This post is a compensated collaboration with QVC. As always, all opinions are my own.
With International Women’s Day here, I wanted to open up about my journey to blogging full-time and share some important lessons from my experience as a female entrepreneur. This is a topic I’m extremely passionate about because I believe that one’s personal journey and experiences can help and guide others to find success.
I’m excited tocollaborate with QVCin today’s post to share lessons I’ve learned along the way in my blog-to-business journey. Plus I’ll be sharing my picks from their female-made beauty brands that share the same #dreamdaredo empowerment that International Women’s Day embodies. In honor of International Women’s Day, QVC® and participating vendors will donate a minimum of $250,000 to benefit Nest, a global nonprofit committed to the social and economic advancement of women by supporting female artisans who might not have the resources they need to flourish.
Delegating was a weakness of mine for the longest time because I always felt the need to do everything myself. It’s natural to want full creative control when you’re blogging or running your own business. After all, no one understands your goals and vision better than yourself. However, I learned last year that it’s nearly impossible to grow and have a healthy work-life balance without people to help you. I’ve slowly brought a team together in the last few months, which I mentioned in my 2018 bucket list, and it has made a world of difference. I know many of you can relate to this, so I wanted to create a dedicated post about tips for delegating better.
In celebration of the the month of love, I wanted to kick off February with a self-care post. Although I love spending Valentine’s Day with Jordan and we make an effort to celebrate every year, I also firmly believe in self-love. As Carrie Bradshaw says, “Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first”! One of my favorite ways to practice self-care is through positive affirmations because they provide clarity and encouragement in my thoughts. Below, I’ve shared five positive affirmations to start the week.
Like I mentioned in my 2018 resolutions post, one of my major priorities this year is getting to know YOU! So one of the first things that I did was create a poll on Instagram Stories asking what you’d like to see more of this year on APOL. And then I got a little crazy. In the last story I asked you to DM me the most annoying things bloggers do on Instagram.
I went back and forth about asking this question – to be honest, I was a little scared haha. I ultimately decided that yes, I was opening myself up to criticism, BUT I’ve always wanted this blog to be like having an open and honest conversation with friends. So I did it, and guess what?
You guys BLEW. ME. AWAY.
Some of the messages had me laughing hysterically, and others had me rethinking the way I look at blogging and content creation.
Not only did you 100% confirm that I have the nicest readers and Insta fam ever, you gave me genuine, heartfelt feedback that was more than just superficial. You dug deep, and it was SO good that I decided to dedicate a post with the most popular responses. THANK YOU to every person who took the time to share with me and inspire this post!
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You might have read the title of today’s post and been like wait what – isn’t blogging the complete opposite of being an introvert? But the truth is most days, I’d pick staying in with a Lifetime movie over heading out to a social event. (I like to blame this on astrology and my dual Gemini personalities!) In many ways, blogging has helped me overcome my urge to be a homebody. And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being an introvert, staying home can sometimes keep me in “a funk” (for lack of better words). I’m sharing a few ways to battle your inner introvert to get past those blah days!