How to: Get Inspired

How to: Get Inspired

Getting inspired is an important aspect for anyone. All of us have certain goals that we look to accomplish, but it’s easy to stray away or lose ideas. So today I want to talk to y’all about how I stay inspired. I go through slumps where it’s like no matter how hard I try, there just isn’t much to keep me going. Lately, this slump has subsided, and I plan on keeping it that way. So here’s my course of action to stay on top of my game, all day. And I want to share it with you. I hope it helps. You deserve it.



  1. Look for role models

One of my favorite ways of remembering why I work so hard on things I love to do is relating to people who do exactly that. I go on Youtube all the time and find certain Youtubers who talk about the things that interest me. It’s a good way to get new ideas, learn new things, and support someone else instead of constantly thinking about my own success. Here’s a list of Youtubers I love.

  • Kalyn Nicholson

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Isn’t she beautiful??? She is my most favorite inspiration right now. She does videos that relate to fashion, beauty, and her overall life. Her videos are very personal; she has a lot of “sit-down” style videos. Right now she is in the middle of participating in Youtober, which means she is uploading a new video every day this month. It’s quite honestly the best time of year. She has a video about getting inspired as well, which I’ll link here, so you can see her ideas. They may resonate significantly with you.

  • Kallie Kaiser

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Kallie Kaiser is an amazing fashion inspiration. She is extremely adventurous with her style. Kallie always says in her hauls that she usually goes for clothing that is unique and crazy. She has shoes with patches, jeans with a star seam on the butt, and many things I don’t always find cute, but definitely admire her out-going opinion. I did a post on her before saying she was a major style icon of mine, and that obviously remains true. Watching her put together pieces I wouldn’t normally consider makes me branch out and try something insane. She is like the definition of inspiration. Her haul videos are my absolute favorite. Here’s her most recent.

  • Kathleen Lights

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Kathleen Lights is the perfect example of a Girl Boss. She has done so many collaborations; she’s a major influence in the beauty world. KL even has her own nail polish line, which is totally cruelty free. I love how her personality shines through in her videos. She even has adorable catch phrases that her fans repeat. She is an inspiration to me because she talks about her rise to success sometimes, saying how it took her awhile to get where she is. This kind of gives an insight that overnight success really doesn’t happen all the time even though it seems like it every now and again. She is a really sweet woman, and watching her grow educates me a lot. I admire her work, and how she is capable of learning from her mistakes. Click on her photo to watch a recent video of hers.

  • Luanna Perez

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I’ve been following Luanna’s blog since I was a freshman in high school. She was there to motivate me all through my 90’s grunge page, and no matter how much I grow up, I always find myself going back to her website. Recently, I discovered she has a Youtube channel which is awesome. I get to see inside the life of an idol of mine. She is like Kallie in the sense that they are completely different from anyone else. Luanna is the type of person to wear platform shoes with a sundress. She really inspired my imagination during high school. Now that I’ve grown up, I can really explore the creativity she played a part in providing in me. She made an amazing video on Back to School outfits. Click on the photo to redirect you!

2. Rearrange your life

People often don’t take into account the effect your environment has on your own confidence. When your room isn’t exactly how you like it, or it gets extremely cluttered, getting overwhelmed is almost guaranteed. I have a HUGE problem with collecting things and not being able to let things go. I basically dug my own hole. I was annoyed being in my room. It became a place I just slept instead of a place to create. However, when my aunt generously gave me furniture she no longer wanted, I was given the opportunity to reorganize my stuff and throw away even more things. This made me slow down to realize what I actually use, and get rid of the things I could give away or sell. I switched around how I had everything set up. Now I know where everything is. It’s a great way to find the supplies that give me inspiration.

3. Talking to friends and family about goals

I am lucky enough to have a very loving support system. My family always loves hearing about my plans for my future and what I’m up to. Vocalizing my goals helps me hold myself accountable to what I want to accomplish. Having people rooting for me makes me work even harder.

