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What REALLY Happens in a Blogging Rut + How to Get Out

Posted in Lifestyle
on October 9, 2017

Unfortunately, as I’m writing this—I find myself in a blogging rut.

In short, it feels horrible. It feels like the most sour form of failure as a creative individual, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. However, life happens; and it’s inevitable that these ruts will come and go throughout our blogging careers. Even the word, blogging rut, you can tell it’s not positive. Sometimes, I think we find ourselves trying to downplay a not-so-good situation to make it seem like we’re not struggling. I always ask myself why we do this, but then I remember the hard truth:

We don’t want to be vulnerable and it’s hard to admit when we’re struggling. 

So here I am…being vulnerable and admitting that I’m struggling. To be honest, this doesn’t just apply to blogging—it can apply to any aspect of your life. But, today I’m focusing on blogging because I know there are many bloggers out there who can relate to this. Today I’m sharing what a blogging rut has looked like for me in hopes that if you find yourself in a similar position, you realize you’re not alone and it will get better. Make sure to leave a comment if you have ever been in a blogging rut and how you were able to overcome it.

What REALLY Happens in a Blogging Rut: 

1| You don’t love the content you’re creating

For whatever reason, you begin your rut judging the content you’re creating. Maybe you don’t LOVE the way you ended the post, or thought you should have shared more details in the beginning. Whatever it may be, you attack your own creativity and work to the point where you begin to comparing yourself to others.

2| The comparison game strikes HARD

This blogger had her post repinned 2,000 times and you can’t even get more than 10 repins on something you worked SO HARD on. A blogger wrote something similar to a post you shared months ago, but you think she wrote it so much better. Now you’re questioning if you should remove that post you loved because you know you can’t compete with the other blogger’s work. This terrible trap leads you into questioning your work as a creative altogether.

3| You question your creativity and ability

Now you’re so upset with all of your work. You claim that your blog posts aren’t even worthy of sharing on social media because you think they aren’t good enough and they won’t be good enough to share. You question your writing abilities and if you should even have a blog altogether. Just when you think you couldn’t feel any more defeated, a terrible addition comes into play…

4| Overthinking becomes your middle name

Even when you’re excited about upcoming posts you may have written, you now overthink them. You overthink the title of your blog and think it should change because maybe it’ll get more clicks on Pinterest. You rewrite your Instagram caption for what feels like the 100th time just to seek engagement on something you created. You search Pinterest for blogging tips, and how to improve, and how you can be better. Overthinking is the beginning and ending of your day, every day. And yes, most of it is related to blogging. This continues until exhaustion kicks in, and you lose motivation.

5| You lose motivation

Your mind is trapped in a vicious cycle of comparison, doubting your talents, and overthinking every single detail. You’re exhausted. You’re upset. You feel so lost and confused. Your mind can’t possibly sort this out enough to write a blog post, so you lose your motivation to create anything at all. It’s terrible because you want to write and create something, but you don’t want to go at war with yourself again over your work. So you don’t. You don’t write for bit until the rut has passed.


Being in a blogging rut is so difficult because it begins so innocently and then turns into something you wouldn’t wish on any other creative. When I’m in a rut with writing, I always can rely on the following tips to help work through them.

How to get out of a Blogging Rut:

1| Admit it 

Yes, you’re in a rut. Yes, you will get out of it.

2| Cut the comparison

You’re absolutely right when you say you’re not like those other bloggers you’re comparing yourself to because you are your own creative. Your writing is unique and wonderful and should be shared with the world.

3| Remind yourself you’re worthy

You matter. Your work matters. Your work is worthy of sharing with the world. Please remind yourself of this repeatedly even if you’re not in a rut simply because it’s true.

4| Take a break to focus on self care

Give yourself a weekend away from social media, your blog, and the online world. If you don’t know where to begin, try a self care challenge to try different things that will work for you.

5| Get back at it

After your break, pick up your laptop and create a space that’s welcoming and calming to work in. And write. Write as much as you can for as long as you can.


