TOP 5 TOOLS TO HELP YOU WORK FROM (ALMOST) ANYWHERE

TOP 5 TOOLS TO HELP YOU WORK FROM (ALMOST) ANYWHERE

Tele-commuting, running a business from a home office, working online while traveling - remote work is an ever-growing trend in our increasingly digital world. By 2020, mobile workers are expected to account for nearly three quarters of the U.S. workforce.

If you're dipping your toes in the world of remote work, these five tools will help you work from just about anywhere that has internet.

SELF-CARE STRATEGIES FOR BUSY MOMS

SELF-CARE STRATEGIES FOR BUSY MOMS

Self-care is all about taking steps to protect and promote your physical, mental, and emotional health. For busy moms who are used to putting everyone else's needs first, self care is an important practice. By taking care of your own needs, you're actually better able to take care of others. 

Here are some strategies that can help you stay sane, find renewed energy, and be ready to tackle whatever comes next in your busy schedule.

WHERE'S MY BAG: PENANG, MALAYSIA

WHERE'S MY BAG: PENANG, MALAYSIA

Our “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield handbags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. Michelle is currently traveling with the Clark & Mayfield Stafford Pro laptop handbag in deep teal.

George Town, Penang, Malaysia

WHERE'S MY BAG: BARCELONA, SPAIN

WHERE'S MY BAG: BARCELONA, SPAIN

Our “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield handbags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. Michelle is currently traveling with the Clark & Mayfield Stafford Pro laptop handbag in deep teal.

Barcelona, Spain - The Cost of Mass Tourism

Sunny beaches, captivating history, world-class food, interesting neighborhoods - what's not to love about Barcelona?

WHERE'S MY BAG: LISBON, PORTUGAL

WHERE'S MY BAG: LISBON, PORTUGAL

Our “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield handbags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. Michelle is currently traveling with the Clark & Mayfield Stafford Pro laptop handbag in deep teal.

Lisbon, Portugal

THE BELLEVUE: WOMEN'S NYLON LAPTOP HANDBAGS

THE BELLEVUE: WOMEN'S NYLON LAPTOP HANDBAGS

The Bellevue women's laptop handbag is the ideal carry-all for busy Moms on the go. Shift from clientele meeting to coaching soccer with this 18.4" laptop handbag. There's plenty of room for yoga pants and your 5th grader's art project!

The Bellevue is available in Black, Bordeaux Brown, Navy Blue, Deep Teal, Pesto Green, and Purple. Bonus: each handbag comes with a matching clutch.

WHERE'S MY BAG: ORLANDO, FLORIDA

WHERE'S MY BAG: ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Our “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield handbags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Melissa D. Jones, a traveler, artist, photographer, storyteller, foodie and creative entrepreneur. Living for adventure and new experiences she's photographed her way around all 50 states and 45 countries (still counting!) and wrote her travel knowledge into a book Women with Wanderlust: A Guide to Roaming to help inspire a world with more roamers.

Bordeaux, Port, Burgundy: Wine Colored Handbags

Bordeaux, Port, Burgundy: Wine Colored Handbags

Clark & Mayfield is proudly based in the Pacific Northwest, just a short drive away from the Willamette Valley's beautiful wine country in Oregon. Inspired by our surroundings, as well as this season's Pantone colors like Tawny Port, our latest laptop handbags for women give a nod to those grapes of the gods.

INTRODUCING THE NEW REED LAPTOP HANDBAG FOR WOMEN

INTRODUCING THE NEW REED LAPTOP HANDBAG FOR WOMEN

Our freshest laptop handbag design has arrived just in time for the holidays! We're excited to introduce our newest addition to the Clark & Mayfield laptop bag collection for women: The Reed.

The Reed handbag is light in weight without being a lightweight, thanks to the textured polyester nylon exterior. It holds all your daily essentials, plus a large laptop (up to 17.3").

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

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According to productivity expert (and Portland native), Charlie Gilkey

"While planning can seem quite basic, mastering the basics allows you to master ever-greater challenges, and, conversely, not being able to plan effectively keeps you from doing the truly great things you’d otherwise be able to do."

Setting yourself up for success starts with planning out goals that are SMART. SMART stands for:

  • Simple - it's easy to understand
  • Meaningful - it's important to you
  • Actionable - there's a specific action you take to complete it
  • Realistic - it's achievable with your given resources
  • Trackable - you can measure or track your achievement

Other versions of the SMART goals describe them as: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Whichever acronym you prefer, being intentional about your goals and setting yourself up for success from the planning stage will make a big difference.

Here are a few other tips for staying true to your resolution:

  • Consider what challenges and obstacles may get in the way and come up with a plan, in advance, for how to avoid or overcome them.
  • Look at your calendar and make sure there is a specific time each day or week to work on your goal.
  • Break your goal into smaller steps. Then map out a schedule, taking into consideration the other parts of your day or week that may take time and energy away from the success of your goal.
  • Tell someone else about your goal who can hold you accountable.
  • Don't let the first sign of failure be an excuse to give up. Remember why the goal is important to you and pick back up where you left off.

What has successfully helped you keep a resolution or achieve a goal? What you recommendations would you add to our tips?

 

 

GREAT GIFTS FOR FEMALE TRAVELERS

 
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When jetting off to new destinations, your travel accessories should help make the trip more effortless so you can focus on enjoying the journey. To make your next voyage a breeze, check out our top picks for handy travel gear that is sure to delight:

Rustic leather sketch journal Stitched by hand and customizable with a hand embroidered monogram, this journal gives the sense that a great expedition has begun!

Compact portable USB charger Avoid losing charge on your electronics during long trips with this lipstick-shaped battery charger. Adds 4 hours of talk time to your phone on the go!

Globe bracelet Hand-made cuff bracelet with globe outline, crafted from your choice of Brass, Gold, Rose gold, Silver, or White gold.

Florious eco-friendly packing cubes Save time repacking by keeping your clothes neatly organized in this set of three heavy duty, recycled nylon packing cubes. 

Mini travel hair dryer With luggage space at a premium, there's no sense lugging around a full size hair dryer. Get a compact version that still packs a punch.

Flipbelt This sleek, machine-washable Spandex-Lycra belt conceals four pockets that lets you tuck in phone, keys, or credit cards. Wear it under your travel clothes or over work out shorts.

Wrist wallet bracelet Here's the perfect, feminine alternative to the awkward neck pouch wallet. Secretly carry your cash in style inside the inner pocket of this soft leather cuff.

Clark & Mayfield carry-on bags Whether it's a rolling briefcase or an over-the-shoulder tablet bag, we have just the bag you need to take your life on the go with ease, comfort, and style.  SHOP NOW>

 

Can You Write Off Your Laptop Bag?

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Do you own your own business, or carry a laptop or tablet to work? Then don't miss the opportunity to write off a new laptop bag on your 2017 taxes. Many of our bags are on sale through the end of the year - an opportunity for even more savings if you buy now.

For self-employed individuals, bags used for business purposes - like carrying your laptop - can be deducted as a supply, just like computers and cell phones that are used for business purposes. For employees who incur unreimbursed work-related technology expenses, these purchases may be itemized as employee business expenses.

Remember that the IRS requires deductions to be a "usual, necessary, customary, and reasonable expense for your type of business." If items or utilities are used partially for personal purposes, then you won't be able to deduct the full amount as a business expense. It's always a good idea to check with a tax professional to ensure your deduction is valid.

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