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Jenn

Hello & welcome to my fashion & lifestyle blog, Style My Mind! Here I post weekly about affordable fashion trends, but ya know, like real affordable! My favorite products, beauty routines & lifestyle experiences! I'm a girls-girl who loves the outdoors, white tee shirts & Disney World. Join me on my journey!

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Set Goals, Sleep, Wake up, Crush Goals, Repeat.

Goals are important. Yes it's kind of like planning but not really. The difference is, most goals can be controlled by YOU where as plans for your life are mostly controlled by GOD. I mean out of my top goals I hit this year, falling in love with my life is defintely my fave! What kind of goals are you setting for the new decade?!

Sucesses in 2019

Went to NYFW
Hit my personal financial goal
Hit 10k followers
Fell in love with my life 
Running 3 miles without stopping

Traveled to 4 new places:
Asheville, NC. Berlin, Germany. Prague, Czech Republic. Amsterdam, Holland!
Not too shabby of a year!!


Goals for 2020

Watch my beautiful sister get married
Exceed my personal financial goal 
Read 3 classic books, watch 5 classic movies 
Beat my mile time by 2 minutes 
Visit a new country/place (I try to do this every year, I think 2020 is going to be a few cities in Italy :) :) :) stay tuned)


 

Photos by Christina Jones Photo

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XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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I am a planner, always have been but in 2019 I kinda threw my hands up in the air & have gone with the flow & it's been the best year yet. Life wasn't meant for us to stress or cry over, it was meant to be lived everyday doing something that brings you joy. It doesn't have to be work, but take time everyday to do something you love doing. Don't do anything that doesn't bring you happiness, it's a waste of your precious time.

I am a planner, always have been but in 2019 I kinda threw my hands up in the air & have gone with the flow & it's been the best year yet. Life wasn't meant for us to stress or cry over, it was meant to be lived everyday doing something that brings you joy. It doesn't have to be work, but take time everyday to do something you love doing. Don't do anything that doesn't bring you happiness, it's a waste of your precious time.

Surround yourself with people who make you belly laugh. My girl friends, sister and Dan are those people for me. They make me laugh until I am red in the face and cramping in the belly.


Fall in love with a new hobby, for me it became working out and drinking tea.. is that a hobby?? Enjoy the chaos, appreciate the surprises & accept when things don't go our way. When I am acting a fool over something so silly I say "Jenn people are dying, this is nothing, please slow your roll." And I remember that work is work, I don't cure cancer, no one is dying on my table.


 I give everything the best effort & most attention I can, shit happens we are all human & made beautifully imperfect! Once you can accept that & roll with the punches life becomes a lot more fun promise!!

Photos by Christina Jones Photo

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XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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If I could have lunch with one person who Influences me in a positive way it would be Lysa Terkeurst, the author of "Uninvited". That book saved my life I swear. It made me accept uncertainty, accept Gods plan over my own dreams and made me stop taking everything so personally... it's not always about me haha!! Lysa's books talk about not feeling good enough, having so much urge to control everything and accepting that God is in charge & when you let Him do the work things seem to work out better than you planned.

If I could have lunch with one person who Influences me in a positive way it would be Lysa TerKeurst, the author of "Uninvited". That book saved my life I swear. It made me accept uncertainty, accept Gods plan over my own dreams and made me stop taking everything so personally... it's not always about me haha!! Lysa's books talk about not feeling good enough, having so much urge to control everything and accepting that God is in charge & when you let Him do the work things seem to work out better than you planned.

I am re-reading this for the second time and I relate so much to her. She has the same doubts and fears that we all do. It's nice to know someone we look at as such a devout Christian still has feelings of being uninvited, unaccepted and a fear of abandonment. Her dad actually left her and her mom when she was younger and from that point on, she never felt loved or wanted. She had to retrain her heart and mind to believe that God and other people actually love her.


I used to have a really bad fear of abandonment but I have been getting a lot better with that in understanding that God will never leave me and that is all that matters. My value and my worth does not come from other people's opinions or what I do in life, it comes from God and within period. Nothing from this outside world will build you up or fill your cup like God and the Bible. I love shoes, I love designer bags, yes they make me feel pretty but in my darkest moment, my LV Neverfull would have never shown me the light. 

