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In this episode, we talk about a candle making class we took, this Harvard Business Review article How Will You Measure Your Life, what not to sacrifice when paying off debt, and a very important decision Jacey needs your help to make.

Proceed NO FURTHER without reviewing our podcast iTunes. Please?

Last week was our least favorite week of 2015 so far. So we're talking about the week before instead!


We took a candle making class at Candlefish. Jacey wants to live there and/or open her own Candlefish should she ever leave Charleston. We spend the first segment of our show gushing over the candle making experience and sharing what we learned!

Fun fact: At her wedding, Jacey assigned dinner seating by wine varietals instead of table number i.e. "I'm at the Chardonnay table!"

Candlefish sells many brands of candles, Rifle Paper Co products and the lunch boxes from our gift menu! Remember that? How we love you and Christmas so much that we did giveaways? We're always thinking of you guys. That's worth an iTunes review, right?

How will you measure your life?

We discussed the article,How Will You Measure Your Life, by Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen:

This quote from the article resonated strongly with Jacey, especially after writing Valuable Work Isn't Always Paid or Even Noticed this week:

"When people who have a high need for achievement...have an extra half hour of time or an extra ounce of energy, they’ll unconsciously allocate it to activities that yield the most tangible accomplishments. And our careers provide the most concrete evidence that we’re moving forward. You ship a product, finish a design, complete a presentation, close a sale, teach a class, publish a paper, get paid, get promoted. In contrast, investing time and energy in your relationship with your spouse and children typically doesn’t offer that same immediate sense of achievement...You can neglect your relationship with your spouse, and on a day-to-day basis, it doesn’t seem as if things are deteriorating. People who are driven to excel have this unconscious propensity to underinvest in their families and overinvest in their careers—even though intimate and loving relationships with their families are the most powerful and enduring source of happiness."

Maggie pointed out the part about how businesses overinvest in things that bring immediate returns, and eventually unravel from those decisions.

Christensen writes, "If you study the root causes of business disasters, over and over you’ll find this predisposition toward endeavors that offer immediate gratification. If you look at personal lives through that lens, you’ll see the same stunning and sobering pattern: people allocating fewer and fewer resources to the things they would have once said mattered most."

How much attention do we pay to metrics that don't even measure the things we say "matter most," like social media followers?

A life of integrity is closely tied with humility.

To sum it up, Christensen says,

"I’ve concluded that the metric by which God will assess my life isn’t dollars but the individual people whose lives I’ve touched."

What not to sacrifice when paying off debt:

Jacey shares five things they didn't sacrifice to get out of debt. She's teaching a class for The Influence Network called Paying Down Debt 101, so check it out if you would benefit!

VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION: Jacey has had the same haircut for the past six years, because it's amazing - 

BUT...she's thinking about changing it.

**ignore the facial expression, but judge the haircut** THOUGHTS?! Is ombre on its way out?

Jacey's boss bought her Mane 'n Tail to help her grow her hair to this length more quickly.

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K byyyeee!

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