Last call at the bar: Saying goodbye to Grown Up Cocktails

Here's what's coming up next...

Yep, you read that right. Grown Up Cocktails is going away, possibly for good. But it’s gonna be replaced by something just as good (at least, in my not-so-humble opinion anyway). Grab a sip of that brunch mimosa and read on to find out more.

For a long time, I’ve been hesitant to publish anything on my blog, because I wasn’t really sure what direction I wanted to take. Should it be personal and intimate stories about life and hobbies, or do I focus on my work around websites and Notion, or are there people who want to see both? I wasn’t quite sure…

But now I think I’ve figured things out. After splitting my Twitter into two separate accounts - one for work and one for personal - I realized that’s the same thing I need to do with my websites and content.

So that’s what I’ll be doing. Over the next couple weeks, I’ll be intensely focused on adjusting my online presence to reflect those two worlds, and planning content accordingly.

Once that’s done, this newsletter will return, but not as Grown Up Cocktails. Instead, you’ll be getting select posts from my personal blog, Stacy Unfiltered. It will be similar to the content I’m sharing with you now, just under a different name, and without the alcoholic beverages.

Of course, newsletter subscribers will still get access to special discounts and offers whenever they’re available.

I’m looking forward to getting things streamlined and I hope you’ll stick with me for the journey.

See you in few weeks!

#13: A Notion template is born!

A gateway to Notion and how you can get it for FREE.

You’ve probably heard or seen me talk about Notion a lot.

There’s a good reason for that.

I truly believe that Notion is the first all-in-one productivity/project management/notetaking tool that works for everyone. And I mean everyone. You can dress it up, dress it down, make it as simple or as complex as you need. It provides so many options, it replaces the need for many other tools, and it allows you to see and create connections you can’t possibly achieve with the motley crew of productivity apps we’re used to.

But there’s just one problem.

When you log into Notion for the first time, you’re faced with a stark white blank page. And even though Notion offers some templates for various uses, it can be difficult to figure out what you need, what to change, and how to make the many templates you want to use coordinate seamlessly together.

That’s why I created Gateway to Notion.

Gateway to Notion is an all-in-one solution for anyone wanting tp managing their businesses and lives in one place. It’s made for freelancers and solopreneurs, but it's perfect for anyone who's found themselves stuck when they start using Notion because they're not sure what to build first, and how to make things work seamlessly together.

How to get it

The template is being sold for a one-time introductory price of $29 for the first week. However, I’m offering the first 10 copies of the template for free when you use the code FLYDIGATE at checkout. If you didn’t manage to get one of these, you can still get the template for only $20 when you use code ALLGROWNUP.

There’s also an option to book two (2) hours of consultation with me to help you get the template set up for your needs, add any integrations or simply to walk you through how to use Notion.

If you cop it, please feel free to share any feedback with me by replying to this email!

As for me, I’m gonna go day drinking to celebrate the launch of my first template. Happy Sunday!

#12: The discipline of an Olympic athlete

Usain Bolt's partying, Sha'Carri's smoking weed and Stacy's ready to get back in the game!

Bartender, two shots of Mind Eraser to celebrate your girl being #fullyvaxxed, please! We might not be able to fully erase the memory of the past year, but at least this is a start.

Usain Bolt loves to party. On any given night during the peak of his career, you’d be likely to find him living it up at one of Jamaica’s hottest parties or clubs. I know because I was in college in Kingston back then, and I saw him at a few, myself.

Yet, I watched an interview Usain did late last year where he spoke about how much he had to cut back on partying and other distractions he loved when it was time to train for his next big race. Thanks to his coach, he came to realize that becoming the Fastest Man in the World wasn’t just about being talented and running fast, it was about having discipline.

Which brings me to Sha’Carri Richardson - the American runner who may be disqualified from the Olympics due to testing positive for marijuana.

It’s painful to watch how things have gone down with her these past few days. Coming so close to a dream and watching it slip from your hands due to something entirely in your control, especially when you’re dealing with other personal issues - I can’t imagine how badly she must feel.

But it doesn’t change the rules.