I have read two of Lysa's books and they are just everything I have gone through, felt and fought through to get to this comfortable, happy place in my life. She (& Jesus) is who I would love to sit down with to talk about the beauty in the darkness, the happiness in the light & the life that God intended for us.

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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They understand your unrealistic emotional rollercoasters. We all know the female breed has a whirlwind of emotions bundled up just waiting to burst out at any given moment and men just are not equipped to handle it. If we want to cry, we accept it; if we want to scream; let it out girl; if we want to complain about something that in the grand scheme of life, doesn't even amount to a grain of sand, we're here for ya! We are more accepting to breakdowns, devilish outbursts and shutdowns, it's what we are good at!


1. They understand your unrealistic emotional rollercoasters. We all know the female breed has a whirlwind of emotions bundled up just waiting to burst out at any given moment and men just are not equipped to handle it. If we want to cry, we accept it; if we want to scream; let it out girl; if we want to complain about something that in the grand scheme of life, doesn't even amount to a grain of sand, we're here for ya! We are more accepting to breakdowns, devilish outbursts and shutdowns, it's what we are good at!


  1. We are good listeners. We know most men just nod their heads and pretend to listen to what you are saying while tackling something around the house, but they didn't listen. They heard you, but listening is not their forte. Women listen, accept and give meaningful advice in return. I feel women have experienced more than men because when they go through a difficult time, they actually feel it, talk about it and release it. Most men hold things in and never really re-cover. I am NOT bashing men here, I am just stating my opinions on why having girlfriends is so important!


  2. Most women are self-less, at least the women I hang around. I know if I needed any of my girlfriends they would drop everything they are doing to be there for me in a second. Not saying Dan wouldn't do that, but it may take some begging. If i want to cry, if I need a drink, if it's something so silly my girls are on board with whatever I need. If I say "hey I need to get out of town!" They say "where to?". Last year, Marissa and I were both in bad places and out of nowhere we said "Let's go to Texas!" And two weeks later we off to Houston and Austin to leave our probs behind.


  3. You can be yourself. Sometimes with guys you have to hold back a little or pretend. With your girlfriends you can 100% be yourself. It's comfortable and stressfree. Women all have weird things they do they like to hide from men, but you would totally break that weird shit out in front of your GFs. For instance, I like to start watching Hallmark Christmas movies mid-October, Marissa is on board, Dan is not. I am pretty much myself in front of Dan because we were friends for so long, but I still can't say certain things to him I can my girls.


    5. Women are loyal beings and won't cheat on you! They are fa life. Mostly. I feel like the friends you have in your 30s will most likely be your friends forever. You should have boiled all the bad eggs by this point. Yes some people grow apart but once you get to 34 the friends you have are legit. You are more selective when choosing them, and the ones who made it this far from childhood passed the loyalty test years ago. It's much easier to forgive your babes than a man sometimes.

    Photos: Christina Jones Photo

    XO, Cheers
    Jenn & my Girl Gang

 

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Well, I already wrote, copied, pasted photos and links for this blog and I completely LOST IT!!! UGH. I am so mad at myself because I know how tempermental this Mac is and I do not save my work as much as I should. Ok, sorry, real life vent sesh for a moment.

HAPPY OCTOBER

Well, I already wrote, copied, pasted photos and links for this blog and I completely LOST IT!!! UGH. I am so mad at myself because I know how tempermental this Mac is and I do not save my work as much as I should. Ok, sorry, real life vent sesh for a moment.

I wanted to get a blog done for you "real quick" so you can see some of my top picks for fall. I have about 90% of what I am going to share with you the others are wish list items. This year I am a big fan of work out clothes ESPECIALLY the Zella leggings from Nordstrom but I am doing a mostly Amazon//affordable blog post for you here. I am also really loving the bike short trend. I like to wear them with oversized shirts or sweaters. OK enough of me, here they are :) enjoy. I hope you find something you like!

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Happy Fall Y'all!
XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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So... about a year ago I joined the new relationship 15 lb club! You know, the "we're having fun let's eat and drink all we want" . Well, two months ago I looked at myself in the mirror and was like "omg what happened?!?!" Of course Dan is always like "you look great" lol but this wasn't for him or anyone else it was for me. I felt like crap!


