Why I Stopped Selling Company Specific Designs

Angie Warren Shop - Why I stopped selling Monat specific products.

I have some shop news I've been waiting to share for some time. After a lot, a lot of prayerful and thoughtful consideration I have decided to retire my Monat specific products.

I've cried quite a few tears over it, but I'd like to share with you why.

Honesty and authenticity are pivotal to business. Being true to one's convictions is also important, and it is for these reasons I've made the decision that I don't feel comfortable continuing to create materials when I know they are against P&P.

No, no one asked me to remove them, the company hasn't contacted me, thankfully! I simply decided to dig a bit deeper on my own, to ensure I wasn't breaking any rules, and what I found has led me here.

To this choice.

Monat has very specific and strong policies and I don't want to be one to break those. As sad as I am over this, I feel it is the right and honorable thing to do and I pray you will understand as well.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN

Well, a few things.

1. I'm hosting a huge three-day sale on all Monat products in the shop before I pull them. They're already discounted you can go grab them right here.

2. It also means of course, I won't be creating new Monat specific resources. However, I do hope so much you'll stick around the shop, I've already begun to fill it with some exciting NEW items to help you do boss babe business well. And a ton more to come.

There are Instagram Story templates, Letter Board stock photos (even a hair specific one, see that here). There are some newly formatted planners, and even Pinterest templates for your blog headers. I have endless ideas for new items coming soon, and I do hope so much you'll find they bless your businesses as well.

3. The final bit of news for you is regarding file updates. I sent out a recent round of them to have you all up to date, but unfortunately, I don't have the capacity to continue to send updates for eternity on files I'm no longer selling. Thank you for your grace and understanding on this.

Of course, you are welcome to continue to use the items you've purchased and I hope so very much they continue to be a great help as you build your shampoo business!


Thank you. For your kind kind kind words, thank you for helping me fulfill a long time dream of opening my own design shop, as well as generally cheering me on as I side hustle me way all over the place. Your support means a lot.

Any questions? I'm more than happy to answer.

Don't forget! July 2 is the last day the products will be in the shop. Until then, grab anything Monat related you'd like for 50% off! Here's the link.

 

The Pinterest Lab - Week One

The Pinterest Lab - a Series - Angie Warren - www.angiewarren.com

I'm pretty stoked to be bringing you an eight-part series all about Pinterest (and my experience with Jenna Kutcher's Pinterest Lab). This is going to be a totally unbiased, honest to the core, glimpse into me implementing the course + seeing what comes of it. Complete with my own analytics each week. I know it helps to read other people's genuine reviews and journeys with a workshop or course, so I thought perhaps you'd like to hop along for this ride!

WHAT IS THE PINTEREST LAB

Pinterest Lab - a Series - Angie Warren - www.angiewarren.com

Essentially it's a 3-module, online, do at your own pace, workshop all about how to use Pinterest to benefit your business. The first module is Clarifying Your Client, second is Powerful Pinning Strategies, and the third is Automating and Analysis. It's full to the brim with videos, PDF downloads, a workbook (mine is printed and in a cute binder already), tracker, and tons of bonuses.

A few things I had already put into place, but the rest, so far, is BRILLIANCE. My Pinterest is a MESS ten ways to Sunday, oy. But, not for long!

I'm just about to work through module 2 and am real excited. There is a step at the end of module 1 that's going to take me a hot minute (or week or more) but, worth it. Every tiny bit.

I'm committing to her, 10 minutes a day "account clean up" (a bit more when I can) as well as working through the modules/videos and will check back here with a new post each week for the eight-week tracking schedule because seeing the analytics change SHOULD be the push to keep at it!

You can read all the rest on The Pinterest Lab site.

ANALYTICS: IN THE BEGINNING

It's funny because, people are typically not quick to reveal these kinds of stats, but in my attempt at being completely authentic, I'd love for you to be able to follow along. So, without further ado, here are all the very beginning numbers. It's day 1 of officially implementing the strategies (disclosure: I got the course weeks ago, but have taken some time to work through the first module, because, life.)

Random note: as I work on cleaning up my Pinterest + using all the incredible tips and tools Jenna shares, I'm looking forward to seeing that banner up at the top reflect my brand a heck of a lot more!

Angie's Stats. As of today, June 13:

  • PINTEREST FOLLOWERS: 1575
    Easy to find this number, these are how many people I have following me on Pinterest. I've had an account since the beginning of Pinterest time, but have never used it for business/marketing, or been strategic with it.
     
  • TRAFFIC GENERATED FROM PINTEREST: 2
    Ouch! Two whole people came to my blog/website from Pinterest in the last 30 days, ha! One came from my profile, the other from this post (which was pinned).
     
  • PAGE VIEWS: 2170
    Page views here on my Squarespace site for the last 30 days.
     
  • EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: 1996
    I've been "building" an email list since 2009 - long, long before I knew why or that I would even want/need to for my future small business and publishing of book goals. I recently sent a newsletter and lost about 25 people (very normal) so I've back below 2k, for now!
     
  • NUMBER OF NEW PINS: 0
    This number is simply to keep track of my new goals, a certain number of new pins I'll be adding each week. Looks like I've not pinned a single recipe all week!
Pinterest Lab - a Series - Angie Warren - www.angiewarren.com

Until next week! Thanks for reading. Anyone else do The Pinterest Lab?

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A Free PDF, The Daily Do - Organize Your Bad Self

Introducing: The Daily Do. It's a sweet little best friend for your business. These planning pages were born out of my desire to be on top of my work day (and let’s be real, a sheer lack of organization)! Juggling multiple businesses is only possible when I am working ahead of the game.

We all need a good system in place - whether we are writing a book, a blog, own an Etsy shop, or sell products for a living (ahem, speaking to myself here - obvi.). What I found worked best for me was working in blocks, but not just blocks, I work better having specific areas I can toss my to-do items.

Included in this FREE download: Daily Do planning sheet for each day of the week, one for weekends, and one left blank.

HOW I USE MY DAILY DO?

Each section is for the basics of my day as I juggle all the hats. Here’s how it usually looks for me, it could be similar for you, or different - make it work however you’d like!

ADMIN - This is for daily email checking, updating my sales spreadsheet, checking other messages, etc.

CREATE - Here is where I list what design projects I’m currently working on for my shop. Maybe it means making a new Guide, a lead magnet, a promo graphic, or IG story.

SERVE - Nurturing those who graciously purchase from me, follow me, or are a part of my team is so important. Some days this looks like spending 15 minutes in a FB group or reaching out to someone to see how they’re doing. It always means taking small blocks of time to reply to comments and engage with friends and followers.  

UPDATE - This is for me usually in reference to updates to the digital products in my shop. It could mean any number of updating you need to do! 

WRITE  - I have a lot of writing to do! Aside from the book I’m working on, I have blogs to draft, newsletters to pen, posts to plan, etc.

I fill out the next day's page at the end of my current work day. It keeps me on track, allows for rollover, and is easy to toss in my laptop bag when I take work to-go.

Print them ahead weekly, or grab the blank one and stick that bad boy in a page protector for use with a dry erase marker. However you choose to use them, I hope they bless your business as they have mine.

 

HOW I GET MINE?

So glad you asked! I'd love for this to be a blessing to your small business. Click the button below to grab your freebie.

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Girl Wash Your Face

GIRL WASH YOUR FACE / Rachel Hollis / www.angiewarren.com

This book, you guys. I haven’t felt so spoken to, empowered, or inspired since Present Over Perfect (and those who know me well know that is saying A LOT).
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Here’s the thing. I’m a people pleaser to. my. core. (Thanks mama). I want others to be happy, and in turn I think that means I want others (read: the entire world) to be happy with ME.
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NEWS FLASH: that ain’t happening, sister.
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Girl Wash Your Face / Rachel Hollis / www.angiewarren.com

We can not, will not, shouldn’t, aren’t created to, please the world. We will let people down. They’ll form opinions about us, our choices, our clothing, our career path, our creative outlet, what we post on social media, how we parent, how or who we love. The list goes on.
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Do you feel me on living in this cage of care? Anyone else working on escaping it? Maybe you too, feel you have to explain your “no” or list your “why” simply for the approval of a person who, in all likelihood won’t give it to us anyhow?
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Here’s the thing, the cold hard truth of it, and I’m speaking to myself here: there is NO JOY to be found in the desire to be accepted. There is only unrest, smallness, and hurt. There is only standing still in one place, tapping ones foot, wondering why on earth these bits of life aren’t any fun.
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Let’s make life fun. Let’s decide in the brilliant words of Rachel Hollis that we will do what we want, in celebration of the ability TO DO SO.

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How to Add Paragraph Spacing to Your Instagram Captions

How to Add Paragraph Spacing to Your Instagram Captions // www.angiewarren.com

Huge paragraphs, no line breaks, random bullet points or emojis shared in an attempt to look simple, pretty, seamless: It's the number one frustration of mine with Instagram, that darn paragraph spacing issue! I've tried it all, and nothing has worked yet, not consistently at least, until this. It's the easiest thing really, silly almost, but by golly, it works and now my Type A personality can breathe easier when I 'gram. Phew.

The How-To

There are three important steps to accomplishing the paragraph spacing, but it's quick + easy once you got it down. Before we jump into it, I'll add this bonus bit: open your Notes app and create a new one. Name it INSTAGRAM for easy access later.

