Start Your Week Right Sunday: Links and Goals

start your week right- Jessica Lawlor

Photo of the week: Solopreneurship is delicious! A quick snap of my lunch earlier this week from a super cute cafe near me. I’m testing out “office space” and I think this one is a great contender with great ambience and seriously tasty food.

Start your week right! Every Sunday I post my favorite links from around the web and share my goals for the upcoming week.


On Work/Life Balance:

Work, Sleep, Family, Fitness, or Friends: Pick 3: Can you really have it all? Maybe, but definitely not at the same time. Jessica Stillman explains. This is a great reminder to me as I start my own business; sometimes you have to focus a little more on one area of your life and return to the other areas later.

On Launching a Biz:

How Much Freelance Work Are You Ready to Take On?: Jaime Hanson details a few things to keep in mind when deciding how much freelance work you can take on when you work as a solopreneur or side hustler on the Don’t Panic Management blog.

On Social Media:

Does Social Media Cloud Our Memories?: “I wonder now how much we stop a real life experience to document it, before really looking at it with our eyes first,” Emma Gannon ponders. I am definitely guilty- what about you?

On Public Relations:

Secrets of Power Pitching: My two friends Jason Mollica and Ben Butler (two SUPER smart communications pros, I might add) recently launched a course around doing media relations right. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about PR and pitching, these are the guys to learn it from.

On Careers:

How I Got My First Job at Disney: Ever wondered how to get a job at a major company like Disney? My friend Gabby explains exactly how she did it- I find her story fascinating! Persistence, people.

This Week on

Monthly Check-In: Goodbye January, Hello February: Each monthly check-in, I share three things I accomplished in the previous month and preview three things I’m excited for in the month ahead.


  • Tackle week 2 of solopreneurship! My main goals are to start to develop a schedule and begin to get organized. I felt a little lost this first week, so I’d like to bring some structure back into my life.
  • Prioritize working out and practicing yoga. Naturally, my first week was crazy and I skipped a few workouts and canceled a few yoga classes- however, I KNOW these things help keep me sane, so I need to keep them in my schedule.

Have any links or goals you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments!

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Monthly Check-In: Goodbye January, Hello February

monthly check-in- Jessica Lawlor

January in review: Celebrating brand new beginnings, admiring my new and pretty office supplies, enjoying a delicious margarita in Jamaica and spending some time with one of my best friends at a wine tasting.

Each monthly check-in, I share three things I accomplished in the previous month and preview three things I’m excited about or hoping to accomplish in the month ahead. It’s fun to look back and forward, and as an added bonus, these monthly check-ins keep me accountable to reach my goals.

I hope you’ll join in and share your three things in the comments section! I’ve been thrilled to see that other bloggers enjoy my monthly check-ins and have adopted the format for their own blogs- this is AWESOME! If you write a similar monthly check-in/look ahead post, please feel free to utilize this format and be sure to leave a link in the comments below so we can all support you in your goals for the coming month!

In January, I…

1. Spent a week in Jamaica for vacation. Ah! January kicked off with a wonderfully relaxing and much-needed week spent on the beach in beautiful Jamaica. The entire Lawlor fam headed to the Caribbean (we “skip” Christmas and vacation together instead) for a week of fun and sun. The highlights of the week included reading five books in six days, getting the most incredible massage, eating delicious food, drinking fruity cocktails and napping on and off all day in between playing in the ocean and the pool. This was the perfect way to start the year (and prepare for an insane February!)

2. Prepared to take my business full time. After announcing in December that I quit my job in public relations to take my own business full time, life became a crazy whirlwind, in the best way possible. I spent most of January scheduling/taking meetings and phone calls before and after work, lining up client work, writing proposals and prepping to finally make my dreams a reality. I was amazed at the power of my network and the number of people who reached out with advice, kind words, connections and business opportunities. I also spent an awesome weekend celebrating with my best friends with a fun night out in Philly to close one chapter and start a new one! 

3. Wrapped up four years at Visit Bucks County. Making the decision to leave the job I’ve loved for four years was not easy. I spent January completing projects, transitioning my work to others and writing what ended up being a 15-page document detailing how to be me AKA the “Jessica Bible.” It’s so crazy to actually sit down and write out what you do on a daily basis- you quickly realize just how much goes into a job! It was fun to look back at all I’ve accomplished in four years and to remember the wonderful memories that I’ll hold onto forever. My last week included lots of goodbye lunches, hugs and just a couple of tears. I’ll always be grateful to Visit Bucks County for taking a chance on a young PR pro with no tourism experience- what an amazing four years.

In February, I will…

1. Officially become CEO! The time is here! As I write this post, I am wrapping up my official first week of becoming my own boss. This week has been insane (more on that next week), but I’m feeling grateful, excited and ready to take on this new journey. The month of February is pretty packed with meetings, both for networking, as well as chatting with potential clients, teaching lots of yoga, writing proposals and actually doing client work. My main goal for the next few months is to settle into some sort of schedule- I thrive on routine. I can’t believe I am really doing this!

2. Increase the yoga side of my biz even more. I feel SO lucky that the yoga side of my business is quickly growing. Ever since I announced that I was leaving my job, good things have been happening. I am teaching on average four times a week currently (my two regular weekly classes + around 2-3 sub classes) and have a few teaching auditions coming up in the next few weeks. In addition, I’m SO pumped to share that my friend Kelsie and I are planning a Yoga for Teens series that will start in March- more details to come. I’m also subbing a corporate yoga class and have been approached about doing private classes! I love that opportunities are popping up in this area because it’s one that I am SO incredibly passionate about.

3. Get out and about for fun social plans. February is usually a rough month for me. I am not a cold weather gal and for some reason, I always struggle with burnout during the month of February. This year I’ve got LOTS of fun social plans and mini-trips to keep me busy and excited for what’s ahead. This weekend, I’m heading to Nyack, NY to visit a friend who moved there recently. Later this month, I’m reuniting with one of my favorite people that I met through this blog (Hi, Janelle!, the Temple Women’s Network is hosting a wine & chocolate Galentine’s Day event, I’m going to a Super Bowl hot tub party and lots of fun dinner and brunch plans. So much to look forward to! I love having a packed social calendar, especially now that I work primarily by myself and don’t have colleagues to chit chat with all day.

January Posts You May Have Missed

Thank You, Winter Storm Jonas

Becoming CEO: Your Questions, Answered

Becoming CEO: Two Weeks Out

Three Words for 2016

The Get Gutsy Annual Review: Highlights from 2015

Jessica Around The Web

Guest posts, articles and other places you can find me this month online.

The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016– honored to be included on The Write Life’s list of 100 best websites for writers for the third year in a row!

Is 2016 The Year Content Marketing Grows Up? Many Thought Leaders Say YES– for Scribewise

What did you accomplish in January and what are you looking forward to accomplishing in February? Share your three things in the comments below!

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