Meet Your July Advertisers!

Meet Your July Advertisers!

I’m so excited to show you my July advertisers! If you have a business or service to provide and need some extra help to promote, get in touch via email at greenv745@gmail.com to secure your spot!

Let’s meet this month’s advertisers!

Kayleigh Zara

Kayleigh blogs about all things lifestyle, fashion and financial. She has some great blog posts up and resources for fellow bloggers and creatives. You can read them here:

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The Dungeon Initiative Podcast

The Dungeon Initiative Podcast – Join a group of unlikely comrades as they travel through the world of Talamhir; searching relentlessly for the reason they were taken captive by a mad scientist! A comedy-centric podcast on a Dungeons and Dragons playfield!

Links:

https://linktr.ee/thedungeoninitiative

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Erik Mark

Calling all musicians! Looking for ways to make a living during this pandemic? Here is some helpful FREE advice to get you started!

You can read all about Erik’s tips on his website:

http://erikmark.com/blog/

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UK Coach S Tyler – Release Your Inner Spark: Personal Development Coaching For Women in the UK

Release Your Inner Spark was founded by Shona Tyler, a UK based Personal Development Coach supporting women across the UK to make positive changes in their lives, help them learn to love themselves, improve their confidence & self-esteem and turn their dreams into reality.  Her blog is a mix of positive poetry, quotes and advice and tips for living as the best version of yourself.  Shona launched her new business venture at the beginning of June 2020, five months ahead of schedule; a positive start for both Shona and her business.  This month The RYIS Confidence Coaching package will be officially released, with the first five women who sign up, receiving a 10% discount.
Check out Shona’s links:
Instagram: @ukcoachstyler
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Roam With Nicole

I’m Nicole, otherwise known as Roam With Nicole. I’m hoping to give you helpful tips/tricks and share my experiences with you in relation to travelling and lifestyle. I am a full time nurse currently but travelling is my ultimate passion therefore I started my blog to help give as much advice and inspire as many people as I can.

The blog is all about my travel stories, experiences and tips on what I do, where I do it and all the things I learn on the way. I travel often but not constantly, unfortunately. I try to get in as many trips as possible. That being either days, weekends or weeks. Living a healthy lifestyle and finding ways to do so is also a big passion of mine, fitness and health are such a large part of my life and I’m hoping to help and share loads of new ways and varieties of tips within my blog. Sharing tips, tricks and hacks to all things health and wellbeing, hoping that this inspires my readers. Travelling, health and fitness are long lived passions of mine and hopefully my blog inspires you to see the world. Feel free to follow me on all my socials; pinterets, instagram and twitter – @roamwithnicole is my handle on all!

Links to check out:

https://roamwithnicole.com/

https://roamwithnicole.com/tips-tricks-inspiration/

https://roamwithnicole.com/destinations/

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Content Conga

Blogging can be a hard slog at time. Having to come up with new content all the time and having to feel ‘inspired’ is easy at the start of your blogging journey but can be quite tough when you are a few months (or years) down the line. One solution to this is to use a blog content writing service where you can let someone else do the hard work for you.

Content Conga is one such service which offers prices starting from just £30 for your blog post to not only be researched but also professionally written by one of their UK based writers and within 3 working days you will have the content back in your inbox ready for you to upload onto your blog.

This is the perfect solution for people who are perhaps in a creative lull as Content Conga can can cover anything from blog writing, educational articles, web page copy and even product reviews!

Links to check out:
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How To Get Over The Fear Of Self Promotion

How To Get Over The Fear Of Self Promotion

Have you started your own business? Are you super excited to get your first client or make your first sale? Awesome! Are you scared of promoting your products and having others judge you? Then you’ve come to the right place.

In this post I want to help you get over the fear of self promotion. I want to help you reach your full potential and sell those products, courses, coaching sessions and more!

I’ve had my own business for almost two years now and I can tell you that I have only recently started to become comfortable with pitching my services and getting used to promoting my products and services.

Before we look into how you can overcome the fear of self promotion, you need to ask yourself a few questions.

  • Why am I scared of promoting myself?
  • What’s stopping me? Fear of judgement? Failure? 
  • Am I scared my family or friends will judge me?
  • Am I scared to come off fake? Accused of selling too much?

