Are you a morning person? I know I’m not! I dread getting up early especially for class. But that's something we all have to do rather it's for work, school, or whatever. But here is how you can learn to embrace those early mornings.
Listen to music
Music can change your mood instantly. I can make myself feel more excited for the day ahead. Normally if it's a really rough morning I will put on some music that will help me get moving. Sometimes I even dance around my room and get my blood pumping. That normally wakes me up and puts me in the right mood.
Favorite breakfast meal
Something that always motivates me is food. If I know I am going to have an awesome breakfast, I will have no problem getting out of bed. My favorites are avocado toast, pancakes, and anything with bacon. If I have a good breakfast then I will have an awesome day.
Now this might not be for everyone but I sometimes like to work out in the mornings. Working out energizes me. But I know for some people working out can make them even more tired so it depends on how your body reacts to working out. After workout I no longer feel sleepy. And for my workouts I try not to do anything too hard just maybe a walk on the treadmill or elliptical.
Get things done early
I am the most productive in the mornings. So if I know that I can get a lot of things done, that will motivate me to wake up a little earlier especially on the weekends. So sometimes on Saturdays I wake up an hour or two earlier to get some blog post done. For me being productive is a great motivation to embracing early mornings.
Hey guys, Sorry I have been MIA I’ve been dealing with a bunch of school stuff. I had a project that took up more time than expected but I am back. November is here which is crazy but I can’t wait for Thanksgiving and all that amazing food! I am going to do a quick life update.
Like I said I recently finished up a project and I am about to start another one which means I am going to be busy again but I will schedule out some things so I don’t go missing again. I’ve already registered for my spring semester classes! The last classes before I graduate. I only have to take 2 classes unlike this semester with 5 classes so I will have more time to make content and really buckle down and focus on my blog and YouTube which I am super excited about.
Blog / YouTube
With the blog I have been slacking which always happens when I get back in school. I really try to balance everything but sometimes it’s out of my control. School is always my #1 priority even when I would rather be working on my blog. That’s why I am so excited for next semester, I will have a lot more time. I have some awesome new ideas for the blog and YouTube that I have been thinking about for the upcoming new year.
I feel like this time last year I was stressed the hell out and it was taking a toll on my body really badly. But this year I am not letting things stress me out as much. During this school year I have learned to accepted that I can’t do everything and somethings have to be put off and I will get them done when I can. My well being is much more important than trying to juggle everything.
Goals for November
Finish out the school year strong
Start Christmas shopping early
Try new recipes
Workout (this is my goal every month!)
In my three years of blogging I have never used artificial lighting to take my pictures. I know it sounds crazy right. I have been tempted to buy a ring light but just never got around to it. I personally prefer shooting my pictures in natural light. Now there are some challenges when it comes to taking pictures and natural light. Timing, not enough light, weather, etc. But I am going to tell you my tricks to making natural light work for you.
Get close to the light source
For me I shoot right in front of my window. Try to get as close to your light source as possible, it can be a window, balcony door, or even go directly outside. The Closer You Are the brighter the image will turn out. If you are using a window Open your curtains and blinds. Sometimes if the sunlight is too harsh I will keep the blinds close to act as a diffuser. Just try both and see which one looks better.
Turn off other lights
Make sure when you are taking your pictures you turn off other lighting. Other lighting can interfere with your natural light source. I find that if I have other lights on my pictures come out with more yellow tones which is not what you want. Make sure all windows are open and other lights are off and take your pics.
Bright sunny days
The downside to taking pictures in natural light is that it's not always sunny and if it's not sunny you can't take pictures, I mean you can but they won't be good. Most of the time I will plan in advance and look at the forecast for the week. Sometimes I will have not the best luck and have rain for a whole week so I will just have to wait until it clears up. The only exception to taking photos with natural light and it's not sunny outside is if it's a snow day. Have you ever noticed when there is snow on the ground it gets really bright outside? Yeah that is a prime time to take a bunch of pictures. Those pictures always turn out fantastic. But other than that exception take your pictures when it's bright and sunny.
When I am taking my pictures and I need some more light I will use a white foam board as a reflector. I normally do this for my flatlays. All I do is place the board opposite of the light source that way it will reflect back on my subject. It really makes a big difference.
Don't use your flash when you are shooting with natural light unless that's the look you're going for. The flash can bring a harshness and glare to your photos. Make sure that your flash is off. It will make your photos come out a whole lot better.
Edit your photos
This step is the most important when it comes to shooting in natural light, editing your photos is a must. Most of the time you will need to edit your photos to make them brighter, sharper, Etc. My favorite apps to use when editing are Snapseed, VSCO Cam, and Facetune. And for both phone and computer I use Lightroom which is my number one photo editor. I'll use Snapseed for the selective tool when I want to brighten up certain areas in a photo. In VSCO Cam I like the black and white filters and adjusting grain. And for Facetune I use the whitening tool for backgrounds and sometimes tones and smooth. And for Lightroom I do everything else but mainly color mix to get rid of yellow tones.
Shop The Outfit
I am not big on animal print but I am liking how leopard print is being used this fall. I love the leopard print skirts, jackets, and sunglasses. They look so well, paired with your favorite boots and tee.
For me plaid is a year round trend. I love anything plaid. My favorite plaid pieces for the fall are plaid pants, and plaid blazers. They both look good with anything, there are so many ways you can style plaid.
Brown Is The New Black
Of coarse for fall brown is always popular but I am seeing a lot more brown than usual and I like it. Brown is currently the new black.
When you think of floral you think of spring but not this fall. I am loving the floral dresses in particular.
Combat boots are always my go to boots in trend or not. So the fact that I am see different types of combat boots in stores, I am in heaven.
Shearling jackets are super fashionable and will keep you hella warm. This is hands down my favorite type of jacket to be rockin this fall.
It’s sometimes impossible to blog and go to school full time. When I am not physically at school I am working on school work at home. Sometimes I feel tired and can’t figure out how I am going to make the time to blog. I know I am not the only one who has an insane schedule but also want to work on their passion projects. This is how I make time for blogging.
Use Your Free Time
So when I don’t have school work and have some free time . Instead of just catching up on tv shows, which is what I really want to do, I will work on my blog. Any free time I get that is what I am doing. I use the time I have in between my classes, weekends, late nights, all to get my blog work done.
Get Things Done Early
With school it is easy to do things at the last minute. Some due dates seem so far away but if you have other responsibilities it is best to get all that done early. I try to do anything I can do in advance done as early as possible. This will be things like readings, studying, and papers. I do them in advance to offer up some more free time that I can be using to work on my blog.
Make it a Priority
It is often easy to think of blogging as something you can do whenever you feel like it which you can but if you want it to grow you must make it a priority. I love blogging and making content . I realized that I needed to take it a bit more seriously than I was and really start paying more attention to it. When I started doing that I noticed I was able to get more post done and really create the content I wanted to make.
There are so many different aspects to blogging. Writing, Photos, Editing. It’s harder than you think. So I would recommend scheduling out everything, that’s how I stay on top of it all. My blogging schedule works around my school schedule. Those free windows of time are always schedule with something.
Cant believe how fast time is moving it seems like I was just making a mood board for September. I am already about to take midterms, which really puts things in perspective. September was full of me trying to figure out my new blogging schedule while taking 5 classes, and so far so good. I am not stressed out yet. I am supper excited for October. October is one of my favorite months of the year because of all the autumn festivities. and Halloween of coarse!
Goals for October
Get through Mid Terms
Make awesome fall content
Cook some new recipes
Start back working out