08.22.2016

Five Tips On How To Blog With A Full Time Job

I must admit, before I started blogging I had no idea the time and attention to detail it takes to do it well.  Whenever I read a beautifully photographed and written blog post, I am more impressed than ever before, because I know the work that is put in.

Many of these bloggers are fortunate enough to call blogging their career and devote full time hours to their content.  But how do you tackle a blog if you have another full time job?  I’m here today to share a few lessons I have learned about balancing family, work and blog.

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DON’T LET YOUR BLOG CONSUME YOU

Family, work and blog… you notice that ‘blog’ is last?  While there is nothing wrong with devoting time and effort to grow your blog, your family was there first.  Whenever possible, I try to stay away from the computer when my family is around so I can devote my time to them.

Also, I’m pretty sure your employer isn’t paying you to blog, so be sure to spend your work hours giving your day job your best.

PLAN AND SCHEDULE YOUR TIME

Chances are, you will only have an hour or so a day to work on your blog, so make your time count!  This was a tough lesson for me, as I am not naturally a self-motivated person.  But a few sessions of sitting down to work and spending my time sorting through a mess or gathering supplies caused me to change my ways pretty quickly.

I include a list of daily blog tasks in my planner and I review them every morning.  This allows me to sort out my priorities and tackle them first.  I attempt to limit my tasks to 2-3 per day, so I can keep things to a manageable limit, and I keep a notepad with ideas for photoshoots and props so I know in advance what I need.

KEEP AN ARCHIVE OF DRAFTS READY TO WORK WITH

I know how overwhelming it can be to try to come up with complete, original posts every week.  I conquer this by having a stash of posts drafted and ready to go.  Typically, I have 1-2 evenings a month completely to myself, and I use this time to write several posts to have ready for future use.  I will even shoot the pictures to edit later.  This way, I can easily assemble posts each week without much effort!

SCHEDULE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA

This is huge for a working blogger!  I definitely can’t be on my phone at work posting updates and scanning Instagram.  Scheduling programs like Hootsuite allow me to prepare my social media updates in advance so it looks like I am right there updating my accounts!  I spend a few minutes in the evening catching up with comments and any extra updates on social media… the rest takes care of itself!

KEEP YOUR POSTING TO A MANAGEABLE AMOUNT

Being a daily blogger is a huge commitment!  And one I feel incapable of tackling with a full time job.  I post twice a week, occasionally three times if I have extra content.

Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t post every day.  It really doesn’t matter… the important thing is to be consistent.  If your readers know they can count on you for posts on certain days, that’s what will keep them coming back.

I blog because I enjoy it.  I don’t ever want to push it to the point it becomes stressful.  Keep things manageable so you can love what you do!

I hope this helps you if you are trying to adjust to juggling work and a blog.  It took me some time to get a routine down, but it was so essential for me.  Please comment and share your best blogging tips!

 

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07.25.2016

Choosing Joy

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This is a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately, and I thought it was time to try and put my thoughts into words.  It’s a concept that I have always felt passionately about, and when there are days when the world seems to be spiraling out of control, it is more important than ever.

The lyrics to one of my favorite songs go like this:

… Blessed be Your name

When the sun’s shining down on me

When the world’s ‘all as it should be’

Blessed be Your name

On the road marked with suffering

Though there’s pain in the offering

Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out I’ll turn back to praise

When the darkness closes in, Lord Still I will say…

These words have always brought home to me that joy doesn’t always just happen – it’s a choice.  Thankfulness is a choice.  Even when it hurts.

I am by nature a “glass half full” person, so I understand that this idea may seem easier to me than it may to you.  Some of my dearest loved ones are “glass half empty-ers”, so I’ve had plenty of years to gain a little understanding on how they process things.  I know how hard, or downright impossible, it may seem to them to choose joy.