So... about a year ago I joined the new relationship 15 lb club! You know, the "we're having fun let's eat and drink all we want" . Well, two months ago I looked at myself in the mirror and was like "omg what happened?!?!" Of course Dan is always like "you look great" lol but this wasn't for him or anyone else it was for me. I felt like crap!






So I started a 30 day plan with AtmosEffect (gym on wheels) and my friend -slash- trainer Kerven! I told him, "I need carbs, I like wine & sweets HELP!" Kerven helped to get me on a weekly workout routine six days a week & also helped me diet without having to cut things the things I love!! [my sister swears by macros eating & it really does work people]!! Macros eating is a healthier way to eat for your body. I have anxiety so cutting carbs was not good for me, it made me gain weight. So for instance here was my macros diet plan:

130g protein
90g carbs
50g fat

My daily meals would look like this:

Workout
Protein Shake

-Breakfast-
2 eggs with cheese


-Snack-
Celery with almond butter

-Lunch-
¼ cup jasmine rice
4oz grilled chicken

3oz green veggie

OR

Salad with chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, balsamic vinaigrette

-Snack-
Chobani less sugar Strawberry greek yogurt

-Dinner-

Salmon or Chicken
Sweet potatoes
Veggies

-Snack-
¼ cup Halo Top
OR
5oz glass of Cabernet

I do drink a lot of coffee and teas as well without any creamer. In my shakes for a meal replacement I will add banana, almond butter, clean protein obvi, and some frozen berries. I also like making chia pudding, which is 3 TSP of chia seeds, 1 cup almond milk; chill it overnight then add berries in the morning.



The last time I had a trainer I dropped weight FAST I was also 28. Being 34 it took longer but at 4 weeks I dropped 4 inches in my waist, at 5 weeks I dropped 2 more. My legs are stronger and more cut, my butt is lifted & I am a size 4 again!! I still have a lot of work to do - especially with these arms [sore subject]— but I now have a new mindset and healthier lifestyle!! We all fall short sometimes and have to reset and reboot. Don't get down on yourself, just start somewhere!

 

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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Since I started my blog in 2016 it has always been a goal of mine to go to New York Fashion Week. I had no idea what it entailed to go or what would need to happen I just knew I wanted to be like Carrie Bradshaw, front and center.


Since I started my blog in 2016 it has always been a goal of mine to go to New York Fashion Week. I had no idea what it entailed to go or what would need to happen I just knew I wanted to be like Carrie Bradshaw, front and center.


In 2017 and 2018 I started on the slimmer end by taking on Miami Swimweek. Those seemed to be pretty successful so for 2019 we decided we were doing NYWF in September. This is the show where they reveal springs and summer 2020 styles. 

We started planning in July. What I did not know was anyone can go to fashion week, but you need to be invited to the shows. Ok great. Step one, find out who will be going with you and staying with you. Step two, find a place to stay. We emailed multiple hotels for collabs in exchage for a free stay but since we are micro-influencers at this point and fashion week is just "too busy" for them to give a room away we were going to need to pay. Luckily for myself, Tamy and Christina I travel a lot for work and had a few thousand points to use on a Hilton. Not enough for the whole time, but enough to take about $350 off. We ended up booking at the Doubletree Times Square West. I figured anywhere in Times Square was a good location. 


The next step is to start building your wardrobe. I partner with JustFab and ShoeDazzle so they sent me a selection of fantastic styles to wear during the week. I also bought items from the N sale and Vici Collection for the trip. Amongst all of this, you need to research PR companies to get on the list for the shows. Tamy, of VStylist took the lead on this because I was so busy with my full time job. It tooks weeks to hear back and get added to list. By the week of we did have 5 confirmed shows and two parties.

Once that was set, I started planning my looks. I literally bought a large mirror and a clothing rack to keep myself organized. I tried on and took photos of everything I planned. My Vici items did not come in until 8pm the night before I left haha. I threw them in the suitcase and hoped for the best.  My photographer was coming too so I was going to do some small shoots as well. I brought only low heeled booties (boots), and sneakers to New York and so glad I did. It is a ton of walking as you can expect. I also had roll-up flats in my bags at all times.





