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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.

In Happiness, Tips on
May 14, 2015

5 Ways to Live More Minimally

How to Live Minimally

In 2011 I started working my butt off to obtain a more minimal beauty routine.  I was buying more beauty products than I was consuming and it just had to stop.

Now in 2015 I’m happy to finally be at a place where all of my beauty clutter is under control, I shop only when absolutely necessary rather than for fun, and when I do shop I buy used as often as possible. My wallet is happier and my clutter is significantly down.

Now I’m looking into other ways that I can live more minimally. Here are five tips I plan on trying out and I would love to encourage you to do the same.

5 Easy Ways to Live More Minimally and Sustainably:

  1. Use resusable napkins instead of disposable
    • Most people do a load of laundry a week. Why not add in a few napkins to the load? Reusable napkins can be found very inexpensively at places like the Goodwill. This saves you money and produces less waste.
  2. Plan out your meals
    • Meal planning is a sure-fire way to spend less at the grocery store, to be healthier, and to keep food you bought from expiring before you use it. On days that I haven’t planned out my food, I usually eat whatever is the quickest to make — which isn’t generally the healthier choice. Options like slow-cooker meals are also something I’d like to look into.
  3. Start working out daily
    • This may not seem like a more minimal living tip but it really is. Taking care of your body will lead to less medical expenses and less emotional stress. How is working out easy? Well, start by taking a walk around the block. Walking my dog every morning brings me great joy and since I’ve started doing that I’ve made much more of an effort to work throughout the day.
  4. Update your budget every morning
    • I’ve recently made changes to our family budget and that has kept spending done. However, I only update it every few days. Ideally I’d like to add updating the budget to my morning routine so that I always have an accurate picture of our finances — meaning I’ll be less likely to impulse buy.
  5. Make your own cleaning supplies
    • Recently I made my own multi-purpose cleaner and it has rocked my world. I plan on looking into more all-natural DIY household products I can save money on. This will yield to more money in my pocket and less chemicals in my home.

For more Learning to Live Minimally tips, stay tuned to this blog. I truly do believe that happiness comes from within and not from things. I’m really happy to be closer to a more minimal home.

Best wishes to you all. I hope your week has been going well.

What are some easy ways that you use to minimize your waste? Share your suggestions with me and others in the comments.

In Beauty, Tips on
April 23, 2015

How to Prevent Cold Sores From Coming Back

How to prevent cold sores

Let me tell you the story of a very silly little girl that didn’t understand germs.

When I was 12 years old, I found a sparkly lip gloss on the floor while I was waiting for the bus outside of my middle school. I picked it up and used it. Ew. I know. What was I thinking? That pretty lipgloss not only gave me Mononucleosis (Mono) but also cold sores.

Mono is often called ‘The Kissing Disease’ because it’s spread through saliva. I got someones saliva in my mouth and I hadn’t even gotten my first kiss yet! The pain didn’t stop there (Mono makes you feel pretty crappy for about two weeks) — shortly after getting sick I also got my first cold sore.

Core sores, also spread with close contact (darn lip gloss), is a form of herpes that makes gross blisters around the mouth area. Yeah, not very attractive.

Now as a disclaimer, I am not a professional medical practitioner in any sense. This entire article is based on googling.

When you get a cold sore it typically lasts for one-two weeks, even if you are treating it with medications like Abreva. After a few years of just dealing with the problem when it came about, I decided to look into prevention sometime during the beginning of college. After a whole lot of googling I found a random small blog (I don’t know which) that mentioned using the supplement L-Lysine to prevent cold sores from resurfacing. Since then many articles have come up on the topic.

L-Lysine as a supplement is often used to help reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure, according to Wikipedia. It is also stated that it helps reduce the incidents of cold sores, although it does not seem to work with everyone. Thankfully for me it has worked perfectly. I started taking it every day and remarkably for a whole year I didn’t have any cold sores.

But then skeptical me thought “Hey, what if it’s just a coincidence?” So I stopped taking it and within a month I had a new cold sore. I was so upset with myself! Through trial and error (I just seem to love testing my own theories) I discovered that I need to take L-Lysine at least three times in a week to not have a blister come back up. Since sticking with this routine, I have been cold sore free.

So there you have it. If you kissed the wrong ‘Frog Prince’ or used a lip gloss you shouldn’t have, now hopefully you can have cold sore relief by taking L-Lysine regularly. It’s available at any local grocer or vitamin shop.

Do you have any sneaky supplement cures you’d like to share? I’d love some more miracle vitamins!

In My Journal, Tips on
April 22, 2015

Tough Topics: “No one understands me!”

Looking back on my high school and college years, a feeling of misunderstanding pops up into my memory. I didn’t feel like anyone understood who I was or what I really needed. No matter what my family or friends said or did, I was still the one misunderstood. Whether that was the case or not (it very well could have been all in my head), it still feels so real to me.

So in the second installment of Tough Topics, I’ll be talking about why it is totally normal that you do or have felt this way.

If you missed the first installment, check it out here: Are you ready to lose your virginity?


I believe that one of the main reasons why many high school and college students feel so misunderstood is because of the pressures put on them by society. Why do adults ask them to constantly what they want to do with their lives? Who is supposed to have that figured out at 15? I’ve changed my career path four times already and I’m only 25! It’s not realistic to have it all figured out.

And you know what? I put so much stock in the fact that I wasn’t understood by others when I myself didn’t even understand who I was.

So how can you move through this time in your life and make it out alive?

Make sure to watch the video above for more details and for two tips on how you can work through this frustrating time.

It isn't the end of the world

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Do you feel misunderstood and/or alone? If you’ve moved past it, how did you?

Sharing your thoughts in the comments would be really helpful.