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Aspiring blogger workshop – what's up


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Aspiring blogger workshop
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Miami lifestyle video blogger Mimi Sanchez will give a free workshop on starting a blog this Saturday, June 10 at The Station urban offices on 500 W. Overland, Ste. 250. Topics will include blogging platforms, domain names and ways to build a following.

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5 Ways To Make Mindfulness Part Of Your Everyday De-Stressing Routine

Being present in the moment is harder than ever. Technology has advanced our lives to the point where we can do almost anything on our smartphones, and in a matter of seconds. We no longer have to think about connecting with old friends because social media allows us to track every aspect of their lives.

Going to the supermarket, mall, movies and even doctor’s appointments are no longer necessary. They can all now be done online, with the click of a button. While this is convenient, our society has advanced to a point where our minds are on sensory overload.

Stress and depression are higher than ever because people are having trouble coping with all the daily tasks that are being thrown at them at once. The ability to connect online is disconnecting us from ourselves. Practicing mindfulness is important, and it can easily be incorporated into our routines throughout the day.

1. Visualize positive outcomes first thing in the morning.

Upon waking, don’t immediately lean over to check your cell phone. Close your eyes for a moment, and visualize yourself having a productive day filled with ease. Repeat daily affirmations that can facilitate this.

They can be as easy as Today will be a productive day or I will remain positive today, despite daily challenges. Find something that works for you, and actually visualize how you will be met with challenges.

Realize that you’ll be able to deal with them efficiently without getting emotional. Then, take deep breaths and stretch.


2. Pay attention to your thoughts with mindfulness.

We process thousands of thoughts every day. Most people let their thoughts affect their feelings.

Slow down and think about what’s going through your mind. Have you been fuming about someone who mistreated you? Maybe you have too much work to do, and feel stressed about how you will finish it.

Pay attention to your thoughts, and remind yourself to stay present in the moment. Worrying or getting angry about someone or something will not change the situation; it will only affect your mind negatively.

Try to change your mood by thinking about something positive and listing ways in which you can relate to the people who are affecting you. Give the person you’re mad at the benefit of the doubt.


3. Appreciate what you have.

It’s easy to think about what we don’t have and what we want. But if you appreciate what you do have, you’ll become aware of what others lack.

Remember: There’s always someone who has much less than you do. He or she would be happy to live your life. Just think about that for a moment.


4. Take a walk without your phone.

Ever leave your house without your phone and freak out? We all do.

We feel the need to be connected at all times. We’re afraid we might miss out on something.

Try to use your lunch hour to get outdoors, and take a walk by yourself. There will be no need to worry about checking your phone if you don’t have it.

Pay attention to nature as you walk, and think about nothing else but what you’re seeing in the present moment. Consider how you’re using all your senses on your walk.


5. Help someone every day.

Our purpose for living is not to make money. We are here to help others. Life is hard, and we can all help each other in different ways.

This can be as small as giving a compliment to a friend, smiling at a stranger or giving your change to the homeless man you see on the train every day. Spreading love helps initiate gratitude for all aspects of your life. This leads you to feel happy and fulfilled.

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This millennial walked away from her dream job to start an Instagram empire – New York Post


New York Post

This millennial walked away from her dream job to start an Instagram empire
New York Post
“I literally would bribe my roommates who were interning with me or the people I was studying abroad with in Italy with lattes so they would take my blog pictures,” Brenna Lyden, now 23 — the voice behind Chic Street Style and the founder of ring

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What Would You Consider A Successful 2017 Season For The Cowboys? – Blogging The Boys (blog)


Blogging The Boys (blog)

What Would You Consider A Successful 2017 Season For The Cowboys?
Blogging The Boys (blog)
Making the playoffs is probably a minimum requirement to consider 2017 a success for the Cowboys, but is there more? by One.Cool.Customer@OCC44 Jun 6, 2017, 5:25pm CDT. tweet · share · pin · Rec. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images. I know that …

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This fashion blogger uses a minimum of 3 apps to edit her Instagram photos

It would be naive of us to think any picture we see on Instagram is uneditedeven the #nofilter ones. (I mean, its not like anyone is fact-checking that hashtag.) But apparently it would also be naive of us to think all the pictures we see in our feeds are only edited within Instagram. Even though the photo app has added a slew of new filters and editing features over the past year or so, it’s not enough for those who take their selfies seriously. And we have proof.

