Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: When I lived in Kanata (Ottawa), I remember so many houses in my neighbourhood having garages that served another purpose other than storing your car (& that tent you haven’t touched since Junior High). Some people created another room to their home, while some used it as a ‘man cave’. What about using it as the space you create and/or conduct business? Guest blogger, Maurine Anderson, is sharing tips and tricks on how to turn your garage into your very own photo studio! Continue reading “Guest Post: How to Turn Your Garage into a Photo Studio”
You know how sometimes you buy a pair of shoes and almost immediately (after you break them in), they become practically the only shoes you put on? And you wonder how you survived without them; however, there will come a time that they will start to look shabby and worn.
The key is to prolong that from happening as much as possible. Your feet are precious and they can get sore easily especially if you are standing a lot or walking a lot for work or travel. That’s why if you find a pair of shoes that you love in terms of comfort and fashion, it really is a find. I think we all at some stage in our lives, have experienced pain in a foot or on a toe and it can really hinder your movement! Shoe quality does vary but it is possible to get a good and comfortable pair of shoes at a lower price, it’s all about knowing what suits the size of your foot. Get measured and establish if you should, for example, be looking for wider fitting options or if half sizes are your friend. Ask your local store assistant to measure you!
This infographic from the guys at Walsh Brothers Shoes is a handy guide on how to keep your shoes in top-tip condition. It details how best to store your shoes, what not to do, how to polish them so that they are gleaming and lots more, check it out!
Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: I have anxiety. I’ve had it for as long as I can remember. A lot of people misinterpret worry for anxiety. Anxiety can really impact your life by always preventing you from doing the things you enjoy or even need to do. People with anxiety often feel embarrassed to let people know & suffer in silence. Personally, I have no problems sharing my struggles with anxiety with people (I also have OCD) so this post, shared with us by one of my regular guests Christine H, is for those who are struggling with anxiety & providing you with ways to cope with it. Continue reading “Guest Post: Do You Struggle With Anxiety?”
Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: At one point in our life, we fall into a rut. We never mean to get there; it kinda just happens. While having a routine can help keep you organized and structured, it also is one of the first things that traps you in the same old thing, day in and day out. A lot of times, once we’ve found ourselves in a rut, we’re not quite sure how to get out. Today’s post, by guest blogger Kelly Walsh from essaychip, is sharing with us that one thing we need to help us make a change in our lives.
Okay. I get it. Nothing ever seems right. I mean, you keep on doing your best. You do your best at the office. You do your best getting along with people you’re not very close with. You do your best to be a good son or daughter. The list goes on.
To be really honest, you actually have no idea why everything in your life seems wrong. As far as you know, you’ve doing what you think is right. Yet, nothing good seems to come out of it.
These sort of things keeps on going on and on in your head, even when you know the answer to your musings. You know that you’re not really the reason these things are happening. I mean, you’re not the only one living on this vast planet. Even if you try to do everything right, things can still go wrong because other creatures affect your life too.
But even if you keep that thought in your head all the time, it will do nothing to cheer you up. It doesn’t change the fact that you’re beating yourself off trying to make things right, but things just never go right.
You want to change the way you live. You want to wake up someday and just laugh at this matter, but you just can’t.
You’ve already read all the life-improvement books you can possibly read. They’re not working. It’s either that or you’re just not following their advice right.
Look, it’s not you. The real reason why your life is like this is because you have no outlet. The truth is you’re not alone. We all go through these sorts of things. You’re not the only one who thinks that nothing in his life is going right. Everyone does it. The only difference is other people know how to go with it. The answer all lies in an outlet. You need something that can help you let all your frustrations out.
Here’s another truth you probably hear every time, but just never took the time to think about: life is unfair. That’s that. You have to deal with that fact. You should know how to move on when things don’t go exactly as you planned.
What does an outlet have anything to do with my life?
Well, that’s a pretty good question.
I mean, if you want to change your life, then there’s your answer. You need to change, but it’s not that simple.
