Uncategorized

3 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

Hello, lovelies!

Blogging takes time and effort. I’ve learned a few lessons since I began my blog, and have compiled a breakdown of some of things I wish I’d known when I started my blog that I will share with you.

Maintaining social media can be tiring

It takes time and work to maintain various social media accounts. As I write this post, I mentally note that I’ve barely opened my Instagram app in days. I sometimes feel pressure to consistently post on my blog and social media, but it is a good idea to take a break from posting. Consistently posting and preparing content can feel draining and it’s important to acknowledge that it’s okay if you don’t have posts prepared for every day of the week!

Be passionate

Writing about topics that you are passionate about will majorly benefit your blog. If you aren’t passionate about your niche and ideas, you’ll find it difficult to make it as a blogger.

Joining social media groups in your niche will be helpful 

I’ve joined multiple Facebook and Twitter groups related to beauty and lifestyle topics since I began my blog. These groups are beneficial for multiple reasons. First, it’s wonderful to have a place where other bloggers share the same ‘language’ as you do. I also adore these groups when I’m stuck for inspiration. Finding new bloggers or content to read is an excellent source of inspiration when you encounter writer’s block.

Advertisements
Tips and tricks

3 Ways to Get the Most Use Out of Your Daily Planner

Hello, lovelies!

I love using a planner to track important events, due dates, and birthdays. A planner is an ideal tool to keep everything scheduled throughout the year. Here are three ways you can get the most out of a planner!

1. Always keep it close

One of the reasons people fail to use their planners is because they don’t use it regularly. Keep it close to you throughout the day, and you’ll always be able to check it.

2. Make a to-do list

I often write a to-do list when I begin my work day. Writing a smaller list will help you track your daily accomplishments and goals. I typically write my list beside each day in my planner to organize each task.

3. Use the monthly and weekly views

I love this feature in my planner. Writing general reminders in the monthly view (e.g. vacation dates, due dates, birthdays) is a great way to encapsulate an overall view of my month. A weekly view lets me easily schedule daily, everyday tasks.

Do you use a planner?

About Me

3 Things I Always Do in the Morning for a Productive Day

Hello, lovelies!

How you start each day is a predictor of how the rest of it will unfold. I implement specific activities into my morning to ensure that I maximize my productivity. Here are three activities that I suggest doing to maximize your productivity in the morning:

1. Write a to-do list

I often create a to-do list when I start my work day, or my weekend. Writing out a list of the items you must accomplish each day is a great method to stay organized. I like to keep this list on my desk, or another highly visible place.

2. Drink coffee

My family usually jokes that I take my coffee through an IV. I always start my morning with a cup of coffee, and it has become an anticipated part of my morning. Both the caffeine, and the routine, help ensure I’m completely ready for the day ahead.

3. Organize my workspace

Whether I’m blogging or working, I take a few minutes to organize my desk. Organizing my workspace each day helps clear my mind before I start my work. This trick is very helpful when I spend an evening blogging.

What things do you always do each morning to stay productive?

Tips and tricks

3 Simple Tips to Create and Maintain a Consistent Blog Schedule

Hello, lovelies!

Creating a blog schedule is beneficial for many reasons, including knowing exactly what to write about and when to post it. I create blog schedules 1-2 months in advance and today I share my top tips to help you create one!

1. Determine how often you want to post

I schedule my blog posts for three times per week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Determining a consistent schedule to post your content enables you to stay motivated to write, and it lets you plan content in advance.

2. Find a schedule that works for you

Finding a schedule that fits your life will ease you into consistent blogging if you are new to it. In addition, writing is often easier when you can fit it into your current daily schedule.

3. Brainstorm a list of new content

If you don’t have content to write about, it will be difficult to create a content calendar! One of the best tips to ensure you always have ideas is to brainstorm a full list of blog topics.

What are your best tips for maintaining a consistent blog schedule?

About Me

Back to Blogging: Why I Took a Break

Hello, lovelies!

Welcome back to my blog! I haven’t been very active online this year, and plan to return to my regular blogging schedule. Before I publish new product reviews and content, I’ll explain why I disappeared:

My Internship

I began my four-month long internship in January. This is the last semester of my social work program and I’ve devoted a lot of time to the internship. It involved a new schedule and activities that I had to become familiar with. Maintaining a regular blogging schedule was not easy!

Illness

2018 definitely came in with a bang. I ended up catching the flu more than once, which required time to recover from. I desperately wanted to continue blogging while I was ill, but resting was my top priority.

My daily schedule is regular, and I’ve devoted specific times to write new blog posts each week. I’m excited to welcome everyone back into my blogging space!

If you have any ideas for future beauty/lifestyle content that you want me to write about, leave a comment below!

Tips and tricks, Uncategorized

3 Ways to Grow Your Blog

Hello, lovelies!

Growing a new blog takes time and effort. Based on tips and my own experience, I’ve created a list of three ways that you can grow your blog in 2018.

1. Specify your niche 

What topics are you passionate about? To determine your blog’s niche, you need to think about the topics and ideas that you enjoy writing about. Also, you need to think about who your readers are. After you’ve determined your target audience, begin to brainstorm how your writing will benefit them. This process will make it easier to determine specific topics and categories for your blog.

2. Invest in a responsive theme for your blog 

Find a theme that suits your niche. I like to select themes that are elegant yet aesthetically-pleasing. Themes that fit your blog’s main topics will encourage readership. A great way to individualize your blog theme is to select different widgets, colors, and font options.

