Today’s post was written by the incredibly intelligent and always-fashionable Xandra from Fashionably Light. She’s going to share her views on how fashion and minimalism intersect in her life to inspire you to live (and dress) your best. Enjoy!
What is minimalism?
A few years ago, I discovered a movement called minimalism. It’s simply the idea that less is more. That if we free ourselves of physical and emotional clutter, we are left with only what we absolutely need and absolutely love. My first thought was, “That’s great, but I could never do that.” [Perhaps you're thinking that right now!]. It took a few months, a lot of reading, and the prospect of moving across the ocean to change my mind.
It’s not all white walls and empty shelves. (more…)
Immediately, as soon as you get inside, you’re being fed – fudge, tiny sandwiches, beef jerky, chocolate spread, buffalo mozzarella, meat. Everything. You sample and you don’t buy a darn thing and you feel kind of bad about it the whole time. It’s amazing. (more…)
I devoured this book – devored it. As in, stay-up-late-and-take-notes devoured it. Joy from the Oh! Joy has some serious insight to share, which makes this book the perfect toolbox for every blogger. Blog, Inc. includes an interview from a professional blogger after every chapter, so you can find stories and tips from people who have mastered this whole blogging thing. (more…)
Today’s post is brought to you by the lovely Anna of Flawlessly Flawed. She’s a master at early career moves and personal branding, and she’s going to share some wisdom with your this morning. Stay tuned for more guest blogs coming at you later this month. Enjoy!
Personal Branding is very important when it comes to your business life and career. Your personal brand is basically your personality. When creating your brand you just have to be you! The only trick is making sure you are consistent with your image and your branding kit. Follow my 3 easy steps to personal branding 101 to learn how to make your brand and staying consistent.
Discover your brand: When you meet someone for the first time you automatically judge them and hinder your first impression. Ever gotten to meet someone that you had a little research on before you actually met face-to-face. Maybe you were able to look them up on Facebook, or you called them for an interview so you have seen their resume. This has given people their first impression, then you meet them in person and will give them another impression. Is that impression the same or different? The goal for personal branding is for the impression to remain consistent and not change whether someone has known you for a day, for years, met you at church or at the bar. Catch my drift? No matter who you meet or where you meet them you need to stay true to yourself, and essentially that is personal branding. Now you just have to come up with what you want that impression to be, then figure out how to make it happen.
Make your branding kit: To achieve personal branding success the most important thing is making sure you as a person and your personality remains the same. In this day and age that is not enough. Here is a list of things you should have that can help you with your branding:
Social Media Accounts
All of the listed items are things that would only pertain to you as an individual and also is your own personal choice. These are things you can control. It is not necessary to have all of these but the more the merrier!
Building your brand: Now that you have figured out who you are and what you need to make in order to do it here are some tips to help you maintain your brand and move forward:
1. Build your kit- Start with a few things on the kit and build it up!
2. Set goals- Make short-term and long-term goals that are achievable. Constantly ask yourself this…How do you want to be perceived and what is the next step to make that happen? And don’t forget to make sure you follow through.
3. Run a website/blog- Having a website is a great way for people to find you! Having a blog is even better! Let people see your quality traits through your blog and also it shows people what you know, what you can do, etc.
4. Don’t overexpose- Don’t always be to front forward, always leave a little mystery.
5. Continue to learn- Learning and knowledge is key. Always look for things to learn to better yourself and that may help refine your personal brand.
6. Get people talking- Talk to people, meet new people, feel confident in yourself, your brand! People like people who are confident and have a passion for life, and they will talk about you and remember you….this is a good thing!
7. It’s an investment- Your brand isn’t something you should half do or be cheap on. Investing your time and money will deem good rewards.
June went by too quickly. Too. Quickly. I finished my internship and spent time at home, got all of my ducks in a row and ducked the country. Now I’m in South Africa and everything is weird and wonderful and the wifi is terrible and the people are good. So good.