When we first got there, we checked out the area and had a bite. When we went back to the hotel to check in we were flabbergasted by how tiny the room was and how many of us there were. YIKES! We made it work. We literally had suitcases, bags, shoes etc stored in every crevest in that room.  We unpacked, walked to the wine store, stocked up then started getting ready for the first (and my only) show. We were late (the traffic in NYC is insane, you have to leave 30 min before you even plan on leaving). We were able to catch the last 5 minutes of the first show at the Chelsea pier. We had invites for the next show as well as one at Spring Studios. We decided to leave and head to Spring Studios which was much better than Chelsea Pier but the Liu Young show WAS NOT. I was quite disappointed, the designs were nothing that I would, or probably anyone else would wear. It was a little artsy but mostly hideous.  We then we back to our rooftop bar at the hotel for a drink and ended our night slightly early since we had all been up since 4am. 






Day two! We all slept in til about 9am and headed to RH (Restoration Hardware) Rooftop for lunch around 1:30 in SoHo. It was breathtaking! We had a delicious lunch, did a quick shoot then by the time we were done lunch it was like 3:30pm and there was a show at 6. We got changed and ran to Times Square to do a quick shoot there, it actually was my favorite one.




I did not make it to that show because I decided to have dinner with Dan's friend instead at a Korean BBQ place in midtown. I put down a bottle of red wine headed back around 9:30 and was passed out by 10pm. LOL. So many things to do, so little time honestly!



The last day there were not any shows scheduled just a wrap up party 6:30-10pm. So we got up and took a cab to Central Park where we did I did a two-outfit photoshoot, one being at the Bethesda Terrace where Blair and Chuck got married. My feet were starting to scream. I was so thankful for the flats but they were soooo flat they almost hurt MORE. After we walked a mile and a half, which doesn't seem that long but it was FAR to get Joe's pizza. I had barely eaten in the time I had been there by this point so I was eating the pizza and a lot of it. Finally we made it, ate and I was SPENT. We went back to the room to nap and then got ready for the party around 8pm. It was just ok. Met some really nice girls, had a $20 drink then found a cute little wine and cheese place up the street. Joy and I killed an amazing bottle, we had some great conversation and just like that we were in bed and leaving at 9am for the airport. So, fashion weekÃ'° I did ONE show. LOL. There is just so much to do in so little time and it's exhausting.

I did not make it to Brooklyn, we did not make it to the ShopBob pop-up, I also wanted to head down to see the FRIENDS location but the time is so short. I would say the first year was successful but I definitely would like to plan things a little more for next time.

Now I am pooped and ready to nap all weekend :)

I want to thank JustFab, ShoeDazzle, Erika Williner Designs, You Glow Spray Tanning for sponsoring me for NYFW! You made me look and feel like a million bucks, thank you!

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

Photos by Christina Jones
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In 2017 I decided to start getting Botox. I would look in the mirror and cringe at the site of my 11s. The three years prior to that I was working behind a desk, on the computer full time and being that I am type-A I would concentrate so hard that my eyes practically became one. Except they didn't, but instead left me with a big fat #11 in the center of my eyes. So I went on Groupon to find a reliable med spa with a deal for new customers. That is when I discovered Tre MedSpa in Westchase. My initial impression of the spa was "OH MY GOSH this is gorgeous!" 

In 2017 I decided to start getting Botox. I would look in the mirror and cringe at the site of my 11s. The three years prior to that I was working behind a desk, on the computer full time and being that I am type-A I would concentrate so hard that my eyes practically became one. Except they didn't, but instead left me with a big fat #11 in the center of my eyes. So I went on Groupon to find a reliable med spa with a deal for new customers. That is when I discovered Tre MedSpa in Westchase. My initial impression of the spa was "OH MY GOSH this is gorgeous!" 

The waiting room is draped in jewels, and as your breathe in, scents of peppermint make you feel at ease; it's calming and welcoming as is the amazing staff. I have always been greeted kindly, offered water and made to feel at home.





After 2 years of getting Botox with Dr. Pham I decided to try out dermal fillers as well. I never had an issue with my lips but the older I get, the thinner and dryer they get. Even though I moisturize them nightly. Dr. Pham is always super knowledgable and always informs you of what she is going to do before she does it. She never pushes you to do anything you don't want but does have a way of making you want to look the best!

I went with the Juvederm Vobella which is the lightest one you can get. This is Dr. Pham's favorite because it comes out the most natural looking. I only did the .55 ML syringe the first time to see how my lips took to it and how they looked. I also did two shots of Botox above my lip (called a lip flip) to help relax the upper lip for a more defined smile. 

