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My Vision Board for the Next Three Years

Posted in Lifestyle
on July 31, 2017

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So, hopefully you guys saw the tweet or Facebook post I shared last week that explained why this post didn’t go live on Monday. Long story short, I was in the middle of updating my blog design and working on some backend work for the blog when some of my drafted posts got deleted. Thankfully, only two were deleted and not a month’s worth of content, so I’m blessed that a ton of work wasn’t gone.

But, I had to rewrite this post and I’m currently in the middle of my busy season at work where I have FIVE events over the course of three consecutive weekends. I had to compromise and let this week’s post go and share it the following Monday (AKA today).

If you aren’t up to date on this series, make sure to read how to create a vision board that will ACTUALLY help you achieve your goals, and read how I began creating vision boards and my previous success using them.

Now that you’re caught up to speed on what happened last week, let’s get into the third and final post in my vision board series where I share my personal vision board for the next three years. I’ve never been very open about sharing my goals, especially on the Internet, so this is a HUGE step for me. We’re going to go through my board by “categories,” so it’s a little easier to follow and read.

Travel:

This category is very straight-forward because I want to travel. One of the biggest things I want to do is travel to England and Ireland with Josh among many other places in and out of the United States. I know that lavish traveling isn’t going to be an option, so I don’t plan to take month-long excursions in Europe. But I plan to be smart about planning and spending money on traveling. What’s one place you have traveled to recently that you have LOVED? Share your experiences in the comment below!

Career:

Focus on my career: I’m in full-time marketing, and I can honestly say that I’m truly passionate about what I do. I love my job, and I couldn’t ask for a better-fitting job to begin my marketing career. My goal is to really focus on learning, growing and developing my skills in the field over the next three years.

Volunteer: I know this doesn’t sound a career-based goal, but it is…so hear me out. There are many opportunities to volunteer your skills and talents for free to non-profit organizations. My goal is to dedicate some time outside of work to volunteer my marketing skills to an organization that can benefit from it. Now, I’m not promoting working for free, but I also believe in helping where you can, especially if it’s working toward a cause you’re passionate about.

YouTube: Because #Accountability is a real thing, I decided to share that my biggest goal for the next three years is to START MAKING VIDEOS. Keep in mind, this is something that I’ve wanted to do for YEARS, but I’ve been too terrified to do it because I feared the judgement that would come from it. Not anymore. I hope to start creating video content for the blog to grow and connect with an audience I’m not currently reaching.

Home & Life:

Engagement & Marriage: Y’all, I swear this wasn’t planned because I wasn’t planning to get engaged so quickly when I created this board. So, this is one plan in my vision board that’s already in the works! Sometime in 2018, I will marry the love of my life. P.S. do you have any wedding planning posts from your blog? Share your links in the comments!

Buy a House: Adulting is SO REAL, am I right? Although Josh and I love our townhouse, we can’t have pets here, and we are hurting without a dog in our lives, so we are beginning the process of house hunting. No, that’s not the only reason we are house hunting. We are doing it for many other reasons, but I will say owning a dog is a reason on our list. This is a huge goal I want to accomplish by 2020.

Minimalism & Simple Living: I began my minimalism and simple living journey over a year ago, and I love what it has done to my life. I want to continue the process of decluttering my life and focus on living a simple, intentional life. This is always a work in progress, so I’m hoping to continue this from now through 2020.

Own a Dog: Because TBH, I feel like my life is meaningless without a dog. No other comments needed.


So, now that you’ve read my short series on Vision Boards, tell me—what goals and dreams do you have for YOUR vision board? Are you ready to make your vision board to help you achieve your goals? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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Monthly Favorites & Sharing Love

Posted in Beauty, Fashion, Health, Lifestyle
on April 26, 2017

 

Dear April, please don’t go.

TBH this month was a whirlwind for me with working, traveling, new blogging projects and plans, birthday celebrating and so much more. But it was such a wonderful month, too. And with the blogging plans I have (stay tuned) I’m equally terrified and excited for May.