If you’re scared of failure, of judgement, of being called fake and more, then I’m going to show you how to overcome those fears related to self promotion.

Be The Boss

You are essentially doing a job. If you worked for someone and they told you to post this, do that and do the other, you would do it, right? So sometimes you have to be the boss of yourself. You need to take control and set those emotions aside. Pretend you are posting on behalf of someone else; you’re doing what you’ve been asked to do.

Take control. Be the boss you are. Put your foot down.

Be Yourself

If you feel “cringe” about promoting a product, it’s probably because you’ve never done this before. It’s always scary doing something new. As long as you are being your authentic self and promoting in a way that aligns with your core beliefs, you’re doing your best.

How To Get Over The Fear Of Self Promotion

Being yourself could mean making a joke, being transparent, using art to convey your message etc. You don’t have to turn into an entrepreneur overnight and churn out motivational quotes and products. Success is what you make it and you need to be completely transparent. Customers buy into your story, not just your product.

Get Rid Of The Negative

Have you noticed that your friends aren’t cheering you on? Or that aunty Karen hasn’t been convinced by your business model?

Your family and friends don’t have to share every post you promote on Facebook, but they should support your dreams without judgement.

If you feel that you aren’t receiving the support you need, maybe it’s time to stop talking about your business to people who clearly don’t understand – or don’t want to understand.

I have so many friends and family members who never ask how my business is going or what I’m up to, so I decided to create my own network of people who support me. I now have a large Twitter and Instagram community that roots for me when no one in real life is.

If your fear of self promotion is coming from a deep rooted problem, maybe it’s time to explore what or who is making you feel that way.

Stay In Your Lane

Ultimately, you need to stay in your own lane. You are your own person and you are the only person who knows what’s best for you.

If you feel that impostor syndrome kicking in, you need to remember what this business means to you. After all, this is your way of putting food on the table. This is your livelihood – no one else’s.

How To Get Over The Fear Of Self Promotion

Of course, judgement may come and go but it’s your job not to be wavered by it. Stand tall like a tree with your roots deeply in the ground. Believe in your business and others will too. If you don’t believe in yourself, how do you expect others to?

If you’re looking to break away from the 9-5 lifestyle and start your own business, you may find my latest ebook helpful!

How To Ditch The 9-5 And Become Your Own Boss

You will learn how to hustle alongside your 9-5 if you can’t financially leave at this moment, the pros and cons of becoming your own boss, how to find paid freelance gigs, what side hustles you could be doing and more!

This 10 page ebook will give you a beginner’s insight into how to become a freelancer/self employed and ditch the 9-5 life.

Don’t let your negative thinking stop you from achieving your dreams!

Get yours here.

I hope you found this post helpful! Don’t forget to follow my blog for more posts like this one.

Meet Your June Advertisers!

Meet Your June Advertisers!

Hi folks! So this week’s post is a brand new segment. I’ve recently added advertising space to my website so if you or someone you know has a blog or website they’re looking to advertise, get in touch via email at greenv745@gmail.com.

Let’s meet this month’s advertisers!

Travelling With James

Travelling With James is accessible to the ordinary traveller and the avid traveller which is important to me as I want to appeal to as many travellers as possible because we are all one big community and we all should be there to support one another. I think as a blogger it is hugely important to be versatile as this can be crucial in a reader wanting to read your blog or not.

Blog: https://travellingwithjames.co.uk/

Popular blog post: https://travellingwithjames.co.uk/things-to-do-berlin/

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What Helen Loves

What Helen Loves is all about inspiring you to live the life you love with less. Together let’s declutter our minds and our spaces. Let’s stress less about the little things and focus on what matters to live a more confident, positive and calm life.

Website: https://www.whathelenloves.com

My favourite post: The Fantastic Benefits Journaling Can Have On Your Wellbeing

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Kayleigh Zara

Kayleigh blogs about all things lifestyle, finance, fashion and Pinterest! You can find her here:

Kayaleighzaraa.com

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Erik Mark

Calling all musicians! Looking for ways to make a living during this pandemic? Here is some helpful FREE advice to get you started!

