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Happy Friday + Weekly Links

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Happy… umm, November? No, that can’t be right. Let me check my calendar. Yep, 2 weeks into November already!

I’m pretty sure I say this each week, but seriously… where has the time gone? How are we already half way through November? There are exactly 40 more sleeps till Christmas. Scary! But that also means I’m not totally looney tunes for putting the tree up the other day. Don’t worry… I haven’t even put the ornaments on yet. Baby steps.

Oh, and I’ll admit that I did watch a couple Christmas movies this week, but you can blame that on HBO for airing them. I’m weak.

And you’re probably wondering what happened to last week’s links. Yea, about that.

Well… I got really sick, thought I had the flu, freaked out because Logan hasn’t had his flu shot yet, went to immediate care so I could wear a horrid face mask and they could stick a cotton swab up my nose only to tell me that I don’t have the flu, and then spent the next 5 days in bed with a fever of 102, chills like nobody’s business and hot flashes that made me feel like I was going through menopause at the ripe age of 25. Not. Fun.

In other news, my in-law’s are headed into town this weekend so the hubby and I can enjoy a date night. Seriously so thankful for them, because we desperately need date nights these days. That alone lights a fire under my ass to finally find a babysitter in this area.

But enough about that, let’s get to the good stuff…

Looking for a new 2015 planner? The Day Designer and The Simplified Planner are at the top of my list this year. I used The Day Designer last year, but now that I’m on a weird schedule I find myself not using the daily pages as much, and that seems like a waste. So instead, I’m thinking about either trying out the Mini Day Designer (because it’s undated, so I can use when I want without feeling like I’m left with a lot of unused space at the end of the year) or the Weekly Simplified Planner (because I don’t need the large daily pages the regular Day Designer offers with this funky schedule I’ve got going, so the smaller daily sections on two pages will be sufficient to fit all my tasks in). But… this limited edition collab cover design is melting me. So, I might just end up with the full planner again. Design does matter, friends.

I canceled my ScheduleOnce account and signed up for a Calendly account. My top three favorite features, you ask? Here you go: 1) It’s got a clean interface (meaning it’s really pretty), 2) you can remove the Calendly branding (meaning it looks even more pro and 3) It’s only $8/mo. when you pay annually ($11/mo. cheaper than what I was paying for something that practically does the same thing). It’s everything you need if you’re looking for an easy and efficient (and pretty) way to schedule calls with clients.

I’ve been devouring all of Tiffany’s podcast episodes lately. I resonated a lot with this one where she talks with Caroline about how much one evolves in their business, and how you need to just let it happen.

One of my long-time clients and friends, Kate from Betty Means Business, just launched her brand new shiny website this week. It’s been over 5 months in the making and we’re not even done yet! More coming soon, but in the meantime, go check it out :)

Looking for a sweet Christmas gift for a new mom? These necklaces are adorable, and super affordable with the GMA deal. I just ordered one for myself and added on a birthstone charm.

For my fellow web designers and developers : this should waste 30 minutes of your life. Can you relate?

Okay, something useful : Ready to finally host that webinar you’ve been putting off (no, of course I’m not talking to myselffff)? Val’s got 3 tips to make sure you’re delivering excellent customer service before, during + after the webinar.

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I hope you guys have an awesome weekend (and may it not be snowing where you are, because it most certainly will be here!).

To finishing Friday strong and then curling up with some hot chocolate to catch up on #htgawm,

Amanda

PS. I’ve got 1 spot open for a new In-House Designer client in January. Time to stop fighting with Photoshop and hand off those design tasks to someone who can create something you’re proud to show off. Get in touch to snag the last spot.

  • Oh. My. Lord. I could get stuck on that Tumblr page for the rest of the day. So good, and they’re all so, so true!

    • Amanda Genther

      Right?! So funny.

  • What a great post Amanda! I LOVE EVERYTHING that you post! I always look forward to your emails. I hadn’t even thought about just doing a simple and fun links post. Brilliant! PS. Also check out the passion planner. Might be a bit intensive right now but its worth a look :)

    • Amanda Genther

      Thanks Amanda (great name, btw ;)) I just heard about the Passion Planner today, actually! Great timing. Looks awesome!

  • I have been swooning over the Day Designer and would love to hear if it helped your biz as a creative entrepreneur. :)

    • Amanda Genther

      Yes, love love love it! It helps keep me focused on the 3 things I need to get done each day. I really need to write a post on how I plan out my weeks/days. I think that would show you how it helps so much. Adding that to the list :)

  • Tiffany Han

    Thank you for the shout-out Sweets!! I love that you’re enjoying the podcast! (And I hope you’re better. Being sick with a little one is THE WORST!)

    • Amanda Genther

      Feeling much better! Not fun at all. And thank you for the awesome podcast :)