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Hustling + Growing : Branding 101

During my 1st quarter review of my blog I discussed how I’ve heard a lot about how branding for your blog/business is so important. The issue that I struggled with was turning it (the blog) into a “flourishing” (profitable) side hustle and keeping it strictly fun and helping like minded women – staying true to who I am.

Long story short – I can do it all and it can be done effortless. I came to this conclusion after spending a Saturday sitting in the middle of my bed with no tv on – just music (SZA’s Ctrl Album to be specific) and candles burning, working on my Brand Beginnings 101 Werkbook, that the talented marketing genius Courtney Brand, created.

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If you follow me on IG then you saw my post on how I stumbled across The B Werd, early last year after it was launched and this was a major motivator in me revamping and relaunching my blog.  After I completed this werkbook, I was more than motivated to continue to take ForeverShauni to the next level, plus it also gave me the inspiration and courage to start the process on my next Side Hustle (you can never have to many streams of income).

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You Are a Badass | Book Review

GOVMansion(91of103)I am ashamed to say this, but I started this book in January when I was traveling to Miami. Once I got to Miami it was a done deal trying to read anything. I tried my best to pick up the book every night to read it but, it was a struggle. But I finally made it.

I will say this book is really good – certainly a page turned – some things I already knew or have heard before, but hearing it again made me think about things a little deeper.

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Oh Happy Day!

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For the past couple months I’ve heard more people tell me that I look happy. I always thought that I was somewhat of a happy person, but I have made adjustments in my life. If you are human then you know there are going to be times when you don’t want to smile or even be happy, when you want to curl up in a ball and cry our eyes out – but sometimes most of the time you can’t – put your big girl panties on and keep it moving.

The first adjustment I made was to be GRATEFUL for everything I had, what I was going through and what was to come. Studies have shown that being grateful helps you live a long happier life, but my faith plays an even bigger part in being grateful. I serve a might powerful and awesome God that provides all my needs and desires – according to his timeline – not mine. And he also gives me clarity on all situations so I know he’s handling them and I shouldn’t worry about them.

 

“In their heart humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” – Proverbs 16:9 

 

With being grateful I also had to SACRIFICE somethings to get what I ultimately wanted accomplished. There have been several sleepless nights and days I went on thinking about what I wanted to do or could be doing. But I knew that doing what I needed to do in that moment would be beneficial in the long run.

There were stressful days, lord knows I’ve had stressful days. To deal with the stress I had to BREATHE. I know it’s something we do, but I mean really stop and take deep breaths with my eyes closed and a relax  face to soothe and calm myself. I would do this several times, until I feel myself calming down.

I think the most important and my favorite thing to do is LAUGHSometimes laughing at myself (most of the time) or at silly videos of my nieces and nephews or people I don’t even know. Laughing and smiling signals our brains that happiness is happening. You can’t go through  life always being so serious you have to laugh at something.

I feel like I am getting to a place of balance and harmony between school, work, family and blog life. You don’t have to be going through anything to make adjustment to your life, you can just do it to be doing it. These have been the few things that have helped me over the last few months and I hope they can help you as well.

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Life Lately

March 1st – I still can’t believe that today is March 1st. Time doesn’t stand still for anyone or anything.

Lately I’ve been in this funky mood where nothing seemed to be the same – I didn’t have motivation to do anything except sulk in my own pitty. I knew better than this, I know that it won’t get me anywhere.  When my best friend (Ashley) mentioned doing something for her birthday – it was like the sun peaking through the clouds. I thought about all the fun times and laughs that we’ve shared over our lifetime (she’s my cousin so we’ve got a lot of memories) and it made perfect sense for us to head to HOT Lanta (Atlanta) for the night to enjoy ourselves.

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