Saturday, March 14, 2015

I ♥ Etsy: SweetKawaiiDesign, the cutest of all!


By now, you guys know all about my planner and sticker obsession, and I know I have gotten some of you hooked on it as well. If you haven't seen already, I started a brand new Instagram just for my planner and stationary addiction called @glamplanner. I've been posting a couple of times a day on there so make sure to give it a follow if you are even remotely into this kinda stuff!

One thing that I have come to appreciate with my planners are stickers that are both cute and little. A lot of Etsy stores have adorable stickers, but they are just a little too big for fit my planning needs or else they aren't quite what I am looking for, design or color wise. There is one store, however, that has stolen my heart in this regard, and its name is Sweet Kawaii Design. Tesia, the shop owner, recognized my name when I placed an order with her and reached out to me, and we became fast friends. She even ended up designing me two custom stickers, a pink elephant Booga and a white Pinecone cat... so you KNOW I have to love on her store for a little bit. 

3 things I know for sure. 
1) There is nothing I love more than a planner filled with pastel and kawaii decorations. This store is the shop for this kind of inspiration. Every single sticker she sells is absolute love. 
2) Tesia is an amazing and kind person and we should all support small women owned businesses in general, meaning we all need to order from her (obviously ;). It's like, our womanly duty.
3) I follow her on Instagram so that I can see her new releases the second they are released. She released a pink Kawaii hair dryer the other day and I was like O_O *I need*. Also her makeup brush cleaning stickers, I mean come on. We need this. Me and you, dear reader. 

Spot her stickers... 

Tesia set up a special shop code just for my lovely readers for 10% off your entire purchase, with code "iheartyoucoffee". Remember when shopping Etsy for stickers to always try this code, as I am having all shops that want to give you codes use the same "iheartyoucoffee" code in order to be easy to remember! There are about 10 shops right now using this code :) You can shop Sweet Kawaii Designs here - link! 

If you have a planner instagram, link it below so I can check it out! And make sure to use #GlamPlanner on your spreads so I can find them and like them easily! 


Thursday, March 12, 2015

I Heart My Sponsors! + 2 Giveaways :)

Guess what? I am finally back in LA. After 4.5 months of healing, and 8 weeks of physical therapy, I was cleared to come back to LA. Alex flew out to TN to help me make the trip, and carried all my bags. I honestly couldn't have done it without him... I still almost needed a wheelchair in Atlanta (but I persevered!). Now that I am better-ish and back in LA, I can start filming again!! I am SO pumped for this because I have missed putting out videos so much. 

Secondly, I wanted to tell you guys that I started a new planner instagram! If you want to follow it's @glamplanner. 

I wanted to kick off being back with a really important blog post; a sponsor spotlight! You guys might have noticed all the pretty banner pictures over to the right of this post, and those are the banners of my small business sponsors. These are all women-run business or blogs from girls who support my blog, and I want to support them back! This is why I started my sponsorship program. 

Since I started the sponsorships on a random day in the month, my new banners are starting all over the place. Because of this, some of the sponsors I am about to talk about are no longer running banners, and some are. Either way, these girls are definitely worth checking out, as I handpicked them and I know you will love them! 
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First up is A Midnight Wonderland. This is a blurb directly from Sarah, the owner:

"Hi guys! My name is Sarah and I'm a fashion design graduate from Wales in the UK. I've always had a love for fun pieces of jewellery but I began to find it so frustrating that statement jewellery was either really expensive or you'd find that you knew 10 other girls with the same necklace as you. I really wanted to create an online boutique that offered an affordable and unique selection of statement jewellery with pieces to suit everybody's taste.. so A Midnight Wonderland was born! We've since expanded to offer a collection of clothing and accessories such as scarves and sunglasses too!"

A Midnight Wonderland is such a cute shop, and as soon as I took a peek I knew it was right up my alley, and would be something my readers would like being introduced to. Everything is curated and beautiful, from the gorgeous jewelry selection to this cute little cat ring holder (yes, please!) 

She sent me a couple of pieces from her shop, including 2 of the bracelets pictured above, and the quality is fantastic. The jewelry is trendy and on point, for good prices. 

Sarah has been sweet enough to offer an exclusive discount for iheartyoucoffee readers. You can get 10% off your entire order with promo code IHEARTELLE until March 31st. She also wants to do a giveaway! One random commenter on this post will receive two items of your choice, sent by Sarah. Click here to check out her shop and make sure to follow her instagram @amidnightwonderland.

