What to Post on Instagram When You’re NOT Good At Photography✨

As bloggers, social media is one of the things many of us consider as another way to connect with our readers, keep up with other online influencers, and grow our followings. One of the main social media platforms today is Instagram. But being apart of Instagram can get discouraging very quickly if you have no idea what to even post. Especially if you don’t feel like you’re any good at photography.

I recently came across a blog post on Lucy’s blog over at ElsieLMC. The post had nothing to do with Instagram photography but it inspired this post because of the short conversation we had in the comments. (View her post here: My Spring Bucket List) I also thought this would be great for her featured post (as promised for being a winner of Can You Guess The Blogger)

The conversation ended with me telling Lucy I don’t think I’m great at photography either but there’s always a way! Beauty can be found in just about anything. So today I’m going to be sharing a few Instagram photo ideas!

What to Post on Instagram When You’re NOT Good At Photography (Ideas, & Apps I Use)

Intro post/picture: This can be a picture of yourself, your blog site, your logo, or a little description of what will be on your page or blog. Here is my introduction Instagram post:

Quotes/poems: This one really doesn’t need much of an explanation. But if you’re going to post quotes or poems make sure they’re meaningful. You can even dress these posts up. For example, here’s something I posted on my old Instagram account:

Nature/Scenery: Get outside and snap a few pictures of the clouds, the trees, flowers, the sunset. They’ll turn out beautiful! You don’t have to be a photographer. As your caption, write a short poem or explain what you love about the scenery. Post your plants, or your garden if you have one. Here are a few nature pictures I’ve taken…

I’ll say it again, I am not a photographer. All of these pictures were taken from my iPhone. The first one was taken back in March, I didn’t raise the window or screen up, the screen can’t be opened. I thought it would turn out horrible but as you can see, it still looks pretty decent.
These kinds of pictures don’t always have to be of nature. It can even be street signs or buildings. There is an endless amount of possibilities for photo taking outside.

Yourself: An obvious choice would be to include pictures of yourself. But what if you’re not ready to really show yourself? That’s okay! You don’t really have to include your whole face if you’re not comfortable with that yet. Here is a picture I shared on my Instagram, I included a poem for the caption.

Behind the scenes: Share a behind the scenes to one of your blog posts. Share a picture of something exciting/interesting you did that day or over the weekend. Share a preview of something you’re working on.

Monthly favorites/hauls: You can post pictures of certain items in your hauls or monthly favorites. Or post a picture of the entire haul!Tell your followers why you love that product, where you got it from and if they should check it out also.

Things you are reviewing: This can go along with monthly favorites and hauls but if you are actually reviewing a product or book on your blog, go ahead and make a post for Instagram as well!

Food: If you’re out or in having a nice dinner, snap a picture of your plate before you eat lol I know you’ve seen this plenty of times. You can share your tips for cooking that meal, the ingredients or why it might be healthy if you go that route. A lot of people are getting into healthy eating habits. When I was making my smoothies in the mornings I would take a few pictures. I could use them for Instagram but food isn’t really my focus.

Room decor: I love watching a good room decor video on YouTube or seeing pictures on Pinterest! Why exclude Instagram? I noticed Lucy did a blog post sharing her Spring Room Decor and the pictures would be perfect for Instagram! I especially like this one:
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Books: if you read often, you can share pictures of each new book you start or finish reading.

Outings: If you know you’ll be going out somewhere perhaps a concert or maybe just out for coffee, you could take a picture of your tickets, your view of the stage, you actually at the concert, a picture of your coffee and maybe a book you brought with you. You can even take a picture of the coffee shop. When I went for my first counseling session I made sure to take pictures. I could easily turn a few of them into Instagram posts. I will be using them for a future blog post so I’ll just show one example.

