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December 2015 Archive

Blog Tip: Unplug

Last week, we talked about scheduling time off. We mentioned how important it is for your health, coveted relationships, creativity and your business. Indeed, taking a break from your work is just as important as doing your job. Without a realistic balance of work and life, you’ll continuously feel burned out, overwhelmed, and under paid. Not to mention, such circumstances can increase your chances of being depressed, anxious and feeling stressed. So, if you missed last week’s memo — and, hopefully you did because you did schedule time off — here’s another reminder to unplug and get some rest.

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Day 24 of our Gift Your Empire series (on Instagram) reminds us to unplug! Being the solopreneurs that we are, we know that being visible and social online is apart of your business model. It is vital for generating new relationships and opportunities. However, if you’re able to hire someone to manage social media for you, schedule content ahead of time or simply tell your audience that you’ll be off on certain dates, you’d have fulfilled our request to unplug!

Here’s a fun exercise. Take 5 minutes to write down 10 things you can do in your personal life if you had the time. We’ll give you a head start.

1. Watch a new movie.

2. Get your car serviced.

3. Enjoy a day at the park or library with family.

4. Have girls night out with your friends.

5. Catch up on your favorite TV shows.

6. Declutter your home, office or both for the new year.

7. Get some serious grocery shopping in!

8. Treat yourself to Me Time. We’re thinking a Spa Day and brunch!

9. Be creative or adventurous. Paint, hike, bike, sculpt.

10. SLEEP!

 

Take a load off and unplug! You deserve it, so enjoy this break while you have it.

 

Blog Tip: Unplug | Be Blogalicious

Happy Holidays :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

We chose to send you this week’s “round up” today (jnstead of yesterday) in celebration of Christmas Eve and the remainder of the holiday season. To say the least, 2015 was a tremendously epic year for our company, community and for several of you, too. #BYOE15 was successful (we kicked off the inception of our first annual VIP Mastermind Day) and we’re looking forward to duplicating that success for next year’s conference, too. Thank you for sharing feedback with us, asking and answering questions and being the amazing community of supporters you are.

So, in case your eCard landed in your Spam folder, or you’re excited about it as we are and don’t mind seeing it twice, here’s a special Happy Holidays greeting from Team Blogalicious to you and your families! Be merry and enjoy yourselves. See ya next year!

 

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Blog Tip: Schedule Time Off

Rule #1: Schedule time off! Building anything worthwhile creates a mixture of excitement, adrenaline and overwhelm. You have feelings of wanting to get so much done without knowing when to turn it off and get sleep. With the holidays right on our door step, we’re reminded just how important it is to schedule time off to rest, sleep and reunite with family and friends.

 

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Benefits of taking time off

Increases productivity

Now matter how much you love your career, the truth is that hustling and grinding can become monotonous! Taking a break — sometimes in the middle of projects or blog posts — allows your mind, ideas and creativity to replenish, creating a larger impact than imagined.

Increases health

From the Deseret News National:

The New York Times reported that a vacation can help your physical health — the stress of working can take a serious toll on your heart. For both men and women, taking a vacation every two years compared to every six will lessen the risk of coronary heart disease or heart attacks, The Times reported.

“It shows how the body reacts to a lifestyle of stress,” said Elaine Eaker, author of a study by the Framingham Heart Study, to The Times. “This is real evidence that vacations are important to your physical health.”

Rekindles relationships

If your life is truly balanced, rekindling relationships probably isn’t an issue for you. However, many of us solopreneurs and bloggers often have a difficult time balancing our lives because we’re stretched between family, work, social engagements, me time, and everything else adulting brings! When you schedule time off — as in literally plan to do nothing but love on those who love you for specific blocks of time — you’re doing those relationships that might need nourishing justice. What better time than right now to schedule that time off to spend with those people?

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Serena, Holiday Ideas & More

Serena Williams, marketing, social media and holiday decor ideas made their way into our weekly round up! See what tools and hacks you can apply to your business and creativity. Then, take a moment to share your thoughts (or results) with us.

 

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26 ways to save time on social media

We’ve found the holy grail of saving time on social media, thanks to Small Biz Trendz. We’ll share 3 tips we plan to implement quickly:

  • Schedule updates in advance
  • Be consistent and persistent
  • Set up weekly reports from Google Analytics
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355+ Power Words for Your Marketing

Marketing, as twisted and corrupt as it often seems, can turn your business from crickets to profits. The good thing is that there are several ways to market, starting with the words you use. SumoMe created a spreadshirt filled with over 350 words to populate your headlines, copy and social media updates. It’s pretty awesome!

Read the full article + download your spreadsheet here.

