10 Traits Of Highly Successful People

10 Traits Of Highly Successful People

 

Whether it be blogging or a job you’re currently at, a fair amount of people wonder what they need to do to become successful in their chosen field. Maybe you want to make a lot of money or maybe you just want to excel at what you do, whatever the case may be, there’s a certain set of traits that have been shown to increase your chances of success. These are the particular ones I noticed through reading more on the topic.

1. Drive

People with drive are innately born with an urge to succeed or to attain certain goals. These types of people will not let anything stop them from reaching their goals. Also known as “go-getters”.

2. Self – Reliance

What I mean by this is someone who doesn’t wait for someone else to give them something. They don’t expect handouts. They realize that the only way they can succeed is to take their life by the reigns.

3. Determination

When a successful person is determined to do something, they will continue trying to achieve whatever goals they have no matter what setbacks they may have along the way. Unsuccessful people usually give up when an obstacle is put in their way. Successful people refuse to give up.

4. Resilience

People who have this trait don’t give up when the going gets tough. They push through it and see the bigger picture. Failure happens to them just like everyone else but what differentiates them is the way they approach failure. They see it as a learning opportunity instead of a setback.

5. Patience

This is a big one. I myself am guilty of being impatient but I’m working on it so I can be successful with everything I do. Patience is such a key factor in success because goals take a lot of time to achieve and you rarely see someone become successful overnight. Patience pretty much goes hand in hand with drive and determination.

6. Optimism 

Again, another one I’m trying to work on. Hey, I’m only human, lol. Nine times out of ten, the optimistic person will win out over the pessimistic one. When you lose optimism, you lose your willpower, drive, and determination. That’s two out of this list that you’ve lost! So, obviously, optimism is very important to a successful outcome.

7. Passion

If you don’t have a passion for what you’re doing then you’re doomed to fail. Passion is what fuels us to want to succeed and a cornerstone for success. If you goal is to be successful at something but you’re not passionate about it, you’ll lose interest and in turn lose your path to success.

8. Confidence

You have to believe in yourself and know that you’re good at whatever you’re doing to successfully work at it. It’s okay and common to have doubts about your skills, the key is to not let that feeling consume you. Otherwise, it will affect the quality of your work. Like they say, “fake it until you make it.”

9. Commitment 

If you want to be successful, you have to be dedicated to seeing that success through. That means putting in extra hours, giving up a few things, and constantly improving yourself. Like I’ve said in the past, if you only put in 10% effort, you get a 10% result.

10. Philomath Personality

Philomath is just a fancy word for someone who likes learning. I can’t stress enough how important it is to constantly learn new things. How else will you get better at something? All successful people have an eagerness and willingness to learn new things.

Everything on this list are hugely important traits that successful people have. It can be really hard if you’re not naturally born with these character traits, but if you paid attention to this list; 3. Determination; if you don’t give up and work on your passion these things are possible!

I hope you liked this post and thanks for reading! You can check out my last post here.

What would you add to this list? How many of these traits do you have?

 

 

 

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New Fashion Website! Trendage (Review)

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Do you remember that moment in Clueless when Cher tries on clothes through some type of computer program? That’s essentially what Trendage is. Trendage is a brand new fashion website and app where you can build beautiful looks using products from top retailers. Every clothing item in every look you create is available for purchase from the shops that you love.

New Fashion Website! Trendage (Review)

 

Trendage describes in it’s mission statement ” we imagine a future where everyone dresses themselves digitally before engaging with clothing. Step by step we will reach this goal and we invite you to join us on our journey.” 

When you get to the home page of the site, you have two options; a women’s button, and a men’s button, so it caters to both sexes. You’re then provided with a model who will serve as your “mannequin” for trying on clothes. There’s a category for tops, bottoms, dresses, handbags, necklaces, and shoes. You can try all those on at once, giving you an overall picture of what your “look” will look like.

New Fashion Website! Trendage (Review)

I played around with it a little bit and here is what I came up with:

New Fashion Website! Trendage (Review)

I had a lot of fun playing around with different looks, but I wish that the simulator gave you the option to tuck the top in, because as you can see in the image, the shirt is on the outside instead of tucked in like I would’ve liked. What I love about it though, is you have a TON of options so the selection of clothing and accessories is not limited. Tons of different looks to try.

All of the collections are modern and on trend and there are so many different colors, patterns and textures. I have to admit, I probably online shop more than I shop in an actual store, so this app is actually perfect for me. The only problem I have with online shopping at the moment is not being able to try on the clothes until I get them. This app solves that. If your interested in checking out their site, click on any of the Trendage words above for the link. If you would like to download the app to your smartphone click here. I hope you enjoyed this review!