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Next up is Ana Jocelyn, a psychology student with a passion for makeup. She has been an Avon rep since 2011 and actually won the Avon Makeup Maven YouTube contest in 2013, which is super cool. I have worked closely with Avon mark. in the past so I love that she is so passionate about the brand. 

She has her own shop, which you can get to be clicking here and she can help you find exactly what you are looking for. What I love about Ana is that she is a real woman in the real world who is doing what she loves with both school and makeup. She cares about her customers and if you need any new makeup suggestions she is your girl! Check out her shop here: Ana's Shop

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Boutique of Belle is a jewelry shop with possibly the cutest art on it's homepage ever. I feel like I want to print that picture out and frame it. Sara, the owner, sent me a few pieces and everything about them, including the packaging, is very luxurious and gorgeous. Sara has been kind enough to offer my readers 20% off your entire purchase now through March 31st with code "IHEARTCOFFEE". Seriously check out this shop guys... her jewelry is both inexpensive and beautiful. 

If you are into pretty jewelry pictures, make sure to follow her instagram @boutiqueofbelle.

In addition to the promo code, she is offering a giveaway to one random commenter on this post. You will receive what is in the picture above on the right :) 

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Last but certainly not least, we have Lindsey from The Curly Diaries. Lindsey is incredible and has been a viewer of mine for over 6 years now! She has truly been around since the beginning, and I'm so happy to be able to promote her in this small way. Here is a blurb straight from her: 

"I am the brains behind The Curly Diaries, a life & style blog that features everything from beauty, fashion, home d├ęcor and more.  My goal for The Curly Diaries is to provide a tiny corner of inspiration for everything fun and fabulous, while serving as a guide to living a sparkly life!  My readers are savvy girls who aren’t afraid of an amazing investment piece, but also love a good bargain {and save enough to grab a post-shopping cocktail with your girlfriends ;) }.  The Curly Diaries is a place to come for a bit of color, fun and sparkle to brighten up your day!  Be sure to follow me on Instagram or Twitter @lindseyschaefer for more fabulous inspiration and exclusive content!"

Lindsey is 20 years old and has her own little persian named Bug (can we just talk about how cute that name is?!). She is also starting a new series all about female entrepreneurs and has asked to feature me, so make sure to keep your eyes open for that over on her site! Her blog is definitely worth checking out... it's full of fun reads and pretty things! Tell her I sent you :) 

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I wanted to thank these ladies for being a part of my first sponsors! If you are interested in learning more about my sponsorship program, you can read all about it here

P.S. The 2 giveaways mentioned above will be given to 2 different people. Please include in your comment which one you would prefer in the case that you win (Boutique of Belle or A Midnight Wonderland). 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Snowday Ramble: Life Update


It's Saturday night and I am snuggled in bed, the outside covered in snow and little Pinecone asleep on the pillow next to me. The weather has been crazy here in TN; Jelly's school has been cancelled like 6 out of the last 10 school days, with 2 hour delays on the other days.  When I went to school here we had ONE SNOW DAY in the entire time I lived here. 7 years and only one snow day. It's been crazy! She is such a lucky girl; I would have loved to have more snow days!

My family went to Orlando over the weekend to visit the new Harry Potter park (which btw, #jealous. Harry Potter is my jam) but I was unable to go because of my back. I'm sure I don't have to tell you guys how sad that made me, not only because it would have been a fun trip, but also because it was family memories that I wasn't able to be a part of. An impromptu road trip down to Florida last minute? That never happens, and I couldn't go. 

In an effort to create my own memories and not sulk, my Aunt Betsy drove up from Birmingham, AL to stay with me, and got me absolutely hooked on the TV show Revenge. We were snowed in the house so there was nothing for us to do but watch TV in our PJs and gossip. We really did have the best time, and it felt like my childhood. When I was a little girl I would go and spend a few weeks with Betsy every summer, and it was seriously like that all over again, except with wine and Revenge instead of nail polish and Chuck E. Cheese. 

You know, if I'm being honest with you, back when I broke my back I really didn't realize just how bad it was going to be. I assumed I would be kinda down and healing through the holidays but still fully intended to go on tour with Alex on January 15th around Europe. In fact, I held out hope that I would be healed enough for the tour until about a week before it, when I realized... girl, there is just no way. There is NO. WAY. I mean, at the time I wasn't really able to get out of bed except for 10 mins every hour, and even then I was only supposed to like... walk to the kitchen. Or shower. Not tour Europe. 

