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.
As a blogger and social media content creator, it’s so important for me to stay organized and on top of everything from my Instagram feed to blog content and deadlines. I know how easy it can be to forget a task when there are so many things to accomplish with limited time. Although I have a small team to help me, I want to stay as organized as possible. One of my favorite ways to do that is by using various apps. I’ve discovered so many different apps that have helped me tremendously. And I wanted to share my top 10 essential apps every blogger should use. Check it out in today’s post.
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This is a bit of a different post for me, BUT like I said in my resolutions post, I want to provide you guys with more content of value this year. One of the priorities on my list is to get more REAL about my daily life and a look at my normal routine. So why not include a peek into my fridge and my newly adopted clean eating grocery list?
I don’t often post about my diet – this is something that I think is so private and personal for a lot of people. The last thing I want to do is make you feel like what you’re eating is WRONG. I think it’s important for everyone to listen to their bodies when it comes to making informed food decisions.
I have a sensitive stomach and several food allergies (gluten and dairy specifically) which is why I chose to start the year by adopting clean eating habits. The months of November and December had me eating SO poorly and making the worst food choices for my system. I was tired, unmotivated, unproductive – walking around in basically a fog. Bad food decisions were impacting me in BIG ways.
In today’s post, I’m outlining easy food swaps that I made in our fridge, my clean eating grocery list, and how it’s changed the way I feel!
With the start of the new year, I thought I’d do a few little refresher blog posts. For example, if you didn’t know yet, I have several easy ways that you can easily shop my closet! So what exactly does that mean? After each season, I go through and do a clean sweep of all the items that have sold out online, are unavailable in most sizes and/or have a unique print/pattern. In most cases, they’ve only been worn once or twice, and are in pristine condition. (And sometimes, they’re brand new with tags on them.) So that’s when I offer them to you guys at just a fraction of the original price!
Last year, I did a huge closet sale on IG Stories with proceeds going to Hurricane Harvey relief!
Sharing all three ways to shop my closet in today’s post!
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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