3 Things That Made Me A Better Blogger

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I’ve been blogging for three years, and I feel the most confident in my work now than ever before!

I can tell because I’m often asked about what I do and how I do it, especially since this has become a full time gig for me (I paused for a scary, yet excited sigh when I just typed that!)

I love to answer questions about what I do because it allows me the opportunity to hear myself answer out loud, and hear myself give credence and relevance to what I do and why it matters.

I’ve always believed that sharing with others is one of the best practices in becoming better at what we do. The student evolving into the teacher.

 

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Where do I get my inspiration?

Lately, the question I am asked most often is where do I get the inspiration for new articles and pictures that I share.

I could easily answer, “from my mind,” which is always spinning and churning out what I think is the next best idea ever!

But that answer still begs the question of where are these ideas coming from that “spin around” in my head.

After giving it some thought, the simple answer is that my constant stream of ideas and inspiration come from going places.

 

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Reading: food for the mind

Going places begins in the mind.

Training your ideas and thoughts into a funnel of good vibes and creative ideas that open the door to positive people, places and energy.

A great place to start funneling this type of energy is in a book! With respect to my creative space as a blogger, the old adage is true. “The more you read, the better writer you become.”

 

I find self-help books and personal stories to be the most inspiring. Here are a few good books to get you started:

the Bible  |  Becoming by Michelle Obama  |  Shoe Dog by Phil Knight  |  I Am Charlie Wilson by Charlie Wilson  |   Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki  |  The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss (This book is next on my list to read. I’ve heard remarkable things about it!)  |  Next Level Thinking by Joel Osteen

 

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Exercising: food for the body

A game changing exercise for me was yoga. I use the principles and disciplines of this practice in my daily life.

Breathing techniques, mindful meditation, stretching and flow (Chaturanga). 😉

Find yourself a routine that exercises you physically and mentally because we all need a positive outlet to release the bad energy and refuel the good.

Yoga inspires me because it challenges and stretches my physical abilities, which empower my mental abilities to keep doing and creating.

 

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Traveling: food for the soul

I’d say that the most rewarding after practicing good mind and body is traveling.

The more places I’ve visited, the more people I’ve met. The more cultures I’ve experienced. The more homes I’ve entered and the more food that I’ve tasted.

All have re-awakened my senses and made me a better person, Christian, believer, wife, mother, family member, writer, creator, and entrepreneur because of my exposure to so many new and unfamiliar places.

EVERY TIME I travel, I return home with more ideas and inspiration than I had before.

Never fails. I’m always yearning for the next time The Mister and I will hop on a plane and go somewhere. Wanderlust much?!

The Mister and I both recognize that ravel is the future reward to our present selves, for our past selves INTENTIONALLY feeding our mind, body and souls.

Feed the mind, body, soul, repeat— and let the soul cycle begin!

 

How I manage my social media intake

As a blogger and influencer, I find myself on social media more than often.

My discipline for what feeds my soul in such a populated place is to only follow accounts that offer inspiration to my mind, body and soul.

Whether it’s a good laugh, a good recipe, a great travel picture, or an outfit styled so fierce that it makes me gasp!

Again, I INTENTIONALLY choose and prioritize those that inspire, while I also INTENTIONALLY set boundaries and leave out those that don’t.

 

Some of the IG accounts that I am enjoying right now and LOVE to see on my feed (in no particular order ;-):

@JustinaBlakeney  |  @OwnByFemme  |  @TamalaMat  |  @ElaineWelteroth  |  @Modest.Modernity  |  @ChrissyTeigen

 

I saw this recent post by @OwnByFemme and couldn’t wait to share it with you because she managed to capture the true essence of travel in one Instagram post! You’ll want to get to her page to read her full post HERE. I’ve summarized the parts that I think are the most impactful to what I know to be so true:

“I have been traveling the world my whole lifetime but with the frequency that I do now, for the past few years, and I can tell you the most beautiful place I’ve ever experienced… Is the mind of someone who truly loves and accepts them selves and lives in their purpose.
So peaceful and freeing there,
So warm and full of light there

Do the work.
On yourself.