I would never have believed it would have taken this long to heal but even now, 4 months of healing and 5 weeks of physical therapy later, I am only able to walk 25 mins on the treadmill before having to stop. The old runner in me is saying, "really?!" but I think that just shows how bad this thing has been. I'm sure you guys don't quite believe it, I don't quite believe it, but it is what it is. It's been hell.

This weekend Alex is coming to TN to help me move back to LA, which I think will be really good for me. I have been so homesick for LA and I think that being there will help me get back to normal. I'm a big believer in healing being just as much mental as physical, and I know I won't be back to normal until I am back in my own environment and home. For those of you waiting on me to get back to doing videos, I hope to start making them immediately after getting back to LA. 

That's all I really wanted to say, I just wanted to update you guys and basically say, yes, I am alive, but this has been the hardest thing I have ever gone through and I am still not back to normal. I can't wait until I am. 

<3

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I ♥ Etsy: Alex Studio Sticker Haul!


If you have been following me on Instagram then I'm sure you know two things for sure. One, you know that I am a newbie planner girl, and two, you know that I love my stickers. I especially love stickers that mean something to me and my life, like the little Alex glasses that have been popping up on my planner spreads. Well guys, today I am going to talk about the loveliness that is the Alex Studio on Etsy (and it's a total coincidence that the Alex glasses are from the Alex Studio). 

Nicole, the shop owner, reached out to me and offered to send me a selection of stickers to try, which I happily took her up on. And... I have fallen in love. Just like Andrea's shop, which I reviewed here, the sticker quality is fantastic and the stickers peel away from the paper perfectly, which I have found is not the case with all Etsy sticker shops. The second I received the package I tore into it and immediately knew I was looking at one of my favorite sticker shops. Behold...

A slew of gorgeous stickers! The tassel banners! The little deer! THE ALEX GLASSES! She even sells little sleep tracker stickers so you can track the hours you get if you suffer from a sleeping disorder like I do (I got 2 sets of these!). 

I love this shop so much I have already placed a second order with her. So while the first batch of stickers were sent free for review, I like them enough that I have bought more with my own money. I think that always speaks the most in a world of blogging and receiving samples. Let me show you my favorites and then tell you which ones I bought! 

These are my absolute favs of the batch. From top left to right, you have beautiful tassel banner stickers, a sampler page (definitely a must-try in my opinion, you get to try so many of her stickers for a good price!), pink panties which I think make for really cute period tracker stickers (lolz), cats in hats, deer and hedgehogs (SO CUTE!), and macarons. Bottom row is makeup (yes please!), lush bath stuff (what? this shop is so cute!!), Alex glasses (duh), and floaty clouds. 

I learned very quickly that you can order all the stickers and washi you want, but until you start decorating your spreads you're not really going to know what you will actually use. There have been several items I have purchased from various shops that I haven't touched yet, and now that I see the way I plan, I'm not sure I will. I made sure to stock up on the stickers I know I will use. So, for the ones I ordered... I bought a few more pages of the Alex glasses, the full page lipsticks and mascaras, the cats in boxes, another set of both her sampler packs, the tassels, the sequin banners, and the weekend banners. I used one of her weekend banners in my latest spread and it was the most talked about sticker on the page; everyone wanted to know where it was from! It actually came on one of her sampler packs, so I only had one, and I knew I needed to order a whole set of them because they are adorable. See how cute?

Nicole has been kind enough to set up a 15% off entire purchase coupon just for my readers! The code is "iheartyoucoffee" and you can get to her store here - link! She ships worldwide! If you order anything from her please let me know in a comment below along with what you plan to use it for so we can share ideas! People use stickers for different things, and I think we can all get inspiration from each other. 

Look out for a giveaway featuring some Alex Studio stickers and other planner accessories very soon! 

Speaking of giveaways, if you are into planner goodies there is a group giveaway going on right now on MyLifePlanner's Instagram. You can enter for a chance to win a prize from the Alex Studio and also from me! Click here to check it out. 

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So I have a question for you all... I have been getting a TON of requests for planner videos, and I do think that's something I would be able to do partially from bed. What exactly would you like to see? Decorating videos? Planner walk-throughs and reviews? DIYS? Sticker Hauls? I would love specific requests below! 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday Scribbles #2: Q&A

Another Sunday has come, and this time I am snuggled up in my bed while the wind HOWLS outside. It sounds like a right tornado out there! Pinecone is laying peacefully in a cat loaf on the bed as only deaf Pinecones can do. So... Q&A's. Let's go. 

