Winter got you down? Try these tips!

It is that time of year, isn’t it? Winter has finally arrived, and I’m not loving it. Sure, I am not getting socked like those up in the North East, but still, I’m not pleased. Here in the mountains of Northern Georgia, we spent most of this winter with very mild temps. It was even in the 70’s on Christmas this past year! After a very mild January and February, I was pretty certain we were in the clear. Obviously, that is not what turned out to be correct. Knowing that I certainly don’t have it as bad as all you North East living folks, I thought it would be a good time to share some of the things that help get through those winter months of “blah-dom”.  I grew up in Northeast Ohio, so I know my share of snowed in life, don’t you worry!

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Winter weather got you down? Try some ideas for things to do when you are stuck indoors on those winter days!

There are plenty of things you can do when it’s winter and even some that might carry into spring and summer! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Start some hobbies:

Have you ever thought of trying some new things that you’ve just never got around to? Why not dive in when you are stuck inside and freezing?

  • Start a blog – A blog can be a great hobby, just for fun, or sometimes even to make a little extra income on the side. Either way, it’s great to keep your mind busy and work on your writing skills. A great perk of blogging is meeting so many new friends. The blogging community is full of wonderful people who love to chat and share tips and tricks. Check out Michelle’s post on how to start a blog here, She actually makes over 100K a month blogging! So there is good info on turning your hobby into something more!
  • Learn to knit/crochet – Believe it or not, those things are not just for little old ladies anymore! There are tons of people out there making very cool things. And yep, you guessed it, you might even be able to make some extra money selling your handmade goods on Etsy, or something like that!
  • Start a journal – Even if you don’t feel like putting your words out on the big ol’ web, just start writing them down for yourself. It’s really quite fun to start, even if you don’t know what to write about at first. There are plenty of prompts to get you going, check out this post for some great prompts. Once you get on a roll, it’ll almost become habit instantly. There are some really nice journals out there, or you can simply grab a plain notebook from the dollar store!
  • WORK OUT – It seems like winter is the time when we all slack off a bit on our workouts. Is it because we aren’t outside as much? Or is it because we are eating too much comfort food and we just aren’t as motivated as in the warmer months? Whatever the reason, it isn’t the time to do so! There are plenty of exercises we can do right from the comfort of our homes. Even without equipment! Personally one of my favorites is yoga. It’s a wonderful stretch, as well as strength building activity that not only works your body but also your mind.
  • Color! – Believe it or not, there is a big push for adult coloring books lately. There are so many great ones out there with very intricate designs that will really keep you busy. Not only that, it can totally relax your mind! Amazon has a great selection of them here! You can also try your local hobby stores, although I’m not sure there will be more variety there. I have fallen in love with coloring lately, such a great stress reliever.

 


Read some books:

I love to read so much, and there are some great books out there. Some you might have heard of, yet some you may not be familiar with.  But why not check out some of these? Who knows? You might find some you really like!

  • Settle For More by Megyn Kelly – I am loving this one. I have been a fan of hers for quite some time, and although she is no longer on Fox News, I still think she’s an inspiration in so many ways. She talks about her rise up through struggles, even mentioning her time asking questions during the debate. Definitely a great, inspiring read!
  • You are a Badass by Jen Sincero – Who doesn’t want a little pep talk from time to time? I love the bluntness in this book and the way she words things. A great read for anyone who might be looking for some motivation to go bigger in life! Certainly great for the entrepreneurs out there too!
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – Minimalism seems to be a hot topic these days. While I’m fully devoted to it, I did enjoy this little nugget of wisdom. It’s the Japanese art of decluttering and I think it has some very good tips and tricks to live by. Definitely worth a read, and it’s quite an easy one as well.
  • The Life-Change Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight – Yes, this is a “parody” of the prior book, and if you are in anyway offended by the “F” word, it is not for you. I do like the meaning behind it, though! Like the title says: “Stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like doing things you don’t want to.” That was the kicker for me! We are all guilty of it I’m sure, but we don’t have to be. Get out there and own your life again.
  • Aim True by Kathryn Budig – One of my favorite yogis, Kathryn Budig has written this great book. Not only does she share what it means to “aim true” but she shares recipes, self-help ideas, etc. I loved this one quite a bit, and she is certainly a great yogi to follow.

