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Get to Know Me Q&A

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Get to Know Me Q&A

Originally Posted November 13, 2018

Hello, everyone and welcome back to Join The ME Project. I’ve been blogging now for over two years. First as PAE Reviews and now under Join The ME Project.

I thought it would be fun to do a Get to Know Me Q&A. There’s been a lot of changes over the years. Especially just with my blog in general. This way you can get to know me and hopefully if you like it, I can do more in the future.

Questions & Answers

Full Name

My name is Erika Elizabeth Alexandria Parks. My brother gave me my first name. His name is Eric. My mom and father both had a grandmother named Elizabeth. And Alexandria was the name of an actress that my mother liked.

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Meaning Behind My Blog Name

I talk about this a little bit in,Where Would We Be Without Support?, I think. But my intention with this blog is to share my thoughts, views, and opinions. So essentially, I’m sharing myself.

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With my first blog, PAE reviews, I wanted to involve my name somehow. EAP Reviews didn’t look or sound good to me so I settled on, PAE Reviews. The blog title, Join The ME Project came about on its own in a way. It was the name of my side project and then it became my blog.

See Also: About Join The ME Project

3 Fears

Bugs, disappointing my loved ones, big bodies of water

Last Song I Listened To

Bad by Tablo featuring Jinsil. This song is one of my absolute favorites.

Favorite Movie

Night at the Museum is one of my favorites. I actually like the sequel and the third one. I’ve always been a history buff and I tend to stick to comedies and family movies so this is right up my alley.

Favorite Songs/Music

I have too many songs to list them all, but I’m pretty selective when it comes to genres of music. At the moment I like: 90’s R&B, Classic Rock, Funk, KPop, some Pop.

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Favorite Color

Turquoise, Coral & Orange

A Fact About My Personality

I’m an introvert, usually, in conversation, I’m the listener, not the talker. I’ve always been better at communicating when I could write things down.

What I Dislike Most About Myself

I’m constantly overthinking and worrying too much. I’m naturally an anxious person. I’ve gotten better at it over the years, but every once in a while, I’ll drive myself crazy worrying over something.

What I Like About Myself

My sense of humor. I try not to take things too seriously, my mom always says that you need to have humor in your life.

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My Relationship With My Parents

As I mentioned before, my father isn’t in my life. But my mother is just about my favorite person on this earth. I tell her just about everything because I know that even if I don’t like her advice at the time, it’s what I need to hear in the end. Plus, she’s simply hilarious.

Last Time I Cried

I cry about small things frequently. I think it’s a good stress releaser. But the last time I had a huge ugly cry was when I found out that a good friend and mentor had not only passed, but he died months before. I talk about that in, Teen Ink| Personal Experience & Saying Goodbye

Favorite Sports Team

I like College Basketball in general. I’m not loyal to one team, I just go crazy during March Madness.

Scars

Plenty, I have scars on my knee from two surgeries. Then I have scars on my right elbow, forearm and wrist from a Carpal Tunnel and Cubital Tunnel surgery. And now, I have scars on my hip from my recent hip surgery.

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Day or Night?

Night. I’ve always done my best writing and thinking at night. I can barely function in the morning, especially without coffee.

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As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. To stay updated follow Join The ME Project on Social Media!

Check out The CoUnity page to learn more about the project and find out how you can become a member.

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Where I’ve Been, Where I’m At

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Where I’ve Been, Where I’m At

Hello, everyone and welcome back to Join The ME Project. I know it’s been a while for everyone, especially for me. In today’s post, I will be giving everyone an update of where I’ve been, and what will be happening in the future.

My Thoughts

This past week, I’ve been pondering over whether or not I wanted to continue my blogging journey. I knew my hiatus was four months. But it wasn’t until I started to log back into my social media that the time away really hit me. So many changes had occurred that I didn’t know about and I just felt out of my element.

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Additionally, during my blog hiatus, I had my hip surgery. And then I was placed on bed rest for six weeks. If you saw my latest Instagram and Twitter post, I discussed a little bit about my initial thought process. Right after my surgery, I kept thinking that I would be able to jump back into my regular routine. Reality basically hit me in the face and let me know that wasn’t going to happen.