3. Find a guest blogger 

At first glance, guest blogging may not seem attractive. Including guest blog posts on your website is beneficial for many reasons:

  • Widen your audience
  • Improve your blog’s SEO with backlinks to the guest’s website

How do you plan to grow your blog this year?

Tips and tricks

3 Ideas To Implement Self-Care At​ the End of the Semester

Hello, lovelies!

As another semester draws to an end, I ensure to implement my self-care routine regularly to decrease stress. Today I share ideas that I implement to avoid burnout while preparing for end-of-term evaluations, exams, and my upcoming Christmas shopping!

Listen to yourself and your body/mind 

If you want to take care of yourself during this time, it is essential to listen to what your body and mind are trying to tell you. Take a few minutes out of your day to understand what is going on with you. Are you tired? Are you stressed out? Are you eating regularly?  To maintain your health and wellbeing at the end of term, cue into the signals your body sends you.

Create a visual calendar 

When I feel stressed and overwhelmed, I like to create a mini, visual calendar of tasks to accomplish during the week. This enables me to visualize what is left to finish and I can divide my To-Do list into smaller tasks.

Try new exercise

I recently implemented mindfulness and deep-breathing exercises into my daily routine. Exercise helps me to de-stress and relax any racing thoughts. The newest routine I’ve implemented is deep-breathing and guided meditation through an app called Calm. This app features meditation exercises, deep breathing, and ‘Bedtime Stories’ to help you relax at night.

What methods do you use to decrease end-of-semester stress? 

About Me, Uncategorized

Why I Bought a New Planner Before the New Year + 3 Steps to Set One Up

Hello, lovelies!

I love to plan. I usually buy a new planner every January, but this year I decided to buy a new one in November. The planner I previously owned did not have adequate space for my daily scheduling and I know I’ll need more writing space once I head into a new internship in January.

What planner did I buy?

I bought a large, spacious planner from my local bookstore. This one originates from a brand called ban.do. It features a 17-month spread (August 2017-December 2018), color-coded tabs and yearly/monthly/weekly calendar pageviews. To satisfy my inner organized nerd, it even contains a coil-bound closure and internal pockets.

So, why did I buy a new one before the year ended?

This new planner serves two purposes:

  1. It tracks all my reminders – Important dates, reminders, and schedules popped up throughout this semester. I already used up a lot of space in my previous planner, and required more writing space to track everything. (Grad photos, party reminders, group work, etc.)
  2. I can schedule activities in advance – I already have a few important dates scheduled for 2018. This new planner allows me to write those dates and times without waiting until January.

Tips to set up a new planner 

Setting up a new planner doesn’t need to be time-consuming. Here are three tips I use whenever I buy a new one:

  • Transfer all important dates into your new planner before throwing the old one away
  • Determine how you will colour-code your planner to organize it

How do you organize a new planner?

About Me, Uncategorized

Common Blogger Mistakes & How to Avoid Them


Hello, lovelies!

There’s no single way to blog, but there are common mistakes that new bloggers can make. I started my blog over a year ago and learned a lot of these mistakes myself. With a few tweaks and tips, I overcame these mistakes to improve my blogging. These are 3 common mistakes:

NO PROMOTION 

Publishing a new blog post on your personal Facebook page is one way to increase page views, but your content is likely to only be seen by your Facebook friends list. Posting to Facebook is not enough. Share your content on other social media websites, or groups dedicated to blog promotion to increase your reach and page views. A helpful hint is to tell your audience about the blog post, instead of simply leaving the link on the page.

NO OR LOW QUALITY PHOTOS

Blogs are largely about visuals. I like to include one main photo that captures the essence of my blog post. If I am writing a product review, I will often also include swatches of the product to demonstrate the colour/texture. Multiple editing tools exist to enhance and refine your photos to make them more appealing. Practice makes perfect, and keep practicing your photography until you’re happy.

NO PLANNING/CONSISTENCY 

I publish new blog posts 3 times a week. I publish on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while devoting each day to a specific topic. I plan my posts extensively before I begin to write them, and this actually speeds up the writing process. Consistency is key to maintain an active following. Try using a calendar to schedule content and keep your blogging on track.

What are common mistakes you made as a new blogger? Do you have any tips to share to avoid common mistakes? 

Tips and tricks

4 Quick Tips to Help You Effectively Use a Daily Planner


Hello, lovelies!

Finding the right planner for you can take time. Picture this: After finding the perfect planner at your local stationary store, you stare at the blank pages, unsure of exactly where to start. Today I’ll share tips to help you use those pages!

1) Use a single planner, if possible 

It can be cumbersome to manage both a personal and work planner. Find a planner you can use to record business and personal tasks. This will streamline your tasks, due dates, and appointments. A bonus tip: It is a good idea to consistently check your planner to review the day ahead.

2) Create a list within your planner 

I make lists often. I list each task to be accomplished by the end of the day, and check them off as I complete them. I enjoy the motion of marking a check-mark next to my list during the day. It provides both a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

3) Slow down in order to speed up 

Set aside time each week to plan ahead. Inputing tasks and reminders for the week ahead offers you time to organize thoughts, de-stress, and provides a clear view of what you plan to accomplish. The act of physically writing out your to-dos is an effective tool for cognitive recognition.

4) Use a color-coding system 

My favourite method of colour-coding is using different pens or post-it notes. Use a different colour for each specific task you need to remember. For example, reserve a pink pen for exam dates, a blue pen for reminders, a red pen for appointments, etc.

Do you use a planner? If you do, is it an effective tool to keep you organized?