Life Update

I don’t really blog anymore. There. I said it! It has been forever since I sat down and wrote a lifestyle, fashion or general style post and I’m here today to tell you why. Why I have let this passion of mine fall by the wayside, and WHY it is OKAY.

Since graduating last year, life has picked up. Anyone who knows me inside and out, knows how much I love to teach. It has been my heart and soul for the last two years, studying teaching methods and creating my “teaching practice”, and that is what consumes me. Fortunately for me, I walked out of school with a position in two school boards, ready to do what I love, and change lives. There has been laughter, tears, an abundance of stress and lots of smiles during this first year. I moved into teaching the first grade, coming to love and know twenty beautiful souls that I will forever cherish as my “first real class”. I am back in an occasional teaching role, and am now kept busy day in and day out with different students of all different ages.

It sounds busy, doesn’t it? It is busy. Like, it is CRAZY busy. The amount of running around, and switching mindsets that I have done in the last six months is nothing I could have ever imagined for my first year of teaching. The good news is, is while this seems like I am saying “poor me, look at my busy, busy life”…I am throwing all these words down to say I. LOVE. IT.

Every single moment of it. The good and the bad. These last six months have made me realize that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. Teaching others is a passion that cannot be replaced in my world.

Are you still with me?

So by now…(if you haven’t stopped reading)…you are probably wondering WHY I am telling you all of this. There are a number of reasons, really, for which I won’t bore you all with. The main reason is to share. Share this happiness that I am feeling, and hopefully inspire someone to go after their dreams.

As for my blogging? Through the many years I have spent studying, blogging has been an outlet for me. A passion to turn my thoughts into meaningful words, published for whoever wants to spend the time reading them. I still consider it to be an outlet, but not a necessary outlet.

It’s a place I come to express my thoughts and share my ideas…and that’s the attitude I will take going forward. I want to get back to creating posts that I love. I want to explore new attitudes and ideas, and write more lifestyle pieces that tells you guys who I am. So there we have it…a new outlook on writing, my purpose and a major update on my part! I am so excited for more dreams to come true, and to be able to share more of my life on Pearls and Polkadots. Until next time…cheers everyone!

BLOGGER UPDATE: Summer in Florida

The last month has been a super weird and exciting time. Florida has kept me busy, happy and full of excitement as I embark on new adventures with friends and meeting tons of people from around the world. Whenever something life changing happens, like a move or a relocation, routines and habits change and I can’t say I haven’t fallen victim to this.

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Ever since I began Pearls and Polkadots, it has been my life. I think about blogging, new ideas, plan collaborations and write in advance so that I have everything organized. It took moving to Florida to make me realize that sometimes you have to close the laptop, leave the blogging behind and go out and have FUN.

This is the first month that I have fallen really behind with Pearls and Polkadots. However, I have found it refreshing to think about sunshine, palm trees and new friends. Even better, when I do think of a blog post, and take my time writing it…I feel amazing.

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I feel amazing because it is something that I truly worked hard on. Something that I channeled my creative juices into and really care about sharing with all of you.

With that said, I would never want my blogging to become a chore or a task. I love blogging – it has truly changed my life.

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Before I moved to Florida, I limited my blog posts to three times per week. I have now taken the guidelines and rules away. I will post when I post, and that will be okay because it will be authentic and something I truly want to post about.

I encourage all of my blogging friends to do the same – post when you want to post. Don’t post for statistics. Don’t post for ratings. Post because it makes you feel amazing. Otherwise, you will be cuffed to your computer, and no one wants to live like that.

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Coming up on Pearls and Polkadots: A Big Announcement

This year, I have been focusing on moving towards partnership with bloggers, brands and finding amazing opportunities for Pearls and Polkadots. I have said this before, and I will say it time and time again but I really cannot remember my life without blogging. What did I ever do?

We are approaching half way through 2-0-1-6 and so much has been happening, not just for Pearls and Polkadots, but for me as well. Last month, I completed my four year undergraduate degree. I plan to go to teacher’s college in the Fall to become an elementary school teacher (my life-long dream). With all these changes…I am changing up the way I blog as well.

Today, I want to share some exciting news for myself and Pearls and Polkadots. Not just because I am excited, but mainly because it will affect my blogging routine immensely. So let’s get to it…

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Pearls and Polkadots is packing up and going to Florida for the summer! 

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Yup! That’s right. A couple of months ago I was accepted into a program that is taking me down to Florida, for none other than Walt Disney World. I have really never gone out of Canada for longer than a week…so I am pretty excited to be down there for the summer!

