545.0 – July 2020

7/1/2020 – July. Wednesday. Last full day of work before a holiday weekend, tomorrow is a half day. Thank goodness. This week I really feel like I need it. I don’t know what it is… Maybe I am getting my period but who the hell knows. Ever since my husband and I decided to stop having babies and I was diagnosed with PCOS my period has been pretty regular. It’s like I finally hit puberty and I thought I was through all that already. So now I never know if I am dying, losing my mind or if it’s just hormones. The past two days though I have been eating lunch and then taking a nap because I feel so exhausted and it hurts looking at a computer and trying to keep my eyes open.
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Ahh, July. I was thinking about setting some blog goals and I decided I’m not going to set any goals for the summer. My job has officially decided that we are not even thinking about going back into the office until earliest September. That’s totally fine with me. I love working from home. I like being able to have lunch on the deck and then catch a quick 10 minutes of sun or being able to take a quick nap if need be. I love having my family near me always. My husband had to run into the office yesterday and 5 minutes after he left my daughter said “I miss Daddy.” I laughed, but I did too.
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I know it’s going to be really hard to go back to work and separate when things start to open up. I’m actually loving all this time home. We are able to slow down and focus more on each other. My daughter and husband took up skateboarding. I got roller blades. My son has a flicker scooter that he is loving. We’re adding stuff to the house to just be able to hang out and have fun stuff to do together. My husband and I are getting our work done and it’s nice to be able to have lunch and take breaks everyday together.
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I told you last week that I started rent the runway again and I have been trying dresses. I’m loving wearing them at home. For work we had a full staff meeting and I was wearing a dress and I feel weird going out in public or being seen in a dress. I am starting to get more comfortable but I had to stop my video on the full staff meeting because I really felt almost embarrassed, even though I am pretty sure I am the only person who knew I was wearing a dress. Also, I am pretty sure that no one was really paying attention to my screen. I am not that important at work. I just felt really self conscious. Do you ever feel like that? I’m still going to keep wearing them for a while because I have tried a couple that felt really good to wear. I really want to change up my look sometimes and it would be nice to know what styles look good.
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That’s pretty much it for me. I had to pause on reading the news for a bit. The explosion of Covid in the south and mid west is really concerning me. The murder hornets. The new swine flu. The tri state (NY, NJ and CT) has made a mandatory 14 day quarantine if you are arriving from 16 states now and the list is growing. I am happy that they are doing that but I am also nervous because how do they enforce something like that?  I’m finally feeling better about going out of the house with a mask on. Why aren’t people wearing masks though? I really don’t think it should be political. It’s about protecting yourself and your loved ones. Is it comfortable? No. Would I rather not wear a mask? Of course. But is it really worth possibly getting sick, or your family sick, or someone else’s family sick just because you don’t want to be uncomfortable for an hour or two? People need to stop being so damn selfish.
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Anyway, that’s all for me. How are you doing?
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My Dream House – Guest Blog!

Have you ever took the time to sit down and think?? And I’m not talking about thinking about all the things you have to get done tomorrow. I’m talking about your future, specifically the house you want?? Where it would be? How would it look? How many bedrooms and bathrooms and most importantly how would you decorate?? I sure have!! I’ve never been The materialistic type of girl I am literally content with everything the Lord has given me including the house I live in now. However… That doesn’t mean a girl can’t dream right?? With that being said here it is

Location: This is something I still have to figure out. I’ve always said I wanted to live in California, I’ve never been but for some reason I think it’s so beautiful. However I may have to reconsider this for two reasons. 1. Physical therapy isn’t available there. I’m not sure how true this is but a few years ago when I was still in school there was a show called Push girls about four women in wheelchairs. I went to school telling a teacher about it and she posted a message on their Facebook page, surprisingly a day or two later the father of one of the cast members reached out which led to her doing a Q&A with the whole school. I can’t remember the exact question I asked but it had something to do with physical therapy. She explained how getting therapy was a little difficult for her because it’s not available there. Being wheelchair-bound this is something pretty important..Well at least for me. 2. The weather. I’m always hearing stories about wildfires and earthquakes. Not to think negative but it wouldn’t be easy for me to stop drop and roll if something were to happen.

