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Nichole Abbott

Virtual Assistant at AVA Virtual Assistance
My blog posts will more than likely consist of ways to enjoy being a virtual assistant, while still having time to spend in the great outdoors.
Nichole Abbott

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As the weather starts to get cooler, the cooking moves from the outside grill to the oven in the kitchen. The meals turn from BBQ’d hamburgers and macaroni salad to homemade lasagna and hearty vegetable soups. 

“Mom! Why are you smiling?” asks my daughter while we are driving to school.

I come back to reality and tell her that this is the happiest time of year for me. Normally, I try to avoid driving anywhere that I don’t have to, but during the fall months, I could spend hours upon hours driving around the city and country. Ideally, this would be the perfect time of year for a road trip or backpacking trip. I explain to her that some day, I want to learn how to paint so that I can capture all of the colors I see and put it on a canvas so that I can enjoy this majestic view all year round from the comfort of my own couch!

I am so amazed by all the extremely vibrant colors and how iridescent some of them can look when the sun is hitting them just right. I love the sound the leaves make when I am hiking on a trail and the sun has dried them. That crunch you hear is what my daughter considers to be aesthetically satisfying. I would have to agree. 

It never ceases to amaze me that the leaves can change so gorgeously right before they shed down to bare branches. Then they withstand the cold winter months only to start anew when the first sign of spring hits. I believe they come back stronger, bigger and brighter than the year before. Getting totally vulnerable ends up making them stronger! What a concept!

This tells me that I can also (and should also) do the same. We all should be more open to change whether it be in regards to your career, your health, your relationships etc.

Maybe it’s time to do a downsizing on your closet or the financial goals for your family need to be re-evaluated. Whatever the case may be, know that personal growth is unavoidable if you accept and allow that change to happen. 

It’s no wonder I have fallen in love with being a virtual assistant because with all the technology changes (almost on a daily basis) and client needs varying on a day to day basis…..I embrace the idea to grow with my team and expand my knowledge 

“Life, the universe and everything which we see with our eyes is changing constantly. Change is life and if you want to live and enjoy then accept the change. Remember you can’t move forward if you are not willing to accept change.” ~Vandana Sehgal (Wisdomtimes.com

See Brilliance, Be Brilliant!

Nichole Abbott

Virtual Assistant at AVA Virtual Assistance
My blog posts will more than likely consist of ways to enjoy being a virtual assistant, while still having time to spend in the great outdoors.
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That’s like one of those inspirational quotes that you look for, “See Brilliance, Be Brilliant” but it’s true.

A few years ago I wrote an article about the many works of art currently displayed in my office at AVA Virtual Assistance. Still so proud to be displaying them! Each one was created with so much love and thought. And now there’s even more. I find that I’m a better person when I surround myself with the workings of other brilliant minds. I’m continually inspired by them and still feel as I did years ago – that my own creativity is elevated by them.

The most recent work to grace my walls is a piece done by Hannah Batty, VA and brilliant mind. She continues to amaze me and inspire my life. Here is a photo of her work, which YOU KNOW doesn’t do it justice.

I took it off the wall and still couldn’t avoid photographing the glare shining from the glass. I’ll try to update the photo someday with a scan for you, and if you’re local to Grants Pass… you might stop in and see what I mean…

There’s so much detail! It’s beautiful. (This took her MONTHS by the way.)

These cute little characters are her “babies”, Hopi and Navajo (from left to right). That’s one incredibly annoying chihuahua who thinks he’s the big dog on campus and a chi-weener!?! What the hell is that!?! …think, if Yoda were a dog what you would get. LOL! She’s VERY sweet. Anyway…

Every day I feel as though these adorable little furballs are cheering me on. The piece reminds me to breathe, laugh, approach the workday as if you were a dog waiting for your master to get home. It speaks to a saying that my close girlfriends and I have…

“I get to go to work”

It’s about feeling gratitude for the life we have, the work we do, the people we help and the people who help by supporting us. Funny how you get all that from a couple of chihuahuas.

Seriously though, a sliver of Hannah’s brilliance reminds us to go ahead and hang our own brilliance on the proverbial “wall”, for others to enjoy also. Here’s how you do it (inspirational quotes style…but ya gotta say ’em with fake accents):

  • Go with your gut, ya swanky bastard.
  • Trust yourself, pilgrim.
  • Enjoy your own creativity, mk?!
  • Duuuuuuuuuude! Speak up if you have an idea.
  • Sing out loud, lil’ diva.
  • Try something new, ah-ight!
  • “Choose Happy” (or just sing the Happy song by Pharrell Williams)

So, what does your office look like, I wonder? Is it covered with inspirational quotes? What might you have on your walls, bookshelves (even digital ones), window sill?

You don’t have to be good at something to be great. Just let the brilliance in and see what happens. When you surround yourself with who and what you admire, you’ll internalize the goodness without even trying.

Looking for a little more freedom to do your hobbies? Connect with our Virtual Assistant team by Booking a free consultation. Oooh! That’s brilliant too. 🙂 Or just send us an inspirational quote… those are fun too. 😉

“Submit” – A button that can make you “poop your pants”?

Nichole Abbott

Virtual Assistant at AVA Virtual Assistance
My blog posts will more than likely consist of ways to enjoy being a virtual assistant, while still having time to spend in the great outdoors.
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I never thought I could be so intimidated by a submit button, but there I was, cursor poised.

Do I click the button? …DON’T CLICK THE BUTTON…Other people might see the answers to those very personal questions. You should totally click the button. You know you want to. What if people judge me…or the business I’ve created. …I don’t know what to do!!! Click the button. No! Don’t! …ah, come ON!!!

It’s like a tiny Ren and Stimpy were in my brain arguing over clicking the button. LOL!

The fuss was all about Entrepreneur®, a brand that most everyone in business knows about. People study their material, hashtag them, and reference their wisdom ALL THE TIME!!! They’re what I perceive as a GIANT in business. So when I sat down to apply for their 2019 Entrepreneur 360™ list… you can bet your sweet-Stimpy-cheeks I was sweating buckets of anxiety.

It’s funny how opportunity and anxiety go together.

But, having recently attended a Make Your Mark – Business Mastery event with Colin Sprake, who emphatically said:

“If you’re not pooping your pants, you’re not dreaming big enough…”

… I was really on that fence. For a small business like ours, THIS (clicking submit) would be freaking HUGE!!! To make the Entrepreneur 360™ list, your business is evaluated on impact, innovation, growth, leadership and business valuation. They do this with the goal of identifying 360 small businesses that are “mastering the art and science of growing a business.”

I realized it was a poop your pants moment! So I took a deep breath and clicked submit. No, the anxiety has not gone away. Seriously… the questionnaire feels kinda personal, and it would to any small business owner. They want to know things that would give any good business owner pause prior to sharing. AND THEN…they ask for permission to share some of the details, publicly. YIKES! …YEP! I’m virtually poopin’ my pants. (Thanks for that analogy, Colin 😉 )

Anyway… I’m still freakin’ out a bit, but to use an old cliché…

Go BIG or go home!

And if you literally pooped your pants – yeah… you can tell ’em I said you were okay to just go home, mmmmk?! LOL!

BTW, the Make Your Mark family and curriculum is AMAZING!!! I highly recommend attending one of their events. It’s changed my life and the lives of others too (you don’t have to take just my word for it):

P.S. I’ll keep you posted on the Entrepreneur 360™ stuff. My understanding is that they have been doing this since 2015, and that other companies in the administrative industry have made the list in previous years – so fingers crossed! Wish us luck.