Milestones: Design a cute picture celebrating your milestones and achievements with an app. Maybe you’ve just reached 100 followers, you can line up flowers, candy, glitter, or whatever you wish to make the number 100. You can even use this for countdowns. I like how Rachel Parcell of Pink Peonies used this to let her followers know there were just 2 days left until the launch of her spring clothing collection.
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These are just a few ideas, but there are so many others! Make sure whatever you decide to post aligns with your blog or your brand unless you’ll just be using a personal account. All you really need to take good Instagram pictures is a decent camera, some natural lighting, focus, and your imagination!

Apps I Use:

  • Canva| I use Canva for my quotes posts, like the one I did with the Help quote and sunflowers.
  • Phonto| I use Phonto for quotes, and poetry. Phonto is probably my favorite app for adding text. It also has a few free background images as well.
  • Plann + Preview|
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  • Plann + Preview are both Instagram planning apps like Planoly, & UNUM but these are my favorites. You can use filters to create a color theme for your Instagram in both but I think you get the best filters in Preview although you only get 8 to choose from. You can also check your analytics in both but Plann has a feature called Sneaky Peek that allows you to take a peek at other users performance.

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Can You Guess The Blogger?! (Answers)✨

On Friday I posted the Can You Guess The Blogger game and asked you all how many you could guess correctly out of the 10. The first person to comment at least 7 right would be the winner and get featured on my blog. Here are the answers, let’s see how you did!

BLOG 1: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Well, not quite with this blogger. This blogger is quite open about things in her life and her time in Las Vegas which is so inspiring. Some of us hide things we may not want the blog world to know, but she is comfortable enough to share those parts of her life with us. You can expect food recipes. You can also expect journal entries here as well.
The answer isHunidasBlog!
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BLOG 2: Take a trip and travel the world with this blogger! She’s been to Peru, Fiji, and even will be traveling to Japan soon! She shared about her boudoir photo shoot experience. Have you ever had smart cookies (one of the cutest cookies ever) or star constellation cookies? You probably saw these on the blog.
The answer isTheLifeofAngela!
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BLOG 3: This blogger is a cheerleader! Probably most known for her weekly wrap ups/ outfits of the week she shares which are usually very nice. I can say she has a great sense of style so it’s no surprise that she would like to work in the fashion industry. You may notice she often shops at TJMaxx, Hollister, Kohl’s, and Old Navy to name a few.
The answer isStyledbyMcKenz!
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BLOG 4: Many times, you can find this blogger in pictures and video surrounded by nature, lots of green! She share’s unique outfit posts, one of my favorites being a pleated skirt and crop top with these cute rose gold sneakers! She’s quite the lady:)
The answer isIWannaBeALady!
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BLOG 5: This blogger recently had a baby sister born back in January! There’s a chance you’ve been featured on this blog in the past on a Saturday. You can find spiritual motivation on this blog.
The answer isDreamingofGuatemala!
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BLOG 6: She’s a curlfriend! You can find cute bullet journal spreads on this blog, DIYs, and great blog tips. She even made a blog post on creating your About Me page, making it super creative and interesting which I really enjoyed. She is a London based blogger.
The answer isBeautiful-Inspiring-Creative-Life!
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BLOG 7: Her blog name comes from her initials and worked quite well! If you need a smile or a laugh you can probably find one in just about any of her posts because she always finds a way to throw in something funny, I think one of her favorite emojis just might be the laughing one lol! Lives in Ireland.
The answer isElsieLMC!
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BLOG 8: You may know this blogger for her many pictures or monthly favorites. In fact, her blog is pretty much based on her life through all the pictures she’s taken. If you follow her, you probably notice how perfect her eyebrows usually are as well- I’m just saying! Lol. She does a really great job. She is also a certified pharmacy technician.
The answer isKittyp0p!
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BLOG 9: The first thing I think of when I think of this blog is the color yellow, and sunflowers. This Blogger is from Germany. This blogger has a pretty unique blog name and story behind it, relating to a game!
The answer isGluecksgeist!
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BLOG 10: You can expect lots of makeup/beauty related posts on this blog. I’m thinking about getting some rose gold nail polish after reading one of her recent posts! This blogger is a Capricorn, and loves The Weeknd. I love The Weeknd too btw:) but this isn’t about me.
The answer isSimpleSerenity!
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And the winner of the game is…