STEP 1. Write your sentence or paragraph. Then the first thing you will do in order for this to work is, at the end of your sentence/paragraph, where you'd like a line break beneath, you must hit enter RIGHT after your period. No spaces allowed. Hit enter right after the . Got it?

STEP 2. The second part of this magic is simple, it's this:  [⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀]. Not the brackets no, but the spaces in between the brackets. Just a handful of little spaces. That's it! Copy the spaces (again not the brackets). Those spaces will be pasted right after you've done step 1. Still with me?

STEP 3. Hit enter again to get to a new line and repeat steps 1 and 2. That. Is. It.

CAN I DO THIS RIGHT IN THE IG APP?

You can. This will work directly in the app, HOWEVER, I keep that Note titled Instagram for reference. I have an ongoing caption in there with the nine spaces (no brackets, see below) so I can quickly copy + paste it when and where I need to. Then I copy the entire thing and paste in my Instagram, boom, done. Simple, pretty, easy on the eyes, and gosh darnit, no more random periods or bullet points or what have you.

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Bring Joy to Others + Watch it Change Everything

HOW TO BRING JOY TO OTHERS // www.angiewarren.com

Today I decided I would start finding ways to bring joy to others. As I pulled through the Starbucks drive through it hit me: I’m going to give a genuine compliment to at least one person I see out each day.
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This barista looked like she was having A DAY, you know the kind. I adored her tattoos and told her as much. She was so caught off guard it took her a moment to respond. As it sunk in, I watched her shoulders perk up. She just needed a little love.
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Do you need to pull out of a funk? Try making someone else smile! I’m no stranger to funks: five years of great, deep loss - but gratitude and giving have done me a lot of good.
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Same goes here online! We hard-working women come across other just as hard-working women every time we scroll and developing a connection, a real relationships? It does the BOTH of us good. So take a few moments tonight to cheer another lady on. It takes a village, and we are the villagers!

Jenna Kutcher Quote / www.angiewarren.com

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Hey Bossbabe, I Believe in You

Bossbabe, I Believe in You // Work at Home Mama // www.angiewarren.com

Do you need to be reminded too, every so often? That you’re powerful, able, courageous - that every late night and every hour you put in, is worth it?
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Do you need to remember that you’re worth it?
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Having your own business is not for the weary. It’s blood and sweat and tears. It’s doing scary things and coming out on the other side so damn proud of just how far you’ve come.
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Hear me hard working women:

You’re doing a good, good thing.

You’re seen.

Your work is noticed.

You’re never, to be underestimated.

I believe in you and you should too.


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Mama With the Side Hustle, I See You.

ANGIE WARREN www.angiewarren.com

Mama with the side hustle, I see you.
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Saying yes wasn’t easy. You had concerns. Doubts. Worries. You weren’t sure you could handle “one more thing”. Your plate is full. Your arms are full. Your day is full. But you want so much more for your family. So you said yes. I see you.
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Mama with the side hustle, I hear you.
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The baby is crying, dinner needs to be made, you just came home from your 9-5 and yet, work isn’t done. You have the drive and the determination, but you’re overwhelmed. You aren’t giving up, but mama, know that I hear you.
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Mama with the side hustle, I feel you.
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This is out of your comfort zone. You haven’t felt more alive and yet, more vulnerable before - but you show up. You stay up. You make the time, because you know just how worth it all the long hours will be. It’s hard work. But it’s good work. Mama, I feel you.
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Mama with the side hustle, I am you.
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And so, I get it. The early mornings and the late nights. The phone calls and coffee dates. The putting yourself out there. The drive for authenticity and the balance of family, and of work, and of self care. I am you mama, and so I urge you to remember why you said yes to whatever your side hustle may be. Wear your “yes” proudly, like a diamond. And keep on keepin’ on.

We got this, mama. We’re in it together, and we got this.

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The Balance of Working from Home with Monat

Working from home with Monat - www.angiewarren.com

When I said yes to joining a direct sales company, it was for our family. For me. And I’ve worked very hard at a few things:

+ Being authentic, genuine, and real. I want to change the face of direct sales - if even for those in my small circle, to be different than my own previous experiences. To be relatable and for you all to know with me it’s the real deal.

+ To lead the team I’ve been blessed with, with passion and drive. Warmth and encouragement. Challenge and heart. Using the gifts God has given me to provide a unique experience like no other.

+ And most importantly: to find that sweet spot, the balance, between doing something FOR my family and still being PRESENT with my family. This is a challenge I face constantly, but something I pride myself on continually keeping in check.

So, today I was here, present. Working on some house projects, watching a movie with the family, having a conversation - eye contact. Just, being. Which means I didn’t open my computer. Which means, I did my job, that tricky job of balance and man, I am thankful for a way to provide for the family while being WITH the family.
 

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