Real Talk: Getting Out Of Your Own Way

A quote popped up on my Instagram feed a few weeks ago, and it really stuck with me.

All it said was:

Get out of your own way.

I know, it’s simple. Short and sweet. That’s why, when the idea to do a post on the subject came to me, I immediately thought, “Wait a second, everyone already knows this. It’s too easy. Like, thanks Captain Obvious.”

Then I realized though, even if people already know this short mantra in their hearts, their heads often interfere, making it extremely difficult to actually follow through with this seemingly simple direction. I mean, think about it. How many times have you wanted to do something so badly, but still found a reason not to?

Rewardstyle vs. Shopstyle Collective: What You Need to Know + A Downloadable List of 10 Sponsorship Networks to Join

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When I first started blogging almost three years ago, I was totally clueless. I read other blogs, but I pretty much had no idea how the whole shebang worked. 

+ If you want to see what I mean, check out my first post ever…I’d say there’s been quite an improvement, no?

Regardless, I jumped in with both feet & spent almost every night for the first year staying up until all hours researching and teaching myself everything from website design and photography, to how to land sponsorships, build an audience, earn affiliate income, increase engagement, etc. 

3 Tricks That Will Make You More Productive Instantly

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Ahh productivity. It’s a tricky thing, isn’t it? These days, I’m distracted by just about anything and everything, and I sometimes find myself wasting the day away on miscellaneous tasks, only to be forced to stay up late at night in order to get actual work done. It’s terrible! 

As they say, “Do something instead of killing time, because time is killing you.” A bit morbid, but accurate — right?

Lately I’ve been implementing a few strategies to get my head back in the game, and they’ve been working so well that I just had to share with you guys, too. 

How to Never Run Out of Blog Post Ideas Again

If there’s one thing that I think almost all bloggers fear above all, it’s running out of ideas. I mean, let’s be honest…writer’s block is a huge pain in the a$$ — especially if you’re relying on your blog as a source of income. 

I wrote about how comparison has stifled my creativity in the past here, but there’s a few other tips that I didn’t note in that post that have helped me to grow as a writer and blogger immensely.

In fact, I almost never question what I’m going to write about nowadays.

That’s coming from a girl who used to stare at her computer for hours trying to come up with the “perfect” post idea.  

Better Late Than Never: The Best of 2016

Okay, so I’m low key posting a 2016 recap two weeks after we rang in the new year…Delayed, I know. So are you guys ready for the 2017 talk to STFU already? I hope not (but to be honest, if I see another new year’s meal plan popup on bloglovin’ for the 500th time, I might be too…). 

Anyways, for those of ya who’ve been following along with the shenanigans on Insta, you know that R. and I have been nonstop on the go lately. First Disney, then Ft. Myers, Jamaica & Pittsburgh

How to Take Blog Photos That Will Get You Noticed

After getting such positive feedback on this post, I wanted to follow up with some more photography tips! These are geared towards blogging (though Instagram is a big part of that world now too), which I’ll be covering more often through a new series called “Becoming Your Own (Blog) Boss” (BYOB for short…haha!).  Though bloggers wear many hats, photographer is surely one of the most frequented. In a world where Instagram has over 500 million monthly users, there’s simply no way of getting around taking photos if you’re serious about the getting into the blogging scene.  And guess what? No longer is a simple #unfiltered cellphone snapshot enough. You need actual photography skills. And they don’t just earn you brownie points…they’re an absolute necessity.  The fact of the matter is that the blogging world has evolved. The space has become super saturated and, as with any market in which this happens, consequently…

5 Podcasts You Need in Your Life

Boy oh boy are you guys in for a treat today. We’re talking about *drumroll*… Podcasts.  I kid you not, every person I start talking to about this literally looks at me like a deer in the headlights and is totally thinking WTF are you talking about Holly?  But guys, I promise you’ll be just as in love with podcasting as I am by the end of this post; just hear me out.  First things first. WTF is a podcast?  If you’ve already gotten the lowdown on podcasts, sweet deal. For those of you who are totally lost, here’s the quick & dirty:  Podcasts are essentially downloadable talk shows. you can find them on the pre-installed app if you own an iphone, They’re free, and anyone can start their own show. They’re THE  thing to be listening to when you’re driving in your car, working out, cleaning the house, etc., because…