Question:
@MmeBeautyAddict asked, "When you and Alex are both in LA are you most of the time at his place or at yours?"

Answer:

We are lucky to live quite close to each other which is a blessing in LA traffic, and we definitely enjoy hanging out at both houses, but I would have to say mine about 80% of the time. He has housemates, and I don't, so we have more privacy and our own space when we are at my place. Plus, complete control over the TV remote!

Question: 

@NutellaNitKaese asked, "What are you putting in your planner other than stickers since you can't go anywhere?" 

Answer:
I actually laughed a bit over this question because it's the same one Jelly asked me last night. "Elle," she said, "what exactly are you putting inside of those things you carry around with you? I saw them on Instagram." Well, when you are a normal un-broken human living your life, doing things and going places, you have many many more things to put inside of a planner. 
I however, have never used a planner as much as a time juggling tool as I have as a way to form out my day. Let me explain.

When you are a mother juggling a job and a husband and 3 kids, all with different schedules, along with keeping the house clean and paying the bills and cooking dinner every night, a planner is necessary to actually juggle your time management. You might have to plan your dinners around which extra curricular activity a certain kid has on a certain night, or you might have to schedule a drink with a friend a month in advance to make sure you can get a babysitter in time. For people like these, a planner is something that is a tool to help them balance their life. It is a planner in every since of the word. 

These days, especially within the FaceBook planner community, people use planners for anything and everything. Some people have 5 or more planners going at any given time, one just for doodles, another for fitness, and yet another for budgeting, etc, etc. Planners aren't necessarily for time management alone anymore. I almost see it as a baby between scrapbooking and planning... it's just that people have kept the name "planner" for it. 

I've seen people decorate their planner pages when they have literally nothing happening that week. "It's a nothing week," they say, as they proudly show off their decorated planner pages. The point is, people do whatever they want with their planner within this community, and it's all accepted and understood. 

Going back to your specific question, I have been using mine as a to do list every day. I have things like "work on taxes" "physical therapy" "doctor's appointment" and "organize desk". I plan out blog content and have started working on planning out my YouTube comeback which will happen when I am healed enough. I write out my back homework, which is given to me after each PT appointment, my cleaning schedule, like when to wash my towels and sheets, and which city Alex has been in each day of his tour. I even track my water intake since that's been extremely important with all the medicine I am on for my back. Here is an example of what mine looks like:

Erin Condren Life Planner
Grocery lists, video idea lists, lists about lists... they all go inside of my planner. My body is not at its best right now but my mind is still whirling at a million miles a minute. My planner somehow calms that down, and I love that. 

Question: 
@annaschmidt23 asked, "What do you want your future to look like? Do you want to get married and have kids? Are you still going to do YouTube?"

Answer:

I definitely want to get married and have kids. 100%. I don't want kids right away; I think ideally I would have a couple years just with my husband to enjoy each other and travel before settling down with children. That being said, life happens. If it happens another way, I'll be ok with that. If I have a honeymoon baby I'll just be like, "Well, that's the way it was supposed to be then!"

I'm not stopping YouTube anytime soon, so yeah I imagine I will still be doing videos. Far down the road I could see myself starting to transfer over to my blogs full time but that's quite a ways off. I think being a mommy blogger would be quite fun, when the time comes. That's a long ways off though ;)

Question:
@allthatjuicy21 asked, "What TV Shows are you loving right now?"

Answer:
Currently these are the shows that are airing right now that I'm watching: Grey's (I am so happy that this just came back this week because I missed it!), Reign, The Vampire Diaries, The Bachelor (loving this season!), Married at First Sight: The First Year, and The Fosters. I dabble in Pretty Little Liars but it's never been my favorite show. I could take it or leave it. (I know, I'm sure that comes as a big surprise, most people LOVE that show.)

Question:
@LindaBloggt asked, "How do you deal with bad days? Sometimes it's so hard to leave the bed because everything is just a little too much."

Answer:

This question makes my heart hurt because I can feel the pain coming from it. I actually wrote a tumblr post about this a few years back. I will link it here for you; I feel it's worth the read.

