October 31, 2017 Laura

Well I’ve reached the end of the challenge. I didn’t do too shabby…missed some days…but learned a lot in the process. 1.) I burnt out a bit. – I started out the month ahead of the game. I had my editorial calendar all planned out and I had a few posts written ahead of time but I slid and lost control of my time management. I found myself staying up late to write a blog post for the day and eventually it caught up to me. I am looking forward to going back to 3-4 posts a week in November. I…

October 23, 2017 Laura

Only seven days left in the 30 days of blogging challenge…missed four days. Not too shabby for such a challenge. I’m discovering a lot about myself and about my blog through this challenge. I’m learning my limits. I’m learning to okay with my limits. I’m proud of myself for what I am doing and I’m learning a little bit more about my style and I’m expanding my topics some this month which has been creative and fun. Progress Report: Let’s start with how I’ve been doing with my fitness goals. I think I’ve been making good progress, even though a…

October 11, 2017 Laura 1Comment

Ready to get your blog out in front of more people? Here’s five ways that I’ve tried and are true to help grow your audience and increase your blog traffic. Promote on Social Media – Build a Facebook Page to share your content with. By sharing my content consistently I was able to grow my Facebook Page from 174 followers to 1313 followers in less than a year. Don’t be afraid to share some of your work on your personal Facebook Page too. Share on Twitter, Pinterest, StumbleUpon and Instagram. 28% of my blog traffic comes from Pinterest, 17% comes…

October 8, 2017 Laura

It can be a long road to success. It may take late nights and a whole lotta sweat and tears. I’m not going to be the one that’s going to sit here and say “It’s going to be easy” because most times it isn’t. There will be set backs and failures, which are all natural in the process of making change, of pushing down walls and working towards your dreams and goals. But I will sit and say, “Don’t give up”. If you want it, if you’re willing to work for it, you’ll make it happen. Big dreams take work…

October 1, 2017 Laura

For October I’m making my mantra “Set goals and don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of reaching them”. I had some great wins in September which is just fueling me for an even bigger month in October. I want to finish up the year with a bang!  Blogging Wins for September: Hit 1000 Facebook Page Likes – Woot! Woot! – Actually exceeded my goal by 269 page likes Hit my halfway mark for my payout minimum with Shareasale Got an e-newsletter out every week to my subscribers So this month I’m setting some higher bars for myself….

June 3, 2017 Laura 4Comment

It’s no secret that I’ve been really hammering down and trying to build a simpler life…I always manage to have a lot on my plate though and that seems to be how it’s going to be for a bit yet…but I am working on organizing my life so that I can complete more tasks efficiently, add more mindfulness into my days, and focus on my main priorities first. I’ve been de-cluttering like crazy (you can check out my Closet Clean Out Post here), working on redefining my blog and blog series to align more with my goals in life and…

May 22, 2017 Laura

Amber and I have been friends for several years. We spent part of our careers together in a very fast paced and stressful environment where we turned to each other to keep each other going. But this wasn’t a sustainable routine that was building the lives of our dreams. Many nights we would speak and share how drained we felt from the very long days.  A year ago, Amber discovered she was pregnant with two beautiful, identical twin girls. This was her aha moment in life. She took the road to becoming a stay-at-home wife and mother. Now, I’ve known…

April 30, 2017 Laura 1Comment

Sometimes I need a little help getting motivated, a little kick in the butt to get back to tasks. I have found TED Talks to be extremely inspiring and motivating. They speak truth, they speak action, they speak change. A key way to keep motivated to work towards your goals is to surround yourself with motivation and positive thoughts of change. Surround yourself with positive, motivated people. Post motivational quotes at your desk, in your planner, and in your room. Read an affirmation every morning. Listen to music while you work or clean. Read motivational books and listen to motivational…

April 19, 2017 Laura

Hello all my loves!  So as many of you have been reading, I am on a journey towards living a more minimalistic lifestyle. I want a life with more simplicity and joy, filled with more adventures and experiences, and less stuff. This has also brought some thoughts to the top of my mind about how I fill my schedule. I want to create a space that isn’t just filled with busyness but is filled with tasks and activities that are full of joy and that are helping me move forward on a path towards reaching my goals and my dreams. So this…

April 16, 2017 Laura 3Comment

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Life can be tough. It can be challenging, busy, and stressful. Sometimes stress is unavoidable. But becoming over-stressed can hurt our health, state of mind, and our happiness. It’s important to make it a priority to help keep stress at bay no matter how hectic things get. I reached out to my community of Wellness Bloggers for their expertise on how to keep stress under control so that you can keep the joy high in your life and keep on managing every day beautifully and strong. Julie Voss www.hellopeacefulmind.com Facebook – Twitter – Pinterest – Instagram -…