The Jilly Academy

Summer Check-In with The Jilly Academy Alumni!


I can’t believe it’s August already; HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?! It feels like just yesterday we were launching the very first Jilly Academy Course (which was in APRIL, by the way – oh, how time has flown by!). I’ve been seeing a lot of deep connections being made between Alumni members, lots of learnings being implemented, and lots of idyllic office setups in a variety of places such as local coffee shops, beautiful backyards, and cozy cottages, to name a few!

It has been a blast being able to connect on a deeper level with this online community throughout the summer, and I’m happy to share that a few of our hardworking Alumni members are featured on the blog today, sharing a snippet into their journey thus far and offering some advice! If you missed our previous blog post with other Alumni members’ journeys – click here!

Over to you, Alumni!

Jillian Harris checking in on The Jilly Academy Alumni during the summer, on-the-go in her car wearing a white dress.

Featured Alumni: Stephanie from Smarty Pants Studies

What did you do this summer that was just for YOU?

This summer, I’ve done two things that are just for me. First, I decided to enroll in The Jilly Academy! I love learning new things, and this was a great way to learn more about growing my business. The second was getting back into personal training! I lost a bit of my motivation to work out during the pandemic, but I always feel my best, both mentally and physically, when I am active, so I decided to get back into it!

What is one Jilly Academy exercise that you implemented this summer?

I have spent a lot of time thinking about my brand themes and planning out my content so that I have a stock of photos ready to post and am not left scrambling!

Which resource from The Jilly Academy Campus Store is your favourite? 

I really love using the presets because they help my feed to look consistent and cohesive – I use the Orchard Love Preset often and then adjust the exposure when needed. 

Which Stock Photo Collection are you most excited about? 

I’ve really liked using the Floral and Office Collection images I received when I signed up for Course Two: The Content Creator!

One piece of entrepreneurial advice?

The thing that was always holding me back from starting was that I kept telling myself that my products or ideas probably weren’t that unique or that there wasn’t a space in the market for me. So, my best advice is to encourage yourself like you would your best friend: Do your research, ask questions, read, learn, unlearn, work hard, and just GO FOR IT! 

What are you excited to tackle this September?

I’m so excited to see where my business goes in September. Since I am a teacher, September is always a busy month, but this year as a small-business owner (I create and sell resources for other teachers, tutors, or parents), I’m really looking forward to my first back-to-school season! I feel like over the last few months of working on my brand, I’ve found my niche and am excited to see what’s ahead for Smarty Pants Studies!

Jillian Harris' office setup with supplies, books, lamp, and computer. This photo is part of The Campus Store stock photo collections the Alumni love.

Featured Alumni: Launne from @do.more.good

What did you do this summer that was just for YOU?

I bought The Jilly Academy Bundle! I was a little nervous to make the purchase, but I am so glad that I invested in myself. When I opened Course One: The Brand Strategy workbook and read Jillian’s welcome note, I was truly inspired. I knew I had made the right choice. 

What is one Jilly Academy exercise that you implemented this summer?

Time blocking! I started to add spots of time into my week to prioritize working on my business. If you treat it like a priority, it becomes one!

Which resource from The Jilly Academy Campus Store is your favourite?

I LOVE The Jilly Academy Preset Bundle! It is so nice to get a large number of presets that flow so well together. I can’t wait to start implementing them and make my feed look more cohesive.

Which Stock Photo Collection are you most excited about? 

They are all so beautiful, but I am excited to mix in some photos from the Office and Floral Collections onto my feed. 

One piece of entrepreneurial advice?

Believe in yourself! Starting something from scratch is so hard and takes a lot of energy. When I’m frustrated, I often wonder if the work I put in is worth it. However, I’m working hard to squash those thoughts as I truly feel that if I believe in myself and put in the effort, great things will happen.

What are you excited to tackle this September?

I’m excited to tackle Course Two: The Content Creator and use what I learn to put out more valuable and informative content that inspires people to create positive change for their environment and community.

Jillian Harris with a basket of sunflowers and sunhat, a photo that is part of The Campus Store stock photo collections the Alumni love.

Thank you to Alumni members Stephanie and Launne for contributing to the blog! With September right around the corner, we are very much looking forward to our Jilly Academy Courses relaunching on September 1st and welcoming new Alumni to our incredible community. Just like before, all three Courses will be available to purchase individually or as a Bundle! Course One: The Brand Strategy, Course Two: The Content Creator, and Course Three: The Growth Accelerator will help take your brand or business to the next level! GET READY for SEPTEMBER 1ST! 

If you haven’t yet, sign up for our Newsletter, so you don’t miss out on any upcoming announcements! AND don’t forget to visit the Campus Store in the meantime to get your hands on the specialty curated Stock Photo Collections (including these Alumni favourites – Floral Collection and Office Collection!) and The Jilly Academy Preset Bundle! Want to know more about The Campus Store? Click HERE!

The countdown is officially ON!


Xo

Jilly


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    1. Definitely! I suggest you take a peek at the Jilly Academy website, there we have laid out all the details of what is included within each course and how it can benefit you! xo

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