You can read all about Erik’s tips on his website:

http://erikmark.com/blog/

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Ffi – Mind Over Meds

Ffi is a health, fitness and wellness blogger documenting her journey to better health and a better life with her husband Steff and her dogs Loki and Cirilla. When she got struck down by a mental breakdown in November 2019 she knew she could not continue living her life as the workaholic she was so she quit her job, took a step back and started on antidepressants. When she felt they were taking their toll on her sanity and started causing confusion she decided to stop taking them and look at other means of treating her depression. She turned to exercise, healthy eating, meditating, mindfulness and journaling, within 6 months she started to feel she was getting back to normal and then lockdown struck. Her blog is busier than ever and you can find a new post every week.

Links:

Get Free Health, Fitness and Wellness Printables, Planners & Trackers here: https://mailchi.mp/93e0881aac7f/mindovermedstribe
Join a group of busy like-minded women wanting to change their habits for better health, fitness and happiness, free programmes start JULY 1st: https://mailchi.mp/44eb47d4e0ff/rgc8wu7rt7
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That’s a wrap! Don’t forget to get in touch if you want advertising space!

An Interview With A Digital Nomad And Vanlifer

An Interview With A Digital Nomad And Vanlifer

I came up with the idea recently to interview digital nomads and creatives who are now living a life they love. I want to inspire others to live the life you want. It is possible.

I decided to reach out to vanlifer and digital nomad, Nikki Bigger. I’ve followed her and her partner Ben for a while now and I’ve been inspired by them and their journey. I wanted to ask Nikki some of the struggles of being a digital nomad, the highs and lows and everything in between. Let’s dive in!

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I’m Nikki, 29 years old from Kingston, Ontario. I live full-time in my self-converted Ford Transit van with my partner Ben. We are both Commercial Photographers, we love to hike, adventure and explore new locations. We will soon have a cute pup come the end of June and we cannot wait!
An interview with a digital nomad and vanlifer

What’s the best part about van life and what’s the worst?

The best part is the freedom and the low amount of bills. I never felt free growing up, society & people always told me what I should do, but since the vanlife, I finally know that this is the perfect path for me and the freedom is amazing! The worst part (although there aren’t many), would be always having to top up water, empty water along with the toilet stuff as well. It’s definitely my least favorite part about vanlife, but it’s worth doing to live in the van!

What would your advice be for someone wanting to become a digital nomad?

I would say do it! There is no time like the present and this moment may not ever come again. Research your heart out on how to make income on the road, build that van you’ve always been dreaming of, because regret is a horrible feeling, don’t look back on your life and wish you would have done these things.
nikki bigger

What’s your favourite place that you’ve visited or stayed?

Queenstown New Zealand. It’s an amazing location and it’s where I lived in a van for the first time! I loved this spot so much and I keep dreaming about it!

How long have you been living the van life?

Total 3 years. 2 years in New Zealand and 1 year in Canada.
An interview with a digital nomad and vanlifer

Is van life something you’d love to do forever?

1000% or tiny house life! I cannot wait to build a tiny house or a cabin! But I will always have a van because I love adventures.

Is it hard to make money while on the road?

It could be hard if you don’t have a remote job, but there are so many ways to make money on the road. Whether it be teaching English, social media management and loads more! If you want something, work as hard as you can to get it!

What made you decide to live the digital nomad life?

I felt trapped in society and couldn’t stand the typical way of life. I knew there was something better out there and had the courage to go find it!
An interview with a digital nomad and vanlifer

What’s one thing you wish you’d known before starting this journey?

Don’t buy an old van. Invest in a newer van. I bought a 30 year old van in NZ for $5000, ended up putting $7000 into it because it kept breaking down. The stress and hassle is not worth it.

You can follow Nikki’s journey here:

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How To Up Your Social Media Game During Lockdown

How To Up Your Social Media Game During Lockdown

You’re probably here because you’re stuck in lockdown, bored out of your mind and you’ve decided to take your social media channels to the next level. Well you came to the right place! Sit back, relax and dive in to some top social media tips to up your social media game during lockdown.

Target Your Audience

Do you know who your target audience is? If not, it’s time to do some research. What are you selling? Who is your ideal client/follower? Is there someone you look up to on social media? What are they doing to engage with followers and who do they follow?