Dakota is a huge reason why I keep going. He always loves taking pictures with me. I talk to him all the time about my blog and he just listens and gives me his opinion. I trust his opinions because he honestly knows me so well. It’s gotten to the point where I will work on this blog and he’ll play his video games, just enjoying each other’s presence. We go on adventures all the time, which I love sharing with all of you. Without him, I would’ve gotten so discouraged and frustrated. He really has helped me get over my own insecurities.

I also have my loving family to talk to. I love discussing my hopes and dreams with my family. My cousin is another role model of mine. She’s independent, strong, and totally accomplishing her goals! I’m so proud of my cousin Megan, and knowing there’s someone I can catch up with all the time is reassuring in itself. I love you Meg!!!!!

My mom, dad, and brother also have my back at all times. They know what I’m capable of even more than I do. They know that I can do anything and everything I talk about doing. When I start getting overwhelmed about all my creative interests, my mom is always there to talk me out of stressing out over time management. She’s like a universal 8-ball. She knows the proper answer to everything. My dad is my own personal motivational speaker. If there’s anybody I need to get me back into my kick-ass mood, it’s him. And my brother is kind of like a built in best friend/ therapist. Any worries at all, one talk to him is my go-to cure. Once you have yourself a support system, honestly anything is possible. I also have coworkers (Lametria and LaSandra, I’m talking about you) and friends (Hailey you deserve a standing ovation), that constantly give me speeches and talks. I’d be no where without your guidance and enthusiasm.

4. Motivating yourself

I can hear your thoughts. You’re thinking “okay Emma, easier said than done”. I don’t disagree with you. Earlier in this post I mentioned how I get discouraged. This happens everyday. It may not seem like it, but I do put an insane amount of pressure on myself. In the morning, I wake up and say “I’m gonna get through the day!” I walk to my car after class and think “Alrighty, what to accomplish next?” I’m pretty much constantly talking to myself at every single time of the day, even though that may seem kind of weird. But honestly, if I don’t, I get really down on myself.

Pushing yourself through your failures is a part of life. This is something I’m trying to learn. Every time I mess up, I just start beating myself up. This is toxic. Would I be friends with someone that said, “Of course you failed”, or “if you can’t do something as simple as that, how will you be able to accomplish what matters”? No, I would never be friends with someone who put me down so bad. So why am I not my own best friend? That’s something I’m working on, and I feel like everyone should.

5. Don’t forget to pray

Some of you may not be religious people, which to each their own. However, I know that everything I’m being blessed with lately is completely given to me by God’s grace. When I start ignoring His voice, I find myself faltering. It’s when I completely trust Him with all situations, everything turns out just fine. It’s gotten to the point where I’ll be stressing about something so much and then all the sudden I just think to myself “Okay God, I’m tired of worrying about this. Take it. I don’t want it anymore.” If I catch my thoughts dwelling on the subject, I’ll shake the thought away to remind myself God is handling it. That’s basically all I can do at this point. Whenever I try taking over, I always fall flat. But when He has my trust, things turn out fantastic.

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I really hope everyone finds something they can use in this post. I know videos and posts like these help get me through tough situations all the time. These tips are things I’ve been doing in my daily life to try to propel me forward. It’s unclear if the feeling is universal, but it would appear being in your early 20’s, (I’ll be 20 in February), is such a pressuring time. It’s like we all need to figure out here and now who we are. Seeing all these overnight successes can be daunting. But don’t worry. Everyone has their own unique path. We just have to walk it.


I hope I got you inspired. I love y’all.

Until next time,

 

 

18 Resolutions for 2018

18 Resolutions for 2018

The new year has started which means its out with the old and in with the new. I love the idea of the new year because it means there’s a fresh start to take by the hands and dance with. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the year that just passed, while also stepping into a recreation of myself.

As most of us can probably agree, 2017 was not a good year to us. What I mean by this is looking back, I KNOW great things happened this past year but there’s just an overall melancholy feeling hovering over the numbers of 2017. It even sounds unlucky to me now. Like maybe hotel rooms like start skipping 17 or it’ll be the new “Monday, the seventeenth” or something dramatic like that. There just seemed to be an overwhelming overload of bad news, tragic crisis, and feeling super small. Are you feeling me here? Am I coming out of left field?

Anyways, that being said I wanted to highlight some of the better parts of my year. Disclaimer: this is in no way to brag or boast, but I have accomplished plenty of things I’m proud of and there’s nothing wrong with that.

