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Why I Took A Break From Blogging

Why I took a break form blogging

 

After NY Fashion Week in September I took a break that was not planned from blogging, writing and most of social media. I specify not planned because I had more blog posts planned that couldn’t get published. I’m a workaholic and if it were up to me I’d be working and writing non-stop. Although your body without you realizing or wanting to pay attention to it, really does need breaks. Mine came in the form of a self-sustained injury, that affected the one thing bloggers, editors and pretty much everyone needs, your hands and arms.

 

My injury, strained ligaments has not allowed me to do much as the way to heal is by doing exactly that, not much. You can imagine I have been going a bit stir crazy not being able to write, answer emails without assistance, and not doing my daily social media posts. As bloggers, that is part of the course, we put out content, receive feedback and interact with our readers and followers. It starts all over again as soon as we create new content, but due to the injury none of this was getting done. What I did enjoy from this break was just relaxing and not caring about comments or feedback.

 

Because of my injury I was also forced to turn down a few jobs, which was frustrating to say the least. To pass the time I was able to read the book When Through Deep Waters, it was one of the few things I could do that didn’t need much movement. If you’re looking for a good book to read, I highly recommend it!

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If you’re into spiritual and mystery filled books, this book is for you.

 

The pain of strained ligaments is a very sharp and shooting pain which for me runs from my hands up to my arms. It’s hard to open, pull, write and pretty much do anything without hurting the injury. Everything I did had to be done gently or not get done at all. Even as I write this blog post I have to take breaks because of the pain. Although I feel 90% better, the pain still flares up when I write for too long. I managed to heal by switching between hot and cold applications, wrapping my arms in ACE bandages and a lot of rest.

 

Although I’m pretty stubborn and I HATE not being able to do anything. I have an A type personality, I’m a get it done and get it done now type of person when it comes to business. So I will admit by trying to do certain things before I was really ready, I probably made the healing process longer.

 

 

This is not the first time an injury or pain has hindered my ability to work or go to school in the past. When I was in the later years of high school I began to have severe stomach problems. I was always in pain, nauseous or not able to eat. I was also stressed, which is something that makes matters worse. My mother took me to many doctors and specialist who diagnosed me with the wrong aliments. Which in turn put me on wrong medications, just to see what would work. This process repeated itself and included trips to the E.R., therapists and more specialists for a year. Until we finally found a good Gastroenterologist who would see me.

 

Convincing my new Gastro that it wasn’t all in my head was a hurdle at first as well. After more tests, my doctor finally gave me the official diagnosis of IBS. Although it was hard for even doctors to admit that I had it, due to the fact that at the time it was diagnosis normally given to the elderly. Which is not the case any longer, IBS has now been proven to occur in teens and there are specific medications available now, something I did not have.

 

I went through my first year of college in pain, taking breaks in between classes to hide and take naps in the car. Thanks to a trip to a nutritionist who taught me the proper diet, and the correct pain meds from my Gasto, I was able to learn how to control my IBS. This diagnosis took a year or two out of my life, but because it did and I was able to bounce back I knew my hand and arm injury was just a drop in the bucket. Although patient, I am not.

 

Why I took a break form blogging

My article! Go check it out with the link below!

 

My entry back into writing came in a great form and I couldn’t wait to share it. I was asked to write an article for the well-known Latinx website, Mitu.com and I’m very happy with the outcome. Not just because of the article itself, but because the job had time constraints and strict guidelines I had to follow. It was also a collaborative piece as I had to work with the editor. To come back to writing not just with my blog but with something that had to be judged and approved by someone I don’t know, was a huge accomplishment for me.

 

It reassured me once again on why I love to write and how easy it comes to me. Here is the link to the article! Sadly my byline was not added, as it is up to the website, but I’m excited about it just the same! The cash was a bonus as well!

 

Have you ever gone through pain, physical or otherwise that hindered your work or something you love to do? How did you get past it? What did it teach you?-T.S.

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4 Ways to style Who What Wear’s bell sleeve top from Target

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Like every other person I’m obsessed with Target. I am particularly obsessed with their affordable fashion. Namely the Who What Wear collection, which by far is my favorite clothing line there. Although the new line A New Day is has some great work wear that I might be buying soon. Who What Wear at Target is  great for the office but I love the more casual pieces as well. I own a few pieces from previous collections and some like a black bomber have become staples.

On a recent trip in which Target was having (still is) a huge sale on clothes I exited Target with the grey lace bell sleeve ribbed crewneck top. Its important to note that I am not a huge fan of turtlenecks and hardly wear them so a crewneck is more up my alley. If you don’t like the feeling of a turtleneck go for the shorter crewneck, which has a less restrictive feel.

The top originally cost $27.99 but is on sale now for $19.59. What a steal! The top keeps me quite warm because the rib knit has a medium thickness to it. If the top didn’t have a good weight to it I might not have gotten it. But Who What Wear got it right in both the purpose of rib knit (durability and warmth) and style. I’ve worn the top for an ootd (outfit of the day) post on Instagram and many of you loved the top. So I figured I’d show you a few ways I’ve styled it.

Casual

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Top: Who What Wear
Jeans: H&M
Boots: Call IT Spring
Sunglasses: Mulberry & Grand
Hat: Target

 

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Formal

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Top: Who What Wear for Target
Skirt: Five on Seven New York
Shoes: Atmosphere from Primark

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Semi Casual

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Top: Who What Wear, Jogger Formal Pant: The Loft, Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless

 

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Formal ( If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen this one!)

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Top: Who What Wear for Target
Skirt: Who What Wear for Target
Purse: Target
Shoes: Brash for Payless

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How would you style this top? Did you like any one outfit in particular? Let me know in the comments and on social media. For outfit posts follow me on Instagram!

