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How To Spice Up Your Content Calendar For Spring & Summer

It’s safe to say that we all get a little tired with our content from time to time. Even when you’re really passionate about what you do, and you’re really excited to share posts on topics that you love, we all hit that brick wall with blogging. It tends to come in waves. Just when you think you’re on a roll with your content and you’re creating stuff that you really love, you’ll soon get tired of it again and wonder if you’ll ever get back on track. But you can and you will. The solution is often very simple too.

When you put too much pressure on yourself, you’re always going to struggle to stay on top of things. However, the trick is to not let yourself get stuck in too much of a routine. Because when you get comfortable, it’s all too easy to get bored. But when you decide to shake things up and make changes on a regular basis, you’re going to find that you’re so much more inspired and motivated. When you’re used to routine, this can be tough – but it doesn’t have to be impossible. To make sure that you’re creating consistent content but not letting it get too stale, you’ll often find that shaking things up with the seasons helps.

So now that we’re firmly enjoying Spring (or should be!) and summer isn’t that far behind, you’ve got the perfect excuse to give it a try. No matter what your blogging niche is, if you need some inspiration and you feel like making a change to your content calendar, you’ll find that these ideas can help.

Create A Series

First of all, one thing that will often get a lot of traction and be quite interesting for your reads is the idea of creating a series. If you usually post content quite randomly and you tend to write about things that cross your mind, it may seem like you have no sense of direction. However, if you were to come up with a series that features say six posts on a set topic or around a key theme, your readers will often come back looking for that additional content.

Focus On One Platform

When it comes to your social media promotions, you may find that you often spread yourself too thin by trying to be everywhere. So maybe for each upcoming season, it might be better for you to give one platform a bit of a push. Set yourself a goal, create some content ideas, and really work to drive your engagement levels to see what kind of effect it can have for you.

Introduce A New Topic

Next, you might also like to think about launching a completely new category on your blog. If you feel like you’re in a run and your not really doing much with what you’re producing lately, adding something new into the mix can often spur you on and ignite some inspiration for your content altogether.

Create Some Video

If you’ve always been a blogger rather than a vlogger, then you may think that you need to stick to the written format. But you could find that by creating some video, you’re adding a new dimension to your blog. If you have no idea what you need to do, you can find a link to professionals that can help you. By bringing in a production company, you could create quality videos that really amplify your content and create some excitement around your blog.

Bring In Some Spring

Now that we’re firmly in the spring season, why not introduce some seasonal content into your calendar? It’s often great to tailor your content to the time of year or the events that you might have going on, so think about what represents spring to you and how that could apply to your blogging niche. Great examples here would be spring beauty concerns, spring fashion, or the best destinations to head to in spring.

Plan Ahead For Summer

You could then also look to do the same for the upcoming summer months. Again, you’ll often find that there are some great summer tie-ins that you can work on for your blog. Make sure that you think about key dates in the calendar that you might want to create some content around, such as the 4th July for US bloggers.

Collaborate With Another Blogger

One thing that will always be a lot of fun to do and really helps to shake up your content is collaborating with other content producers. When you take some of the ideas here and apply them to your blog, you’ll have some really different and interesting content to share. Plus, working with another blogger will also mean that you get a cross-promotion on all of their channels too – and what’s not to love about that!

Start A Podcast

You might have noticed that audio is getting increasingly popular at the moment. So this could be something that you also look to cash in on. Podcasting might seem quite tough, but it doesn’t have to be. Get yourself acquainted with the idea, invest in some equipment, and get talking!

Shake Up Your Photography

You might also want to try something different with your blog imagery. It’s safe to say that better photography is always going to work in your favor. So definitely think about trying out some new ideas, learning some new tricks, or even hiring a professional so that you can really increase the quality of the imagery that you’re putting out.

Refresh Your Branding

Finally, you might also want to think about refreshing your branding a little bit. While this may not tie directly into your content calendar, you could definitely schedule a launch for your rebrand that gives you some content to talk about too. Sharing your new branding on your blog and your social channels can often get interest from followers and readers that want to take a look. So this could mean you get a snazzy new look and a bit of a boost too.