It looks like we have 2 winners! Lucy from ElsieLMC and Angela from TheLifeofAngela, both got 7 correct and both were included. Thanks for participating girls, you’re awesome! Lucy sent her answers (8 guesses) in the comment section only getting 1 incorrect (Blog4) and Angela sent her answers to me on Instagram, she only guessed for 7 of the 10 blogs but all were correct. Can’t wait to feature you both on my blog again!

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out all 10 blogs! I hope you all had an amazing Easter Sunday.💖adk_0001

Can You Guess The Blogger?!✨

Happy Friday beautiful bloggers! This week I wanted to do a fun post featuring some of you! I haven’t done a fun Friday post like this in a while and I will be bringing them back more frequently. I’ve missed doing them and I know you all have enjoyed them in the past as well. I will be doing a DIY to complete my Hobby Adventures series, but I have to go out for the materials this weekend. I’m excited!

Can You Guess The Blog/Blogger?

For this post, I will be listing 3 clues about 10 different blogs. Your job is to see if you can guess which blog the 3 clues match up to. You can say their blog site or their actual name. Leave your guesses in the comments! If you know 1 of the 10 blogs is your own, please don’t guess yourself obviously lol. I will be adding their blog links and correct answers later. If you are the first person to guess 7-10 correctly I will be featuring you and my favorite post of yours on my blog! Most of these are quite popular bloggers in my opinion, so everyone should have a fair chance unless you’re new here on WordPress- so sorry!

Here Are The Clues:

BLOG 1: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Well, not quite with this blogger. This blogger is quite open about things in her life and her time in Las Vegas which is so inspiring. Some of us hide things we may not want the blog world to know, but she is comfortable enough to share those parts of her life with us. You can expect food recipes. You can also expect journal entries here as well.

BLOG 2: Take a trip and travel the world with this blogger! She’s been to Peru, Fiji, and even will be traveling to Japan soon! She shared about her boudoir photo shoot experience. Have you ever had smart cookies (one of the cutest cookies ever) or star constellation cookies? You probably saw these on the blog.

BLOG 3: This blogger is a cheerleader! Probably most known for her weekly wrap ups/ outfits of the week she shares which are usually very nice. I can say she has a great sense of style so it’s no surprise that she would like to work in the fashion industry. You may notice she often shops at TJMaxx, Hollister, Kohl’s, and Old Navy to name a few.

BLOG 4: Many times, you can find this blogger in pictures and video surrounded by nature, lots of green! She share’s unique outfit posts, one of my favorites being a pleated skirt and crop top with these cute rose gold sneakers! She’s quite the lady:)

BLOG 5: This blogger recently had a baby sister born back in January! There’s a chance you’ve been featured on this blog in the past on a Saturday. You can find spiritual motivation on this blog.

BLOG 6: She’s a curlfriend! You can find cute bullet journal spreads on this blog, DIYs, and great blog tips. She even made a blog post on creating your About Me page, making it super creative and interesting which I really enjoyed. She is a London based blogger.

BLOG 7: Her blog name comes from her initials and worked quite well! If you need a smile or a laugh you can probably find one in just about any of her posts because she always finds a way to throw in something funny, I think one of her favorite emojis just might be the laughing one lol! Lives in Ireland.

BLOG 8: You may know this blogger for her many pictures or monthly favorites. In fact, her blog is pretty much based on her life through all the pictures she’s taken. If you follow her, you probably notice how perfect her eyebrows usually are as well- I’m just saying! Lol. She does a really great job. She is also a certified pharmacy technician.