For you.
And ultimately for anyone who will have the luxury of experiencing you.
Find your freedom.
Physically.
Emotionally.
Intellectually.
You are the prize, the gift, that beautiful, warm, light filled, all inclusive get away”

R E N É D A N I E L L A (@OwnByFemme)

 

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My photos in this post were captured at Visit Norfolk’s historic Slover Library. My son and I recently visited, always in preparation for going places!

 

 

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29 Comments

  1. Karen Rice
    February 3, 2019 / 5:01 am

    I would go to an art museum for inspiration

    • February 3, 2019 / 5:44 am

      Karen, Yes! A great place to go and see beautiful things and to get inspired!

    • Anonymous
      June 10, 2019 / 8:41 am

      I enjoyed reading this and I love your outfits!

      • June 10, 2019 / 8:43 am

        I’m always happy when you find value in my posts. Thank you for commenting.

  2. Gwendolyn Jordan
    February 4, 2019 / 6:04 pm

    I enjoyed reading the post

    • February 4, 2019 / 6:20 pm

      So happy you did, Gwendolyn! Thanks for sharing with me in a comment 😉

  3. February 5, 2019 / 5:53 pm

    I’ve thought about starting a blog. This is some great advice for how to keep staying inspired.

    • February 5, 2019 / 8:15 pm

      So happy you found my advice helpful! I really hope you start your blog…keep me posted!

    • February 6, 2019 / 2:29 am

      Thank You! It’s a simple but classic one.

  4. Terri Quick
    February 6, 2019 / 2:17 am

    Thanks for sharing this

    • February 6, 2019 / 2:30 am

      Terri, you’re welcome! I’m happy you enjoyed this post 😉

  5. Lucy D
    February 10, 2019 / 1:51 pm

    This was great to read! You’re such a holistic blogger, and I love that! I’m checking out those Instagram accounts right now 🙂

    • February 10, 2019 / 4:48 pm

      Hi, Lucy! Thank You kindly for your comment 😉 I’m always happy to share positive vibes and even more thrilled to hear that the message is well received! I hope you enjoy these positive Instagram accounts as much as I do!

  6. Lucy D
    February 10, 2019 / 1:53 pm

    This was great to read! You’re such a holistic blogger, and I love that 🙂 I’m checking out those Instagram accounts right now!

  7. SaraAB87
    February 11, 2019 / 6:35 pm

    This was a great read.

    • February 11, 2019 / 7:58 pm

      Thank You! Always happy hear that you enjoyed 😉

  8. SaraAB87
    February 14, 2019 / 5:38 pm

    I love going to different places.

    • February 14, 2019 / 8:47 pm

      I do to! Going places is the best thing ever to do!

  9. Calvin
    February 22, 2019 / 7:54 pm

    Cool colour theme in these place

    • February 22, 2019 / 8:14 pm

      One of the coolest libraries I’ve ever seen! Another cool one is LA’s The Last Bookstore!

  10. March 4, 2019 / 8:26 am

    Your article was helpful for me to understand more about blogging. Thank you.

    • March 4, 2019 / 12:20 pm

      I’m so happy that you found this article to be helpful! Thanks for sharing your feedback 😉

  11. Hurriah
    March 11, 2019 / 8:09 am

    This is inspiring ????????

    • March 11, 2019 / 11:03 am

      Hurriah, so happy you found inspiration in this article! 😉

  12. Granmama15
    June 11, 2019 / 2:08 pm

    You put a lot of heart into your writings! Your enthusiasm and encouragement just oozes throughout your article, where you almost have me believing that I could tackle writing a blog of my own! I am disabled. I couldn’t have the dedication that you do. It saddens me that I definitely can’t travel like I used too. I did pin this for later. I love the work of Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, and more who preaches about God’s Word!
    I personally don’t like yoga. I do like the beautiful, breezy, sunny dress that you are wearing! You look stunning in it! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    • June 11, 2019 / 2:40 pm

      Thank you for sharing YOUR thoughts! We have so much in common! I believe that you can do anything that you put your mind to, and it sounds like you have a many stories and experiences to share. Many, many Thanks for stopping by here! I hope to chat with you again here soon 😉

  13. Cindy S
    July 6, 2019 / 7:11 pm

    You definitely have lots of wonderful ideas! I think I need to try yoga. Traveling to new places gives me inspiration.

    • July 6, 2019 / 11:59 pm

      Yoga is so good for the mind, body and soul, and travel is the best for new inspiration. I hope you will partake in both!

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