"Do you ever have bad days? Do you ever cry?"
I am not perfect. I have bad days. I cry. I get upset. I get emotional, and unmotivated, and sad. I’m human. But… I also have amazing days. Beautiful, inspiring, happy days. Days that make me think, “I am so lucky”. And it’s those days that I choose to hold on to and cherish, rather than to hold on to the bad ones. 
I am lucky enough to be able to reach out through the internet and talk to lots and lots of people. And I choose, quite intentionally, to share positive and happy videos and ideas. Nothing would make me happier than knowing that I am doing what I can to make someones day a little more cheerful… so that’s what I do. It makes me happy to know I might be making someone else happy. 
We are lucky enough to get to choose how we want to portray ourselves, and behave on the internet. I am a big believer in “Internet Karma”, and that if you spread happiness you will get it in return. If you spread hate… then that’s on you. 
One of my best friends once taught me something. I was having a rough day, during my first year of college, and she explained to me her secret for happiness. She told me that the way she lives her life is this; that as long as she gets her work done, and cares for the people around her and herself, she does whatever she wants to, whenever she wants to. And it made me think… it seems like such an obvious piece of advice, but a lot of people do not take it. Think about it. Have you had days where you have completed your basic responsibilities, but you have 100 other “secondary” responsibilities that are stressing you out so badly that you can’t even think straight. And all you want to do is curl up in bed and read the new book you got. Most people wouldn’t even consider putting their secondary responsibilities on hold to curl up and read, thinking it lazy when you have other things to do, but that hour you would have spent reading might have enabled you to go about your day in a much happier way. It’s those little things that you let yourself do that can affect happiness long term.
So next time you want to read, or take a bubble bath, or go for a walk outside, or watch a movie, or hang out with a friend, but you say no to yourself because you have “to much to do” (granted, this doesn’t include your main responsibilities… you should do those), consider treating yourself. And then doing it again the next time. And the next.
If your sadness is affecting your everyday happiness and your ability to complete the things you must do (like school or a job) then I would seek medical help. You could have depression or any other form of a mental health disorder in which your brain is simply not producing the right chemicals, and there is nothing wrong with that. I'm not a doctor, so I encourage you to go see one. He or she should be able to help you.

That being said, if this isn't affecting your ability to live your life, and it's just unhappiness every now and then, just remember that you're human, and humans are unhappy sometimes. We all have days where the world seems sad and overwhelming even if nothing is "wrong". Especially women, with our hormones bouncing all around. 

I believe in giving into your feelings when you can. When you have gotten your "must have" work done, give yourself a break. I call them "mental health days" and everyone needs them every now and then. Sometimes I just have an overwhelming urge to cry, so I give into that feeling by putting on a movie I know will be a tear jerker or reading Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul (any "Chicken Soup" book is guaranteed to make me cry). Let yourself feel your emotions fully so that you can work through them. This works for me, and I hope it works for you too. Remember no matter what that there are people out there that love you! I love you, for one! :)
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There you go! I hope you enjoyed this Q&A post... leave me a comment with feedback about this blog or any of these questions in particular; I read every single comment! <3

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I ♥ Etsy: ScribblePrintsCo Sticker Haul!


You guys know I like planners and stickers, and if you don't, you might want to start by reading this post. Since being in Tennessee on bed rest this obsession has multiplied and grown into a monster. I'm a sticker lovin' monster. 

While the purpose of keeping a planner has a million reasons in and of itself, I can see why some people would be confused as to why I would spend so much time decorating mine. "If planning is a place to help you get things done, why would you spend so much time on the planning itself?" you might ask. 

Well, decorating my planner is something I can do in bed, and it's also a place where I can document everything I need to do (which is limited at the moment), as well as doctor's appointments, physical therapy, my medical symptoms, etc. Having a planner helps keep me sane, and decorating it makes it a happy place in which I want to look at and refer back to throughout the day, helping me stay more organized and ultimately getting more accomplished. 

Plus, I love stickers. I don't even need a reason to love stickers. Some people love tiny china figurines from Hallmark that they store in china cabinets; some people collect stamps or coins or guns. I like stickers. 

When I first got into this planner obsession and starting tweeting about it, a sweet girl named Andrea reached out to me and offered to send me stickers from her Etsy shop. I immediately emailed her back, thrilled at the offer, and told her I would love anything she sent. 

Well... let's just say, "She treated me good. Damnnnn good". LOL.

