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    Blogger Q&A | Updated 1.23.17

    I recently realized that my Blogger Q&A section of my blog was WAY outdated and basically impossible to find, so my weekend mission was to get this thing whipped into shape. Some of the answers are truly meant for longer blog posts, so I have a plan to get started on those as well for better clarity. BUT in the meantime, if you have any questions for me pertaining to blogging or general life shoot me an email! I’m hoping to get everything answered for you guys and make this page more visible with easier access once questions/answers are updated and added.

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    6 Inspiring Podcasts For Personal Growth & Business Strategy

    It’s crazy to think that just six months ago, I had never really listened to a podcast before! After leaving my full-time job, I started looking to fill that coworker void that occurs when you work from home. I did so by finding relevant webinars and inspiring podcasts to listen to throughout the day. Now my podcast list has quadrupled, and I’m wondering what took me so long. Not only are they great for personal development, podcasts can help you create the career and life you want to live!

    But how exactly do you go about finding inspiring podcasts aimed at creative entrepreneurs and personal growth? Other than opting in to numerous newsletters, word of mouth has been the BEST way that I’ve discovered my favorite podcasts. So consider this post my word of mouth to you if you’re looking for new inspiring podcasts to dive into!

    (I’m including a few guilty pleasures if you love some reality TV too!)

    READ MORE for my favorite Inspiring Podcasts for Girl Bosses, Bloggers and Creative Entrepreneurs!

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    5 Smart Desk Accessories To Get Organized & Productive + A GIVEWAY

    We’ve got the first full week of the new year under out belts to see how we’re feeling! Are you still motivated or are you losing some steam? In case you’ve already been pressing the snooze button, I’m sharing 5 of my favorite desk accessories to get organized and productive! AND at the very end of this post, you’ll find one amazing giveaway. Up for grabs you’ll find all of the essentials you need to GSD (get shit done)! Now let’s get started!

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    See all 5 desk accessories to get organized and productive below + shop my favorites by clicking anywhere on the image below:

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    A Blogger’s Best Moments of 2016

    I had plans of sitting down yesterday to write about my best moments of 2016, but enter my computer monitor deciding it was already done with the year. After two different monitor purchases yesterday, I’m back up and running! But it gave me the chance to sit down with pen and paper – and champagne – and really start writing what I did this year. (Sometimes I forget how much can come out when you have a pen in your hand!) After a sheet full of scribbles and word vomit, I’m ready to share my favorite three 2016 highlights. And maybe even some setbacks too…

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    Personal Goal: SO Much More Travel

    2016 was definitely the year I gained my wings (in more ways than one) especially when it comes to flight mileage! One of the biggest blessings this year was my opportunity to travel. I checked off some bucket list destinations including Palm Springs, Key West, Cape Cod and Bermuda. I took my very first cruise – and discovered that I might be a cruise person! I’ve already started brainstorming where 2017 might bring me in terms of destinations, and I’m excited about the possibilities on the horizon!

    (First trip of the new year is next week!)

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    Development Goal: I Became The Boss

    This was the year that I became my own boss. One of the scariest (and most procrastinated) decisions that I’ve had to make as an adult. Looking back, I think the hardest part for me was having to let go of a career that I had worked towards my entire life. How do you say adios, college degree without some heart pangs, you know? Leaving my full-time job and becoming my own boss has been one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs that I’ve had yet. I’m so eager to continue to improve and share this journey with you guys in 2017!

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    Business Goal: Making WordPress Home

    I can’t even tell you how long I dragged my feet moving my site from Blogger to WordPress. And it still doesn’t have all of the kinks worked out yet, but I’m so happy with it so far! Investing more in my site was on my list of goals for 2016, so checking this one off is a major sigh of relief. I’m setting some new website goals for the new year including my newsletter that has continued to take a backseat. (Newsletter fail for the second year in a row – we’re gonna make it happen in 2017!)

    I’d love to hear your best moments of 2016! Leave a comment and let me know what you want to see more of in 2017!

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    Ps. This full outfit will be on the blog soon!

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    Five Ways to Take Better Blog Photos

    This post was sponsored by OPTI-FREE®. All opinions are my own.

    It’s no secret that a key to a successful blog is having the best images possible. You could have the best photographer at your disposal, but if you’re struggling only with how YOU look in your proofs and edited images, your content is going to struggle as well.

    Wanna nail your next blog shoot or just take better photos of yourself in front of the lens? The truth is – being the subject of a photoshoot is way harder than it may seem. Sure, some people might be naturals in front of a camera, while others (like myself) are constantly looking for ways to improve, so in today’s blog post I’m teaming up with OPTI-FREE® Puremoist® Contact Lens Solution and sharing five ways that I get camera-ready!

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    1. Perfect Your Smize

    If you’re a regular reader, you know I am almost always wearing sunglasses in my posts – and it’s not for the reason you might think. It’s not because I want to cover my face, it’s because whenever I attempt to take photos without a pair of sunnies, I cull through potentially great photos – and my eyes are closed in them.

    I’m a contact lens wearer who has a tendency to blink a lot due to just general irritation and discomfort (highly noticeable on Snapchat). I wear contacts that are recommended for moisture – but, blame it perhaps on south Louisiana pollen season, I still blink A LOT. Any other contact wearers feel me on this?!

    I’ve made more of an effort recently to take off the sunglasses and work on my “smize” skills. That’s because I’ve been using OPTI-FREE® Puremoist® Contact Lens Solution to keep my lenses clean, comfortable and moist, which in turn is helping to

    prevent my unnecessary blinks in photos and any other expressions that might be related to lens discomfort. Additionally, the solution provides all-day comfort and it helps protect against particles sticking to your lens during the day – mascara flakes, I’m looking at you.

    Get to know more about the #1 Doctor recommended contact solution HERE.

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