Living room

I really like the layout of these living rooms they all make me feel like grabbing a cup of hot chocolate and snacks and cuddling up with husband on the couch watching Grey’s Anatomy well the kids are asleep. I’d probably get black or gray Couch’s instead of white because I have O.C.D. And kids are messy. It’ll drive me crazy seeing Orange cheese puffs hand Prints or juice stains on My white couch!

Bedrooms: I’d like about 8 bedrooms!! Yes 8.

My Room… Can you tell I love purple?? My poor husband will probably get annoyed with purple and blue “ sorry in advance bae! Seriously” A room for each of our children, something tells me he’ll want 5 or more. A guest room and not 1 but 2 offices. Other couples may share their office but I want my own.

Kitchen: This isn’t really my ideal kitchen but I chose it for the color. Yes I want a kitchen with Black cabinets and counters because again kids are messy.

Bathrooms I say we’ll need at least 3 of them. One in our room, the kids can share and one for the guest.

Pool: Last but but not least a pool for those hot summer days!!

Well that’s it for dream house that’ll most like stay just that….A dream lol. Do you have a dream house??

Week 15- Personal Update

This week seems to be flying by. Work is busy and just when I feel like I have got the hang of working from home, I found myself running late this morning. Haha. Like there was traffic between my coffee in the kitchen and logging into work in our office. Which is our art studio with a desk in it.
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I started my Rent the Runway monthly membership again on Monday. I put it on hold for the past 3 months because it felt wrong to order clothes for delivery just so I can wear new things at home. Also, I felt like an asshole walking into the UPS store with a mask on and a bag of clothes to return. But things are starting to open up again and we are starting to venture out. Slowly, but we’re feeling out a new normal for the summer. I really loved the trying new things to wear and this summer I was planning on wearing loads of dresses that I will rent. I am not a dress person. I haven’t been since I was 7, over 30 years ago. I would only wear a dress or skirt when I had to because I was really embarrassed by my body, or I think that was it. I am heavier than ever now and honestly, I don’t really care what other people think of me anymore. I want to try new things and so I am going to try dresses for the summer. I am currently wearing a dress that is to gorgeous to wear working from home… I don’t care. I am comfortable and happy. And it’s really the little things right now.
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Speaking of little things, we put up the hammock in the backyard and it’s my daughters new favorite hang out. It will be mine too. The basketball hoop for the garage comes Monday. That’s going to be super fun. We got a bunch of new board games last night and had a family game night. Since we can’t go anywhere for summer and the kids aren’t going to camp, we are making sure to add lots of fun things around the house for the kids and us to do. I’m actually getting excited watching it all come together now. The next project will be washing and painting the kids play set in the backyard. My daughter wants to turn it into a “Restaurant with a drive through and a little living place on top”. So that’s the next project since we finished garage. We painted the wall of the garage and let the kids spray paint whatever they wanted. I think it looks awesome.
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My flowers and plants are growing. I never thought I would be a gardener, but I am officially talking to my plants when I water them. We bought 2 new rose bushes for the front yard and planted them. They looked really pretty and then they started to look really wilty…. and then they started to look dead. For the past few weeks I have been giving them extra care and water and it seems to be working. There is a lot of new growth and new buds forming, and not wilty. I don’t think that’s a word, but that’s what I am going with.
I have 4 planters on the deck with flowers overflowing in 3 of them… One box I used a different (cheaper, it was on sale and I am a sucker for a sale) soil in. The soil you use really makes a HUGE difference. I added better soil to the flower box that wasn’t growing very well and it seems to be helping. I am using that box as my experiment box. Whatever works in there I use for the roses in the front. It seems to be working.
I have cucumber plants, loads of all different kinds of peppers, 6 tomato plants (cherry, grape, big boy, and yellow), eggplants and arugula. Everything is growing. My daughter counted yesterday 30 pots (including the planters) spread out around our deck to catch the sun. This is my new hobby and I am all in. I never would have thought.
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We had a training at work on Monday. “Brave Conversations: Understanding Racism”. It was interesting and I am happy that my job is offering these things. For the past few weeks I have been reading and writing and talking to my husband (he’s Dominican and I am white). I want to understand what I unknowingly take for granted and be able to recognize when that happens. I have never been nervous about my children or my husband before because of the color of their skin. I always just thought their skin was beautiful. It just never occurred to me that we were different. Or that my husband and I experience or interpret ( I don’t know if that is the right word. Maybe have had different dialogue?) life differently. I mean, I know he always resorts to the worst possible case scenario, but so do I… I thought that was just our normal.
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I know that the way our world is set up is wrong. Everything from the police, government, welfare, healthcare is so convoluted. It’s been made that way on purpose. And it always boils down to money. I was so confused trying to understand it all that I never registered to vote because I didn’t feel like I should vote on something I didn’t understand.
Honestly, everything that is happening has opened my eyes. The way we are getting information on Covid and how the economy is more important that peoples lives. The way we let these people just do whatever the fuck they want with no consequence to themselves. The racist fucking president in office. I’m so sick of what my kids are growing up in. I registered to vote. I am going to educate the crap out of myself and stop being a blind, dumb bystander. That was my fault. I made a choice to ignore it, and I was so wrong.
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A lot of the information in the training I was already aware of just from watching documentaries on Netflix (13th, if you haven’t seen it, watch it) and reading articles on the internet that my husband and I have been sending back and forth to each other.
I never really understood were race and racism came from and the truth is, it was made up. The only reason why our skin is different colors is because of the sun and our bodies needing to be able to absorb vitamin D to survive. Wherever your ancestors are from, if they are whiter, it’s because they lived in colder climates and needed to be able to absorb more sun when they could. If they are darker, they lived in warmer climates and were outside more and therefore didn’t need to absorb as much. That’s it. Race was literally created by white people and based off nothing scientific… at all.
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I want to educate myself. I want to understand how the country was built and I want it to change. I want to be able to recognize internal, interpersonal, institutional and systemic racism. I will do everything I can to help it change. Donate, sign petitions, read and read more, have conversations, speak up, be active. Black Lives Matter.
That is where I am at this week. How are you doing?

