How Crossfit Changed My Business

When I first launched Caitydougherty.com and started freelancing full time, I wasn't quite sure what I was doing. I felt like I needed to be doing all of the things, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I couldn't nail down a schedule for myself. I'm sure most entrepreneurs feel that exact same way. There is always something that needs to be done or there is always ideas swirling around in your head. It's hard to take a step back and let yourself relax. 

I've always been a creative person and coming up with new ideas is one of my favorite things to do. Whether it is for clients or for a personal project, I find that even when I'm "off work" I'm still thinking about work. Part of is has to do with loving what I do but I also live in a studio apartment and I feel like work is always there when I'm home. 

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After a good 6 months of working on my own, I fell into a pattern of working all the time! Nights, weekends, you name it - if I wasn't already on my laptop I had it in my bag. I felt like I needed to work to grow and wasn't taking any time for myself. I didn't think that I had time to actually work on any self care. With a growing to do list, usually self care gets pushed to the bottom.. over and over again. I had started Crossfit about a year and a half ago and have been doing it off and on since then. I never made it an official part of my schedule because again, work came first. I noticed that when I made a conscious effort to stay on track with going, my brain and my productivity was that much better! I was getting away from my laptop for a designated hour a day and could relieve any stress that I was having that day out onto my workout. 


Now, I'm not saying that you have to do crossfit, but I highly recommend putting some kind of workout into your week! It is so important to keep your body and mind happy and healthy. Not only is working out great for your body but I found that is was way better for my productivity and mental health. I find that I'm more productive with my time when I keep up a good sweat schedule! So find something that you love to do. Whether that is Crossfit, Zumba, Yoga, running, or even just dancing in your living room, find something that you love to do and that will keep you moving. You can only be as a good of business owner as your body and mind will let you - so it's important to put your health first so you can be the best that you can be for your clients! 

Feature Friday

Ever since I started freelancing full time this past January, I have come across so many amazing businesses in the Boston area and even across the country. I have met so many amazing boss ladies (and men!) who are absolutely killing it in their businesses. As a newer small business, seeing how successful they are and how much they love what they do, just pushes me to strive that much harder for my own goals. To say they are inspiring is just the beginning. They make me want to learn as much as I can about everything and it motivates me to keep going after my dreams. They are the reason why I know that it's possible to follow your dreams and be sucessfull at them. They're doing it each and every day. 

I wanted to be able to showcase them somehow and show others how amazing they are too. They've put countless hours, tears and beads of sweat into their business and it shows. The companies range from wedding planners, to boudoir photographers, to even crossfit gyms. They all have one thing in common. They LOVE what they do and they love their clients. Their businesses are all so different in so many ways, but as business owners, they have so much in common. Talent and knowledge is basically oozing out of them.

My Friday blog posts are dedicated to them. To the go-getters, to the hard-workers, to the motivators - they deserve to acknowledged and talked about it. Not only because they are some of my favorite people but they truly are talented at what they do. So starting next Friday, expect a new business to be showcased every week!