The Changes

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Other than the drastic change of location, Pearls and Polkadots will not be changing too much. However, because of the time commitment of this job and the fun experiences and opportunities that I will be having, I am deciding to post three days per week rather than five days per week, beginning May 16 (the day I leave!!).

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Hopefully that will give me a lot of time to prepare some amazing content and show you my journey in Florida!

Follow along with me! It’s going to be a great summer!

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Staying On Track + Tips to Stay Positive

In January, I showed you some key blogging tips in order to stay on track with what you want to accomplish. Today, I want to talk a little bit about what I have learned since that and share my 2016 blogging attitude so far. When the year changed over to the big 2-0-1-6, I took a hard look at my goals I set for myself in 2015, what I had accomplished and what I wanted the future to look like for Pearls and Polkadots. So much happened in my first year of blogging, but there was a lot  of things that did not happen. That can get really discouraging when you look back at the last 365 days of your life and realize that you haven’t really advanced (the way you want to advance).

I was getting super frustrated with why I was even blogging. Why I was putting 2-3 hours in every day trying to make my blog better – look better, sound better, and grasp the attention of readers. There were some days that I felt the only one who even cared about what I had to say was my Mom! I know now that there are things that I could have done to help me, for example I could have used something like WordPress Hosting – edge cache plugin and this might have helped me stop stressing out so much. But now I know better.

There are a lot of things that can get you down about blogging and so to get them off my chest, I am going to share them with you and tell you how I turn those downers into positive motivation!

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Low Engagement 

This, I’m sure, makes any blogger feel that their work isn’t being appreciated. No comments, low hit counts, virtually no engagement on social media – it gets you down because you feel like you missed the mark. Guess what!? Just because your content doesn’t sky rocket in views the first day it’s up, that doesn’t mean it won’t. Instead of taking that as a hit to your confidence in your writing or content, turn that “No comments” read into motivation to ask yourself why and what you can do to improve! Believe it or not, the right web hosting server can have a positive impact on your blog’s engagement. If you are looking for new web hosting, you can find cheap hosting on sites all over the internet.

Success of other Bloggers 

If you are in any type of blogging community, you will know at least one blogger who is more successful than you. Maybe it only took them 6 months and all of a sudden the sponsorship and collaboration opportunities are rolling in! That can be really frustrating and it’s easy to get jealous of the success of other bloggers. Don’t get down about it – form a relationship with the girls in your community! Most of the time, bloggers support bloggers and that is one great mantra to live by! Reach out and ask for tips to their success and see what you can learn from them! No matter how crazy your blog content may be, from food to marijuana, somewhere you will find a list of blogs that will give you some inspiration. You can see a list of top weed blogs here, and you may even find inspiration for lots and lots of other niches; there will be something for everyone.

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No Reply and Rejection

As I have been moving in the direction of monetizing, I have grown some courage and “thick skin”. It takes a lot to message a company, walk into a store, or call to pitch an idea that you have and then receive…rejection. Rejection can be hard on anyone, but the best thing to keep in mind is stay positive. You know your strengths, and you also know your weaknesses. Which means you know exactly where you can improve!! In the end, the companies that reject you or don’t even reply are missing out on a great opportunity!!


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Well there you go…we all experience things that we wish we didn’t have to go through. In a recent conversation I was having with some fellow bloggers and friends of mine, it came up that “blogging is a marathon”. This is the most important thing to wrap your head around when you get into blogging and throughout. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Cliche, but true. It takes work, dedication, rejection, support and a million other things to keep you going!!

How do you deal with the blogging blues? Let me know in the comments below…

Kate Spade Easter Giveaway!

I am super excited to announce that I am officially hosting my first giveaway TODAY. That’s right, after a lot of coordination and some amazing ladies, you will have the chance to win yourself a to-die-for blush pink Kate Spade cross body bag, along with a pair of gold tie earrings to match!! How’s that for an Easter surprise? Sounds like just the find to me!!

One lucky winner will be the owner of this gorgeous Kate Spade bundle…and it could be YOU!! So how do you get in on all of this fun? Head over to @mystyyle (follow me!!) on Instagram right now and follow three short steps!

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This giveaway is open internationally. Giveaway ends on 3/27/16 at 9PM EST. Winners will be announced the following week. No purchase necessary. This giveaway is not sponsored, administrated or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, you release Instagram of responsibility and agree to its terms of use. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Go enter and good luck everyone!