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Last Updated on January 3, 2018

5 Lifestyle Blogs To Follow In 2017

5 Lifestyle Blogs To Follow In 2017

From wellness to traveling, 2016 was the year of lifestyle blogs. On this list are five blogs that’ve made readers want to come back for more. Also, these five websites had some impact in the lifestyle genre of blogging.

In 2017, expect DIY, fitness, travel and mental health blogs to conquer the internet once again. With so many blogs out there, however, it’s difficult to keep track of the best. Have no fear: I did some research and weeded out five lifestyle blogs you should be following in 2017. Ready?

Cup of Jo

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    A Cup of Jo, a New York-based site, is one of the most notable lifestyle blogs on the web. Founded in 2007 by Joanna Goddard — dubbed as the Queen of Blogosphere by Refinery 29 — this blog was established to cover fashion, beauty, food, travel, and relationship stories.

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    This blog is one of those that will keep you coming back every single day to get a daily dose of elegant fashion, finger-licking food, and traveling experiences. However, A Cup of Jo didn’t start out as successful as you may think. The blog struggled during its launch, but after a few years, it grew in monthly readers well into the millions.

    Today, with over five million monthly viewers, Goddard was able to turn a weekend hobby into a full-time money-making website. The blog currently makes the majority of its revenue from advertising and continues to grow.

    HBFIT

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      Health, beauty, fitness: that’s what HBFIT is all about! Hannah Bronfman, one of the most influential online fitness bloggers, started HBFIT as a way to inspire and motivate fitness advocates. Upon visiting her blog, you can find tips and life hacks about fitness and diet, similar to those here on Lifehack.

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      Are you into makeup and beauty products? If so, then HBFIT will be a great fit for you. If you’re a man, then you’ll probably like the diet plans published in this blog. Additionally, HBFIT provides wellness advice and yummy weight-loss recipes to help you cross out that new years resolution list.

      GlobalGrasshopper

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        As featured on the Travel Channel, GlobalGrasshopper was named one of the most innovative travel blogs of 2015. And the tradition seems to have followed in 2016 too. As an award-winning blog, Becky Moore, the founder, provides readers with beautiful imagery from locations you’ll only dream of visiting.

        Aside from breathtaking images of beaches, you will also find hotel recommendations and destinations to visit the next time you decide to travel. The blog was created as a resource for independent travelers, specifically for those who are nuts about photography. Warning: Don’t visit their Instagram account, or you might just catch yourself daydreaming somewhere on a mountain in a sunny island.

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        The Blonde Salad

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          In 2015, after bringing in $8 million of revenue, the Los Angeles-based blog known as The Blonde Salad was recently re-launched by Chiara Ferragni and Riccardo Pozzoli into a lifestyle magazine. The Blonde Salad has expanded to a team of 16 people and has caught the attention of luxurious brands including Dior and Burberry, as Refinery29 wrote.

          It’s easy to say that Ferragni is one of the biggest paid bloggers, obtaining a lucky blogging life of fame and fortune. But what makes her so successful? Well, you can thank Ferragni’s 8 million Instagram followers.

          Happy Fit Mama

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            Happy Fit Mama is one of those fitness blogs that will motivate anyone, no matter the age. As part of the BlogHer network, the blog was founded by Angela Bekkala with a dire purpose to make exercising enjoyable.

            Workout routines, yoga, running coach services frequent the fitness blog — oh, and yummy recipes too! It’s another blog that will help you cross out that new years resolution list.

            Final Words:

            Every once in a while, I tend to inspire myself by recalling a great quote by Will Rogers. Hope this inspires you: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” So, check out these blogs and get inspired!

            Featured photo credit: Stokpic via pixabay.com

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            10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

            10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

            A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

            Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

            1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

            Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

            If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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            2. You put the cart before the horse.

            “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

            3. You don’t believe in yourself.

            A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

            4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

            The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

            5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

            If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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            6. You don’t enjoy the process.

            Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

            The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

            7. You’re trying too hard.

            Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

            8. You don’t track your progress.

            Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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            9. You have no social support.

            It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

            10. You know your what but not your why.

            The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

            Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

            Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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            Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

            Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

            Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

            • The more specific you can make your goal,
            • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
            • The more encouraged you’ll be,
            • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

            I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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