Today I’m sharing some things I loved in April. Be prepared because they aren’t the normal beauty favorites I typically share, but there will be some thrown in as well. You’ll also be seeing some amazing posts from bloggers from March & April because I didn’t have a chance to share some last month.

1| Travel

The travel bug is so real, y’all. For our birthday, Josh and I planned a week-long trip to Boston for the first time and it was incredible! We had so much fun exploring a new city together for the first time. But now all I want to do is travel and cross every city off my travel bucket list. Comment below your most recent trips and where I should go in the future!

2| Off-the-shoulder tops 

Why haven’t I bought an off-the-shoulder top sooner?! Friends, I’m in love and now I want all the off-the-shoulder tops I see in stores for spring and summer! I bought two from Express for $20 (yes, really) and I have been wearing them non-stop this month. So, if you see a ton of photos of me wearing one of two tops, it’s because I’m loving this trend.

3| Workouts

March was rough in terms of staying on track health wise, so I knew I needed to get it together in April. I rediscovered my love for kickboxing/jumping rope and forgot what an incredible workout it is. The best part is that you only have to do it for 20-30 minutes to feel the effects. And who doesn’t want a quick, but  effective workout?!

4| My Birthday

This was my first birthday where I wasn’t able to see friends or family on my actual birthday due to our Boston trip, but I was able to celebrate with family and friends on Easter weekend before we left. I felt so darn loved. My family and friends are truly incredible and I wouldn’t trade them for the world! 22 was a year full of exciting changes and opportunities, and I have a very good feeling 23 will be another amazing year, too.

5| Wella Shampoo & Conditioner

This duo has been life-changing for my hair in April, so much that I want to do a full review of the hair care products on my blog in the coming weeks! But let me tell you that you’re going to change your haircare routine completely when you leave more about these products. If you want to give your hair a little TLC, you need these in your life. Comment if you’re interested in seeing a review on these products!


Every month, I share some incredible posts from fellow bloggers in the community because I believe that sharing the love is always important. So, sit down with coffee/tea/wine and enjoy these posts from March and April from these lovely ladies!

1| Why I believe in Community over Competition from Erica

Remember what I said about sharing the love and focusing on the blogging community? My girl Erica deserves all the preach hands for this post. She is truly a wonderful writer who dishes out some serious truth to all bloggers! Let me share an amazing quote from her post that will make you want to read her post over and over: “Building others up does not bring you down. Light only gets brighter by being shared!” Can I get an amen on that?! Now go read this beautiful post ASAP.

2| How to Transition your Makeup Routine for Spring from Cara

Please tell me I’m not the only one who can get a little lazy about their makeup when it’s spring?! I have a hard time with this in March/April because it can still snow here in PA, so it’s not always very spring-like here, which means my makeup can look a little dark and dreary. Cara’s post was the perfect inspiration to get me in the mindset of spring looks and new makeup ideas. I’ve been loving my makeup look for spring so far.

3| How to Fall in Love With Your Blog Again from Cristina

If there was a post I truly needed to read at the right time—this would be the post. We have all been in a place where we slightly fall out of love with our blogs. We feel like our content isn’t exactly what we’re looking for, and we feel exhausted and lose motivation. Cristina lays outs some awesome tips to fall in love with your blog by remembering why you started and appreciating the flaws! Needless to say, this post will bring a little bliss if you’re in a bit of a blogging rut.

4| How to use Hashtags to Increase your Instagram Engagement from Jenny

Let me start by saying that I love all of Jenny’s blogging-related advice and tips. This girl can teach you so much about all things related to your blog, so I’m constantly looking for tips from her content. Also, I struggle with Instagram and find that the new algorithm to make things even more complicated. Jenny offers some incredible insight on making Instagram work for you with niche-specific hashtags, and seeing what hashtags similar bloggers are using as well. TBH, you’ll want to check out this list.

5| How to Make Money Blogging from Erin

Sometimes we forget that blogging can be a full-time career. This is something that I am striving in the next two years because I truly love creating content and I want to be able work on my blog full time in the future. However I know it will take a little bit of time and patience before I can get there. Until then, if you’re looking for some great ways to make money blogging, you’ll want to catch up on this post from Erin who shares some amazing tips for you!