T.S.

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Blogger and Freelancer: A Juggling Act

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This is a sponsored post. Parts of this post were guest written by Alex Berger. This post contains sponsored links and content.

Since I decided to start writing about my career I figured I’d write about how I juggle being a freelancer in the fashion industry and being a blogger. Any blogger who runs their blog as a business can tell you it’s a 24/7 job. I’m always attached to my email for blogging purposes and as a freelancer in the fashion industry as well. I’m always editing, brainstorming and responding to people on social media and on the blog. Many times a lunch break consist of eating and answering blog related emails or social media tasks. As a freelancer I have agents who help me along my professional journey of working in the fashion industry. It is up to me and those agents to keep a constant open line of communication. This is equally important when you are working with companies for a blog or social media post. When I began this journey I had to figure out how I would balance it all, and you can too! Here are some guidelines on how I balance my hectic career and a blog.

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Organize Yourself

This can be done simply with journals, agenda, calendars, alarms etc. I don’t do anything in the fashion industry without a notebook dedicated to the job I’m doing. As anyone who has ever worked in a creative industry knows, projects and people move way too fast to keep track of every change without a written reminder. There can also be so many different tasks you have to handle that without an organized list you wouldn’t know what to get done first. This is similar in having a blog, I have dedicated notebooks and different stationery to my blog. I organize meetings, events and posts within these notebooks to keep me up to date. These also help me track blogging numbers and goals by writing everything down. Now I’m partial to writing things on paper, but I also use the calendar in my phone to keep me on track. There are also apps that help you carve out time to focus on your task.

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My notebooks. Some older than others.

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Experiment with all methods of organization to help you get your work done. Something is bound to help you accomplish each goal. Writing for me as well as many other bloggers begins at least three days to a week in advance. So carving time out of your busy schedule to get a post done is super important. Step away from distractions for as long as you can to work on a post. Trust me I have been there and always feel better when I have at least something written down rather than nothing at all.

Always Conduct Yourself Professionally

In all ways and at all times act professional. As bloggers we are subject to a much more of the public’s reaction than other people. When a personal matter is occurring it is up to you to decide if you want to share it and how much of it to share. I feel the same about political topics, you may be super frustrated about what is happening but you must be careful what you post. I like many bloggers post every single day to social media because it is part of the job. In doing so you will attract many comments and readers. How you respond to both negative and positive feedback is up to you. I choose professionalism over anything else, because remember being a blogger is being subject to the public. Consider your boss, coworkers, family and collaborators as being part of that public!

Educate yourself

When you are the creator and editor of your own blog or business you never stop learning. Just like when you start a new job, there are bound to be things you don’t know. Before I started my blog I did a lot of homework with the help of Pinterest and social media. Being open to mentorship and critiques works in your favor as well. People who have more experience than you do are bound to give you sound advice. In saying that learning how to make SEO, plugins, apps and networks work for my blog is something I constantly do as well.

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a huge part of running a functional blog. When applied correctly it helps search engines like Google find your content. To have this work you must input a mix of keywords, tag words and links. The title of your post must also be long enough and correspond with your keywords. SEO also helps you determine how the link to your article will appear in a search engine. It allows you to see what the title, pictures and link will look like once posted. What I love about using SEO is what I call the “grading system” which signals you with red, yellow or green circles. As you write and edit your article the circles go from red to green. Symbolizing how easy your article is to read and whether it will be found easily on search engines. With this guidance it is easier to write an understandable and reachable article.

Be Flexible

Being able to collaborate with other bloggers, industry experts and people who have more experience than you do is paramount in working in both a faced paced industry and being a blogger. Dates might be changed on a collaborative project, something I’ve personally dealt with. Essentially it’s about respecting the other person’s schedule as best as possible and finding a way to work it out. Figuring out what you want to write about is also part of being flexible. I may want to write about a specific topic but might have to put it off until I get a different post done first. Finding a way to balance your needs and wants as a blogger is part of being your own boss.

I would love to be able to do everything myself, but it’s just not possible, so I have to pick and choose based on what needs to get done and what I am skilled in. One thing that a lot of bloggers and freelancers should spend more time on is digital marketing and SEO, but unfortunately most are not skilled in it. This is where collaborating with industry experts comes into play, but then you have to go through the process of finding the right marketing agency to hire. Although this can be time consuming and it can take many hours of research to learn about SEO. Some would be better off by searching for the right company to help them with the SEO process.

The NJ SEO Company or NJ SEO is the number one marketing agency in New Jersey. They are a full service marketing agency offering effective content strategies for forward thinking companies. Lead by brothers, Matt and Dan Anton, NJ SEO is dominating multiple markets – in Atlanta, Georgia and New Jersey. Matt is in charge of client strategy and execution, optimizing for specific industries, business goals and budgets for the New Jersey office. He is cited as an SEO expert and has many amazing reviews and over 100+ testimonials. Supporting a local and family-run businesses that can assist me is the way to go, in my opinion. According to the SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration), “Since 1990, as big business eliminated 4 million jobs, small businesses added 8 million new jobs.” This is just another reason to support local businesses, including NJ SEO and Matt Anton.

 

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Owner Matt Anton!

 

So now you have an insight into how I juggle being a blogger and working in the fashion industry. Organization, Professionalism, Education and Flexibility will all help you not only work in a tough industry but run your own a business as well. These paired with perseverance, a strong work ethic and using the businesses around you like NJ SEO you will be better prepared to juggle a job and a business.

How do you juggle it all? Let me know in the comments and on social media!

T.S.