I interrupt your usual June travel–related programming to share an exciting update… I was interviewed on Live TV today! Locally, we have a talk show called Paula Sands Live that I grew up watching after school. Paula is as much of a Quad Cities staple as John Deere Headquarters or the Mississippi River is, so when I was invited to be on the show I had to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Paula Sands Lives features local people, events, charities, businesses, and everything in between and gives them a platform to talk about whatever it is that they do. Blogging… View Post

When it comes to blogging – I’m an open book. I am more than happy to share just about anything with y’all because when I was a new blogger I obsessed over income reports and traffic analysis because it’s how I learned not only what was possible, but how I might be able to achieve it myself. Transparent bloggers helped me learn the strategies I needed to see growth, and I’ve gotten to the point where I can consistently predict my stats and income. I’ve been blogging for almost three years now and have had my share of viral months… View Post

Established bloggers make it look easy. They are bouncing emails back and forth with 10 different companies who are dying to work with them all while sipping an #InstaWorthy matcha latte and admiring their perfect gel manicure. A lot of bloggers are lost, though, when it comes to working with brands. They see other people doing paid collabs with brands that they could only dream of, but figuring out how to land those collaborations, how much to charge, and how to build a positive relationship with brands is where things get tricky. Luckily for you, I’ve been doing brand collaborations… View Post

  Whether you’re working in a creative field or you’re just passionate about something creative, sometimes it can feel a little bit isolating. When I started blogging I was the only blogger I knew and when I told people about it, I tended to feel a little uncomfortable. It wasn’t that I was embarrassed or ashamed, I just knew that people who don’t get it won’t get it. Not only was I the only blogger I knew, but I was one of the only creatives (for lack of a better word) I knew in general. None of my friends were… View Post

When people say that someone or something has changed their lives, I used to be prone to thinking that they were being dramatic. Now? I totally get it. Today is my third blogging anniversary and I still can’t believe all of the opportunities it’s given me and how much I’ve changed thanks to blogging. This time three years ago I was an awkward little nobody. Today? I’m an awkward little nobody with a blog. Kidding. But this time three years ago I felt like an awkward little nobody and I really wasn’t excited about the future. More than anything, I was scared. Beyond… View Post