Why Did I Do This? – Day #31

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My 30 days of blogging has come to an end. Today is my last day. I thought I would wrap this up with my reasons behind doing a 30 day of blogging. I gave a bit of an intro to my 30 days of blogging right before starting but never made a blog post about it.

I want to begin with what my mindset was a month ago. I knew I had not been posting often and I felt really bad. I was in this bit of a grunt were I wasn’t very motivated and I was feeling really discouraged. I was off my posting schedule and I was just posting content just to post. I was feeling ashamed.

Due to me moving I had taken a mini break from posting on my blog to focus on moving in and adjusting to living with someone else. After I adjusted I just wasn’t ready to go back to writing on this blog so I took more time off. By the time I told myself I need to start posting I just wasn’t into it anymore. I had no motivation to do it.

I had actually been planning to do another month of blogging back during the school year. I knew that over the summer I would have the time to dedicate to my blog. So I had all the posts for July already planned and all I had to do was do it. So I decided maybe it would be the push I need to start blogging again and it was.

I know have a deeper understanding for how hard it is to be a full-time blogger or just a blogger in general. It is not easy to give 100% of creativity at all time. I give props to any blogger who doesn’t give up and keeps blogging even when they are feeling unmotivated. I also think it’s okay to say that you can’t do it and you need a break. Blogging takes a lot out of you.

Now what? I am more motivated than ever to go back to blogging. I love it and I need reminders like these that force me to blog to remember. I feel like I’m someone that needs to think other’s are expecting something from me to stay on track. I also believe that it is way harder for bloggers with low follow counts to stay motivated. The more I blog the more people start to follow or read my posts and the more I am motivated to continue.

I am hoping to get back on my blogging schedule and work more and more on my blog and social media. I really want to push and stay motivated to grow my blog. It get’s hard when you don’t believe in yourself. I believe I am the only person that is in control of where my blog goes and I will be doing what I can to get it to where I want it to be.

So anyways this is why I decided to blog for a month. Will I ever do it again? Most likely. Do I think it’s hard? Yes. Do I think it’s worth it? For sure. Now I want to hear from you guys. Would you guys ever blog for a month just to get back your blogging juices?

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Friends In Far Places – Day #30

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A few weeks ago I went to visit one of my bestest and closest friends Lauren in my home city of Philadelphia. We have known each other since we were babies. I went to see her so that we could see a concert together. It was really an in and out trip but it was worth every second.

I vlogged the whole trip for you guys too! I just wanted to say a few words about our friendship though before sharing the vlog. Lauren has been by my side through thick and thin. She is honestly one of the most constant and never-ending people in my life. She is my favourite person ever and it doesn’t matter how far apart we are from each other. She will always be my best friend.

So here it is, our vlog where I literally don’t introduce her haha.

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National Lipstick Day – Day #29

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It is National Lipstick Day! So in honour of copying everyone on the interent, I thought I would share some of my favourite lipsticks! I couldn’t narrow it down to one so I had to share my 6 top favourites.

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To start off yes this guy broke, I’m sorry she wasn’t ready for a photo shoot. My Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 535 Rum Raisin is my ride or die. This colour and I have been through it. I bought this guy when Kylie Jenner was super famous for wearing MAC Velvet Teddy and Whirl. I originally had the super old original shade of Retro by MAC. It accidentally went into the wash 😦 So I wanted something to replace it because I felt like it matched the Kylie Jenner nude trend and it was perfect for my skin tone. I was also young at the time and didn’t have much money so I had to buy this drugstore Revlon lipstick and well it’s like MAC Retro never happened.

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So If you’ve followed Zoella, Zoe Sugg, on YouTube for awhile this was one of her favourite lipsticks for a long time. It’s Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick in 107. It has become one of my favourite berry red colours. I love wearing red lipstick and I admired Zoe so much that I would buy anything she liked if it was a reasonable price and I knew I would wear it. Also, I am obsessed with how it smells. It’s a very drying lipstick that always leaves my lips super peal-y but I don’t care the colour is everything.

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I added a new red to my collection recently because I was looking for more of a true red. I didn’t think I would like this lipstick as much as I did. L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Matador is amazing. It is literally transfer proof and does smug or need to be reapplied for hours. It is the best for parties or events. Honestly, I want to buy more colours from the collection just because this is so amazing.

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I know that NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks are a bit of a controversial liquid lip. Some people like them, other’s done. I love them! I think they are great for their price. My favourite colour is Teddy. It’s an awesome brown and just matches my skin tone and dark features. I love how whipped the formula is. If you are on a budget don’t listen to those big beauty gurus these do the trick!

