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December 8, 2015

5 Tips For: Staying Inspired

inspiration tips

Hello, Kind Friends. Today I am sharing a new episode in my weekly series, #5TipsFor. Come back every Tuesday for more tips in a wide variety of topics. This post features tips for staying inspired and on track with your goals, which is something I feel very passionately about.

If you have a suggestion for next weeks topic, tell me in the comments!

A video sharing all five of these tips:

Staying inspired is so important to me, as I have always been a big dreamer. I honestly can’t imagine a time when I wasn’t imagining what my future would hold and making plans to bring about that ideal life. Even so, my dreams have evolved with me and now my future looks so very different from what I thought at the start of college.

Because of all the events I’ve experienced these past few years, I haven’t always felt positive about how things have been progressing in my life. Hense, why I’ve put together these tips. These little snippets of advice help me stay motivated and focused on my goals, even when life is throwing me curve ball after curve ball, so I hope they can do the same for you.

5 Inspiration Tips:

  1. Keep your mind and your home free of clutter or at the very least the area where you plan on working most on these goals. Physical clutter is distracting.
  2. Have a totem or some sort of other visual representation of your goals that you can see every day. Having vision boards is a favorite of mine because it helps keep my dreams in a focus.
  3. Have someone that represents what you want to achieve and the life you want to lead.
  4. Be realistic about your goals. Make it challenging, but not debilitating, so that your goals can grow with your progress rather bring you down with their enormity.
  5. Work on your goals every single day. Even five minutes is better than nothing. Small efforts over time will make you feel more accomplished than a few days spread out over a month.

The list above is the bare bones of what I spoke about in the video, so please do watch it along with reading this post.

What are your goals? Can you believe that 2015 is almost over? Due to some craziness at the beginning of the year, my resolutions are totally different now from when I started. I have plans for a tip post about the New Year as well, so stay tuned.

What helps you stay inspired? Tell us all in the comments so that we can all benefit from your advice as well.

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In Tips on
December 1, 2015

5 Tips For: A Better Night’s Sleep | ad

how to get to sleep faster every night

Hello, Kind Friends! Today I’m sharing with you another post in my 5 Tips For series. There will be a new post in this blog series every Tuesday so stay tuned for more.

Today’s post will share with you five tips for a better night’s sleep, I know getting to sleep fast and keeping a regular sleep schedule is very difficult for many people so I hope this post helps you all.

This post has been sponsored by Dream Shields Sleep Masks, which is a product I’ve been using all month and highly recommend.

I hope this video helps get you to easy breeze sleepy cat status. Because honestly, cats have the right idea.

How to get to sleep faster - like a cat!

How to keep a regular sleep schedule:

  1. Lie down at the same time every night so that your body starts with time to understand a certain rhythm. As often as possible, keep your bedtime the same on the weekends as well. If you can’t do that, try to only change it by and hour or two.
  2. Have an internet bedtime. At the same time every night, put your phone and computer away so that your eyes can have some time away from the blue lights of your devices.
  3. If you need to block out light, use a sleep mask like the one from Dream Shields that gives extra room for your eyes and is a customizable size.
  4. Don’t do stressful activities in your bedroom, you don’t want to be reminded of anything other than relaxing activities in your bedroom. No work emails, no computer work. Keep your bedroom just for sleep, getting ready, and winding down.
  5. Take your TV out of your bedroom. Falling asleep while watching TV really keeps you up longer, even if you think it helps you fall asleep. Try it for a month! You’ll see you end up snoozing quicker.

Please do let me know any tips you have for a better night’s sleep in the comments so that we can all get a high-quality sleep.

Here are a few details and photos of the Dream Shield’s sleep mask. I really have been enjoying using it, especially with the extra contoured space it has for your eyes. Right now the product is on sale on Amazon for only $10. The product comes with a traveling case and ear plugs.

Dream Shield's Sleep Mask review

I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips! Don’t forget to share with me your comments and sleep tips, so we can all get a better night’s sleep.

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PS. Check out how cute the Instagram photo turned out for this ad? My dog didn’t like being posed, but I love the result.

In Sponsored, Tips on
November 24, 2015

5 Tips For: Staying Hydrated | ad + giveaway

How to drink more water

Hello, Kind Friends. Today I’m sharing with you the second post in my new 5 Tips For series. If you missed the first post, check out 5 Tips For: New Writers.