I hope this post was something that you can relate to regardless of whatever rut you may find yourself in right now. Being in a rut isn’t fun, but it will pass.

Have you ever been in a blogging rut? What did you do to get out of it? Make sure to share your experiences in the comments below!

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10 Reasons to be Excited for Fall

Posted in Lifestyle
on September 20, 2017

Calling all my pumpkin-spice-loving blogger friends who are just as excited for OUR season as I am.

*casually shrieks*

You all know my love for fall is real, and I know that I’m not the only one out there who loves this time of year. The change in season IS on it’s way, and I’m going to tell you why I’m here for it. If you’re looking to bask in the glory of a beautiful time of year and bring a little bliss to your life, keep reading!

1| ALL THE COLORS

Leaves are bursting with color, which means that you take all the best blogging photos and Instagram photos by using apples, leaves, pumpkins, Starbucks cups and other cute props you can only use during fall. P.S. who doesn’t love taking photos when the leaves change color. It’s basically the number one bucket list item for fall.

2| The BEST Instagram theme

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing better than everyone’s Instagram theme in the fall. Everywhere you go is a beautiful backdrop of color (from those gorgeous trees TBH). And, you can take all the cozy, dark looking photos to perfect your theme. I’m all about those vibes on Instagram during fall.

3| Pumpkin overload

Pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin bisque. If it’s a food, you can add some pumpkin to it in some way shape or form this season and make it even better #amiright?! I’m hoping to work on my cooking and baking skills all season long, so please send some recipes my way!

4| Those awesome bucket lists

You know what I’m talking about. You write down your fall bucket lists that consists of everything you NEED to do this season: apple picking, perfecting your pumpkin pie recipe, go to a fall festival, make a baller Halloween costume, watch Hocus Pocus an absurd amount of times, Buy $100 worth of fall Bath & Body Works candles. You know, the usual list.

5| CoZy ViBeS

Fall is a prime time of the year for Hygge, which I’m going to appreciate and spend a lot of time focusing on this season. If you’re all about candles, blankets, books, and good food with good friends, you’ll love the concept of hygge. P.S. what books have you been loving lately? Leave a comment below so I can have some new things to read!

6| Fall style

We all agree that fall style is the best style, right? Because I don’t know about you, but I love that I can basically rotate between the same five sweaters and five pairs of leggings all season long and it’s appropriate. P.S. the layers of cardigans, scarves, and cute booties are must-haves when fall rolls around.

7| THE BEST FOOD

Soups, stews, and all the crockpot meals for days. The main reason I love the food during fall is because crockpots are so darn easy to use that it’s impossible to mess up. So, it seems like I’m #adulting and #wifematerial when really I’m just dumping everything in my crockpot and turing in on low for 8 hours. It’s a win-win scenario for everyone.

8| Halloween

I’ve never been a person who would get dressed up for Halloween and hit up several parties where I need four different costumes, but that doesn’t mean I don’t celebrate the day. We don’t get any trick-or-treaters where we live, but we typically relax at home, have a not-so-healthy meal, and enjoy tons of Halloween movies.

9| Thanksgiving

Although I’m pretty much in full-blown Christmas mode by Thanksgiving, it’s in the fall season. Going back to food because #priorities, Thanksgiving is one of the best days of the year because you can eat everything and anything and no one criticizes you. I’m trying to make everyday Thanksgiving because all I want is to eat mounds of food without judgement, but I guess it’s only reserved for this one holiday.

10| So. Close. To. Christmas

Need I say more?

So tell me, what do you love most about fall? What’s on your fall bucket list that you’re most excited about? Be sure to share in the comments below!

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How I’m Living Life Fearlessly

Posted in Lifestyle
on September 11, 2017

Back in August, I shared a post about doing things that scare you and why it’s so important for your personal growth. If you haven’t caught up on this post, I highly recommend reading it because it was difficult to share, and I am proud of that. I think it’s important to live life without fear because that’s when we accomplish all of our goals, and truly become the person we are meant to be. Fear holds us back, and I don’t want to let it stop me from the living the life I want to live.

