Tag Archives: #motivation

Were you BORN to blog: Part 5

Hey there! I don’t have much time today so I am actually multi-tasking! Reading my chapters and creating this post. I have to be completely honest…I am actually going to be skipping over a few chapters of Born to Blog. I was reading over the weekend and something suddenly wasn’t clicking. As I was reading I had no idea how I wanted to write about it…

YAGpXPdb

It’s funny because the next two chapters from where I left off last week are about YOUR business & BLOGGING. Hmmm kinda does seem like a priority don’t ya think? Sometimes you just nees to step back, take a different direction, & learn to NOT overcomplicate things. Funny thing is that is what the next chapter of Born to Blog is about: Keeping your blog at a minimum! I loved this chapter so much.
It is not unusual to want every detail laid out for perfection BUT keep in mind it is also okay to change your direction. As long as you stay consistent (which I am working on being better at) & hook your readers you can keep it as simple as possible!

Let me give you a little personal and honest insight: My blog is pretty bare and basic at this point. Why have I kept it this way? I feel as though I am still going through a “test run” period if that makes sense. I wanna make sure this is where I want my time and effort to be going. I know that sounds like I lack confidence but before I put MORE time and any money I want to be able to keep up with my weekly minimum. And I am having a blast because I have learned SO much from all of the new friends I have made from the blogging scene. But before I slowed sown a bit and created my own post calendar I did some rapid publishing, which I highly recommend. What I mean by this is posting as many posts as possible during a short amount of time to gain quick experience & exposure. This way right from the beginning you can receive feedback from readers so you can have a good idea of what they like and want to see more of! I did this through the Alex Beadon Feel Good Challenge!

This is pretty much the jist of this chapter. Feel out what kind of content you wanna produce, how much content you wanna produce, your audience, your platform, etc. Identify YOUR blogging skills: Remember there were 5! There is a quiz to find out what you are. (I will leave details on how to receive that below) As you start out you want to begin to build momemtum! How can you so this? Do not be afraid to post links back to your blog on Facebook or Instagram: I do all the time! Your audience is more then the bloggers on the same platform as you. Some of your readers may not be bloggers at all! My Mom told me she is always reading my content 🙂

So my biggest and best advice I have learned through both business and blogging is: KISS!

kiss

P.S. If you are interested in taking a look at the quiz to see what YOUR blogging characteristics may be feel free to email me (brookeashley0319@gmail.com) OR message me on Facebook (Brooke Ducati)

Much love,
Brooke Ashley xoxox

Advertisements

A goal without a plan is simply a wish.

Good morning peeps! Happy Monday! After some downtime and planning it’s time to get into full swing of blogging. Earlier last week I had posted a picture of Facebook of my crazy OCD-ness and got a ton of feedback on it & it inspired me to write this post. Today I am gonna touch on PLANNING. If you are going to take on blogging or really anything for that matter seriously and for a purpose you have to have a game plan. Now you don’t have to be as elaborate with details like I have been but you have to have something on paper before you start diving in. So let’s get into it.

Earlier last week I created a calendar planning what I wanted to share with you all.

CAM00031

Now for starters you could create a blank calendar by hand (which is what I did) or simply buy one. You could get one at the dollar store or Walmart, don’t go crazy with $$$.Okay now that you have this blank calendar you need to fill it in with your ideas. This is where most of us are stumped. You wanna take this whole blogging thing seriously but don’t know where to start and your scared to plan in advance. Don’t tell me your not cause I used to be 😉 You just gotta do it. How?

First things first decide when your most creative time of day is. Is it first thing in the morning, afternoon, evening, or super late at night? For me it’s first thing in the morning. I will write my blog for the day in the morning and spend the day putting it out there and planning for the next. I always thought late afternoon was my prime time but then I always found myself falling asleep! (Whoops)

Next are you using your blog for business? Most of us are! Plan when you wanna talk about things in your business. But let me tell ya a little secret…You don’t wanna talk about your business 24/7, everyday, every post. People will GET BORED. You need to mix it up and play the 80/20 or 70/30 game. Here is a little glimpse into my notes. I know I am only going to discuss certain tidbits of my business a few times a month, especially right now when I just wanna network and get to know people & I want them to get to know me. I don’t expect anyone to want my services and products when they have no clue who the heck I am.