In this video and blog post, I’m going to share the five tips that have helped me become more hydrated in these past few weeks. This post is sponsored by the Detox Bottle from LA Organics Detox and they have provided a coupon code for you all for the month of November, as well as providing a giveaway prize. To get 50% off of your own detox bottle, use the code rebeccaskindfriends on The giveaway rules are below.

How to drink more water:

  1. Tell people that you are trying to drink more water so that they can help remind you during the day.
  2. Have water with you at all times. It helps keep you from choosing other drinks when you are out and about, like soda.
  3. Have a water bottle that encourages you. Products that are both pretty and functional always work better with me becuase I’m more likely to use something that makes me feel inspired.
  4. Try flavored water. The Detox Bottle infuses fruit in your water to bring a refreshing taste but you can also try different flavor packets or powdered drink enhancers if fruit flavored water isn’t for you. The compartment to store fruit in the Detox Bottle is easy to take out if you’d rather now use it.
  5. Check your progress daily by checking off each bottle drank. This is one of the most important ways to stay accountable, check in with yourself often.

These five tips have helped me stay much more hydrated these past few weeks and my whole body feels better because of it! I have actually doubled my average amount fo water drank in a day.

How to enter the giveaway (open until December 7):

  1. Subscribe to my YouTube channel
  2. Like this video
  3. Check out The Detox Bottle
  4. Leave a comment on the video or blog post about health, hydration, fitness, or anything else you’d like.

I’ll pick a winner randomly after December 7th and send their information to LA Organics Detox. USA and Canada only.

What tips do you have for staying hydrated? What health tips have helped you lately?

Make sure to get your own Detox Bottle for 50% off this November using the code rebeccaskindfriends on

In Tips, Writing on
November 12, 2015

5 Tips For: New Writers

5 tips to help new writers get started

Hello, Kind Friends! Today I am sharing with you the first of my new series, 5 Tips For. I have three of these articles planned for this month so I hope you enjoy the content. This post will feature five writing tips, as I know that is something a lot of my readers are pursuing right now with NaNoWriMo.

If you haven’t been to my blog before, my name is Rebecca and I have been a blogger for over five years now, pursing more creative writing since 2013, and have been working as a freelance writer during this past year. Since I started working more closely with my writing, I’ve noticed very obvious improvements in my work so I wanted to share with you the tips that helped me get to where I am now.

A video sharing this info:


My Top Five Tips for Writers:

  1. Don’t take all advice too seriously. What works for one author or copywriter may not work for you and that’s okay.
  2. Write as many kinds of writing forms as you can. Try poetry, novellas, personal essays, copywriting, write a movie review, etc. until you find what type of content makes you feel the most excited to write.
  3. Try all kinds of writing software and techniques. Write in notebooks, use Novlr, try Scrivener, Evernote, Google Drive, etc. until you find what makes you feel the most productive and inspired.
  4. Read the content you want to produce. It’s difficult to write about a genre that you don’t have experience reading.
  5. Have a quote, goal, or person you admire to help guide your writing journey. This will help keep you focused over time.

I also want to put in a little shout out here for Kiera Cass, the author of The Selection Series, her YouTube channel has always inspired me.

Good luck to everyone working on novels this month for NaNoWriMo! You are on a really fun path right now, I applaud you.

My NaNoWriMo videos – NaNo Week 1 Thoughts | The NaNoWriMo tag

Have you come across any writing tips that have really helped you? Share them in the comments so we can try them out ourselves.

[I could not find the original image sources for the collage in this post, if you know the original photographer, let me know so I can credit them.]

In Free Printables, My Journal, Tips on
July 29, 2015

You Are Only 5 Steps Away From Your Dream Life

You can make your dreams come true. Free printable on
Living the life you have always dreamed… it’s not typically easy. Although my life is not one I would ever consider to be perfect, it really has been a dream compared to where I thought I was going to be 5 years ago.

Helping people realize the life they want to live, or feel like they were meant to live, has recently become so important to me. I know my blog may seem like a cluster of beauty reviews and random topics but when I think about the posts that mean the most to me, they have to do with helping others.

So I’ve created a free 5 step guide to living your dream life. All you have to do is sign up for my mailing list and the download will be sent to you within moments. If you think there are some ways it can be improved, please do let me know.


This guide isn’t going to get you to the life you want. You are going to get yourself there. This piece of paper is just a simplified roadmap to help you get started.

I wouldn’t call me life a dream life quite yet, but it is a dream compared to my past. It’s only going to get better with all the hard work I’m now putting into it.

We can do this.

In My Journal, Tips on
July 15, 2015

Do You Have These 5 Home Office Essentials?

5 Things to Keep In Your Home Office

My home office tends to get pretty messy, so much so that I usually give it a big overall once or twice a month. I don’t get too annoyed by it though because the cleaning is actually quite relaxing. Even in my organized chaos, there are five things that I have to keep in my home office at all times because if not I just can’t function. Here is a rundown on my top 5 home office essentials.

5 Things You Should Have In Your Home Office


  1. A planner and several notebooks
    • If you are a lover of digital calendars, go for it. But for me I have to have a physical planner and physical notebook for my ideas or I run the risk of forgetting everything I need to do that day. The planner I’m currently using (from Lorna Jane) is no longer available but there are a few other planners that I’ve been staring at lovingly like the Rose Gold Erin Condren Life Planners ($75) and the Create 365 Happy Planner ($24.99). Rifle Paper Co also makes the most beautiful notebooks, I own several.
  2. Hand cream
    • Typing, writing, washing my hands several times a day makes my skin feel so dry. I can’t function when my hands are dry. I’m not kidding, dry hands make me really upset. So to keep my little typing digits happy, I keep the Honest Company Organic Healing Balm by me at all times. It makes your hands a little shiny but that goes away after a few moments. It’s packed with amazing ingredients.
  3. An external hard drive
    • Data loss happens and it is freaky. I make sure to always back up my videos and important files with my terabyte external hard drive. It’s amazing how much cheaper these items are now.
  4.  Productivity enablers
    • My favorite iPhone app to keep me on task is Flat Tomato. It schedules breaks for you in an easy way and prevents you from spending to much time off task. Many people use music to keep them motivated but honestly I work slower when I listen to Spotify.
  5. Motivational images
    • I like to see pretty things all around me so I have a few post cards, family photos, and printed quotes around my space. I also like to use inspirational desktop wallpapers. This keeps me focused on what I’m working for and towards.

Now, onto a timelapse video of me organizing my office space. It doesn’t look as gorgeous as Media Marmalade’s desk (shown above) but it will do for now. I cannot wait to eventually get new office furniture.


Before you head away, I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments. Am I missing any essentials? What do you have to have in your office?

If you haven’t already, join the mailing list. Some new exciting things are coming soon.

In Happiness, Tips on
June 18, 2015

Tough Topics: Feeling Judged for Your Interests


Hello my Kind Friends. Today I’m sharing with you my third video in the series Tough Topics. If you missed the first two sessions, check them out here: Are you ready to lose your virginity? | “No one understands me!”

On the topic of being judged for your thoughts and interests, I’m going into the three things I consider when being forced to deal with this kind of scenario.

1. Confidence is the number one long term solution.

If you love yourself and what you are doing, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. You are stuck with yourself until death so you should be the number one priority. I’m not saying it isn’t still going to suck if people are mean to you because it likely will but overtime you’ll see the value that believing in yourself brings.

2. If someone is horrible to you because of how you feel or what you love, they are most likely not someone you should spend your time with.

Even if it’s your family. Family isn’t just blood, it’s who you decide to share your soul with. Some people aren’t welcoming so don’t share your soul with them. In certain situations you have to be around people that are hurtful and judge you just for being yourself, keep them at arms length.

Advice for people feeling judged over their lifestyle and beliefs.

3. It is possible to be friends with someone even if they don’t get every aspect of you and your interests. 

It is totally okay if this happens. My husband does not understand my obsession with non-canon Harry Potter stories. Ha! As long as you have more important things in common, like both of you having a kind soul, then it’s okay if you have a lot of differences. Opposites can actually attract, whether it be in friendship or in romance. The core of a person matters more than their interests. So, keep the people with you that can look past what they like and don’t like.

I hope this video is helpful to you all! You all mean the world to me.

What interests or beliefs have people looked down on you for? 

For me, I have a lot of silly interests that make me truly happy – like children’s games and odd romantic fictional pairings. But there are a few other parts of me that I don’t share often because I get judged because of it. There are some things, like the fact that I don’t believe in a higher power, that I generally only share with people after they get to know me because I’ve been shunned in the past because of it.

I’m opening up to you here. I hope you still see the real me despite it.