The Process

Dr. Pham puts on an external numbing lubricant that sits on your lips for about 15 minutes. When it's all numbed up she takes a small needle on each corner of the lips and inserts more numbing into the actual lips. This product numbs immediately. 



When she is ready to go, she takes another small needle to make a hole in one corner of the mouth, this is where she threads the teeny tiny tube into the lips. What I love about this process is that she does not poke holes through the front of your lips leaving large bruises. She threads the lip and releases the Volbella as she pulls the tube out. This is mostly painless because of the numbing but the closer to the inner lip she gets, you will feel a little pinching. It is not unbearable, but I have a very high pain tolerance. She does this to both sides.

This last time around, I had her create me a cupids bow and philtrum (the two little lines above your lip). I did not have either of these and she built them with the Volbella. So cool. 

Tre MedSpa often has specials and they have a customer loyalty program where you can earn $30 credit towards your next visit. I love Dr. Pham and her whole staff. Visit their website for a complete list of services and mention my name when you go & receive $20 off!!

Tre MedSpa

Xo, Cheers!
Jenn

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Romans 12:9-3 says Don't just pretend to love one another, really love them. Hate is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve confident hope. Be patient in trouble and keep on praying. When Gods people are in need, really help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

I have been reading and researching a lot about the word "love" and it's meaning. For a while I thought it meant the same thing to everyone but in recent discoveries, it does not. I believe there is a difference between loving someone and being IN love with someone. 

Romans 12:9-3 says Don't just pretend to love one another, really love them. Hate is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve confident hope. Be patient in trouble and keep on praying. When Gods people are in need, really help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

This is Gods definition of love, and I agree, complete agape love. This is how we should all be towards each other. You can love many people but to be IN love is very rare. I have been IN love twice in my life. The first person, it took me about 8 years to get there. He was my best friend for many years before it became anything more. But once I got to the "Oh sh*t I'm in love" point of loving him there was no turning back, I was "head over heels" as they say, and it took me 2 years to fall OUT of love with him. I had to move 1000 miles away to do it. LOL. 

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The second time was way different. The first time I saw him I knew he was something special, I knew he would be important in my life. He didn't even utter one word to me, and I knew I would be falling in love with that man one day. And I did, a few months later. Unfortunately, for circumstances beyond my control and one he is not ready to change I had to walk away. We are still friends today. Not sure what the future holds for us, but I don't feel like our story is over.

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I was in love with both of these men but in different ways, for different reasons, but the one they had in common was how much they seemed to love me. I was actually talking to that friend the other night about love and being in love and he said he believes there are levels of love with the goal being to reach level 1. Well, the way I think of this is in terms of ancient Greek philosophy, Agape, Eros and Philia.. 

AGAPE
is my level 1, the ultimate love God has for us and we have for Him. You will never reach this level of love because no one in the world can love us the way God loves us.



PHILIA
is level 2. This is the love you have for people, friends, family, people you care about. You can love someone and the person they are without being IN love with them. This is the brotherly love. 


EROS 
that is the love we want to get to with each other in a relationship. This is the being IN love we want, a best friend, a lover, someone who would put themselves and feelings aside to make YOU happy and vice versa. 

The question I had is, how long is it supposed to take someone to move from philia to eros? Is there a set time? Is it wrong if it takes a year, or 8? Can someone move from one level to the next over time? Based on my experiences, yes. I think each person and each relationship is different and one person may fall really quickly and one may take longer to get there but it doesn't mean one is right or one will love the other longer.

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So many people pry into my current "relationship" and to throw it out there, Dan and I are not in love. We love each other but right now with our schedules and the busy lifestyles we have we both know it may take a longer time to get to that eros love. And it may not ever happen, who knows! We had it with other people so it's possible, but the thing is, the harder you fall the harder it is to get back up. Once you are steadily on your feet again you do whatever you possibly can not to trip and fall on your face again because it hurts like hell.

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The point is, relationships and love come in all different styles and shapes, none of them wrong. At this point in my life, I am not in a place to put my wants aside for someone else. It took me so long to get where I am. I am loved and I love others, I have great people around me, Dan included but every form of love is beautiful and we need to enjoy each step and each journey we are on. I am enjoying where I am, where we are and that is what is imporant.