BLOG 9: The first thing I think of when I think of this blog is the color yellow, and sunflowers. This Blogger is from Germany. This blogger has a pretty unique blog name and story behind it, relating to a game!

BLOG 10: You can expect lots of makeup/beauty related posts on this blog. I’m thinking about getting some rose gold nail polish after reading one of her recent posts! This blogger is a Capricorn, and loves The Weeknd. I love The Weeknd too btw:) but this isn’t about me.

So, can you guess which bloggers I’ve listed? How many can you guess correctly? 

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How to be featured in a future Fun Friday post

  1. Like/Comment on my blog frequently, this way I always notice you when I go to choose a few to be featured. By posting genuine comments, you also have a chance to be featured in my Golden Comments which I will be bringing back. This is a post where I share some of my most favorite comments for that week, that month etc.
  2. Post to your own blog frequently. Sometimes I choose a few from my reader to be featured, if you post frequently there’s a chance I will notice you. This also helps me be able to have a variety of things to include from your blog for a particular post.
  3. Be active in the community. You need to make yourself known, more specifically to be featured in one like this. If no one has any idea of your blog or who you are they obviously wouldn’t be able to guess you.

& that’s literally all you have to do!
Unless I ask otherwise of course. Sometimes I will make a post asking for bloggers who’d like to be featured. I find ways to include all😊

I hope you all enjoy this weeks Fun Friday and have a great weekend! Also, let me know if you’d like a part 2 with 10 more blogs!
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Hobby Adventures: DIY/Customs✨

Before you begin… It may be best NOT to view this in reader. Head on over to my actual site.💖

Happy Friday! I hope you’re all ready for this weeks hobby adventure, it’s going to be my favorite one sharing which is why I’ve saved it for last. The series will only have one week left after this one. I’m excited! Not about it ending of course but because I’m going to have a lot of fun with these last two☺️

I’ve always been interested in DIY projects, even before I knew the term DIY existed. I’d find myself trying to come up with ways to make basic bedroom decor and school supplies really pretty, girly, and more unique to my own personality. In school I would try to color my pencils with a permanent marker or put decorative tape around them, I’d decorate my notebooks with markers and stickers or glue doodles on the cover. I remember going camping for a school trip and one of the activities we could participate in was decorating your own little purse, I was so excited to sit down and create mine and show it off. I wish I had pictures but this was back in 5th grade. I barely have any pictures before my high school years, unfortunately.In 2016 I decided to share some of my DIY projects to Facebook just to show my friends and family what I had been up to and how excited I was to personalize my own items. I was proud of what I could do and what I was putting my time and energy into. I started doing this as a hobby and creative outlet for myself since I love to make everything pretty lol.

Friends and family liked and commented how they always knew I was “talented” or they always knew I was creative mentioning my poetry as well. Some told me I should try to open a boutique, and it wasn’t long before other people in my hometown started commenting asking how much would I charge to customize something for them or their children (usually for birthdays, baby showers, Christmas)

I was shocked when money got involved because that’s not what I initially intended when I shared on Facebook. I didn’t even think my crafts were good enough that people would consider paying me, it was really just something I enjoyed doing and wanted to share.

I believe my first customer was a family member, my little cousin’s mother wanted some letters done for the kids’ bedroom.

Another family member wanted custom shoes and then clothing, then I started getting customers I didn’t know, people in different states. Things were moving very quickly, I had no idea what I was really doing or how to do it like a business, I didn’t know much about shipping to other states, I didn’t know what to expect if a customer wasn’t happy when they received their item, it was a lot of work, a lot to take in and do basically on my own.

I had help financially with some supplies, transportation to customers and post office thanks to my boyfriend at the time but other than that it was all me. Communicating to each new customer while having social anxiety was not easy but I had to do it, coming up with pricing, creating a portfolio, spending hours on a custom product hoping you don’t mess up and have to start over because that’s more money to spend, making sure it meets their expectations, these are just a few things. It would take an entirely new post to talk about the things to consider, things I didn’t know starting a small side hustle or business and the mistakes I made. But this post is just about the fun adventurous part.