Personal Update – Week 14

Week 14 of the staying at home. I am totally fine with working from home now. In fact, I love it. They’re saying we won’t be back in the office until maybe September, and I am totally fine with that. I would be totally fine if I only had to go in once a month after that. That’s all I really need to print. But we’ll see. No one really knows anything yet.
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The kids are done with school. We have summer rules set up.
1.) No video games before noon. Then a 2 hour limit per play and at least an hour break with no screens in between.
2.) Must get outside for at least an hour when it’s not raining. Go for a walk, ride a bike, just sit on the deck… Anything, but get outside.
3.) Reading, science, math, history, pick a subject and study for an hour every week day.
4.) Wake up, brush your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face, change your underwear. ( Yes, we need to make this a rule because they “forget” and then “It’s our fault for not reminding them.”…)
That’s it. Hopefully, this will be a good summer for all of us. I am excited.
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They are opening a few more things tomorrow in CT. It’s our second phase of reopening. Gym’s, indoor dining up to 50% capacity, and a few other places. We are going to wait a bit before indoor dining anywhere. I’m just still really nervous. We are planning on going to a friends house this weekend. It’s the family we are going on vacation with in August. We go on vacation with them every year and this year we were worried we would have to cancel but so far we are good to go and I can’t wait. But this weekend we are going to their house to sit outside and BBQ. I am so happy. If we only have them, my sister and niece and me ma and pe pa, I think I’ll be alright.
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We did order the Hammock for the backyard. We ordered a basketball hoop for the garage. We painted the side of the garage and let the kids spray paint it for an art project. I really like it so far. I think they did a great job and I can’t wait to see what else they add. My flowers are looking pretty good except for one pot and one rose bush in the front yard. I am really hoping to nurse those back to life. I’ve never been a gardening person, but I kind of like it. It makes everything more colorful and pretty. The deck looks good, the grass is growing in, I can’t wait to turn the backyard into summer fun. We bought a blow up pool and a badminton set too.
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My job sent out a really cool email yesterday. We are no longer observing columbus day in October. Instead, we now have Juneteenth day on June 19th as a permanent holiday. We are celebrating the end of slavery. I really think this is a great idea.
How are you doing?

