Start Your Week Right Sunday: Links and Goals

Start your week right Sunday-Jessica Lawlor

Photo of the week: Congrats Matt! My little brother graduated from high school this week.

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


On Social Media:

Do Brands Really Need to Demonstrate Sympathy During National Crisis?: Awesome question from Arik Hanson of Communications Conversations about if brands are making a meaningful impact or simply contributing to the social media noise by expressing their condolences during a national crisis. (PS- read the comments…really good discussion there)

On Email Marketing:

3 Quick Ways to Perk Up Your Email Marketing Efforts: I’m always looking for new ways to improve my email marketing efforts and this post by Beth Hayden for Copyblogger offers some great, quick tips to do just that.

On Blogging:

Four Tips to Take Photos for Your Content: I’m trying to incorporate more photos into all of my blog posts so Gini Dietrich’s post on Spin Sucks came at the right time. Gini shares four tips for taking better photos- I definitely need to start following the rule of thirds and negative space! My next step is creating a dedicated subscribe page.

On Life:

Setbacks Into Accomplishments: After sending out my e-newsletter on Monday morning, I was SO thrilled to see that the topic inspired Jason Mollica’s Monday Minute post. Jason is one of my absolute favorite people and this video truly made me a smile on a day I needed it the most.

25 Lessons Learned in 25 Years: PR professional Rachel Esterline reflects on the top lessons she’s learned a month after her 25th birthday. Being newly-25 myself, I can relate to many of these lessons.

This Week on

“Just Sleep On It” and Six Other Ideas for Making Big Decisions: Do you ever struggle with making big decisions? Me too. Here’s the best piece of advice from my mom and six other ideas for making decisions.


  • Get back on a workout schedule and get back to clean eating. Last week was an insane week between a tough family situation and my brother’s graduation and graduation party. This week, I want to schedule my workouts into my week and make sure I fit them in, pack my lunch several days and get back into good, healthy habits.
  • Complete my next few freelance assignments and homework for the Business Ignition Bootcamp course I’m taking. Lots of exciting things coming up with the blog and business, so stay tuned!
  • Schedule in some relaxation time…seems like a bit of a silly goal, but I feel like I’ve been “go, go, go!” for the past few weeks and I want to just sit down, chill and read a magazine.

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

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  • Great posts, Jess! Arik’s post is a great example of an awesome post that got 100x better in the comment section.

    • Jessica Lawlor

      Thanks Jessica! And so true, I loved Arik’s post, but then I scrolled to the comments and loved the conversations there too!

  • And look at you! You have your own photo in this post. Very, very good!

    • Jessica Lawlor

      Trying my best! 🙂 I want to start using Pixlr or PicMonkey to add text to my photos…we’ll see how that goes!