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I don’t have to say much about this one. It has appeared on my monthly favourites a lot! When I mean a lot I mean since I pretty much got it. The Body Shop Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Nairobi Camellia is spot on for me. It’s just the right colour pink! It’s my favourite everyday colour. It’s just so wearable and the formula is the bomb! I was very surprised how much I like The Body Shop’s liquid lips but honestly don’t count them out their liquid lips are to die for.

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Last but not least one of the newest lipsticks to my collection is the Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip in Cabana Boy. I even made a blog post when I got this guy. I am obsessed! I just love a good gloss and this is the one. It looks beautiful on and the sparkles aren’t chunky or annoying. If you’re looking for the perfect sparkly gloss this is the one.

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So these are some of my favourite lipsticks in celebration of National Lipstick Day. What are some of you guy’s favourite lipsticks? Are there some that I’ve mentioned that you love or hate? I would love to know.

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The YouTube Conversation – Day #28

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YouTube has been a huge topic lately with a lot of YouTuber’s coming out and saying it’s not like how it used to be. With Adsense cuts and a warped trending page, is there a way to become a profitable YouTuber now in 2018? So this is an open letter to Youtube about how they need to change.

It doesn’t take much to make a YouTube account and post your first video. Even the iPhone has relatively good quality and makes great videos. The problem that comes with posting your first video to YouTube is the courage it takes to expose yourself online like that. You are giving the internet, the world, ammunition to critique you and judge you for your opinions and flaws. Unfourtantly, there is another underlying problem with YouTube that has popped up recently that are outraging the YouTube creators.

Becoming a YouTuber has become harder than it ever has been with people uploading millions of videos a day. Everyone is trying to get famous. Regardless of it being Instagram famous, Youtube famous or even Twitter famous. People want their 10 minutes of fame. Even if that’s not what you’re in it for there are really cool perks for the people that have “made it”.

It’s almost scary to say how hard it is to get where you want to go with YouTube. It doesn’t help that YouTube is doing it to its own creators. Adsense is currently very low for a lot of YouTubers making it hard to make money. That is especially devastating for those who do it full time. According to them, there is an algorithm for how videos are shown up on the Trendy Page and when you make a search. To many YouTubers that is bullshit.

I have to agree with a lot of those YouTubers. They have no idea why some of their videos are not making all the ads that they should be. They also are scratching their heads as to why their videos don’t make it on the trending page when certain YouTubers are always there. There is also a conversation about TV shows and company YouTube pages making all their Adsense. It leaves the question of what are YouTube’s real intentions.

Though a lot of people have been scared to talk about this I am only but a small Youtuber and have nothing to lose. I believe with a full heart that YouTube has no interest in helping YouTubers build careers. I think that phase of YouTube is coming to a close. If you’re a small YouTuber and are hoping to make it your career one day the chances are low and it’s all about luck at this point.

I have been on YouTube for almost a year now full time, as in uploading every week sometimes even twice a week. Well, my YouTube channel has gone almost nowhere. It doesn’t matter if I am using key search topics or beautiful thumbnails or popular video trends. My videos go nowhere. The only people that watch my videos are my friends and family or people that just so happen to stumble on my blog or twitter.

It’s frustrating. I know everything comes in due time but sometimes I work my ass off and I don’t get the credit. There are ads on my videos that are run by Google which owns YouTube. This basically means that Google owns my videos and have every right to make money off them but I don’t. Nothing has angered me more in my life. Back in the day, all you needed was 20000 views to make money off your own hard work. The outrage when the rules were changes to almost impossible standards for small YouTubers fell on deaf ears of the YouTube community. I see YouTuber’s every day talking about leaving the platform for other ones in hopes of making the money they deserve.

I wouldn’t care if there were no ads anywhere near my video because then it’s fair game. I own my work and I have to work up to get ads. Google making money off my videos, now that is where I have a problem. There are problems with videos not showing up in on your subscriber’s page there are problems with ads being taken off perfectly acceptable videos there are problems with the trending page being an absolute lie, there are so many problems and YouTube just doesn’t care. They will do anything to make money off the backs of their creators even if it kills them.

I believe everyone should have a right to ads on their videos even if they aren’t making much or anything. The videos were created by people that put so much time and effort into their craft. Google didn’t do shit to deserve that ad money.

I just wish that YouTube would take their creators more seriously before everyone decides that it’s not worth it anymore. YouTube used to be a place of dreams and community now it’s about a money hungry company. I took a long break from YouTube deciding if it was really worth my time and effort just for a company to profit off of me. I decided to upload videos again only because I realized I missed it, I enjoy making videos.

So this is an open letter to YouTube asking them to reflect on all they are doing. To see that their creators are fed up with how they are being treated and maybe strive for a change in terms of their Adsense laws (Which are bullshit and the only person profiting is them). They need to remember that they would be nothing without their creators and it’s time to give back to them.

