It’s Monday, that one day of the week that everyone knows is coming but we always try to forget that it exists. Monday’s aren’t always bad though, especially when you have things to keep your brain occupied! One of my FAVORITE things to do on Mondays is to check out some of my favorite blogs and catch up on all the exciting content that I missed throughout the week! Not only does it get me out of the Monday Funk, it also inspires me!
Here is a list of bloggers that I absolutely adore…. the Fantastic Four that I like to read!
“I’m Bailey Hawkins-owner of the beauty and style blog Sequins&Seams! You can find great deals and the best tips and tricks for fashion and beauty there! I love using my blog as a platform to share Jesus and all that I’ve come to know about the world of all things girly! I’d love to see you over on IG or find me at my blog site, www.sequinsandseams.com!” -Bailey
I absolutely ADORE Bailey! Being a stay at home mom, I practically live under a rock so I find all of my fashion ideas and tips online through bloggers like Bailey. For fashion addicts her blog is a MUST, as well as following her on Instagram! Her photos on Instagram are so beautiful and they definitely showcase her sweet personality! Another great thing about Sequins&Seams is if you see a look that you like you can shop her feed thanks to LIKEtoKNOW.it!!Website- http://sequinsandseams.com/Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/sequinsandseams/ (@sequinsandseams)
“Beth is a SAHM and wife with a degree in English. To keep her dream of being a writer alive she blogs in her free time. She loves to collaborate with small businesses as well as introduce cool new products to parents. In addition to featuring product reviews, Beth has a passion for green living and a huge soft spot for artisan coffee. Her blog, The Mama Journey, is just that; her journey through motherhood.” -Beth
From the start Beth has been one of my favorites to follow! Her content is absolutely amazing! She shares the truth about motherhood! Some of you might recognize her blog’s name from my International Babywearing Week series that I did back in October! (to read her guest post CLICK HERE) Her blog may share what motherhood is but she even does a great job showcasing that on social media!
Instagram: Instagram.com/themamajourney (@TheMamaJourney)
Twitter: Twitter.com/themamajourney (@TheMamaJourney
“Brittany is happily married to her college sweetheart, they have 2 children and 1 on the way! She lives in Houston, Texas and teaches 1st grade! She has been blogging for 3 years in February! Her blog is geared towards women, mostly mothers! She strives to encourage mothers wherever they are. She runs a blog facebook group and the @joyfulmamas IG page where she features mothers who depict joy!” -Brittany
I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for this amazing woman of God! She runs a group for bloggers that has helped me grow and become the blogger that I am today. Through that group she has shown me how amazing and supportive the community of bloggers really is!Twitter- www.twitter.com/theasmoresblog (@TheAshmoresBlog)Facebook- www.facebook.com/theashmoresPinterest- www.pinterest.com/theashmoresblog
“My name is Ashley Houston. I am the author of a lifestyle blog called Nashville Wifestyles. I am from Kingsport, TN and have lived in Nashville for over 7 years. I have a 4 year old daughter and a newborn daughter as well. I’m also a fur baby momma to a puggle and a cat. I enjoy eating basically anything. I’m a coffee and candy addict. I am a homebody who prefers to stay home with my family and have movie nights with popcorn and a glass of wine. I am obsessed with trying new fitness trends. Last but not least, I am seriously obsessed with fashion and makeup/skincare but the ironic thing is pretty much everyday I look like a train wreck in yoga pants, a bun and no makeup. I am that mom who simply doesn’t have it together. I went to college at ETSU and majored in Advertising. I have always loved writing so when I decided to stay at home after the birth of my first child, I missed having a creative outlet. I started my blog exactly a year ago this month and went full force in March 2016. I touch on things ranging from beauty, fashion, DIY, recipes, parenting, life struggles and product reviews. I also started a youtube channel this summer. Currently I just do beauty on there but I am moving toward a lifestyle vlog.” -Ashley
I have been a fan of Nashville Wifestyles for quite some time now and I absolutely love this lady! She is such beautiful person! Ashley’s social media feed has some of the best outfits that a mom can find! Edgy, Bohemian, Girly, you name it this girl can rock it! When it comes to mom fashion I wish that I could rock all things this lady rocks! The reason I love this ladies blog is because it is a one stop for all things fashion, DIY, and motherhood.