See Also: Where Would We Be Without Support?

What’s Next for Me?

This week though, I had my six-week post-op appointment. I learned that I would have to go through three months of physical therapy. And during these next three months, I will have to learn how to walk and bear weight on my right leg again.

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It kind of hit me all at once, just how much work I would have to put in with regards to my physical health and my blog. My initial thought was, ”Could I do it?” Should I apply my attention to my physical health and just forget about my blog? As always, I turned to my inner circle. I talked to my mom about how I was feeling and it came up in conversation when I was talking to my sister on the phone. That definitely built me up and relieved me of my worries.

See Also: The Illusion Of Social Media

So at this point, you are probably wondering, ”What’s the verdict? What is Erika going to do?” Well, this blog post is the very answer to that. Quitting at this point just isn’t possible. And I feel like if I did, I would be right back at it, within a short time period. I do want to thank you all for being so patient with me, during my hiatus and surgery. That means so much to me.

Right now, I don’t have a schedule set up. I’m really just taking everything day by day. I have some ideas for things in the future. But I will make a blog post about that later on.

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As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. To stay updated follow Join The ME Project on Social Media!

Check out The CoUnity page to learn more about the project and find out how you can become a member.

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Monthly Goals for June 2019

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Monthly Goals for June 2019

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Four days ago on Instagram, I created this post. I discussed not only how fast it seems the year is going by but how we change with it. I thought it would be a great idea to break this down in more detail. I will be sharing my thoughts on this along with my goals for the month.

 

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How Time Passes

It’s crazy how quickly this year is passing. I’m not the best at keeping track of dates and time, my family can tell you. I had to double check the calendar this morning to make sure it was really the first of June.

See Also: Finding and Creating Your Brand Identity

But with each post like this, we get to look back on what we were able to accomplish within the month. Each day we are given the same set amount of hours. And it is up to us to make use of them.

Each day we are given the same set amount of hours. And it is up to us to make use of them. Click To Tweet

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We have the possibility to do better each and every day. And that is what matters. Not negative things. But the positive ones.

We have the possibility to do better each and every day. And that is what matters. Not negative things. But the positive ones. Click To Tweet

Monthly Goals for June 2019

This month I’m honestly open to everything. I don’t want to stress too much about numbers. My focus this month will be on building relationships and connecting with others.

Three Goals For the Month

  • Start with a blank slate. I didn’t want to come into this month with any of the baggage from the previous month. Any and all negativity will be left behind.
  • Create good habits. This is honestly a goal of mine every month. If I can get the good habits I want to keep a part of my schedule they will become more concrete.
  • Get organized. I want to get everything organized so I can figure out what I need to work on. The majority of my schedule right now is doctor appointments. But I want to work on my time management skills.

See Also: The Illusion Of Social Media

One Thing You Learned About Yourself Last Month

I learned more about the people around me than about myself I think. I’m surrounded by such wonderful and loving friends and family. Last month was very bittersweet but I learned to appreciate the people around me.

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I’ve known about my hip for years. The Orthopedic doctor, Hip Surgeon, and Physical Therapist that I’ve seen through the years have done all they can to help maintain it. But knowing that another surgery may be in my near future has me anxious.

See Also: The Visionary Friend

I think my family and friends can sense that. Ever since we’ve got the initial diagnosis they have been very supportive. And I am so grateful.

Something New You Want To Try

This may sound so odd, but I want to document my life more. You would think being a blogger and social media influencer I would get enough of it but it’s just the opposite. I actually don’t take that many pictures.

If you look at my Instagram, you don’t see many pictures of me. Even in my daily life outside of blogging, I don’t take many pictures. And I want to change that.

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I mustered up enough energy to go to the movies with my sister when she was in town a couple of weeks ago. And I didn’t take any pictures of the two of us. The last set of family pictures we took I think I was a sophomore in high school. Crazy, I know.

What goals do you have for June? Let me know in the comments below.

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. To stay updated follow Join The ME Project on Social Media!

Check out The CoUnity page to learn more about the project and find out how you can become a member.

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Where Would We Be Without Support?

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Where Would We Be Without Support?

