4 Important Things I’ve Learned in My 20s

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As I approach my mid-20s, I realize that I have learned a lot of lessons in those few short years. I’ve seen so much growth and development in my life and within myself. The woman I was at 20 even feels different from the woman I am at 23. I wanted to share a few things that I’ve learned along the way in hopes that it’ll help any of you who are in their 20s!

Know your self-worth and value

This is something that I’m still learning. Knowing your self-worth is important when you’re speaking up for yourself or advocating for changes. I would be afraid to speak up if I noticed something wasn’t right, or unfolding in a way that it should, and silence only hindered me. Know that you are an asset, and you have so much to share with the world!

It’s okay to make mistakes

I often felt guilty when I made mistakes, and believed that the mistake was my own fault. If I failed an exam, or had an error in judgement, I blamed myself for it. If I could tell my younger self anything, it would be that mistakes are part of the learning and growth process. You will make mistakes along the way, and that is not a sign of weakness.

Take care of your skin 

Love your skin, and it will love you back. This is a huge thing that I wish I’d realized upon entering my 20s. Take care of your skin and it will be worth it. Until a few years ago, I didn’t have a consistent skincare routine, and my complexion paid the price for it. Now that I have a routine that works for me, my skin is brighter, clearer, and much easier to care for.

Follow your own timeline 

I felt like I had my entire path mapped out at aged 20. I know people who graduated university in the standard 4 years, and I was envious. It’s taken me nearly 6 years, and I’m set to graduate this spring. Life is not meant to have a strict timeline, and you often have to follow your own path. It may take longer than expected, but you’ll achieve the same result in the end!

 

 

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Meet the Millennial Blogger: How and Why I’ve Grown to View Beauty, Strength, and Positivity in My Physical Disability

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Find beauty, strength, and positivity in everything.

If you have followed my blog for a while, you’ll remember that I shared this story a while back. I explored the idea of expanding upon this post, and share my story with the hope that it will let you get to know me a little better. I write this post to inspire, heal, and recover.

Behind the Blogger

If you’ve read my blog for a while, I welcome you back to Glitter and Mojitos. If you are new, welcome and I hope you enjoy your time here! My name is Erin Angela. I’m a blogger from Canada. I have a physical disability, called Cerebral Palsy (CP, for short). This diagnosis came at birth, where I was given little hope of walking, talking, or succeeding in life. Despite the odds, I have survived and am currently studying social work.

On Beauty

Beauty is more than skin deep. Inner beauty radiates and shines. My disability gifted me with both negative and positive views of beauty. Once I entered my teenage years, my surgical scars and imperfections were a source of displeasure. It took time to accept the scars that mark my body like a roadmap.I slowlygrew to love them. I gained true appreciation for them. On the other end of the beauty spectrum, I learned to recognize beauty in the most unlikely of places. I learned to recognize my inner beauty. I learned to recognize my uniqueness.

On Strength

When faced with a challenge or setback, I thrive. Despite difficult recovery periods, I bounced back twice as strong. It is sometimes difficult to find strength within yourself. My strength has served as a way to cope and thrive with my disability.

On Positivity

A positive outlook is essential for living with a disability. I’ve always held a happy-go-lucy, positive attitude. I view my disability as positive: Without a disability, I would not be pursuing a social work career. I would not have encountered many incredible experiences throughout my lifetime. Developing a positive attitude is not easy, though. I became determined to focus on the positive aspects of my disability.

Instagram for Bloggers: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Instagram

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Instagram is a powerful social media outlet to grow your blog, brand, or business. If you’ve been an Instagram user for a while, you know all-too-well how frustrating it can become to grow and market. However, a few simple modifications of your profile, photos, and engagement will make it easier to expand your reach and following. Today I’m sharing a guide on how to maximize the effectiveness of Instagram!

YOUR PROFILE BASICS

Your profile is the first thing that a prospective follower will encounter. Your profile should explain who you are, what your brand is, and what you bring to the community. When you build your profile, there are a few key components to consider:

  • Brand your account – Your account should have the same handle as the rest of your social media. This makes it easier for your audience to find you. If it is not optional, try keeping your handles as similar as possible. I rebranded all my social media handles as Erin Angela for consistency.
  • Profile picture – Snap a photo that shows off your personality, or specific characteristics you wish to highlight. I use a simple headshot featuring my favourite lipstick. I prefer to keep this photo focused and bright. If you have a brand/blog logo, or photo that showcases your personality, this also works wonders!
  • Your bio – With a limit of 150 characters and one clickable link, you should optimize it! Your bio is an opportunity to introduce who you are, what you do, and/or how you help others. Are you a beauty blogger? Are you a skincare specialist who shares DIY facial recipes? Your bio should reflect this.
  • Location – Integrating your location into your profile can help you connect with users or brands within a similar niche or who are in the same geographical location as you.

YOUR PHOTOS

Your photos should be bright, crisp, and attractive. I use my iPhone for all my photography, but your favourite type of camera works. Also, the lighting that you use can greatly enhance your photos.

YOUR HASHTAGS 

Hashtags are helpful to increase your exposure, and to discover new brands or accounts. Hashtags categorize content and make it more discoverable. You should select a different set of hashtags for each post, and only select ones that are relevant to the photo. If you want to find the best hashtags for your account, find out which hashtags that your competitors are using.

