Hello lovely ladies (and gentlemen)! Welcome back! I love my friends so much. Everytime we hang out its such a blast and I’m always so goofy and crazy around them. (Yeah I know, SOOOO not me lol)Continue reading “9 Ideas to Make Your Next Sleepover THE BOMB”
Hello Friends! Happy February! How was your January? Mine was pretty FANTASTIC! My swimming season has come to a close, and my second semester of school has gotten off to a great start. Lately I’ve been investing a lot of time into my blog and my followers (that’s you!)Continue reading “How to Create Blog Post Titles that Will Hook Your Readers”
Hi! Hello! Howdy! Welcome! I TOTALLY forgot to make this post earlier, but during my extended haitus (You can read about that HERE) I had my 1 year bloggiversary, which for my non-blogging readers basically means that I have been sharing a little bit of my world with yours for just over a year, through this blog. Actually maybe not THIS blog, because when I started I was writing on the same website but it’s name was Just Another Nefelibata, which THEN changed to Beautiful Things, and FINALLY changed to the amazing title What a Gorgeous Day that you love and read today, which brings me to my first point
Your Mission, Name, and Content Might Change Because You Are Too
Maybe this is because I’m a teenager and have constant mood swings, but the things that I like and enjoy change practically dayly. I go through different stages of my life, and you probably do to. I have times when I’m OBSESSED with DIYing and times when I read a book a day and times where all I can think about is school and friends. Sometimes, I enjoy working on my blog, while at other times I almost need to force myself to get the blog post out on time.
My point is that you’re going to grow and change, and your blog will with you. My mission and the aim of my blog has changed three times, and chances are it’ll change again, but so am I and so are you. If you need to change something don’t hesitate to do it.
There’s More Behind-the-Scenes Than You’re Expecting
This is something you will read about, and notice on other people’s blogs. You can almost always tell how much work and effort a blogger is putting into their blog by just looking at their posts. Yes, it’s possible to whip out a blog post in about 15 minutes, but the truth is people aren’t going to want to read that.
In order to have a successful blog with a reliable and consistent audience you need to be willing to put in the time to take and edit photos, make pinterest graphics, come up with catchy and relateable titles, make instagram posts… the list just goes on. Are you willing to put in all that time and effort? If not that’s okay, you just need to know where your priorities are.
Be a Team Sport
Blogging’s a team sport? Actually, yes! It is! When I first started blogging I was struggling to gain an audience bigger than my mom and my grandma…yeah it was kind of sad. If you want people to comment on your posts and, well, realize that your blog is out there maybe you should make yourself seen. Make a heartfelt comment on their posts. Like their Instagram photos. Share their pinterest pins. Email them and see if they would like a guest post on their blog (I’m willing to discuss ;););)) Not only will it get them to see you, it will make all of their readers see you too at the end of their post.
Money Making Opprotunites Might Not Show Up Right Away
Have you ever seen the blog posts “How to Make 3,000 A Month From Blogging” or “How I Work From Home With Just My Blog”? Yeah, don’t fall for that trap. Those are posts from bloggers who have been playing the game for YEARS, have a steady and reliable audience in the thousads (or for some even millions) and plaster their blog with advertisements and sponsered posts. I’m not saying that’s all completely bad, I’m just saying that blogging isn’t a “quick and easy” moneymaker.
That being said try pitching to a few smaller companies that allign with your values. Explain what you can do for them in return for what they can do for you. Yes, it really works!
Put Some Time and Thought Into Your Blog’s Design
Have you ever gone to a blog and thought “This is so hard to read” or “Nothing about this wants me to actually TRY this recipe” Yeah, me too. I’m not going to lie that used to be my blog. But then I started looking at the other blogs I loved reading, and seeing what they were doing. Something that they all had in common were clean, crisp layouts, with one or two signiture colors here or there. They had short, but easy to navigate menues, and titles that grabbed my attention. What do blogs that you enoy reading feature?
What are some of your favorite blogs? What have you learned so far in your blogging journey? As always please let me know in the comments down below! Love you all and happy writing!
Hello friend! Its been a while 🙂 I’m so excited because we are finally just over halfway through January! School is now back in full swing and I’m happily chugging away at my work and having lots of fun while at it. This weekend we have swimming districts and I’m so excited to compete are represent my school!
All of this is awesome, and if I’m being honest sometimes its easy to get caught up worrying about everything I have to do, which is why I am sharing my 3 secrets to staying stress free (student edition) You can’t stop stress but you can prevent it!
Take a Deep Breath
This is so important on so many levels I can’t talk about it enough; stop pushing yourself to the point of breaking. It’s okay if you aren’t the student who is class president and swim team captain and the lead in the newest play and is involved in a dozen other clubs. You need some me-time and that’s okay.
I understand. We, the billions of other students and even working adults in this world, we understand. Want to know why? Because that’s me. I want to be in every extra-curricular possible and I want to have the best grades and be a fully invested member of my church who serves every Sunday, but the reality is that at some point I’m going to have to pick and choose which ones I’m going to delete so that I can have some me-time. Go for a walk. Try out that new coffee shop. Read your favorite blog 😉 It’s okay, we understand.
Put Down Your Phone
We live in a social media age. Our lives revolve around the lives and opinions of the people around us. That’s just how we were raised. If the people around us don’t like what we’re doing, whether it’s on social media or through other forms of communication (Yeah that one called talking…not sure if it still works or anything but it’s possible…)
So yes. Put down your phone. Stop looking at how many text messages you have or likes you have on your Instagram post. And listen I know I’m preaching to myself too. Try to go 2 Hours every day (When you’re awake) without your phone. Don’t even check it. Whatever important business you have can wait, trust me.