I’ve been contemplating a lot lately. The main focus of my thoughts has been on family, but since starting this blogging journey I realize the importance of friendship more, too. I mainly started blogging because I needed an outlet to express myself.

I’ve discussed a little bit of my health situation in a previous post before, but the majority of my time is spent at doctor’s appointments or at physical therapy. I got stuck in a rut of not feeling anything and just going through the motions.

See Also: The Illusion Of Social Media

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One day, I finally got sick of it and I decided that I wanted to change what I could. Now, my health situation is not going to change. But I could change the way I perceive my life and my outlook on it. I remember that when I was younger, writing helped me vent out all the raging emotions that I had inside. I’ve never been much of a talker but putting pen to paper seemed to be my way of communicating. There were some things that I wrote that I would share and others I wouldn’t.

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See Also: The Visionary Friend

I decided that I wanted this time to be different. I thought, “why not make a blog? I have plenty of opinions. I’m always trying new products, this could work out.”

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Talking it over with my mother really helped me with my decision. She’s my soundboard for a lot of things, and I knew that if she thought it wasn’t a good decision, she would be frank about it and tell me. To my surprise, she was all for it.

See Also: Letting Go of Old

I made the decision to keep some things private and I still am. One of my biggest problems is that I’ve always been quite shy about my writing. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to tell my other family members and friends about my blog.

Britt K/@AltSpeaking on Twitter helped me see that I was making a bigger fuss about it then I needed to. For some reason, I thought that I need to make my blog a topic of conversation or at least bring it up in conversation. In the end, all I did was follow a few of them from my blog Instagram account and word got out. It made me realize if my friends and family, know who I am, then what’s the point in hiding my name. I admit that my thinking is weird sometimes.

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Twitter alone has been a big support to me. In not only finding like-minded individuals, ones who love to write and share their opinions, but people that truly want to support each other in every aspect that they can. When I started my blog, I knew what my topics were going to be, but I didn’t know how to reach readers or interact with others. I’ve learned so much just being on Twitter than anywhere else. And I think with that you have to put yourself out there.

I don’t want to be known as someone who stepped on people to get anything in life. So I want my blogging life/side to be the same way. If I can read, share, RT, or follow, I will do that. And my thinking is, “If I don’t do it for others, then how can I expect someone to do it for me?” Once again, these are just my personal thoughts. But my question for today is: How have you been shown support recently? or, When was the last time that you gave support to someone that needed it?

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As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. To stay updated follow Join The ME Project on Social Media!

Check out The CoUnity page to learn more about the project and find out how you can become a member.

Originally Posted October 5, 2017
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The Liebster Award

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The Liebster Award

 

A big thank you and shout out to Lisa at Lisa’s Notebook for the nomination, she tagged me to do the Liebster Award, you can read her response here. The Liebster Award is a way to get to know and promote other bloggers in the community.

Lisa explained the rules really well so I’m going to quote what she wrote.

RULES

The rules are quite straightforward, you need to:

Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their post,

Answer the 11 questions they asked you,

Nominate 11 other bloggers, with your own set of 11 questions,

Tag your chosen 11 bloggers, and don’t forget to tell them as well!


Lisa’s Questions For Me

When and where do you like to blog?

It’s a two-step process really. For the most part, I come up with blog ideas on the spot. I never really know when inspiration will hit me so I like to write down my ideas in a notepad. Sometimes I’ll even do a rough draft on my phone. But I like to do the final draft on my laptop because I use Grammarly to edit while I write. While I’m on my laptop I usually end up laid out on the sectional or on my bed. I like to be comfortable when I’m writing.

What is your favorite post you’ve written and why?

I don’t think I have a favorite. Each time I write, I get to do what I love. I don’t believe in doing anything if I don’t enjoy it or feel that it’s my 100%. There have been a few times that I’ve had ideas for blog posts, but it felt like pulling teeth to write. In the end, those posts got trashed because I didn’t like how they turned out.

See Also: Letting Go of Old

What’s your favorite type of blog post to read?

