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Why Starting A Blog Could Change Your Life

Why Starting A Blog Could Change Your Life

I started blogging regularly six months ago and it has truly changed my life for the better. My social calendar is full, I feel like I have a real place in the blogging community, and most importantly, I’m having fun. If you’re thinking about starting a blog but are not sure, here’s why starting a blog could change your life.

1. You’ll make new friends

It gets harder to make meaningful friendships as we grow older and we no longer have the consistency of a school environment to grow relationships. Luckily, the blogging community is full of lovely people ready to welcome you into their group. Once you start blogging, you already have a hobby in common with hundreds of others; and by visiting other blogs you can find people who share your secret love for existential literature or dancing around in your underwear to Beyonce (although that last one is all of us, ammiright?).

Most of the bloggers I have met, whether in person or online, have been really nice people and the community is very welcoming as a whole.

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2. You’ll learn things about yourself

Before I started blogging, I had no idea that I could truly engage people through my writing. I didn’t know that there were plenty of other young women out there who felt as lost as I did, or that there were so many of us who wanted to peek into each others’ make up bags and talk about how hard it is to get a job you love these days.

Your confidence will grow, and you’ll have the chance to do things you never thought you could, whether that be write about a personal subject, attend blogging events or to interview someone you look up to.

3. It’s a great hobby

Before I started blogging, I was always thinking about needing a hobby. I wanted to do something creative in my spare time that could become my ‘thing’. I bought a painting set but never got round to opening it; I signed up for guitar lessons but then I missed the bus and never went again. It wasn’t going very well.

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Then I found blogging. Blogging is such an exciting hobby to have; it can be done from home, it’s free and you can be as creative as you like. You can also blog about anything you like, whether that’s movies, beauty reviews, mental health or your family.

You can start out blogging for free on sites such as WordPress or Blogger, or you can pay for your own domain name and have your very own dot com. Those who are particularly creative can play around with theme designs and headers; and social media savvy bloggers can have fun building their brand online.

4. You’ll become a better writer

The key to getting better at something is practice, and blogging enables you to practice your written communication skills. You’ll get better naturally as time goes on, and you’ll find your voice.

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5. You could make money

Now, if you are going into blogging purely to make money then blogging is not for you. There are opportunities to make money from blogging, but it should not be your biggest priority. Making money from your hobby is a nice added bonus though.

6. It could even land you a new career

Not only is blogging a great hobby, but many bloggers have made a career out of it and now blog full time. This is not easy, though, and many bloggers who do it for a living have to supplement their income in other ways.

If you don’t fancy blogging full time, your blog could still land you a new career whether it’s in copywriting, social media, SEO, fashion or working in beauty. Your blog is a public medium for you to showcase your skills, and as you learn, you’ll gain new skills that could land you the job of your dreams. Many bidding journalists studying at university choose to blog in their spare time, gaining experience and getting their name out there; giving them an advantage when it comes to applying for their first, ever so competitive, entry-level role.

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I recently wrote an article on how blogging can help you get a job in marketing and PR at A Literary Cocktail.

Blogging is an ever-growing industry and as print media diminishes, blogging will only become more popular. What are you waiting for? Sign up, start writing and change your life!

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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

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