Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Must Have Bullet Journal Lists

I love making lists and I write the majority of my lists in my bullet journal. I always love hearing what people keep track of in their bullet journals, so I thought I'd share what I keep track of in my bullet journal, and maybe even give you some ideas of how to use your bullet journal.


5 lists I have to have in my bullet journal

Books to Read

If you're a book lover like I am, this is an absolute must. I have a list of all the books I want to read and add to it whenever I read a good book review or see an interesting looking book at the store. I also add the date I finished reading the book next to the title so I can look back at what books I read and when.


Usernames and Passwords

I forget my passwords all the time. I probably wouldn't be able to log into anything without keeping this list in my bullet journal. I refer to it all the time and I know when I switch over to a new journal it's time to update my passwords.


Habit Tracker

I come and go with these, but they are SO helpful! I add these to my monthly spreads from time to time and pick 5-10 habits I want to do every day or every other day like drinking 4+ glasses of water, going for a walk, reading for 30 minutes, taking vitamins, making the bed, or watering plants. Having a place to keep track of if you're doing these tasks and how often is a great way to see how well you're doing with your goals and habits.


Yearly Memories

I tried doing monthly memories for a while, but it always failed as I only had one or two big things that I really wanted to remember. So last year I started a 2016 memories page and I loved adding to it each month and being able to look back on it. I'm doing it again this year and I can't wait to be able to see all the amazing things that will happen this year!


Brain Dumps

This is probably the most helpful list for me to make. It helps me to not feel so stressed or overwhelmed when life gets crazy or I just have a lot to do over the weekend. You can simply list out every single thing you need/want to do or break it into categories (which is what I tend to do). When you write these out though, remember that you will not be able to get everything crossed off in one day. I just add them to my daily to do list throughout the week and tick off extra items when I have time.


Those are my must have lists for my bullet journal. Let me know in the comments if you keep the same lists or if you're going to add it to your bullet journal.





Saturday, February 18, 2017

My Top Tips for Writing Blog Posts

With running a blog one of your main jobs is to write blog posts. Contrary to what some people may think, blog posts do not just write themselves and most bloggers put a lot of time and effort into writing their posts. From coming up with post ideas, thinking of ways to make the post you're writing unique to other posts on your blog and on the internet, actually writing the post, and editing - here are a few of my top tips for writing blog posts.


7 tips to help you write your best blog post ever


Brainstorm post ideas often.

It's much easier to put out new posts regularly when you have a lot of different post ideas to choose from. I keep a running list of post ideas on my phone that I add to whenever an idea pops into my head and about once a month I try to sit down with my notebook and brainstorm as many post ideas as I can. Whenever I'm not sure what to write, I check my list for ideas and choose whichever post idea I'm most interested in writing. 


Keep a content calendar.

I like planning my posts out, although at the moment I pretty much plan a week in advance as I do most of my writing over the weekend. However whether your planning 2 months in advance or adding them to your calendar after you post, having a content calendar helps you to see if you're repeating the same topics too often and how often you're posting. It also helps if you want to write seasonal content as you can see when holidays are coming up!


Write posts that you would want to read.

If I was to choose the BEST advice I've ever been given for blogging it would be this: write about what you would want to read. If you're not interested in it, why are you writing about it? If you wouldn't read it, why do you expect others to? If you're interested in and excited about what you're writing it will show and chances are other people will be interested in it, too. If nothing else, you'll be creating content you can be proud of.


Outline your posts before writing.

This is something that's often overlooked when writing, but it's so important. It doesn't have to be an elaborate outline by any means. For this post I wrote my intro and then outlined the posts by putting in the headings. This keeps the post organized, and prevents me from just repeating myself over and over again.


Add a piece of yourself.

Whether it be your sense of humor, stories of your personal experiences, or even just those random words you like to use it's so important to include a piece of yourself in your writing. Doing this ensures that your post will be different from other bloggers'. I know sometimes it seems like we're all writing the same things, but the reason why I'll click on just about anyone's blogging tips, room tour, or bullet journal post is because I want to see what their take on it is, what they've learned, and what they've done differently. Include a bit of yourself in each post and it's guaranteed to be unique.


