How to Improve your Blogging Skills!

Being a blogger is a lot of hard work, and doing what you can to get ahead of the crowd as far as trends are concerned is exhausting. But, the other thing that we don’t talk about as blogger is the mental impact. If you’re working hard on a piece, it can be the mental equivalent of running a marathon!

We can all feel lack of inspiration and sometimes the words just don’t come to our minds. And it becomes one hell of a task to do a very simple blog! The good news is that there are some things we can do to improve our skills, but also give ourselves the mental rejuvenation we need!

Surround Yourself with Inspiration

Not just your writing space, but the immediate surroundings. For example, is your bedroom conducive to inspiration? If it’s not, then it’s time to start peppering pieces of art, literature, and movies around so that you are continually inspired.

Whether it’s just a word here or a concept there. There are also some handy hints on Writetodone.com to find some inspiration if the words really aren’t reaching your fingertips!

Start Off Relaxed & Well Rested

Getting yourself in the right headspace to create is essential. So the question is, do you have the right tools to aid relaxation? Some people need to prime themselves ready to write, and others need to make sure that they are well rested. To ensure that you are having a good night’s sleep and are well rested for the next day’s work, you need a good mattress. Why not take a look on a site like Mattress-guides.net for a mattress conducive to good sleep? If you don’t find yourself in the right headspace to create, your work is going to be poor quality. 

Revamp Your Lifestyle

You work as a blogger, so you need to make sure that you are firing on all cylinders. Mentally, you can do a lot to keep yourself inspired, and this needs to be part of what you do everyday. But the other side of the equation is your lifestyle. You need to make sure you are healthy, inside and out. If you don’t exercise, it’s not too late to start, even if it means starting out slow.  It may sound cliche but exercise has positive effects on the brain. So when you have those days that you feel a bit sluggish, go for a run!

To keep on top of the blogging game, you’ve got to be the best version of you! This is a lot of hard work, but it’s vital to rejuvenate your blogging skills.

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4 New Year’s Resolutions That You Should Consider This Year

New year is the perfect time for a fresh start in your life. It’s great because you can leave the past behind you and aim to improve one (if not more) aspects of your life. We call these new year’s resolutions and in general, people start them on the first day of the new year so that they can wipe their slate clean for the coming year. Here are the top new year’s resolutions that people choose to take on, and how you can do it too.

Weight loss

The choice to lose weight in the new year has to be among the top chosen all over the world. It’s a chance to forget about the naughty eating that you’ve been doing (especially over the festive period,) and getting yourself back into shape by losing the excess weight. Many people struggle to do this alone because of tempting foods and also losing sight of what is actually healthy. If you feel like you might find it hard to lose weight alone, why not attend a weight watchers meeting or something similar? It will give you the support of the group and allow you to lose weight in a healthy way.

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Financial stability

Many people long for financial stability at all points of life, but as each new year comes along it’s a great time to decide to concentrate on getting your finances in order. This might be by taking on extra hours at work, or even finding yourself a second job. There are loads of ways to make extra money in your spare time. However, if you’re in a large amount of debt on your credit card it can be hard to see a silver lining. There is such a thing as a federal government credit card debt relief program that may be able to help you, so it’s definitely worth the read.

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The Blogger Workspace

Setting up a blog is no easy task. There are a number of decisions to make, from what domain name to choose to who will be responsible for your hosting, right? And let’s be honest, those decisions are way more important than a workspace…. Wait! Are they? I used to think so, forgetting that there are other essentials that can make blogging easier.

Workspace! It’s not something that I planned ahead. I worked off my laptop from the comfort of my bed or couch, and sometimes even on the floor. A few months in and I began to understand that having a dedicated work space was a need.

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So, I started searching for a desk options, found a cozy-chic chair, invested on a desktop, added some decorations and it slowly came together. So, if you’re thinking about investing on a dedicated workspace, this is what I recommend.

Desk

Get a nice sized desk with enough room for you. My desk is not huge but it is functional. It has enough space for my Mac, mouse, keyboard, but most importantly for me to spread out my notebook and hand write notes and ideas. Then from time to time it also holds lots of toys that my little piles on it, like pretend cupcakes and tea cups – she loves feeding me. 🙂

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Seating

Get a comfortable but stylish chair. I wanted a chair that was comfortable but also chic – it needed to have a decorative element. I found one that has trim nail head details, which I love. Then, I added a pillow for back support but it also add a decorative touch.

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Planning tools

Get chic planning tools. While I don’t have an agenda, I have all appointments and reminders electronically, I do have a notebook. I found one with the cutest motivational quote, “She believed she could, so she did. I’m huge on pep talks and motivational quotes are great reminders to stay focused and keep pushing – at least for me.

Décor

Find functional decorative items. Although, my chair and pillow are somewhat decorative, I didn’t stop there. I got this little octopus – my spirit animal – which is such a cute detail on my desk. I also have my photo books which have the cutest trim and bring so much color to my workspace. A framed stock card quote that came on with my last Kate Spade purchase. I’m all about multi-purposing and it was way too cute to toss. Finally, fresh flowers. About once or twice a month I come back from the grocery store with a small ($5) bouquet of flowers for my desk. I just love having these.

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Storage

You can have pretty storage options. My desk came with two drawers, but I opted to only add one. For extra storage I have a decorative box – see the multi-purposing theme? The box is colorful and it also gives me room store blog related papers.

I have a few more wants, maybe some wall art above my desk and a pretty rug for under my feet… just to name a few. I will work on these updates and share them with you.

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But now, I want to ask, do you have a workspace? What is your favorite item if you had to choose one? Mine is between the Octopus & fresh flowers.

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What I Wore on New Year’s Eve + Blogging Goals

SHOP MY NYE LOOK

Happy New Year!! Here we are, January 4 and I still can’t believe a new year has begun. Time sure flies when you’re having fun; and I have to say that 2017 was a fun year. Now that 2018 is here, the topic of resolutions has been brought up over and over again. Tell me, do you have a long list of New Year Resolutions?

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Friday Favorite: MOD Straps – Gift for Camera Owners or Bloggers!

Christmas is almost here! If you’re a last minute shopper and still searching for something to give the camera owners on your list – you have to check out MOD Straps. They offer stylish and functional camera accessories. Not only is this scarf super pretty but also a lot more comfortable than the strap that came with it.

I love that simply adding this scarf to my camera was an easy way to personalize it. I take my camera everywhere and have gotten so many compliments already. Since I truly take it everywhere, I needed something that was comfortable for on my neck but also able to hold the weight of my camera.

This camera scarf definitely passed the test! So if you’re thinking about getting one, hurry so that you can get it in time for Christmas. If you want to buy this exact camera scarf, keep scrolling, I’ve linked it below. 😉

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Friday Favorite: Kicking off December with Vellabox

Friday Favorite: Kicking off December with Vellabox

Happy Friday and Happy December! I can’t believe it’s the last month of the year. Yikes! 2017 just flew by. Today’s Friday Favorite is Vellabox, a candle subscription box. Because I feel that candles are the easiest way to show a home some TLC; I mean they make any room fragrant.  I wanted to share this with you.

I personally love to light a candle when I have guests coming and even when I’m alone. And what’s really neat about Vellabox is that they send you artisan candles – way better than most store bought candles – for as little as $10 per month. The candles are handpicked non-toxic, lead free, hand poured, from the best companies in the country. So each month you discover a new candle company to fall in love with.

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