Lifestyle blogger Marianne Hewitt of Life With Mehas more 450k Instagram followers who jones for her pics of her clothes, makeup, food and travel. Recently, she let the cat out of a bag with a YouTube tutorial on how to edit Instagram photosand none of the editing actually takes place within Instagram.

Editing a seemingly simple selfie is so much more than slapping on the Rise filter and calling it a day. First, Hewitt scrolls through no less than 15 optionswhich look pretty much exactly the same to the untrained eyebefore selecting the winner. Then, she opens an app called facetune, where she spends a few minutes eliminating fly-aways, volumizing her hair, smoothing out her skin, eliminating shadows, and brightening her eyes. (She does warn through all of this to not “go overboard.”)

Hewitt then moves on to a different photo-editing app, Faded, where she fiddles around a bit before deciding she doesnt like any of the filters and opens her other go-to, VSCO Cam. Hewitt takes about a minute before settling on one of her pre-selected favorite filters, and then opens the fourth app of day, Picframe, where she quickly adds her signature white border.

Before uploading her completed picture to Instagram, Hewitt makes sure to upload the fully edited version back into VSCO Cam where she can see how it looks next to her other recent pictures, in a feed that resembles the one on Instagram. Only after she decides the newest addition works well with the others (there arent too many selfies in a row; theres a good mix of light and dark), is this “casual selfie” ready for the world to see.

Hewitts video also goes through a more condensed tutorial for scenery and food pictures, both of which also require outside editing apps before theyre Insta-ready.

The amount of editing going into just one Instagram photo is something to think about for those of us who envy the oh-so-perfect lives of beauty, fashion and lifestyle bloggers.

H/T Bustle | Screengrab via YouTube/Marianne Hewitt

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Dear 20-Somethings: Get Your Sh*t Together Already!

Your ‘Twenties’: the time in your life where you hardly have any idea who you are, yet youre expected to have your sh*t together.

Its complete B.S. but its a growing experience. Every drunken mistake, every part-time job you hate, every 2AM study session, every nerve-wracking drive to an interview, every depressing car payment, every tequila shot to your accomplishments–these are the craziest and best years of your life.

But if theres one thing I hate about being in my twenties it’s the lax attitude I so often run into.

The whole the the and the mindsets. Sure, yeah, there’s something to be said about not over-thinking, about relaxing, about not stressing over what you can’t control. But you’re in your twenties now. You really start getting your life together.

Case in point:

Really? Is this what being a twenty-something is all about? We’re just these zombie-idiots with no direction? I beg to differ.

Your twenties are the crazy, selfish, discovery years. You’re supposed to be exploring, traveling, making mistakes, falling in love, feeling on top of the world, and completely failing. You’re not supposed to have this grand plan of how everything is going to work out…but you should have something. You should have some sense of where you’re headed or want to go (…and hopefully that’s somewhere besides the pantry.)

I’m so tired of people saying You’re damn right I will. But I’m not twenty-whatever. I’m twenty-whatever. The time is now.

No, I’m not old. But it’s not like I have years and years to just veg out on my parents’ couch. (Well, technically I could if I wanted…but I don’t.) How am I going to start my life from my parents’ couch? How am I going to establish myself? Be independent? Make money? Have a purpose?

I’ve seen this picture probably more than anything (especially with the influx of twenty-something engagements and babies). It’s a manifesto for the twenty-four-year-old that lives at home and doesn’t have a full time job. It’s a feel-good for the single, fifth year senior who’s dragging out another degree.

There’s nothing wrong with the quote. I mean, in many ways it’s true. If you sit there and think you’re supposed to have your life figured out, you’ll be completely paranoid and stuck. And you won’t get anywhere.

But that doesn’t mean you should just sit back and say, What, exactly, will you figure out if you don’t proactively something? And how will you know when you ‘get there’? (Unanswered questions).

I saw this the other day:

Crazy, right? Crazy to think that these amazing people were sucking at life when they were twenty-three. But you know what these people did? They got their lives together. They didn’t sit there making excuses for their lack of full-time jobs and no significant others and having $5 to their names and living in their mother’s basements. They did something. Because they were in their twenties. And it was high time to get their sh*t together.

Now I’m not sitting here saying I have my life figured out. (Because dear God, I don’t). There’s really no way to have it all figured out, no way to plan for the unknown, no way to really know what it is you want to do with your life.