I like to learn. So lately, I’ve been reading blogs about subjects I don’t know much about. Mainly I’ve been reading beauty blogs and travel blogs. I know how to do my eyebrows and that’s just about it. And other than traveling up North I’ve not done much traveling.

If you could be any superhero/heroine, who would you be and why?

Oh, this is so easy, Storm. And I mean the actual comic book Storm, not the movie Halle Berry (not that there’s anything wrong with her). My parents were both into sci-fi and I had cousins that loved comic books. I remember the X-Men being really popular when I was a child and I just gravitated towards Storm.

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Growing up, there wasn’t a whole lot of representation for girls of color. But it seemed like out of the blue for me came this heroine who could control the weather and fly. As a child I was fascinated, now as an adult, I just appreciate the character even more. She was always seen as a person of authority who had great leadership skills.

T-Rex or dragon? Why?

I have such a love for dinosaurs, but if you think about it, T-Rex’s have tiny arms. I mean, they do have other great qualities, but dragons can fly. I’m not sure what we’re talking about here, but I’m going to guess it’s which to have for a pet. I would like to have a pet that could fly so I’m going with dragon lol.

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Do you believe in ghosts? Why/why not?

No, I do not. But I do believe in demonic forces. I was raised in a Christian household and I read the Bible. The scriptures say Satan and a third of the angels were cast down to the earth. I really doubt they’re down here playing cards.

What book are you currently reading?

I feel bad, but I’m currently not reading one.

What was the first single you ever bought (or downloaded!)

B5- All I Do. It’s a remake of Troop’s All I Do Is Think of You which is a remake of The Jackson 5’s All I Do Is Think of You. This song came out in 2005 and at that time I was in middle school and couldn’t help but fall for the boyband-ness of a 90’s style remake of a remake lol.

What was your favorite subject at school?

I didn’t just have one, English, History, & Math were my favorites.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I went through phases. Writing has stuck with me since I was young. I’ve always been fascinated with dinosaurs and fossils so I thought about becoming a paleontologist. The sight of blood has never bothered me, so my mom is surprised I didn’t go into something medical.

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Saturday night: Strictly or X-Factor? Why?

Neither. I don’t watch competition shows, I’m not good at tuning in every week. If I have evening free I’m usually watching something on Netflix.


I Nominate These 11 Bloggers:

Below are the following 11 bloggers that I nominate. I have not only listed their names, but their Twitter handles. The links will take you to their blogs.


11 Questions For You

  • What motivates you to keep blogging?

  • Do you have a blog schedule?

  • What platforms do you use to share your blog posts?

  • If you got the chance to collab with a brand, who would it be and why?

  • What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

  • Write an inspirational quote you think of when you’re having a bad day.

  • What do you do when you’re not blogging? (job, school, etc.)

  • If you could interview a famous person, who would it be and why?

  • What’s your favorite junk food to snack on?

  • When did your friends and family find out that you had a blog?

  • If there was a day in your life you could go back and re-do would you take the opportunity, and why?

Please tag me in your answers, I would love to read them!

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. To stay updated follow Join The ME Project on Social Media!

Check out The CoUnity page to learn more about the project and find out how you can become a member.

Originally Posted October 18th, 2017
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The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Originally Posted February 6th, 2018

I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Sonam of Kind Culture originally nominated me three months ago. It has taken me too long to make this post, and for that, I apologize. I have been nominated again recently and that helped kick me into high gear. I will warn you that this may be a long post.

Information about the Sunshine Blogger Award

The award was created to encourage a sense of community and support for bloggers. I have been nominated by Kind Culture, Oddball Content, and Helen’s Journey. Thank you all for nominating me! Please go and check out their blogs, you won’t be disappointed.

Rules For The Award

  • Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and give them 11 questions to answer
  • Notify your nominees

Let’s get started!

Kind Culture’s Questions

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What has been your all-time favorite post to work on?

I would say, “Nana! The Pot’s Burning!” because it was a personal piece. It involved a story from my mother’s childhood. And I got to write about my family a little bit. It took me a long time to write this one, but I don’t think I would have done it differently. I love reading the comments. Everyone relates to it.

What is one piece of advice you can give to anyone that wants to start their own blog?

