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February 2019

Top 5 Things To Do in Columbus, Ohio

Discovering Home

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. As some may know, I live in what’s called the Tri-State area, a meeting place of West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Growing up, I spent a lot of time traveling between the states. But I still don’t know of all of the wonderful gems in these areas.

So I’m announcing a new project, on my site, Discovering Home. With this project, I will be making guides for known and unknown places within the Tri-State area. And if you’ve read the title, you know where I’m starting.

Top 5 Things To Do in Columbus, Ohio

Along with being the capital city of Ohio, it offers so many activities for you to do both free and some affordable. Let’s get into my top five list.

1. North Market

This is a market where you can truly find just about everything you need. Made and sourced locally by merchants, farmers, and makers. North Market was established in 1876 so by visiting and supporting, you are helping local small businesses and a piece of history.

Address
59 Spruce Street • Columbus OH • 43215
Phone Number
(614)463-9664

Upcoming Events

  • Mix & Shake- Saturday, March 9th
  • Apron Gala- Saturday, May 18th
  • Farmer’s Market- Each weekend during the growing season

2. The Candle Lab

I’m a true believer in self-care and creating the right environment that promotes relaxation. The Candle Lab fits right into that equation. Inside the shop, you can experience making your own soy-based candle. If DIY is not your style, simply buy the candles, diffusers, room sprays, and more.

Address
1255 Grandview Ave • Columbus OH • 43212
Phone Number
(614)915-0777 x3

Upcoming Events

  • Pour with your Pups- Wednesday, March 6th
  • St. Patty’s Cocktails, Cookies, & Candles- Thursday, March 14th

3. Columbus Museum of Art

I feel museums are one of those places where you can spend hours at a time, especially when you are not in a rush. General admission for the Columbus Museum of Art is free on Sundays.

Address
480 East Broad Street • Columbus OH • 43215
Phone Number
(614)221-6801

Upcoming Events

  • Art Book Club- Sunday, March 3rd
  • Spotlight Tour at Pizzuti Collection- Saturday, March 30th

4. The Book Loft

Located within the German Village, The Book Loft is one of the largest independent bookstores. It’s literally 32 rooms of books. You are instructed to pick up a map to help you navigate the store.

Address
631 South Third Street • Columbus OH • 43206
Phone Number
(614)464-1774

Upcoming Events

  • Charlie J. Eskew- Sunday, March 3rd
  • Local Authors at The Loft- Sunday, March 10th
  • Conrade C. Hinds- Sunday, March 24th

5. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

One of the most known places to visit is, of course, the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. But what would a top ten list be without it? It hosts more than 7,000 animals and 800 species.

Address
4850 W Powell Rd • Powell OH • 43065
Phone Number
(614)645-3400

Upcoming Events

  • Camp and Activities Expo- Saturday, March 9th
  • Eggs, Paws, and Claws- Friday, April 19th
  • Party for the Planet- Saturday, April 27th

Let me know what you think about this new series. Do you like it, would you like to see more posts like this? Thinking about moving to the area? Check out Columbus homes for sale.

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Let’s Build a Community!

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Let’s Build a Community!

Hello everyone, today I thought I would do something a little different and share my thoughts on current events, along with what I’ve been working on behind the scenes.

Starting a Community

When I rebranded as Join The ME Project, one of my main goals was to create a community. I’ve discussed this a few times already. But I truly believe that blogging shouldn’t be a competition. It should be about creating strong bonds with like-minded individuals.

The Community Facebook Group Photo

The Facebook Group

This thought process and mindset spawned The Community Facebook group. I created this group for the bloggers, influencers, and creators. We are all at various stages of development and growth but that doesn’t mean we can’t lend a helping hand.

Within the group, you can find resources, weekly threads, and Q&A sessions. Feel free to join a growing Facebook group!

Twitter logo

Creation of an RT account & Threads

So many of us get burned out because we’re constantly worried about stats. Added on by the pressure of people who follow/unfollow and brands with unrealistic expectations. Instead, we should celebrate each other’s milestones because in the general span of things, we are a small community. Wouldn’t it be better to ignore what we have no control over?

But to combat the negativity, I want to make sure that I do my part. Today, on Twitter I’ve created an RT account that’s also attached to the Facebook Group.

The community twitter

I know one of the biggest struggles about what we do, is feeling like our work doesn’t get seen or pushed in front of a big enough audience. While this account is starting off at the bare minimum, I’m hoping with your help, it will grow.

