Weekends are for Shopping and Ice Cream

Monday is here again and we’re all back to the grind. Get up at the crack of dawn, slowly get dressed, wish we hadn’t stayed up late the night before, grab a cereal bar for breakfast, sit in traffic, grab coffee, and then sit down at your desk and stare at a computer for the next 8 hours. It can be so mundane at times. I thought today I’d share with you my not-so-mundane weekend to shake things up a bit.

I spent time shopping and enjoying the nice weather. Typically, I go around to each of my favorite stores where I can find good deals and see what’s on sale. I scored a few cute things from Kohl’s, believe it or not. The dress is Lauren Conrad and I got it on clearance for $19.20, normally $64. The top is Elle brand and it was only $12. They were really cute finds for pretty decent prices.

ice_cream_coneSaturday night I went out with my family for pizza and then ice cream on the boardwalk. We’ve been going to the same ice cream place since I was a toddler. Every year it opens up and the line is ridiculously long but it’s always worth it. We stroll by the water and enjoy the scenery and overall atmosphere of the area. It feels like you’re on vacation, even if it’s just for an hour.

Sunday I went and laid by the pool with my friend Dawn. I love having a pool to go to and get some sun. Dawn is a yoga enthusiast and she asked me to take a picture of her doing a pose by the pool. As I was taking it, these little girls in the water were telling Dawn how amazing she was. They asked her to teach them, which she was slightly reluctant to do because they would be doing it on wet concrete. The girls eventually jumped back in the pool and splashed around.

Summer days are truly the best, summer weekends are even better!

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The Blogging Blues

pouty_faceThank God it’s Friday people. I’m ready for this week to be over. Do you ever have those weeks where nothing quite went how you wanted it to? It started with a long day at work on Monday and has ended with more confusion about the next steps after graduation than what I had last week. On top of figuring out my everyday life, I’m trying to understand my blogging life. For example, how on Earth do you integrate Google Analytics to your WordPress blog? I don’t speak “geek” and the articles I read skipped over quite a few steps. It’s frustrating!

However, I’ve made a goal for myself to learn one new thing about running a blog each week. Trying to do it all at once is just too much! So far, I’ve learned that I need to set up a Facebook page for my blog pronto. Here’s the funny thing I hate admitting though- what if no one likes it? How embarrassing would that be?

I’ve talked about starting an Etsy store selling my cute little designs and artwork. What if no one likes them though? I really hate the thought of that! My life and dreams are based on making a business out of my creativity.

I guess for anyone that’s ever taken on a daunting task there were many what-ifs. Taking the risk in the end is probably worth it. Motivating yourself to take that risk though is the hard part. Knowing that I have so much ahead of me before I can even consider making a career from my blogging is really intimidating.┬áHere’s a short list of things I came up with just sitting here writing:

  • Create a Facebook page
  • Set up Etsy store
  • Design printables and artwork for Etsy
  • Buy permanent domain name
  • Create color scheme for permanent blog
  • Figure out if WordPress will let me use my own palette and how
  • Buy a really good camera to get Pinterest-worthy pictures
  • Figure out how to set up a good email subscription option
  • Learn about Google Adwords and Analytics
  • Research how to get more followers from other sites besides WordPress

I’m sure you’re exhausted too! If you’re a blogger, then you must be frantic writing things down and setting reminders to do some of this stuff. Truthfully, I don’t know how the big bloggers like Rach Parcell or Emily Schuman have learned to do it. Obviously, they have somehow but they aren’t giving away their secrets and I can’t blame them!

Essentially, successful blogs require a lot of money to run. I doubt these girls started out with a budget for their blogs, but when did they decide they needed one and had a following to make it worth it? Right now, I’m edging 1300 followers (thanks to all of you) so is it time to set that budget? According to the only thing I could find on Google about this, it all depends. Well, depends on what? I still have no clue.

Just like you, I sit here wondering if I’m doing anything right. I haven’t seen significant growth at regular rates since the summer. That can’t be good. So what’s a girl and a blogger to do? I don’t know. So I’m just going to sit here and eat my Peppermint ice cream.

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