Don't copy other blogs.

Hopefully this seems like an obvious point, but do NOT copy other people's blogs! It's totally fine to get inspiration from other blogs or sources. Use that inspiration to create your own content and improve your current abilities. It is not cool to copy a whole post from another writer. It will only hurt you, especially when people catch on to what you're doing. If you want to use something from them - maybe a quote or give them credit for your post idea - be sure to let them know (or better yet, ask them if it's okay) via Twitter or email. 


Read through your post before publishing.

I don't stringently edit my posts - this is not my job and generally speaking I'm a decent writer and speller. For me, editing is mostly reading through my posts before publishing. I usually read (and re-read) each paragraph as I write - taking out this sentence, adding in this, deleting a word here or there. Once I'm done I always read through the whole post one time to make sure it flows well, everything goes together, and there's no glaring mistakes.


There you have it, my top tips for writing blog posts from brainstorming to publishing. I hope this helps you. There are times when I struggle with writing and other times where I feel like I could write 10 posts in a day, so don't feel alone if you're having a hard time with it. 

Let me know if these tips are helpful and if you have any other tips for writing in the comments!





Tuesday, February 14, 2017

40 Things To Do When You're Stuck Inside

It seems like we're always stuck inside in winter and on all those rainy days that come with spring. Since I'm super busy with work at the moment, I don't get too bored, but I still end up finding myself doing the same things. So I thought I'd make a list of 40 things to do when stuck inside.

Bored? Here's 40 Things You Can Do Inside

  1. Read a book.
  2. Try a new recipe.
  3. Bake cookies or brownies.
  4. Watch a new movie.
  5. Re-watch a movie you haven't seen in awhile. 
  6. See what's new on YouTube.
  7. Make your own video.
  8. Draw.
  9. Paint or watercolor.
  10. Color an adult coloring page or two.
  11. Decorate/design pages in your bullet journal or planner.
  12. Try a Pinterest DIY.
  13. Paint your nails.
  14. Try a new hairstyle.
  15. Experiment with makeup looks.
  16. Give yourself an at-home facial.
  17. Put together new outfits from what's in your closet.
  18. Make the perfect playlist.
  19. Listen to old bands/throwback music.
  20. Give your place a good cleaning.
  21. Organize that closet you've been meaning to organize forever.
  22. Edit your wardrobe.
  23. Research a topic that interests you.
  24. Catch up on the news.
  25. Learn a new language.
  26. Call a friend just to chat.
  27. Call a family member you haven't talked to in a while.
  28. Write a short story or poem.
  29. Practice yoga.
  30. Find a workout video on YouTube to do. I like blogilates.
  31. Catch up on your favorite blogs.
  32. Discover new blogs through hashtags, recommendations, or exploring on Bloglovin.
  33. Schedule social media posts.
  34. Update old blog posts.
  35. Promote old blog posts on social media.
  36. Learn a new skill to improve your blog.
  37. Respond to comments.
  38. Experiment with photography.
  39. Take stock photos for your blog.
  40. If you don't have a blog, start one. I have a step by step guide to starting your own blog here.


Hopefully this list helps you do a few different things to break up the monotony of winter. Let me know in the comments what you like to do when you're stuck inside.




Saturday, February 11, 2017

Albuquerque Photo Diary

When my family went to the Grand Canyon in December, we drove all the way there! We made a stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We visited Albuquerque Old Town which has a lot of buildings from the original Spanish settlers who moved there. It is a really cool area with lots of shops. Of course I had to take a billion pictures so I thought I'd share a few of them here!


Photo diary of Old Town Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico


A lot of the buildings are adobe with blue accents, like this building. I love the colors together.




In the center of the plaza is the San Felipe de Neri church. It's the oldest church in Albuquerque and has been in use since 1706. It's gorgeous both outside and inside.



This was one of my favorite shops. The peppers hanging, the pottery and Dia de los Muertos stuff in the windows - it was perfect. I loved it.



I also loved all the cactuses.



I hope you enjoyed this post. It's the last of my photos from the trip so now I'll have to find other ways to relive it. Tell me, have you ever been to Albuquerque? Is it on your list of places to visit? Let me know in the comments!