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Serena Williams is not a Horse!

So, we’ll say it: Serena Williams, the super heroic, record breaking, history making, continuous champion winning American tennis player, is not a horse! But if you read the response of Sports Illustrated fans for naming her Sportsperson of the Year instead of American Pharoah, “a.k.a. the horse that won the first Triple Crown in 37 years“, you’d think it absurd that she has two legs instead of a tail.

Since the controversy, Williams, 34, arrived at Tuesday night’s Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year ceremony looking confident and fierce! The powerhouse danced around in a lingerie inspired gown that reminded us that she’s indeed a beautiful, playful woman with class and grace. USA Today wrote about her arrival, acceptance speech and every piece of fabulosity we missed on the red carpet. Go, Serena!

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Last Minute Festive, Holiday Ideas

Christmas is next week — have you adorned your house or office with holiday decor? In case you haven’t (because you’re a busy entrepreneur whose managing multiple things at once), we found 30 simple, festive holiday decor ideas from Real Simple, like this electrifying wall wreath! These ideas are fun, easy to assemble and can be a fun family event if you’re in need of that holiday closeness and cheer.

Have you decorated your space yet? Plan on using one of these holiday ideas? Share your plans and pictures with us!

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Service Beyond :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

Service. Community. Support. Engagement.

Some would say those tenants are the cornerstones of Blogalicious, and we’d say they were correct. Like every week, we’re bringing you news that might support or enhance endeavors close to your heart. We’re also sharing a story, close to ours, that is in need of your support, engagement and a little service, too.

 

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SEO Rules for 2016

The American Marketing Association shared six SEO rules for 2016 and how you can use them to maximize your investment in content. We’ll share the rules here, but be sure to visit their website for the full, informative article.

Rules:

1. Intention is everything.

2. Keywords aren’t everything.

3. Focus on the user experience.

4. Size does matter!

5. Optimize for mobile.

6. Use unique images.

Even without full details, these six rules have the wheels of our brain in motion for next year’s content! Which new rule sticks out to you?

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But is it legal, though?

Internet sensation Nicole Walters, founder of Monetize Thyself, is hosting a free livecast offering tips and resources on how to legally protect yourself and your brand. The workshop will allow for those in need to ask questions and have them answered in real time! Talk about service! There is limited seating available so if you’d like to attend, register here.

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All You Need to Know About The Printful

What’s trending now? Apparel and accessory shops!

The good thing is that the ability to generate additional income for your online stores is virtually endless. Fulfillment companies across the country are making it easier for aspiring entrepreneurs to sell products, like t-shirts, pillows and coffee mugs, in a few hours or less. The complicated part is that there are so many fulfillment companies to choose from. We know, first world problems!

Thankfully, Arsha Jones, owner of Tees in the Trap and Capital City Co., has vetted The Printful, a popular fulfillment service simplifying online shopping, and blogged about her experience with them. Want to know her pros and cons of using the company and what it actually means to use that kind of service? Read her blog post, chock full of advice and insight.

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Service Beyond: Jewel Figueras

Our very own Jewel Figueras needs your help fighting her insurance company. Jewel took to social media to share that while she is losing her battle to cancer, she’s also struggling to have her expensive medical needs fully covered by her insurance provider. Instead of sitting idly by, Jewel is fighting to change how cancer patients are treated by their providers at large. What she needs is your signature on her Change petition, so that her provider can see how important it is for her (and others) to receive the medications they need at affordable rates.

Here are Jewel’s own words:

“I am literally in a fight for my life.  And, I’m not alone in this.  Many others in the battle against cancer have been refused medicine by their insurance company and have just given up.  My social media streams are full of folks fighting for all kinds of things.  I’m choosing to carry the flag for my fellow cancer patients, and those yet to be diagnosed.

This.has.to.change.

I’ve reached out to my Congresswoman, my Senators, my Governor, mmedia, etc.  Now I’m reaching out to you.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Sign my petition at Change.org.  Push it out to your social media networks.  Us the hashtag #JEWELvsAVMED. This will take less 30 seconds and a couple clicks.
  • Participate in my Twitter Chat this Monday night, Dec 7th, at 9pm est.  The hashtag is #JEWELvsAVMED.  Invite your networks to participate, as well.  This will take less than 1 hour.  (If you need quick instruction on how do participate, let me know.)
  • Share this post with others, using the hashtag #JEWELvsAVMED.
  • Tell me about how cancer has affected your life.  Include the hashtag and tag me your social media posts.  I’d love to read your stories, as they give me strength and resolve.
  • Talk about my situation on your social networks.  Include the hashtag #JEWELvsAVMED.  This lets me track the conversation.
  • Keep me (and all cancer survivors) in your prayers.”

