You know when you’re having a bad day, you can’t really explain why, (FYI guys, we can’t always explain it, we just are, okay?) but you’re in a funk. It’s those little things that really seem to whip your day back around. The little things sometimes make all the difference. Here’s what’s making me smile:
Last night Michael and I were looking at old photos and I came across this video at our first Tomorrowland. For some reason it just cracked me up. I mean I was in tears with hysteria. I understand it’s not that funny. But I liked it.
I then realized that TomorrowWorld is only 2 weeks away and I have yet to plan ANY festival outfits. Very uncharacteristic of me. I am literally counting down the seconds until this festival.
This article about “instagram’s richest teen jailed.” So this teen sells a stolen iPhone on Craigslist. But the best part? They put him in the psych ward instead of actual prison for two weeks because they “lost his paperwork.” AMERICA.
I got this little baby pink cactus plant. I’m calling him pinky and he sits proudly in my office next to me. He reminds me that pink can still be prickly, kind of like my personality. And to not touch cactus. Even if it looks like it will be fine. I’ve learned that lesson a number of times.
I had the pleasure of having a consult with Sarah, a young woman who has a very rare disease. She’s doing a very advanced treatment in New York which will hopefully cure her Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. Please help spread the word or you can donate through her Giveforward campaign!
Of course this bracelet is gorgeous, but the little bag is the extra special touch to really make me smile. Plus Jenny is fast! Items are sent out super quick and each piece is high quality. Hole in Her Stocking has so many fabulous pieces and I have my eye on these beaded boho tassel bracelets next. You can get 20% off anything in her etsy shop with code “BOHO20”!
And now, you have your chance to win your own beaded boho wrap bracelet! Enter in the rafflecopter below.
You know what else makes me happy? Ashley from The Grits Blog. This girl is full of beauty, smarts, spunk, and wit. And that’s just in her pinky finger. I adore Ashley’s posts about fun fonts, her amazing blog designs and I can’t get enough of her positive attitude. She keeps it real and fun and I’m happy to call her a blog friend. (Plus she makes me laugh on the regular.) She’s here today to answer some questions:
Why did you start a blog?
How did you come up with the name for your blog?
I am from the south – specifically, Texas, Georgia, and Florida.
For the record, my blog’s name, The Grits Blog, doesn’t stand for Girls Raised in the South.
Anyways, I picked grits to represent my blog because it’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think of home, other than my family of course. It’s what I think of when I think of the south – and it’s one way to let people know something quickly about me.
Clever right?? #notreally
How do you stay organized?
I don’t ha! Well, okay, that’s a half lie. I have this booklet that I put together to track any and all blog stuff. Once a week, normally on a Saturday or Sunday, I sit down and write down what my post topics are going to be about and what I HAVE to get accomplished that week. I use that as my guide – most of the time, I can’t find it because it’s in the black hole formally known as my purse.
How did you get started with blog designing?
Another designer burned me, not only on my design but money-wise too. After that I decided that I would never let someone else be in control of my blog design – and truth be told, I like it to change it wayyyy to much – i.e. see whiplash here. So I decided to learn how to do it on my own – this meant countless, painful hours of googling and figuring out photoshop.
That being said, it was worth it. It’s become one of my favorite things to do!
If you want a design, email me and tell me Helene sent you for 20% off! Go check out my portfolio and packages!
What’s been one of your most popular posts and why do you think it gained so much attention?
It’s a tie.
Then my other post that’s neck and neck with the dip recipe, is a personal and sad post about my D&C. I think this one was popular because of how many other women have been through the same thing. It’s such a lonely, painful process – sharing my story and other women seeing that they aren’t alone and aren’t crazy for how they feel…based off of the comments and emails I have received – I would say it actually helped people. It at least helped me, connecting with the other ladies, talking about it, learning about it – helped heal me in so many ways and on top of that I made some new friends.
How did you gain traffic/followers?
I think my biggest source of new readers has been due to two things: (1) advertisements and (2) decent content. I conducted a survey a few months ago and most of the people that found me were through my button being on someone else’s sidebar or via guest post, then they stuck around because they like my blog.
If you could offer one piece of must-have advice to an aspiring blogger, what would it be?
Don’t worry about the stats. Build it and they will come! Meaning, focus on your content and focus on getting your name out there so that people can find you.