A Simple List for Getting out of a Blogging Funk

Blogging can be hard, especially when you’re first starting out. We go into it knowing it will take awhile to hit that sweet spot, and yet it’s still so easy to fall into the pit of defeat and lose motivation before that happens. Here is some real talk: I am writing this post because I am in a blogging funk right now! It’s gonna be fine, guys. Here’s a simple list I’ve put together that has helped me and will hopefully do the same for you!

How to Get Out of that Blogging Funk


Sit down and think about it.

Give yourself a block of time and find the determination to only focus on your blog. Have you heard of breaking writer’s block by getting a piece of paper out and writing out your “constant stream of consciousness” within a set amount of time? This unleashes all sorts of thoughts and ideas you probably didn’t realize you had. Do this same thing, but make it a list of blogging ideas. Topics, people, projects, anything that comes to mind that might make a great post. It doesn’t matter how many things you write down that may seem completely silly, because odds are you will write down plenty of amazing ideas.

Get motivation from others.

We all have websites and blogs that we look at and aspire to someday have for ourself. Go to those sites and browse around. I’m not saying you should go to your favorite blog, pick a post and write your own version of it. The point of this exercise is to look at these works and get your brain back in that “I gotta do this” mode. Looking at websites that inspire you will almost always put you in the mood to get back to work.

Give a crap, but don’t give a crap.

I’ve gone over a week without blogging. Until I sat down today to write this post I felt really bad about it. How will I have a successful blog if I take two weeks off from posting?! Where in the world did my motivation go?! The truth is, taking that week off probably didn’t effect my ability to have a successful blog. Sure, I didn’t get much traffic this week, but it’s not like all of my followers abandoned me!

Beating yourself up will help nothing. Sit down and focus and soon enough your motivation will come back. Keep working and be true to your own passions and your blog will thrive!

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Morning Routine Ideas to Start Your Day Off Right

I’m sure it isn’t a foreign idea to any of you that what you do in the morning can drastically change the outcome of your day. That’s why I relish every morning the same way I relish a day off. After all, it is “time off” even if you only have an hour or two before you have to go into work. The best thing you can do is make the most of it. Do just that by finding your own morning routine with the help of this list.

Simple Tips for the Perfect Morning Routine

Wake up with enough time to have an hour or two to yourself.

This is the toughest part of getting a good morning routine for a lot of people, but I promise if you can get in the habit of waking up early you will see how amazing it is to have that time to yourself. Try setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier every day until you reach the time you want and put your alarm clock outside of arm’s reach so you have to get up to turn it off.

(Check out this alarm clock that runs away from you until you turn it off. It’s sure to get you out of bed!)

Once you’re able to wake up early, use the morning to do things you love and that will put you in the right mindset to tackle your day. Do 15 minutes of meditation, cuddle with your dog, or catch up on chores. You don’t even necessarily need to do anything productive as long as you are doing something for yourself.

Drink warm water with lemon and eat breakfast.

Hot water with lemon juice has so many benefits. The warm water mixed with the pectin fiber from the lemon aids in digestion and the vitamins found in lemon juice helps flush out toxins, keeps your skin heathy and energizes you. All of this first thing in the morning can make a huge difference in how you feel all day long.

It would be cliche to say “breakfast is the most important part of the day” if it weren’t so true. Eating a healthy breakfast will make your body feel great and if you take the time to cook or prepare breakfast it can make you feel productive which will motivate you all day long.

Both of these tips are a great part of any healthy morning routine.

Practice mindfulness.

Being mindful means being aware of the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and body. In simple terms, mindfulness means staying in the moment, every moment. This is a therapy technique that can completely change the way you look at yourself, at your day and at your life.

Spend every morning being mindful. While drinking your cup of coffee, be aware of how wonderful it tastes, how warm it is and how calm and peaceful you feel. While doing chores, be aware of how accomplished you feel. While getting ready, be aware of how your clothes make you feel, how much you have to be grateful for and all the things you love about yourself. Practice mindfulness every morning until it becomes second nature. Let it heal you.

Relax.

You might think “why would I wake up early to relax if I could just stay asleep longer?” I don’t blame you. It seems silly. But what I can tell you is that sleeping later means prolonging the inevitable moment of not wanting to get out of bed and waking up early and relaxing means starting your day with peace. This doesn’t have to mean yoga or meditation. It could mean sitting quietly with a cup of coffee or reading for 20 minutes before checking your phone. However you choose to do it, put yourself in a place of calm and improve your day ahead of time.

Do whatever the fuck you want.

As much as Ive tried, I can’t technically tell you how to start your mornings. Everyone is different. Play around with my advice and see what works best for you. The number one tip that I know will never fail is this one: do whatever you want. You know what makes you happy, you know what makes you calm. Wake up and do those things. The more you celebrate yourself, the more positive your attitude and the more equipped you are to have a successful day, every day.

Find the perfect morning routine to celebrate YOU!

