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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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            18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

            18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

            The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

            1. Understand Yourself Better

            Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

            Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

            2. Keep Track of Small Changes

            I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

            Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

            3. Become Aware of What Matters

            As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

            You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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            4. Boost Creativity

            The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

            When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

            You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

            5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

            A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

            Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

            6. Process Life Experiences

            When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

            Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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            7. Stress Relief

            In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

            Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

            8. Provide Direction

            Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

            One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

            9. Solve Problems

            Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

            Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

            When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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            10. Find Relief From Fighting

            Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

            Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

            11. Find Meaning in Life

            Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

            12. Allow Yourself to Focus

            Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

            13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

            When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

            14. Let the Past Go

            I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

            15. Allow Freedom

            Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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            16. Enhance Your Career

            Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

            Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

            17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

            All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

            18. Catalog Your Life for Others

            No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

            We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

            Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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