I truly believe that joy and positivity is something that we have to practice… you have to “fake it till you make it”.  I also believe strongly in the power of the spoken word.  We all have negative thoughts that crowd our minds on a daily basis, but speaking those negative thoughts aloud, and letting our brains process them, can truly be harmful.

Force yourself to speak positive words aloud even when your thoughts are telling you otherwise.   You might be surprised the difference it will make to your outlook over time.

Take some time this week to choose joy.  Reach out and grab happiness, even when it seems fleeting, and don’t let go!

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07.22.2016

Weekly Roundup – Accidents & Automobiles

Hello all!  Happy Friday!  I have taken a bit of a hiatus from blogging for the last week or two (thank goodness for scheduled posts), and have found it a little tough to get back on track.  You’ll have to pardon me if this weeks Roundup seems a little scattered.  Next week I’ll be back full force!

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Photo courtesy of Ashley Ella Designs

I was thrilled this week when we bought a new car!  Well… new to us, because we rarely buy brand new vehicles.  It’s a pretty little Accord that has… wait for it… Dual Climate Control!  And heated seats!  I feel as though I’m in heaven.  Nate and I will finally be able to be in the car together without disagreeing over the temperature… what bliss!

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Nail color is Orly’s Nite Owl

 

Thank you to those who sent well wishes to my husband this week!  He has a sprain and a muscle tear, but everything should heal normally and we are thankful it was not much worse.

There is something about hot weather that makes almost any lip product feel heavy and gloopy on my lips.  I’ve been reaching for lip balms almost exclusively… THIS ONE and THIS ONE have been favorites!

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The first of my gladiolas are blooming!  These are some of my favorite summer flowers and I can’t wait to have a vase full on my kitchen table.

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This week I shared the lasted edition of My Favorite Blogs and a neat hostess idea I used when we had overnight guests.  Be sure to check back next week as I share a few thoughts on how I combat negativity.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

For this post I am linking with 5 on Friday, High Five For Friday, and Meet @ The Baare

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07.20.2016

My Favorite Blogs Edition 6 – Rachel Talbot

Today, for edition 6, I thought I would share with you one of my favorite YouTubers!  She is a mom, a beauty guru, and a musician… meet Rachel!

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Rachel from Rachel Talbott

While Rachel has a lovely blog, her primary focus is her YouTube channel… or channels! Rachel is a beauty guru, but her focus is mostly on skincare.  While she does offer makeup tips as well, her theory seems to be that if you take care of your skin you need less makeup!  All her videos are expertly filmed and fun to watch, and I really trust her recommendations!

In addition to beauty advice, she also offers a wide variety of topics including recipes, DIY’s crafts, décor, parenting and organization!

She also has an interest in music, which you can listen to at Rachel Talbott Music.

The YouTube gene runs in the family… her husband, Byron, is a chef, and also has his own cooking channel on YouTube!

If you don’t know the Talbott’s, be sure to take a few minutes to get to know this interesting family!

Rachel’s Blog: http://racheltalbott.com/

Rachel’s YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/checkinthemirror

Rachel’s Music Channel: www.youtube.com/user/singingproudandloud

Byron’s Cooking Channel: www.youtube.com/user/byrontalbott

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07.18.2016

Being A Welcoming Hostess

I was inspired by Joanna Gaines’ post about providing a tray for your guests with fun goodies and overnight essentials.

We recently had some dear friends come to visit and were thrilled to be able to host them for the night!  I loved idea of leaving them a few welcoming touches.  Here is what I included for them on our guest tray…

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L-R: Small vase with some fresh greenery, some skincare samples (Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil & Perricone MD Finishing Cream), fresh bar of Yardley soap, candies, clean towels and a handwritten welcome note with our WIFI password and useful information*.

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*Including some notes for your guests about where to locate some household essentials is very helpful!  Let them know where to find the aspirin, outlets, remotes and extra bathroom necessities.

Whether you have a large house or small, making your guests feel relaxed and welcomed will ensure everyone has a wonderful visit.  Please let me know what you do to welcome visiting guests!

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