I’m introducing a new series on my blog highlighting my favorite products from my favorite brands. When I was younger (and a lot more broke) if I needed any type of beauty product I would buy the cheapest version that the drugstore had to offer with varying results. Sometimes my finds would get the job done as hoped, other times I’d be disappointed and my $3.99 mascara would sit untouched in a drawer until it was long past expired. As I’ve gotten older I’ve found that it’s better to invest in things that I’ll love and actually use and have less than it is to waste money on 5 different versions of the same cheaper products trying to find something that I’ll like. The first brand I’d like to feature? Glossier. I’ll admit I was skeptical – when you see that much buzz about any brand on social media usually it’s safe to bet that they’ve put a ton of advertising $$$ behind that buzz and you aren’t actually getting a completely honest opinion. With that said, after seeing enough bloggers and Instagrammers that I admire and trust gush about the brand I thought it was worth a shot and I bought one color of… View Post

In an alternate universe I would be gearing up to graduate college next month. I’d know where I was going to grad school, and I’d probably be shadowing a speech language pathologist at the local high school. For those of you who have been around for a while, you probably know that life didn’t quite go the way I’d once imagined. In the fall of 2015 I had a less than pretty struggle with depression and decided I needed to take time off college so that I could take care of myself. It wasn’t an easy decision for me, and one that a lot of people warned me that I would regret. Now? I can say that it has been the best decision of my life. I stumbled into a dream job, I’m incredibly happy, and I am excited about my future. With that said, all of that seems to largely be a happy accident. Looking back on it – I think a lot of the good in my life came from throwing my plans out the window.  Now, that advice could be misconstrued. I’m not saying to forget about your goals or question the future that you’ve imagined for yourself – just don’t micromanage… View Post

I’m a year in, but sometimes I still feel the growing pains of transitioning from being a college student to working in my first full-time “big-kid” job. The beauty of being a college student that I was the only one depending on myself. It was a curse and a gift, really. I could justify allowing things to fall through the cracks, because really, who was it going to hurt? But that also meant that I felt a lot less pressure. Now my job has me working with a team of wonderful, brilliant people that I think the world of – if I let something fall through the cracks at work, well, there are more people who will be impacted than just myself. The first few months in my position the pressure got to me and I found myself in a constant state of overwhelm. It was stressful and anything but pretty – even though I was getting my work done I had this constant tingle in the back of my mind while I was falling asleep saying, “Morgan, you’re probably forgot something. You should check your email.” The one thing that helped me regain my sanity? Getting serious about my… View Post

This post was originally published on my second blog. I am merging the two blogs over the coming weeks. 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 (reaching over 500k page views in some months). I foolishly thought that traffic would be lasting and that it existed due to my superior blogging strategy rather than dumb luck. Now I realize that dramatic spikes in traffic are generally brought on more so by the internet powers that be rather than strategy, and that growing your page views is a slow and steady race. Huge spikes generally will fall back down to some degree. With that said, there are some slow and steady methods… 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 for well over two years now and have learned a thing or two in that time. The images in this post are all pulled from prior brand partnerships. (And to cover my legal bases, I may have received some items you see in the photos fo’ free.) Before you get started. So I’m going to be a bit blunt here: If you haven’t established a following you shouldn’t try to work with brands. You don’t have to have a huge following or get hundreds of thousands of views a month, but you do need to be influential. I usually say when… View Post