  1. The first thing that pops into my mind on the list of accomplishments has to do with my blog. In the middle or so of 2017, I was awarded the opportunity to have ads on my blog. This means my site had to go under a transfer, which turned out to be the best push forward ever. I can do things on here that I always imagined. It was the first step in validating this dream of mine.
  2. The second biggest thing that happened was buying my car. My first car pooped out on me, I guess somewhere in late July or early August. By the grace of God, the car I have now was already in my sights. I was out and about driving again once the weekend was over.
  3. My family and I moved out of our little apartment into an awesome house. This just happened recently, as most of you would know from previous blog posts. We love our new location. It’s been a good change.
  4. I got to visit my family in New Orleans at least 3 times over the past year. I love going back to my roots. It’s always a big deal for me and my brother to go back and explore the city we adore, while see our family we miss everyday.
  5. Lastly, I started a new blog at my job!!! Okay, so this may have been the most pivotal point in my life of 2017. I worked on a proposal to start a blog for about two weeks before introducing my idea to the owner. I don’t think anyone understands how much of a big deal this was for me. This was the second step in turning this devoted dream of mine into a tangible career. This is perhaps what I”m most excited about for the start of 2018.

Okay, so as you can see in 2017 I stayed on my grind to get things done. However, there were a few things I couldn’t quite grasp, and some habits I didn’t really set into place. I know I did everything I could to make 2017 successful. Still though, I find myself thinking that I’m moving at such a slow pace. Everyone has their own paths to success, and the hardest part of creating your own is looking at your neighbors’ to see who’s in first place.



I’ve learned from 2017 that there are certain ways I hold myself back, and there are some things I don’t prioritize that I really should. And thus, the list of resolutions begins!!!

  1. The first thing I want to do in 2018 is get rid of toxic friends. This past year I really tried my hardest to form new friendships and maintain the ones I thought I had. This turned out to be a one-sided ordeal. I found myself lonelier than ever. So I will go into 2018 with a tiny protective chip on my shoulder. Some may say that’s not the best way to start the new year, but those people probably have reliable friends.
  2.  Focus on myself more. 2017 started the internal battle within myself of constantly wondering if I cared what other people thought, or cared about myself more. But I’ve decided that I can do both, but worry about my happiness more often.
  3. A key factor to a better me in 2018 is paying more attention to my need of self care. Somehow I got into the habit of relying on others so much that its now hard for me to be alone for long periods of time. I also get embarrassed when I go out alone because I feel like others will think I’m a loser. Isn’t that ridiculous? I will start spending more time with myself and become my own friend this year. You have to be your own biggest fan, right?
  4. I need to build my credit. This February I turn 20 and soon it will be time to be an adult. I know I have a good credit score, but I need to build credit history. I want people to look at my score and be like “Dang, she’s responsible AF”. It’ll make me feel good.
  5. This might sound a little reverse, but I actually want to shop more often. People who know me know how frugal I am. Saving money was always fun for me for some reason, even as a child. But it’s gotten to the point where it’s borderline obsessive. I’m almost in need of an intervention. Saving money is a great thing, until it means you’re not eating for hours because you’re too cheap to spend $5.00. Also, shopping is very therapeutic to me. It gives me a deep new inspiration every time, and that’s something I can’t afford to limit myself on these days.
  6. As cliche as it sounds, 2018 is the year I want to be healthier. Being healthy physically is something that I sort of shrug off because I have a natural slim body type. These past few months of 2017 I’ve been going to the gym to run and also tone up some. I can tell the difference between when I go to the gym often and when I don’t. Going to the gym is an accomplishment that usually only takes me about half an hour or so. It lets me know that I really am doing my best for my body.
  7. Being nicer to the planet has also been on my mind. I love thinking that I’m conscious of my footprint on this planet, but I’m really not. Sure, I’ll take tiny steps to decrease certain things, but overall I’m still a selfish human. I don’t know of any recycling places here where I live, but that doesn’t mean I should just give up on that. And going vegan might not be realistic for me, but I could limit myself on steak probably. I just want to be able to feel better about my place on this world. I bought a reusable shopping bag, so I’ve started the journey slowly.
  8. Another way I could help the planet is by donating. I like to donate when I get the chance. I always appreciate it when they ask me at the register. I have no idea how much I’ve donated in the past, but I can be confident that in 2018 I will still be donating a little here and there. Really, I want my resolution to be donating my time. I want to volunteer and really make a difference to someone face to face.
  9. In the new year, a dramatic and important change I need to make is learning how to be more content with where I am and how I’m doing. It’s easy to feel like I could be doing better, or things would be easier elsewhere but that really never helps the situation that I’m in. It develops this damaging mindset that no matter what, I’ll never be satisfied. That’s not who I want to be.
  10. I want to be nicer. I think I’m pretty nice person. People tell me I’m sweet and thoughtful. I’m glad that people think that about me, but I also know I tend to be really negative. Whether it’s when someone hurts my feelings, or I’m having a bad day, I’m honestly just a bitch. That needs to stop.
  11. However, I want to be meaner as well. I don’t think I’ve ever met a single person with the goal of being meaner. Let me explain. I know I have a sharp tongue, I get that. But I never have a sharp tongue at the right moment. If someone deserves it, you better believe I have no remorse in whatever I have to say. But I want to have the guts to say them. If I can say whatever I need to say in the moment, there’d be no reason to be that way later. I’d be mean and prove a point, go about my day unbothered, so therefore be nicer to others. Right? I guess a better way to put it would be to stand up for myself.
  12. A huge goal of mine for the new year is to stop freaking out so much about time. I never feel like I have enough time. I feel like everything is rushing at me like a train and I’m just paralysed my the sound. But the truth is, I’m actually on the train, and it’s called LIFE. And I”m so busy worrying about the destination, I never look out the window. The destination will still be there, even if I take a few pit stops and go sightseeing.

