Life Update | Moving, Writing an eBook

Hi loves!

Merry (almost) Christmas!! Today I wanted to chat with you guys and give you another little life update. December has been a crazy busy month for me and I’m excited to get back into the swing of things here on my blog after the holidays. With the new year, I am still going to keep my posting schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but I also want to lock down a time that my posts will go live. This will ensure I never miss a deadline and you guys will always know when to expect new content! I’m thinking 2pm EST would be a great time for me. Also, I will be including a tad more lifestyle pieces here on my blog and that leads me into my next update..

Derek and I are moving into a new apartment at the start of the new year and we couldn’t be more excited! Personally, we both wanted a bit of a “fresh start” and moving into a new place was just what we needed. This is one of the reasons I’ve been so busy the past few weeks. If you guys have moved before, you know how stressful it can be with planning, packing, moving, and all the logistics involved. Another exciting aspect of this move is having a perfect home for our small business! As some of you may know, my boyfriend and I own an accessory brand called AllOut Adventure Supply which is completely locally sourced, handcrafted, and sold by us. With this move comes a better location, more space, and a MUCH better vibe for our work. This business is something very special to our hearts because we put in an great amount of love and hard work into our pieces and we are so thrilled to have so many amazing customers and clients. We expect (and hope) to see this passion project grow immensely over the next several months because we will be working hard!

Speaking of working hard, I am STILL in the process of creating my eBook!! I’m am super excited about this venture and I can’t wait to be done and finally share it with you all. With that being said, it still has a ways to go because I want to cover all of the good stuff you guys would like to see/learn. Feel free to let me know of any specific topics you would like to read about in my eBook. It can be anything from business advice, beauty and nail topics, hacks, how to’s, etc. I am open to your suggestions! I’ve also put my boyfriend up to designing the cover and images for the book as well since he has graphic design experience. I will be giving you guys updates along the way as we progress further, so keep a look out!

I think that’s all the craziness that has been going on in my world lately. Thank you guys so much for taking the time to read. I also want to thank you guys for always being so supportive and kind! You guys make me smile everyday and I’m grateful for that! I hope your day is awesome; love and light! :)

XX, Amy


Email: polishedbyamyy@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy

 

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I Need Your Help!

Hey guys!

As you may have seen on my blog a couple posts back, my boyfriend and I’s small business AllOut Adventure Supply has been chosen by Martha Stewart and a panel of judges as a 2015 American Made Finalist!! He and I are over the moon excited about this small project he started as a labor of love, getting national recognition! This company and brand is Derek’s passion and something we put our utmost time and attention to every day. It is a lifestyle brand that aims to motivate and inspire. We offer handmade canvas and leather accessories that go perfectly with your daily adventures. This nomination is a huge blessing as it could give our small business the exposure and capital it so desperately needs.

With that being said, we need your help! This last portion of the competition is fan voted, meaning we need the most votes to attend the award show in New York City this month. Voting is SUPER easy and takes less than a minute. If you have an email address then you can enter 6 times a day! Simply follow this link, click vote under Derek’s name, and it will ask you to put in an email and password to submit your votes. That’s it! You can even bookmark that page so you can return every day and use your 6 votes. Voting ends October the 19th and the winner is chosen the following week.

Martha Stewart American Made

Thank you all so much for your continued support. If you have any questions about AllOut Adventure Supply or the Martha Stewart competition, please feel free to ask. I hope your day is fabulous; love and light! :)

XX, Amy


Voting Here: Martha Stewart American Made

Email: polishedbyamyy@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy

Entrepreneur Spotlight | AllOut Adventure Supply

Hey guys!

AllOut Adventure Supply

For today’s post, I wanted to spotlight an emerging brand who I’ve grown quite fond of… AllOut Adventure Supply Co. is owned and operated by my boyfriend Derek! I may be a little biased, but he is one of the most inspirational humans I have ever came across. He has been through more personal tragedies and hardships than most people know in their lifetime and he still shines every day. He is a young entrepreneur who wants to follow his dreams. For those reasons, I wanted to share his story with you all!

So what is AllOut Adventure Supply? This is your spot for quality, hand-crafted, and locally sourced accessories for your everyday adventures! You’ll find wallets, totes, key chains, passport holders, and more, all handmade by one man! Derek has grown his hobby of hand-crafting leather and canvas goods into a full time business. At 25 years old, he has taken the leap to put all his resources and energy into this start up venture and I am supporting him every step of the way! I feel that there is a lack of strong willed people out there who truly know how to take charge of their life. It’s so inspiring to see this happen after what he’s been through and I am beyond proud of him!

