What One Year of Blogging Has Taught Me

I can’t believe I’m already able to say this, but tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of my first blog post! I honestly never envisioned myself as a blogger until that first post was published. I knew having a blog would be a plus when applying for jobs, but I never thought I was an “expert” in any particular subject area. Also, as it turns out, blogging on a consistent basis can be quite the commitment! So how did I end up with this website that I’ve devoted countless hours to? Well, it all started out as a portfolio site for a college class during my last semester at San Diego State University. We had to create a portfolio site on WordPress with a home page, about section, a resume and any work samples from our field-related courses. This website was originally created on the Journalism and Media Studies school’s intranet, but I had the option of exporting the site onto my own public WordPress site once I had graduated. I decided to do this mid-May of 2016, but felt like there was something missing. When I realized that WordPress gave me the option to having a blog site, I thought that I might as well go for it! I wrote my very first blog post, “So You’ve Graduated, Now What?”, and published it on May 25, 2016. It was this initial post that has paved the way for #WeeklyPostWednesdays. Since then, I’ve learned so many things about blogging and know that I have so much more to learn in the future! Continue reading

Teach Yourself

If you’re a Parks and Recreation fan, you’ve heard of the phrase “Treat Yo Self!”, which has been made famous by the larger-than-life characters Tom (Aziz Ansari) and Donna (Retta). Every once in a while, these two characters would celebrate “Treat Yo Self!” Day, by pampering themselves with an overall disregard for potential consequences. We’ve all had a day where we treated ourselves in order to counteract the negatives in life. While I believe we all need days where we treat ourselves, I also believe we need days where we teach ourselves. If you read last week’s blog post, you know that it’s a great time to immerse yourself in the digital world. Part of this means that you have the tools to explore new things and learn new skills. Below I have listed some of the resources that allow you to do this. Continue reading

Why It’s a Great Time to Be Alive for a Digital Nomad

nomad

[noh-mad] n. a member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit according to the state of the pasturage or food supply.

 

Now that we know what a nomad is (courtesy of dictionary.com), what the heck is a digital nomad? Well according to Investopedia.com…

Digital nomads are people who are location independent and use technology to perform their job. Digital nomads work remotely (telecommute), which is now economically possible due to cheap internet access, smartphones and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) to keep in contact with clients and employers.

 

If you’ve ever had an idea that you felt set you apart from the crowd, now is your time to act on it! You can easily become a digital nomad due to some of the factors that I have listed below. Continue reading

Here’s Why Cheaper Isn’t Always Smarter

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with money for obvious reasons. We love the idea of having nice things that make our lives more tolerable, but we still don’t want to break the bank. I am a huge fan of saving, especially since I don’t have much of a disposable income these days! I’m not a coupon-clipper per say, but I do enjoy a good sale! Even though my ego inflates the more discounts I take advantage of, there are just certain times where I know that I need to fork out some more dough. It pains my cheap heart to say this, but these are the times that I believe in spending more money.

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Why Communication Really is Key

Whenever my boyfriend and I hangout with a new couple that hasn’t been together very long, we get asked the same question: “What is the secret to having a long-lasting relationship?” In reality there are many different areas that both people in the relationship have to accept and work on for any couple to have a chance at working out, but I always say that the main thing is communication. Every time I hear that answer come out of my mouth, I immediately regret how cheesy it sounds. Despite the cliché response, it couldn’t be more true! I’ve found that effective communication skills can help you in any relationship. This includes romantic, professional, friendly, or family relationships. Many times one person may not have any clue how the other person feels, despite their “obvious” hints. What might be obvious to some, may leave others completely oblivious. Here are my tips at mastering effective communication. Continue reading