We are Jumping for Joy

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We have started jumping rope for joy. 

Let's be honest. The home office life, as much as we love it, wouldn't want to work any other way, and talk endlessly about it - it's not a cake-walk. 

There is isolation. Even if you work on a remote team, you are still alone, in your home office for at least 8 hours a day.  

With this kind of isolation comes spending more and more time working in your pajamas (Has anyone never had this happen? If so, I'll give you a slow-clap on that one). Less time interacting with real people in the sunlight. More time alone, sitting, then running to the pantry for what we think are brain-breaks.

The home office life takes willpower, self-control and self-compassion. 

We started jumping for joy in an attempt to cure the 'funk' that some of our home office days left us. To be perfectly transparent, I started jumping rope in an attempt to cure my own depression. We needed more movement, less sitting, less over-thinking. We wanted it to be easy. And we wanted it to be fun.  So we jumped rope 'together'. We would share what music we were listening to, what our jumping workouts looked like and how we felt after. 

This simple action of jumping (rope) for joy was a game-changer and a catalyst for more movement and more joy. 

It was also the start of a passion project for both of us that we fondly refer to as Jump for Joy. We invite you to visit us and jump with us

Here's to more joy and more jumping!

We won't that home office life get you down!

We're in it with you.

Today's Challenge: Restore

  Remind yourself that you cannot fail at being yourself. - Wayne Dyer

Remind yourself that you cannot fail at being yourself. - Wayne Dyer

Sometimes, do you find yourself watching and maybe even feeling envious of the other people that are doing, what looks like, great work and running, what seems to be, successful businesses? Maybe you feel a little inadequate and then you start to spread yourself too thin by doing too much to catch up with the rest of the ‘pack’? This week’s challenge is about going back to you, back to what you are good at, your strengths, your uniqueness. Doing the next best thing for you, even if it isn’t what everyone else is doing or telling you to do.

So this week, we challenge you with this: If you could share anything with the world and you weren't afraid to be judged or you didn't care how much money you made. What is that one unique thing you would share with the world?

Truly, we would love to hear the story of this unique thing you would share! Send us an email (or add a comment) and let us know and we will share ours with you!

Here’s to being you!

10 Things We Learned While Having Coffee With Strangers

 We're having coffee with strangers and learning
  1. Start your mornings off on the right foot. We heard about meditation, affirmations and a helpful book, Miracle Morning.

  2. Make time to get up from your desk, even if it’s to do 20 lunges in your living room.  Quick workouts throughout the day are better than no workouts at all.

  3. Travel can help your business and personal life

  4. Having a group of people support you as you are setting your goals and then keeping the momentum to achieve them is important

  5. If you show up to work in your home office in workout gear, you are more likely to not skip a walk or skip a workout

  6. It’s okay to take a break from the intensity of a work day to do something good for yourself. Take a walk, run to the gym.

  7. People are doing some pretty amazing things in their home offices. (more to come on this topic)

  8. Great perspective and advice on how to recover from setbacks:  “I always talk positive things to myself about  the setback and believing that everything happens for a reason helps knowing that a setback is just something to learn from.”

  9. Surround yourself with people who lift you up.

  10. “In my “day job”, I talk to people on the phone all day long.  After participating in the coffee chat, I realized how valuable the conversation was with others.  It was just the boost I needed.  Although I talk with people all day long, this was different.  It was nice to talk "face-to-face" and share ideas.”

Thanks to all who joined us for coffee this week!  We met some pretty amazing people who now we consider friends (Jessica Brown,  Bianca Willis from Learning to Live Movement and Esther Hansen from SugarWise).  

This Week's Challenge: Choose You

  “Be kind. Be patient. Be generous. Be accepting. Be all of these things to yourself. That is where it begins.”

“Be kind. Be patient. Be generous. Be accepting. Be all of these things to yourself. That is where it begins.”

