Sometimes, you gotta boss up & create your own lane.
When I started on this blogging journey 2 years ago, I never knew what it would turn into or how many wonderful people I would meet along the way. I never knew that taking a leap of faith into my “own lane” would lead me to today. I was SO nervous to take this blog full time almost a year later and even more afraid to become my own boss. But God lit up this “lane” so perfectly and practically stepped on the gas pedal for me to lead me in the right direction …
I’ve recently received sooo many requests to share my fitness routine, and the time has finally come! I typically change it up every once in awhile, so all of this may change in the future but for now, I’ll share exactly what I’ve been doing to get in shape for summer. Let me preface this post by telling you all that I am by no means a personal trainer, nor do I have any professional fitness experience on my resume. That being said, this routine is just what I have found to be helpful for me and my own body. Everyone’s body is different. REPEAT AFTER ME: Everyone’s body is different! And that’s what makes each of us special in our own way. (It’s really a beautiful thing!) Just keep that in mind throughout your fitness journey because what works for me may not work for you or vice versa … and that’s okay! However, I am happy to share what has been working for me lately and you can feel free to join me in this routine if it sounds like something that would be helpful to you.
When I think summer style, I think about casual, comfy, practical outfits that are easy to throw on and go about my day! I think cute tees with matching shorts, flip flops, ball caps and pieces that I’ll reach for over and over again. Of course I love my two-piece sets and sassy dresses as much as the next girl, but the more casual, everyday, easy styles are the first ones that come to mind in the summer because I’m almost always near a body of water or out in the heat during these months. And I don’t know about y’all but I just want to feel comfortable and cool while also trying to look cute and put together in those hot temps. That’s why Southern Shirt Co. has come in clutch this year!
I recently raided their website to stock up on their must-have staples, and I 100% recommend you do the same! Now, I’m fully prepared for boat rides on the lake, beach trips, and all the casual summer days in between.
About a week ago, I asked a few questions over on my Instagram stories and told you all that I would follow up on them (and why I was asking them) in an upcoming blog post. I’ve been researching this topic of ‘how to best support your girl gang’ and how to best relay this information for over a month now. Well, it’s finally go-time! Grab a cup of coffee & enjoy. 🙂
One of the most common questions that I get when it comes to blogging and social media in general is, “How did you grow your following?” This is such a broad question, and there are so many ways that I could answer it, so I’m happy to be able to finally spill all the *secrets* in this blog post. However, there’s really no secret to it — and I know that may be discouraging to hear — but there is no one way to organically grow your social media following overnight (I wish!).
In this post, I share specific tips from my own personal experience about managing and growing my brand on social media!
Late last night, I was sitting on my couch doing some blog work, when all of a sudden I stumbled across something on Instagram that instantly gave me a bitter taste in my mouth and made me feel so discouraged in that moment. All these thoughts started rushing to my mind … “Why not me?” … “I just don’t get it” … “That is so unfair” … “Why am I trying to do things the right way when the people who are doing things the wrong way are getting rewarded and I’m not?” … “I work 12+ hour work days to try and set myself apart & I still am not enough in their eyes” … I could go on, but you get the point.
Thankfully, my moment of comparison lasted only for a few minutes because I’ve already played the comparison game way too many times to count, so I’ve finally learned how to turn all of those negative thoughts about myself into something that wouldn’t tear me down, but possibly just build me back up. (*Disclaimer: I really feel like this moment last night was a God thing because I was just talking last week on my IG stories about comparison, and SO many of you wanted me to write a blog post about how I overcome those struggles. Sooo, HERE WE ARE! He really works in mysterious, yet amazing ways.)
When you read the title of this blog post, I’m sure you start to wonder what the heck I’m talking about and why my word for 2018 is “no”. The reason is simple: I’m a recovering people pleaser. I’m recovering from saying “yes” one too many times and then hating myself later on for agreeing to that event, that dinner, that partnership, that trip, etc. Over the past couple of years, I’ve learned more about myself that I ever knew before, and one of the things that has been challenging for me to overcome is learning how to say “no thanks” to people or things that I don’t necessarily want or need in my life at this time. But I’ve learned how to get past this challenge and how to politely decline or step away from things in life that are not beneficial to my health, happiness and well being … And boy has it been one of the most freeing feelings ever!
Time for another Blogging 101 post! I hope these have been helpful and beneficial to you guys if you have been thinking about creating a blog / website or if you’ve just been interested in learning more about the industry. I recently spoke to a fashion class at my alma mater, the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, and it made me realize just how ‘new’ this industry still is to so many. It’s not a career path that has been around for a long time. Heck, I even remember learning about fashion bloggers for the FIRST time back in 2013 when I was a sophomore at UT. Before then, I had no idea something like style blogs even existed … and here we are today. Coming full circle, I suppose 😉
In this post, I want us to focus on creating and planning content for your blog and share a few tips on photo editing, planning your Instagram feed, etc. In doing so, I basically plan to share how I operate on this part of the business and what works for the LNL team at this time. I’m sure other bloggers organize and plan things differently, however, this is just what works for me, and I’m hoping that it may help you too! At this point, you’ve found your niche, you know your target audience demographics, you’ve chosen the name of your blog, the colors and fonts you want to use (i.e. branding), and you’ve created your website … now, it’s time for the really fun part. It’s time to plan out and create all of the beautiful imagery and blog post topics that you want to share on your blog and on your social media platforms. Let’s get started!
Alright, friends – blogging 101 is back in session! I was so pumped to see the positive feedback from my first post in this series and can’t wait to dive into more detail with y’all. Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions at all or if I left off something that you would like for me to include in the future Blogging 101 posts. (You can see what all I plan on covering here.)
By now – after reading Part 1: Finding Your Niche & Knowing Your Audience – you should be clear in the direction that you want to take your blog and know who your target audience will be.
Part 2 is all about the back-end, technical ‘stuff’, which we’ll be talking about today, and trust me, I know it can be super overwhelming. Thankfully my sweet hubby, TJ, offered to come on to LNL as a guest today to help me explain all of this in a clear, easy-to-understand manner.