Fast forward a month later, and I want to share some things I’ve done to overcome fear, and how I’m living life fearlessly by doing things that scare me. If you’re hoping to remove fear from your life, please keep reading for a little extra bliss to your Monday morning!

1| Spontaneity 

I’ve done some spontaneous things over the last month that I normally would never do. Something I struggle with regarding anxiety is planning ahead. Last-minute plans are a no-go for me because that means I’m stressing and overthinking all the things that could go wrong with making this last-minute plan. Instead, I decided to embrace the spontaneous adventure ahead of me and I ended up having the best time Every. Single. Time.

2| Networking

If you told me a year ago that I would feel comfortable going out to public, networking events in an area I wasn’t from and actually enjoying it, I would have laughed endlessly. I don’y do well with attending events like that by myself, but I’m learning more and more that I am able to go out and have a good time even in a professional setting. I refuse to let fear hold me back professionally.

3| Branching Out Creatively

The main reason for my post on doing things that scare you was related to creating video content because I feel very vulnerable on camera, and that’s a scary feeling. But, I’ve been working toward creating more video content and also working on other creative projects like writing a book. It took me about three years to not let fear take control of this dream I’ve had for as long as I can remember. I’m hoping this is something I can work on passionately should it manifest into something.

4| Chasing my Dreams

For example, making videos and writing a book. But there are other dreams on that list from my vision board series that I never dreamed would come to life so quickly, however one of them will be a huge announcement coming to the blog sometime in fall. I’m sure most of you can guess what it is based on some of my other comments on social media and on previous posts. The main takeaway is that I’m not allowing fear to ruin my dreams and plans I have for myself. End of story.

I hope this post inspires you to overcome your fears and make you think a little differently about fear and why it’s important to move past it. So tell me, what fear are you going to overcome this week or month? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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Monthly Favorites & Sharing Love

Posted in Lifestyle
on August 28, 2017

August was a whirlwind.

I have SO MANY amazing things transpiring in my life, and I feel so blessed. I can’t wait to share them with you in upcoming posts on the blog, so stay tuned for new content and some exciting announcements. Make sure to let me know what’s been going on in your life recently and how your month was in the comments below!

Monthly Favorites:

1| Working Out

I have amped up my fitness routine to 4 or 5 days a week, and I have noticed a huge change in my mental health and well-being altogether. I have felt so good from the extra strength training I’ve been doing this month, and I hope to continue it in September, too. If you’re hoping to work out more, let this be encouragement to try new workouts and put your health first!

2| Home Decor Inspiration

HINT HINT. Need I say more? 😉

3| Focusing on personal goals

If you haven’t caught up on my vision board series, you’re going to want to check that out because I swear by vision boards to help me achieve my goals. And let’s just say that I’ve been working so hard to keep up with my personal goals and working on bettering myself. August was the month of accomplishing goals that I’ve only dreamed of accomplishing years from now. I can’t wait to share those in an upcoming post.


Sharing Love:

1| The Importance of Traveling

This post is so near and dear to my heart because I’ve been struggled a little with the same things talked about in this post. Adriana covers a lot in this post that reminded me that fear isn’t the option we should take in life, especially when it comes to traveling. One, because there are so many good people in the world; and two, letting fear in removes opportunities to educate yourself and explore the world.

2| TED Talks That Will Inspire You To Live Minimally 

YASSSS to all of these TED talks in this post. As a minimalist who is inspired to live an intentional, blissful life, I am absolutely inspired by these videos and definitely encourage people to watch them even if they have the slightest interest in living more minimally. Remember, you don’t have to think of minimalism as an extreme, but rather a versatile lifestyle that can work for any person! One of my favorite videos is “The Masterpiece of a Simple Life.”