Here is some of the work I did for customers:

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Here you can see I wasn’t the best at doing boy items, I had to mainly add stickers lol and I was so nervous about those “spider webs” but it still turned out cool. This was one I did for a family member so I wasn’t as nervous as I could have been.

CLOTHING
This was one of the first clothing items I customized. It was just a practice run, it wasn’t made specifically for anyone.
I made this one for myself. “WAYS” stands for Why Aren’t You Smiling. It’s a song by Jhene Aiko and is one of the songs I listen to whenever I’m feeling the most down.Excuse my hair in the picture lol I had just washed it. This was back in those relaxed hair days, but after I did my first mini chop.I did baby customs, majority of my customers wanted onesies. I’ve done many and I’d love to show more but the clothing is something I’m really working on to improve for the future so i’ll wait until then.

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OTHERI actually made a post on these DIY bookmarks and candle jars. I’ll have to update it because some of the pictures were deleted.I was so in love with these phone cases I did! Since I love cases so much I should make one for my phone!I also made a post on this baby shower pin for my cousin who had twins… which I also need to update… Well, it looks like I know some things I can work on soon.

My cousin even let me do her graduation dress! Or was it prom? Either way, It was such a wonderful feeling knowing both her and her mother trusted me to do that. They trusted me with GLUE on her dress for a special moment. I was beyond nervous, I was worried, my hands were shaking. I guess you could say I barely trusted myself with this project. I didn’t ask her for permission to post her picture actually wearing it, so I’ll just show the dress.

I have so many other pictures but I didn’t want to include so many in one post.

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I was improving, I was gaining more and more customers, everything was growing but then I let a terrible incident in my life shut me completely down. I sent out my last orders and never went back. This incident changed me and was followed by a series of other unfortunate events. It had nothing to do with the start of my growing business but everything to do with life. I could have bounced back from it after a while but I found my love for blogging so I started my journey here instead. I had family members pay me to do a few things for them over time since they could get in touch with me but that was it. I really haven’t been on Facebook, it became draining after a while honestly.

People ask me will I get back into it, people quickly answer for me and say never but the truth is I don’t know. It’s one of those things I’d like to do once I get other things more important to me going. I also feel like if you do any type of comeback, especially after years, it has to be way better than before. You can’t come back with no improvements. That’s just my opinion.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Which DIY custom item is your favorite? Which do you think I should recreate? Are you into DIY projects?

Hobby Adventures: Graphic Design✨

Welcome back to another Hobby Adventures! There are only a few more weeks before this series ends. Last time I talked about instruments & writing and for this week I’ll be talking about my experience with basic graphic design and editing.

Graphic design is a very broad term because there are so many different types. You have graphic designers that create logos, websites (which many of us do as bloggers) business cards, those that create clothing designs, illustrations, product packaging, even marketing materials.

Something I’ve recently been working on is creating my own phone and desktop wallpapers even to share with you all! You may have seen a few I made on SheLivesLove. Of course, I’m just starting out so I have a lot to practice and learn but for my first few I think they turned out great!
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The inspired galaxy wallpaper is one of my favorite. The background started as a picture of some clouds, during a sunset much like the head in the clouds wallpaper. Editing and filters do work a lot of magic! Here is another cloudy/sunset picture I took and edited…
wallpaperbg7.jpgI haven’t worked as much on cellphone wallpapers but it is something I am focusing on more now. I’ll be sharing some soon on SheLivesLove so be on the lookout!
Here is a look at a quick simple one I made for myself today:


A few years ago I even dabbled in making those cartoons out of pictures, not with a filter. You know the ones people actually edit themselves? I know some are more professional but I was just beginning. These don’t look that great at all, it was something I quickly gave up lol but I had fun the first few tries. I used my own picture and one of my friends:

 

Besides wallpapers and weird looking cartoons, for a while, I played a game called IMVU. (similar to sims if you play that) It’s an avatar-based social platform where you can do all sorts of things chatting with people around the world within a virtual universe, one of them is becoming a “creator” which intrigued me for obvious reasons.

