All posts tagged: tips

How to Have a Productive Sick Day

I’m sick. I called out of work today because my body has decided to act up. I sent the “I’m sick” text to my team and my boss, and buried myself further under my comforter and heated blanket. As thankful as I am that my sickness is pretty mild and is really just a mere inconvenience to me, sick days in the middle of my work week frustrate me. I’ll have so much make up to do tomorrow to ensure a successful weekend and….okay. Nope. Done stressing out. Now. If you’re anything like me, an entire day spent laying around in bed is actually not enjoyable to you….I actually hate that. So, when you’re limited by your energy level, and you desperately need to rest your body how does one remain relatively productive? Here are some of my sick day productivity tips: Take a shower – as much as you may not want to, taking a shower is a good way to boost the way you feel a little bit. Being clean always helps me …

Practically in Love 1:2

Hey Friends! Welcome to my first ever series! In brief, this series is about learning how to practically love the people around us. If you want more details about this series, check out my previous introductory post here. This week we’re going to focus on practically loving others by showing respect. I wasn’t going to start with respect simply because it seems so basic. We learned about respect way back in the beginning in elementary school and as children learning how to properly interact with adults. So I figured it could be a little too simplistic and foundational as a start…but then I thought about that word I just used; foundational. Foundations are things we build on. You wouldn’t build a house without first making sure it had a strong foundation, why? Because it wouldn’t stand. We can’t talk about love without talking about respect. It’s just that simple. Over time we have decided that we get to determine whether another person is worthy of respect. We make them earn it from us. We create …

Camera Confidence

I’m a blogger…obviously. That’s why you’re here. An aspect of blogging that I didn’t consider when I originally started was the importance of photography within your blog. Now, not everyone needs top-notch photography on their blog. It all depends on what exactly you are trying to brand. If you are branding your writing only, let’s say a poetry or creative writing, then photos may not be a priority of yours. If you’re branding yourself, your style, or a product of yours, great photography can place you on the same level as the top bloggers and get you the traffic that you need to create a bigger name for yourself. When I realized the importance of this for myself, since I am a blogger who is trying to brand herself, I became slightly overwhelmed for two reasons: I didn’t have access to photos that were any better than my shaky hand iPhone 6 photos, and I was not anywhere near comfortable being in front of a camera for an extended period of time. Luckily, I know …

Help! I’ve started a blog!

There it is, right in front of you. The blank screen.   You’ve had this idea floating around in your head for months. You’ve tossed it around to your close friends and some select family members. They’ve told you it would be a great idea. You’re creative, inspiring, full of knowledge they’ve said and well, you believe them. The world would totally benefit from the thoughts you mull over in the late hours of the night or while zoning out in class. So you said “Yea! Lets do it!” and you created an account. You thought long and hard about a URL and spent way too long finding a theme that shows the world, or at least the blogosphere at first glance what kind of sophisticated blogger you are. If you’re the super prepared type you may even have a notebook of blog ideas to pick from and you start tapping away. The computer keys are singing their praises as you finally set your inner word artist free. You type for what feels like hours, …

Featured Spaces: The Office

I love love love an organized workspace. It helps me to think and leaves my creative flow unhindered. I am not always the most organized individual, especially if you catch me right in the middle of a creative explosion or after a stressful work week. During the in-between moments however, I like to keep my workspace crisp, neat and inspiring. I don’t have a desk in my apartment so I use my desk at work as my creative canvas.  So, how do I  keep my desk clutter free, inspiring and functional all at the same time? It’s actually not as hard as you’d think. Many people assume you need to sacrifice aesthetics for function and vice versa, but thats not the case. They can go hand in hand and do so beautifully.   I’m not one for named themes so you’ll never find me with a nautical styled bathroom or a cupcake themed kitchen. What you may find however is that I  do like to follow a color scheme. It makes my eyes happy. My …

How to “Treat Yo Self” when you can’t afford to “Treat Yo Self”

We live in such a fast paced world. There are so many tasks and responsibilities that all need to be taken care of by a certain time and sometimes, we run out of just that. Time. To avoid missing out on the crucial things, we prioritize what needs to be done when. It can be a bit chaotic. I live off of lists. I haven’t always been this way, but thanks to my own personal collection of due dates, appointments, social commitments and everything else, I have found that this just might be the best way to do it. Yes mom, you were right. There is definitly a benefit to a list. It keeps you organized and accountable and shows you just how busy you are. If I take a quick look back at the list I have set up for this past week alone I can visually understand why I feel like I’m made of static electricity right now. I’ve had events to plan, things to order, people to contact and contact again, schedules …

Goaaaaaaaaal(s)

We all know how important setting goals is to personal growth and development. If you’ve ever set a goal, you know that setting a goal is the easy part. It’s the sticking to it that gives us a little bit of a challenge. Now, I don’t struggle with sticking to goals because I lack motivation or anything like that. Sometimes sticking to a timetable of what to do, when to begin doing and when to have it done can be a bit overwhelming. Confession: I am a perfectionist…well…a recovering one. So those things (having a specific time to achieve something) gives me a little bit of anxiety. But. There are ways to set goals that make setting those goals and sticking to them a tad bit easier and even a little exciting. I’ve started applying these to my life and I’ve been able to set goals, stick to them and actually enjoy the process and now I want to share them with you in 3 steps. Make them practical- Nothing ruins the momentum of a …

5 Tips for Getting Out of That Creative Slump

I’m a creative, or so I call myself. This means that I enjoy creative pursuits. Whether that involves finding inspiration in a museum, flipping through a design magazine or getting a scene out of my head and in watercolor. I enjoy things that inspire me to create. But, as much as I enjoy these things, life has a way of…well…getting in the way. I work six days a week. I get Fridays off but spend most of that day doing my laundry, cleaning my home and planning for the girls meeting that I lead later that evening. Every once in a while I get that creative bug and take off on one of my ventures. But, about halfway through (or…less than half) I hit a wall. I became frustrated with this pattern of ‘non creativity’ and decided I would combat it with everything I’ve got. Which at that moment was nothing. Now, months later, I feel that I have a couple of things that have proven themselves to be effective ways of getting those creative …