Do it, don’t hesitate. I waited a long time to start blogging because I kept psyching myself out. Sometimes I wonder what I could’ve accomplished if I started sooner.

How different is your life from one year ago?

I was actually thinking about this the other day. My physical health has gotten a bit worse but I would have to say that my mental health has made such an improvement. To me, that’s what is really important. With life, there are things that we can’t change or have no control over, but we can choose to be happy.

Where is one place that you always wanted to go?

Tennessee. As I’ve gotten older I realized that I will probably always be a country girl. I don’t like visiting busy, fast-paced places. I’ve always wanted to rent a cabin for the week and relax.

How has your journey as a blogger been for you?

Insightful. I have learned more about myself since I have been blogging than ever before.

What is your all-time favorite film? And why?

I pick the Night at the Museum series. I’ve never been a fan of serious or scary movies. Family oriented films are more my speed. I think I like the films because it combines comedy with history.

Tell us about a book that made an impact on your life

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Yes, there’s a story behind this, lol. I took an AP Lit class in high school. At the time, I thought “I love English and Creative Writing so why not try AP Lit.” Once I got the summer reading list my tune suddenly changed. That summer was so horrible, I felt that I couldn’t connect to any of the books.

When school started, I found out it was too late for me to drop the class. I was stuck. We began to read Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and I fell in love. Actually, I was the only one who did. Everyone else in the class hated the book. They said they didn’t understand it. I just loved how sarcastic the characters were.

How you made any new years resolutions?

No, I have come to the conclusion that I just don’t believe in them. For some, they do help. But I would rather set goals.

What is the boldest choice you ever made?

To chop off all my hair and go natural. I  kind of dived head first on that one.

What is your spirit animal?

Definitely a turtle or a sloth.

Who inspires you in life?

My mother is my biggest source of inspiration. She has been through so much, but she is the strongest person I know.


Oddball Content’s Questions

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What is your dream job?

Blogging professionally. It’s never boring and there are so many topics to discuss.

What do you think your life will be like in a year? And in ten years?

Oh, my that’s kind of scary to think about. In a year, I would like to see myself happy and doing what makes me happy. In ten years? I have no clue.

What is your proudest achievement?

Going self-hosted was huge for me. I honestly didn’t think that it would be a possibility until it happened.

What is your favorite blog post you’ve ever written?

Other than the one I listed above, I really enjoyed writing, #WhatTheHealth| The Illusion Of Social Media. It was the first time that I had shared something personal. It allowed me to draw back the curtain on a topic that I think we are all affected by.

Apart from blogging, what are your hobbies?

I love creating and writing. Some days you may find me with my sketch pad or a notebook writing poetry. I used to make jewelry but I stopped doing that last year before we moved.

How would you describe your fashion style?

Bohemian Funk

What’s the best place you’ve ever been to?

NYC. I’ve been twice and it is such a fun experience. There is just so much to do.

If you had £1000 (or equivalent in your currency), what would you spend it on? Or would you save it?

I would pay up some bills and save the rest.

What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done? What would you do if you were a little braver?

Stick up for someone who was being bullied. I made a great friend in high school that way. I think back on my high school days sometimes. There were a lot of people that needed friends. I kind of wish I was braver back then and I could have been that person.

What is/was your favorite class at school, college or university?

Always English and Math.

What is one thing you want to learn or change in 2018?

I want to learn as much as I possibly can about blogging.


Helen’s Journey’s Questions

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Where in the world are you based and have you ever met up in person with any fellow bloggers in your local area?

I live in Ohio, USA. And I know of other people in my area who blog.

If blogs had to have a theme tune that played every time people came onto your website – which song would you choose?

It would be the instrumental of, Falling by John Park.

Why did you choose the specific niche you write about for your blog?

I went with what I know I guess. One day I sat and wrote down my basic interests, from that I found my niche.

Tell us about the best photograph you have taken, that is featured in one of your blogs (include a copy of the photo in your answer).

This my accidental profile picture. I have such a hard time taking pictures of myself. I never really know where to look in the camera. But I needed to take pictures for a review. So I’m learning to get more comfortable in front of the camera. I sat down and took a bunch of pictures in a series. In the end, I came up with this.

