Since spring is right around the corner and of course we know that brings rain … I have teamed up with a few fellow bloggers to bring you a giveaway for a pair of Hunter Boots. Have you seen how cute these things are??
Winstead Wandering / Heavens to Betsy / The Gift of Gab
Two Miracles / Northeast Bloggers / Rad Maverix
Grace Believer / My Little HEA / Can’t Google Everything
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I’m welcoming March with open arms; we’re getting so much closer to spring and (hopefully) warmer weather. Only 3 weeks until the official first day of spring and 12 weeks until Memorial Day Weekend!
Key dates for March:
3/08 – Daylight Savings Time
3/17 – Saint Patrick’s Day
3/20 – 1st Day of Spring
Download the March desktop calendar below:
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Until next time,
Here in Oklahoma, it’s not out of the norm to wake up to a different season every day of the week. It will be sun shining and 70 today and tomorrow you’ll be freezing your butt off in a blizzard. Mother Nature has teased us the last few weeks with some really nice weather and has put me in Spring Cleaning mode. Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, too. (Woah, it’s getting deep in here.)
Simplify your life by reducing unnecessary crap on your electronics.
When it comes to organizing and simplifying my life, it seems as if my email is always at the bottom of the list. If you’re anything like me, you inbox seems to be a never ending black hole and to be quite honest, it stresses me out just thinking about how many emails I need to wade through. Just keeping up with emails could easily be mu full-time job, except for the fact that I wouldn’t be able to cross a single thing off of my, also never-ending, to-do list.
Simple tips to increase email productivity and reduce inbox stress:
- Unsubscribe from most of the lists/newsletters you’re on. This is the easiest way to downsize your inbox. You’re probably just deleting most of these unwanted emails every day, anyways, right? My email used to be congested with marketing emails from all kinds of stores, self-help/DIY sites, magazines, etc. At one time, my inbox had reached over 2,000 emails; a vast majority of these emails were from Victoria’s Secret, GAP, Banana Republic, Facebook and Pinterest. I would literally have mini panic attacks when trying to sort through my emails because it was so overwhelming with “BOGO”, “FREE SHIPPING” and “XXXX TAGGED YOU IN A PHOTO”. Ain’t nobody got time fo dat.
- Sift through your spam/junk file. You should be doing this on a regular basis; I have often found important emails that have accidentally been flagged as “spam”.
- Set up filters or priority inboxes to auto sort messages that need your attention at a later time. For instance, I have all of my emails from Tone It Up automatically sent to my “TIU” inbox. This way I can go back and easily look through all of the emails I have received from them in one folder. These emails are normally tips and tricks for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and recipes that I want to be able to locate at a moment’s notice.
- Use a calendar/planner to remind you to do something instead of leaving emails in your inbox to remind you. Whether it’s to make a call, follow-up with someone or start a project. Instead of taking up valuable real estate in your inbox with emails you have already read, schedule these to-dos in your calendar to remind yourself that way.
- Utilize Boomerang to schedule emails or bring them back into your inbox at a later date. Boomerang is a (free) plug-in that allows you to schedule an email to send in the future or bring an email back to your inbox at a certain time. For instance, schedule you’re your flight itinerary to pop back up in your inbox the day before your flight.
How do you manage your email account(s)?
I can hardly believe we’re already in the 2nd month of 2015. Feels like just yesterday, I was writing my first “2015” post. After a few requests, I’m going to start publishing free desktop calendars, again. Here’s February’s:
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Last months Pinspiration:
I’m joining efforts with the beautiful ladies at BE B O N A • F I D E, to express real-life confessions. Nicole & Laura, like the rest of us, have compared themselves to the “perfect” social media world. After reuniting and opening up about struggles they were both dealing with they realized that there was a greater need for a community that shows a real and relatable side of life. Not the picture-perfect lives that are often portrayed on Instagram and other forms of social media.
“That is not real life; having struggles is real life. Those struggles have molded us into the people we are today.”
I’m my own worst enemy.
I’m the first to doubt or critique/over analyze every single action I make. From the way I interact/meet someone for the first time to the tone of voice I use when saying goodbye on the phone. Did I come across friendly? Do they consider me to be a nice person? It’s a constant battleground in my head; second-guessing everything I do to. I believe this stems from the preconceived idea that we think everyone needs to “like” us in order to thrive in this senseless world. But even more so, I think this way of (irrational) thinking comes from the fact that I’ve been told I appear unapproachable &/or intimidating like 126,869,443 times**. Which is kind of funny to me? Because once you actually MEET me, I’m the seriously the goofiest person you could ever meet (just ask my friends ;)). To think that someone (that doesn’t even know me, yet) has already formed the opinion that I’m unfriendly or standoffish makes me crave acceptance even more. I’ve been working on this whole “try not to care so much” attitude; it’s a slow work in progress. I actually have come a long ways since my late high school years; I guess that just comes with maturity.
**For those that have not met me in person, I apparently, suffer from CBF (Chronic/Resting Bitch Face). Unless, I’m constantly smiling from ear to ear I apparently look like I’m 1) planning a mass murder or 2) a…“bitch”. If I had a dollar for every time someone said, “I thought you were a bitch before I met you”…
Food for thought: Why are we, as women, so complacent with seeking approval from society? Why do we often favor self-deprecation over self-assertion?
Do you have a bona fide confession?