Hey, all! I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything, but I have been slammed with new clients and lots of work (yay! And boooooo! But mostly yay!) over the last year.

Meet my guest poster, Ivy Boudreau. She’s a writer friend who’s breaking into the competitive writing field, and she is very talented. She generously offered to write me a guest post and I highly recommend taking a peek.


5 Tips for When Your Business Partner is Your Life Partner

By Ivy Boudreau

Working from home as a self-employed freelancer or business owner is the goal for many of us, but what happens when this goal is shared with your significant other? 

Sharing a life with someone who also possesses this core part of your values can be delightful and building a business together can be even better.  As wonderful as it is, however, it brings its own set of challenges, and things can become even trickier if you share a home as well.  

My partner of three years and I live and work together. We’re both building our freelance businesses (he does videography and I write), and we’re also creating a business that brings Pilates and wellness videos to anyone, anywhere through an online subscription service.

I love the fact that we have such similar desires for our lives but navigating personal and business when they so easily become intertwined has required a lot of evaluation, trial, and error. 

These are a few of the strategies we’ve figured out that help us work together happily and productively and our businesses running smoothly without taking over the rest of our lives.


  1. Keep your living and working spaces separate.

There’s nothing like getting home at the end of a long day at work to breathe, relax, and enjoy the company of your loved ones. 

Unless – oh wait! – you’ve already been home all day trying to tune out your loved ones as you tackle whatever the workday brings. 

To preserve the peace of your home and the productivity of your workspace, keep your living and working areas separate whenever possible.

Depending on your situation, you can try working alone or separately at a cafe, a coworking space, or even in a common area of your apartment building. 

No worries if you need to stay home – you can designate a specific corner of the kitchen or living room as the “office” and confine all work conversation to that area.  

Doing this was a huge breakthrough for us.  By confining work conversations to a different physical space, we no longer felt suffocated by talk of our businesses threatening to creep into every conversation.

Our home could once again be a space for us to just relax and retreat from the pressures of the world, and we also began to approach our business meetings in a more professional manner.


  1. Have clearly defined roles and communicate them.

A lot of our business-related arguments have stemmed from the fact that we assumed we could read each other’s minds and were on the same page with the same priorities. Listen, even if you feel that you have a soul-mate level connection with your significant other, you still have to approach your business as a business and thoroughly discuss every decision and every marketing plan to ensure nothing is falling through the cracks.  

Clearly designate your roles so that you understand who is taking care of social media marketing, who is handling accounting, and when you need to clarify future plans.

Communicating will also streamline your process because it ensures that you won’t both be needlessly working on the same thing.



  1. Give each other alone time to really focus on work.

This might sound like a no-brainer, but on a slow morning it can be tempting to just pull out your laptops and work side-by-side on the couch.  If you’re able to do this without immediately getting distracted, kudos to you, but I know that in our experience, working in the same space inevitably leads to deep-dives down philosophical conversation wormholes and anime show binges. 

Working in different rooms, different locations, or even wearing noise-canceling headphones in another corner of the room can mean all the difference between a semi-productive session and full, fruitful concentration.


  1. Create a shared schedule.

Similar to tip number 3, schedules help you make sure that you’re on track with business goals and that you’re avoiding double-booking. Buy a big wall calendar, hang it in a central location, and plan out your days, or use a joint calendar app if you prefer tracking your days electronically. 

Not only does sharing a schedule help you increase productivity in your work, but it also allows you to coordinate other aspects of your life for maximum efficiency.

For example, my partner and I both have part-time jobs at which we work on weekends, which gives us lots of time throughout the week to concentrate on our businesses. 

We also try to coordinate our schedules to give each person at least one day at home alone each week to rest, recharge, and work on personal projects uninterrupted.


  1. Make time to just be a couple.

I’m going to be realistic – you’re going to be putting in a lot of long days (and nights!) in the early days of a business, and that doesn’t leave much time for dates or weekend outings. 

However, even though long hours are unavoidable, at least at first, it’s so important to make time every now and again to see each other through the lens of life partners, not just business partners.

This could be as simple as having breakfast together and chatting about non-work-related topics before a long day or taking a walk after dinner once or twice a week. 

Your business is important, but so is your relationship, and you’ll come away from these experiences feeling even more connected and ready to take on any challenges together, whether in business or in life.

Working with your significant other can have its difficulties, but it’s ultimately very rewarding.  Communicate, be respectful of each other’s time, and remember to keep business and personal separate, and you’ll be well on your way to experiencing a productive and fulfilling new facet of your relationship.


Ivy Boudreau is a professional blogger specializing in sustainable living and brands. When she’s not writing copy to help eco-conscious brands save the planet, you can find her knitting, going on adventures with her partner and their cats, working out, or making art. Find her online at her website boudreauivy.wixsite.com/ivybwrites, her Medium page @boudreauivy, or her online Pilates business align247.vhx.tv.


