Photo by Chelsea Laine Francis
I've really been trying to focus on becoming a better me this year so I'm taking myself out of my "comfort zone" a lot more these days. Although it can be stressful it's also been pretty fun and made me feel a lot happier with myself... I'm proud of me! So hurray for that! Here are some new things I've been trying out lately.
Embracing my curly hair.
I've had curly hair all my life and it's always had a mind of its own. The type of curl has changed a lot too. It's been wavy, then riglety, then frizzy, then a combo of all those things, etc, etc, etc. I've just never really liked it much. But in the last year I haven't put any color (or bleach) in my hair and I think it loves that. Shocker... I know. So I've gotten more comfortable with the way it looks and I've just been letting it go. You won't be seeing any outfit posts with it in it's natural state any time soon. I'm still not THAT confident in it. But I've got lots of shots of my curly locks on my Instagram if you're interested.
I've only tried this once but I plan on doing it again. I have a friend who started a food delivery service in Austin called Motormouth Foods and in an effort to support it + satisfy the fact that I haven't been to the grocery in probably a month I ordered five meals last week. They were really yummy. I'll let you check out the site yourself if you live in Austin to get the full details. It's definitely great for those days you don't feel like cooking or just want to try something different than your usual noms.
I'm always going to be a coffee drinker. That will never change. But I'm trying to branch out a little bit into the world of tea. I tried this once before a few years ago and it didn't stick so we will see how it goes this time around. Any good tea recs for someone who doesn't really like the taste?
Blog scheduling by month.
Okay, so I really want to do a full post about this but I'll summarize for now. I started a blog schedule for the month of April and it's helped TREMENDOUSLY. I've tried doing blog schedules in the past and failed pretty much every time. This time I did a few things differently:
1. Planned and scheduled the whole month of April at the end of March in a real planner I'm using as my blog calendar. Writing things down always helps me.
2. In the schedule I set dates for publishing each post which puts a kind of deadline on them. Now I'm more motivated to set aside time to write my posts because I want to stay on schedule.
3. Scheduling appointments with my photog friends in advance to shoot outfit photos.
4. Any time I have an idea for a post I write it down.
More to come on this subject!!
Connecting with other local bloggers.
I've been wanting to do this since I moved to Austin. I've connected with a few people on Instagram and I even went to TxSC a couple years ago but I never really kept up with any of the relationships. In the past month I've connected with a few local bloggers via email to set up real, in person meet ups. This is far, far out of my comfort zone. I get very nervous meeting new people but I've realized I'm much better with one-on-one's than I am meeting people in a group. Grabbing coffee with just one person is a lot more manageable for me. Plus it's fun to meet people that have similar interests as I do. I don't get to talk to my friends about blogging that much because they don't really get it like my fellow bloggers do!
What have you been up to lately? Anything new you're trying? Happy Thursday!