Wow, just wow. I am honestly so impressed, and she sent me so many stickers that I am set for awhile. I had the biggest and happiest smile on my face going through this colorful package of goodies, and everything from her presentation to her little note to me were perfect. She makes me want to own a sticker store.

Guys, she makes me want to own a sticker store

I have a tendency to... um... jump on my entrepreneurial dreams? I'm not opening a sticker store; I don't have the slightest clue how to make stickers, but I'm just saying, don't be surprised if you see "Elle's Sticker Store" pop up in 10 years or so. 

"Elle's Stickers and Bells"
"Ellealie's Stickerarie"

Ok, the name might need some work. 

Andrea not only has an amazing shop, she has been the sweetest person to communicate with. We have totally bonded over our love for makeup and our love for Alex's music (Andrea has been dating her boyfriend for 7+ years and their "first song" together was by Alex from back in his MySpace days! Small world, seriously!). 

She makes YouTube videos, and has a 26 minute long planner video which I have watched twice, because I love the way she plans with all her stickers and just her entire system, and I definitely recommend checking it out if you are interested in planning. You can watch it here! Also her Instagram is one of my favorites for planning pictures. 

It makes me wonder if I should start a "sticker and planners" Instagram, separate from my main one? To be honest I would rather keep all of my pictures on one Instagram account, but do you think my beauty girls will hate the planner and sticker pictures and unfollow? The thought makes me sad. Aww. :( 

Bottom line: You should order from Andrea. I didn't even know who she was 10 days ago and now I am addicted to her store and have already placed a second order from her. She posts new stickers Mondays and Fridays, so if you are reading this Sunday night or Monday morning... lucky you, she just put up new stickers! Next on my wish list are the colored iPhone stickers and the mason jar stickers - she didn't have those last time I looked! She seriously puts up cute new ones all the time. The girl works her butt off. 

Andrea has been AMAZING and set up a 15% off entire purchase coupon just for my readers. The code is "iheartyoucoffee" and you can get to her store here - link! Oh, and she ships worldwide! 

She also included a extra packet of stickers just to give away to one of my gorgeous readers, so here is a picture of all the ones you will receive! All I ask is that you be a planner lover if you enter this... I would much prefer this go to someone who genuinely loves planners rather than someone who just enters every giveaway just to see if they will win. Trust me, there will be plenty more! 

You have 2 ways to win this. The first is to pop on over to Andrea's store and leave me a comment on this post telling me what your favorite sticker of Andrea's is, and also one that she doesn't currently make that you would love for her to create for your planning needs. One comment per person, please. 

The second is to go over to my Instagram and follow the rules on the picture associated with this post. 

I will randomly pick a winner from one of the above. If you do both options, you are twice as likely to win.


Giveaway ends in one week and will ship out along with a handwritten card from me. It's open worldwide, of course :) 


Good luck! Love you girls, tons and tons!


P.S. Let me know if you want to see more planner hauls and Etsy store reviews! I would seriously love your feedback on this; I know it's outside my normal bubble of content I talk about, but I really love it right now!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Scribbles: Q&A

I am snuggled up in my bed on a Sunday night, and thought, "I want to write a blog post... maybe a Q&A!" 

Shoutout to @D_Shaf on Twitter for coming up with the series name "Sunday Scribbles", I love it! I asked for questions on Twitter and said I would answer 5 of them so, here we go!

Question:
@ellequeenblair asked, "If forced to choose, would you pick YouTube or blogging?"

Answer:
My answer for this is always going to be YouTube. YouTube is where I got my start, and honestly, I still love it slightly more than blogging. I think you can form a connection with your viewers through video that you don't quite get to represent through writing and pictures alone, but that being said, I love both of them. 

Blogging has been my escape through this injury. Before I was well enough to actually blog myself, I would read other people's blogs. There was something much more soothing about reading written words and looking at pictures versus watching a video, so my YouTube subscription feed got ignored in favor of my Bloglovin' list. You should follow my blogs on there, btw, you can follow this one here and DreaminginBlush here. Bloglovin' is where it's at, because I get sent an email of all the newest posts from all my followed blogs and then I can pick and choose which to read and click through to them. 

Sometimes, I enjoy blogging more than making videos. Right now, I don't have a choice. I have 100 video ideas that I can't wait to make that I just can't right now, because my spine isn't strong enough to even sit up straight in a chair for 20+ minutes straight. That's not even counting the fact that I like to include extra bits into my videos, like close up shots and intro pan-overs... filming even a simple sit down video can easily be 1-2 hours of footage! 