Let me know in the comments below what you would add to this list and tune in for our next Wishlist Wednesday to see my picks for good morning essentials!

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Use PicsArt to Make Beautiful Breastfeeding Pictures

Edited breastfeeding picture
Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. Not only did you create an actual human being and keep them safe inside yourself, but now you get to use your own body to nourish and feed this new person. Whether you breastfeed or not (and believe me when I say that I believe there should be no judgement as long as the babe is being fed), we can all agree that our ability to care for a child in this way is an incredible thing. This is why many women are paying homage with beautiful photos like the one above. Let me show you how you can do it too!

First, download the app PicsArt:

PicsArt App

Click on edit and select the photo you’d like to use:

Search and download “tree of life” stickers for free:

Select the tree of your choice:

Select your color choice:

Position your image and change blend section to overlay:

Select “Magic” at the bottom and choose the look you want:

Adjust the settings however you’d like before applying.

Save your photo and pay homage to the beauty of breastfeeding!

If you pump or use formula, you can make the same beautiful pictures for that too:

How did your photos turn out? Let me know in the comments!

Special thanks to my friend, Brooke for sending me pictures of the whole process to share with you.

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The Only Planner a Lady Boss Will Ever Need

Perfect Planner for every lady boss
Passion Planner

What does the New Year and a lady boss have in common? They both call for a good planner!

If you’re anything like me, then you probably have a weird obsession with the paper planner. Throw in some pens in every color and adorable stickers and we’re in heaven!

The problem with planners is that it’s hard to find one that meets all of our expectations. This is exactly what Angelia Trinidad was thinking when she thought up the Passion Planner.

Angelia Trinidad
Passion Planner is just that: a planner for your passions. It’s equipped with so many helpful tools to keep your goals on the top of your priority list. You start out your planner with the “passion roadmap” where you reflect on all the things you want to accomplish and how to get there.
Passion Roadmap
Each week you get hour-by-hour planning space for each day along with a “Today’s Focus” box, a personal priorities list, a work priority list, and for all those straggling thoughts and doodles there is the “Space of Infinite Possibility.”

At the end of each month is a page to reflect on how much you worked toward your goals and what you can do better in the next 30 days.


Angelia Trinidad was pre-med at UCLA when she found herself exploring a new idea for a planner. She made a sketch, started a Kickstarter page and within 23 days she had raised over $48,000 from more than 1000 people in 40 different countries. All of a sudden Passion Planner was a real thing. (What a lady boss, am I right??)

Angelia Trinidad
“I wanted to make a place to give us the peace of mind to restart, to find direction when we felt lost, a planner where people pursue their passions not just ideally with “one day’s” or “I wishes” but in doing something everyday and holding themselves accountable.”

We all know how hard it is to face doubt, fear and what-ifs and still stay passionate about our goals. Throw a busy life on top of that and it can almost seem impossible. The Passion Planner is a great way to keep all of that into perspective. Not to mention, knowing Angelia’s story is a constant reminder that your goals are achievable. Head over to www.passionplanner.com to get one for yourself and let every page help you reach just a little bit farther towards your dreams.

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Ultimate 2017 Wishlist

Wishlist Wednesday

2017 Must-Haves to set yourself up for success in every aspect of your life!

The “Better You” Wishlist

Start Where You Are
Packed with though-provoking writing exercises, inspirational quotes, and beautiful artwork, “Start Where You Are” is the perfect journal to make the most out of 2017.

Dry brush body brush
Dry brushing is an awesome addition to any body/beauty routine. While sloughing away dead skin, the light brushing also gets your blood flowing to help with detoxification and healthy, bright skin. Get yours here!

French press
But first… coffee.
Get this Zumati French Press to start every day with the perfect cup of coffee.

The “Work, Bitch” Wishlist

Kate Spade planner
Bring style to the office with this chic Kate Spade daily planner.

Alice in Wonderland desk calendar

There is nothing better to keep you uplifted at work than adorable desk accessories. Check out Rifle Paper Co.’s Alice in Wonderland desk calendar!

Rifle Paper Co.Rifle Paper Co.

…And while you’re checking out Rifle Paper Co. don’t forget their Let’s Do This notepad and folk pattern pencils!

The “Lady Squad” Wishlist

Ladies Drawing Night
This book is perfect for combining your love for your lady squad with your inner creativity. Get together for a Ladies Drawing Night to explore what you can create in the company of those you love most.

Best friend pajamasBest friend pajamas
These jammies scream bestie slumber party!

The “Healthy You” Wishlist

Infuser bottle

This infuser bottle can be used for fruit, loose leaf tea AND coffee, thanks to it’s double filter system. It’s also glass with a bamboo lid so it’s safe for you and the environment. Get yours here!

Fitness ankle weights
If you’re overwhelmed with the idea of working out because life is busy, try these ankle weights around the house or at work.
TRX training system
On the other hand, if you’re really into fitness and you want to try something fun and different, check out the TRX Training System. If you don’t know what this is, I beg you to look up a video.
It. Is. Awesome.