Would you try this out? What do you think are the pros and cons to this?

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Blogging Has An Ugly Side That No One Talks About

Blogging Has An Ugly Side That No One Talks About

 

I’m not sure if you’ve heard yet about the blogger who is causing a lot of outrage (and rightly so). She’s a healthy food and lifestyle blogger and a few years ago claimed she self-treated a cancer diagnosis through alternative health methods. She then went on to publish a healthy eating cookbook and was in the process of developing a healthy lifestyle app. It was recently discovered that she lied about her cancer diagnosis as well as other illnesses.

 

I just want to say that it upsets me that bloggers are given a bad name just because of one bad apple. I’m sure that she probably has mental issues and I hope that she gets the help you needs, but not all bloggers are liars and sociopaths. After I read this, It got me to thinking about all the bad things that go on with blogging that some people may not know about. This post is a list of things that highlight that ugly side to blogging.

1. Income Struggle

There are two categories of bloggers out there, one that blogs and one that blogs for money. Don’t misunderstand me, you can do both and still have your integrity. But, as any blogger who takes it seriously will tell you, it’s actually hard work to blog. You have to write, market/promote, keep up with emails, manage different affiliate programs and ads, work on your editorial calendar, etc. It’s not a simple task and it usually takes a full 8 hours if not longer a day to do all of this.

Of course, you could do your blog without monetizing it, but that means you have to also work a full-time job to earn your living. A full-time job is usually 8 hours a day, so if your working on your blog 8 hours a day and also working a job 8 hours a day, that leaves you with only 8 hours in your day for sleep or whatever else you need to do.

For this reason, most bloggers monetize their blogs so they can devote more time to it. However, monetization for blogging or whatever other outlets you use is not easy. You can obviously use Adsense or sign up for a bunch of affiliate programs and sponsorships, but you won’t see much return on these until you have a big following, meaning you need at least 2,000 or more page views a day to really make anything off of these programs.

The thing you need to know is that it will take time and effort to reach this. If you only put 10% effort into your blog, then you’ll only see 10% success from it. You have to constantly research, study, and work to improve your blog using different analytic sites and apps. I use site stats from my jetpack plugin on WordPress to analyze my numbers, but if you don’t have a WordPress blog, you could also use Google Analytics.

2. False Information

Like I said in the opening, there are certain (small number) of bloggers who present a falsified image of themselves to their readers. That blogger was a perfect example. The majority of bloggers are actually good people who are kind, honest, and open with their lives, so one bad person doesn’t represent all of us.

One way to tell if someone is being honest with their blog or true to themselves is paying attention to what they write about. Do remarks they make contradict what they’ve said in the past? That’s an easy way to weed out the liars from honest bloggers.

Also, a good thing to keep in mind when reading content from bloggers is to realize that any information they provide is purely their opinion and not necessarily an expert one. So if you read about someone healing themselves through an alternative method, feel free to try their methods but in the end, you should always contact a medical professional who can make sure you’re being safe when trying out these methods.

3. Stolen Content

This is a tricky one.  Unless someone copies your post word for word, all post ideas are up for grabs because for one their not copyrighted and two, everyone has a different take on a topic then the person who originally came up with it which in turn makes their post new and fresh. This isn’t the stolen content I’m talking about. Stolen content usually comes from recipes. Food bloggers usually come up with original recipes and if someone else uses their recipe they have to give credit and link back to the blogger that inspired them. If not, that is what constitutes stolen content, therefore resulting in legal action from the blogger who came up with the recipe.

If you get specific or written permission from the blogger to use their content, then that’s obviously okay, but I suggest, if you do use someone else’s recipe, attribute them and provide a link to their site. It’s just best practice. You don’t want a reputation as a shady blogger. I’m sure most of you are aware of this already, but I thought I would add this for bloggers who don’t.

4. Creative Commons Issues

I’m gonna state another obvious one, but a lot of bloggers use creative commons photos. What is that you might ask? In simple terms, creative commons is a non profit organization that allows individuals access to photos posted on the internet that are free to use or only have a few restrictions. It can be difficult at times to determine what restrictions there are unless you are well versed in all the creative commons licenses.In all honesty I’m still unclear of this myself but i’ll do my best to do a quick run down of them.

1st one: CC By AttributionCC AttributionThis one means you can use the image across any platform and edit the image as long as you credit back to the original creator.

2nd one: CC By SA (Share Alike)CC Attribution Share A likeThis one is pretty much the same as the one above except with this one, you also have to license your creation under the identical terms as the original creator meaning the same license the original creator used.

3rd one: CC By ND (No Derivs)CC Attribution No DerivsThis one means you can use the image across any platforms but, you can’t edit or tweak the image and you must credit back to the original creator.

