5 Ways To Slay 2018

Over the weekend I came to the realization that I’ve just got, for lack of a better term, a lot of crap going on. And not in the good type of way where I’m doing a million things I love, more like there are so many things still in the way from last year that I need to get rid of. Bad habits, procrastination, and so many other things have got to go!

Below are a few easy ways you can make changes this January without spending too much time or effort! Read on for more!

Clear The Email

The holidays have got me slacking and slacking hard. Today I looked at my email and saw the number…753. Like what?! Take a few minutes everyday to purge unwanted memos or subscriptions from your inbox. You could even go as far as categorizing the important emails into folders but that’s up to you! You’ll feel 10x better after that mail icon has no numbers next to it.

Yoga

I’ve been totally on edge lately and extremely stressed out. But working my body and staying active has helped balance out those crazy days.

Pick up some cheap yoga equipment at Target or Amazon and get going. The focus on breathing and controlled movements will take your mind off of whatever else is happening in your life. It’s helped me loads!

Give Up Your Addiction

Okay, addiction can mean a lot of things to many people but for me, my “addiction” was coffee. Now I’m not saying I gave up coffee all together but I’ve definitely cut down since beginning the 1st day of the year.

Instead, find a healthier, wiser, or more productive alternative to whatever your go-to may be. It doesn’t have to be a permanent switch, just an experiment to see if your quality of life changes!

Go To The Doctor

I recently had to get over my fear of hospitals and doctors when I went in for strep last week. It sucked but I learned a lot about myself from the experience. Sounds silly, but most of us don’t go to the doctor until something is wrong. I encourage all of you to visit your family doctor on a regular basis! You’ll feel better afterwards and may find out things you were oblivious to!

Change Things You Don’t Like

This year, I have no patience for negativity and unnecessary drama. If someone or something is causing you stress and anxiety…drop it from your life!

I hope these tips help you in some way! They’re already part of my daily routine! If you have an idea to add to this list, leave it in a comment down below – I’d love to hear how your New Year is going!

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How I Made My First $1,000 Blogging

This first year of blogging has been incredible, a learning process for sure full of unforgettable opportunities. Throughout this journey, I’ve been lucky enough to make a few extra dollars doing the thing I love most. This post will focus on how I’ve made an income while blogging and how you can too!

Reach Out To Brands

This is first on the list because truly I wouldn’t be making anything or receiving any free product without reaching out to brands myself. Up and coming companies are in need of people to show off their product. These brands need you as much as you need them. I’d say I’ve spent about an hour each day emailing, messaging, and calling the companies I’d be honored to work with. It’s not easy and I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone more than I can count on one hand…even two! For every 9 no’s I get at least 1 yes which just proves I’m doing something right by putting myself out there!

In the beginning, don’t be discouraged if brands would rather collaborate on posts in exchange for product rather than payment. Establishing a connection with the company can be much more rewarding and beneficial in the grand scheme of things. Brands want to develop a trust with the people they work with and I don’t blame them! I’ve tested the waters with many companies that have now allowed me to create content on a long-term basis for real money. It’s all about proving yourself and selling the services you can provide.

Download Apps To Make Connections

I think a handful of bloggers forget about accessible free apps that can help them grow! For instance, I’ve made a few good paychecks off of apps likePopular Pays which connects Instagrammers and bloggers with real-deal brands. Companies such as Kraft, Macy’s, Chameleon Cold-Brew and so many more are listed on the app.

Once you find a brand you’d like to work with you pitch a creative idea to them, request the amount of money you’d like to make, and answer a couple of questions regarding your social platform. From there, the brands can choose to work with you or not. The process is easy and completely cost-free to the influencers!

Some other great apps and networks include SocialNative.com, Obvious.lyMaverick.co + Collabor8, and Influenster.

Establish A “Blogger Resume”

This is more of a tip but I’d highly recommend creating a blogger resume. A single document or media kit that can be sent out to potential partners and companies is important! Some things I’ve included in mine are my contact information, a collection of my best photos or written pieces, my analytics from my social platforms, and a professional photo of myself with a description of what I do best! This goes along again with…selling yourself!

