Thank you mom for always letting me freely express my creativity. From the dance lessons, to the art classes, camps, the workshops, tennis lessons, guitar lessons…the list goes on and on and on. I finally feel like I am settling into my own and getting it all figured out. I want to say, THANK YOU! You have forever been my number one fan and a spectacular mother! To this I say, I love you and want to wish you the happiest of all Mother’s Day!
Hey Party Monsters!
Hip hip HOORAY to blogger breaks! Everywhere I turn lately, I am hearing, reading, and conversing with blogger friends about being burnt out. People have been down right crispy! For the past month (both in real life and online) I have come in contact with people that are completely fed up with the crazy world of social media and the stress bloggers feel to produce great content. Stress looks good on NO one.
Well here is some great news for fellow bloggers and entrepreneurs alike! Having a internet business of any sort comes with an insane amount of pressure like most businesses. We are constantly trying to publish content and be current. We are always trying to think of a fun daily saying, checking our google analytics numbers, coming up with a witty tweetable, sharing a pinable image, or checking Facebook “likes”. We have the fear of fading into a virtual black hole. I’m here to inform you that, these fears are complete bullshit.
Blogging is by far one of my favorite things in the world. I recently had a meeting with my business coach and was informed that she enjoyed how much time and energy I put into my site/company but wanted to know what sets it apart from a glorified hobby. This idea wasn’t a fun one to address but, I understood the point she was making. The concept was actually a powerful boost of encouragement. I never want to consider my business as “just a hobby” but I never really want to see feel burnt out and overworked. It’s completely okay to call a time out. Seriously, just take a break.
A break doesn’t have to mean completely avoiding your job or calling it quits. Active breaks are possible. Plan ahead, get your systems in place, and walk away from a few things responsibly. When you’re good and ready, you will come back to life and you’ll be better than ever.
Blogger breaks are completely allowed and should be encouraged more in the blogger universe. Your “time out” will not break the internet. You might be missed for a little while but it will make it all the more special when you are bustin’ out some KICK ASS content. Your readers will be just fine for a while and love you just the same (or more) once you’ve returned.
I have been professionally blogging for a year and a half and have had a ton of great, sometimes embarrassing and terrifying experiences. Taking a break has probably been one of my healthiest and best learning experiences to date. My break put into perspective what I am doing here and I am happier than ever.
So grab a drink, take out a calendar and break responsibly! Breaks can be super helpful but it’s better to add some order to your chaos. Since this was my first major blogger break, here are some tips I would recommend to help you take a chill pill:
❤ Pick your slowest time of year. Being that i’ve only been pro blogging for a year and a half, it was hard for me to figure out when my slowest time would be. With that said, it seemed like I had the fewest readers in April. This information made it a bit easier to decide to take 4 weeks off for the month of April.
❤ Your break is a REAL event. Plan accordingly and make it your priority.
❤ Take advantage of platforms that allow you to schedule your social media postings. Take a day and set up content to go up for the amount of time you wish to take a break.
❤ Don’t feel like you have to completely throw in the towel. It’s okay to update your facebook manually or reply to your emails. Just lighten the load to give yourself some wiggle room.
Bring yourself (and your content) back to life. I find this to be rather necessary if you don’t want to become another abandoned blog on the world wide web. Happy Spring everyone and as always…
Photos by Death To Stock Photo.
A few weeks ago, I was conversing with my friend Michelle. I asked her to honestly describe who I am as a person. After a few minutes of talking, Michelle mentioned that she found me to be a “real alternative hipster”. She said I am offbeat but positive. Typically, people would hear “hipster” and be like, “NO! Not me!” but I loved it. I became curious to know why people took offense to being called a hipster.
I find it pretty funny that if there is anything a hipster hates more, is actually being identified as a hipster. I cannot tell you how many times I have had someone who was wearing a indie band tshirt and riding a fixed gear bike tell me, “Dude, I hate hipsters”. Fear and self-loathing in Williamsburg anyone? I understand the resistance though.
Hipster-hood was started as an ironic subculture but somewhere down the line morphed into the only culture forcing people from all walks of life to huddle under the same cultural umbrella. Today you can put two people together with two completely different styles and interests and still label them both a hipster. Sadly the term “hipster’ is losing it’s luster. In fact, not being a hipster is now the most sub-culture-y thing to do.
Because hipster has been used to describe so many types of people, I accept “Alternative Hipster” with arms wide open. I am completely content with wearing cute clothing and searching for interesting new music. The definition of a hipster has been so watered-down that we are all some form of a hipster. It has become a blanket term for our generation, and I like how Michelle broke it down. I asked her to define what a “Alternative Hipster” really is. Here are some of the magical traits:
❤ Always marching to your own drummer even if it was at the cost of being ostracized during high school.
❤ Can have a legit conversation about Marvel/DC and super obscure comic books.
❤ Has learned to not judge folks unless they are truly assholes.
❤ Dropping/Recommending strictly obscure people not to show off but to share AND not being an asshole about it.
❤ Enjoying most if not ALL Apple (Mac) products.
❤ Having a very specific taste in food.
❤ Talking about and lusting over Europe at least once a week.