It’s Guest Blog Tuesday!

There are so many writers trying to figure out where they fit in with freelancing. Once they get that part figured out, they usually need to start collecting clips for their portfolio. That’s where my guest writers come in! Every Tuesday I’ll be featuring a new guest post by up-and-coming freelance writing superstars.

If you want to be featured next, send me an email at Chandi@ChandiGilbert.com and tell me what you want to write about.

And now, drum roll, meet Shannon!

Shannon MacDevine started her beauty blog to inspire women through makeup! The first step to being amazing is feeling amazing! Through makeup, Shannon endeavors to help women feel beautiful from the inside out. Stop by Geek the Chic Out to check up on the latest trends, tips, reviews, and much more! Don’t forget to get a shot of inspiration from her “You are beautiful” page while you are there! Visit her blog at www.GeektheChicOut.WordPress.com 


Happiness Starts with a Smile

We have all had those days that we are not feeling the self-love, right? Maybe our creative flow is low, we are having a bad skin day, or we put on a couple of pounds. Whatever the reason might be, feeling down on ourselves is going to impact what we are putting out into the world!

As a beauty & fashion writer, I could talk all day long about how to contour like a pro, how to perfectly blend a smoky eye, and how to style your wardrobe for success. With all the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years though, there is one thing I KNOW to be 100% true; if you are not feeling beautiful on the inside, it will never translate to your outside.

It’s all a cycle (bear with me as we peel the onion a bit). To feel beautiful, we have to feel happy. To feel happy, we have to recognize the beauty we all have inside. When we feel happy (deep on the inside happy), what we put out into the world is going to reflect that happiness!



It took me a long time to realize that I was the only one who was going to take care of my inner happiness.  I was never going to be able to make others feel beautiful from within if I didn’t feel that way either.

So, I started a campaign to make myself happy, and I started with a smile! I would do small things for myself that would make me smile, and it worked!

Here are some things I did:


Pretty up those money makers!

As writers, our hands are our lifeline. We are looking at them all day, so why not decorate them? Jazz them up any way you can think of that will put a smile on your face!



  • Get some pretty temporary tattoos to spice things up.
  • Brighten up your manicure with some fluorescent nail polish.
  • Have a sweet tooth? Grab a Ring Pop or even a ring with some shiny lip gloss.
  • Have hands that are always cold? Find some awesome fingerless gloves and add some big funky rings.
  • Whatever floats your boat! We use and look at our hands all day.  Why not dress them up for an extra dose of smiles?


Pamper yourself

Finding the time to pamper ourselves is never easy, but it’s something we should all make room for in our busy schedules. A little pampering lets us know that we are worth the extra effort. As busy profesh writers though, finding the time can be hard, so try these multi-tasking options.

  • Put a great smelling sheet mask on that will make you feel like you’re at the spa.
  • Get a chair massager.
  • Slather some super moisturizing lotion onto your feet and then wear some soft socks over.
  • Or, to really ramp it up, place a tub of warm water on the floor (careful of wires & outlets), add some Epsom salt and your favorite oils, and give yourself a foot bath—trust me nothing is better.

Practical Tip: Use scents like lavender, jasmine, lemon, and rosemary to boost your mood and productivity!

Decorate your workspace

Even if you work at your kitchen table, don’t be afraid to add some sparkle to your work area! Change it up often with things that are important to you.



  • Support your favorite sports team.
  • Celebrate holidays and anniversaries, every small goal reached.
  • Honor someone who inspires you.
  • Decorating is not only for the holidays. If you give meaning to the decorations you place in your workspace, it will remind you to smile!

Practical tip: Multi-task your decorations.  Store pens, pencils, and lip glosses in holiday mugs, or write inspirational quotes on the outside of your file folders.

Compliment yourself

Complimenting yourself is a huge mood booster, and it’s a great way to make yourself smile! The trick is to really mean it.




You are a beautiful and talented individual. It’s important to tell yourself so! It’s about giving yourself just as much love as you give to others.

Quick DYI tip: Grab two binder clips, and a small dry erase board or chalkboard. Glue the binder clips to the back of the board (on either side) then clip it to your computer. Write “I am awesome” on it. Look at it every day. Repeat it to yourself. Even if you are faking it until you are making it, you’re eventually going to feel awesome.

Feeling happy, and beautiful, about who you are is so much more than wearing a great outfit or having the perfect image. It’s about looking deep inside yourself and knowing you are incredible. Once that happiness is in place, it will be reflected in your career, in your appearance, in your health, and every other aspect of your life.

You never know when your smile will inspire or influence someone else!



Don’t forget to check out Shannon at www.GeektheChicOut.WordPress.com