You might find yourself in the middle of a deadline this week. Pushing hard, sitting intensely at your desk for hours just to get it done. And to get it behind you. I don’t know if you are like me, but if you are, you need a reminder to stop and take care of yourself so you can keep going to take care of others (your client, your employees, your community, your family).

So this week, I challenge you to add an appointment to your calendar with a reminder. And add that appointment to every day this week for 15 minutes each day. The name of the appointment should be “Me”. And during those 15 minutes, do one thing to show care to yourself. Here are some ideas:

  • Stand up and stretch for 15 minutes
  • Get up from your desk and get a fresh glass of water. Drink it slowly, don’t rush back to your office.
  • Put on your shoes and take a quick walk with your dog. He will never know it was only 15 minutes (or will he?)!
  • Get up from your desk and do a mini workout. I can fit quite a few planks and curtsy lunges in in 15 minutes.
  • Open up your favorite book that lifts you up and read for 15 minutes.
  • Turn on your favorite, light-hearted podcast (admittedly, I love the Tara and Johnny podcast) and zone out.
  • Make a cup of your favorite tea and sip it in the sunshine.

If you are up for the challenge this week, add a comment or send us an email with “I’m in!” and get that “Me” appointment added to your calendar.

This challenge is inspired by my new favorite read by James Altucher, Choose Yourself

Here’s to a week of ‘you’!


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Are you craving REAL conversations? So are we.

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When Steph and I decided to team up under BlueKey Group, we knew we had so much to learn about marketing in an online space.  We dove right in.  Off the deep end.  We started following all the experts, signed up for every free ebook, challenge and webinar.  Absorbed everything people were saying about lead magnets, sales funnels, building tribes, etc.  We listened to them about how to connect with your audience on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn.......and we've been doing that.  Like crazy.  And we'll continue to do that. 

But recently, we came up for air and realized something was missing.  REAL conversation. Like get up, shower, dry your hair, put your makeup on and look-the-other-person-in-the-eye conversation. So we're trying something new.  The best conversations, ideas, solutions happen with friends over a Venti Latte, right?

Welcome to Earth Dog Coffee


Virtual Coffee Chat.  Have authentic conversation with 4 (or so) people you don't know for one hour.


  • When's the last time you sat down to have coffee with four people you've never met?
  • The best ideas and solutions happen over a cup of coffee with friends.
  • You never know who you might meet but we’ll make it easy.
  • Share your story and learn from others.
  • Gain new friendships and business opportunities.
  • You'll have a really good time.


At Earth Dog Coffee (we connect virtually via Google Meet).   We’re everywhere you are.  The only Online, Earth-friendly (and dog friendly) Virtual Coffee Shop. Bring your own coffee and conversation, we'll facilitate the connections.


You pick the day and time (or times).  Have as many re-fills as you’d like.

View upcoming coffee times here

Details and what to expect:

  • Once you select a time and sign up, you'll receive an email with more details.
  • We'll ask you a few questions to get to know you prior to the coffee chat.
  • A few days prior, you'll receive more information about who you will be chatting with.
  • We'll always be on the call to help guide the conversation.
  • We use Google Meet (voice + video), it’s free and easy to use. 
  • After coffee, you choose whether to stay connected to the friends you meet.
  • There is no selling happening here. Just pleasant conversation to generate ideas, solutions and friendship.

Want to join us?  Sign up here

If you're a little curious but fear is stopping you from taking the next step.  We get it.  We've been there and sometimes our introvert nature or the voices in our head are stronger than our ability to reach out.  So, simply email us and we'll make it easy.  Or, invite a friend.  We'd love it if you shared this invitation with your friends so we could get to know them too.  

Just do it.  Take a small step.  We'll be there waiting for you and we simply can not wait to meet you!

Kathy (and Steph)

kdotson@bluekeygroup.com      snelson@bluekeygroup.com

5/01/18 Update:  We don't have any Coffee Chats currently scheduled. If you feel like you have missed out and want us to bring them back, email us!