CAM00006

Talk about you, what you like to do, passions, family, your life, etc etc. People wanna know about YOU! It’s the same if you are Instagram for example. You don’t wanna constantly be posting pictures of your products and services. You will come off as looking “spammy” and annoying. You wanna connect with others on a personal level before you offer them your product or service.

So now your probably saying to yourself “Well when I am not talking about my business then what do I write about?” Great question! USE YOUR RESOURCES! My biggest resource is Pinterest. Fellow pinners have created boards of topics you could flesh out. Examples:

blogging 2

blogging 1

blogging 4

blogging 3

Go on Pinterest NOW. Start pinning all of these fabulous ideas. Create a board to keep them all together. My board is “Blog Inspiration.” Now don’t just pin them…read them! Pick and choose and fill in your days! Also, keep in mind that it okay to change things around. And what I mean is that you can fill in your calendar and then something great might come to mind so switch around your posts. I did this morning!

CAM00007
Notice all my highlighter marks 😉

The more content you have the better!!! Honestly this is really it 🙂 Don’t over-think this, take a breath, and just brainstorm. Keep in mind that just because you write an idea down doesn’t mean you have to write on it either. You may take note of it but then not actually write about it for a year & that’s okay! Also, last tip I will give! DO NOT OVERWHELM YOURSELF. If you can only post once a week, then post once a week. My goal is 4 times a week! Whats your goal?

P.S. Please share what YOU do to plan! I know there are so many different ways, templates, post-it notes, etc!

Much love,

Brooke Ashley xoxox

Lack of PASSION is fatal!

Ahhhhh I am so sad! 😦

spongebob

We are coming in for a landing for the #FeelGoodBloggingChallenge on Day 7. BUT I am soooo happy because I have met amazing people through this experience! I feel have never felt such a connection with a large group of people. We are the ultimate support system!

Okay I think I avoided today’s topic long enough…Blog challenge NUMBER 7 (eeekkkkkkkk) A Controversial Post!

So I think a huge battle that any business owner (or anyone in general) face is Passion OVER Experience.When scoping out a potential business partner/ employee etc, what do you go for? The person with talent and thriving passion OR the person with years of experience. Neither are necessarily the wrong choice but which one will bring long term happiness.

“To succeed, you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.” – Anita Roddick

Well I suppose it’s pretty clear where I am going from here. When prospecting a potential new business partner I seek passion over experience. And I am about to tell you why!

For example: Say I own a pizzeria and I am looking to hire a new cook who can flip pizza dough in the air to make our crust. I have 2 people come in to apply for the position. Prospect #1 walks in completely burnt out, yet confident because they know they have been doing this for 10 years. Then you have prospect #2 come in smiling, just as confident as #1 but I sense excitement and “unknowing-ness.” It appears as though the choice is simple…I go with prospect #1. Why? Because they said they are experienced. All I have to do at this point is give them a name-tag & a paycheck and they are good to go. I mean they come to work completely miserable everyday (which drives me bonkers) but hey at least they know what they are doing. My work here is done.

WRONGGGGGG! I personally would go with prospect #2. Now let me clarify something before I go any further. I want you to understand that I am NOT telling you to never seek the person with experience, because without those experienced individuals around us then who are we to learn from? What I AM telling you is to seek the passion. Passion is ENERGY. Passion is what drives you. Personally my success is fueled by my passion for what I do.

I am an entrepreneur in the makeup and beauty industry. A year ago when I partnered with Motives Cosmetics I had ZERO experience. Yes I said it ZERO experience. Now why would someone want to partner with me? I had no idea what I was doing or what I was supposed to talk about…

motives

You wanna know why people want to work with me? Because I have energy. A person’s energy can tell you more about them then their words. I craved to know all the knowledge I could get on my hands on. I sit here even a year later and I still don’t know everything but any chance I get I still have that burning desire to keep feeding my brain. I watch countless YouTube videos, tinker with my makeup everyday, & read about the products. Now in my business it’s split down the middle when it comes to experience. Yes we work with a handful of worldwide known makeup artists who have been in the industry for years as freelancers & love what we have to offer.  In the same sense there are thousands of girls just like me who CRAVE to know more about this industry & were lucky to even know the difference from our eyeliner and mascara.

learn

As time goes on I WILL  be the experienced one. A few years from now I will be the expert because of my willingness to always be open to new knowledge that was unfamiliar to me. But I won’t change my prospecting. I will always be seeking people with excitement and passion. Experience can follow. It’s not always guaranteed that you can find the “spark” in someone who has been in the industry for years and years.