Okay, so that was the first round of my soul-searching really deep and meaningful resolutions, but what about the other stuff?

  1. Drawing more has been on the tips on my fingers lately. I really want to, but I’m never inspired. I need to just doodle or something.
  2. The same thing goes for writing more. I used to write SO MUCH and now it’s hard for me to even pick up a pen. I’ve started to at least write in my journal as often as I can. This has helped me slow down and reflect on the day I just had, rather than worrying about the next.
  3. I also want to spend more time reading. Reading helps me write. I don’t know why, but it does. I’m setting the goal of reading one book a week. That should be easy for me. We’ll just have to see how it goes. I really like poetry books right now, and biographies?
  4. Something else I found inside me was the yearning to learn. I honestly really love learning. I find mostly everything in this world extremely interesting. In 2018, I want to learn about more things. Whether it’s watching documentaries or going out and experiencing something new, I want to be doing it.
  5. Along with learning, traveling also would be a huge new goal for me. They go hand in hand. By traveling I don’t necessarily mean going international, or even across the country. I just want to go exploring more. I want to visit more art museums, write my name all over the place. I’m smiling just thinking about it. I could learn, travel, shop, and write about it all.
  6.  Lastly, in 2018, I want to drink more water. I hate the taste of water. It’s so disgusting. But it’s good for me.

Okay friends, that’s all I have for you on this Monday. I hope some of these inspired you to start the new year off right. Let me know of some resolutions you have. We can meet our goals together.

P.S. check out my home page for the new posting schedule starting today Jan 1st. See y’all later.

The Future is Female

The Future is Female

Is anyone else noticing all this girl power out here lately? I mean, we are really blooming ladies, and it’s quite the sight to see. I love supporting my fellow female artists in their endeavors and getting inspiration from them. Today, we’re going to be talking about some beautiful, smart, and creative women, and what they’re up to. A little while ago I wrote a post about getting inspired, and wrote about some other bloggers and Youtubers in that post. I’ll link it here, for those of you that are interested.

Music:

Kailee Morgue:

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I’ve been following Kailee for a long time. I found her covers on Twitter, and it’s been quite interesting watching her grow over time. She recently was signed, which is really amazing news! She showcased a little snippet of her song “Medusa” on Twitter (forever ago), and ever since then we’ve all been anxiously waiting for it’s release. The song has been completed, and I just wanted to share this piece of art with you all. Click the image above to take you to “Medusa”, the captivating lyric video.