4th one: CC By NC ( Non Commercial) CC Attribution Non CommericalThis means that you can edit or tweak the image, but you can’t use the image if it’s connected to anything your selling. For instance, if your blog sells things whether they are your products or another companies products then you can’t use the image. You also have to credit the original creator.

5th one: CC By NC SA ( Non Commercial Share Alike) CC Attribution Non Commerical Share A likeThis one is the same as the one above it except for this one you have to license your creation under the same license as the original creator.

6th one: CC By NC ND (Non Commercial No Derivs) CC Attribution Non Commercial No DerivsThis is the most restrictive of all the licenses. You can only download the image and share them as long as you credit the original creator and you can’t change the image in any way and you can’t use the image commercially.

There are actually people out there who hire someone solely to check the web to see if their images are being used illegally. Whenever you need to find out how you can use an image, look for CC By info or look for the little icons above.For more information on creative commons licensing click here.

The moral of this story is always make sure your legally within your rights to whatever you use or put out into the interwebs. Keep your integrity about you and be transparent about your blog and who you are. I don’t mean to sound preachy, I’m only trying to be helpful to anyone who is unclear about the “rules” associated with blogging.

On a POSITIVE note, Here’s my post on 5 Inspiring Women.

Thanks so much for reading! It means the world to me and please feel free to comment. All comments are welcome!

What would you add to this list? Have you heard about the sociopath blogger?

5 Inspiring Women (To Motivate You)

5 Inspiring Women ( To Motivate You)

 

Whenever I feel unmotivated, uninspired or just like I’m not up to snuff, there are a couple of exercises I like to practice to get me feeling “right” again. One is listening to music and another is watching motivational videos on youtube. But the one thing above all else that I think is really helpful is having an inspirational figure to look up to. Most of my inspirational figures are women because women are the underdogs of the two sexes and I think in a lot of ways we have more obstacles to overcome than men.

As women, we’re constantly faced with the pressure to look a certain way, behave a certain way, and even feel a certain way. The women I have chosen as inspirational figures are women who have overcome these obstacles and started movements that change how we see each other.

1. Emma Watson

If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know who Emma Watson is, she’s an English actress (Harry Potter) and now women’s rights activist. She was appointed as a UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador in July of last year and helped the UN launch it’s HeForShe campaign which calls for men to advocate for gender equality.

She gave an AMAZING speech at UN headquarters last year that truly got the HeForShe campaign going. I think it’s so great that as a celebrity she could just go on lavish vacations and shopping trips but instead, she decided to take part in such a wonderful campaign. A true inspiration.

2. Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is most well known for being our former first lady and Bill Clinton’s wife. What makes her so inspirational is she announced her bid for President for the 2016 elections. If she were to win, she would become the first female president in 227 years. That’s crazy! America has gone 227 years without a single female president!

 

3. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah was born into poverty to a single teenage mother. She was raped at age nine and pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy. Despite these unusually harsh circumstances, she built a career in media and formed a hugely successful daytime t.v. talk show. She became the first African-American woman billionaire.

She has also devoted time and money to her philanthropic efforts. In 1998, she created Oprah’s Angel Network, a charity that supported charitable projects and provided grants to nonprofit organizations around the world. She also established the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls which is a girl only boarding school for young girls in South Africa. If that’s not an inspiration, I don’t know what is……

 

4. Malala Yousafzai

On October 9, 2012, a Taliban gunman shot Malala as she rode home on a bus  from school. At the time, the Taliban had banned girls from attending school. Malala refused to have her right to have an education be taken from her, so despite numerous death threats, she still rode the bus to school. She managed to survive this attack and emerged an even stronger and inspiring person.

Most of us see education as a chore and something that we are forced to do when people like Malala are fighting just to have it! Malala is such an inspiration and the message she sends is one of hope and perseverance. No one can take your human rights from you unless you allow it! We hear you loud and clear Malala!

 

5. Angelina Jolie

Apart from being one of the most beautiful women in the world, Angelina Jolie is also a humanitarian. While filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia, she witnessed first hand what problems the people of Cambodia were faced with and decided to contact the UN for information on international trouble spots. She began visiting refugee camps around the world. She was named a UNHCR Ambassador on August 27, 2001.

Over the next decade, she went on more than 40 field missions. The list of things she has done is a mile long and would take up a whole page. Her work as a UNHCR Ambassador is the reason I chose her as the fifth inspirational women figure.

 

When I came up with this list, I wanted to try and find women that are more current to our generation.However, women have been changing lives and crushing boundaries for thousands of years.  I suspect too that we will see more amazing women pop up in the future and I’m so excited to see that happen! Be sure to check out my last post on things you need to know when renting for the first time here.