These are all questions to ask yourself when identifying who you want to follow and who your ideal client is. Once you know this, it’s time to interact.

Make Connections

Most people don’t understand that spending as little as 15 minutes on Instagram interacting with fellow bloggers/businesses can up your profile views and engagement. Make sure you’re spending at least 5 minutes commenting and liking your follower’s posts and a further 10, if not more, minutes on finding new people to follow and interact with.

Using Graphics To Your Advantage

Make sure you’re upping your graphics/photo game, especially if you’re predominately on Instagram. I use Canva to create all my Instagram content and I highly recommend it. However, if you’re more tech savvy, you could use Photoshop, especially if you’re a photographer or illustrator. These are some of the graphics I’ve been creating using Canva for clients.

How To Up Your Social Media Game During LockdownHow To Up Your Social Media Game During Lockdown

Collaborating

Collaborating with bloggers and influencers is a great way of gaining followers. If you write a blog post for a friend’s website for instance, you should get more traffic coming in to your website and social media channels. Just remember to always include your social handles when being asked to guest post so you can be linked back to.

Having connections in the blogging world is a lifesaver at times. My Twitter community have my back and are always helping promote me and my services. I’d be lost without those connections!

Use The Shit Out Of Hashtags

Hashtags hashtags hashtags. And repeat. Hashtags are so important to reach more people on Instagram and Twitter. Although on Facebook it’s been proven that adding hashtags to posts makes you less visible.

Make sure you’re always using 10-30 hashtags on posts (Instagram’s hashtag limit per post is 30) and have a varied selection of hashtags with 50k posts attributed with it and some with a couple million. This way you’ll reach lots of different audiences without getting lost in the stampede.

If you’re looking for a more detailed guide on using hashtags, specifically for Instagram, you can get my guide here.

Hashtags for Instagram: A Complete Guide

Hashtags for Instagram: A Complete Guide

£4.99

Ask The Audience

Another way of upping your social media game during lockdown is to ask your audience what they want to see from you. Create polls on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram asking a bunch of varied questions to see what your audience like and what they’d enjoy seeing more of.

Get Your Guide

My ultimate guide to using social media is also now available, covering a range of topics such as how to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for your brand/business, how to use hashtags, creating graphics and content and more! In this handbook I’ll be setting you tasks to complete, questions to think about, templates and much more.

Social Media Handbook The Ultimate Guide

The Social Media Handbook

£20.00

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments how you’re upping your social media game during lockdown!

Sustainable Gift Guide

Sustainable Gift Guide

If you know someone who’s trying to be more sustainable, or maybe that’s you, I’ve compiled a gift guide to help you choose the right product!

Please be aware that this post contains affiliate links. This will in no way effect the price of the item; it merely gives me a commission from the sale.

Sustainable Gifts

Whether it’s make up or essentials, there’s ways to be sustainable while using the products you love.

Reusable Make Up Pads

Make up wipes cost a fortune but also create a lot of rubbish. What if you can still remove make up while being more sustainable? I recently purchased these make up wipes from Amazon which allow you to wipe make up off (you can also buy make up remover) without discarding the pads. All you need to do is pop them in the wash bag in with your clothes and voila! You can purchase a pack of 16 pads here.

Bamboo Razor

We all tend to use razors at some point, but if you’re like me you’ll buy a pack of three plastic lady shavers and bin them after a few months. This is a much better option for the environment – and your skin. You can buy the bamboo safety razor here.

Bamboo Toothbrush

Maybe not a gift you would usually give your loved one but it is a gift to the environment to battle against the amount of plastic toothbrushes we use each year. In the US alone, one billion toothbrushes are thrown away each year. You may only see it as one toothbrush but it all adds up. There are plenty of places to buy your bamboo toothbrush but I bought mine on Amazon.

Sustainable Gift Guide

Pencils

If your loved one is an artist, these recycled newspaper pencils are the perfect quirky gift. On Etsy they come in a pack of five and they’re made from 100% recycled paper.

Straws

Even as an adult I still love using straws in my drinks. But to be more eco-friendly I decided to buy some long lasting ones from TK Maxx. You can obviously find these in lots of health food stores, supermarkets but if you’re like me and barely go out, I recommend getting these metal straws.