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Salmon Bow Ties / Recipe – Day #27

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So I’ve been really into cooking as of late. I love cooking and coming up with recipes. I am even thinking of making a cookbook at some point. Today, I decided to share my fav easy pasta meal.

My Salmon Bow Tie recipe is super easy. I don’t make a lot of things from scratch. (Sorry) One day I’ll attempt making alfredo sauce homemade but today is not that day. All you need for this recipe is bow tie pasta, alfredo sauce, pink salmon and asparagus.

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I always start off with boiling water for the pasta and cooking my salmon. I take frozen salmon and put it on a pan with oil. I leave the salmon be for 5 minutes on high. Then I flip it and turn down the stove top to medium for another 5 minutes. Once the water is boiling I pour in the pasta.

There are two ways to cook asparagus you can boil them or you can cook them in the oven. I prefer the oven route. I cook them at 400 for about 12 to 15 minutes. I stick them on a pan with tin foil and season them. I give them a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Since they are going to go into the pasta there is no need to super season them. It’s really to taste.

I heat up the Alfredo sauce in its own pot while I drain the pasta and take the asparagus out of the oven. The sauce heats up pretty quickly. I then mix everything together in the pasta pot.

It’s a pretty straightforward recipe and super easy for a weeknight. I like things that cook quickly and taste great. If you’re looking for just a simple recipe this is for you. I would love to know if you guys try this recipe.

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100 Posts Later – Day #26

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Today is a really exciting day!! Today I post my 100th blog post. Enlight of this amazing accomplishment I thought I would reflect on what I’ve learned and where I want to go.

So to start, I have learned a lot about myself over these last 100 posts. I realized that I have a hard time writing when I’m very busy or not feeling my best. I also learned that I am very critical of myself. I judge myself very harshly. I am a perfectionist which is something I’ve always know about myself. I just never realized how much it appeared in my writing. I find it hard to make blog posts when I think they could be better.

I’ve also learned that if I really set my mind to something I will do it. I think Blogmas really kicked off my love for blogging. I just really have to push myself to let go and just blog. My favourite thing that I’ve learned is that I really want to blog and make it a career someday. I love writing and I love sharing my writing with you guys.

Where do I see this blog going? I am hoping to be able to make my blog a full-time job someday. For now, I will focus on my plans for the next year. I am hoping to do my first brand deal in the next year. I think that is something that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile. I’ve just been waiting for the right offer. I also want to have 100 followers in the next few months. I am almost there and I am so excited.

I am also hoping to be able to make more YouTube videos in the next year. That is a goal that I’ve been talking about a lot. I get insecure and end up not filming. My hope is that I can be more confident in front of the camera so I can make more videos. I also want to buy a new camera to film better quality videos.

So here we go. Happy 100 posts! I want to know how long you guys have been following my blog. Is there anything you guys want to see from me in the future?

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Let’s Talk About Addiction – Day #25

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I was not planning on writing this post at all during July but in light of Demi Lovato’s overdose, I thought it would be important to talk about. I feel like addiction is a very hard topic and maybe even taboo.

I am not a huge fan of Demi Lovato I will state that first. After she came out with her whole Stay Strong campaign something was just off for me. I just felt like it was not completely genuine. After her documentary, Simply Complicated came out my suspicions were proven right. She said so herself that she was not ready to get sober.

So how does this relate to me? I have seen addiction first hand. I know what addiction looks like. I know how it lies and manipulates. So that is how I saw the warning signs in Demi. Now, I’m not saying am an export or a fortune teller but I had a feeling.

I think this blog post really manifested and needed to be written due to my anger. I have been so angry and just all around annoyed with how Demi’s overdose has been treated. Suddenly every artist under the sun no matter how famous has been Tweeting and Instagraming and Snapchating wherever they can get some clout have been saying “Addiction isn’t a choice!!”

Why does that annoy me? Well, us normal people aren’t allowed to say that addiction isn’t a choice. We are expected to pay for the consequences of addiction. Being labelled a bum or even facing jail time is left for people who aren’t part of the 1%.

Now, I’m not trying to be an activist or anything. I’m just slightly frustrated with the fact that being rich excuses you from your own demons. I just don’t agree with the statement “addiction isn’t a choice!!” with the sole reason that addicts know what they are addicted to. Addicts know when they are going on a bender, they know when they are giving in and that is, in fact, a choice.

Anyways, I think I will just leave this here. This is my mini-rant about everything that has been going on lately. It’s like you can’t get away from it either. I would like to know what your thoughts are. Do you know someone that has suffered from addiction? Do you feel like this situation doesn’t deserve as much attention as it’s getting? Let me know!

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