Who are your Top 5 Inspiring Women? Who in your life inspires you?

What You Need To Know When Renting For The 1st Time

What You Need 2 Know When Renting 4 The 1st Time

 

It was exactly 8 1/2 months ago today, that I moved out of the safe nest of my mothers’ house and into my own new space. An apartment that was all my own; full of exciting yet scary new experiences. At the time, when I moved out, I was 25 years old (yes, I was a late bloomer in regards to leaving home), and while yes, it was exciting to finally be living on my own and having independence, it was also a scary time for me because as all 20 somethings know, you’re very unsure of yourself at this age and a common thought that you have is, am I ready for this? I now have my answer: Yes and No.

Let me explain. In a sense, no one is ever ready for such a big change to their life. I mean, think about it, up until this moment you’ve spent your entire life being fed, clothed, and protected by your parents, so you can’t even begin to fathom all the responsibilities you’re about to take on. But by the same token, it’s important that you do it now instead of waiting because the reality is, you’ll never be ready. Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood is not easy for anyone and the only way to learn is to go through it. Make mistakes. That is the catalyst of adulthood.

The Basics……

I’ve only been living on my own for a little under a year, but I’ve learned so much in such a short amount of time and I want to pass on what I’ve learned to someone who may be renting for the first time and might benefit from it. Whether you’re renting an apartment or a home, there is definitely something to take away from this.

1. Plan in advance. 

When I moved out of my mom’s house last year it was partly my decision and partly because she sold her house and was moving in with her fiance. Obviously, I couldn’t move into a house with her and her fiance, so I needed to find a place right away and I mean RIGHT AWAY. The house had sold and we had a month to move out. This was in late July of last year, so you can probably image how much of a pinch I was in. Every apartment building I checked on didn’t have anything available until 2 months later. What!?!?! I finally found one that wasn’t within my budget but had to choose it anyway because I needed a place to stay right away. (don’t ever do this please)

Make sure when you do go apartment hunting, that you plan months in advance so you have more options. You don’t want to be scrambling at the last minute like I did.

Ex. You need a place in September……. start looking at the first of June. Trust me, this is the best way to do it. 

That way when you call around, you can ask the leasing agent when their next availability is and can plan accordingly.

2. Get whatever suits your current situation.

Don’t get an apartment on the first floor if you have a baby or are a light sleeper. It’s inevitable with ANY apartment you live in, that you will be able to hear people above you. My apartment buildings’ walls are paper thin, so you can hear footsteps above you. So say someone gets up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. You can hear their footsteps pretty clearly. If you have a baby or are a light sleeper, this will make things difficult for you. And you can’t expect someone to not get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom IN THEIR OWN APARTMENT.

If you’re going to live in an apartment building with 3 or more floors, the best solution to that problem is to choose the top floor.

3. Be aware of how safe it is.

When I scrambled around to find an apartment at the last minute, I did find some cheaper options than the one I’m living in now, but thankfully after talking to a friend found out they were in a bad neighborhood. If you’re living on your own or have kids this is crucial, because although it may seem like a nice apartment complex, it could have a bad track record.

Two that I found and was interested in had drug dealers and shootings on record. TWO. Thank God I had someone tell me about it.

4. Make sure you have enough money saved up.

Until I started looking for the first time last year, I had no idea how expensive renters’ costs were for an apartment.  These for instance:

  • Security Deposit- where I live (Alabama), it’s usually the first month’s rent plus half the cost of the first months rent. Mine was $1252 (including the pet deposit)
  • Pet Deposit + Monthly Pet rent – If you have a pet like me, you’ll almost always have to pay a deposit and/or pet rent. My deposit was $250 and monthly pet rent is $25.
  • Water – Depending on your apartment building’s policy you may have to pay water separately. Mine is around $30- 40 a month. (but it’s included in the rent)
  • Power – You may also have to pay your power bill separately. Mine is around $50 a month and it’s not included in the rent.

Keep all of these costs in mind and form a budget based on how much money you’re going to spend each month on extra things like groceries, gas, internet, etc.. in addition to your rent and utilities.

This one should be priority……

5. Research the apartments’ history.

What I mean by this is, make sure the building doesn’t have a lot of complaints such as not promptly fixing maintenance issues, bug problems, unprofessional staff, etc. I went to Apartment Ratings just out of curiosity to see what other people thought about their apartment buildings’ and was shocked at some of the issues a lot of people were having. There were some nightmare stories that I read and I’m just glad I have the place I have now even if it might be a little expensive for me. Hey, you get what you pay for right?