3 Confessions of a Blogger

I enjoy blogging. Since I began my blog, I’ve been able to share my creativity, experience new things, and I’ve even been occasionally noticed by beauty brands. Despite the positive aspects of blogging, there are often secrets that bloggers keep to themselves. Today I’m sharing a few ‘secrets’ that I’ve unearthed as a blogger.

It is not all sunshine and rainbows

Blogging takes a lot of work and effort. Creating new content regularly then promoting said content is time-consuming and it requires a lot of attention to detail. In addition to this, becoming a blogger will not guarantee that you’ll gain instant recognition and sponsorship from brands, which is a common misconception.

We, too, suffer from blogger brain

I constantly think about writing. If I’m not thinking about content for my next post, I’m checking my WordPress dashboard for new content, engaging with blogger groups on social media, or updating my social media feeds. Sometimes this can feel overwhelming and it’s not uncommon for your brain to feel ‘zapped’ from this cycle.

Support is a wonderful thing

We love when a new post is liked or shared, it makes everything we do as bloggers worth it! From my own experience, I read every single comment that is posted on my blog posts and feel grateful for each like I receive. Support from other bloggers or readers is a powerful thing, and it means a lot.

3 Things I Do Every Morning For a Productive, Energized Day

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The way you start your day has a significant impact on how the rest of it unfolds. I enjoy taking charge of my day by engaging in a morning routine that makes me feel both energized and relaxed. If I am intentional about my morning, the rest of my day usually unfolds smoother. Here are three things I do every morning for a productive, energized day!

Have the tools I need for the day organized and within reach 

This applies to every aspect of my morning routine. For example, when my coffee cup is right next to my Keurig, or when my face cleanser is within reach on my bathroom vanity, I feel much more organized. I like to ensure that items I use every single morning are easy to find.

Drink coffee

I adore coffee, and would consider my Keurig as one of my best friends. Drinking coffee each day is a staple in my morning routine for two reasons. First, the caffeine gives me an energy boost to start the day. Second, drinking coffee has become a routine task for me each morning and I feel relaxed and ready to take on the day once this task is complete.

Get dressed and apply makeup 

This one may seem obvious, but I feel more energized when I am completely ready for the day. Just making myself look productive after dressing and applying makeup instantly leads to feeling productive.

Florida 2018 Vacation Recap

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I recently travelled to Florida with my boyfriend, Grant. We spent an action-packed week visiting theme parks, shopping and soaking up the sun!

Day 1 – Arrival

Our trip began with an early flight and one layover. The first day involved errands (picking up park passes, snacks/water, etc) and settling into the hotel.

Day 2 – Magic Kingdom

This day was absolutely magical! I’d visited Magic Kingdom once before, but did not get to experience everything in the park due to a recent surgery. We headed to the park early and spent the day exploring rides and 3D animations. I’m a Disney fan at heart and made a special point to meet Cinderella while in the park! This was my favourite day throughout the trip thanks to the full Disney experience.

Day 3 – Shopping

During the first day of shopping, I successfully avoided the Kate Spade store in favour of new dressy clothes from Forever 21, H&M and Roz & Ali.

Day 4 – Hollywood Studios 

Walking around Hollywood Studios felt like a scene from a 1950s-era movie! The park itself was adorable, and we viewed attractions from Frozen, Star Wars and Indiana Jones. This action-packed day was entertaining and fun.

Day 5 – Disney Springs

Disney Springs was such a fun place to explore! It is a shopping, dining and entertainment centre located near Epcot. Featured stores include Coach, Anthropologie, and Kiehl’s. I loved browsing the various stores and outdoor plaza areas.

Day 6 – Last Minute Shopping

While I told myself I did not need to shop while in Florida, that didn’t last very long. I bought multiple dresses and blouses, and a new pair of Sketchers. While at the Orlando Premium Outlets, I impulsively decided to buy a new Kate Spade handbag. This bag is a beautiful forest-green tote that will be perfect for the fall and winter seasons! Later in the day, we visited The Cheesecake Factory, located in the upscale Mall of Millenia.

Day 7 – Universal Studios 

Returning to Universal Studios was a blast!  I’m usually terrified of heights but decided to try a few roller coaster-like and 3D motion rides (that were both terrifying and adventurous). I visited this theme park previously, but enjoyed this visit far more as I tested more rides and attractions.

Day 8 – Last Day 

The last day of our trip involved last-minute errands, and packing. After checking out of the hotel, we headed to the airport for our flight.

3 Travel-Friendly Beauty Tips You Need to Know

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Before I returned from my Florida vacation this week, I implemented travel-friendly beauty tips into my routine to make travel a breeze! Here are a few tips to maintain gorgeous hair, skin and makeup while travelling:

1. Streamline your makeup

Minimizing the amount of products you travel with will maximize space in your carry-on bag or suitcase. One way to streamline your makeup products is to find products that are multi-purpose or travel-sized. My favourite products include Tarte’s Hampton Weekender Palette and a travel-sized haircare set.

2. Keep your skin calm

It can be tempting to try the fancy products provided by your hotel, but sticking to your normal skincare routine will ensure your skin stays calm and fresh.

3. Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is important when your on an airplane or in a warm destination. Airplane cabins are pressurized, which can reduce the humidity levels onboard. This can lead to dehydration, so I try to drink a lot of water while flying.