Wax Wraps

Wax wraps are a great and Eco-friendly way of storing food without using nasty plastic Tupperware. They can store your lunch, fruit or even be wrapped around jam jars. I got my own from V-Eco food wraps where you can get some beautiful patterned wraps.

sustainable gift guide

Flask

If your partner has to commute to work each day, why not buy them one of these colourful flasks? They’re perfect to keep drinks hot for twelve hours or cold drinks cold for twenty-four!

Collapsible Travel Mug

This has been n my to-buy list for a while. I think they’re such a clever idea! You can just collapse the mug into your bag when you’re not using it and it pops back open when you want to fill it up. You can find these at lots of supermarkets now but if you’re looking to buy one online you can grab yourself one of these.

sustainable gift guide

I hope these have given you some good ideas on what to get your partner or friend or family member to help them become more Eco-friendly.

Tips For Working From Home

Tips For Working From Home

Whether you’re new to remote working or you’ve been working from home for a while, you may find these tips useful for when you have little motivation or feel overwhelmed.

Take Breaks

When it comes to working from home, one of my biggest tips for you is to take breaks. I sometimes find that I will get up and work for hours at a time without taking a bathroom break or even grabbing a glass of water. I used to do this when I worked 9-5 as well. However, it’s not healthy. Take regular breaks. Don’t do what I have done and work from 8am-2pm without a single break.

I know you want to get that work done and it may be important, but so is your health. Go out for a walk on your lunch break, watch an episode of Riverdale on Netflix. Anything to take a short break and then you can continue with your work. Remember to drink!

Tips for Working From Home

Work When It Suits You

Just because you used to work 9-5 doesn’t mean you have to do the same from home. Some people are more motivated in the morning, some have more energy in the evenings or at night.

Some freelancers will tell you it’s not healthy to work at night but if that’s when it suits you and you feel ready to work at that time, go for it! Everyone has different preferences. Anyway, you’re freelance, you can work whenever you want!

Just remember to set aside time for friends, family or to do your own thing. It could be during the week, weekends or any time that suits around your schedule.

Set Boundaries

Some clients can be very demanding and they can ring you up at 9pm on a Wednesday and ask you to do something. Make sure you set boundaries from the beginning of your contract.

The likelihood is you don’t need to do that task right away, it can wait until the next day. However, when I’m asked to do something immediately, I can’t stop thinking about it until it’s done.

Setting boundaries can be difficult if you work from home because clients can contact you any time. I have a few tips on how to set boundaries with clients when it comes to working from home:

  • Get a work phone that you can turn off (this can be used as one of your expenses)
  • Uninstall Gmail, Zoom, Skype etc from your phone when you’re not working
  • Send a polite email stating your working hours if asked to do something “out of hours”
  • Have an out of office email for the days/hours you don’t work

Eat Healthy

This is one I still struggle with myself. But another tip I have if you’re working from home is to cook meals and make packed lunches as you would if you were commuting to work. You need to make sure you eat properly and don’t go without. BBC Good Food has a few easy recipes you can use!

Tips for Working From Home

Have A To Do List

I find that having a to do list of all the tasks I have to complete that day super helpful. I have a long term to do list of things I need to continue doing every week/month and a to do list for the day ahead. This could just be in your notes on your phone but it may be helpful to write it down on paper!

Don’t Cut Yourself Off

It can be so easy to stay in the house and get completely isolated when working from home, so make sure you take regular walks, even if it’s just twenty minutes. Schedule in dates to see friends, go out for dinner, spend time with family. I find that if I have no travel plans or plans to meet up with people, I can fall into a pit of depression and so I need to make sure I do something once a week to get out of my head – and the house.

Take Up A Hobby

Taking up a hobby, whether it’s drawing, writing, knitting or dancing is good for you, whether you work from home or not. However, I find that because I work from home during the day there’s a lot of classes and groups on. You could go to your local library for a reading group, start pole fitness, learn street dancing or take up an activity at home.

Tips for Working From Home

Exercise

By exercise, I don’t mean having to go to the gym and working out on a treadmill for an hour. You could do some yoga at home or go for a run or just a long walk. Staying at home all the time can be negative not only for your mental but also your physical health so you need to make sure you’re regularly moving about.