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I turn 35 in September and I’m planning on a getaway holiday with a group of friends to celebrate, somewhere with no more than a few hours flight from England, some September sun & cool places/buildings etc to see – where would you recommend and why?

I have no idea lol.

Which social media app do you get most blog traffic through and what makes it work so well for you?

Twitter is the best one. I find it easy to interact with my readers and fellow bloggers.

How long have you been blogging and have you ever taken time out away from blogging during that time?

I started blogging September 14, 2017. Since then, I think I have taken a week or two off. I think it is a good idea to do if you feel yourself getting stuck or losing inspiration. It brings things back in to focus.

If you had to choose a smoothie recipe to represent your blog what would it be?

Mixed berry.

Have you ever heard of Fibromyalgia other than from me/my blog/my social media?

Yes, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia when I turned 20.

What piece of advice would you give bloggers for creating images and for taking photos / flatlays / blog feature images etc?

There is no wrong or right way to do it. Personally, I love using Canva.com to create my blog and social media images. Do what comes naturally to you. When I first started, I felt so pressured because I thought my pictures had to look a certain way.

Do you make money off blogging? If so how?

Sometimes, it depends on the type of sponsored post that I am doing. The majority of brands that I have worked with so far have sent products for my review.


I Nominate

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I nominate you. Yes, I’m talking to you. If you haven’t been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, then you have today.

My Questions For You

  1. What is your favorite quote, why?
  2. If you could work with a brand/company who would you pick?
  3. How do you deal with writer’s block?
  4. Night or Day?
  5. Where do you draw most of your inspiration from?
  6. What has been the hardest blog post for you to write?
  7. Which of your social media do you check the most?
  8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  9. What color represents you the best? Why?
  10. If you could start your blogging journey over, what would you do differently?
  11. How often do you post on your blog? Why do you think it works for you?

And that’s it for today. Thank you so much for reading!

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Why I’m Relaunching the Blogger Series

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Why I’m Relaunching the Blogger Series

Originally Posted November 9th, 2017
Read the previous post here: Taste of HOME| Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Today’s post is going to be an announcement and a culmination of some ideas that have been floating around in my head for a while now.

A Bit of a History Lesson

In, Let Me Reintroduce Myself, I discussed my old blog name, PAE Reviews and how Join The ME Project (known as just the mE project) at the time, was just a side project.

See also: About Join The ME Project

I thought it would be a great idea to go back and break down the original meaning of Join The ME Project. Doing so not only to educate to new subscribers but to add a level of understanding of why I’m restarting an old project.

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What does ME stand for?

In the very beginning, ME was an acronym for the words motivate, encourage, and energize. Over time, energize was dropped because of how the name was stylised (from mE to ME).

I started blogging September 14, 2017. My blog was Pae Reviews and initially all I did was post reviews. Overtime I evolved as a blogger and I met others who became a great support system.

It was during this time that I created Join The ME Project. Motivation & Encouragement mean a lot to me. And I wanted to create a platform around that. – Let Me Reintroduce MyselfJoin The ME Project

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What is Join The ME Project?

Why I’m Relaunching the Blogger Series

My goal is to create content that’s motivational, and encouraging (ME)It’s very easy to get distracted by our responsibilities and daily schedules that we forget about ourselves. I hope that this series helps inspire everyone (me included) to slow down sometimes and remember why we do the things we do.

Now, Join The ME Project has built itself up and has flourished with its own community. My goals are to keep this growth going and to connect with like-minded individuals. I want to support as many people as possible and use my platform. – About Join The ME ProjectJoin The ME Project

What Do You Think

First of all, I would love to hear what you think about this. Please let me know in the comments below. Second, if you have an idea for a post just leave it in the comments below and I will definitely do it.

Are You Interested?

Third, I would love to interview some of you and write a post about your blogging story for this. If you would be interested in that, just fill out the contact form or you can also email me at info@jointhemeproject.com

If we have done an interview in the past, I will be contacting you soon.

 

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The Future

In the future, I would love to have guest posts for this. But my other ideas are: blog shoutouts, and more tips & tricks.