Charlotte Cardin:

You’ve heard of Lana Del Rey. You’ve obsessed over Lorde. Now, get ready for Charlotte Cardin!!!!

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Charlotte Cardin is a canadian artist. She’s 22 years old, and her voice packs a nostalgic punch. Her vocals take me all the way back to the 20’s, as if I lived there once. Her music is a mix between Jazz, Pop, and Electro. She releases music in both English and French. I love the way she uses her voice. She has a unique sound, and her lyrics are insanely poetic. My favorite songs of hers are Dirty Dirty, Big Boy, and The Kids. If you’re ever in a mood, put on Charlotte Cardin and get lost in your emotions.

Billie Eilish:

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15!!!!! This honey bee is FIFTEEN YEARS OLD!!! I didn’t know this until 5 seconds ago and I’ve been geeking out about her album all morning. That just makes everything I’ve heard so far so much more impressive. She’s so honest. She’s so brutal. I love this young artist and I’m excited for her future. I know she has a lot of growing to do. Like, she’s amazing, no doubt. But she still has a lot of learning and polishing, which means there’s a lot to expect from her. Catching an artist in this stage is really hard, and I’m excited to see her blossom. Keep your eye on Billie. She’s not going anywhere, except all the way to the top.

Bloggers:

Hannah Louise

Hannah Louise is a fashion blogger who dabbles into lifestyle and all other kinds of things. She has this bright red hair I love. I found her on Instagram. Her feed is full of colors. I absolutely love how she plays with colors and silhouettes. She asked in her About page to not use her pictures without asking, so I don’t want to infringe on her request. If you’re into the city girl vibe, definitely check out her website. She has an upscale chic with a downtown play persona that only she possesses. Hannah Louise definitely knows who she is, and that kind of self awareness is really inspiring.

Morgan

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I found Mostly Morgan on Youtube. She’s a fashion, travel, and lifestyle blog. What I love most about her is how she is very transparent about her blogging career. She doesn’t mind sharing her own personal tips and tricks about how she got where she is today. She’s 22 years old. She built her blog her freshman year of her college career. She has been blogging for 3 years and she now does it full time. She’s basically exactly what I want to be in the near future. So I thought I’d share her, her story, and how she’s living proof that my dream is possible. I can visualize it through her.

Kelsey Simone 

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Kelsey Simone is the definition of Bad and Boujee if I ever did see it. She constantly hands out tips on being a bad b*tch on a budget (always helping out her fellow female). She has the best personality. I love watching her videos because she is just adorable. I wish I knew her in real life. I’ve been watching her on Youtube for awhile, but it’s awesome to see she has a blog as well. She is also a dream come true to me. She’s really come a long way. It’s nice because you can see how much work she puts into all her videos and her blog.

I’ve just been really trying to surround myself with inspirational characters. At times, it can be easy to look at other people’s success and get discouraged. I tend to sink into this pit of “Oh, I’ll never have that.” or start to feel really negative about the person I’m watching. But truly, this only turns that negativity back into my work.

A honest example of this is some time ago, recently, I was watching Kelsey Simone. She was doing an unboxing of the PR gifts she received from beauty companies. I started to feel jealous, because obviously it would be amazing to have random makeup delivered to your door for free. I started to think about my work, and how I wished that was me. But then, I realized that Kelsey has been working at this for a long time. She’s works very hard in all the things she makes for her viewers and readers. It would be a shame if her talent wasn’t noticed. And I thought to myself “She deserves it”. Ever since then, it’s been easier for me to look at others as inspiration instead of competition. We’re all out here just trying to live our best lives. Seeing these powerful and beautiful girl bosses flooding the music, the internet, and Youtube industries just really feels my heart with hope.

Thank you for reading this post and making it all the way to the end. Please, please, PLEASE check out some of these women. They really do some incredible things and deserve the praise. This post is completely unsponsored and written from the heart. I’ve been following these women for a little time now and am so proud to have found them.

That’s all for now folks. See you again on Monday for some fashion. Don’t miss it!!