I know you all would love his products and could only gain from knowing his story. I welcome you all to head over to his website and have a look around. Here you can read even more about Derek’s personal story, shop his products, and hopefully gain some Monday motivation of your own! Here’s a peak:

AllOut Adventure Supply

AllOut Adventure Supply

AllOut Adventure Supply Co

Thank you all so much for reading! You guys have always been amazingly supportive of me and I’m thrilled to highlight even more people pursuing their dreams. Feel free to follow Derek’s social media sites below for daily motivational posts and behind the scenes photos of new products! Love and light! :)

XX, Amy


Connect with Derek:

Blog: All Out Adventure Supply

Instagram: @ao_adventuresupply

Twitter: @live_allout

Life Update | New Business & Positivity

Polished by Amy

Hey guys!

As I sat down to write today’s post, I had no direction in mind. I felt like chatting with you guys because I believe it’s been a while. You all have been a huge support system over this past year and I love sharing my journey! So today I wanted to give some updates and maybe even some motivation on this lovely Wednesday.

My last life update was about my decision to leave my salon job and start my own personal business. I went into some detail about why I was unhappy working there and in the past salon jobs. I received such AMAZING support from all of my lovely followers and it made me feel awesome. On the other hand, some of the people affiliated with my old salon were not so happy for me. That post actually got quite a lot of buzz from people around me personally, good and bad. I chose to not discuss that negativity on here for obvious reasons, (nothing but love and light allowed here😊). Always remember that you are in control of your life!

Since then, I continued my dream of starting up a traveling nail business from scratch. There are still some T’s to cross and I’s to dot, but it has went very well so far. I can say I never once have regretted my decisions. I just want to say to anyone who may need that extra push of encouragement, to take those steps NOW! The time is going to pass anyway, so you might as well start working towards your dreams today!

I absolutely love getting to share my passions as a nail tech and a beauty blogger and I’m grateful for my career every day. I also am working behind the scenes for my boyfriends start up business AllOut Adventure Supply! If any of you are adventure junkies, love being in nature, or just appreciate locally sourced handmade goods, you will love Derek’s products. He works with leather and canvas to handcraft bags, totes, wallets, key clips, etc. I’ll leave the link here to his website if you’d like to see more!

All in all, I am a young 20 something who is taking charge of her life and thrilled to be doing it. I have struggles, make mistakes, and learn every step of the way. When you can confidently say you are in charge of your life, it’s the most freeing feeling you’ll ever have. Thank you all for taking the time to catch up with me. It absolutely makes my day to have you here. Love and light! :)

XX, Amy


Email: polishedbyamyy@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy

Blog Anniversary! | New Business Venture

Happy Blog Anniversary to me!

Yesterday, May 5th, marked my one year anniversary of beginning my blogging journey! My very first post, “Aspiring to Inspire“, makes me realize that I have followed my dreams this entire year. I began this journey to reach many more people that share my passion and teach along the way. I really feel that I have done my best to “grow my little empire” so far in my career! I am also BEYOND thankful for all the 2,200+ followers that have decided to join me so far. You all have been so amazing and encouraging to me and make me LOVE the blogging community. The beauty community especially has made me love what I do. Getting to hear your stories and feedback is what keeps me writing and posting. So a huge thank you once again!! :)
Call it perfect timing, but I wanted to share a huge update with you guys! I enjoy these heart to heart sessions we have so I wanted to let you in on my current thought process!

As you may know from my post last month, I have recently began working as a booth renter in a new salon. There have been a few bumps in the road so far, but nothing more than expected and I’m still very much enjoying most aspects of it! However, earlier this week I had a realization. I discovered that I am still not driving my dream in the right direction and that is what has been keeping me feeling in limbo. I understand in any business there will be times of uncertainty when starting your career or making a huge change to something new. Specifically for me in the beauty industry, I feel the need to be free… That’s the best way I can explain it.

By free I mean working for myself completely. I am most comfortable being in control of my own destiny, my own success, and my own failures. The “booth renter” aspect is almost as close as you can get to being free in this way. However, after working this way in two different salons, I know there will always be someone able to throw a curve ball (that’s a nice way of describing it), and alter the way I do my own business. I realized there is another option out there… After much thought, I decided to take the plunge and create my own business entirely! I will be doing two things I love: creating fabulous nails and traveling! I am extending my Polished by Amy brand into a traveling “on location” nail business!
This has always been something I’ve dreamed to do because of the convienience for myself and clients! This also allows me to work on dream locations such as fashion shows and photoshoots in the future. As for now, I am beginning the journey of starting up my business locally. I am taking care of all paperwork this week to make it official! I also know there will be plenty of doubt and skepticism from others, but that’s never stopped me before! I am always true to myself and follow my gut. That’s one thing I can always preach with much certainty that you should always go after your dreams, big or small, no matter what’s standing in between. The time will pass anyway…so start today! :)

Thank you all so much for taking the time to stop by and read! I love getting to update you all and getting your feedback and stories from your own experiences. If you had a similar situation, or one just about going after a dream, I’d LOVE to hear it! Have an amazing day beauties! :)

XX, Amy


Email: polishedbyamyy@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy