Snapchat Q&A

A couple of days ago, I told you all to snap me any and all questions you may have for me. While I didn't get around to answering them live on Snapchat, as promised, here are my answers to ALL your questions! (I consolidated similar questions so that I only have to answer them once. ;))

Let's dive in, shall we?

Q: How do I get started as a blogger?

Commit. Find a platform that is easy for you to use and commit to posting frequently - at least a couple of times a week. Try to have a niche, rather than trying to appeal to everyone, focus on appealing to a targeted and specific audience. And invest in a good camera!

Q: Do you plan on having more babies?

Yes! :)

Q: How often do you get your hair done and what do you get done to it?

I get my hair done every 6 months or so. I usually get a trim and some long layers and then a full foil.

Q: How do you grow your hair so long??

I don't use a hairdryer and rarely curl my hair, so I don't use heat on it very often at all. I use a deep conditioning treatment every couple of weeks.

Q: What kind of bronzer do you recommend?

I don't use bronzer, but I've heard good things about this one and this one.

Q: What places MUST I visit while in Paris?

The catacombs, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame...the usual things. BUT I would honestly just recommend that you walk EVERYWHERE - don't take a taxi. Just walk and see the city by foot. You'll find so many hidden gems. It's magical!

Q: What does Ben do for work?

He is an Area Manager at Amazon.

Q: What is the hardest and best thing about being a mom?

The hardest thing is just adjusting to not having as much free time, and the best thing is watching my little one grow and learn new things!! Being a mom is the BEST thing in the entire world!!

Q: What are your tips for eating healthy while being busy all day with a baby?

Meal prep! Make big portions of healthy meals and save the leftovers to eat throughout the week.

Q: Do you have a sunless tanner that you use/recommend?

I use this one. It's the best!

Q: What exactly do you do for work?

I am a social media consultant, a blogger, and a writer. But honestly, none of these things feel like work because I LOVE what I do so much!!

Q: Do you still write outdoor articles for magazines?

I do! Since being put on bedrest and then giving birth and then now it being winter and all...I haven't done much outdoor adventuring lately. But come Summer, I'm heading to the mountains, so you can expect a lot more outdoor content and a lot more articles from me!

Q: Tips for not going crazy on bedrest?

Pray, meditate, read, color, write. :)

Q: Do you have any tips on how to be more confident?

Take some time to really get to know yourself - what you love, what you dislike, what you believe in, what you enjoy, what makes you happy, what makes you angry, what makes you sad, what makes you fired up...and then OWN that and manifest that knowledge in your daily life. Be true to yourself.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to?

I listen to all different kinds of music. Blue grass is probably my favorite, but there is hardly any kind of music that I don't enjoy to some extent.

Q: How long have you been married?

Ben and I will have been married for nine years this July, and together for ten!

Q: How did you know that your husband was "the one"?

I just knew. He made me feel safe and loved and whole and precious and understood ... and he still does. <3

It was so fun hearing your questions! Feel free to leave any additional questions that you have for me in the comments below! I do want to do a live Snapchat Q&A sometime soon, so any questions that you guys send my way in the next few weeks, I'll try to answer on Snap. :) Have a great week!

4 Tips For Successfully Working From Home

Working remotely...the dream, right? Right!! I mean, does it get any better than working from the comfort of your own home (or from anywhere your heart desires)? No! But, that doesn't mean that working from home doesn't have its challenges.

First of all, when faced with the task of keeping yourself accountable and on track, it can be challenging. Especially when you have all of the distractions of home at your finger tips. Netflix, novels, and chores can tug at your attention, and if you aren't mindful, you can end up not getting anything productive done.

I am lucky enough to work from home. It is just as amazing as you'd imagine it to be. But I've definitely had to develop some practices in order to stay on track and get my work done in an efficient and timely manner.

Here are some tips that I've picked up for successfully working from home:

  1. Set a schedule. When working from home, it is important - no, CRITICAL - to set a schedule for yourself and to stick to it every day. Set your alarm and get your morning routine going. Drink some coffee, read the news, eat a good breakfast, and then start your work day at a set time. Similarly, schedule breaks for yourself throughout your day, and schedule a non-negotiable time when you STOP WORKING for the day. This is much easier said than done...trust me. I am pretty much always working, whether that's writing at the computer, taking photos, or checking in on work from my phone. BUT, do as I say and not as I do. Know when to call it quits for the day so that you can have a nice relaxing evening and unwind. 
  2. Get dressed up. This is SO important, in my opinion. Just because you work from home, doesn't mean that you shouldn't get ready and put your best foot forward. For me, that means getting dressed and doing my hair and makeup EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. It makes me feel put together, and like I am ready to get down to business. As a work-from-home-mom, it would be soo easy to stay in PJs all day and not do my hair and makeup all week. But you know what? I'd feel like crap about myself! Caring about what you look like is important, to a certain degree. Getting dressed and done up for your day can do wonders for your mind set!
  3. Take breaks. When you set your schedule, be sure to schedule in several breaks for yourself. Maybe a few 10 minute breaks, and then one longer break for lunch. During your breaks, get in some exercise, check your Instagram, read a novel, watch a show...anything that is NOT work related. Take time to decompress for a few minutes and just have fun. Then, dive right back in and focus on your work. Breaking up your work into chunks makes it a lot more manageable and will minimize that feeling of getting "burned out". Studies show that taking frequent breaks from work throughout the day leads to being much more productive. So do yourself a favor and step away for a bit.
  4. Get out of the house. Every single day, try to get out of your house for a bit. Whether it's to go get some work done in a coffee shop or at a park, or going for a long walk outside on one of your breaks...getting out of the house is good for your head. Make an effort to get out into the world, interact with people, or simply breathe in some fresh air.

Do you work from home? If so, share your tips for being successful in the comments below!

xo, Anna