here’s Why (and How) to Cultivate a Growth Mindset

By Elisa Schmitz / June 24, 2021 /

One of spring’s greatest joys is being out in the garden. There’s nothing like the emergence of new life and nurturing it along. That’s why I love gardening; it means growth. I’ve found that in career and in life, having a growth mindset is key. In her book, Mindset, Stanford professor Carol Dweck explains that…

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Six Dresses, May Flowers Edition, Dress Two: Here’s Why (and How) to Do More of What Brings You Joy

By Elisa Schmitz / May 18, 2021 /

The redbuds are in full bloom! These magenta trees are popping flowers like purple fireworks, and seeing them sparkle lights me up inside. It’s not just their breathtaking color. It’s the way the tiny blossoms work to amplify each other. It’s the elegant arch of the branches that creates a dazzling display. It’s the limited…

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Six Dresses, May Flowers Edition, Dress One: April Showers Bring May Flowers & Much More

By Elisa Schmitz / May 4, 2021 /

It’s been raining – a lot. I don’t mean just those April showers; I mean this entire past year. Overcast skies, storm clouds and torrential rain – all in the form of a global pandemic that has wreaked havoc on our health and safety, and our personal and professional lives. It’s been raining so hard…

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Top Qualities That Make Entrepreneurs & Company Founders Successful in Business

By Elisa Schmitz / April 9, 2021 /

So much goes into creating a successful company or career. The reality is, there’s no single secret to being a successful entrepreneur or business founder. It often comes down to a mix of elements such as having the right idea at the right time; the relevant skills, ability and attitude; the relentless work ethic, passion…

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Six Dresses, Winter Coat Edition: Why Coats are the New Dresses & How They Remind Us of All That’s Possible

By Elisa Schmitz / February 18, 2021 /

The snow is swirling, the wind is whipping, and the temps are plunging. Welcome to February in Chicago, better known as Chiberia. The time of year when coats are the new dresses. Winter can be gray and dreary, and sometimes the lack of sunshine can get this warm-weather-loving Latina down. Needing inspiration more than ever,…

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