Fall Trends I'm Obsessed With

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Leopard Print

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.

Plaid

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.

Fall Florals

When you think of floral you think of spring but not this fall. I am loving the floral dresses in particular.

Combat Boots

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

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.

Making Time for Blogging

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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.

 Schedule Everything

 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.

October Mood Board | 2018

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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

Maintaining Creativity

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When it comes to any creative outlets sometimes you lose your sense of creativity. With blogging I get to a point where I can't come up with blog post ideas and can't get my creative juices flowing. Which is understandable, we all get writer’s block but here are some things to keep in mind to maintain your creativity.

Don't compare

I feel like one reason why people lose their creativity is because they're comparing themselves to others. And I am so guilty of this as well. You start to compare and then you think that the things you are creating are not good enough or could be better. So instead of coming up with original ideas that you enjoy making you try to be like someone else. And that causes you to make content that is not good because you don’t enjoy making it. Everyone falls victim to this at some point. But don't worry just keep in mind to not compare but be inspired which brings me to the next tip.

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Look at inspiration

Sometimes if I am not sure what I want to post on my blog or need some ideas for Instagram I will try to find inspiration through making a stroll through Pinterest or watching a TV show or just getting out the house. You can get inspiration from anything and everything. When it comes to getting inspiration never copy but get inspired by it. Do your own spin or twist to it. Never forget to be you at the end of the day.

Go and do something fun

If you're like me with a million things to do you know that going out and having fun doesn't happen often as we would like it to. Having a bunch of school and blog work can be a lot. I spent a lot of time cooped up in my room working on things. And being cooped up in the house is when I feel the least creative. Getting out catching a movie, going out to eat, trying new things will drive your creativity. I recently went on a small vacation which I haven't done in a while and I was so refresh when I got back. I was less stress and saw things in a different light. So, getting out and just letting your hair down well bring you new ideas.

Setting and Achieving Goals

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I love setting goals, to tell you the truth I think I set too many goals. Goals for me is a way to motivated me to achieve something. I feel like when I set goals for myself I feel more accomplish when I finish them, and I feel like I'm growing and getting better.

 Make realistic goals

When it comes to setting goals, it is easy to get overly ambitious. Set goals that are challenging but realistic and reachable. If you have 50 followers on Instagram, you can't just say your goal is 1 million. Yes, maybe that's something you can reach down the line but maybe for right now make your goal 100 followers and then 500 followers and so on. Setting realistic goals will make you more motivated to keep going if you reach that goal you set, you will be ready to challenge yourself even more with the next goal.

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 Make new goals

After I have reached a goal I always set a new goal. You should always be striving for something better. By making new goals that makes me continue to work hard and keeps me moving forward. Don't ever get comfortable where you are, things can always be better.

 Step by step

Not only do I make goals, but I think about the necessary steps I need to take to accomplish those goals. For an example if my goal is to lose 5 pounds, I will write down the steps I need to take to get there. Maybe that’s going on a low-carb diet or increase my cardio. I do this, so I know what it is I specifically need to do to achieve my goal.

 Time

When I set a goal for myself I put a time limit on it. This allows me to keep things moving along and not have a goal for too long. At the beginning of the year I set yearly goals and I also set mostly goals. My monthly goals are a little more specific and smaller then my yearly goals. Most of the time the monthly goals will help me in achieving and reaching my yearly goal. Setting a time on your goals will make you push yourself even more.

 Don’t give up

Setting and achieving goals is not an easy task. Sometimes you might not reach your goal at your set time and that's okay. Just reevaluate and never give up. You will get there through perseverance!

How I Juggle All My Responsibilities

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For those of you who don't know I am a full-time college student, I work part-time, I blog, and make videos for YouTube. I know it sounds exhausting just thinking about it. But over time I have mastered the art of juggling. Now it hasn't always been this way, to be honest it's something I mastered recently.

Schedule Everything Out

When you have so many responsibilities it's best not to just wing it. I have had so many times where I thought I could just go about my day with a list of things to do and remember all of them and get them done but that never works. I have learned it's best to schedule everything out. I schedule studying, taking pictures, drawing, writing post; you name it, I schedule it. It's best to do this, that way you get everything on your list done.

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Don't over think

Sometimes I find myself thinking about the million and one things that I must do and all that does is make me feel overwhelmed and stressed. So, when I find myself doing that I say “Manique snap out of it.” Don't overthink, it will only do you harm. Instead think of one task at a time and focus on that until you move on to the next task.

One day at a time

This is kind of like overthinking. The best thing I ever started doing is taking it one day at a time. The way my mind works is that I will think months in advance which is a blessing and a curse. But I found out that it was stressing me out. So now I try to take things one day at a time. If I dwell on the busy week ahead it will only make it worse, so I focus on Monday then Tuesday and so on.

Breaks

Every now and then I take breaks. That might be for a day or sometimes even a week. And I take breaks in many ways. It can be a social media break or a Blog break, whatever break I choose it helps me refresh and get a better perspective on things. Taking a break can only make you better. Sometimes you get caught up in constantly moving and you forget to take care of yourself. I have had times where I push myself so much I end up making myself sick. I had to learn that it's okay to take a breather.

Stay motivated

Staying motivated is probably the hardest for me. Sometimes I don't feel like taking pictures for Instagram or studying for a quiz, but I try to motivate myself to do those things. One way I motivate myself is by looking at the bigger picture, now this is when looking ahead can be a blessing. I look at what I am trying to accomplish, the goal I am trying to reach. And normally that's all the motivation I need. So, when you don't feel like doing something think about the feeling you will have once you meet your goal.

Why Going To A Small Town Can Be The Best Vacation

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I recently went down south to visit some family and every time I go I have the best time, which made me wonder why? I only ask myself this because I was born and raised in a city/Urban environment in DC. So why some people find it boring going to a small town, it has the opposite affect on me.

Relax

When I went on my vacation I didn't have a care in the world. I didn't think about school, blogging, or anything. Most of the time when I go to the South I'm able to relax in a way I can't in the city. I swear I have never slept so much in my life. I was kind of scaring myself by how much I was sleeping. I don't know maybe it's the Clean Air, or the quietness but it's so damn peaceful there.

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Hospitality

Every time I go to the South or a small-town the hospitality is unmatched. Everyone says hello and has a smile on their face as they greet you, it's amazing and such a warm feeling. In the city you don't get that. Everyone is very cold and to themselves. So when you see someone waved at you for no reason but to just say hello or hold the door for you it's like the best thing ever. Southern Hospitality is real and I loved every minute of it.

Food

Don't get me wrong there are a million amazing eating spots in the city but it's something about southern comfort food that is just irresistible. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. In small towns they don't cut corners on ingredients and everything is so fresh because everything is locally grown. Also they are not stingy with their food they will actually overfeed you and tell you to take some home. Hey, but I'm not complaining.