Apartment Ratings (not getting paid to say that I promise) is a great tool for you to use if you want to check out an apartment’s background before renting. Keep in mind, though, there will always be a few bad ratings even if an apartment is a good one. It’s really about weighing the ratio of good to bad reviews. That’s how you know whether you should go with it or not.

So, those are my tips if you’re renting a place for the first time. I will update you with another post later if I think of anything I left out. I hope you found this helpful and I just want to leave you with one more piece of advice. Be proactive in your search for an apartment because this is where you’re probably going to be living for the next year. You don’t want to end up in one of those nightmare scenarios I mentioned above.

What are your 1st-time renter tips? What was your 1st renting experience like?

 

Book Review: Milk Bar Life By: Christina Tosi

Book Review: Milk Bar Life By Christina Tosi

 

I was so excited when the UPS guy showed up at my door with my new cookbook from Christina Tosi! I’ve been looking forward to reading this for weeks! The book is titled Milk Bar Life and it’s by Christina Tosi who owns and runs Momofuku Milk Bar in Brooklyn, NY. Momofuku Milk bar serves cute little bakery/dessert items created by Christina and some of those items are featured in this cookbook. There are also some savory recipes too!

Book Review: Milk Bar Life By Christina Tosi

 

When you open the book, you’re greeted with a nice little introduction from Christina telling you a little bit about herself. Like this charming tid bit: ” I never wanted a pony, or to be a pretty princess when I was little. Instead, I dreamed of cookies, cookies, cookies (working name), a bakery of my own that would leave me happily covered in flour and sugar, morning to midnight, and if I played my cards right, an unconscionable amount of raw cookie dough.”

Book Review: Milk Bar Life By Christina Tosi

What I love about this book is, not only is it a cookbook but it also doubles as a coffee table book and just an all around interesting read.  If you flip through the book, you’ll find a mixture of savory and sweet recipes as well as beautiful pictures and stories from Christina herself. I’ve picked out a few of my favorite recipes and want to share them with you.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

As she stated in the introduction, Christina loves cookies so it’s no wonder she will have a few cookie recipes or two in her cookbook. This one is a favorite of mine because I’ve always loved chocolate chip cookies above all other cookies. 

Book Review: Milk Bar Life By Christina Tosi

Haute Dogs

You could call these, pig in the blankets’ older brother. These “haute” dogs are great because they incorporate your two favorite dishes; hot dogs & pigs in the blanket into one awesome, fun treat and would be great for any BBQ or even for the 4th of July!

Book Review: Milk Bar Life By Christina Tosi

Kimchi Quesadillas

I’ve never had anything kimchi before, so I’m really excited to try this recipe. I love that instead of regular cheddar cheese, Christina uses blue cheese to give this dish, as she likes to call it, a little extra zing and funk.

Book Review: Milk Bar Life By Christina Tosi

Marky’s Butter Burgers

 

Book Review: Milk Bar Life By Christina Tosi

 

The Greta (Sugar Cookie Squares)

I decided to make these sugar cookie squares myself because I’m a sucker for a good sugar cookie recipe. I may have mixed the cookie dough for too long though because it turned into more of a cake than a cookie, but it tasted super delicious none the less. To give you an idea of what the differences are here are a couple of pics.

Book Review: Milk Bar Life By Christina Tosi

Here is the before of the cookie bar before it went into the oven:

Book Review: Milk Bar Life By Christina Tosi

And here is the finished product:

Book Review: Milk Bar Life By Christina Tosi

 

As I stated before, since I didn’t mix correctly, mine turned into more of a cake than a cookie, but it was still very delicious! I would’ve loved to have had this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

 

 

When I was reading into Christina’s background, I decided to visit youtube so that I could find out more about Momofuku Milk Bar and I came across this video:

I really enjoyed getting to try the greta cookies and my dad even helped me in making them. It was a good bonding experience for us and I can’t wait to try the other recipes. If you want to check out more on this book or you want to purchase a copy of your own, click here.

Which recipe looks the best to you?  Would you try any of these?

 

The Greta (Sugar Cookie Squares)
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Christina Tosi
Serves: 2 dozen
Sugar cookie square recipe from the owner of Momofuku Milk Bar.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed or other neutral oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • For The Cinnamon Sugar: (you can substitute sprinkles for this if you prefer)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  3. Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and cream on high until homogenous, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, oil, and vanilla and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
  5. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda, mixing until just combined, about 30 seconds.
  6. Mix in the milk until just combined, about 30 seconds.
  7. Spread the dough in an even layer in the prepared pan.
  8. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over the cookie dough.
  9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes for a slightly underbaked cookie (which is how Christina likes it), of for another 3 to 5 minutes if you’re a firm cookie fan.
  10. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares.

