In my opinion, running a blog and creating content is not as difficult attempting to engage with your audience. There are a lot of factors that prevent you from having great engagement. From inconsistency of posts to not providing value to your readers, your blog can fail really fast. One of the best ways to foster a relationship with your reader (and what I’ve learned is one of the most important things to have) is through an email list.
So when I decided to write a book, I knew I wanted to give my faithful subscribers first dibs at purchasing a copy.
But getting people to subscribe correctly has been a challenge. What I thought were pretty clear instructions are obviously not as clear since several people and and a dozen or more haven’t completed the steps. That causes them to miss out on valuable information without them even realizing it.
Because so many people have been struggling, I’ve taken the time to go through the process step by step (with screenshots) to show you how to subscribe to a MailChimp newsletter. What is MailChimp? It is an email marketing service open to anyone with a message to send to their audience, clients or customers. There are so many benefits to incorporating email marketing into your business plan but laying out the details of that is not the purpose of this post. Let’s continue, shall we?
There is no shortage of women who slay in all different industries but the creatives are my favorite. Today, I’m sharing some fairly new (to me) creative women I’ve followed online with you all. If you didn’t know, now you know.
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde
If you’re unfamiliar with Brene Brown, I need you need to stop what you’re doing and check her out now. She is most famous for her talks on vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame. Ok, now come back. Your life is changed, right?? Brene’s teachings are everything and more. Put her, Elizabeth Gilbert and Oprah Winfrey together, and they are my Holy Trinity on all things authentic.
What Brene understands is that to be shamelessly authentic, we must choose it. She says, “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”
Authenticity demands wholehearted living and loving – even when it’s hard, even when we’re wrestling with the shame and fear of not being good enough, and especially when the joy is so intense that we’re afraid to let ourselves feel it. Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy, and gratitude into our lives. – The Gifts of Imperfection, p. 50
Being shamelessly authentic involves a lot of introspective evaluation. With all that that said, I want to share with you five ways you can be shamelessly authentic right now.
Oprah isn’t the only one with a favorite things list. Albeit, her favorite things list on Amazon is pretty awesome. Last year, I created a holiday gift guide for bloggers. This year, I want to focus on you ladies who want to be awesome, too. And to be awesome, you need some tools. Here are some inspiring holiday gifts for any gal, that will inevitably make you crush 2016.
Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.” Robert J. Sawyer
Last week, I decided to give social media a break. This isn’t new for me. Working in media, I choose to disconnect quite often. I even gave up Facebook, once. This time, I needed to focus, in preparation for 2016. Although I’ve made verbal plans and created vision boards, they never stuck with me because I didn’t get detailed enough about my goals. They were very general in concept. And so, the most logical thing for me to do was to remove my most obvious distractions: social media.
A while ago, a friend of mine reminded me to be specific when I prayed. I was used to praying general prayers. “God, help me get a job to pay my bills. Help me to pay for my travels.” But prayers that are not specific are not only useless, they are directionless. After reading my good friend Krystal’s blog post about praying for yourself and being specific about those prayers, I knew I had to step my game up if I wanted to receive my blessings.
This morning, I desperately wanted a burger. Then I remembered that I no longer eat red meat. And then I wanted to cry. I was vegan for six days before becoming pescatarian. It really was and is one of the best decisions I’ve made in life. But when you are seeking a healthy lifestyle change, your habits have to change as well. Because my habits didn’t match the lifestyle, I felt like a juice cleanse was necessary. Enter Vitamin G2 Vitality.
There are many different ways to make money these days. It’s even more amazing how one can make a living by blogging about anything. The business of blogging is a very profitable one. If you have the numbers and the audience, you can more than pay your bills. I only started accepting sponsored opportunities last year; it’s always nice to get a check. But making money blogging is not everything and sometimes, it can do more harm than good.
Reading was a form of escapism for me as a child. Escaping from the realities of life. I didn’t have a bad childhood, but my wild imagination made it all the better. I think I’ve always wanted to be somewhere other than where I was at the moment. Reading books allowed me to live vicariously through the characters. Compiling a list of all of my favorite books will come at a later date but for right now, here are four books worth reading this summer.