Happy Tuesday, friends! I had planned on sharing this post yesterday, but as you can see, that didn’t quite work out. I get a lot of questions by email and via Snapchat, so I’m taking to the blog today to answer them!
What is your advice to someone who wants to start a blog?
If I could go back and change anything about blogging, I wish that I would have focused on photography early on. A lot of my older posts have really awkward photos that could have been made a million times better if I had just chosen to turn on a lamp or stand in front of a different background.
I would also warn anyone starting a blog that you shouldn’t let your blog take over your life. There are nights that I stayed up working on major blog posts that I wish I would have just enjoyed that time with family instead of being glued to my laptop.
What would you like to see change about the blogging community?
I feel like there can be a sense of entitlement in the blogging community. I think it’s important for bloggers to remember that we aren’t entitled to opportunities.
I also get very frustrated when bloggers find their opinion to be the end all be all and/or use pressuring tactics to sell things to their readers.
What stresses you out the most about blogging?
Creating graphics! I have so much respect for graphic designers. It stresses me out to no end.
Also, the fact that I don’t have an “Instagram ready” living space. My apartment is small, has horrible lighting, and is very brown. It’s a lovely place to live and in a great location, just not a lovely place to take any kind of photographs! I look forward to the day that I have a white, bright, airy apartment with natural lighting, but for now I’m reminding myself to appreciate this season of life. (And I’m learning to appreciate the fact that my neighbor is never home, because there’s amazing natural lighting in front of his apartment door. Lol)
What is your biggest pet peeve as a blogger?
When brands ask me to purchase their items and then write about them. Still haven’t figured out how this is mutually beneficial…
Do you accept guest posts?
On occasion, yes! But I prefer guest posts that aren’t content I would typically bring my readers. (i.e. – photography tips from a photographer, skin care tips from a dermatologist, etc.) I also love to interview women about their careers or their small businesses, so if you feel like you’re a fit, shoot me an email!
Can you recommend a hair mask?
I received this hair mask a couple of years ago in exchange for a review, and I don’t know if I’ve ever loved a hair product so much. It’s great for hair at any length, and it smells like a dreamsicle.
What is your hair routine?
Very complex 😉 I wash and condition my hair in the shower each night, don’t brush my hair, and just let it air dry. In the morning, I run a brush through it once, and if necessary, I spray down frizzy pieces around my scalp. My hairdresser has told me that going to bed with wet hair isn’t good, so I’m not advocating this, just telling you what I do. Haha.
In April I decided to do balayage, and if you’re lazy with your hair like I am, I highly recommend it. There’s very little upkeep.
One beauty product that you can’t live without?
The “Radiance” highlighter in Ulta’s Contour Kit. Hands down, my favorite product out there right now.
What is the nail color I always see on your Snapchat?
OPI Bubble Bath gel polish. It’s neutral and goes with everything, and it’s not super obvious when your manicure starts to grow out.
What has helped you manage your finances post-grad?
I really think the most helpful thing for me was moving back home for 18 months after graduation. I was planning on going to law school at the time, so my goal was to live at home and save as much as possible. When I decided to move into an apartment, I had a little security net.
I really don’t love budgets. Numbers and constraints and things like that just make me anxious. But I know exactly how much I make and exactly how much my bills are, and I schedule it so that they come out of my check on pay day. I’m also big on balance and how I spoil myself. If I’ve been going out to eat every day for a week, I probably shouldn’t buy myself a new Lilly dress. I want to go to Spain in the spring, so I probably really don’t need those trendy new shoes. Focusing on quality versus quantity is a big one for me, as well.
What is your advice for someone who wants to go through sorority recruitment?
Here are three posts that I’ve written that you may find helpful:
Aside from that, I think it’s really important to go in with an open mind. I went into recruitment 100% set on being in a specific chapter, and on the second night, I realized that I really didn’t belong there. I will be really honest and tell y’all that I was anti-Kappa Delta before recruitment. I had heard a lot of untrue things about the chapter, and I really didn’t think I would be a good fit there. But I fell in love with Kappa Delta during recruitment, and I ended up right where I was meant to be.
Other important pieces of advice – be yourself. And know that you don’t have to wear designer clothing to get a bid.
What kind of cancer did you have?
Melanoma that spread into my lymph nodes.
What is your favorite devotional?
The Best Yes. Hands down, it will rock your world. There is so much pressure on women to do it all and be it all, and this book focuses on when to say no and how to say no. I supplemented the book with the workbook, and I found it to be really helpful.
What is your favorite flavor of La Croix?
It alternates, but right now it’s lemon! I’m also a big fan of the pear flavor, but I know that pear is kind of an acquired taste. Haha.
Hope y’all enjoyed today’s post! I’d love for you to share a little fun fact about yourself in the comments 🙂
If you have any questions for a future post, just send them my way! And if you’d like to connect, my username for everything is “seersuckersass” – Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. Happy Tuesday!