5 Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year where we see these posts flooding into our feeds. I decided to join the bandwagon and share some of my easy to keep resolutions.

 

Get Outside More

It is so easy to get stuck underneath the covers watching Netflix during these cold months (especially now when there is a bomb cyclone going on). That is why I am trying to force myself to go outside more whether it be taking blog photos, playing with my pups, or simply just taking a walk. Now, if you’re in the New England area you may think I’m insane for even mentioning this because it’s been negative all week and we’re having this crazy snow storm. But it is possible to bundle up and go for a nice walk once the storm has stopped. I was able to do this past weekend in -14°F weather.

Learn How to Balance Social Media and Personal Life

This is definitely something all of us bloggers are very guilty of. I can’t seem to keep my hands off my phone and my eyes off Instagram, Facebook, WordPress and all of the guilty pleasure apps. This year, I’m trying figure out how to balance my time between playing on my phone and actually being a part of the world. It actually helped this past weekend when I was away. I hope to have more weekends where I forget I even have a phone. Simple tricks like leaving your phone upstairs or in your car when you have dinner, putting in on airplane mode, or just shoving it at the bottom of your purse can all help.

Be Healthier

It’s so easy to add to your New Year’s resolution to lose weight or to fit into a certain size but it’s a self-damaging task. What really matters if you’re healthy and you feel good in your own skin. Which is why I’m this year I plan on working on my self-love and bringing that into perspective with who I want to be. I plan on not only working on my physical health but my mental health as well. I think pilates is something that really helps me with both so I plan on doing more pilates this year.

 

Find More Socially Sustainable/Eco-friendly Companies

You may have noticed that I’m slowly getting more and more into socially sustainable and eco-friendly companies. Companies like feed, the giving keys, and Half United have been some of my favorite companies of 2017. I hope to find more companies that I love and share them with you. One thing you can do for your New Year’s resolution is to buy more locally produced goods that will help your own community.

 

Be More Positive

I’m naturally a pretty positive person, but I’ve noticed my attitude can go a little south when I’m hungry or tired… I mean who doesn’t? This year I’m trying to be more positive by coming up with something to be positive every single morning. You can do the same by jotting down one thing that you’re positive about when you wake up and again before you go to bed. I used to do this when I was in high school and I love looking back on all the things that made me happy.

Bonus Resolution: Grow my blogging community.

This one is definitely one for the bloggers out there. In 2017 I nearly doubled my engagement and followers and I want to continue that trend in 2018. That is why this year I plan on writing more engaging content and engaging with more bloggers. In December, I went to my first blogger conference with 85 Connecticut based bloggers. It was so interesting and rewarding to hear what works and doesn’t work for them. This year I want to go to more events and meet with more bloggers to expand my knowledge. I also want to engage with more of your blogs and Instagrams to see what you have to say. Lastly, I would like to grow my audience on both this page and on my Instagram page.

What is your New Year’s Resolution? Let me know in the comments down below.

As always,

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The Fall of Instagram?

Hey darlings! A little bit different a post than normal. I wanted to open up a little bit of a discussion to see what you guys are thinking about this new Instagram change.

The fall of Instagram?
My Instagram

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but for the past few weeks Instagram has been changing slowly. It seems as if every time I scroll on Instagram I’m seeing more and more advertisements and less content that I actually want to see.

I intern for Aubrey at The Coastal Confidence and she was explaining to me that since Instagram is owned by Facebook, that they’re trying to make the app more sponsor based. That means we’ll see more people promoting their pictures in order for them to be seen and less of your friend’s content.

My opinion… 

To me, it has been very frustrating seeing this big change. Instagram is something that has always been more of an intimate experience than other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. I’m someone who does follow a significant amount of well-known bloggers, but I really enjoy seeing my friend’s content as well as less known bloggers. When I log onto Instagram now, it seems to be more of just the well-known bloggers instead of my friend’s and less known bloggers. I almost am getting to the point where I need to go through an insta-purge and really see who’s content I still enjoy.

However, one thing that makes me not stray far from Instagram is the newly added InstaStories. This addition seems like a more artsy version of snapchat. Plus, I find it really amusing seeing what some of my favorite bloggers are doing in the weekend. It’s a great way to hear their voices and see the way they react to things. Plus, I adore when they do big hauls. It’s something that I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to do on Instagram but if this app stays relevant we’ll never know!

What do you think?

Have you noticed this Instagram change? Does it make you want to rethink who you’re actually following? Do you think there will be a new groundbreaking social media app? Let me know in the comments down below. I’d love to hear your opinions about this.

As always,

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