As a creator, you create clothes, shoes, hair, even rooms and so much more for other players to buy with their credits, which is the currency on IMVU. With each sale, you received a portion of the credits or “dev points” towards creating a new product. If you became pro you could possibly earn real money but I never reached pro level so I don’t know much about that. Pro level is level 5-7 unless they’ve changed things. I made it to level 3 before I quit. A lot of factors came into play when calculating tier points for creator levels which included the sales you made, how many products you made total and recent, product ratings and more. Which meant if you stopped creating for a while, you could go down a level.

Some items you could find already in the shop from other creators that you can derive from, meaning use their product to create a new one. Changing the color is usually what most people did when starting out but then you learned more and could create your own patterns, textures, shapes, whatever your heart desired!

You also had to create your own icon images for the products, and ads if you wanted that as well. I used gimp mainly and a few other editing software programs over time. For the first ad below, I derived the hair and tops from other products just adding my own colors, textures, and text. The top says, “Big Hair Don’t Care” lol. In the second add, I created the hairs the same way but the outfit and boots I designed and shaped all on my own. I was extremely proud of myself because I had been working so hard to learn how to do this, this outfit wasn’t the first try, only the first pictured. I got tired of just adding text or patterns to other products. The rest of the photos are of other outfits and ads I created.

 

 

 

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I no longer play or create on IMVU, sometimes I consider getting back into it as another creative outlet I enjoyed but the experience isn’t the same as when I was younger or even a few years ago. I think it’s much more enjoyable as a teen or if you’re really into fashion design which I am not. I’m like, a little into it. I created 195 products in the IMVU shop, you can see how my icons and editing improved over time from my very first product (on page 8) to my very last. Check out the whole shop here! I cringed at some of them, but I am at a different place in life than I was back then, okay? Lol! Carry on…

To the end of this post…I hope you enjoyed it and I’ll see you next week for another hobby adventure!
Do you play sims? Have you ever played on IMVU? Do you do any type of graphic design? Let me know in the comments.
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Hobby Adventures: Instruments and Writing✨

Welcome back to another week of my hobby adventures! The past 2 weeks I took you all on my nail art adventures, this week I’ll be sharing my adventures with playing instruments and writing.

Throughout elementary and middle school I played a few instruments. Recorder, cello, bass, violin, with violin being my favorite to name a few. I played the violin quite well in middle school. We went to competitions, and I even participated in an audition in my orchestra class for first chair (the violinist that plays in the front and leads/starts performances. Sometimes has small solos) and guess who got that chair?

Yes, I did!

Our teacher sent us all to the back in her office, and made us close the door so no one could see who was playing or show favoritism. Everyone was able to judge with their ears.

You’d think as shy and introverted as I am I wouldn’t want to be first chair but I loved the orchestra so much and I knew that I was good at playing the violin. It made me feel good. We had orchestra, chorus and band, as most schools do I believe. Around the holidays or other school events we would have concerts during and after school for our parents/guardians to come see. Sometimes all 3 groups would join together for one massive performance. I remember one specific concert for Christmas the chorus sang Silent Night while the orchestra and band played along. I remember another time in elementary for the talent show we had to perform. I was also a cheerleader, the cheerleading team had to perform, and I was one of the talent show hosts for half of the show. Good times. Good times. Auditioning for host was actually a wonderful experience even though it was just a little in school thing. Thinking of doing it today gives me anxiety lol. But that’s all another story.

Going to music class was my favorite part of the school day each year until moving onto high school. My high school didn’t have a good orchestra program, and I was embarrassed to even join. I think it would have been the same if the program was bigger and more popular. This is one of those hobbies I wish I would have kept up with. I can only imagine how much improvement there could have been by now.

