Should You Change Your Blog’s Name?

I hope you can all tell by now that I’ve definitely made some changes to my blog. I’ve cleaned up what I’ve could, refreshed the look, and have shifted my content. Perhaps, only for my own personal preference. However, I try to make this site as relatable and transparent as possible which is why I wanted to come on a talk about why I’ve made the changes I have and more importantly why I renamed the blog “TheNatalieLynn.com“.

“Change is good”

So recently, I’ve been feeling very uninspired and when I feel that way I try to counter act it by trying a bunch of new things all at once. I didn’t like the content I was putting out and I hated how lazy I became. If the stuff I put out wasn’t 100% to my liking, I wouldn’t ever post it. Which is how it should be right? But what if everything I wanted to publish needed to be perfect? It just wasn’t possible and my blog kind of fell off for a bit.

I came to the conclusion just last week, that my blog name “ChiGoalDigger.com” had nothing to do with who I was today. It gave the feeling that:

1. I live in downtown Chicago (which shocker, I do not)

2. That I’m reaching towards something and being hella successful.

Ehhh. I guess the second one is true. I mean I do really care about positivity, success, motivation and all that stuff. But I am only human and I wanted to share more than just the ups with my audience. I want to share my lows, the highs, and everything in between. I really want this site to be a platform for what I stand for. Ultimately, the name just didn’t fit and quite frankly just sounded so unfamiliar to me.

If you’re in the same boat. If you feel like what you’re creating isn’t puzzle piecing together just right…try something else! Being relevant is one thing but finding something you’re willing to pour your heart into is another.

Kindness Is Not Weakness

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I often get a label called “overly nice”. Huh?! Does anyone else ever get this and just think, “is it possible to be too nice”? I agree, there are certain situations and scenarios where “niceness” should go right out the freaking window but…on a daily basis? Is it wrong to be too kind?

“Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you”

I learned a long time ago that smiling, encouraging, and uplifting others makes a difference. You never know what another person is going through or what hardships they could be facing. As cliche as it may sound, a kind gesture or comment can go a long way. A very long way.

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But what some don’t understand is that kindness is not weakness. A person that is kind shouldn’t be walked over. They shouldn’t be overlooked, ignored, or deemed too fragile. If anything, being a good person…a nice person…makes me feel inspired and motivated. I feel more confident and more willing to engage with others. I communicate well with my coworkers and love to meet new people. Being nice, gives me this glowing belief that I made an impact. If I can change the direction of one person’s bad day, than that is proof I am living a life with purpose.

“The world is filled with nice people, if you can’t find one be one”

So next time you are having a bad day, appreciate the people who are trying to make it better and spread good vibes even when you’re not feeling them. Things will get better, life will go on, and tomorrow is a bright new day! What you put into the universe is sure to come back around.

What’s In Our Easter Baskets 2018

Let me just start by saying, Happy Easter! I hope everyone is enjoying the day as much as I am. So far, it’s been full of laughs, good food, and family course!

This year, I chose to do something a little special for my husband and our pups. I went all out and got each of them their own Easter basket filled with goodies! Here’s what was inside!

My husband’s basket included: a blender bottle, huggable hangers for his work ties, an air freshener for his new car, a 10 pack of new socks (essentials ya know), scratch off lotto tickets, and a bottle of his favorite wine (19 crimes).

My guy isn’t very big on sweets or candy so I tried to find alternatives and things I knew he was in need of! I was able to find almost everything from Target for a super affordable price. Some of the stuff was even on clearance! Overall, I think his basket turned out pretty good! With a cost of less than $50!

As for the doggos, each little baby got a small basket with toys and treats I’ve been eying for them lately! We have a female corgi and a male pug mix so it was important I color coordinated! Do I sound like a crazy dog mom yet?!

Peach, our corgi, received: a pizza plush squeaker, a rubber blue and yellow bone, one purple and green rope, and a peanut butter chewy.

Needless to say, she loved everything that was in there!

Po, our pug mix, received: an avocado plush squeaker, KONG brand tennis balls, a blue and yellow rubber bone, and a beef flavored chewy.

This little fluff ball was too happy when he saw all his new stuff!

After the basket opening concluded, I let the puppies go on an “Easter egg hunt”. Each plastic egg hid a treat inside. Which, to my surprise, the dogs were actually capable of opening on their own! It was cute watching them run around the house to find these! How did you spend your Easter?!