What other things do you like to do to beat the winter blahs??

I’d love to hear more suggestions on books or ideas that get you through these cold months! For now, I’ll grab my blanket, my laptop and my books and head to snuggle with my pups and my blanket to keep warm!

Need some indoor ideas for those snow days? Winter boredom getting you down? Check out some tips to beat the winter weather blahs!

 

Why You Should Find YOUR Niche!

As a blogger, you hear so much about “finding your niche”. I’ll admit, I have some knowledge about a lot of things, but just considered “lifestyle” my niche. Since I started this blog late last year, I never really considered narrowing it down. I mean, there are so many things I enjoy reading, talking, and writing about. Why can’t I just do it all? What’s the harm in that? Then I started thinking a bit more and realized a lot of what I was reading was only partially important to me. And there isn’t anything wrong with that at all. We are all different. If we don’t stick to what we know and love, why would anyone want to read what we write?

I read a post recently from a great blogger, Jen Snyder at Women Winning Online. It really struck a chord with me. I instantly knew I had to narrow down and get to the heart of my niche. Why am I blogging? What am I looking for? The answer, in short, is nothing imparticular. BUT I want it to resonate with “my tribe”, people that share some of the same ideas and views. I don’t want to write things that aren’t important to me, just because I want readers. In writing your blog, or anything in your life, FIND YOUR NICHE!

Why should you find your niche? As a blogger, or even in everyday life, shouldn't you do what you're good at and makes YOU happy? Why are you trying to live for someone else?

 

What can help you find your niche? As I thought more and more about it, I decided to make a list. First off, start with the things you are passionate about. List them all, but remember passions only. Then list what you think people want to read about. Do any of the things on that list match up to the first? Are you just writing things you assume people want to read about? Why? Doing that is only going to make you come off as insincere. Even if you think you are going to make people love you, they won’t be loving the real you. For example, I do not have children, (by personal choice), so should I write about “mom things”? Just because there is a large audience of moms out there, I’m not going to pretend to be one. I am a wife, a yogi, someone who has long struggled with money matters, dog lover, outdoor enthusiast and yogi!

For example, I do not have children, (by personal choice), so should I write about “mom things”? Just because there is a large audience of moms out there, I’m not going to pretend to be one. I am a wife, a yogi, someone who has long struggled with money matters, dog lover, outdoor enthusiast and yogi! That being said, I want to share those loves and hope that some others might share that love.

Maybe there are some folks that will love it, and maybe there will be people who simply don’t enjoy what I write. But you know what? At least I’m writing for me. I can’t please everyone in my life, why should I try to please everyone online? We all know that will NEVER happen.

What are you doing or have you done to find your niche?

I’d love to hear how you went about choosing! Did you start out doing something then find it? Did you have it all in place before you started your blog or anything in your life?

Great Blogs You Should Be Following!

We are in a world saturated with blogs, I know. Even with all of them floating around out there, there may be a few you’ve yet to read. I decided to do a round-up of some of my favorites, and share them with y’all!  I’m not sponsoring, nor being paid for any of these. They just happen to be some of my favorite reads. Why not check them out?

Looking for some great blogs to follow? Check out this list of my favorites!

 