You might be thinking of that big change, but unless you completely throw your grudges and negative experiences in the trash bin, it’ll keep on haunting you, and then you’ll never be able to reach the finish line of the “change” race.
Do you know what you really need?
No, you don’t need another one of those best-selling life-improvement books. What you need is a blog. It’s just perfect. How come? Well, read on to find out.
- There’s no right or wrong way of doing it
You don’t have to worry about making mistakes. You don’t have to worry about anything else going wrong.
Isn’t that what brought you in this state in the first place? The fear of losing? The fear of failure? The fear of criticism?
It’s good to know that when everything in your life fails, there is someplace you can go where you don’t have to ever worry about messing up, and that’s online, on your blog.
You can write about your life in any way you want. You can say anything you want. Once you let it all out changing your life will come easy.
- You’ll be connected with the right kind of people
We don’t get to choose the people we are surrounded with. Sometimes we do, but most of the time it’s the opposite.
I mean, we have the freedom to choose the kind of friends we have, but having a specific group of friends doesn’t mean that other people can’t affect us. Their decision matters in our lives.
We live on one planet. Whatever they do we’ll all be affected at some point. When things go bad, we can feel like we have no one to turn to, especially if we’re surrounded by people who don’t share the same views, but through a blog, you’ll be able to meet and befriend people who share the same values as you.
Thanks for such an insightful post, Kelly!
If you’re interested in submitting a guest post to the blog, head over to the Collabs page for more info!
Kelly E. Walsh lives in South Carolina. She is a graduate of BS in Computer Science but preferred pursuing her writing career instead. Mostly because she loves telling stories and sharing her knowledge through writing.
She is currently writing for essaychip.com on a regular basis and do ghost writing for some companies as well.
Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: Many of us bloggers aren’t living the glamorous life of being paid to travel, wear expensive clothes & use amazing products. Although it is our dream to eventually quit our 9 to 5’s to be paid to do what we love, the reality is, the majority of us blog on the side. If you say keeping your blog up to date, finding new, exciting content to write about and all the behind the scenes work like social media promotion/engagement, etc is easy…well, my friend, you would be lying. yes, there are times when things seem to run smoothly and that much needed Editorial Calendar of yours keeps you on track. But like it always does, life tends to get in the way and often at the most inconvenient of times. This can throw life into utter chaos and brings everything it touches into the hurricane. Today’s guest post, written by the amazing Katy Walton, is here to help you get all those ‘behind the scenes’ pieces into place so that you feel like you can keep your head over ‘blogging’ waters. Continue reading “Guest Post: Squeezing the “Other Stuff” into The Life of a Part-Time Blogger”
Note from Lana |Lifestyle Queen Bee: Do you guys remember my blogger feature on Dawn Craven from My Life In A Blog? (If you missed the interview, check it out here). She’s back today with a spectacular guest post on 50 ways to live a healthier & happier existence. With the warmer weather ahead, it’s time to shake off those winter cobwebs & get ready to enjoy life (& outside!) again.
Sometimes all we need is a tiny little Continue reading “Guest Post: 50 Life Changes for Happy & Healthier Living”
Note from Lana / Lifestyle Queen Bee: I have a secret to share. Lifestyle Queen Bee is NOT my first blog. I started a blog 8 years ago when my then-boyfriend (now husband) and I were on our journey of buying our first home. It was a big deal for us both because we were 24 years old, buying our first home, living together for the first time AND living away from our parents for the first time (it was also the first time I’ve ever moved in my life!). I thought sharing the journey would be a great way to share our story with our friends and maybe inspire others to start their own home buying journey. Well, I sucked at it. HARD. I wrote in a voice that wasn’t mine, saying things I thought my readers wanted to read. So I quickly abandoned it. Fast forward to last June, when I got bitten by the blog bug again. After some internal debate, I went for it but this time, being sure I was writing in my voice, about things I was interested in and I’m happy to say I’m still at it! All this to say, Continue reading “Guest Post: Tips for Beginning Bloggers”