Short answer: YouTube. But I love you, my dear readers. 

Question:
@xoForeverLauren said, "Please answer this one!  You are such a positive inspiration for me! How do you stay happy & motivated in life?!"

Answer:
Oh geez, this is a hard one for me right now, because I'm going through a bit of a tough time in my life. I guess I would consider myself, "happy and motivated" even with my injury, but I don't feel that way every single day in my life, even when I'm perfectly healthy. I think my key has always been keeping a planner. I know I have recently become re-obsessed with them, but I have always said that having a planner keeps me on top of myself and makes it much harder to lose several hours of time and not know where they have gone, which easily happens if you start watching TV or browsing the internet. I like to give myself a few goals for the day, and make sure they get done.

That being said, people are going to have bad days, and people are going to have unmotivated days, and sometimes I let myself just roll with it. Today for instance, I woke up just... unhappy. And I just went with it and allowed myself to not really do anything at all. I watched some TV, read some blogs, read a book, took a bath... and now, as I'm about to fall asleep, I'm starting to feel better (which is why I'm writing a blog post now!). 

I think you have to just let yourself feel your feelings, and tell yourself that it's ok, as long as it's within reason (like you aren't not getting something done that you really have to). 

Question:
@monicaj990 asked, "When will you be better enough to go back to LA? Miss your house to home videos."

Answer:
I get asked this a lot, and actually, I've also had comments along the lines of, "are you ever going back? You seem to like TN more than LA!" This makes me laugh a bit because of COURSE I will be going back to LA; I live there! I own a home there! I have a life and a sister and friends and a boy there! AND A HOME! Hahahaha :) 

Going back to the original asker's question though, man, I don't know. At first I thought mid-Jan, but after my check up last week I'm not strong enough yet. It would be hypothetically possible to fly to LA and do all of my physical therapy there, but when I mentioned this to my doctor I got a very strict, "I don't think so," look back. Plus, my Dad, another doctor, said absolutely not. I can't really care for myself completely yet. Yes, I can shower, and do my own laundry, and make myself food, but I can't really go anywhere yet. Small and short Target runs for my planner obsession are about the extent of my outings at this point (other than Physical Therapy and Doctor's appointments) and even then my mom limits those to being very quick. I swear, I thought she was going to physically pick me up and remove me from the Target dollar spot the other day because I was dallying.

When Alex gets back from tour and is back in LA I know I'm going to be itching to get back there, so I'm thinking sometime in late Feb, but honestly I won't know until after a few more weeks of physical therapy.

Question:
@FlyFashLiveFree said, "You used to have a strict rule on discussing dating...now with Alex, what's changed?

Answer:
This is a really hard question to answer, because honestly, I don't know. I wish I had a better answer, or a more specific way of explaining things, but it's just the way I felt. I have had several relationships before this (2 of them long ones) in the 6 years I have been making videos, and not a single one of those boys ever showed up in a video, a picture, not even a mention on social media. I kept it completely separate, and it had always been that way. It got to the point where it was a point to not share anything, because that's just the bar I had set for myself. 

I think part of it is that Alex is also a public figure, and he wanted to post things. He wanted to post pictures, and tweet me, and even though I kept it relatively quiet for a long time, he didn't really (hello, Secret Girl and every other song pointing to me). After the "Wake Up Call" video was released, it was kind of out there, and from there it just spiraled. 

I still haven't figured out where my own boundaries are with it to be honest. I am still keeping him separate from my main YouTube channel, and haven't talked about him on there (only on social media and my vlogs) but again, it's all a learning process and I don't even know anymore what I'm allowing and what I'm not. I'm human, you know? This is just a tough area for me to figure out. 

Question:
@izzimarks09 asked, "Will we get an update photo/video tour of your condo when you're all fixed?"

Answer:
YES YES YES!!!! I am SO excited about this. One thing I have been doing while on bed rest is coming up with "mood boards" for how I want to finish off my condo. The main things left are my two bathrooms and my beauty room, with the beauty room being the most important thing to get done. 

I've already talked to my mom and she has agreed to come out to LA for 2 weeks to help me transform that room into what I want since I can't really do anything myself yet, and won't be able to pick up anything heavier than 10 pounds for a very long time. My mom is the best; I told her I could hire a professional organizer and she was totally offended, she thinks it's going to be the best time. Wine and makeup organization with my mama, yes please!

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