We’re in need of 872 signatures! Sign the petition now!

Service Beyond | Be Blogalicious

Blog Tip: Do Something You Love

 

There’s an article on Entrepreneur.com called How I Tripled My Salary in Less Than One Year After Getting FiredIn it, the writer — Han-Gwon Lung, co-founder of Tailored Ink — lists five of the most important things he adopted right after getting fired. Today, we’re discussing his Thing #5, which is do something you love!

In fact, Lung’s exact words are, “I decided to do something I love — that also pays.”

 

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In this online space, and in the real world, too, there’s often a fine line between doing something that you love to do and doing what you have to do to financially support yourself. Blogging and social media creativity have afforded many of us opportunities to make a part-time (and many, full-time) living, but we all know how much time, effort and dedication that takes. So much so that quitting and getting “a regular old job” might become an appealing thought, at least twice a month! But with most things, there is hope.

If you love what you’re doing with your blog and in your business, keep the love alive! More power to you if you’re getting paid for it, too.

If you aren’t in love with your blog or business and are desperate to find it again, ask yourself these 5 questions.

 

  1. Why don’t I love what I’m doing? (Have you ever? When did it stop?)
  2. What needs to happen for me to love my blog or business more? (Time managament, consistency, steady flow of income, etc.)
  3. If I’ve outgrown these things, what do I love now?
  4. How can I transition from where I am to where I love?
  5. What kind of income do I need to make in order to maintain that love?

 

Answering these questions might be the catalyst you need to realign your work with your heart. Running a blog and/or business isn’t always fun, but at the least, it should be a labor of love, which makes it all worth it.

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When Lung writes about deciding to do the thing that he loves and the thing that pays, he says:

“People are always arguing about whether you should do something you love or something that pays the bills. But does this have to be a choice? I hope not.

If you really believe that “no one likes their job,” you’re subscribing to one of the most self-destructive beliefs in the world. Your “job” is what you’ll be doing eight-plus hours a day, five or six days a week, until you retire. So, why choose between passion and profit? Do something you love and something that pays the bills. The two do cross paths.”

Once you’ve found the very thing that makes your heart smile, your next goal should be monetizing it! We’ve found a few articles that specifically talk about making money from your website, including ads, creating your own products and live workshops.

In what ways does your work show your love?

Do Something You Love | Be Blogalicious

Friday Fun: Gush Over The Wiz

Last night, we simultaneously gushed and tweeted while watching NBC’s The Wiz live! Everything about the show was extraordinary — the cast, music, costumes, choreography, stage design, and makeup artistry. To add to that, there were many motivational gems and life lessons coursing through the play that still have us inspired today.

3 Life Lessons We Learned From The Wiz

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1. Don’t let people tell you who you are

Scarecrow convinced himself that he didn’t have a brain. Every day, he lived in fear of those nasty crows who tormented him and stole whatever money he had. They badgered him, leaving him feeling hopeless and miserable about himself. It wasn’t until Dorothy came along and helped him realize that he was someone who mattered and had potential to change the world. She saw things for him that he didn’t see for himself — that freedom was literally a step down from his post; that he did have a fully functioning brain; and that he didn’t owe those crows an ounce of his hospitality. Sometimes, we need a Dorothy in our lives to remind us of the warriors we are to finish strong!

2. You need people to succeed

Tin Man’s time spent alone caused him to rust! When your hinges need oiling — confidence, support and encouragement — who in your corner has your back? Those people are your tribe and you must love on them for as long as they’re in your life.

3. Venturing out is necessary!

By the end of The Wiz, Dorothy desperately wanted to get back home to Aunt Em and her sweet dog, To To. She’d had a long journey and deserved to slumber a bit afterwards. But the importance of her journey required venturing out. Like many of ours, her beginning was tough, uncomfortable and unimaginable. However, midway through she began to realize her strength and resilience, which gave her confidence in knowing that she could (and should) do anything!

Have you ever talked yourself out of doing something that could be amazing for your life or business because you were afraid of venturing out of your box? We all have…just like we’ve also kicked ourselves in the butt a year later for having not done it! In order for your business, blog, or personal life to get to where you need it to be, you must do the uncomfortable work. By the end of it, you’d wish you had done it sooner.

What were your top 3 takeaways from NBC’s The Wiz?

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Gifts & Guides :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

Because we’re obsessed social influencers, today’s round up is about (more) gifts and guides! We’ve compiled four ways for you to give a little, learn a little and get a little. Get ready for our weekly round up.

