Tuesday, March 5, 2013

An End to Blogging?

You may have noticed more silence around this blog. I feel like I have been a little uninterested in blogging here lately. I love reading blogs about people's lives but I don't always feel comfortable sharing much here. For a blog that is supposed to be my own, I often feel stifled by it. I feel I can't really write much about my personal life or fun times because what if professionals who would potentially hire me think it is inappropriate? Or I stop and think well I wouldn't want my family reading that... or my co-workers... or when I do share my real feelings, I offend a friend by accident.

So you imagine my frustrations for something that is supposed to be an outlet.

I guess another part of it is laziness. I don't take pictures as often as I should. Or I don't think my life is that interesting to share. Yet, I am interested in the random musings and outing of random people. So hopefully you all are more interested in my life than I think! ;)

I am happy with my recent postings chronically my exercise habits weekly. I am hoping to share more with you! I do have sponsored posts from time to time and I hope you don't mind (I am a broke twenty something after all!). So here's an update - I hope to bring you more updates on my life and pictures too! Let me know what you want to read from me too!

Exciting news! If you've followed my blog for a while or know me, you know that I lived in an apartment with a friend in 2009. For the past few years, I've lived with my parents. While, I love my house and it is great to save money, I am definitely ready for a change. My friend Jenette and I have been looking at apartments and found a place I think we want to apply to.

Future roomie and I (I'm on the left!)
It is so exciting but nerve-racking at the same time! I am trying to save money like crazy in anticipation of more bills. Speaking of saving money - I do have some money saving goals. If you also know me, you know I am definitely a spender, not a saver! I love shopping and buying things. Not good when you don't make a ton of money!

So for the next few months (and definitely after I have an apartment) I am really tracking my spending. I have been writing down every single thing I spend money on and how much to see how much I really spend in a month. I often get my nails done or get facials and I am putting a stop to that, at least for now. I also plan to really control how much money I spend on food and limit myself to stop eating out so much.

Luckily, the freelance jobs have been pretty steady lately. My goal is to hopefully have 30-40 hours a week. I've also been looking into part-time jobs to make extra money but I'm not quite sure on that yet.

Cheers to changes and more updates from me! Please share my blog if you love it! :)

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  1. Hey, Lauren. First, I like reading your blog and think you have an interesting perspective and worldview and it comes through in your writing. I've been having some similar frustrations with my writing 'for me' since I write all day for work and need a creative outlet for myself at times. But while I have to be creative on-demand for my job, it's hard to produce creative writing on the same rigid timeline. It needs to be more inspired.

    I talked to two excellent bloggers who work at the same agency as me and they gave me two good pieces of advice. One came up with a blogging project that is very loose: she wants to find her next passion in life, and so she tries a new experience each week and writes about it. It lets her explore different ways of writing -- editorials, interviews, and more personal pieces. This way she gets to write about a lot of different topics but it all hangs together cohesively. Emily's blog is here: http://thegreatwideopen.net/

    I also spoke to Kelly, whose blog is completely all over the place -- she writes about dancing, memories, living in Boston, advertising, cooking, you name it. But her voice is so strong that the blog appears cohesive even when the topics are varied. Her blog is here: http://getsmeeverytime.com/

    I think that most people fall somewhere in-between ... some structured, ongoing writing projects combined with some organic entries that come up spontaneously. And sometimes when we lose creative momentum it's valuable to step away and reevaluate the role of writing in our lives (and jobs!) and identify what's working and what's not. It's frustrating, but so worth it!

    Good luck moving forward!

    1. Hey Michelle! Thank you so much for your comment. :) I'm glad I am not alone in this. I'll check out the blogs you posted now - thank you! How is your blog coming along by the way?

      Miss you!


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