Trying To Organize My Home Office

Hey Guys, listen… I know it’s been a while and a half since I’ve posted. I’m really sorry, I’ve been super busy with writing and other projects. And in no way am I complaining! I love making videos. Unfortunately, I gotta eat and make a living too. Hopefully, I can get a proper book review out to you guys soon. in the meantime, I hope you enjoy me trying to get my life together lol. Please give this video a LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel! And as always, thank you all so much for watching!
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Read-A-Thon Fail

What’s up guys! Sorry about last week. I had to take a little break on the videos so I could work on another project…Big things soon to come, lol! Anyway, this week is my very failed attempt to read three, possibly four books, in 24 hours. Needless-to-say, things did not go as planned. So this week I pose this question to you; How many books have you read in 24 hours? Have you ever tried? Not-so-pro-tip, don’t do it! Don’t even attempt it! My eyes still burn from my failure. Anywho, thank you so much for watching, please ‘LIKE’ and SUBSCRIBE and I will see you all next week!

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Heartless By Marissa Meyer

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Hey guys! This week we are reviewing Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I loved this book so much and I really want to hear what you all thought of it. Did the last couple of scenes make you shed a tear…Or was that just me lol! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this video as much as I did while making it. Please ‘Like’ and SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and as always, thank you so much for watching!

My Heartless Playlist:

Florence + The Machine – Hunger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GHXEGz3PJg
Florence + The Machine – Sky Full Of Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1TSiB9OuVM
Florence + The Machine – Big God https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kIrRooQwuk
Alice in Wonderland (Score) 2010- Alice’s Theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce0dZbPOepE&list=RDQMp0U5kQe6QJc&start_radio=1
Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass – 01 – Alice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toC1bRpSFCk

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Reading A Reaper at The Gates

Hey Guys! We will now resume your regular programming. This week, we’re keeping it light with a little reading vlog and also a recount of my 10-year high school reunion. Hope you all enjoy! Please ‘Like’ and SUBSCRIBE and as always thank you so much for watching!

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How To Make a Vlog About Nothing

Hey guys! I realized this week that I haven’t posted a regular vlog almost all month long…And also, it’s incredibly hot in my office right now so the idea of sitting under hot lights in a sensible sweeter is literally melting my brain right now. Next week we’ll talk about Fury Born, but this week I just needed a day to laze around the house. I hope you enjoy this video, Please ‘Like’ and SUBSCRIBE. And as always, thank you so much for watching!

P.S. Hope you enjoyed that Easter egg ūüėČ

Books mentioned in the vlog:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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Blog Mistakes We All Make

START SOME WHERE
Daily Planner

Recently I posted a vlog where I briefly mentioned how happy I was that my office was finally coming together. Flying high off the newly purchased coffee table to accompany my small loveseat, I could only¬†imagine the fanciful notions I’d conjure while lounging on it. I had a new organizer and notebook to schedule out my blog posts and write ideas down in. A new set of fresh ballpoint pens sat inside the decorative pen holder, that was also new.

All the things that I felt I needed to write were finally in place, except for the small sheepskin rug that was on back order. . . Bummer.

The Driving Force

It would seem that on the surface, I was ready. Surely, armed with my new pens and coffee table, I’d be inspired to write the most captivating blog posts of my freelance career. Hell, I might even finish my novel this year. With the muse of my perfectly-cute blue loveseat I was unstoppable, right?

Blog Failures

Wrong. As I glance up at my most recent purchase, a bookshelf from Target that’s lately held more used coffee mugs than actual books, I am brazenly¬†reminded that no amount of cute office supplies will ever encourage great writing or ideas.

The year has merely¬†just begun and I’ve spent more money on my office supplies than I’ve made off of my blog. Big Mistake!

Making Up For Lost Blogs

So here I sit, actually writing the first blog of the year. It’s only taken three weeks and about $600, but I’m finally doing it! Let this be a lesson to the children; if you can’t come up with a good idea with a composition notebook from the dollar store, you probably won’t be able to in a designer folio.

Mistakes Were Made 

In the last couple of weeks, while I should have been writing, I’ve¬†done some pretty extensive research on how to run a high performing¬†blog.¬† I started out by giving my website a mini makeover. I love the new clean look it has. It just seems more accessible¬†than before.

I also took notice of what my favorite websites had writing blogs had to offer. What exactly hooked me to come back in the first place? What was the root of their fan base?

Because We Love A List 

Here is a list I’ve compiled during my last few weeks of procrastination¬†of websites that have given me some real insight into the blogging world.

www.classycareergirl.com

www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

www.oflifeandlisa.com

www.gemmabonhamcarter.com

www.florisbooks.co.uk

 

Why Is It So Difficult To Write?

I probably ask myself this question every day, and miraculously, every day I come up with a new reason for my continuous stall. I tell myself things like, “You have a stupid job that you need in order to survive.” That becomes the excuse usually when I’m at the stupid job. Once I get home from work, “You just did a full eight hours of work, you’ve been up since 5:30 am and you have to start making dinner soon, so you should definitely take a 20-minute cat-nap instead of actually working towards your life goals for an hour or so.”

The excuses and procrastination continues into my days off, “You’ve had a long grueling week at work, all I want to do is enjoy my family and relax a bit before I have to go back to that soul draining place.”

It just seems to go on and on until I’m so fed up with myself, that I actually write something. Often I’ve thought, “Maybe this is just my process.” I want you to know that this is not any kind of process. . . Well, maybe the process of someone who takes their entire life to write their first book, lies to themselves all the time and then comes to the realization that once they die it won’t be the book that gets published, but their personal diary has potential.

I understand that not holding yourself accountable is not a ‘process.’ Making excuses until you feel so bad about yourself is only harmful to your piece of mind. I know great art and literature has come out of the direst situations, pain, and anguish. But I doubt the greatest writers of our time became successful by hating themselves.

I’m by no means a successful writer, but I do know a few successful people, and they didn’t build their businesses from the ground up and achieve their dreams by continuously beating themselves.

Those people all held themselves accountable for creating their own opportunities. One of the biggest misconceptions I had once I started freelance writing was believing that someone out there was going to give me my big break. That someone had to notice me and completely understand my voice, and what I had to say. I just had to find that right person who would give me my opportunity.

Since then I have talked to and lived with, many a freelancer that have all proven that way of thinking wrong. These people have taught me an invaluable lesson; You don’t wait for an opportunity to knock on your door. You create your own destiny and you own opportunity.

Have there been people who were plucked out of obscurity? Yes. Is that a common occurrence? No. So you’re going to have to work towards your own dreams because everyone else is busy trying to get their own shit together to bother with you right now.