Blogging

It’s More Than JUST Blogging

Hey Guys! Happy Sunday, hope everyone enjoyed their day and ready to tackle a new week. As bloggers, like any other entrepreneurs we always have busy weekends, especially if we’re blogging while working a full-time job or attending school. While blogging may feel like our “calling” I feel like there’s some misconception when this is shared with our friends/family. I can understand that blogging may be something fairly new and most recently the term Influencers, but I’m here to show you that blogging is so much more.

One of the first things you’d hear when you tell someone you’re a blogger is, “so you write your feelings and post them online?” or “you get paid to post reviews online?” I’m pretty sure there are so many other snarky remarks you may receive. But, what people don’t understand is that blogging is also a business and you’re gaining a variety of skills while trying to perfect one.

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These skills/jobs include:

Photography

If you’re a beginner you probably won’t have the means of hiring a personal photographer to get shots of you. So you have to improvise, which means purchasing your own camera and tripod. Then you have to learn how to use all this equipment on your own, how to pose, find the right lighting/background, photo editing software etc etc. Continue reading “It’s More Than JUST Blogging”

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Inspiration

Use Your 9-5 Job to Become a Better Blogger

Whether you said goodbye to the corporate life or you’re still slaving for a boss, what has the work world taught you in terms of blogging? Not only do you learn valuable skills which you can transfer into self-employment, but you also develop a base which can progress your blog life. Stay with me for a minute and don’t think I’m completely nuts.

For any person starting out in the blogging world it would be ideal to quit your job and blog 24/7. However, it may not be financially smart at this point; plus as easy as it may seem BLOGGING IS HARD WORK. So, how has you 9-5 shaped you into a better blogger?

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Blogging, Inspiration

2018: Unapologetic + Unstoppable

Hey everyone! Happy Monday and an oh so Happy New Year! We made it! It’s 2018 and I have a mighty good feeling about this one. 2017 wasn’t all that terrible nor was it great; just like any other year it had its ups and downs or more downs than ups. Nonetheless, I remain hopeful to the new year and all the good energy it brings forth.

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As I read many of my other bloggers last posts of 2017 I gained so much inspiration and words of wisdom which I plan to take into the new year. The word which got to me the most however was, “Resolutions aren’t the problem. Your discipline is.”Mattie James. That in itself struck a nerve, because I’d make all these lists of goals, plan a gazillion things in my head but do I act on them? No…. I’m lazy point-blank period and that has got to change for 2018. Continue reading “2018: Unapologetic + Unstoppable”

Blogmas

Blogmas Day 6 // A Caribbean Christmas pt 3

Hey Guys! Guess what??? It’s the last installment of the “Caribbean Christmas” series! Woohoo. First off, I’d like to thank each and every one of you who replied to my messages and deciding to participate. This would not have been possible without you and I really appreciate it. Hopefully we can all do a Caribbean blog collaboration some time.

Next up are views of a Bahamian and Jamaican living in USA.

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1 // What does Christmas mean to you?

Christmas to me, means family time, celebrating with loved ones, reconnecting with old friends, giving as well lots and lots of food haha. I love that there’s a festive feeling in the air and it also signals to me time for reflection and keeping things close that keep me grounded. Continue reading “Blogmas Day 6 // A Caribbean Christmas pt 3”

Blogmas

Blogmas Day 3 ~ Year End Bucket List

So there are two more weeks left in the year, or more so sixteen days and you’re probably thinking what can we/I get done in that amount of time. Well, that’s all a part of the challenge a bucket list brings. Today I’m sharing a few things I hope to accomplish before the year ends. Feel free to apply them in your own way ~

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1 //  Making peace with my past

This includes any and every “bad” thing that happened in 2017. Letting go of grudges if that means forgiving those who wronged me or forgiving myself, as well as making my amends with anyone I need to. Also, settling any debt or outstanding payments *lol* or at least starting the process.