And don’t forget to have fun! Working from home can have its downsides but I wouldn’t change what I do for the world.

Book Review: Depression in a Digital Age

Book Review: Depression in a Digital Age

I feel like I haven’t written a book review in a while so to start the year off on the right foot I’ll be reviewing Fiona Thomas’ book, Depression in a Digital Age.

This book has everything you need from Spice Girl references to Fiona’s rambling thoughts that help ground you and make you feel a little less alone.

Depression digital age
Taken from Fiona’s Instagram

I really felt like I was taking a journey with Fiona while reading this. I felt sympathy for her when she went through her mental health breakdown and couldn’t work.

I myself have left countless jobs for mental health related reasons which has led me to a life of freelance work.

I completely emphasized with how she felt so overwhelmed with her workload and there’s a chapter in the book that really spoke to me.

Fiona talks about taking a break from work because it’s making her so stressed. However, she also stresses out when she takes a much needed break, worrying that people will miss her and need her.

I really resonated with this when I took a week’s holiday from freelance work to go to Morocco in November. Although I was so glad to get away I was worrying about money, about whether my clients had sent me thousands of emails, etc. Turns out when I got back and switched my work phone on, I had one email, and it was a promotional one. I felt a little disappointed no one had needed me and I’d wasted precious time on holiday worrying about my workload.

I think a good lesson to take away from Fiona’s book is that you can stress as much as you like but it won’t change the outcome or how quickly you can complete a task. Take a step back, breathe and relax. Everything will get done in the end.

Overall, Fiona’s book taught me it’s okay to let others help you. It’s okay to speak out about your mental health and not everyone wants the same thing.

Depression digital age
Taken from Fiona’s Instagram

While some people are perfectly happy working 9-5 and getting home to get ready for the next day, not everyone feels the same. Sometimes our mental health stops us from doing the mundane tasks. Sometimes it prevents us from working on ourselves.

Not everyone’s journey is the same and that’s what I’ve learnt from Fiona. While our paths may be different, we share one thing in common. We just want to be happy. We want a life full of adventures. We don’t want to be bound by our mental illnesses. And that’s why Fiona’s story is so inspiring; she used her mental illness to help others.

In the book Fiona also talks about feeling like an imposter. That she isn’t qualified to do her job. The thing is, as a child I always thought I would grow up to feel so big and confident, like I could do anything. But I’m still little old anxious me. That won’t go away. We grow up to think adults have their shit together, when really we are all in the same boat, trying to paddle upstream to get to where we want to be.

Have you read Fiona’s book yet? She is currently writing another book all about being freelance which comes out later this year and I can’t wait to read it.

You can follow Fiona on her socials:

Instagram: @fionalikestoblog

Book: Depression in a Digital Age

Twitter: @fionalikes

Female Creative Series: Q&A with Beauty Blogger Chichi

Female Creative Series: Q&A with Beauty Blogger Chichi

I started a female Creative Series to celebrate the women around us who work hard and hustle in the creative jobs. This week I spoke to Chichi, a beauty blogger who lives in Cambridge.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Chichi and I’m a beauty blogger. I’m from London and I currently live in Cambridge. In my spare time I like to read books, watch YouTube videos, visit museums and blog!

What do you do for a living?

I work in digital media and marketing. I specialise in content writing and copywriting, but I’ve also worked in content marketing, blogger & influencer outreach and social media management.

What made you decide to do what you do for a living?

I kind of fell into the digital media world. My original plan was to become a journalist and work in traditional media – I wanted to work as a beauty and fashion journalist for magazines. But after discovering the digital media world and realising that I could write for online media, I chose to do that instead.

What would be your advice for someone looking to go into your profession?

If you want to enter the industry then definitely try to get some experience and build up your network. Your network is your net worth! Consider taking professional qualifications – this is something I am working on right now. Also, create a website or portfolio to showcase your best work.

What are some of your hobbies or skills that you’d like to improve this year? 

I’m currently teaching myself to play the keyboard after briefly learning as a child. The thing is that learning to play an instrument requires so much practice and consistency so I need to keep it up and keep it going.

What’s a quote that makes you feel empowered/motivated?

“Your value does not decrease based upon someone’s inability to see your worth.”

