Why you need a weekly catch-up day

XOSarah.com / Save yourself from to-do list overwhelm, schedule a 'catch-up day'

Yesterday was my ‘catch up day.’ Mostly because it was too damn hot in my apartment to work, so post-aerial class (and Nordstrom Rack shopping spree) I lazed on the couch, watched TV, and tried to muster the energy to actually do something productive.

It wasn’t until 7pm, after a Badass Babes hangout, that the temp started to drop and I finally felt like working. But 7pm at night is not an ideal time for me to get creative or work on anything big, so it turned into the perfect chance to laze in bed and check off all those tiny tasks that I never have time for. Answered emails and Etsy convos, added new testimonials to the sidebar, Pinterested (very important!), scheduled e-course content, updated the Babes website, and did a little work on the XO redesign.

All the things that would normally be squeezed out by larger, more important tasks get their own special day (or maybe part of a day), so that I don’t have items forever piling up and stressing me out on my to-do list.

Do you have a catch-up day?

Design: The Passion Punch

The Passion Punch / Design by XOSarah.com

It's been a while since I've posted my work here (and a while since I've posted period - sheesh!), but the entire time I was working on Kayli's site I was getting more and more excited to launch and share it. I love the color scheme, the bold clean design we came up with, and it helps that she's got some killer services too. About that unintentional posting hiatus...I'm working on a re-design of my own and re-working what I'm writing and offering here. A few changes to come, nothing too drastic, but I'm slow to blog READ MORE >>>

Blog Love


This week has been all about Badass Babes and aerial. I'm now taking five or six classes every week, which is beyond intense, but I can feel my arms and abs getting stronger every day. Plus I found a fantastic massage therapist to help keep my body in one piece while I punish it with pikes and pull-overs. I'm determined to nail a Russian ascent (climbing with just my hands, legs in a straddle) by the time I visit Detroit in September. I'm also running three hangouts a week talking blogging with the Babes. I'm so READ MORE >>>

5 things to nail down before hiring a blog designer

5 things to nail down before hiring a blog designer

So you've decided to hire a web designer to re-vamp your blog. You've picked the perfect person whose style encompasses exactly what you've been imagining and you've been emailing back and forth working out the details. Before you send them a deposit, here are five things to nail down, so you don't end up being one of the many people who've emailed me saying, "My designer disappeared...help!" (I'm happy to help of course, but I'd rather you not have to panic over your blog design in the first place!) A READ MORE >>>

Blog Love


This week I'm finally feeling at home in SD and my apartment now looks like an apartment instead of a storage unit. The dog trainer came by last weekend and worked wonders on Slayer - my little stressed out barking dog is much quieter and sweeter now, which means less stress for me too. After pulling a muscle in my neck, I'm all healed and taking classes at the aerial studio five days a week. Sometimes I even have the energy for two classes in one day. Badass Babes registration is done and I'm super excited to get READ MORE >>>

Fix-It Friday

Fix-It Friiiiiday!! Between 8AM and 5PM EST post your blog/website link in the comments and I’ll reply with one tip for improvement. I’ll do my best to give each person a different suggestion so you can come back and use all of my tips to make your blog look shiny and new. I’m also happy to answer short questions like “Is the font I used for my post titles too difficult to read?” or “Should I make my photos bigger?” Questions that will take a longer explanation will be saved for coding & design posts. COMMENTS READ MORE >>>

Last day to register to join the Badass Babes!

Badass Babes Blog Club + Ecourse from XOSarah.com

It's Thursday, which means it's the very last day to register and join us in the Badass Babes Blog Club or E-Course!! I've had some fantastic bloggers and business owners grab their spot over the past two weeks and I'm so excited to start working with them to grow their blogs. Registration won't open again for a few months, so if you're thinking of joining us you have until MIDNIGHT ET TONIGHT to claim your spot!!     If you’re ready to get serious about blogging, sign up now: this course is comprehensive, READ MORE >>>

The Badass Babes scholarship winners are…


Congrats to Xandra and Mariah - you're in!! I'll be in touch later today to get you set up in the Blog Club :) To all the rest of you - there's still time to grab your spot. Badass Babes registration closes TOMORROW at midnight ET and I'd love to have you join us. Visit the Babes site for more info and to sign-up! If you missed out on yesterdays hangout, guess what?? You can watch it below :) We talked about growing followers, analytics, social media, blog design and I answered a bunch of questions about the READ MORE >>>

When is it time to buy a domain?

How to know when you should buy a domain for your blog?

Allison said, Hello Sarah! I was wondering if you could help me with a blogging question. For the past few months, I've been toying with the decision to start a personal/music blog. I know free blogs that end in .wordpress.com or something similar don't bring as much visitors or traffic or even publicity, but I'm hesitant to pay for a custom domain and hosting without knowing how successful my site will become. Is it better to start with a free domain until I get my blog running and see how things go? Or should I jump READ MORE >>>

Blog Love


I've officially been a San Diego resident for one week now! I've had my butt kicked by three aerial classes, had an ass-kicking massage, eaten superb zucchini noodles with my bro and sis-in-law, found my way to Trader Joe's, gotten my apartment semi-organized, had two Skype dates with one of my favorites, walked Slayer all over my sunny little part of town, met Vanessa for cheeseburgers and a beach date, got schooled by the trainer of all dog trainers, and sent postcards back home! Starting to feel a little more settled READ MORE >>>