Blogging, DIY

WISHLIST: THE SHINE PROJECT

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a little bit of a shopaholic. Say what?   Yes, I’ve admitted that I have a problem. C has attempted to break me of the habit, but to no avail (sorry, honey). It’s just too much fun looking for, selecting, and bringing home something new and shiny. Not that I think money and material…

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Blogging

HANDLING FAILURE WITH POSITIVITY

Happy FRIDAY, friends! It’s a short one today–just want to talk a tiny bit about where we’re all headed with our new year’s resolutions. We’ve officially made it to day three of the new year–how you doing with yours? Or your word of the year/mantra, if you went that route. If you’re like a good percentage of the country/world, you might have…

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Blogging

FINDING YOUR PRIORITIES

Today’s post was going to be about collecting motivation and inspiration for 2014. But the more I got into it, the harder it was for me to pick a focus. And that led me right back to an issue that’s plagued me for, well, always. Prioritization. I get excited about stuff. Lots of stuff. Maybe you do, too? I start in on something–say,…

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Blogging, Creative Living

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS TREE (INTERNAL) DEBATE

When I was little, my sister and I would take turns each year putting the angel on top of the Christmas tree. Inevitably, we’d always think it was our turn, and we’d fight about who got the honor that year. The tree itself was full of an eclectic collection of ornaments–macaroni creations we made at school, a plastic grinch head…

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Blogging, Happiness

THE THANKFUL PROJECT: SOMETHING YOU’VE SEEN

Today’s prompt was super easy for me, mostly because I’m going with a total cliche. I’m thankful for having seen the ocean! In July of 2012, C and I went to Mexico for a few days. We stayed at a tiny resort on an island just off the east coast, near Cancun. It was beautiful! We took this ferry boat…

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Blogging

POSITIVITY FOR WHEN YOU’RE SICK

You may or may not have noticed anything funky around here, but I’ve been pretty sick for the past week-ish. It’s super unpleasant up in here, let me tell you. I’ve been finding it hard to get even my bare-minimum to-do list done, much less keep up with any kind of “extra” creative activities. And that’s left me feeling sad…

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Blogging

BLOGGING 101: WHAT IS VALUE?

Whenever I give out blogging advice, I always tell people to focus on providing value to readers. Give them something they can use. But what does that really look like? How do you give readers value? What does “value” really mean?  Value doesn’t always have to mean making a list of X number of tips or resources. Value doesn’t even need…

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