Even if she or her supporters believe that weed shouldn’t be banned, the fact is that it is. And you can campaign to change those rules, sure. But breaking the rules you knew about, and getting outraged about it after the fact, is not the way to do it. Sha’Carri seems to understand this. I’m not sure why her supporters don’t.

At the end of the day, being an Olympic athlete requires discipline and sacrifice. Things will happen in your personal life - it’s inevitable. But you can’t let it affect you come game time. That’s the job. And if you can’t do the job, then maybe it’s not for you.

What I’m up to these days…

Yep, I’m bringing this segment of the newsletter back. Why? Because I have some news!

For the rest of the year, I’ll be actively working on publishing templates and tools to help freelancers and solopreneurs operate more efficiently. Most importantly, you guys will be the first to get access to, and discounts on, any tool I release. So if that interests you, stick around…

OMG have you seen this?

I've never related to something more in my natural born life.

#11: Just fxcking ship it already

Starting before you're ready and what the creative process actually looks like.

Dad’s fully vaccinated, yay! Drinking his favourite Red Stripe beer with him in celebration of Fathers’ Day today. Shout out to all the fathers, the mothers who fathered, and the folks who became exceptional adults despite not having a father around. Today’s for all of you.

When I started this newsletter, I wasn't ready.

When I started freelancing, I wasn't ready.

Heck, when I started adulting, I wasn't ready.

I'm still not ready. Inside, I am kicking and screaming and praying that someone takes me back to high school and the comforts of having no responsibilities and no reason to get out of bed on a Saturday morning. Or maybe I'm romanticizing it just because adulthood SUCKS, but I digress...

My point is, a lot of the people who are marginally successful at anything, tend to start before they feel like they are 100% prepared, and there's a HUGE reason for that.

You'll never be 100% prepared. Ever.

The startup community has a phrase they use, "Just ship it," that I adopt as one of my personal mantras. It encourages the mentality that if a product is at 'good enough', i.e. someone will be willing to pay for it in it's current state and be happy with it, then just ship it. Put it out there, and stop waiting until it's just perfect it. Once you see how people interact with it, then you'll have even better guidance as to what improvements to make, and you can do so incrementally.

(Note: "Ship" doesn't necessarily mean actual shipping. It means putting your product or service out there for sale.)

So that product idea that you've been sitting on because you haven't quite figured out how to mass produce it yet. That blog idea you refuse to start because you don't have 50 blog posts saved up. That promotion you won't put out because "what if nobody buys it?!" That goal you want to pursue but you haven't started because you don't have it all planned out. Quit the incessant excuses in your head and JUST SHIP IT!

And there's no better time than the present. We're almost at the middle of the year, which is the perfect time to revisit those abandoned new years resolutions that you gave up on in February. Get back to it and get to shipping as fast as you can, so you can get the momentum to keep going.

I look forward to seeing what you ship in 2021. Good luck!

OMG, have you seen this?

Literally how I get any work done…

#10: Why am I doing this again?!

A week gone to the dogs, the real meaning of productivity, and what marketing actually looks like.

Long day ahead so I’m chilling with a simple iced coffee, made slightly better by the company of J. Wray and his nephews. (It’s rum, ya’ll. I’m talking about spiking my coffee with white rum.)

My dog got himself beat up by some other dogs last week. Badly. So badly that one bit into to him and ripped out a whole piece of flesh around his neck. Needless to say, it derailed all my plans. Instead, I spent my days navigating vet visits, pharmacy runs, nursing wounds (🤢) and basically doing everything besides work.

It’s easy to get mad at things like this and think about all the productivity I’m missing out on. And when I think about all the money I had to pull from my emergency fund to make it happen, I cringe. But then I remembered…

I’m doing the work I do, and trying to be as productive as possible, BECAUSE I want to be able to take care of my dog. I also saved up my emergency fund for exactly this reason. This is what is supposed to happen.

Being able to keep a regular schedule and work productively most of the time is great, but we’ve got to remember why we do it. There’s more to life than work, and just because you’re not working, doesn’t mean you’re not living a fulfilling life. In fact, the opposite is true. Having the ability and freedom to do other things besides work is the fulfilling part.

Work should fuel life, not the other way around.

What happens when I give my friends marketing advice…

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