The “Money Maker” Wishlist

Cash envelope systemThis Bella Taylor wallet has so many slots, because it’s specifically made for keeping perfect track of your “envelope system” from the book Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. Pay down your debt in style with any of their colors or patterns!

 

There you have it! Our first Wednesday Wishlist, just in time to get you set up for the new year! Let us know if you’ve used any of these products and what you think!

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Lady Boss Guide to New Year’s Resolutions

Wake up and shake off that New Year’s hangover, people! It’s January 1st: the official day of new beginnings and future hope. And what is the number one tradition of a brand new January 1st? New Year’s Resolutions, of course!

We’ve all done it; got pumped, made a few goals, went full speed and fizzled out by March. So how do we make 2017 different? How can we stick to our goals? Lady Boss Nation has compiled a list of tried and true habits to get you in the right mindset to smash the crap out of your goals this year.

New Year's Resolutions

Make a plan.

Obvious, right? Most of us know, however, that making a plan and sticking to it is a lot harder than it seems. You write down your goals, map out hopeful milestones and when you miss your first one you’re bummed out and motivation has left the building.

This year, try planning one week at a time. You don’t know how quickly you can reach those milestones until you’re on your way. Sitting down every Sunday and reflecting on your week’s accomplishments while writing down the next steps for your week ahead will not only help you plan, but will give you a weekly reminder to really think hard about what you’re trying to achieve.

Don’t complicate things.

My goal for 2016 was to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. I wrote down comprehensive workout plans and tried the extensive meal prepping and it was really helpful until I started getting overwhelmed. I quickly ran out of motivation to continue doing all of these things and I could feel myself going into a downward spiral.

I needed things to be easier. So I stopped meal prepping and started taking the basics to work, like veggies and fruit and the leftovers from whatever healthy meal we had the night before. I reminded myself that just getting exercise was more important than how I was exercising (the workout programs came later when I had a feel for it all).

By simplifying my plan, I never lost motivation and by May I had lost a total of 40 pounds and had never felt stronger. I still use a simple plan today, because living a healthy life should be as easy as possible when you’re busy being a lady boss.

Believe you are the person you want to become.

Yes, I’m talking about visualization! It might sound silly, but think of it this way:

Say your goal is to make major headway in the workplace. Great! But be specific. So, now your new year’s resolutions include getting a promotion and the raise you deserve. Much better. But what if instead of making a list of ways to achieve these goals you went back to work in 2017 with this in your head:

I am the type of person who will take on any challenge at work.
I am the type of person who keeps a positive attitude towards co-workers.
I am the type of person who can confidently discuss my progress at work and clearly define what I expect from my employer.

This type of attitude is life-changing and it can work with any goal you have your sights set on.

Accountability. Accountability. Accountability.

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again. Accountability is super helpful in achieving your goals! But maybe you’ve been burned before. Maybe your support system wasn’t as supportive as you thought or you fizzled out and felt embarrassed that people were expecting you to succeed.

The key to accountability is to find the right support system. As I mentioned above, 2016 was about losing weight for me. My lady squad was totally on board and encouraged me the whole way through! By the end of the year, I made the big decision to start my own blog and while my girl gang was supportive, none of them could really relate. So I reached out to a friend who liked to pick up side hustles here and there and we quickly found out that a blog was in both of our near futures! Now I can bitch to my girlfriends about leg day and pick this other friend’s brain about blogging and I’ve got support flying at me from all different directions.


I want to hear from you!

So there’s our simple little list of realistic ways to achieve your New Year’s resolutions this year. We’d love to hear your feedback on how you’ve achieved your goals in the past! E-mail Lady Boss Nation at ladybossblog@gmail.com or leave a comment below!

Happy New Years!

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A Lady Boss Introduction

Lady Boss Nation wants to thank you for joining us for the launching of this new blog! We hope you continue to visit and celebrate the bossy ladies that we all are!

Lady Boss Nation

A new year is upon us, which has undoubtedly brought on an overwhelming sense of reflection for many of us.

Maybe you started a new job, ended or began a relationship, or maybe you enjoyed an entire year of binging Netflix (we call that self care). As a whole, we collectively grieved the death of David Bowie, survived a particularly grueling election year and probably sang along to 24K Magic in our cars.

When I look back through 2016 and through the last few years, I can’t help but get giddy with excitement for the future. Every generation has had it’s own version of female badass-ery and today we proudly fly the flag of the Lady Boss era.

Are you a lady boss?
Are you in control of your own life and happiness? Do you rock the workplace like the badass you are? Is “take no shit” part of your daily mantra?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are, in fact, a lady boss. If your answers were no, no and no then don’t despair. We’re here to drag the lady boss out of everyone. It’s time, right?

Lady Boss Nation is a community to inspire you, inform you, encourage you and support you. Thank you for joining us and stay tuned for much, much more to come!

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