If you haven’t seen my latest post where I was nominated for the Liebster Award, then click here.

 

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Echanning Has Been Nominated For A Liebster Award!

Echanning Was Nominated For A Liebster Award!

 

I’m really late in doing this, but Last month I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Laura over at PB Pearls , and if you don’t know what that is, it’s an award for new bloggers with 200 followers or less. When you accept this award, you’re given a list of questions to answer which in turn gives readers more info about who you are and what your blog is about.

Liebster Award

 

Here are my answers to these questions:

1. How did you decide on the title of your blog and what’s it about?

I came up with the name Echanning because it’s a combination of my first and middle name and I wanted my blog to be a clear representation of myself. Since I’m coming back (a year later) and updating this post from the first time it was published, a lot has changed on my blog. I started out with sort of an informational type blog and now it’s evolved into a   makeup/skincare blog. If you want to read more about what my blog is about, then you definitely need to click here.

2. Can you give 11 random facts about yourself?

  • My absolute favorite food is Italian
  • I grew up in the south
  • My favorite movie is and always will be The Wizard Of Oz
  • I’m a natural blonde
  • I’ve never been outside of the U.S. 😦
  • I ❤ animals!
  • I have a dog & a cat (but I’m more of a dog person)
  • I have 1 sibling (a brother)
  • I’m a yo-yo dieter
  • I performed at the half-time show of the peach bowl when I was 12
  • I may be slightly obsessed with Game Of Thrones

3. What is something you’ve been loving lately?

Exercising! Gasp! I can’t believe I just said that, but after I went through a rough time in my life a couple of years ago, I gained a lot of weight and had a hard time getting it to come off. I’ve been exercising and “eating right” for like 4 or 5 months now and I’m almost halfway to my goal weight! All it took was perseverance and determination! I feel like superwoman now! 

4. What do you love most about blogging?

More than anything, I’m really enjoying getting to know a lot of other bloggers and creatives  because I feel like we all have similar goals and aspirations and we can relate to each other! They taught me so much and we are constantly learning from each other which is a great thing to see in the world that we live in today! 

5. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?

  • To do away with all violence
  • To keep others from experiencing pain
  • To be forever happy

I know these may seem unrealistic, but wishes are unrealistic anyways right?

6. Where does your blog inspiration come from?

I’ve read numerous blogs before I started blogging, but there was something in me that felt that there was more information to be shared that wasn’t already available to us as readers which are affordable makeup and skincare products that looked great and worked as well as the expensive versions. I always was hoping to share my knowledge of dealing with acne and other skin care problems because I’ve dealt with it for 10+ years now and I’ve used just about every product and I know what works and what doesn’t.

7. What is one country in the world you’d like to visit and why?

 This is so hard to ask of me.. but if I had to choose ONLY one, I guess I would go with Scotland. Ever since I started watching the show Reign, I’ve been obsessed with visiting the Scottish country side. 

8. If you have kids or pets? Tell me about your babies?

I have an 8-year-old Papillon named Cooper. I got in the spring of 2008 and he’s like a child to me. I’m extremely protective of him and would put myself in harms way to keep him safe. I also just recently got a cat that I found stranded and starved on the side of the road and even though I’m a dog person, I couldn’t let that poor little baby suffer anymore. 

9. A long-lost relative leaves you a large sum of money, what do you do with it?

First, I would pay off any debts I or my family have, and the rest I would put into a savings account. Most people when they gain a large amount of money in a short amount of time, they spend it on frivolous things, but unless you have a bottomless pit of money, that money will eventually run out and your back to square one. 

10. What is something you do when you need to take time for yourself? 

Usually, when I take out time for myself, I will cut my phone off, take a bubble bath and get on my computer. As counterintuitive as it may sound, getting in some laptop time really helps me to unwind.

11. Where do you see yourself in five years time?

I would really hope that I would be blogging and doing only that. I’ve yet to find anything else in life that I enjoy doing more and being able to do that as a full-time job would be a dream!

 

Here are my nominees:

Danielle @ Way Off Script

Veronica @ Two Easels

Tracy @ The Scrappy Girl Next Door 

Erickah @ Audacity To Be You

Claire @ The Claire Diaries

Oh @ Crazy Little Family Adventure

Gina @ Peaches and Prosciutto

Stephanie @ Foxy Geek

Penny @ One Penny Tourist

Bharat @ ICC Cricket World Cup

Karleigh @ Karleigh Reads

 

Instructions for the Nominees

  • Answer the eleven questions given to you by the person that nominated you (see below). Please comment on this post with your link when you are done so I can see your answers!
  • In your post, link back to the person/blog who nominated you and give a little thank you shout out.
  • After completing the questions, nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers on the social media platform of your choice, and give them eleven questions of your choice.
  • Notify your nominees of their nomination, and provide a link to your post so that they know what to do.

