5 Essential Items an Ambitious Blogger Needs

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When I first got a new computer for working at home, I never dreamed I’d have the career I have today.

Here’s the thing. I’m a Blogger/Influencer. If you had told me five years ago that this would be the case, I would NEVER have believed you. Sometimes, often, I still have to pinch myself. I love this world I have cultivated which combines my journalism background with my photography background, and then with other marketable hats I wear. I’m a mama of two. I’m a pet owner. I am skilled at Social Media Marketing. I have growing followings on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and others. And I track total and unique page views on analytics. I measure engagements and algorithms.

I think about tones, hashtags, html coding, screenshots, and enough details to make your head spin.

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Although, I don’t do this alone at all. In terms of other people, there are designers, assistants, clients, supporters, mentors, contractors, agencies, and an endless number of people who help and inspire. In terms of items, well there are some things a girl can’t live without for the blogging life. It keeps me running! Here are 5 essential items for my blogging!

1 – Hard copy planners, journals, notebooks, etc. While I do keep a lot of information on my phone and computer, I need to hand write for inspiration. I have so many notebooks for different things – blog post ideas, stories, goals, details, etc.

2 – Real office supplies. Well of course! It’s a real job! There is more paperwork to this job than I ever imagined. On a normal week, I’ll use a stapler, paper clips, pens and pencils, tape, and at least access to scanner/printers/copy machines.

Storage options are also crucial!

3 – Cute and/or inspiring decor. You need our place to feel ALIVE. Cassidy has an office job and has photos of the kids and science fiction and fantasy movie stuff. I have a plaque that says, “I’m Kind of a Big Deal.” It makes me smile. I also have pretty art from the kids, a few photos, and a lot of knick-knacks that make me feel good without cluttering my space.

4 – Water. And lots of it. It’s so easy to dehydrate when you work for yourself and work through hours and meals. To make it more exciting, I like to add cucumbers and mint, or berries to my water. It’s the refreshing kick I need all day.

5 – An amazing laptop. And I’m writing today because right now, there’s an offer on the high performance Google Pixelbook to save $100 from 3/25 – 4/7. This is not to be missed! You can find out more right here, right now.

Have you considered upgrading to the Google Pixelbook? This new high performance Chromebook and the Pixelbook Pen – the smart, responsive stylus – are both designed to enhance the way you work and play. This is the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in, so you’ll be able to get more done faster and smarter. You’ll love the ultra-thin design and its collection of apps. I love that it’s beautifully versatile and adapts to my blogging lifestyle. That’s what it’s all about for me.

Not to mention, The Pixelbook is powered by Chrome OS, so you’ll always have the latest security and software features! It’s so easy to access the Google Assistant. There’s a dedicated key on the keyboard, or you can use the “Ok Google” wake word you’re already familiar with, and you can access it with the Pixelbook Pen. You simply hold the button, and then tap the Pixelbook’s screen to get help from Google Assistant. Pixelbook is also Google’s thinnest laptop ever at just 10.3mm!

The lightweight aluminum construction enhances portability and the 360° touchscreen and versatile 4-in-1 design will seamlessly adjust to whatever you’re doing. Sketch. Edit photos. Stay productive with GSuite apps that Drive automatically backs up to your device. Enjoy on or offline access to movies and TV shows with apps like Google play Movies and YouTube Red. Lastly, Pixelbook starts up in under ten seconds, stays fast, and has a fast-charging, all-day battery that gives you up to ten hours of go from a single charge! Here are some important things to remember:

1 – Pixelbook Pen is sold as a separate accessory, subject to availability.
2 – Requires internet connection.
3 – Auto-updates and auto-backup require an internet connection.
4 – Intel and Intel Core are trademarks of the Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries..
5 – 500 most recently opened and 500 most recently shared with you. Accessible offline through Drive when enabled in Drive settings.
6 – Battery performance is based on a mix of standby, web browsing and other use. Charging time requires a battery to be at least 5% charged, the device to be inactive, and use of included charger. Actual results may vary.
7 – Battery performance is based on a mix of standby, web browsing and other use.

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What’s an item you can’t live without for your blogging life?

5 Steps I’m Taking to Be My Best For 2018

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Did you ever notice that there’s always some sort of experience or trigger that makes you undergo real change?

