Kat and Katy's March Favourites

Kat and Katy

Hurray — We’ve made it to the first quarter of 2019! We hope you’re killing it at your goals so far, and if you’re not you still have 3 more quarters to make this year count!

Can you believe that Kitty Gang is now 1 year old this month?

Looking at this list of favourites this month, there’s an obvious theme on learning ways to improve our creative habits and uncover our brand’s purpose. We’ve come along way since this time last year, and we’ll always have lots to learn — but we’re so thankful we get to do what we love, sharing ideas and inspiration on how building our creative projects!

 

Instagram Accounts

@Natacha.Oceane

Do you dread going to the gym to work out because you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing?

Yea, me too. It’s why I gravitate towards fitness classes — I like having an instructor guide me through a work-out. The down-side to this is that it can get expensive, and class times don’t always line up with my schedule.

I tackle my problems like most millennials — I look for answers on Youtube. This is where I came across Natacha Oceane. She puts together functional workout routines for the gym and overall fitness advice— but her Instagram account is where it’s at for dynamic exercise ideas to build functional strength and flexibility.

I don’t pay attention to what other people are doing at the gym, so I’m sure they’re not paying attention to me. By doing a bit of homework with video tutorials, at least I can hit the gym not worrying about what I’m going to do there because I’ve planned out my work-out before hand.

-Kat

 

This woman is a Beauty DIY guru!! Her brand was one of my favourites back in August last year, and she’ still killing it! Her Instagram videos on beauty hacks are short and to the point ( WARNING: It’s very easy to spend hours watching these videos!).

I’m going to try some of the tips that she has shared for dry brittle hair!

Is that something that you guys would like to see? I am open to the idea of a video trying some of her tutorials.

-Katy

 

Podcasts 

The Tim Ferriss Show Episode 287: Terry Crews — How to Have, Do, and Be All You Want

Terry Crews is another modern day polymath — he’s an athlete, artist, actor, and furniture designer. You’d recognise Crews from the viral Old Spice commercials and from one of my favourite classic comedies, White Chicks.

Before his appearances on TV and movies, Terry Crews received a Chrysler-sponsored art scholarship to the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and then was granted a full athletic scholarship for football at Western Michigan University.

I could listen to Terry Crews speak all day. I love that he’s so open with his vulnerability and shares his triumphs and pitfalls so candidly in this conversation with Tim Ferriss. Definitely a must listen.

-Kat

 

How I Built This with Guy Raz : Logic & Chris Zarou

I LOVE LOGIC!! Everything about this humble artist resonates with me. I watched ‘Rapture’ the Netflix special on him a while ago and it was amazing to learn his back story and all the hardships that he has gone through.

This podcast, however, mostly focuses on the work that he and Chris Zarou (his manager) have done to not only have his music career take off, but to build the brand LOGIC.

The two of them base all their success on the hard work of the other person. They even talk about how ‘low budget’ their first tour was… no accounting team, no tour bus, just the two of them and a friend grinding every single day!

They have come so far and continue to grow while maintaining a healthy friendship, in which Chris says that them being this way has allowed their business bond to grow even stronger.

-Katy

 

Books 

Atomic Habits - James Clear

I have been a huge fan of James Clear’s articles on Medium on habits, decision making, and self-improvement — and this book is definitely worth the hype. The point of Atomic Habits is to shine a light on the small decisions we make every day add up to great results.

These habit forming tricks and techniques aren’t groundbreaking, but he frames these concepts in a way that make sense to me and I can’t recommend this book enough.

-Kat

 

Start with Why - Simon Sinek

This book starts with a comparison of the two main ways to influence human behaviour: manipulation and inspiration. Simon argues that inspiration is the more powerful and sustainable of the two.

Sustainability is a major consideration when it comes to starting your brand. Is your end result something that you want to rush to get to? Or is it something that you want to be doing forever?

Short term vs long term.

Sinek says that the best way to inspire people is to start with your purpose for your business to come into existence:

People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why. It was their natural ability to start with why that enabled them to inspire those around them and to achieve remarkable things.

Any organization can explain what it does; some can explain how they do it; but very few can clearly articulate why. WHY is not money or profit—those are always results. WHY does your organization exist? WHY does it do the things it does? WHY do customers really buy from one company or another? WHY are people loyal to some leaders, but not others?

 

Apps/Websites

Huji

Huji is a camera app that mimics the effects of a disposable film camera with light leaks and grainy speckles, making all your photos look like a vintage dream. Best of all — it’s free!

-Kat

Justin and Gus
 

Scribd

Scribd is a one-stop shop for audiobooks and ebooks. Kat mentioned this on one of the Instagram stories — I had never heard of it before and officially am hooked!

It’s less than $9.00 a month, and you have full access to a million titles and authors. It is well worth every penny!

-Katy

 

It’s easy for me to stay in my little bubble living in France — however, I want to branch out and extend my reach for who I connect with.

Since I have a bit of a language barrier while I learn French, I figured the best way to stay on track with going to events is to attend as many webinars as possible. This month I signed up for this Business Babes Co. webinar.

A webinar is just a seminar/ an event that is hosted on line so anyone is able to join — Perfect for me while I’m away!

My biggest takeaway from this session aligns with the Simon Senik book I read this month.

Why do we want to collaborate with certain people and brands AND why would they want to work with us?

If anyone has any webinars coming up that you think I would like, please let me know!!

-Katy


SHARE YOUR FAVOURITES WITH US!

If you end up trying/ reading/ or listening to any of our recommendations, please share it with us on Instagram by tagging us @weare.kittygang.

Share your tips with other creatives in our Kitty Gang Facebook Group and learn a thing or two from other creative humans.

 
 
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KAT LUBIANO
KATY CONNAN

WE CURATE RESOURCES FOR INSPIRATION AND SHARE STORIES OF PEOPLE KILLING IT AT THEIR CRAFTS — FROM ARTISTS, MAKERS, ENTERTAINERS, AND EDUCATORS.