2 // Finishing things I started

We all start things without fully completing them so this is our chance. Earlier in the year I watched Girl Boss on Netflix, wrote a post which got a lot of attention but still haven’t finished the darn book. I will complete it before the year ends, because I have new additions to start. Continue reading “Blogmas Day 3 ~ Year End Bucket List”

Blogmas

Blogmas Day 1 // Welcome

Ahhhh it’s finally Christmas season! Well, to be honest I’ve been in the mood for quite sometime (aka after thanksgiving). I don’t know what it is about Christmas that makes me feel so happy and excited; it’s not even about getting gifts (I don’t anymore) but the all around good mood is amazing.

Anyway, this is my “fourth” year blogging and I’m deciding to give Blogmas a second try! Yes, I tried it for my first last year but didn’t complete all the days. Plus I was and still am only doing 12 Days of Blogmas. For those of you who are unsure about what “Blogmas” is, it’s practically blogging for Christmas where bloggers will upload a variety of Christmas related posts. It can be from the beginning of December until Christmas or from 13th until. Youtubers also participate by calling it vlogmas.

Here’s a little recap of last year’s blogmas:

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Blogging

Sunshine Blogger Award

*Round of applause* Major shout-outs to Tanya over at all about the scrub life for nominating me for this award! I really appreciate it. These awards are like a get to know more about the blogger type post as well as sharing other blogs amongst your network. Well at least to me.

Tanya and I recently became friends when we realized we were bloggers from the same part of the world. If you’re a nursing student or nurse by profession you can check out her blog for everything “scrub” related! Also, nursing is not her life 24/7 so check out her other posts including FOOD! Thanks again for the nomination and I look forward to working with you more.

Now the fun stuff:

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The Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you with a link back to their blog
Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you
Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions of your own

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Lifestyle

Hey September!

Hey Guys!!!
August is finally over *after countless weeks* & we have four months left in 2017 which I really want to make count.

So it’s a new month, and I’ve started to think about what I actually want to accomplish with my blog going forward. The mission of my blog has always been the same: “To Inspire” and I intend to keep it that way.

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

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This won’t change much, you’ll still see:

  • Food: In My Kitchen +  #EatOuts
  • Adventure/Island life: Traveling, partying and any other activity i do here in Antigua or abroad
  • Inspiration: Let’s Talk + Motivation Monday

With the addition of:

  • Blog Help: As I discover new ways to improve my blog I’d share them with you *it may or may not be new to you, but it may help someone*
  • In your 20s: This may factor into the inspiration headline, but we all know how stressful this decade can get. I’ll talk about my experiences and what I’ve been learning thus far.
  • Guest Posts: Collaborating with other bloggers or maybe an interview I do with someone because I want to share their story about a particular topic.

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Inspiration

Let’s Talk: Finding your TRIBE

Hey guyss!!!

It’s Friday, so you know what that means….LET’S TALK!

Took me a while to come up with a topic then I tweeted about my difficulty, and two seconds later it came to me. Finding your tribe…..finding my tribe.

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So what’s a TRIBE and WHY should you find one?

In the simplest of terms a TRIBE is a “distinctive and close-knit group.” It can range from your family to your close friends and even teammates/club members. However, more specifically to me a tribe is your support system – as the quote above says, they help you to be your BEST self. Continue reading “Let’s Talk: Finding your TRIBE”

Blogging, Inspiration

5 Lessons of Blogging (+ tips)

Hey Guys,

Before we get into today’s post here are a few facts:

I’ve been blogging on and off for about three years now *whoa*.

I’ve had about three name changes finally sticking with ATBA.

When I first decided to start blogging I had no idea what I was doing.
(I don’t even recall doing research or anything; I just jumped and signed up on WordPress.)

I wish I could I remember my first post to share it with you guys, but overtime I’ve gone back to the earlier years and cleaned up some posts. Reading over old posts really makes you see how much you’ve grown and the way in which things change.

Anyway enough chit chatter here are my 5 Lessons of Blogging.

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