5 Places I Go To For Inspiration

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Blogging can be difficult. There’s always on pressure on bloggers to create something new instead of curating ideas from the other million posts in the digital world. Sometimes, finding inspiration for new ideas isn’t easy, which is why I decided to share my five go-to places when I’m looking for some inspiration for my blog.

Other Bloggers:

There are many bloggers out there that don’t take the time to read posts from other bloggers in their niche. If this is you, you’re missing out. I’m constantly reading, engaging and learning about blogging and writing from other bloggers. It’s a simple way to learn what other bloggers are creating, and how you might be able to apply those ideas to your next post.

YouTube:

I’m not going to lie, I watch a ton of YouTube. Although the majority of the YouTubers I watch are famous and above my level, I always go to them first for inspiration. I don’t make videos (I’m looking to start really soon) but you can find inspiration from videos, and apply that to written content. So when you have some spare time, check out videos from Tess, Zoella, and others!

Pinterest:

Pinterest is always on my list because you can find everything on their site. There are days where I can read, repin, repeat for hours at a time. Pinterest also inspires me because of its layout—it’s simple, visually appealing and gets me in the right mind when I’m searching for some much-needed inspiration. It also helps me find new bloggers and websites, too!

Magazines:

Yes, I am a magazine hoarder and lover. Magazines like Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Cosmo and Better Homes are some of the many magazines I go to for inspiration. I love looking through magazines because they make me feel like I’m trying to create content for my own online magazine. So, I try to use that as a drive to get my creative wheels turning. It always works!

Nature:

When all else fails, I go outside. I’m always surprised how much nature inspires me to create content. I’ll take a walk, or look through nature photos as I am thinking of ideas for upcoming posts. Nature never seems to fail me. It’s a resource I come back to time and time again, and I never leave disappointed. So next time you’re lacking inspiration for creativity, go outside.

Where do you go for inspiration for blogging and creativity? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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OOTD: Feeling refreshed for fall

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I took a new job this summer that I was excited about. After over a month working, I realized that working full time in addition to going to grad school full time wasn’t a good option for me. I know people do this all the time, but with work, school, blogging and other commitments, it wasn’t going to be easy.

After struggling through my summer classes for grad school, I knew it was time to cut back. I was working, blogging and working in school that I didn’t make time for my family, friends, boyfriend or other things I loved like reading and working out.

So, I stepped down from management and I’m now an associate employee instead. With the decrease in hours, I have time to focus on school, spend time with friends and enjoy my twenties. This was a difficult decision for me, but I know what I can and cannot handle. Juggling several full-time commitments isn’t feasible for me. And that’s okay. At first, I felt guilty because I couldn’t handle all the work. But I knew that I needed to put myself first and do what is best for me and my future.

With fewer hours, I have found I can better balance work, school, blogging and my free time to do the things I love. Balance is something I lost throughout the summer, but my goal for fall is to stay balanced and to stay happy.

Have you made a change in your work or school life recently? How do you balance your responsibilities? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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Rediscovering What I Love…

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Good Morning, Everyone! Hope you all had a great start to the weekend. I can honestly say that I rediscovered something that I used to be passionate about, but had to give up for awhile. Now, I am prepared to take on the challenge of running again, and it’s a powerful feeling.

Everyone has their personal escape. Musicians play guitars or sing, professional athletes play their game with pride and passion, or a writer captivates an audience through the use of their words: all of these examples show passion and determination. It’s a way for people to escape when the weight of the world crashed on their shoulders.

My escape is running and working out.

I’ll be on my third rep while lifting weights, and I will feel a wave of energy and adrenaline take over my entire body to push me through that last set of resistance. Or, when I press the stop button when I reach my second mile while running: I feel alive and powerful.

Working out gives me an escape that I wish I could better express, but I know that I appreciate every moment of the escape it gives me.

In my last fitness post, I told you that I stopped working out and eating healthy for almost three weeks. I began working longer hours, and with a seven-week-old puppy in the house, let’s just say things have been a little hectic.

But, I have made it my mission to wake up at six in the morning, so that I won’t have an excuse to skip out on working out or running. I love the feeling of it, and it’s beneficial for my body, so I think it should be a priority in my life.

Lacing up my Nike sneakers has been a rejuvenating experience as I slowly get myself back into running. I know I won’t be able to knock out five miles on the first try, but I am making progress within two runs. Hopefully, I will soon be back at five-eight miles and I’ll feel like I can accomplish anything. However, only time will tell.

If you have found a career that has inspired you, or a hobby that you are passionate about: don’t ever give up on it. It’s important to have that time set aside for you each day. Whether you enjoy reading books, writing articles, cooking and baking, or running: find something that you love and do it everyday. You will find that surrounding yourself with activities that you love allows you to lead a happy life.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post. Keep enjoying the weekend because I am sure it will only get better from here!