Two instruments I would love to play are the piano and guitar. My daddy played the piano for a little while when he was in school. I don’t think he’s into it or remembers much now. I know I can barely remember how to play a violin or read sheet music.

In 2015 I started writing a book (more like an urban story that was full of drama and all over the place, it also rhymed a little) the story was getting a lot of attention and love on Facebook and Wattpad. This was at a time where short stories (mainly urban) on Facebook was popular. I eventually talked to an author/publisher. But I got scared, is why I didn’t go through with everything. I realized I wasn’t really ready for all of the attention I was beginning to receive.

If I didn’t post the next chapter quickly enough soo many people would be commenting and inboxing asking questions and it just became overwhelming. I felt rushed but I can say that I learned a few things from the experience. One thing being to have the whole story complete before sharing parts every so often because if you get stuck one week you’re going to have to push back and all of your readers might not be as patient. Another thing being you definitely have to be ready for that kind of attention. Sometimes you can think you’re ready for it and you’re just not. The same can apply to blogging.

I did finish the draft of the story, I just never edited it for an actual book. I didn’t plan to have the book rhyme. I also wanted to begin a sequel type, which I did. But again, that never got finished. I’ve thought about posting it here or the Wattpad link but I look back on the story not being so proud of it because I don’t see myself being the same girl who wrote it. And I definitely wouldn’t write that story today. Who knows, maybe one day I won’t care as much and say hey have a look.

I’m more focused on starting over and trying again. I am currently in the process of that with my poetry book I have been working on. I can’t wait until it’s complete and I can share it! This is a goal that’s on the top of my list so I am determined.✨

I hope you enjoyed this week of my hobby adventures. Have you played any instruments? Have you written any books or short stories? I’d love to know.💖

Hobby Adventures: Nail Designs (pt.2)

Last week I shared a few old pictures of some nail designs I tried on myself. If you haven’t checked that post out already, go ahead and do that before or after you’re all done here:) Hobby Adventures: Nail Designs (pt.1)

Painting my nails quickly became a hobby I enjoyed. I was a beginner, so the designs weren’t really fancy and a beginner is where I stayed because I lost interest just as quickly. I mentioned I would be sharing a few of my hobbies I’ve had throughout the years for the next few weeks, and possibly recreating some of them. So today I decided to recreate one of my nail designs. Was it a pass or fail?

This is the design I decided to recreate, but I wanted to use different colors. I didn’t have the same exact color choices anyway.

I chose to go with pink, silver, and blue. Instead of doing the cheetah print I wanted to try polka dots hoping they would smear nicely after applying a top coat for a cool effect.

I first applied a clear coat base, this protects the nail from staining and also helps the paint last longer. The same with applying a top coat. Once I decided which color I wanted each nail, I began to draw the XO. The first time I did this I believe I used a toothpick or a skinnier polish brush which I didn’t have this time so I had to use the blue polish brush lightly. I also used this method to do my polka dots.

Basically, it didn’t turn out how I hoped. Pass or fail? Definitely a fail. Take a look for yourself:

After applying the clear top coat you can kind of see the effect I was talking about. Kind of… And yes, I didn’t bother cleaning around my nails because I knew I wouldn’t be keeping them this way.

Trying to draw the XO on my left hand was very difficult. A hot mess.

I believe where I messed up the most was using a bit too much polish than needed. This causes the drying time to last forever. That was always my problem as well as patience. I was ready to do other tasks and my nails suffered in the process smearing all over the place and taking on other textures. This is how they looked after all the madness… Does it say “RO” now? Is that even a letter at all anymore? A hot mess.

A better look at that effect I keep talking about that never turned out right…

So is this a hobby I can see myself getting back into? Probably not. LOL!
Solid colors and a little glitter will do just fine.

See you all next week with another hobby adventure!adk_0001