 

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The Self-Publishing Blueprint

Tara Pringle Jefferson, author and founder of Precisely Editing Group, has the ultimate course for aspiring authors and writers called The Self-Publishing Blueprint: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Your Book on Shelves. We know that this webinar will be amazing and we want you to get in fast! Here’s her personal testimony:

For the past four years, I have worked with hundreds of authors to smooth their book’s rough spots and return to them a work of art. I am a former CreateSpace editor, where I worked as the primary editor on books being published through Amazon’s self-publishing platform. I’ve been living and breathing self-publishing for the past five years.

The webinar goes live on December 15 at 5pm Pacific and 8pm Eastern. Register here!

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Gift Your Empire Gift Guide

In case you missed it, we compiled an amazing list of products from entrepreneurs within our community for Black Friday (and Cyber Monday). The sales may have ended, but the products are plenty and ready for purchasing. Take a look at who made the cut and stock your holiday stuffers!

Gift Your Empire Gift Guide

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Gift Your Empire…for December?

What better way to prep for 2016 than a little housekeeping? For 31 days, we’re sharing actionable tips and hacks on how to continuously build your empire, whatever it may be. Yesterday’s tip was to create a mastermind with like-minded individuals who’ll motivate you to kick butt harder. Masterminds are a great way to build relationships, confidence and develop ideas for your business that you may not have considered on your own. Earlier this year, we shared 3 reasons why masterminds are important during conference time. While that time has passed, those reasons are still relevant and should be explored. Read them here.

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A Guide: 40 Things to Know Before You Start A Blog

Matt Banner at On Blast Blog wrote a phenomenal post called 40 Things to Know Before You Start A Blog: A Day-to-Day Guide and we couldn’t be happier! This information is written for the novice blogger, but we have to admit that there were a few tips that made us recommit to blogging better, like:

  • Your competition is NOT your enemy!
  • Remember to use the tools you have
  • Don’t be scared to reach out to other bloggers and
  • Follow the structure

Jot down notes while reading the rest of Matt’s post here.

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4 Dove #LoveYourCurls Posts We’re Obsessed With! #ad

Last month, we handpicked a few curly haired bloggers to share personal stories about how they love their curls for Dove’s #LoveYourCurls campaign. Their collection of stories were heart felt and encouraged the rest of us to show our curls and appearance a little more kindness. See what they had to say below.

 

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I’esha Hornes of Gap Tooth Diva says:

I remember being a little girl and watching my mother struggle to run a comb through my hair, almost daily. Listening to her mumble under her breath about the effort she has to put into getting my hair to “act right” and “behave”. It was stressful on her and on me, to hear her describe my hair as some chore that needed to be tamed. It wasn’t long before she submitted to temptation and I was forced to get my hair straightened or permed to limit the time it took to get it done.

It wasn’t until I got older, more mature that I learned that my naturally curly hair was something to be proud of. I vowed that if I was ever blessed with a daughter of my own, that I would learn to develop patience with her hair, and I would show her how to #LoveYourCurls by using myself as an example. Hair styling doesn’t have to be a chore, when you’re not constantly trying to manipulate your hair to look and feel like someone else’s. The idea is to enhance what you already have, the curls and texture that belong to you.

 

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Stacey Taylor of The Sistah Cafe says:

There are 3 reasons why it is important to embrace who you are:

1) Embracing your hair texture is part of loving your self

2) When you love yourself you spread love

3) When we love ourselves we give our daughters permission to love themselves

 

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Bernetta Knighten of Bernetta Style shared 3 things she learned about herself since deciding to love her curls. Here’s our favorite reason:

Our hair is an extension of our beauty, not our only beauty attribute. | As an African American woman, I know we LOVE our hair! We think about our next hair style as much as we think about what we are going to wear. It’s awesome how creative we get with our style, but we need to remember that it’s just an extension of who we are. We are not our hair! With it or without it – we are still beautiful!

 

Want more Dove #LoveYourCurls content? Read these beautiful stories below.

3 Ways I Teach My Daughter to Love Her Natural Beauty by Bernetta Knighten

How I Find Time to Bond With My Daughter Every Week by Tara Pringle Jefferson

3 Ways to #LoveYourCurls After the Big Chop by Vashti Patrick-Joseph

5 Hair Tools All Naturally Curly Girls Should Have by Zoe Zeigler

Beauty in Expression: #LoveYourCurls Natural Hair Emojis by Sisters With Beauty

Natural Hair | Dove Hair #LoveYourCurls by Ashley Ellis

 

Thank you, Dove, for allowing us to participate in this campaign! We loved learning that so many women have grown to love themselves even more by simply loving their hair. How do you #LoveYourCurls?

4 Dove #LoveYourCurls Posts We’re Obsessed With! #ad

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