Least but Not Last

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I would be doing a disservice if I forgot to mention The CoUnity. You can follow and become a member on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. New to the group is our ✨Instagram Highlight✨ Once a week, I pick a member to feature on my Instagram account.

I’ve been able to do this three times so far, and I would love to pick this back up again.

Read Let’s Build a Community!, for more information.

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March 2019| Popular Quotes of the Month

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March 2019

Popular Quotes of the Month

Read the previous post here: Tackle That Fro, Natural Hair Series

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Here we are again at the beginning of a new month. I thought it would be great to look back and do a review of the quotes posted to the JTMP Instagram for the month of March.

Quotes from the Month of March

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Quote: ”Reset. Refocus. Readjust. Restart. As many times as you need to.”- Unknown

Comment:Take a moment and think about what this quote means for you.⁣⁣ It’s quite common in today’s society to set limits. You only get so many chances or at a certain age, you should have accomplished a certain amount of things. But are these things realistic?⁣⁣ Don’t be afraid to break apart from the mold and do what’s best for you and yours.⁣⁣

02


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Quote: ”Take the mistakes from the past and turn them into lessons for the present.”⁣

Comment: This quote is from my most recent post, Breaking Down January & February Stats.⁣ The question of the day: have you learned a lesson from a recent mistake?⁣

03

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Quote: ”Instant success doesn’t happen, and if it does, then it isn’t worth it.”⁣

Comment: We live in a 🌎  where instant gratification is common and expected. But how often do the results of such things play out well?⁣ Wouldn’t it be better if we worked for what we want? The time and effort would guarantee nothing is taken for granted.⁣

04

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Quote: ”Admitting that you have a set limit is not a weakness. It just means that you are aware of what your body needs.”⁣

Comment: Do you know your limits?⁣ To me, limits, are what we will allow ourselves to handle. Anything above a set limit is too much. After reaching your limit, it is good to take a break from the situation or the event.⁣ Read the rest of the article, Knowing Your Limits

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Quote: ”The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”-Unknown⁣⁣

Comment: Would you say this quote is true? ⁣Are you aware of your surroundings and the simple things in life? ⁣

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Quote: ”Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” -Les Misérables⁣

Comment: Sometimes we go through situations that feel like they are never going to end. It may be physical, mental, or emotional. ⁣It’s okay to admit to those bad days. Because those bad days will end.⁣

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Quote: “Strength is what we gain from the madness we survive.” -Unknown

Comment: Madness becomes strength. Or you could say that strength can be found in madness.⠀

Examples:⠀

• Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde⠀

• The Mad Hatter⠀

• The Incredible Hulk⠀

Can you think of any?

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Quote: ”One step at a time or one breath at a time.”⁣

Comment: Pain, no matter the form can become all-encompassing. My grandmother used to say that pain distorts the character.⁣ It’s important to pause and take whatever time you need to heal and regroup. Develop a self-care routine.⁣ Living with a chronic illness is difficult but it’s not impossible. We are strong because we endure.⁣

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Quote: Meraki [may•rah•kee] (v.) – to do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put yourself in your work.

Comment: Keeping this Greek word in mind, have you ever felt this way about anything?⁣ And if so, are you still doing it? ⁣One of the best ways to remain healthy is to replace our negative habits with good. In most cases, we think we need to drop what makes us happy because it takes up too much of our time.⁣ And when we do, we find we’ve dropped what kept us active. Avoid all of this by remembering meraki. Don’t take that feeling for granted.⁣


As always, let me know what you think. Do you have a favorite quote?

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Obliviscar Felt Letter Board Review

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Obliviscar Felt Letter Board Review

Post is sponsored and contains affiliate links.
Read previous post: Healthy & Happy Snacking

Hello, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Today I will be sharing my review of the Obliviscar Felt Letter Board. You will be getting my thoughts on the board itself, and a detailed look on what comes with it.

Let’s Welcome Spring!

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I used the board for the first time yesterday, not only to welcome spring but to play around with it. And I really like that it’s an item or product that doesn’t take much time to learn by way of direction.

