Saturday, August 17, 2019

CHIT CHAT | Life Update + New Phone No. 2

Welcome back to another post of the 'Chit Chat' series. Even though this is my second post, I love writing them. If you haven't read my first post, check it out here!  

I've decided to make these every month because let's be honest, so much can happen within a month. Well, I know so much happens within a month in my life!

Let's get into it...

  • Work has been completely kicking my ass! All I mostly do is come right in the house, take my clothes off, and go to sleep. I hate it because I know I'm supposed to be making blog posts and on my off days, all I want to do is watch Grey's Anatomy and lay in the bed.

  • So, I have been going out a lot. It feels amazing to get out and be surrounded by other great energy. If you know me personally, you know that I'm a complete homebody. I don't like really getting out too much so this was a huge step for me. 

  • My credit score went up by 29 points! This is a huge milestone for me. I've been working on my credit so that when it's time for me to move, I'll be good. Building your credit is very important. It's good if you want to get any major loans or even looking to buy a house.

  • I got a juicer and I went and got some groceries for it so that I can do a juicing cleanse. I'm super excited because I never did anything like this!

  • I got another job! I'm super excited about this job because it pays well and offers some wonderful benefits. I just want to say how I am so grateful for this job because you all have no idea how long I've been looking for a job like this. Ya girl can make more and work towards bigger goals like getting my dream car and apartment. 

Going through all the things that I went through for the past 7 months makes me so proud when I look back. If you would've told me that “everything is going to be okay” a while ago, I swear I wouldn't even believe you. I went through a deep depression. No, I didn't want to go through it but at that moment, it just happened, and I had no idea how to fix it. I'm so blessed now that I have gained opportunities to turn my life completely around. 

Things I've learned.

You have to sometimes get uncomfortable to get to where you need to be. There are a few things in life that I am personally doing to get to where I want to be. Like, I'm planning to work two jobs that way I can balance everything out. Now, I'm not saying you have to work two jobs, however, you may have to do something that you're uncomfortable doing to make your life better.

For example, if you are used to being taken care of and you don't have that anymore, then you would have to get used to working to provide for yourself.

Patience is the key. I'm very impatient when it comes to just about everything. It took me to endure a lot of trials and tribulations to learn that I have to learn how to be patient. I always expect everything to go very fast-paced for me and sometimes there is nothing wrong with that, but I had to consider the fact that everything is not going to move super duper fast for me. 

Put in the work! There have been many times when I expected things to happen for me but I never put in the work. When you put in the work, the rewards follow. I remember wanting so many things to come from my blog, but I was never on it when it came to consistently update my blog. Once, I really started putting in some effort to change my blog around, I started seeing rewards from it.

Don't let things get the best of you. Getting worked up over something that isn't going to be relevant in the next 24 hours, is not good for you. Let it go!

Tone out the negativity. If you don't already know this, other people's energy can rub off on you! If you're surrounded by negativity, you might want to put a lot of effort into protecting your energy.

New things I've got.

 I'm so in love with my wallpaper, btw.

Soooooooooooo, I recently got a brand-new phone. I put my iPhone 8 plus to the side and got the iPhone X. Not going to lie, I was frustrated with this change at first because I didn't know how to work the phone, I wasn't used to not having a home button, and I had to get used to the overall feel of the phone. Now that I am used to it, I love it! My phone has a whole business feel to it and I'm all for it.

I went online shopping and got a bunch of new pieces from Fashion Nova and Forever 21 so please be on the lookout for a fashion haul post with pictures! I'm getting back into the groove of treating myself to clothes.

I got these groceries for my juicer and to eat. Even though it was kind of expensive, I'm happy that I got them. I do need some more veggies though. If you know some good juice recipes that include veggies that you don't see in this picture, please let me know!

Things I've Tried.

  • Well, I've been using my new juicer and I love it! The red juice includes watermelon, granny smith apples, and pineapples. The green juice includes pineapple, kale, mint, granny smith apples, and blueberries. They were both amazing. Incorporating 100% juices into my diet has been making me feel good. I have more energy and my skin has this glow. Playing with my juicer is fun but drinking the juices are even better!