One of those days – Guest Post!

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Dear Ja’Darius
It’s one of those days again, actually one of those weeks if I’m honest. One where all I want to do is cry. I miss you sooo much. Not a day goes by that you aren’t on my mind and I often find myself asking god why?? Why you?? Why me?? Why he couldn’t write our story different?? Why couldn’t my high school crush come back and find me?? I still have the Smurf you gave me at the Christmas party back in 2010, I’m gonna unpack him so I could sleep with him. I remember that day like it was yesterday, how there were literally about 200 of the same smurfs but you had to get a specific one for me, one that had an even amount of stuffing throughout his whole body, how you literally started pushing any and everybody out of your way because you were so eager to find the perfect one so Michelle stepped in to help you. How when I asked why’d you do all that pushing and shoving just for a smurf?? Your exact words were “because I love you.” I miss you sooo much especially when I’m hungry but I can’t reach the ingredients in the cabinet because I’m so short. I miss asking you to say something to me in Spanish even though I knew you didn’t know not one word. I miss how much you hated your curls but let them grow just so I could play in them. They say it gets easier but for me it hasn’t. They say I shouldn’t cry because you wouldn’t want me too but sometimes it’s all I want to do. My mom asks me a lot of questions about you…she says if she would’ve met you she would’ve loved you too. Since learning of your passing I haven’t allowed myself to get close to anyone. I don’t know how. I’m scared. Scared that if I let someone new in the same thing will happen all over again.
Sincerely: High School Sweetheart??
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Weekend Plans

Today is my son’s 11th birthday. I can’t believe it. I called him an eleventeen this morning and he said that was corny. Haha.
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We did the scavenger hunt this morning. I was really thinking that they would out grow it but it seems that they still love it, so we’ll keep it for a while.🙂
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Tonight we are having Me ma, Pe pa, Sister and niece over for a little cook out outside on the deck. My husband is comfortable with it and I am so excited. I just can’t wait to see other people and be able to have a conversation in person. We haven’t seen anyone really in 13 weeks. Except in passing. One of our family friends has brought us ribs whenever he smokes them and leaves them on our deck. At the beginning of all this, he bought a smoker to experiment with and we get the leftovers since we can’t be together. They are so good. My husband even pulled our smoker out of the garage so we can start again. I want to try to smoke some salmon. Oh, I am so hungry right now.
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Tonight we are grilling some thick (about 1.5-2 inch thick) rib eyes, a halibut steak, lobster tails and then if anyone wants a burger or hot dogs, I have those too. Then we have mac salad, potato salad, corn, kale and cabbage slaw, and then I am going to fry steak fries and plantains. I have a chocolate Ice cream cake for dessert.
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I don’t think I can express how happy I feel today. I feel like in Frozen when Elsa opens the gates and Anna is running around singing. Of course we will keep distance. I have disposable everything and we will try to minimize contact as much as possible. All the people coming have been in staying home. Hopefully, everything will be great and we can start having my sister over a little more often. I just miss everyone. I know everyone else does too. It would just be so nice to have a couple people we can see.
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So far our summer vacation is on in August. We rented a house in the Poconos. I am really looking forward to that. I am also looking for a house to rent in Cape Cod for a long weekend in September. I love September in Cape Cod. I haven’t been there any other time but I don’t think I have to. We’ll see about that though.
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Tomorrow is my deep clean Saturday. And Sunday so far nothing. I think we’ll probably keep it as nothing for now. I did buy passes to the Museum and Nature center last week so maybe if it’s nice we’ll go out for a hike. We’ll see.
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What about you? What are your weekend plans? Have you been around other people since the shut down?

Green Mountains, Vermont – Virtual Family Trip.