Staying Closer To Home: Why Canada Should Be On Your Bucket List

I love to travel, I really do, but what I find is that we are more inclined to look overseas for our next vacation destinations, am I right? We want to explore places, see new things and experience things like no other, but yet, the country I live in is actually a place that sits on bucket lists all over the world, so why wouldn’t I explore it more? The truth is, I have, but the point I am trying to make is that many of us will discount the country we live in as a vacation possibility, simply because it is just home to us. But there’s so much beauty to see, so wherever you are, why not consider exploring the country you live in a little more? Getting back to the main point of this blog, I thought I would share with you some of the highlights of Canada. Whether you live in this country and want to see more of it or have it on your bucket list, I hope it helps you when planning your next trip away.

Ontario

I am going to start with the province I live in and that is Ontario. I am based in Toronto, but there is more to see and do in this area. Ontario border the US and also The Great Lakes. With many locations offering quality pitstop points like The Briars Resort & Spa you really will find exploring much easier to do. Toronto is a bustling and is the capital of Ontario, but lets not forget other locations worth of visit such as Ottawa. In Toronto, you have the CN Tower with its revolving restaurant, definitely worthy of a visit, and in Ottawa, you have Parliament Hills and the stunning architecture to peruse. Sometimes there really is beauty closer to home and experiences still worthy of your bucket list.  

Quebec

If you want to feel a different type of culture then why not head over the Quebec. This is a predominantly French-speaking province and it can really offer you a different vibe altogether, feeling like you have actually left the country. Why not take a trip to Quebec City, the capital of this province. There you will find some amazing sites such as the Place Royale and the historic harbour. It really retains its colonial core, and it could certainly be an exciting place to explore.

British Columbia

Offering a different vibe once again you have British Columbia, the most western province and famed for its Pacific coastline. If you like your hiking or more active things to do then the Glacier National Park really could suit you, with plenty of hiking and biking trails that you can follow. However, if you are partial to  bit of skiing then Whistler Blackcomb is the place to be. Hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics it has some of the best facilities on offer. If you are still after a city vibe then Vancouver and the capital Victoria can really satisfy your need for the hustle and bustle of fabulous city life.

I hope that this has enticed you to visit Canada a little more closely.

How To Stay Emotionally Strong By Relying On Yourself

It seems like it’s getting harder and harder for us all to feel happy and healthy in ourselves these days. With the every changing modern world, the pressures from society, and the influencer of the internet, we really do have to try harder to be in a good place. By now, you’ll probably know exactly what you need to do to enjoy a happier day, but sometimes, that’s not enough. Sometimes you can find it hard to really enjoy your life because your mind isn’t really in the right place. And this can often take a little more work. However, it’s not impossible to correct. You just have to work on becoming emotional strong. To do this, you’ll find that relying on yourself can really help.

  1. Feel Comfortable Being Alone

When you’re not used to being on your own, you’re not always that comfortable with it. However, when you want to really toughen up emotionally, you have to get used to your own company. Emotionally strong people always value being alone. They take this as time to rest, check in with themselves, and just enjoy some personal space and respite. So as hard as this first step might be, learning to be okay on your own is going to do you the world of good.

  1. Learn To Do Things For Yourself

If you’re dependent on others, you’re going to find it so much harder to feel strong in yourself. However, if you know that you can do anything and everything for yourself, and you’re not reliant on anybody else, then you’re going to become strong. Essentially you only need yourself to be happy and content.

  1. Be Resilient To External Influences

One true sign of emotionally strong people is that they don’t tend to let things affect them. Whether that’s the opinion of others, the action of others, or random life occurrences. They let them go, leave them in the past, and move on. So you need to learn to recover quickly. If you need help, get it from someone like Geherin Law Group, to put things right. But then let it go, and move on. When you can be resilient, you will always be able to rely on yourself so much more.

  1. Focus On Yourself

Another thing that is going to help you to become so much stronger is to focus on you. If you’re always used to putting other people first, or worrying about what others think of you or what they want you to do, you won’t be happy. However, when you choose to put yourself first and you focus entirely on yourself and your own needs, you’ll instantly become stronger.

  1. Do Things That Make You Happy

Finally, you really do have to make sure that you’re doing things to keep yourself happy. This can be really simple things on an everyday basis or bigger things that you’ve always wanted to do. When you live life for yourself and on your own terms, you’ll become much stronger without even realizing it.