Here are your questions:
1. How did you decide on the title of your blog, and what’s it about?
2. Can you give 11 random facts about yourself?
3. What is something you’ve been loving lately?
4. What is it you love most about blogging?
5. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
6. Where does your blog inspiration come from?
7. What is one country in the world you would like to visit? Why?
8. If you have kids or pets? Tell me about your babies.
9. A long-lost relative leaves you a large sum of money. What do you do with it?
10. What is something you do when you need to take time for yourself?
11. Where do you see yourself in five years time?

5 Tools To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

5 Tools To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

 

In my last post, What I’ve Learned Through Blogging, I talked about different things I’ve learned through blogging and creativity was a factor in that. I don’t know how anyone could successfully run a blog without some bit of creativity. Ok, maybe someone could but would it be read by anyone?

Creativity is the use of ones’ imagination through original ideas. Most people are inherently creative, they just might not know it or utilize that creativity. I myself am guilty of not utilizing my creative ability to it’s fullest potential. I came to that realization after taking a creativity course through Coursera. One example of such a course is presenting a bowl of fruit to a person and ask them to describe it. One person might say , well it’s a bowl of fruit. Another person would say, I see a bowl of fruit that could be used to make a fruit salad or juice.

What are the tools?

In simple terms, creativity is thinking outside the box and doing what is not expected. Whenever I write a blog post or am trying to come up with ideas for a blog post sometimes, no matter how hard I try, I can’t get my creative juices flowing. This is the point in time when I look to outside sources to get those creative juices flowing again. Let’s call those sources tools. Below are the 5 most useful tools that I’ve found to get my creative juices flowing.

  • Magazines – Feeling stuck on blog post topics? Just look at one of your favorite magazines for topic ideas or different takes on a popular thought. Now, I’m not saying to copy a magazine word for word, because we all know that is wrong ethically and legally. I’m just saying, draw inspiration from what you see. For Example, a magazine might say ; New Ways To Soothe Dry Skin.   You could say; New Ways to Improve Your Skincare Routine. Then come up with the rest of the content on your own.
  • Holidays or Public Issues – This is sort of a fail safe. There is usually at least one national holiday a month for you to write a topic about. Public Issues such as gender equality and freedom of speech are always interesting topics to write about, however, since these tend to be personal opinions from one person to the next, be aware that when you do a post on such topics there will be people who get offended by it and you might stir up controversy.
  • Keep an Editorial Binder – What is this? It’s an organized book to keep all your scheduling calendars (if you’re not already using an app for that), blog post journal, and all other blogging  materials all in the same place so that everything is right where you need it. Why is this important to creativity? Because if all your blogging materials are together in one place, you are more able to gather your thoughts and be inspired by old blog posts that you’ve already done. I highly suggest investing in one of these.
  • Take a Creativity Course – I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, taking a course in creativity will no doubt get those juices flowing because your being introduced to thoughts and ideas from other creative people, which in turn opens your mind to new thoughts and ideas. There are plenty of free creativity courses out there, all you need to do is find them. You can try searching google or if you want a quick source then try this one.
  • Go Outside – This is the best and easiest advice I can provide to anyone searching for ways to get their creative juices flowing. All you have to do is get dressed and step outside your door. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been riding in a car on the way to the movies or to visit family and my creativity is just awakened by what’s going on outside my window. One thing is for sure, you won’t be very inspired to create something when you’re staring at four walls.

 

So, those are my 5 tools to get your creative juices flowing. I hope they’ve been helpful to you and if anything I hope they’ve been insightful. Creativity is living inside of all of us, we just have to awaken it. Don’t limit yourself to what you think you can do, because you are capable of so much more than you think!

What gets you’re creative juices flowing? What do you do when you feel uninspired?

What I've Learned Through Blogging For 4 Months

 

What I've Learned Blogging For 4 Months

 

It’s only been 4 months since I started this blog, but I already feel like I’ve learned so much. Today I want to tell you what all I’ve learned through blogging.When I started blogging, I didn’t expect anyone to read it. I mean, let’s be honest, there are millions of other blogs out there in the world and for every new blog that’s started, there are thousands of others that have already been doing it for years and years. It’s pretty intimidating.

When I started blogging, I didn’t expect anyone to read it. I mean, let’s be honest, there are millions of other blogs out there in the world and for every new blog that’s started, there are thousands of others that have already been doing it for years and years. It’s pretty intimidating.

There have been numerous other successful bloggers who have their tips and tricks for reaching that success. While I don’t have that success yet, I have seen improvements in my blog and wouldn’t be where I am today without that advice. Still, while their advice is very helpful, I’ve found some things out on my own and want to share those with you.