This weeks Virtual Road trip is going to be Green Mountains, Vermont.
We’ve gone to Vermont a handful of times as a family before. My husbands old job used to pay for a weekend at Okemo so even though we don’t ski, we would go as a mini weekend getaway. There are fun things to do if you don’t ski. Okemo has snow tubing (which I got a concussion on when my tube flipped so we stopped doing that) ice skating, pools (indoor and outdoor) and a mountain coaster.  My husband left that job a couple years ago so we stopped going because a lot of those things we can do around here without driving 3.5 hours.
This past weekend the kids mentioned that they missed it. I said we should go back but during the spring/summer because there is probably a lot more to do for us at that time. That’s what my pick is for this week!
First, where to stay?
Killington, VT. Killington Grand Resort.
2 bedroom penthouse suite. Cause that’s how we roll when it’s virtual and we’re not actually paying.
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What to do?
Pool:
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Beast Mountain Coaster – This is a must. My kids loooove mountain coasters and this one looks awesome.
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The Soaring Eagle:
Ok, this looks like I would be scared out of my mind, but also laughing.
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Skye Ropes Course: My son wants to try one and this one looks crazy.
Beast Mountain Coaster
Trampoline Jump: I think the kids would love this.
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Amaze’n Maze: Maybe this? If we had an hour to kill.
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A Gondola Ride –
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And that would complete our long weekend!
After looking at this resort for so long I think once things start to reopen, maybe we should take a trip up. It looks like it has a lot of fun things to do.

Anything is possible – Guest blog!

If you follow me on Instagram you may or may not know that I am in a wheelchair due to a hospital mistake, that’s a story for another time though. Because of this I’ve struggled with a shit load of insecurities because of the mean and hurtful things I was told growing up. Not anymore though 2020 is my year!! With that being said I’ve decided to start working out. This isn’t new to me when I was 12 I had a six pack but I was insecure because I am a girl. Stupid reason to be insecure right?? I know… Back then the whole gender stereotype was a thing. Comments like ” you’re a girl girls aren’t supposed to have muscles.” I’m a grown man and I don’t even have abs.” Were constantly said. It made me feel like it was wrong for a girl to be in shape. I didn’t intentionally let myself go but I have surgery and was is stuck in the bed for six weeks with a cast. My only priority then was recovering not my body prior. However now 25 years old I really miss how in shape I was. Over the years I found myself even slipping back into depression because of it. 

I’m taking my life back!! It’s been a month since I’ve embarked on this workout journey and if I am honest it’s harder than I thought!! My goal is to have my six pack back but I can’t even do push-ups at the moment. So for now I’m just doing some dumbbell exercises at home that are modified just a Little because of my disability. 

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Here are some of the exercises I do… disabled young old man or a woman you can do anything you put your mind to!!! 

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Dear white people – Guest Post!

 

Dear white people (NOT ALL)

I love you, why are you scared of me?? I bleed red just like you. I cry just like you. Why are you scared of me? In case you haven’t figured it out yet yes I’m black. A black woman who genuinely wants to know why are you scared of me?…why are you scared of us black daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunties, uncles, cousins, grandma, grandpas and even Hispanics/latinos and Latinas? What about us instills fear in your heart the second you encounter one of us to the point that you have to pull out a gun and not just shoot but kill? why can’t you see us as humans just like you?

I’m saddened by the fact that I even felt the need to write this but I’m tired and if I’m honest starting to get a little scared to go out because anything I do can be seen as a threat even something as simple as making sure I’m sitting up straight in my wheelchair!! However I do know that this is not  only a racist issue but a spiritual  one as well the devil wants us divided but we must come together especially as the body of Christ and tell him to F off!! Dear White people I know not all of you are  infected with the racist bug in fact I’m honored to know some of you but I’m asking that you use your voices and who knows maybe one conversation with you will change millions of hearts🙏🏽

Sincerely 

A black daughter 

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How Writing a Book Helped Me Get to Know Myself - Writing and Wellness

