Create More Than You Consume: Stop Studying and Make Great Stuff

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Back in 2013-2014, I think I signed up for every webinar, e-course, ebook, digital download, newsletter, printable and podcast known to man. I had been blogging for eight-ish years, but I still felt like there was so much more to learn! I would snuggle into the couch with an iced coffee or glass of wine, my laptop, a notebook, some jazz music and I’d be ready to absorb all of the info that I could take in. I’m going to be real with you, I signed up for some really cool classes. Some were free, most were not. They taught me to code, to use Photoshop, DSLR tips and tricks, how to be a better blogger, how to create custom planners, etc. These were all great classes, but how much was too much?

Sure, there was a new SEO trick or plugin that I didn’t know about, or a strategy I thought I could try, and I was truly happy to get that info. A lot of times, in that hour or two of reading or watching, I’d be hearing someone else’s take on things I already knew. The blogging rules and tricks were the same: Be yourself, don’t fake it, be consistent, authenticity it key, etc. But at some point, you have to focus on great content. The kind of stuff that you’d see and bookmark, pin for later, print out or forward to a friend.

Again, this post is something I wish I had read last year. I overloaded myself with information and thought my head was going to explode. I realized that I can take all the classes and read all the how to’s in the world, but in the end, it all fell on me.

The more you know and grow, the better. That’s a given. But do it in moderation. You don’t need every webinar and free download that’s thrown your way. It’s a noisy world out there, and people are marketing products that they want you to feed into all day, every day.  They’re good every now and then, but too much of something can be intense. Now I know how to use my camera settings, how to create textures and layouts in Photoshop, and a bunch of other stuff that I use fairly often. But when you spend more time trying to take everyone else’s advice, sometimes I think you can ware yourself thin. For every class that I took, I should have waited a few weeks and applied those skills. I should have used what I already knew to keep my brand going strong.

Rock on, friends.

My Three Step, Foolproof Strategy to Consistent Blogging

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Last month, I cranked out my goal of 15 posts in a month. In fact, I did 18 posts, which is a little over three posts per week. I know my limits, and having posts up Monday through Friday just isn’t in my plans. This month, I’m off to the slowest start ever. You know why I made my 3x weekly goal last go round, not this time? I didn’t use the strategy. Read on, my friends.

Plan for the month ahead

A few weeks before hand, I opened my editorial calendar plugin and drafted post titles for every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the following month. I used old drafts that I never got around to completing, series that I wanted to keep up with, and new articles that I was itching to get out.

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Pregnancy Update: 19 Weeks

As a blogger, I realize that I should probably be taking more professional photos in front of cool backgrounds, with professional quality. Let’s face it, bathroom selfies really aren’t what’s up. But I tend to take one of these daily, just because.

Food cravings: Crispy chicken sandwiches from McDonald’s. I need this craving to pass ASAP.

Food aversions: None.

Sleeping: Still waking up at 6am no matter how late I went to bed. My body wakes right up.

Feeling: Pretty great, although I’m still taking naps pretty much daily.

Purchases: A name plate for the front of the baby’s door. Couldn’t resist. I’ll share photos when the nursery is complete!

Random: Not random, but so timely. We’re having a baby boy! We told the ultrasound tech we wanted to know the sex, and within the next 15 seconds, there was our son’s manhood right on the screen. I had all of the tears. As soon as I got back home, I jumped on Etsy and started ordering the products that I had been scouting, but waiting for the gender confirmation. I prayed for a little boy for years and years, and Josh and I are both elated!

Keeping the fuzzies away with Schick and Rite Aid (includes coupon)!

This post is sponsored by Schick.

The hair removal routine is a struggle that many of us have been used to since our teens. Ever since I got pregnant, I’ve been a little hairier than usual. Eh, it’s not sexy. It’s time to grab some new razors, so I went for Schick! I made it over to the women’s hair removal section, and let me tell you, I had no idea Schick made so many types of disposable razors! I went back and forth through the aisle comparing them all, and I decided upon two favorites.

The first were the Schick Quattro for women disposable razors. You get three in a pack (great bang for your buck!), and the four blades let you know that you’re going to miss less hair.

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Pregnancy Update: 18 Weeks

Food cravings: Starbucks caramel macchiatos. Still. It’s a pricey habit.

Food aversions: None really.

Sleeping: Eh, waking up all through the night to go to the bathroom, and re-adjust my pillows.

Feeling: Great!

Purchases: More comfy, roomy tees from Old Navy. I live in them. Tees during the day, tanks at night.

Random: The day we went to this game, I was in direct heat for 30ish minutes. I was sweating like crazy, and then I suddenly became light headed and my heart started to race like crazy. I’m pretty sure that I almost had heat stroke. No more of that!