Instagram thread

Use What You Have to Highlight Others

I wrote about it today in the FB group, but there will be one new change that I will be adding to my Instagram. Each month, I will post a thread on FB entitled, Instagram Highlight. Once a week, I will randomly pick someone to highlight on my IG feed. You just have to be a member of the group and following me on IG.

Find out my thoughts on current events and what I've been working on behind the scenes. Read at jointhemeproject.com

That’s really all I have to share with you today, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Create a Self-Care Toolkit

Create a Self-Care Toolkit

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According to the Oxford Living Dictionaries, the definition of self-care is, ”The practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.”

In Knowing Your Limits, I discussed what limits are and broke down the differences between physical, mental, and emotional limits. Today,  I’m going to help you create a self-care toolkit. From this post, you’ll be able to learn how to use it, what should go in it, and why it is important.

What is a Self-Care Toolkit?

In some ways, a self-care toolkit is self-explanatory (pun intended). A master craftsman keeps his toolbox full of instruments that he knows. He understands how they work, what role they play, and how they benefit him in the job he wants to perform. The same can be said for a self-care toolkit. Fill it with items that are going to help you fulfill your self-care routine.

How to Create a Self-Care Toolkit- Do you know what a self-care toolkit is? Want to find out the steps on how to make one? Read the article to find out how.- jointhemeproject.com

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Create a Self-Care Toolkit- Do you know what a self-care toolkit is? Want to find out the steps on how to make one? Read the article to find out how.- jointhemeproject.com

Build up Where You Are Low

A self-care routine can have many factors to it. But I think it’s most important to build yourself up where you feel low. If you feel tired mentally add in items that are going to help you with that. Vice versa for other factors in your life that need strengthening.

Building off of Knowing Your Limits, I’ll be breaking the self-care routine into three parts:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Mental

The Tools

Chesapeake Bay Candle- Balance + Harmony

Price: $9.99

With a blend of Water Lily, pear and peach this candle can be a great physical addition to your self-care kit. Let the aroma relax you and ease away the stresses of your day.

 

#ANOTE2SELF Meditation Journal


Price: $11.99

For your emotional needs, I definitely recommend this journal. It was created with self-care and mental health as its purpose. Inside you’ll find writing prompts and goals with healing in mind.

 

Verilux HappyLight

Price: $39.95

While I’m including this light in the mental category, it can really go in all three because it has so many benefits. This light copies what we would get from the sun. This light therapy can help regulate your body. With its compact size, take it with you when you travel or place it where you need it most.

View The Rest of The List

These are just a few of the items I recommend you add to your self-care kit. You can view the rest below, simply click the picture.

Create a Self-Care Toolkit- Do you know what a self-care toolkit is? Want to find out the steps on how to make one? Read the article to find out how.- jointhemeproject.com

As always, let me know what you thought about this post. What would you add to your self-care kit?

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How to Achieve Your February Blog Goals

How to Achieve

Your February Blog Goals

As the day begins to draw to a close on February 1st, I thought it would be wise to remind ourselves of the momentum we had going into 2019. While this post is specifically about blogging goals, don’t neglect the other goals you’ve made for yourself. It’s never too late to put your thoughts into action.

 

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Using Available Resources

Previously, on this blog, I’ve discussed Free Resources Every Blogger Should Know About. And just recently I’ve gone over How to do Blog Maintenance. Today, I’ll be adding a blog planner to this list. And hopefully, between these three articles, you will find the assistance you need to make your blogging goals a reality.

How to Achieve Your Blogging Goals- read this article to learn how to achieve your blogging goals this month. And receive access to a free blog planner PDF. Check out jointhemeproject.com to learn more.

Blog Planner

Planning and organization seem to go hand in hand. Creating a downloadable planner was the first idea to pop into my head. I tried to think about what I would want in a blog planner all the while keeping it very simple.

What You Will Find

  • Reason for Post
  • To-Do
  • Title
  • Publish Date
  • Brainstorm Ideas

Sneak Peaks

How to Achieve Your Blogging Goals- read this article to learn how to achieve your blogging goals this month. And receive access to a free blog planner PDF. Check out jointhemeproject.com to learn more.

As always to gain access to the blog planner, all you have to do is sign up for the Newsletter.

Please let me know what you think about this planner if you end up using it. I truly hope it helps some of you with your blogging goals. This post is definitely short, simple, and sweet but I wanted to get this up as soon as possible. Be on the lookout for the next post.

Thank you for Joining The ME Project ❤️

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