Top Ten things I learned from 1 1/2 years of blogging

1.) Really enjoy it. For me, it’s a hobby. Would I love to make a full time salary off it and be able to do it full time? Of course! Will that happen for me? Probably not. In a year and a half I made a grand total of $8.00 off ads on my blog and $20.00 in book sales. I write because I love to and I found that since it is a favorite hobby, I want to keep in enjoyable.
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2.) Don’t test products unless you really want to promote them.
I did a review of a product and I had to promote it for 2 weeks. I loved getting the stuff and trying it out, I didn’t like promoting it so much all over. That’s just me though and probably why I haven’t looked for other things. Would I love to get free stuff?? Yeah! But I only would want to promote the stuff I really, really wanted to tell my readers about. In my case I signed a contract and then I was mad at myself.
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3.) Do not agree to guest blog on someone else’s blog UNLESS you REALLY want to.
A long time ago I was asked to participate in a travel blog collection. Someone was doing an all 50 states and where should you go type of collection. I thought it sounded really cool and I figured it would link back to my blog, so more traffic. I was asked to do my state and I wrote about all the places that we loved to visit, where to eat and all the fun things we liked to do.
Writing it wasn’t a problem, what sort of made me upset was I was asked to add a bunch of stuff and then I never really saw it promoted by the person once they posted it on their blog.
I ended up posting it to my blog after a couple months because I worked really hard on it. Probably harder than I worked on a lot of my previous blogs at that point. I was proud of it. It inspired me to write about a lot of our family vacations and where we go and what we do… I just started a virtual trip weekly since I can’t plan real vacations right now.
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4.) Support other blogs and you will see it returned. Even if you don’t get supported back, support other blogs anyway. I love finding good people to follow and even though I don’t read every single week, I try to stop by at least once a month to see what they are up too. Like, follow, comment, participate.
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5.) Set goals but don’t beat yourself up about not hitting them.
In the beginning I was all about views. All about it. I counted them and loved seeing the daily and monthly views grow. And then they didn’t for a while. They just stayed around the same and I really got discouraged. I promised myself I would give it a good year and I did. Some months are better, some months are not that great. Any views are better than no views.
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6.) Take a break if you need too.
I really burned out last summer. My initial goal was to post one blog every day that I went to my real job. Like it wouldn’t be hard. I was such a fool. I found myself repeating myself throughout the blog posts because I was burning out.
It started to feel like a job some days just to come up with something new to write. I stopped forcing it. I now write a couple times a week, I promote each post for a few hours across twitter, pintrest and facebook and then I let it go.
I want to build content and I want it to be interesting.
Take a Break – Lionel Sneed Ministries
7.) Do not compare yourself to other people and their blogs.
There was one person who started around the same time as me and she was making money within months. I honestly felt like I wasn’t doing enough, like I should be doing more and like I was failing. When I asked, she said she would help me, if I took her course. I declined.
I am not a sales person, I have never been a good one. If you ask me what I think, I’ll tell you the truth. Do you need this? Probably not. Why?  Because if you asked my advice I would give it to you for free. I wouldn’t think of putting a course together and selling it. Because then I would have to sell it, and I am not a good sales person. But that’s how she’s making money. Great for her, not what I want to do.
I personally don’t have a lot of money to invest in this. I realized this is something I enjoy doing on the side of my work and family and that’s just the way it is for me, for now. The point is, don’t compare yourself to other people. Just do you.
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8.) There is so much to learn and so much that goes into blogging. Writing is just the tip of it. Promoting, marketing and growing takes a lot of time. I joined other blogging sites, I cross post to a lot of places and I have finally given up on even looking at instagram. How to people blog on instagram?
I haven’t even scratched the surface of SEO, I don’t even really know what that means. But I try to pick good key words and pray for the best. If you’re in this to win, there is a lot to know.
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9.) Write what works for you. Write what you know. It’s easier.
I read a lot about how you need to pick a niche to be successful in blogging. That wasn’t for me. I’m not a niche writer. One day I feel like traveling and the next I want to review a movie. The next day I’m feeling kind of shitty and want to talk about that. I write what I want and that’s what works for me.
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10.) Don’t give up! Keep writing. Keep doing it because you love it. Be proud of yourself and be proud of your work. You got this!
Don't Give Up on Your Writing - Dianne Jacob, Will Write For Food
After one and a half years, I will keep going. Lately, I have slowed down. Mostly because we aren’t going anywhere. I actually felt slightly depressed Monday about not having a BBQ and not being around my friends. It’s been almost 3 months now. So I didn’t even post a blog that day. I’m okay with that. After one and a half years I have sort of found my groove and I like my groove. It doesn’t make me money, but it does make me happy.
Happy Blogiversary!!!! – Mrs. Accountabilitee
What about you? What is something blogging really taught you? Why do you blog? Any advice for other bloggers?
Here’s to another year!