Use Affiliate Links

The last and final thing I did over this last year to make my first $1,000 was using affiliate links. You can do this easily by signing up online with some of the brands you may already know and love! Personally, I’ve found the biggest return by using affiliate links through Target and Amazon. You basically earn a percentage of the purchase someone would make by using your link!

The appReward Style also does an awesome job of simplifying the affiliate link process by putting everything you’d need in one place. You can easily search for a product and see what percentage you’d make if someone bought the product using your link, you can copy links, and keep track of your commission!

So that’s the jist of it guys! 2018 is near and now is the perfect time to make some financial moves! If you have any suggestions that I didn’t mention in this post – please leave a comment down below!

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5 Instagram Themes + How To Create Them 

Goodmorning or good afternoon, depending on when you’re reading this! I hope all of your days are going well! In this blog post, I wanted to feature five different Instagram looks perfect for building a cohesive feed! I tend to switch up the way I edit every few weeks to keep things exciting and new. To me, continuously keeping my photos the same gets boring so I love to try new filters and trends often.

To make this post easy to follow and understand, make sure you download the VSCO Cam app. Get yourself familiar with the features and different filters. This guide is also tailored for those who can navigate well around the Instagram app itself. There are tools specifically located in the Insta app that we’ll need for later. Take a look and mess around, everything can be deleted and retried if need be. Once you’ve done this, it’s time to get started!

Theme #1: Bright and Colorful

This is one of my absolute favorite themes I’ve created since beginning Instagram. It’s fun and virtually anyone can create this no matter what you’re taking photos of. It works the best with shots taken of skies, greenery, or brightly colored food.

Here’s the combination it takes to achieve this look-

In VSCO Cam select filter C1. Save this photo to your camera roll and transfer it into the Instagram app. From there, go into the “Edit” options to adjust the features.

Brightness +30, Structure +5, Shadows -10, Sharpen +10.

Theme #2: Structured and Shadowy

My second theme idea looks very high detailed and thought out. It gives the illusion you’re putting more effort into your feed than you really are. I like to use these selections when taking photos in the city or of architecture. It let’s everything pop in a subtle sort of way.

Here’s the combination it takes to achieve this look-

In VSCO Cam select filter A6. Save this photo to your camera roll and transfer it into the Instagram app. From there, go into the “Edit” options to adjust the features.

Structure +40, Highlights +39, Shadows -28, Sharpen +10.

Theme #3: Warm and Sharp

This theme is super simple to acheive because the filter we’re going to use gives a warm tone to any photo. From there, we’re able to brighten the lighter features and make everything come together as one. This style gives me total 70’s vibes and I’m digging it. Try throwing this filter on when the sun is out to counter-act the harsh tones.

Here’s the combination it takes to achieve this look-

In VSCO Cam select filter A4. Save this photo to your camera roll and transfer it into the Instagram app. From there, go into the “Edit” options to adjust the features.

Brightness +25, Structure +50, Saturation -20, Shadows -10, Sharpen +5.

Theme #4: Light Toned and Built

I feel really cool and collected when I use this editing style. I’d say this was typically the look I went for when I first started Instagram. Just very natural and colorless. The saturation is very dull in this option which makes for a perfect contrast when laid upon items flourishing in detail. It brings more attention to the object you’re taking a photo of rather than all of the added editing tools. This look is easy to accomplish and great for beginners.

Here’s the combination it takes to achieve this look-

In VSCO Cam select filter A6 (adjust the intensity level to +6). Save this photo to your camera roll and transfer it into the Instagram app. From there, go into the “Edit” options to adjust the features.

Brightness +50, Structure +60, Saturation -30.

Theme #5: Dark & Intense 

This theme is similar to the first one we talked about but has darker features. This feed will make your colors pop, your whites bright, and your darks even darker. This is another universal editing style that can be used on photos of anything really.

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Here’s the combination it takes to achieve this look-

In VSCO Cam select filter G3. Save this photo to your camera roll and transfer it into the Instagram app. From there, go into the “Edit” options to adjust the features.

Brightness +20, Structure +10, Saturation -20, Contrast +30, adjust the shadows and highlights accordingly so that your whites are popping and very bright.