  • Making Sense of Cents – Michelle runs an amazing blog about finances and budgeting. She has some of the most incredible information of many of the blogs I’ve ever read. She continually posts income reports, and you can see what a successful blogger she is. You can even read how she was able to pay off $40K in student loans and quit her full-time job, all from her blog! I can’t wait to take her course on affiliate marketing. I’ve heard it’s simply amazing.
  • Moms Make Cents – McKinzie runs a fantastic blog about teaching moms to make money and work from home. Although I’m not a “mom” personally, her tips and information are still wonderful. Her posts show how to make the most of your blog. She’s also a Pinterest genius, and her Pinterest to Profits course has been a game changer for me.
  • Women Winning Online – Jen has a great blog teaching women how to start, grow and run their businesses. Her site is a wealth of information, and her Facebook group that goes along with it is awesome. She’s always ready to answer questions and help each reader get the most of their lives. Her Find Your Tribe Online course is another great tool to help you reach your goals.
  • Just a Simple Home – Terryn runs a great blog full of wonderful information. Her posts range from homemaking, blogging, personal growth and more. She also runs a great Facebook group that has a lot of great participants! Her blog is beautiful as well, which is always wonderful for reading.
  • Boy Mom Blessed – Tyane runs a blog about motherhood, as well as many other things. Like I said earlier, I’m not a mom, but this blog is about way more than that. She posts recipes, blogging tips, and information on working from home. She also has a great vault full of printables and more. I’ve certainly found some of her recipes to be amazing!
  • Eat.Teach.Blog – Divya has a great blog as well. She has some fun posts and posts regularly. She posts about life, teaching, oils, etc. I always enjoy reading her insight on things. Her weekly Thursday posts on things she is loving are some of my favorites. They always seem to introduce me to at least one new thing to check out! She rocks a fun Facebook page and is very active on social media too. It’s great to see bloggers being social with other bloggers. That’s one of my favorite things about blogging!
  • The Minimalist Mind – Olga has a beautiful blog full of productivity hacks! She also offers printables and a wealth of information that so many of us can find so useful. Her posts on self-care, journaling, etc are absolutely fantastic and very well written.
  • Obviously this one. I couldn’t leave myself off this list, even though I’m still learning as I go. I’ll be sharing lots of good lifestyle tips, recipes, money matters, etc. Here’s to  hoping you will stick around!

What other great blogs are you following right now? I’m always looking for great reads, awesome tips, and cool sites!

Check out this list of 8 great blogs you might not know about!

Pinterest to Profits – A Review

Pinterest is an amazing tool. I signed up for it so long ago, you had to actually apply to be accepted! It has come a long way in a short amount of time. It is so much more than “electronic hoarding”. As it has grown and is still growing, it’s not a great search engine, promotion site and more. Starting this blog, I wanted a way to share it. I’m active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, but I just wasn’t sure how to go about it. I already had a pretty good following on Pinterest with tons of pins. I was also following a lot of amazing bloggers and pinners. Then I found that viral pin… Check it out here. It has over 1600 repins already!

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McKinzie Bean over at Moms Make Cents is truly fantastic. You can see from her blog, and her Pinterest account she knows what she’s talking about.She even offers a free mini-course that gives you a sneak peak of her knowledge. I decided to dive into her full class, and I thought I’d share a bit about it here.

Pinterest to Profits review

Pre-Pinterest to Profits:

Be prepared to learn. And I mean learn a lot. I’ve actually gone back through several of the modules a few times and learned even more! Even if you THINK you know everything there is to know about it, you will learn something you didn’t. There are tutorials and worksheets on all things Pinterest. From the very first lesson, I knew I was going to learn a lot. AND I was going to have a lot of homework to do. McKinzie does not by any means tell you to do homework, but let’s be honest here. If you want this course to work for you, you are going to have to put in a little work. That’s life, and hopefully, if you are reading this, you understand that.

Pinterest to Profits, the course:

You will get so much information, but it’s divided nicely into modules. There are video tutorials as well as spreadsheets and pdf worksheets. McKinzie organized this perfectly! You will learn about turning your profile around, making rich pins, how to make a pin go viral, the analytics, (which come after the business profile section) and so much more. She also includes some really great bonuses! There is a spreadsheet of group boards, trials to both Tailwind AND Board Booster. She also gives great tutorials on both Canva and PicMonkey, which are 2 photo editors that both have free offers that will help you make amazing pins

This 1 course has truly changed my Pinterest game. After just a little more than 2 weeks, my impressions were up 647% and my daily views were up 741%! That is CRAZY! I checked my Google Analytics to find my traffic to my site from Pinterest was up 387% over the last month! If those numbers aren’t enough to convince you to check it out, I honestly don’t know what would. If you haven’t checked out her blog, or her Pinterest, you definitely should!

 

Tailwind Visual Marketing Suite

 

Click HERE to check out the full description and enroll in the course! And if you click through my affiliate link, I will receive a commission at not additional cost to you. Thank you for your support of not only me but also McKinzie and her amazing course!