For me, that happens in stages. Two years ago, I felt more stressed and afraid than I had previously ever felt and I no longer felt like carrying that weight on my shoulders. I simultaneously started barre classes and regular walks/jobs at the dog park with my dog. Even when it was icy, I’d put cleat on my boots and keep going out there. I made dog park friends, even though I preferred to be a lone wolf (in a dog park!). I remember on one particular day, after my favorite childhood teacher passed away, that I took to the dog park to cry it out. There, I ran into a friend also there to cry out her own personal grief.

We walked together some, and walked alone some. I think that’s when I realized what I was doing was helping.

When the ice and snow melted into damp grass and mud, I kept at it. My walks broke out into jogs and runs, and my dog was only too happy to keep up with me. She simply leaped that first time she saw me go. “She can run!” She must have thought.

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Indeed, I can. However, the warm earth and mud gave way to heat and humidity, and worse, kids off from school. I slipped far behind, and then slipped so far behind I didn’t go for months. I always had the intention of coming back to it, but it wasn’t until the changing of the year, that I realized 2018 would be a big year for personal change. It’s in the subtle changes that add up. It’s getting more breathless when I run up stairs. And it’s fitting differently in clothes, even if I remain the same size. It’s all about how I feel and what I want for myself. I think about that every hour of every day. And I have something new – a Nokia Body+ – and I can’t wait to use it on my 2018 wellness journey. So far the results are inspiring.

Here are five steps I’m taking to be my best for 2018:

1 – I’m taking steps. Literally. My Nokia Body+ is much more than a scale. It’s a body analyzer. I’ll get into that more later, but one thing it does is Activity Tracking. By syncing the scale and your phone with the Nokia Health Mate app, it will tell you your day’s distance, exercise, calories burned with the steps you take. And you have the options to add your own exercise, make goals to reach 10,000 steps each day, and strive for goals with friends. Don’t be alarmed by my low step day. I had just set up the app! I have the inspiration to take more steps.

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2 – Managing, maintaining, continuing and growing personal relationships. That sounds like a lot of words, right? I have many amazing people in my life but I go through phases of being an introvert or extrovert. Sometimes I’m struggling with personal issues and I retreat rather than reach out. Then I come out from those shells and realize what I’m missing. I make goals weekly to contact a friend for a coffee or breakfast (or dessert/drinks) date, and also to reach out to a loved one by email. When I’m feeling really ambitious, I even send cards and letters. I’m stunned by the impact it has on all-around health.

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3 – Setting up my place(s) for wellness success. In the kitchen, organize your fridge and cupboards to have healthy options within reach, prep your meals, and keep spices around to liven up your meals. In my closet, I keep my vitamins and supplements and activewear within reach. In the bathroom, we store our Nokia Body+ by the bathroom vanity so we can use it first in the morning. There’s something about having everything in its right place and for wellness that feels great!

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4 – Trying 15 minutes. 15 minutes is pretty powerful, actually. Here are a few ways you can use 15 minutes. Get up 15 minutes early and get a mindful start to your day. Try it for a week or a month! Feel the difference. Start adding a 15 minute brisk walk to your evenings or mornings. This will keep you mentally active and fit, and also get you fresh air.

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5 – Getting a Nokia Body+. Well in fact, I got one! I find it to be unmatched in its ability to deliver the most accurate body composition readings (weight, body fat and water percentage, plus muscle and bone mass). The Nokia Body+ is accurate, comprehensive and family friendly. I love that it’s more than just a scale to determine weight. It’s a body analyzer!

The Nokia Body+ measures weight trends, BMI, fat mass, muscle mass, water, and bone mass. It can also tell you the weather! I love that it syncs automatically with my Health Mate app to provide encouragement and tips to achieve my goals.

The Nokia Body+ is more than a scale - it's a lifestyle. See how it's helping me transform my 2018, and my life. Here are 5 steps I'm taking to be my best for 2018. #KnowYourself #NewYearNewYou #clvr #ad

The Nokia Body+ is more than a scale - it's a lifestyle. See how it's helping me transform my 2018, and my life. Here are 5 steps I'm taking to be my best for 2018. #KnowYourself #NewYearNewYou #clvr #ad

The Health Mate app sets up in seconds. It lets you view a complete history of your health data, including activity, sleep, weight, and more. There you can see trends, track progress, and improve over time. It also has the ability to sync with other apps – like MyFitnessPal, etc. and this allows a fully comprehensive data set from steps taken, calories consumed, etc. As a whole, the Nokia Body+ is beautifully designed, and can recognize and track up to 8 users! We LOVE it.

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What’s your favorite feature of the Nokia Body+?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.