Changes – Not my typical blogpost

As the title gives away, I am here to talk about changes.

Necessary changes, that I briefly mentioned here already and that are based on the changes my life has gone through.

How many times can I say changes in the first paragraph?

The Baltic Sea in winter

 

Many of you will know already, I had my second child this month. And if you have children yourself (or know someone who has and suddenly disappeared completely), you will know how little time is suddenly left in your day for all the things you used to do before.

Like, sleep.

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Necessary changes and my 39 weeks bump update

I may have mentioned it a few times before: I am quite a perfectionist. I can´t do things in a relaxed, easy way, and I struggle with giving myself a break.

And as much as I tell myself that blogging is a hobby and should be treated as such, the last weeks have seen me at my desk pretty much 9 to 5, writing, scheduling and ticking off to do lists.

 

Ostsee im Winter (9 von 9)
Unsure about the things to come…

 

Just like a full-time job. Only without the salary.

It all worked out very well. I have a lot of content prescheduled, some videos prerecorded and am pretty much set until May.

But with Peanut due in early March, the question will be how I continue then.

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Staying focused when working from home (plus my 24 weeks bump update)

To be honest, I am not actually „working“ from home. I am mainly off work and on modified bed rest (read here why), but I quickly found myself some projects to work on to keep me busy.

And while I love being busy, I am also big on procrastinating and watching YouTube videos, so I had to figure out ways to stay focused throughout the day.

Treats are mandatory when working, no matter where!
Treats are mandatory when working, no matter where!

Now whether you are a student, self-employed or trying to fit in blogging while balancing a full-time job and a toddler, chances are that you have done your fair share of procrastinating yourself. Most likely you have found your own way of dealing with it, but if you want to discover what works best for me, keep on reading. Read more


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BISC Volume 15 – Tips how to overcome bloggers block

BISC Vol.15 Group 1
How do you overcome blogger’s block?

BISC Vol.15 Group 1
LILY | Malaysia | Chloe Ash
When I have blogger’s block, I usually just go offline for a while and enjoy what reality has to offer. For me, personally, the block is because I’m uninspired, and maybe a little burned out. A break is usually a welcome, and most of the time, it takes shorter than expected to get some inspiration to write again. Nowadays however, I have content to write, but just don’t have the time to do it. That’s entirely another type of block. LOL!
ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca
I don’t think I ever experienced a severe case of “bloggers block” (knock on wood!), but I have had days where I am completely exhausted and lacking all inspiration. To keep up with my schedule I plan my posts three months in advance, rotating beauty, skincare and random stuff so I don’t get stuck in a rut. And if life gets in the way I still have quality content prepared to see me through at least a week or two without the pressure of having to write, which is the best way to get all inspired again.
TRACY | USA | Swaybeauty
I actually hit a wall about a month ago due to beauty overload. I took a little break and started my “Married to a Chef” series. Having those posts at the ready lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. After the first two went out I found myself more at ease and able to refocus my attention back to beauty related posts. I think taking a break is so important for your mind, body and spirit. I don’t think you should ever have to apologize for doing so because after all we’re only human.
KRISTEN | USA | Glambunctious
I just take a break.  Sometimes it’s a a few days away from social media, or a week off from blogging.  I focus on other areas of my life and when the magic returns, I get to writing!  I don’t really think of it as a block or lack of inspiration; it’s just a time where my brain power is needed elsewhere.
SHEILA | Canada | Maddy Loves
I generally have “moments” of inspiration and then I write, write, write, often several blog posts in one sitting. It’s really hard to motivate myself to write if I have writer’s block, so I generally go away and do something else, or I scroll through my folder of folders of stuff I need to review, hoping to get some inspiration. I might also read other blogs, hoping I’ll get bitten by the writing bug. If all else fails, I might just give up. Blogging is a hobby anyways, so I try not to stress myself out too much by it!
JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
I usually just let it be. Sometimes I even think of it as a blessing because I’ll have more time to spend with my friends and family doing “life” things. I’ll try to stay off social media, too, if possible. I find that when I’m happy, I’ll have a lot of energy, and ideas will flow naturally. I also find it easier and more fun to write about things I’m genuinely happy and excited about! :)

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BISC Vol 14 – On choosing a blogname

BISC Vol.14
What’s the inspiration behind your blog name? How did you come up with it?

BISC Vol.14 Group 1 Authors
TRACY | USA | Swaybeauty
My blog name came about during a discussion I was having with my husband. Beauty wise I had stopped listening to everyone else and started doing what was right for me.  He suggested I call it Tracy’s Way but I remember thinking that that sounded too egotistical so he came up with sway beauty which was play on words of tracysway. It’s fascinating how a person can be swayed into purchasing a product simply based on who the “spokesperson” was and the word “Sway” always came to mind after having read a blog post or watched a YouTube video.
DEE | Canada | How Does Dee Do It
Honestly – it was the first name that popped into my head when I thought of creating my blog. I thought it was catchy and conveyed how I do things (on the makeup and fitness side of the house). I did however decide later that I wanted a separate fitness blog (which I have now (www.fitchickswithlipsticks.com) with Mo from MoMakeUpMobeauty), but for HDDI, that’s the story right there :) Short one :))
SUNNY | Belgium | Mostly Sunny Blog
The name of my blog is a total accident. I actually never intended to go this far with the blog, nor did I mean to make it a beauty blog. I just got bored one Sunday afternoon and decided to create a little online space to write about a little bit of everything, hence the wordplay of my own name! Mostly Sunny turned into a beauty blog because I realized I have the most passion for this subject, plus I have almost nobody in my real life to share it with.
ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca
Choosing a blog name was a lot harder than writing the first few posts, and it was what took longest to decide on. Finally I figured it should hint what I was writing about while still being distinguishable from all the blogs carrying “Makeup” or “Beauty” in their title. So I settled for Spanish and picked: “Linda” (as in pretty, representing makeup), “Libra” (as in free, representing travel) and “Loca” (as in crazy, representing life with a newborn).
Disclaimer: I know that “Libra” is the wrong translation, but it sounds much better that way.
SHEILA | Canada | Maddy Loves
I used to be hosted on Blogger under the name Mademoiselle Loves Beauty. It was super long, and then when I switched over to WordPress, I shortened it to Maddy Loves. Although, I get my name mistaken for Maddy all the time now, so sometimes I just go by Maddy as my online name. It worked out!
JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
I registered HelloJaa.com long before I turned it into a beauty blog and that’s why it doesn’t relate to makeup or beauty. I wanted to put my name somewhere in there because I learned that you are less likely to get bored of your domain name if it has your name in it! Seems to work for me. :) Then I added “Hello” because it’s such a common and friendly word, not to mention the first word you say to someone you’ve never met before. It just sounds so fitting for me. :)
Now it is your turn:
How did you come up with your blog name (assuming you blog yourself)?

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