Get Some Great Friends You Can Count On
I don’t think I can say this enough, and that’s because I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to count on my friends to get me through an otherwise chaotic week. Its always comforting to know that if I forgot my lunch I can ask a friend for some cash to buy some or if I spilled sometjing on my shirt I can borrow a new one. I’m not saying you should use your friends, but you should be able to count on them to come through when it counts.
That’s it! Those are my top 3 secrets to living stress free! Of course you can’t prevent having a crazy week, but you can always make your life easier 🙂 what do you usually do to deal with stress? Let me know in the comments down below!
This year America’s former First Lady, Michelle Obama published her unique and female-enpowering memoir titled BECOMING. Although, as with most celebrities, I don’t completely agree with all of her opinions, I really enjoyed reading her book and learning more about what made her and President Obama the driven powerhouse couple that they are.
And that was what I was expecting. Before reading the memoir, I read several reviews that said it was just that, but the book also came with some surprises.
In her 3-part life story, Michelle walks you through the struggles she went through to get to where she is today, both as an African-American but also as a female on a male-dominated world. She talks about heartbreak and triumph and love and her own personal struggles. She talks about what it was like to loose several of her mentors and close friends. She talks about how hard it was to be a mom and the First Lady at the same time.
My favorite part about the whole book is how Michelle doesn’t make the book about her. She brings in people who were close to her and some who weren’t and even you, and she talks about how hard she wanted to work to make our world a better place.
Although one could argue that Michelle brings too much politics into her book, I personally believe that she had a good balance; she wasn’t overly persuasive with it and even talks avout how much she HATES the political division in America today.
For any girl that wants to be a part of the working world, and even those that don’t, Michelle’s book is inspiring because her story encourages girls to go after their passions, whatever they are.
What is one of your favorite inspiring books? Have you read Michelle Obama’s Book? If so what were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!
Hello to all of my beautiful readers! This post has been super hard to write, while also super easy at the same time. It’s January now! If you’re like me you’ve probably just hit your “I don’t want to do work right now” point of the year. Is it just me or is that a thing?
Hello there friend! So I’m sure youve probably noticed this but recently I took a break from the world of blogging. And I’m not talking a short “two weeks break and I’m done” Haitus I’m talking two months no social media no comments no likes: nothing.
First I want to say I’m sorry. This blog wouldn’t be possible without so many incredible and amazing followers and readers like you. Why? Because you guys encourage me, and because this blog isn’t just for me it’s for you too.
Next I’m going to be honest: I took tuis hiatus entirely for selfish reasons. I needed to focus on school and sports and finding myself amidst growing depression, anxiety, and I think I finally have. And this leads me to my first point of this spur of the moment blog post:
It’s Okay to Be Selfish Sometimes
Yes. I just said that. “But sharing is caring!” Yes but share with yourself FIRST. I can’t help you guys if I’m drowning in my own problems and dilemmas. If I’m failing a class or if I’m incredibly stressed while getting ready for school then something needs to change.
Sometimes We Don’t Realize How Much Things Consume Us
This blog was consuming my life. Literally. And not all in bad ways. It has become a place where I’m not afraid to express myself and how I view the world. I’m not afraid to talk about things I’ve gone through and give y’all some good advice, but in some ways it was taking up way too much time. I was spending a minimum of 3 hrs every week on blog posts and Pinterest and instagram alone and that doesnt count contacting companies and trying to get sponsors. In short this blog was consuming so much time and energy, and I didnt even realize until I took a break.
It’s Okay to be Confident in Your Decisions
I’m not by nature a confident person, in fact I like to maintain a steady stream of questions challenging my ideals because in the end I know that I will choose what I believe in. During my haitus I’ve had to make loads of hard decisions and some of them were hard to stand by, but now looking back on them I’m POSITIVE I made the right decision.
We Are All Beautiful In Our Own Unique Way
As humans, especially as girls in todays society, we are constantly comparing ourselves with the people around us. Because of our social media apps, we are constantly seeing people’s good sides and are forced to compare ourselves with a, lets be honest, unrealistic standard. But I’m here right now to tell you that you are beautiful and you are enough, and you might not be like that celebrity on tv but thats because you are uniquely you.
I am Strong Enough to Overcome Life’s Greatest Challenges
The biggest reason I took a break was because I was dealing with some serious self-hate and anxiety and stress, and although these were mostly internal problems, they were hard for me to cope with for a while. Even now I don’t have it all together, but thats okay because I’ve learned ways to fight back. Sometimes when you feel the thoughts of “you’re not good enough” coming in you have to replace them with “I AM more than enough”
Thank you all SO SO much for reading my small insignificant post! What are some major life lessons you’ve learned this year? I’d be so so happy to read them! Comment down below.
Disclaimer: By making this recipe, I do not in any way claim to like mornings
Good-morning sunshine! Wakey-wakey because today is a new and Gorgeous day, and you are going to do great things! Okay, yes you caught me. I’m ACTUALLY writing this at midnight, because I really don’t like mornings.
Hey Guys! So this is something you guys might not know, (mostly because I didn’t tell you) but my birthday was last Sunday. It was so much fun and I was surrounded by so many friends and family. It was my amazing 15th Birthday, and believe me when I say I can’t believe I am already 15. Inside I’m still a little 5 year old wanted to color with sidewalk chalk outside.
Hello to all of my beautiful readers! Today, as soon as I woke up, I just had an amazingly real sense of longing for Fall. Every single year year, at around this time, I start to get really excited for the taste of pumpkin, the feel of thick knit sweaters, and the crunch of leaves underneath my feet. (If you can’t tell Fall is DEFINITELY my favorite season.