Not until you start. Not until you make a basic plan and it goes to sh*t and you start completely over. Not until you work a job and realize you hate it and begin the process again.

But you have to try. You have to do, go, live. Because these are the years to grow, to take a terrible job to find your limits, to go back for a second degree, to chase the human you love across the country, to change your major for the fourth time, to try a long distance relationship, to spend money on ridiculously expensive concerts, to move to a foreign city alone, to throw what’s realistic aside and follow your passions. But you can’t sit back passively and watch the years go by, hoping one day you’ll figure it out.

You have to get your sh*t together and start . Because for goodness sake, you’re twenty-three already!

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How to Create an Exceptional Blog for Your Business – Business 2 Community (blog)


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How to Create an Exceptional Blog for Your Business
Business 2 Community (blog)
If not, now is the time to start building one. It can provide a ton of benefits for your business. Here's why you should create a blog for your business: …

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Erin Andrews’ lawyer describes shame, fear sportscaster felt over peeping Tom

An attorney for sportscaster and TV personality Erin Andrews told a jury Tuesday that Andrews felt horror, shame and humiliation when she discovered that someone had secretly filmed her nude and posted the video on the Internet.

“She was so afraid,” attorney Randall Kinnard said in his opening statement in Andrews’ civil lawsuit against the hotel’s owner, its manager and the man who pleaded guilty to stalking her. Kinnard said Andrews began to ask herself, “‘Who did this? Who could have done this? Where did it happen? Is somebody trying to kill me? Is somebody going to kill me?'”

The FBI later stepped in and discovered that an insurance executive who lived in a Chicago suburb had made the 4 ½-minute recording in the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University.

In 2009, Michael David Barrett pleaded guilty to renting hotel rooms next to Andrews in three cities, altering peepholes and secretly shooting nude videos of her in Nashville and Columbus, Ohio. He rented a hotel room in Milwaukee but was not able to shoot video in that city because he received an emergency phone call, an attorney told jurors. Barrett was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

Andrews filed a $75 million lawsuit against Barrett, West End Hotel Partners, which is the franchise owner of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, and Windsor Capital Group, which manages the hotel.

Jurors will have to decide whether the hotel companies were negligent and failed in their duty to keepAndrews safe. And they will have to determine just how much she suffered emotionally as a result of the Internet posting of the nude recordings.

Kinnard told jurors that employees at the Nashville hotel revealed to Barrett that Andrews would be staying at the hotel on Sept. 4, 2008, and granted his request to be in an adjoining room. Andrews worked for ESPN at the time and was in Nashville to cover a Vanderbilt football game for the network. Kinnard said Barrett’s request should have been a red flag for employees.

After Barrett heard Andrews taking a shower, Kinnard said, he took his phone up to the peephole in her room and recorded the video of her after she got out.

An attorney for the hotel companies said what Barrett did to Andrews was terrible, but he alone should bear the blame.

Lawyer Marc Dedman said there was no evidence that the hotel deliberately placed Barrett next to her. He said Barrett was an insurance executive who traveled extensively and knew the hospitality system so well that he was able to use an in-house phone at the hotel to figure out where Andrews was staying and requested a room next to hers that was being cleaned.

“He deceived, he connived, he stalked that’s what Mr. Barrett did,” Dedman told jurors.

Barrett, he said, had gotten himself in financial trouble and filmed the videos of Andrews to make money. He tried to sell the nude videos to TMZ, Dedman said, but the celebrity gossip website declined and Barrett posted the videos himself.

He said Barrett would not be present at the trial but jurors would see video testimony of the stalker.

Kinnard told jurors that the secret nude recordings are still online and that Andrews still gets taunted by people who say they have seen the footage.

As terrible as what happened was, Dedman said, evidence will show that Andrews has thrived in her career and cast doubt on whether she suffered post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the filming. Andrews now works for Fox Sports and as a host on the TV show “Dancing With the Stars.”

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6 tips on how to turn your blog into a business – The Australian Financial Review


The Australian Financial Review

6 tips on how to turn your blog into a business
The Australian Financial Review
Sometimes blogs take off of their own accord, but that happens rarely. If a post does happen to go viral, you can't guarantee it will happen for all others. That's not a great way to start a business, so don't be precious about spending some money

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