Truth be told, I can get a little complainy about the Internet age. I love my social media, but I kind of hate how “there’s an app for that” when it comes to everything under the sun. I get that someone really brilliant created a piece of technology that can perform some of life’s most basics tasks for me, but why? I tend to err on the side of actually living life in real life, so my patience for that sort of thing can get a little thin.
However, shortly after Piper was born, I started work as a virtual assistant with a great company called eaHELP. Beyond a little extra income, it has been a great way to stay sharp. It’s a nice change of pace to use words more complicated than a repeated first syllable. Think: “landscape architect” versus “mow-mow.
So, in recent months, I’ve embraced more of a tech savvy side and, don’t tell my clients, but I’ve got some virtual assistants of my own…who just happen come free of charge.
Honest Co. Diaper Delivery Service
I know I’m not the only person who started using Honest products because the packaging, and products themselves, are too cute. I also know I’m not the only person who keeps using Honest products because they work. Plain and simple. Their entire product offering is made of safe, environmentally friendly ingredients to give you peace of mind. We use their monthly diaper & wipes delivery service, and stock up on cleaning essentials at a discount when needed.
In the depths of my being, I am a lover of facts. This probably has a great influence of my tendency to be a know-it-all (admitting it is half the battle, right?), and it certainly comes in handy when placing trivial bets with people. However, I will be the first to admit that I tend to fill my daily fact reservoir with pop culture as opposed to world events. That is, until I subscribed to The Skimm. Founded by two young, female entrepreneurs, The Skimm is a daily recap of the world’s most pressing current events presented in a simple, digestible way. They do the nitty gritty work, I become an informed, respectable member of society. Win-win!
So, Dr. Axe isn’t actually my assistant, but I pretty much treat him like my personal health guru. Last year I completed a 16-week course on nutritional leadership by Dr. Axe and have such respect for his approach to health, citing food itself as medicine. His newsletter is one I read daily, not to mention that researching symptoms and ailments on his website has cured me of ever having to use WebMD. If you’re even remotely interested in how proper nutrition can help you, and your family, live a healthier life, I highly recommend becoming familiar with him.
Now, because I’ve amassed a small team of virtual assistants who assist me via e-mail, I like keeping my inbox clean. I can remember a time in the not-too-distant past where I’d spend my morning deleting junk email and unsubscribing from lists that I never intended to join in the first place. So annoying. Thankfully, I learned about Unroll Me and my life has been forever changed. Although Unroll Me requires access to your email account, the magic it performs with that access is nothing short of a miracle. The service allows you to choose which lists you want to be removed from completely, which you’d like to keep receiving as-is, and which you’d like to add to your “roll up”. The emails that go into your “roll up” are aggregated over a 24-hour period and sent to your inbox at the time of day of your choosing in one, beautiful html newsletter. From there, you can choose to open the original message if you’d like to read it in its entirety. It’s brilliant and I love it so!
Of course, I know that my team of virtual assistants is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the Internet is capable of producing, but remember that I’m a pen-and-paper type of gal. So, these services and resources are the select few that I have embraced because they are truly useful in my every day life. I’d love to hear what, or who, you can’t live without as your virtual assistants!
Nourish and Be Nourished::