3| 28 Movies For Your Quarter Life Crisis

I think I began my quarter-life crisis back at 21…and no, I’m not kidding. I loved all of Rachel’s recommendations here and she event listed one of my all-time favorite movies, “Good Will Hunting.” She also shared some other movies that I’ve been wanting to watch for awhile now like “Wild” and “Dead’s Poet Society.” Let me know in the comments if you’ve gone through a quarter life crisis and how you handled it because let me tell you…the struggle is real.

4| Breaking The Cycle of Social Comparison 

#ThingsINeedToStopDoing. TBH This post was incredible because I feel that so many people can benefit from reading it.  Amanda is amazing with her advice and her examples of how to get over the comparison game. Let’s stop comparing ourselves to others and downplaying our achievements in life. Life is complicated enough and placing that extra weight on yourself isn’t healthy. If you’re caught in the comparison game, I highly recommend reading this.

5| Hustling Hard And Getting Nowhere

“Do the things that bring you joy. Everything else is irrelevant.” Man, did this post SPEAK to me. You know when you read the right blog post as the right time when you’re not expecting it? That was this post for me. I love the tips Megan dishes out like taking time to enjoy doing nothing and taking a break from social media. This post resonated with me so much, and if you’re feeling some struggle with hustling—you’re going to want to read this post.


Have you caught up on these posts from these incredible bloggers? What have you been loving this month? What other posts can you share from your blog that you have loved this month? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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How Minimalism Helps Me Achieve My Goals

Posted in Lifestyle
on August 23, 2017

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking it’s impossible to achieve your goals with the help of minimalism. And, I completely get it because I was in your position a year ago. I never thought a particular lifestyle could help me achieve my goals.

But IT DID, which is why I’m so excited for today’s post because I want you to achieve your goals, and live a life of bliss. I want you to live your best, happiest life. And I know you have a ton of goals you want to accomplish. So, if you’re interested in hearing how a minimalist lifestyle can help you achieve your goals, then keep reading.

How minimalism helps me achieve my goals:

1| Fewer Distractions

You know the saying, “cluttered room, cluttered mind?” That couldn’t be more accurate. When you have a ton of stuff, you have a ton of stuff going on in your mind. Therefore, you are too focused on cleaning your room, reorganizing your closet for the tenth time this week, and worried about dusting, dishes and everything else. With minimalism, you remove those distractions from your mind, so you can focus on what you’re truly passionate about whether that’s writing a book, starting a blog, or advancing your career.

2| Less Stress

When you’re surrounded by stuff, it’s stressful. See point one for reference. But seriously, your mind not be able to accomplish everything on your to-do list because you’re so caught up in all the stress from all the stuff you have in your life. Too much stress means you’re probably exhausted and too mentally drained to even think about starting that book you’ve always wanted to write. Remove the clutter and the crap you don’t want or love. And you’ll find stress immediately sweep away from your mind. Now you have energy to focus and stay on top of the goals you have.

3| More Time

Want to know what takes up a ton of time? Cleaning and cooking and organizing. Want to know what helps cut down on cleaning and cooking and organizing? Minimalism! Less stuff in your home means less time spent cleaning that stuff in your house. Which means more time for the things you’re passionate about and things you want to achieve.

4| Intentional Living

For example, spending time more wisely. Now that you have all this wonderful time added to your day, you have time to live an intentional life because you’re not going to be bogged down by clutter, stress, debt and everything in between. You have room in your schedule and your life to live the way that will bring you absolute bliss. And if that’s not making you want to pursue minimalism, I don’t know what will! Unless money is your motivation…

5| More Money

Because you won’t be spending money on things you don’t need or love, you’ll have a lot more money saved. More money means more money to go toward your passion projects like publishing a book, taking courses to help your skills in social media or an dart class. More money will also help you down the road for retirement, so you’re not living paycheck to paycheck—you can finally spend money on necessities and fun things like traveling! Whatever your goals are, you might have to spend money in some way, and minimalism helps you save money so you can spend it where you truly want to spend.

So, what goals are you trying to accomplish? Do you think that minimalism can help you achieve your goals? Make sure to leave your comments share your stories below!

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