Blogging is its Own Artform

You know how they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words?” Though I love photography, I think the art or writing is definitely becoming a lost art. Words are extremely powerful. People underestimate its power. Have you ever heard the expression, “Speak it into existence.” It works, it’s powerful.
 
 
Our words have an effect, it’s just up to us how whether it’s good or bad. We can encourage someone or completely turn someone’s day around with kind words. And just as easily, we can tear someone down with hurtful words. 
 
We live in a day and age where photo and video reign. Newspapers are a thing of the past, every magazine is filled with more imagery than written content, heck, even blogs aren’t as popular as they used to be. Let’s call a spade, a spade. But I truly believe that words have this underlying power that people underestimate. I don’t know, maybe it’s because of when you read something there is no concrete visual which allows your mind to create that visual for you. Reading a fiction novel and picture the story as it unfolds in your head versus watching the the adapted screenplay is so much more interesting in my opinion. Just me? Okay.
 
In any case, whether it be for the reader or the writer I believe that writing still has a place in our visual world. Though that place may be growing smaller the art of writing can still hold its own.
 
xoxo,
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Plant Update

I don’t know if you remember, but at the end of the month in May I bought a couple house plants. I have a history of killing even the easy to keep plants so I made it a goal of mine to keep them alive for at least a month. I’m so happy to say that my plants are still alive! Look at me, 3 months later! I’m so proud I can’t even tell you lol.
 
I’ve named my first 2 plants that I bought Romeo and Juliet. Don’t know why I did, but we’re going with that. They’re both doing well and have grown a bit since I bought them!
 
Romeo, my Dieffenbachia plant
Juliet, my Pothos plant
 
Shortly after I bought a rosemary plant from Lowes. I wanted to name him Sergio but Charlie named him Rosemario and it somehow stuck. I’ve had a rosemary plant in the past and it died within a couple weeks of me having it so I was really really determined to keep Rosemario alive. He’s also doing well! He has a home on our back patio where he keeps the flies away and gets all the sunlight he needs.
 
Rosemario, my Italian Rosemary plant
 
I’ve always wanted to keep plants in our house but could never keep them alive. Plants just add so much life, softness, and color to a home – especially ours that leans more to a modern aesthetic.
 
If you have any recommendations for easy to maintain house plants please let me know! I’m starting to grow my collection!
 
xoxo,
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My Current Workflow Tools and What I use Them For

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been working on a workflow that works just right for my life. As an entrepreneur life gets really hectic at times and difficult to keep organized. But aside from being a business owner, life is so hectic in itself! I think I’ve found my system of keeping my personal and professional life as organized as possible, but it took a lot of trial and error to get here. No one told me that it took organization and time to actually be organized. Go figure!
 
 
First thing’s first – what is a workflow? Technically, workflow is defined as the sequence of industrial, administrative, or other processes through which a piece of work passes from initiation to completion. As an entrepreneur, creating a workflow is sometimes really overwhelming. You don’t know what works, you don’t know how to get started, and you don’t know what you need.
 
I downloaded a lot of apps over the years to try and test out different platforms. Tools like apps, notebooks, and planners are all a matter of preference. What might work for me might not work for you so it’s important to test things out, give it time, and then evaluate how it fits in with your needs. You’re not going to know within a day or a week whether something works for you. You’re going to need patience with each tool.
 
I didn’t realize how much investment it takes to get a productivity tool to work for you. I always just figured that once I download the app or open the planner it would just be “plug and play.” But I was so off base! It takes time to figure it out, make it work, and tweak it based on your needs. Because of the intense time investment I made in my current workflow I’m always hesitant to stray away from my current tools. It has taken me over 2 years to get it just right so if I do change something in my workflow, that must mean it was well worth it!
 
So here’s my current workflow and what I use each thing for. I’ll create a post on each tool so I can go more in depth in a separate post to share how I use these items. Stay tuned for those!
 
  1. iCal for time blocking, events, and meetings.
  2. Evernote for in depth weekly planning, writing blog posts, travel planning, long term projects, and note taking. If you’re interested in my initial set up you can watch my YouTube video here, but I actually need to update the vid. I made a few tweaks. Stay tuned for that! You can also see how I use it for travel planning here.
  3. Todoist for daily tasks and reminders. I have a YouTube video on my set up, you can view it here.
  4. Goodnotes for brain dumping, digital planner, and bible study.
  5. Trello for Blog Scheduling. Trello has been my most recent addition to the work flow. I posted about my current set up this past week, you can read it here
  6. Apple Mail for email. This one doesn’t need much explanation except for 2 things. One, I archive my inbox every week that way it’s at zero when the new work week starts. Having messages (read or unread) in my inbox has always given me anxiety. Two, if it’s an email that needs to be saved like a flight confirmation I’ll forward it to my Evernote inbox using my Evernote account email. This will send that email to my default notebook. Comes in really handy!
Yes, I use and open each app almost every day. Definitely every work day. Not only that but I have each app on my iPhone and iPad so I have it at my fingertips if I’m not in the office. First thing I do when I get into work is open up all my apps and plan my day. I’ll start with I’m thinking about doing a video on how I make it all work so if you’re interested in that let me know.
 
I know this may be a lot for some, but quite honestly it’s because each thing has its own function in my life. I’ve tried countless times to just use 1 app or just use a planner but I can’t make it work for what I need and want it to do. Hence, my 6 different apps lol!
 
If you have any apps or services that you suggest please share! I have this tendency to always want the best out there when it comes to productivity.
 
xoxo,
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