Instagram- www.instagram.com/nashvillewifestyles (@NashvilleWifestyles)
Twitter- www.twitter.com/nashwifestyles (@NashWifestyles)
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2016 is behind us and 2017 is here! A new year to achieve new things and let the old things go! Last year I started The Brock Blog with no clue how many people it would reach, this year I want to reach more. One way to set yourself up for success is to set goals, so here are my main goals for 2017!!
1.Become more CONSISTENT at everything.
One of my greatest struggles is being consistent. For 2016 it was my goal to post on my blog at least once a month, but for 2017 I am wanting to post more on scheduled days so my readers know when to click my way!
2.Be more ORGANIZED
This goal kind of goes hand in hand with goal #1 but I am determined to be more organized. I have tried making memos in my phone and Post-it notes but for 2017 I have decided to try a planner! STARTplanner has helped me so much already keep track of special occasions and different due dates! Being organized means I will be on a strict schedule and in the end become more consistent!
3.Hit 1k (1,000) followers on Instagram!
Instagram is my favorite social media app out there! It’s easy to keep up with my favorite blogger and some of my best friends! When I started my blogging journey at the beginning of 2016 I had maybe 100 followers but now I am up to almost 500, it is my goal for 2017 to organically double that and post great content for my followers!
4.Learn to balance PARENTHOOD, MARRIAGE, and WORK!
Blogging is my job. Even though I work at home balancing the three things mentioned above is hard. My husband work 40+ hours, I am trying to become better at my job, and my son will be one in March. It would be so easy for me to neglect my blog so that I could spend time with my son and my husband but seeing other blogger’s success shows that there is such thing as a healthy balance and it is my goal to learn how to do it!
5.By the end of 2017 I want to have my own Domain
This is honestly my biggest goal for 2017. There are so many things that I want to be able to support my blog and have my own domain! I feel like with that comes so many more opportunities to branch out as well as bring in some income for my family as well as be found easier on sites like google and yahoo.
6.Be a better mom
This is a goal that I will have every day of every year. Momming is hard and some times I break easier than I should. For 2017 I want to be the best I can be for my son. I want to yell less, zone out less, and go numb less. He deserves me at my best and that is what I will do my best to be!
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2016 was a wild year. Things kept coming out of nowhere. I went into the year an 18 year old, pregnant bible school student and ended it a 19 year old, blogging mom. This past year was definitely not what I was expecting one bit. Within the first few weeks my life changed drastically. I had to drop out of school, move back to where I met my husband, and prepare for a our son’s arrival.
This whole momming thing is not easy but it is worth it. Looking back 2016 kept me on my toes. I never thought in a million years I would be where I am today. After my son was born I was extremely depressed, even suicidal. Everyone kept telling me, “You’ll be fine, it’ll pass, it’s just the Baby Blues!” when in fact it was something that wouldn’t pass easily. I had severe postpartum depression. I had my good days but for every good day it seemed I would have twice as many bad, so I started writing.
In 2016 my love for writing began to bloom again. It became the therapy I needed to get better and in the long run will help others know they are not alone! 10 months after it hit, Postpartum Mental Illness is still an ongoing battle, but I see the light of day more.
My writing went from just my mom reading it to being read not only all over the United States, but people from over 36 different countries have clicked my way. I am so thankful for all the support that I have received over this past year! I really could not have done this without any of my lovely readers or the help of other bloggers that I have grown to admire through social media.
I have little to no idea what the future holds for The Brock Blog, or even my family, but what I do know is whatever happens it will keep me on my toes. 2017 here I come!!!!!
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