What have you been loving this month? Make sure to share any posts you have loved this month from blogging or from your own blog! I would love to catch up on anything you want to share! 

 

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Why You Should Travel NOW

Posted in Lifestyle
on May 25, 2016

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The last year has been a little spontaneous for me in the travel department. I had amazing opportunities to visit Pittsburgh, Albany/Saratoga Springs, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Austin and more! For me, traveling is one of the best experiences you can give to yourself.

“Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.”

I can’t express how true these words are. When you spend money on travel, you’re offering yourself new experiences, adventures, opportunities to learn about a different culture and city. Traveling is worth every penny, which is why I’m sharing why you should travel now instead of waiting until you’re settled in life.

You’re Young And Able:

Personally, I don’t understand why people think it’s okay to wait until you’re retired to travel. When you’re older, you may have had children, some surgeries, and other things that cause wear and tear on your body. You won’t enjoy walking 15 or more miles a day exploring a new place. You’ll spend all that money just to hang out in a hotel room. So why not go when you’re in perfect health and have the ability to enjoy all aspects of traveling?

Money Isn’t Your First Priority:

Money is all relative. Hear me out. When you’re in your 30s and 40s, you have children to worry about, you have their college funds to worry about, you have a home and mortgage to worry about. Your financial responsibility at that stage of your life is massive, so traveling might seem impossible or not a priority. When you’re young and in your 20s, you’re mostly responsible for yourself. Now is the best time to travel. Don’t get me wrong, you should focus on your savings account, but you should treat yourself to a trip or two to explore and visit a new place.

Nothing Is Standing In Your Way:

Children, marriage, buying a home, moving a for your career, and so many other things stand in the way of traveling. I’m not saying these things are a reason to not travel, but they definitely become a priority in life over traveling. So, why not travel beforehand and then focus on the next steps in your life? I feel like people think it’s easier to wait until you’re completely settled with these aspects of your life, but it’s far easier to travel without worrying about the other priorities you have.

You Won’t Regret It:

You’ll never regret traveling, but you especially won’t regret it when you’re young. Being a college graduate, it can seem IMPOSSIBLE to find the funding for travel. It may seem difficult, but I promise it’s possible. Yes, you might have to sacrifice some money in your savings to make it happen, but you won’t have to spend your entire savings in one trip. When you’re young, traveling is the best experience you can take advantage of. Not only will you cross a place off your bucket list, but you will also have stories to share and a new appreciation of a different place.


Don’t sit back and wait to travel and visit all the places on your travel bucket list. Make a plan, save up some money, and go explore the world. There are far too many beautiful places in the world, and they are worth seeing.

What are your top three places on your travel bucket list? What has been your favorite trip in the last year? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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Reverse Bucket List: what I’ve already accomplished

Posted in Lifestyle
on September 11, 2015

I love making lists. To-do lists, travel bucket lists, weekly and monthly goals lists…the list goes on and on (pun somewhat intended). I’ve noticed a new type of bucket list going around the blogging world: a reverse bucket list. Of course there are many things I want to do in life, but there is also a list of amazing things I’ve already done. These are things we should celebrate and be thankful for, which is why I decided to write my reverse bucket list.

  • (2011) Traveled to Italy, France, Spain and Monaco in high school. I got to travel to eight cities, try new food and explore beautiful sights.

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  • (2011) Learned a third language—Italian.
  • (2012-2015) Met incredible friends in college that I hope will be my bridesmaids one day.
  • (2013) I created this blog, Blissfully Brunette.
  • (2013) Met my boyfriend, aka the man of my dreams.

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  • (2014) Studied abroad in Italy during college. Traveled to several cities, lived the (almost) Italian lifestyle and discovered my faith.

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  • (2014) Began grad school my third year of college. (I will complete my Master’s before my 22nd birthday.)
  • (2014-2015) Had two amazing internship opportunities with fashion websites: CollegeFashionista and Her Campus.
  • (2015) Graduated in three years with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in Spanish. (Thank you mom and dad!)

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What are your favorite achievements and memories on your reverse bucket list? Make sure to share your top moments in the comments below!
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