Can you tell us some of your favourite female creatives you love to support? Feel free to link to their socials or blogs!

I am always reading blogs and these are some of my favourites:

Sophie Milner (formerly Fashion Slave)

Gemma Louise

A Woman’s Confidence

Kate La Vie

Albertine Sarah

Demi Colleen

Cruelty-Free Kitty

Can you recommend your top 5 books for creatives? 

The Joy Of No

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

What A Time To Be Alone by Chidera Eggerue

The Courage To Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight

You can find Chichi on her socials:

Blog: https://www.chichiwritesbeauty.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chichiogwe
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/chichiogwe/

 

Female Creatives Series: Q&A with Author Jessie Allyn

Female Creatives Series: Q&A with Author Jessie Allyn

Recently I came up with an idea to support female creatives and give others some empowerment. The planet, excuse my french, has gone to shit, so I wanted to make some positive posts and asked some people on Twitter whether they’d like to participate. My first interviewee is Jessie, an author and creative.

My first guest in this female creative series of posts is Jessie Allyn, an author and creative. Let’s see what she has to say!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Hi! My name is Jessie Allyn. I am a writer who focuses primarily on fantasy and romance. My goals for the future are to get my first book published by next year and then open classes to teach other writers step-by-step how to write/publish their own books.

2. What do you do for a living?

Writing is not what I do for a living, but what I do for a living allows me to write.

3. What made you decide to do what you do for a living?

When I graduated college, I graduated with a Secondary English Education degree (I was an English teacher). But life has a funny way of not aligning the way you thought it would. I jumped from college to working with a pharmaceutical company, to working with a customer service call center, to working as a tutor for students with learning disabilities, to now managing a retail store. For me, these jobs are just a means to an end. I take on these jobs in order to support myself, my family, and my writing career. Because not everyone can afford to be a full-time writer like they dream to be…at least not in the beginning.

4. What would be your advice for someone looking to go into your profession?

Writing is hard. It’s not something most people can make a living off of. So if you want to be a writer, you need to understand that you write for your love of writing, not because you want to be a famous author one day. People glamorize being a writer, but they don’t know how hard it actually is. They don’t know how long it takes to craft a book, how many times you need to query agent after agent, how many rejection letters you might get, how much money you will spend on marketing, how many unpaid hours you will lose to edits. Writing is not a get rich quick scheme, it’s a labor of love. Every book that is published was fought for. Every writer put themselves out there, in all this stress and chaos, not because they wanted to be famous – but because they had a story to tell. So my advice, to anyone who wants to become a writer, is to write for yourself first and the rest of the world second. In the end, you might be the only person to pick up that book and that needs to be enough for you.

 

Female Creatives Series: Interview: Jessie Allyn

5. What are some of your hobbies or skills that you’d like to improve this year?

I am constantly taking seminars, attending virtual classes, listening to podcasts, and working with other editors/writers in hopes to better my writing craft. So for this year, I am hoping to get to a place where I can confidently create my writing course and launch my classes for other writers out there. My goal is to be able to take someone who has no idea what to write, help them work through their entire writing process and then help them through the entire publication process. There are so many things about writing and publication that you aren’t taught and that information is super hard to find these days. So my goal is to improve my writing craft to the point where I can take all of the knowledge I’ve collected over the years and make it accessible to anyone who needs it.

6. Can you list 3 books that empower you and that you recommend every creative reads?

Julie Kagawa’s “Talon” Series – She has an amazing way of writing from multiple perspectives without breaking the flow of her novel (something I envy to this day).
Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” – This was the book that taught me that not every story needs to end in a happily ever after.
David Clement-Davies’ “The Sight” – This book is probably the book I credit the most for how “alive” my characters feel. I learned from this book that if you make your characters multi-dimensional, it doesn’t matter if they are humans or wolves – people will find ways to relate to them.

7. I always ask this one as it’s fun to wrap up with! If you were stranded on an island, what 3 things would you take with you? And which 2 people?

A knife, a flint striker, and some sort of water purifier. I’d bring my significant other and probably The Rock (I mean, he’d be super helpful on an island and more people would probably search for him than me haha).

If you want to find out more about Jessie and her work, you can visit her website here.
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