So, if you’ve ever wondered if you would be interested in blogging or what goes into blogging, then this is the post for you. Instead of rambling on, I’ll just get to the point. Below are the things I have learned.

  • Blogging is more than just typing up a few paragraphsAnyone who blogs, successfully or not, will tell you that blogging is hard work. You’re constantly striving to come up with new, engaging content; procuring images and links to go along with that content, managing social media accounts, marketing your blog, establishing relationships with brands, the list goes on and on.
  • The Blogging Community is supportive of one another – When I first started my blog, I wasn’t sure where to look for other people who might blog too. I wanted to build relationships with people who are passionate about the same things I’m passionate about. Since then, I’ve met numerous people through social media who blog and was surprised at how supportive everyone is. Everyone just wants to see others around them doing well, and I think that is such a great thing!
  • Blogging is TherapeuticBlogging, in essence, is like a diary, but much better. Unlike a diary or journal, with blogging, you can share ideas with other people and interact with them. The benefits are endless
  • Blogging makes you a better person – If you take blogging seriously, then you do whatever you can to make your blog better. That means constantly working on your creativity, grammar, and motivating yourself to find new ways to make it better.

 

These are just a few of the things I’ve learned through blogging. I could really go into great detail about all the things I’ve learned, but that would take up way more space than I could fit into this post. Blogging is such a great outlet for creative people who love sharing their thoughts and ideas with other people and you reap many benefits by doing it. If I could envision what my future would be like 10 years from now, I would hope that I would still be doing this.

Speaking of blogging, If you are looking for some tools to get your creative juices flowing, you need to check out this post.

What have you learned from blogging? If there was one piece of advice you could share with fellow bloggers, what would it be?

 

 

Coschedule: The App You Need For Easy Scheduling

 

Coschedule: The App You Need For Easy Scheduling

 

I’ve been using a little App called CoSchedule for about 2 weeks now, and I have to say, I LOVE it! It makes scheduling posts for social media so much easier! I first came across CoSchedule when reading a blog ( I can’t for the life of me remember which one), and after further researching decided to check into it.

CoSchedule-Large-Cover

 

Before I go any further, let me explain to you what CoSchedule is. CoSchedule is a drag-and-drop editorial calendar for WordPress that puts your blog posts and social media messages on the same schedule. Now, WordPress users can save time and grow traffic by scheduling blog posts and social media together on a unified drag-and-drop calendar. It’s the content marketing calendar that WordPress is missing.

The best thing about CoSchedule is that as you drag a post from one date to another, your social media messages move with it. This allows bloggers to create a series of messages that promote their blog posts on a rolling schedule. CoSchedule is only $10/month and integrates with WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Buffer, and even Google+ Pages.

KEY FEATURES

  • Drag-And-Drop Editorial Calendar
  • Schedule Social Media While You Blog
  • Save Time, Grow Traffic
  • Easily Re-Schedule Old Blog Content
  • Lightweight WordPress Plugin
  • Automated Social Publishing
  • Simple Team Communication
  • All-In-One Publishing Solution
  • No More WordPress Hacking

The CoSchedule Calendar is great because it allows you to schedule new and future blog posts right within the calendar.

CoSchedule-Calendar

Once you’ve connected your account with CoSchedule, your provided easy access to scheduling content within wordpress. What’s easier than that?

CoSchedule-WordPressEditPost

My personal favorite feature of CoSchedule is the automated social media messages created for you and scheduled to post however long you choose after your post goes live.Within WordPress, there is a section at the bottom of your post editor where you can quickly schedule the exact time you want your social media messages to post after you publish your blog and you can edit what the messages say.Think how much time you save when you don’t have to post a message to each social media account, because CoSchedule does that for you, leaving you with time to interact with readers, work on new posts, etc.

CoSchedule-Top-Posts

The only thing bad I have to say is that I wish it was free instead of $10/a month, but if you weigh the pros and cons (couldn’t find any except for price) then you can decide if it’s really worth the money for you. Actually $10/ a month really isn’t that much compared to a lot of other services out there, but for me, it was a little bit of a stretch. There is a silver lining to the price, though. If you provide your referral link from them to fellow bloggers and friends, then each sign up gets you 10% off credit on your monthly or yearly rate. Not too shabby, eh?

If you want to check out more click here. You can also find out more by watching the video below.

Also, for more WordPress plugin or other related info, check here.

 

What are your favorite blogging resources? Would you be interested in this?

**This is a sponsored post. While I’m receiving compensation for mentioning this app, all thoughts and opinions are completely mine and mine alone.**