  • I am transitioning to becoming vegetarian but I really had to try this chicken sandwich before I completely cut out meat. The hype is definitely real. This sandwich is fireeeeeeeee. This is the spicy sandwich just in case you all want to try it. 

Friday, August 16, 2019

What to do When You Feel Unmotivated

Let’s be real, we all don’t feel motivated 100% of the time. It’s difficult to stay motivated especially when you are dealing with personal issues such as grief, depression, anxiety, etc. Sometimes I have to force myself to do things I would normally do with ease. In these moments, I feel myself adding pressure and self-critique to all my actions, constantly reminding myself that my life is not as long as I think it is, so I must seize every moment. You may not be dealing with the same circumstances as me, but I know you’ve dealt with feeling unmotivated.
We’ve all been faced with a task completely unmotivated, questioning why you even
attempted to do this thing, daydreaming of lying in your bed or your next vacation. If your
goal is to be successful, you can’t only take action when inspiration hits. Motivation is elusive.
Sometimes you feel it and you’re achieving your goals with ease. Other days, you’re hitting the
snooze button ten times and fighting the urge to call out sick from work.
Here are my 5 tips to help you find your motivation again:

1. Determine Your Bigger Purpose
Have clear reasons for why you’re achieving a particular task. Without a purpose, your
effort will fall short quickly. When you do things that matter to you personally they become
meaningful tasks, rather than annoying to-dos. If you find yourself working on a task and you
don’t remember why you’re doing it, chances are it shouldn’t be one of your priorities. Remind
yourself that hard work is a part of crafting yourself into who you want to be. Reflect on the
impact that your work has on others. Refer to your bragbook whenever you feel doubtful.
Keep screenshots of nice things people say about you and your work as a booster when you’re
feeling unmotivated.

2. Narrow Down Your Tasks
It’s better to work on your top goals for 20 minutes a day than to work on them once a month.
Consistency and repetition lead to developing highly effective habits. Beyoncé was not built
in a day. It takes years of repetition, consistency, and persistence to reach your maximum potential. So, trust in the process. Don’t let the journey wear you out. You don’t have to wake
up at 5am every day to be a high achiever. Maximize your productivity in the allotted time
that you give yourself by setting deadlines for your specific goals.
Don’t just set deadlines for business tasks; schedule your personal time as well. Schedule your
dinner with friends and gym time like you would a business meeting. This may sound
excessive however it is a game-changer. If you begin with a small task and continuously
complete the next small task, you’ll realize that you’ve become closer to conquering your
large goals over time.

3. Reward Yourself
It can be challenging to stay motivated and on top of things if there’s no reward in sight. Many people await big promotions and major news before they feel like they can celebrate. Celebrate the small wins and give yourself something to look forward too. When you find the motivation to not give up and you push yourself to persist, celebrate that advancement. If you do well in a presentation or you complete a difficult workout, celebrate by going out with loved ones or watching one of your favorite TV shows.

4. Don’t Be Afraid To Make Mistakes
Failure is a massive part of becoming successful. The practice is controlled failure. When I don’t know how to complete a task, my initial reaction is to pause, and then self-doubt thoughts immediately flow into my head. I combat this feeling by just doing it. Even if the first draft is horrendous, I go ahead and get my thoughts out and worry about revising later. Embrace getting the task done rather than getting it done perfectly. Getting things wrong is part of everyone’s process. Many of us spend way too much time revising and second-guessing our work instead of finishing it and moving on. That’s why there are many dreamers and not nearly as many high achievers. Enjoy the process of solving your biggest challenges. Use that confidence to fuel your next task.

5. Change Your Environment
It can be difficult to do great things when you’re not in a positive environment. Make your work
environment inspiring. Be deliberate about what’s on your desktop background, what surrounds
your desk/workspace, the energy of the people you’re around. Be mindful of what videos/music
you’re listening to. Make a playlist of YouTube videos and music that inspire you and listen to
that when you’re feeling unmotivated. If you’ve been sitting in one spot too long, take a walk,
chat with a coworker or friend. Find a new place to sit so you can accelerate your focus. Your
environment should jump-start your momentum.
Take it one day at a time. Wake up with the intention to make yourself proud of
every day!