Inside the Box

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Inside the box you get:

  • A letter board sized 10”X10”
  • Precut letters
  • A sorting tray to keep your letters in
  • Adjustable wood stand

What I Think

I honestly don’t have anything negative to say about this felt letter board. I’m really happy with it and I can tell just how much thought Obliviscar put into it. There’s no wasted packaging or plastic. They thought of the consumer’s convenience so the letters are pre-cut. Included with everything else, is a picture to help you identify where the letters are.

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And there are so many uses to a board like this. I joked yesterday that I finally felt like an official blogger now that I had one of these. But aside from social media, this can be used for decoration. Or it can be used to leave short funny messages for your family.

So as always, let me know what you think in the comments below. If you have a letter board, do you like it? If not, would you buy this one?

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Breaking Down January and February Stats

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Breaking Down

January and February Stats

Hello, everyone and welcome back to Join The Me Project. Today we will be taking a few steps into the past as I go over my January and February stats. Just as with the previous post, I will be breaking down my stats and sharing what I’ve learned.

Inspired by a Quote

 

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”Sometimes you win. & Sometimes you learn.”- Unknown

Click here to read the previous Stats postBreaking Down My First Month of Blogging.

January

Going into the start of January, I had a general plan of action.

  • Beat my stats from December
  • Build up my Resource Library
  • Create good content

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Initially, I had a bad mindset because I started to compete with myself. It was all about the numbers and every chance I got, I was checking to see if there was a change. But then I had to remind myself that even though I have blogging experience, this particular blog is new. Instant success doesn’t happen, and if it does, then it isn’t worth it.

Instant success doesn’t happen, and if it does, then it isn’t worth it.Join The ME Project

Once I got over that bump in the road than I could focus on the rest of my goals. Building my Resource Library didn’t prove to be difficult at all. With a few of the blog posts, I wrote in January, I would create a printable using Canva and make it available to download through my newsletter. If you want me to write up a post on how to do so, please just let me know in the comments section below.

Click here to readFree Resources Every Blogger Should Know About.

My last goal for January was simple enough and that was to create good content. With my first blog, I made a lot of mistakes. One of those mistakes was that I wrote and published blog posts just about every day.

And this isn’t to shade bloggers that do so, but I found it detrimental to my health. It had me so stressed out. I’ve mentioned before that I want this blog to be different. I want to take the mistakes from the past and turn them into lessons for the present.

I think that if you create good enough content you don’t have to write as much. As bloggers, content creators, and influencers we spend just as much time promoting our work on social media. I think it’s a 50/50 job between writing and promoting. If the content is good enough, I would continue to get views from those posts all month.

I want to take the mistakes from the past and turn them into lessons for the present.Join The ME Project

What I Wrote

I published 10 posts during the month of January. The most popular were:

Breaking Down My First Month of Blogging– 121 views

Finding & Creating Your Brand Identity– 90 views

Stats for January

  • 989 views
  • 431 visitors
  • 36 likes
  • 117 comments

Traffic

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • WordPress.com Reader
  • Pinterest

February

If I could consider January, my high than, February was definitely my low. I generally just did not feel well last month. And while my blog took a hit, there are still accomplishments that I am very proud of.

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Stats for February

  • 391 views
  • 180 visitors
  • 21 likes
  • 16 comments

Traffic

  • WordPress.com Reader
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

Looking at the above stats you can truly see the difference between the two months. Wherein January, I was initially battling a bad mindset, this time around I was battling my health. I was dealing with complications with my Occipital Neuralgia and some days, I could find any inspiration to write.

Just like in, “Nana! The Pot’s Burning!”, some days you just have to accept defeat and wait for the next day.

What I Wrote

But this doesn’t mean that I didn’t write anything. For the month of February, I wrote 10 posts which seem to be my average. The most popular were:

Create a Self-Care Toolkit– 41 views

Let’s Build a Community!– 36 views

Making a Dream Reality

The month wasn’t a total wash though. I was able to put into action a part of a dream I’ve had since my last blog. I created The Community, a side project of Join The ME Project.

Click here to read more, The Community

As of now, there’s a Facebook group, Twitter RT account, and Wednesday highlight post on my IG. I’m so happy that the feedback has been great so far.

I think that may be all I have to discuss today, as always, let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

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