8 Ways to Brighten Your Home

8 Ways to Brighten Your Home. Hate that dark room in your house? Wish it could be bright and pretty like all those Pinterest rooms? These 8 tips will totally turn your home's brightness around!v

With the heaps of beautifully bright homes on Pinterest, it’s easy to look around our own houses and wonder why they don’t quite compare. Dark and dingy? Yeah, sounds more like it. If you’re anything like me, and yearn for a bright, happy space, then you’ll love these tips about brightening up your home. Not only will they help you create a brighter space (even in a dark room!), but they’ll add to your decor to make it fresh, inspiring, and oh so #Pinterest ready. Want to brighten up your home? Here are eight tips to help you do just that:read more

Boost Your Confidence: 5 Ways To Silence Your Inner Critic

Boost Self-Confidence: 5 Ways To Silence Your Inner Critic

Boost Your Confidence: 5 Ways To Silence Your Inner Critic

Let’s imagine that you have a friend who can be really critical. She lets you know when you’ve put on a few extra pounds. She makes you lose confidence right before an important presentation. She points out your flaws and reminds you when you’re not doing as well as others. If you had a friend like that, you’d kick her to the curb, right?! No one needs that negativity in their life! So, if we wouldn’t accept this criticism from our friends, why do we accept it from ourselves?

We let ourselves get away with a surprising amount of negative self-talk. Sometimes it happens so often that it becomes background noise, but this kind of criticism can be seriously damaging to your self-confidence. So what can you do to silence your inner critic? Here are five insightful tips:read more

6 Things to Do Before Heading to a Blog Conference

6 Things to Do Before Heading to a Blog Conference

6 Things to Do Before Heading to a Blog Conference

Blog conferences aren’t just fun — they’re a great way to learn about your industry and network with other bloggers from around the country (and even the world!). I’ve attended two blog conferences so far and met some of my closest blogging friends at them! But attending a blog conference doesn’t come without some fears and questions. Today, I’m sharing six tips that will help you prepare for a blog conference so that you can get the most out of it, put your best foot forward, and feel as little stress as possible.read more

A Better Way to Introduce Yourself as a Freelancer or Blogger

A Better Way to Introduce Yourself as a Freelancer or Blogger

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Imagine this: you’ve just met someone new. It could be at a conference or at your local grocery story — doesn’t matter. You’re chummin’ it up as you both introduce yourselves. A new friend in the works? I think yes. And then boom. The dreaded question…

So, what do you do?

As a freelancer, blogger, or small business owner, that question can be downright difficult to answer. If you’re anything like me, you cringe thinking about the times when you stumbled over your words trying to muster up an answer.

“Oh, I have a blog.”

“I do freelance design.”

Meanwhile, you’re met with blank stares or, possibly worse, “oh, cool.” Yikes. Unless you have a job that people are familiar with, like being an elementary school teacher or a chef, it’s pretty likely that they will have no idea what in the heck you actually do. But all hope isn’t lost, friend. Today, I’m sharing a strategy for how to introduce yourself as a freelancer or blogger that will leave a more lasting first impression.read more

How To Move Past A Creative Block

How To Move Past A Creative Block

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You know the feeling. One day you’re seemingly bursting with creative energy and the next you’re totally stuck. You have no ideas, you stare at a blank page for hours at a time, and you can’t foresee a future in which you’ll ever come up with anything worthwhile again. It’s called a “creative block” and don’t you worry, it happens to the best of us.

But for those whose livelihoods are based in a creative career (I’m talking to you: bloggers, artists, writers, photographers, designers, makers, entrepreneurs, and basically anyone who does anything that involves coming up with new ideas), creative blocks can be downright terrifying. Losing your inspirational edge can mean an inability to make a deadline, loss of income, and a whole lot of anxiety.

But before you launch into a massive panic attack, I’ve got some good news: it’s totally possible to move past a creative block. So often we simply sit and wait for inspiration to strike, but there are actually steps you can take to revive your artistic energy. Here’s how to get started:read more

How + Why to Create a Style Guide for Your Blog (Free Worksheets!)

How + Why to Create a Style Guide for Your Blog (Free Worksheets!)

How + Why to Create a Style Guide for Your Blog (Free Worksheets!)

Next month, I’ll be speaking at a blogging and design conference about “Photoshop and Branding for Bloggers.” While creating my workshop, I realized that more than knowing fancy Photoshop tricks, it’s important to really, truly know your blog. By knowing your blog — from the types of phrases it uses to the colors it employs to the audience it serves — you’ll be able to create a site that is consistent, gorgeous, and credible.

This may sound like a simple feat, but often times, I find blogs who have great content, but a very inconsistent overall brand. It’s one way to easily turn readers off. Today, we’re explaining what a style guide is and why you need one for your blog, as well as sharing free worksheets that will likely become your new blogging manifesto — they’re that important!read more

How to Get Brighter, Better Photos in Photoshop (in 60 Seconds!) by The Nectar Collective

How to Get Brighter, Better Photos in Photoshop (in 60 Seconds!)

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Even though design and photography are essential elements of a great website, I’ve noticed that many bloggers and business owners feel unnerved about using Photoshop. Today, I have a tutorial that even the most inexperienced Photoshop user could do, and it comes with pretty gorgeous results! I will be showing you how to brighten photos as well as other quick tips for making your photos pop. And by quick, I mean quick. You will have a prettified photo in 60 seconds or less.

If you look at the graphic above, the photo on the left is what the image looked like straight out of the camera. It’s a little dark and dingy, isn’t it? Now, we’re going to brighten and color correct it to create that beautiful, vivid photo on the right!read more