With the New Year in full swing, I am in the mood for cleaning. New years are new starts, and therefore are the perfect time to refresh your space and get rid of all the clutter from the previous year. Having moved twice in 2016, I definitely got rid of a lot of things that I did not need. That being said, my new space is still cluttered! I am now taking the time to unpack everything and get organized in my new space. One of the things I like to be the most organized is my desk. My desk is where I write and where my creative process often happens, so I like to keep it clutter-free. I am in the process of creating a mood board to help with my creative process- but until then, my Pinterest will have to do (I’ve been pinning away lately)!
To keep your desk clutter-free and allow the creative process to flow, I’ve rounded up some essentials that I love. My style is definitely bohemian-chic, and I like mixing edgy pieces with a touch of bohemian flair, so when I saw this palm-print laptop case from CaseApp, I knew I had to have it! My previous laptop case was getting a bit dingy, so I needed a replacement ASAP. Having a laptop case is a great way to refresh one of your most used items and have it feeling like new again.
As we ring in the New Year, I am excited about a lot of things. A New Year is time for fresh starts and is a reminder that we can set new goals and try again to achieve old ones. One of the most pressing goals I have is to become healthier, which means working out. I have always worked out, my entire life. I played soccer for most of my childhood and adult life, but quit halfway through college and just started going to the gym. When I moved to SF after college, I picked up my game and really hit the gym after work. This all changed when I moved to LA five months ago (crazy)! In LA, you drive everywhere, so my time to walk to work and around the city was gone. I was also commuting to work when I lived in Echo Park, which would take about and hour each way. How in the world did I have time to workout?! I was in the worst shape I’d been in since junior year of college when I studied abroad… But since moving to Redondo, my commute is more than cut in half, so I am able to go to the gym again after work! Here is what has worked for me since quitting soccer and heading to the gym.
Lately I’ve received many questions about how I edit my photos for the blog and how I am able to keep them looking consistent. I use a program called Lightroom, which is a part of the Adobe Creative Suite. Both of these products are quite expensive, but Adobe offers monthly payments as low as $9.99/mo. I highly recommend getting Lightroom (not necessarily the Creative Suite unless you need it for design purposes) because it has absolutely changed the quality of my photos. Below is a step-by-step process of how I edit using Lightroom- I’m still a beginner too, so it’s quite easy!
As a blogger, I take A LOT iPhone photos. And when I say a lot, I mean thousands. Even though a lot of my work is done with a professional camera, one of my goals this year is to add in more iPhone photos to my Instagram feed. Having too many curated photos takes the “Insta” out of Instagram, right? I have found that people like to know what I am doing on a daily basis as well as what is on my blog (through curated, professional photos).
That being said, one of the major issues I have had in the past is with iPhone storage. I though it would be easy enough to download photos onto your computer from your phone… But I was wrong. Old photos (from 2015, for example, not even THAT old) wouldn’t download because my Mac didn’t recognize the file format of the photos since it’s new mandatory software download that happened last year. So I not only couldn’t download pictures onto a hard drive, I couldn’t even get them on my computer first! Not too mention my computer doesn’t have enough storage to begin with… You can see what I am dealing with here.
My iPhone photo storage problems were solved when I found Picture Keeper. Picture Keeper is a simple device that acts as a mobile USB drive. It automatically connects and transfers photos, videos, and contacts to a USB drive. I can now save all my files, no matter what format onto a USB and I can rest assured they will be safe. Picture Keeper has allowed me to free up that much needed space on my iPhone to take more selfies (jk… but really)! As a special treat for my readers, get 50% off when you use code Bohemian50 here.
While I love living in LA, I cherish moments that I can return to my home, Colorado. For those of you that have not been to Colorado, you must put it on your bucket list. Colorado is a magical place for more reasons than one. It’s got it’s fair share of city-life, if that is your thing, but the real reason people travel to Colorado is for the nature. Mountains stretch farther than the eye can see, lakes glisten during the summer and freeze over in the winter, and the air is so fresh it’s icy when you inhale. Colorado takes seasons to the next level… In the fall you’ve got leaves every color of the rainbow. Growing up in a place like this, it is hard to go to a place that has no seasons, like LA, but it just makes my trips back to Colorado even more special. Read more to see why I love this place and why I will always, always, come back to it.
One of the hardest things about blogging for me is creating meaningful content. This is one of the things I think most bloggers and writers struggle with, and I definitely have been. How do I know what my readers want to read? How can I write what I want to write while at the same time guessing what it is my audience wants to read? How do I know if my readers would rather hear about life/blogging tips or style? I am in a constant debate over these questions, so I thought I would spare some of you the effort and share with you what I have learned thus far in the world of blogging about how to create meaningful content and how I plan to implement these in the future.
To begin, let’s talk about the term “meaningful content”. Meaningful to you might not be meaningful to someone else. This is where you have to know your audience. I know most of mine are young, stylish and aspiring females who are interested in entrepreneurship and pursuing their own dream (which is the same thing as my audience’s “intent” which some writers refer to). Now let’s be clear- this is not all of my readers, but it is most. I am beginning to find that they would like to hear more about life/blogging tips than some of my other categories. Some of you might say, well duh… But up until now, I had not thought about what my readers wanted to hear, only what content I had to put out at a given time. I’ve begun to really think before I write, and this has had great results thus far. Read on to see the list of ways to create meaningful content.
I am welcoming 2017 with open arms. 2016 wasn’t a bad year, but it definitely had its peaks and plateaus. I lost some friendships I cared deeply about, I strengthened some I already had, and I gained some new ones that will hopefully last. It’s hard to keep a positive mindset when you have lost something you thought would last forever, but it is necessary to do that to move forward. I always have faith in the saying that what is meant to be will happen, no matter how hard the loss was or how long it may take to recover. Rather than dwell on the negatives of 2016, I want to focus on some of the positives as well. I started my dream job at ONEHOPE Wine, a wine company whose mission is to give back through donations to various causes. This keeps me grounded, thankful, and extremely happy that I am able to commit to a cause greater than myself. I also moved to LA from SF this year, putting everything I’ve known behind to pursue a life that I wanted to live. While in LA, I adopted my sweet kitty, Penny, who has brought more joy into my life than I would have ever thought. My blog grew exponentially and I had more partnerships than ever. My cousin got married and my parents retired and bought a new home. I got first ever apartment by myself. So, some really great things happened this year, too.
This leads me into some of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. This is a hard year to plan for, since I have no idea where I am headed next. In previous years, I’ve always had a plan for what I want to do or where I want to go. But, for the first time, I am happy where I am. LA doesn’t feel like home yet, and I’m not sure it ever will (since Colorado will always be my home), but I am willing to give it a shot. Read on to see my full list of resolutions.