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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The more I immerse myself in this industry, the more mistakes I make but I also learn more lessons. I first started my blog in 2016 because I was yearning for a creative outlet. I loved to write and wanted to write more than just the daily life insurance emails. I started with a free site and two years later my blog tripled and I invested more into it. I hired a company to create a website from scratch, hired a professional photographer and tapped into Liketoknow.it.  A year and a half later here we are. Super close to 10k followers, which has taken me a little longer than I had hoped but if you are about to begin a blog I have some advice based on my trials and errors over the last three years.



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The more I immerse myself in this industry, the more mistakes I make but I also learn more lessons. I first started my blog in 2016 because I was yearning for a creative outlet. I loved to write and wanted to write more than just the daily life insurance emails. I started with a free site and two years later my blog tripled and I invested more into it. I hired a company to create a website from scratch, hired a professional photographer and tapped into Liketoknow.it. 

A year and a half later here we are. Super close to 10k followers, which has taken me a little longer than I had hoped but if you are about to begin a blog I have some advice based on my trials and errors over the last three years.
 

  1. Be authentic. I once read to do what everyone else is doing because it's working. I don't agree with that. I tried but the fact is, I am different than the other bloggers on IG. I am not 5'7" or a size 2. I don't have a husband to support me so I can work on the blog 24/7 or THAT much disposal income where I can go out and buy the newest things to post on IG and make you wonder why you have lived your life this long without that dang jacket. It's not me. I don't like when I see the same stories, the same posts over and over of girls telling me what they THINK I need. I didn't start this on the basis of that OR even making money.
     
  2. Don't go broke over this. I have invested a lot of money into my business, more than I am getting in return but I have a pretty lucrative full-time gig that I like so I use that money for this bizz. Again, I didn't start this to make money, I started it for the love or writing; it was however my undergraduate degree. The money is nice, so is the free stuff, but last year I got super overwhelmed and burnt out right before Christmas because I was accepting every and any collaboration that came my way. I was posting things that didn't even go with my platform and things I wouldn't even use! In turn, I needed a break. I took two months off from writing because I felt like a total sell out. I thought about it every single day, "why am I doing this? What is the purpose? What do I want my readers and followers to get from my blog and IG?" I met with friends, brainstormed, prayed and prayed° & that's when I started my series "Faith in Fear". That was it, I wanted people to know ME more, hear and learn from my experiences and get motivation from me. I wanted to be real, and share real life stories about what I go through. One of my best posts in 2019 was about the struggle with my weight and how much it bugs me that I am not a size 2. 
     
  3. Don't hire a marketing team. I have been through probably 10 companies that were "helping to boost my engagement and followers". It did! For a little bit. Then IG made all these new rules and I started to get blocked. I also noticed that even though I was getting the followers they weren't truly authentic, or engaging and I was seeing random people and posts on my feed that I didn't give any craps about. As soon as I canceled recently, I joined a giveaway which cost me $25. It was with like bloggers under 10k followers. It did help me gain about 100 new followers which is great, but the difference is, they are authentic and engaging and I genuinely like following them back and enjoying learning about them and their lives. I am not going to lie, doing this yourself (engaging) is VERY time consuming but it does work. Just a comment on each pic helps to boost your profile, your engagement and really helps connect with others you want to connect with.
     
  4. If you have the means, travel, and post about it. Traveling really helps engagement on your profile. Check in, tag the places etc. It doesn't even have to be anything major but sharing travel experiences has helped my blog tremendously. I get to travel a lot for work and luckily I travel a lot personally as well. 
     
  5. Post stories. The stories seem to get more attention and engagement sometimes than a static post. And it helps people see and hear you in a regular, normal state rather than a staged photograph with a good caption. Your stories do not have to be professional, or crafted, BE YOURSELF IN THEM! Share a day that you are struggling, share a happy time, share when you need some encouragement! I even share days when I can't stop crying, or when I am struggling with a workout, or diet. It makes your follows understand that you are a real person, with feelings and struggles just like them. I am very open and honest about a few things: Faith, Anxiety & Relationships. Obviously not everything needs to be shared so be selective, "what do my followers need to see, will they learn from this?" Make sure your followers are going to get something out of your content. Don't just post to post.

    I really hope this helps if you are a new blogger or if you are thinking of getting into blogging. Just be yourself ? It's as simple as that.

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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