Goal Setting & Goal Getting: How To Make It Happen

Throughout our lives, we all set goals. Whether you realize it or not, this is something that you’ll always be doing. From deciding to save up for a vacation, or choosing to start a family, goals are those little thoughts we have that then spur us on to then take action. We often go through life chasing the things that make us happy, without really meaning too. However, you don’t always see that this as setting and getting goals. So, when you first decide that you do want to set yourself some goals and go after them, you may feel as if you don’t know how to do it. When really, it’s something you’ve gotten quite good at already.

But when it comes to setting some bigger, more intimidating goals, you may feel as if they’re impossible to reach and you’re not going to be able to make things happen without some help. So, we’re going to break it down for you. More often than not, there’s not a lot of difference between the daily or more familiar goals that you set for yourself and something much bigger. But because you’re a little afraid of chasing something more meaningful or on a larger scale, it can really throw you off. So we’re going to break down exactly what you need to do to set the goals you want in life and then get them – no matter whether they’re life, work, or finance related.

Really Want It

The very first thing that you need to realize if you’re going to make this work, is that you really need to want it. And this is where a lot of people can get confused. Because sometimes, you’re struggling to meet your goals because you’re heart’s not in it. And you really don’t want to put effort into setting yourself a goal to then struggle to achieve it. So before you start to think about what you want to achieve, you have to be honest with yourself and work out whether or not you really want it.

Think Logically

When you know roughly what it is that you want to achieve, you’re then going to want to get logical about how this is going to play out. Whether you want to buy a house, start a business, lose weight, or move to a new country, you’re going to want to strip everything down. Think about why you want to do this, how it could logically work, and what kind of steps you’re going to need to take to make it happen.

Do Some Research

Once you’re all thought out, you’re then going to want to get a bit of research done. Whether that’s consulting a home loan calculator to find out what you can get, or looking into weight loss techniques, the important part is that you’re looking into what you need to do. The research part is to open your eyes up to what you need to include within the goal-setting process (and give you an idea on what kind of work this is going to take to achieve).

Be Specific

And now, you start to work on setting your goals. However, if you want to make it as easy as possible to actually achieve them, then you need to go about this in the right way. First of all, you have to make sure that you’re very specific about the how and why of your goals. This is going to make them much easier to achieve.

But Be Realistic Too

At the same time, you also have to be incredibly strict on yourself and stick to goals that you can achieve. It’s so easy to get away with yourself and put down dreams, when really your goals have to be achievable. Otherwise, you’ll forever be chasing them.

Set An End Date

Another key pointer to keep in mind is your end goal. You’ll find that setting effective deadlines will help you to make sure that you can achieve your goals in the right time frame. So when you’re working out the amount you need to save, the date you want to move, or the weight you want to lose, you’re going to want to set a realistic end date that you can achieve it by.

Break Down Actionable Steps

Now that you’ve got that one overarching goal (or several) written down, it’s time to work on achieving it (or them). When you look at the bigger picture, this is going to look like a lot of work. So instead, you need to be able to break everything down into actionable steps. That way, you can work through everything one step at a time, tick it off, and you’ll find it much easier to manage.

Tackle It In Chunks

As you start to save your money, or work on your weight, or whatever it is that you’re doing, working in some checkpoints will help you. If you want to save $20,000, then why not break it down into groups of $5,000 that you can tick off. With your weight-loss, groups of five or ten pounds will help. When you take it brick by brick, you’ll find it easier to manage overall.

Reassess As You Go

But as you start to work through everything, you’re then going to want to make sure that you reassess at the right stages. Because you may hit hurdles, or realize that there is a more effective strategy you can stick to instead. So it’s okay to set your goals and then reassess along the way. In fact, this can be a really effective way of achieving things faster.

Keep Your Eye On The Prize

Whether you’re saving to buy a house, looking to start a business, or whatever else you may be doing, you’re likely to find that you can get lost along the way. When your goals are quite big, or they’re going to take months or years, you can lose sight of what you’re working for. So it’s more important than ever that you keep your eye on the prize. While you’re working through each stage, keep that end goal in mind. When you do, you’ll find it’s so much easier to stay on track and finally reach your target.