❤ Enjoying the quality/sound of vinyl since you were born.
Practically anyone can fall under the category of hipster. I think it’s time for most of us to quit fighting it. The term “if you smelt it you dealt it” can apply to being called a hipster. When you fight it and/or call others hipsters, it just makes you look more like a hipster. The term has sort of morphed to a point in which we need categories and stages. There are worse things you could be called. “Oh no, someone thinks I’m interesting, hip, kinda nerdy and attractive! Please stop with the name calling!” Embrace it, bitches!
I take pride in being an alternative hipster. Hipsters can be complicated, brilliant, eco-friendly, and all around interesting characters. I embrace everything that I enjoy and have no shame in my game.
I just realized that this is my second post I have written about hipsters. So much hipster love! What flavor of hipster do you think you are?
One of my personal life goals is to assure that I am celebrating life daily. No matter how busy or how crazy the day can get, I try to remember the main point of living is to live.
This morning, while away on a Boston business trip I woke up with a case of the Mondays. My back has been bothering me for a couple of weeks now, I have to deal with a minor car issue when I get back home, on top of laundry and the other “gifts” that life hands us along the way. I am trying to make a habit of making daily gratitude lists. No matter how silly or how small the celebration, it’s still a celebration. Here are some of the rad things that are going well in my life right now…
1. Waking up to a beautiful sunny winter day in Boston this morning. Yes, we’ve had a brutal winter but nothing beats the beauty that it truly brings.
2. The coffee maker in my hotel room. I’m about to use the hell out of it and YES, I am excited.
3. Disco the Unicorn! One of my Valentine’s Day gifts from my boyfriend was a stuffed unicorn that I instantly fell in love with. I named him Disco because it seemed proper.
4. My new Stila lip color of choice is Stila Gemma color balm lipstick. This lipstick is so wonderful I might need to have a separate post dedicated to it’s greatness.
5. Awesome party design opportunities that are on the rise. I’ve been properly getting my hustle on and not quitting my daydream. It’s actually paying off and it’s a blessing on a million levels.
6. Laughter! I am forever grateful for being able to laugh and giving the gift of laughter to others (most of the time without even trying).
7. You guys! If it wasn’t for you guys, I definitely would not have made it this far in my blogging/party making career. You are the raddest and complete me.
Life is full of little things to be excited about. No matter how shit your day may seem, there is always something worth celebrating. I have trained myself to push through the rubbish because it is just that…rubbish. Most issues are temporary and shouldn’t get in the way of your overall success and happiness. Sometimes we find it easier to give in to the negative but that is not living.
Gratitude lists are nothing new, but they often get lost in our daily grind. We should all make it our personal goal to remember to cherish and celebrate ourselves. To keep myself on track, maybe I should share my mini daily celebrations more often.
What are you excited about celebrating today? Go out and get a Cotton Candy Cupcake because you deserve one and as always…
What does being sassy, confetti, sprinkles and unicorns have in common? EVERYTHING! I teamed up with Sassy Mouth Photo and The Confetti Bar to sponsor a kickass photobooth for Love Haven 2014. Love Haven was a handmade & vintage marketplace + art show + performance showcase event that took place last weekend. Let me go over the birth of this interactive and insanely fun photo booth.
A few weeks ago during a meeting with Jessica, I mentioned that I have been seriously thinking of adding custom photobooths as a service I wish to offer as a party maker. While I was going over all of the ideas that have been circling in my head, she mentioned that Melissa of Vintanthromodern Vintage Shop asked her to do a photobooth for Love Haven this year. Jessica invited me to team up with her to make it the most magical and most fun. I accepted the invite with a giant “HELL YES!” and that magic began.
I have the amazing habit of thinking of something I want to do and jumping right into it. This can be awesome because it gets the ball rolling but also be terrible because you can instantly feel overwhelmed. After exchanging a few emails with Jessica and setting up a couple of meetings, we had no clue what we were fully going to do for the theme. We were worried as to how we were going to manage the booth, while taking photos, while being fabulous all at the same time. Let’s just say destiny mixed with a good friendship with Marissa of Sassy Mouth Photo saved the day! Marissa stepped in to be our photographer extraordinaire and to bring the sass. Team Sassy Confetti Sprinkles was born!
So you must be thinking…what does this have to do with unicorns? Everything sillies! Jessica and I both at the same time realized we needed to unleash our inner Lisa Frank fantasies onto the people of Love Haven. Unicorns are everything and the only thing that could make them better is confetti.
Jessica and I created the concept, the backdrop, the kissing booth, and jazzed up Mr. Sparkles the Unicorn Pinata. The unicorn horns were from the wonderful Tweedle Dee Designs and the Unicorn Dandruff confetti of course was created by the lovely Jessica. We wouldn’t have such amazingly stunning images if it wasn’t for Marissa of Sassy Mouth Photo and the models were the stunning attendees, vendors, and party monsters of Love Haven 2014. If you couldn’t tell, we had a TON of fun and we would more than love to run the Unicorn Booth for another event so hit me up if you’re interested in being a unicorn and stuff.
Party on, sparkle, shine and as always…