“There is no experience like on-the-job training.” – Hank Azaria

I would love to know your thoughts! Please leave some feedback below!

Much love,

Brooke Ashley xoxox

To those who said I wouldn’t make it!

Hey friends! Wow cannot believe we are coming down to the final days of the #FeelGoodBloggingChallenge! I must say I have finally experienced the ultimate challenge in my writing. But I also thank God for postponing me until today to complete my Day 6 entry. He was pulling me in a completely different direction with this post. (He does that sometimes!)

I was trying so hard to make sense and express my emotions that I wasn’t making any sense at all. Then it hit me like it normally does. How was I to create a post about a time in my life when I felt vulnerable if I didn’t truly have a definition of what it really meant? So after some research on Google and help from my fellow #FeelGoodBloggers I had the confidence to write this post. And that is just it…confidence. Like my picture above “Vulnerability is the cornerstone of confidence.” Confidence to break through the uncertainties of life and overcoming the risk to put yourself out there. I have had many a times where I was unable to BE vulnerable because my confidence was shot down right before my eyes.

From being over weight (uncontrollably by medicine) as a child, to an emotionally abusive relationship in my teens, to now facing the fear of living a lifestyle that is out of the norm (being an internet entrepreneur). I have been told over and over I am not good enough my entire life. As a child it was “Your too fat,” as a teen it was “If you truly loved me you would do this for me…not that,” & now simply…”What are you doing with your life? How do expect success?” As I have gotten older my confidence has been shaken but I have learned to overcome the fears and love myself.

That last part is the most important. LOVE YOURSELF. I will say it again LOVE YOURSELF because that is where your true confidence will develop from. Embrace the person you are and the person you are meant to become AND stay true to YOUR values and beliefs.

confidence-quote-298x300

Until about a few months ago I was still hiding behind the insecurities. Unsure if what I was doing was what I wanted to be doing or if it was what I was supposed to be doing. I wasn’t being honest in my words, actions, and most importantly with myself. (This is because of the uncertainty I faced my whole life) I am taking the challenges and the times where I was unable to be vulnerable and finally overcoming them with confidence. The greatest pleasure I am experiencing in my life right now is taking those doubts, negative thoughts & words and doing what people say I could not and cannot do.

I stumbled across this quote and it really hit home and summed up a lot of what I have felt over the years.

cheat

I will keep going. I will keep going with confidence 100% in myself. I will keep going even when I am told I will fail. Failing is good…I embrace it. I will be vulnerable because I am a leader. “All leaders are vulnerable. They have to be in order to influence and inspire.” Thank you for that Ivan Siladji! To be vulnerable I will get over my fears of NOT BEING GOOD ENOUGH & ultimately put myself out there. Will you do the same?

Much love,

Brooke Ashley xoxox

Continue to sleep your dreams OR…

image

 

Yesterday my cousin posted on Facebook a statement about chasing your dreams. It really hit home for me because I think of all the people who WILL NOT chase their dreams and settle for less.  People will not go after what they want out of life because they are scared. Scared of not being good enough, scared of not being what society thinks they should be, OR the biggest one…scared of failure. Bottom line people are SCARED to take chances.

“Even if your dreams are far-fetched don’t ever stop reaching for them. Even if you feel you’ve fallen into the “norm” of society. No one decides YOUR future but YOU. Not your family, friends, significant other, the place you live, or even your past. The only person stopping YOU is YOU. So each and everyday reach for your dreams. Make goals it’s never too late. Because if you stop following your dreams, what are you living for?”

I love my cousin so much for posting this on social media. So many people in their early 20’s or any age for that matter do not have this mindset.  More of us need to be like this! It is never too late to write out goals & chase your dreams! 🙂