Chelsea Erica Smith

Native Portlander with an LA vibe, a Miami closet, & a New York attitude.

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Life

How Saying “No” Made Me $8K Last Week

Hopefully you don’t see me as a quasi hypocrite because I will be traveling ALL over in February.. but 2 weeks ago, I was offered a pretty riveting opportunity to go to Tulum for 5 days.  My friend Hannah (flight attendant) offered to hook it up with the plane ticket and the whole week’s stay would only be $400.  I had nothing planned that week (besides the Saturday wedding, but I’d be back before then), so I thought about ...
Business, Life, Self Help

How to Listen to Your Gut (In Life + In Business)

I was recently inspired to write in a new light; more personal, more story-sharing, & more intimate.  I’m not talking “tell you in depth about the kind of birth control I use or what toothpaste I like,” but more about the peculiar, special way that my story has become my story.  I’ve been probed by YOU, my close friends, and coworkers to go into DE-TAIL. So, here I go. I’ve never been one to get super spiritual, not because ...
Hotel, Life, Portland

Staycation Downtown at the Porter Hotel

“Chelsea, you’ve got to be kidding me. You’re going 5 blocks for 1 night… you look like you’ve packed for a week.” WHOOPS. Let’s just say if I’m offered an adventure, I TAKE IT. AND, I go all out. I’m a 110% or nothing kind of girl. So, when I finally got the chance to work with this DREAM hotel, I jumped on it. I want to tell you about my experience, honestly & genuinely. *I’m not being paid to rave!* First things first, let me tell you ...
Business, Life, Self Help

The Game Changing Mile Mentality

When someone gives you an inch, take a mile, and then give a mile back. Even though I’m a closet procrastinator, I take great pride in delivering my best work.  My goal is to provide valuable content; work that is inventive & distinctive, delivering a service that has the recipient saying “Wow, I’m glad I chose YOU.”  There are a lot of fishes in the sea, so I want to be prepared, reliable, and efficient.  So, let’s turn ...
Business, Life, Self Help

How to Create a Strategic Future

Can you imagine running a successful play in Football without planning it out?  Singing a solo without rehearsing? Getting paid, but not knowing how much? Waking up and going about your day—not knowing the date, time, or season? For us to really walk with purpose in our lives…it’s important to be present, productive, and intentional with our time, resources, relationships, and pay check. I live by this motto: Make Utilitarian Life ...
Business, Life, Photography, Self Help

The Most Important Quality to Have in Business

Where to start? How about… these nails make it super hard to type and so you should know that (I think) what I have to say is “extra” important because I’m willing to bear the extremely obnoxious pain of thumping on the keys like a first grader with wet finger nails for THIS and for YOU.  Just excuse me already for having spelling errors or poor grammar because (quite frankly) it’s not worth the inconvenience of correcting with these ...
Business, Life, Self Help

The Benefits of Accepting Change

Feeling “stuck” can be crippling.  Amidst the many factors in our life, there are some circumstances we can’t change, but there are more that we can.   + You can’t change that you have to care for your crazy 2 year old, but you can change how you deal with them. + You can’t change your family, but you can change how you interact with them and how often. + You can’t change your appearance to be perfection, but you can take ...
Life, Self Help, Weight Loss

Appearances Change : Don’t Stop Being Yourself

There is a huge difference between negative self-talk and constructive self-talk.  Being “constructive” in regards to your health, work, art, or person is OKAY.  How are you ever going to GROW if you can’t step outside yourself and do a lil’ analyzing?  However, letting that voice own you, destroy you, or control you is simply unacceptable!  So, in this short one-week journey of working with a trainer, I’ve identified a ...
Business, Life

Professionalism is NOT dead

Okay, drum ROLL.  Pull back the curtains. Start the show. Break a leg. We all know that social media can be a real PILL, especially if you’re trying to get a job at a bank, boring ol’ classic accounting firm, traditional office, etc. WE KNOW. Don’t post a picture of you and that fireball shot or YOU WILL BE SORRY! BUT, that is not what I’m talking about.  There is a difference between being stupid and being intentional.  You ...
Business, Life, Photography

The Power of Solo

No, not Han Solo.  Although, I’m sure he’d have a lot to say about “solo” adventures (no pun intended).  I’ve been wanting to write this blog for a while, but it took my own “sudden” solo venture to get me prepped. As I look at the big, pivotal, important, crucial moments in my career (notice I didn’t say life), I can pinpoint these back to times where I ventured out alone.  I had a friend (hey, girl, love you if you’re ...