About the author:

Sade Jones is an advertising professional, entrepreneur, and lifestyle blogger. She's an
ambitious woman, who is often terrified of taking risks, but does it anyway! A Queens,
New York native who loves to travel, exercise, write and inspire others to embrace the fire
inside them. When she’s not busy creating content that empowers others on her blog, she can be found gallivanting around the world.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

85 Blog Post Ideas for Lifestyle Bloggers

85 blog post ideas for lifestyle bloggers

Do you have a hard time coming up with blog post ideas?

Are you unsure about what lifestyle topics to talk about next?

Many bloggers, including myself, run out of blog post ideas!

I understand how frustrating it can be.

Don't fret it because I got you covered!

Don't have a blog yet? Don't feel like setting up your blog? I can help! I can set up your blog all the way to your business email. For more information, visit my contact page and email me.

If you don't know where to start, here's a list of 85 lifestyle blog post ideas to help you create content for your blog.

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85 Blog Post Ideas for Lifestyle Bloggers

1. A roundup post of successful bloggers in your niche.
2. Share your self-care routine with your audience.
3. Your favorite movies to watch.
4. Do a product review.
5. Write a book review.
6. Show off your most recent purchases.
7. Favorite apps on your phone.
8. What's in your bag.
9. Share your 'In My Feelings' playlist... I know everybody has one!
10. The worst place you've visited.
11. Your life goals.
12. The best Instagram accounts to follow.
13. 10 things that are making you happy right now.
14. Write a future letter to yourself.
15. Decorating your dorm.
16. Your experience at your first job.
17. Your favorite childhood memory.
18. Favorite go-to stores.
19. What I typically do in a day (include a few video clips).
20. Your bucket list.
21. What you need to have in your workspace.
22. People who inspire you.
23. Travel bucket list.
24. Favorite go-to snacks.
25. Date ideas.
26. What I eat in a day to stay healthy.
27. X Things to do Before  X Age (Ex. 28 things to do before 28).
28. Must listen to podcasts.
29. Favorite tv shows.
30. Make a post about your pet(s).
31. Nighttime routine.
32. Write about why you started your blog and how it changed your life.
33. Share 10 things people don't know about you.
34. Things to do for the fall.
35. A bedroom reveal.
36. Your everyday makeup routine.
37. Your workout playlist.
38. A roundup of your favorite lifestyle YouTubers.
39. Share a personal struggle and what you learned from it.
40. Money-saving tips & tricks.
41. A new recipe you tried.
42. Your favorite restaurant to go to + your go-to meal to get when you're there.
43. How you get blog traffic.
44. Inside scoop on your city: the best places to shop and lounge at.
45. How to plan the perfect girl's night out.
46. How to plan the perfect girl's night in.
47. Go-to hairstyles for every occasion.
48. Share your content planning strategy for your blog.
49. Date night lookbook.
50. How to monetize your blog.
51. Wishlist of things you want at the moment.
52. A list of things to do with your bestie.
53. Your personal goals for the next month.
54. Chit Chat series (where you give your readers life updates and so much more).
55. Share your favorite cocktail recipes.
56. Workout routine.
57. Your "everyday" accessories.
58. How to deal with toxic people.
59. A 30-day challenge to get your sh*t together.
60. Q&A.
61. Weekly to-do list.
62. Grocery store haul.
63. Your favorite smoothie + why you love it.
64. A list of skills you'd like to learn.
65. 10 ways to style... (shirt, van shoes, or a skirt).
66. Places you've visited.
67. Places you want to visit.
68.List of favorite inspirational quotes (create graphics for them).
69. Talk about the meaning behind your blog name.
70. A Blog Post Ideas List!
71. What you did this past weekend.
72. How to stay positive when things aren't going your way.
73. A funny thing that happened in your relationship.
74. Talk about your last relationship and what you've learned from it.
75. What you love eating for lunch.
76. A movie or book that changed your life.
77. What you do when you're not blogging.
78. The last vacation you took.
79. Host a webinar.
80. Things you're grateful for.
81. What to do on a weekend in Chicago.
82. OOTD.
83. Budget haul (Ex. $50 to spend at Target).
84. Weekly meal prep ideas.
85. Tips for college students.

I hope this list really helped you all for some ideas for your blog.