Why Florida Is Good For More Than Sun

If you are looking at the different US states wondering where to travel to next, you are probably feeling blown away by the sheer number of choices. One particularly common and popular destination for visitors and those form home laike is Florida. This sunny state is known for its beaches and so on, but is it possible that there is more to it than that? As it happens, you might be able to get a little more from your Florida experience than you might have ever thought possible. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things you can expect to see in Florida which you might never have thought of.

Luxury Accommodation

When you are holidaying, one of the main things you want to be sure of is that your accommodation is as close to perfect as possible. Tjh good news there is that Florida as a state has a large number of the very best hotels. These include some of the big names you already know and trust, but if you want to go for something a little more real and yet just as luxurious, there is always venues such as the Edge Hotel Clearwater Beach, so that you know you are always going to be able to sleep in style. The accommodation is not the first thing a lot of Florida-visitors think of, but actually it turns out to be something pretty special indeed.

History

If you consider yourself something of a history buff and you want to do a little learning, then Florida is actually one of the most fascinating and informative states you could possibly visit. The beauty of Florida is that there is a great deal of varied history, and if you visit any of it many museums you will see just how much there is to learn about the sunny state. The history is also observable in some of the fantastically original and unique architecture, much of it of the Spanish style and reeking of European influence, and beautiful in its own right at the same time. Florida has a history you will be thrilled to discover for yourself.

The Arts

Again, one of the last things anyone thinks of for Florida is the arts, but this turns out to be perhaps a little unfair, especially given that it is the home to some of the largest art galleries anywhere in the US and even the world. But it’s not just the size that matters – it’s also true that Florida has some particularly special and unique museums and galleries, and if you are something of an art critic you could easily while away many days in this state just looking at artwork. Florida might be the perfect destination for a little culture along with a slice of sun that you were already expecting, so don’t be afraid to give it a try next time you are thinking of a US holiday. It just might have everything that you want from your trip.

 

Building A Sense Of Adventure – How Should You Proceed?

A sense of adventure is something that many of us are looking for during our daily lives. This is because it can be very easy to settle into a schedule. Wake up, go to work, do your laundry, pay your student bills, watch a movie at the weekend. While a life like this is something to be grateful for, it’s not hard to imagine how sometimes things can get a little samey. In order to enjoy a fresh experience filled with vitality, sometimes you simply need to find your inner sense of adventure. Doing so can yield you some fantastic results, and help you feel connected with your inner sense of novelty.

However, there are better and worse ways to do this. We’re here to help you optimize your efforts and hopefully help you craft something that is memorable, and that you talk about for years.

Temperament

First of all you need to assess the level of risk you’re willing to deal with. For some people, a hike in Europe is all the adventure they need, and it certainly fits the description. For others, only the most extreme of winter sports will help them feel that rush they search for. It’s important to know which one you’re going for, because you need to craft the rest of the advice here around that.

This means knowing your temperament. It also means looking for reasons to push it a little further. After all, the term adventure usually denotes the ability to move beyond a comfort zone, and to live life a little more wildly. We’re not suggesting you take up snowboarding or abseiling if you’re not inclined to, but sometimes taking a little trip off the beaten path can work well.

If you’re not sure how to proceed, maybe looking to your past vacations might help you decide. If you notice that you mostly sit on beaches and relax or head to nightclubs, why not decide to experience a more culturally rich vacation? Sometimes the opposite can be true. However, most of the time, active in either learning or physical effort daily can make for an adventure. Look for tour guides near the location you decide and see what’s on offer. Choose something at random, and make an effort to be spontaneous. If you journal your entire trip you’re much more likely to veer off the beaten path a little, and try something new that you might not have otherwise done.

Understanding your temperament often translates to understanding the temperament of those who hope to travel with. This is the second most important thing to take care of. There’s no use spending on an adventure vacation if your partner is notorious for wanting to stay inside. Clearly list your goals and ambitions, and try to come up with a preemptive schedule before you book the vacation. Google is your friend here. If planned well, you and your partner can experience novelty and adventure through the lens of mutual interest, and for that reason you’ll both feed of each other’s energy and enjoyment to a near unmistakable degree.

Novelty

Of course, a vacation is not just the people you go with, but the places you visit. It’s important to know exactly what you’re looking for here, as wasting time can only rob you of some swell experiences. A great place to start is learning about the culture you hope to visit, and especially the quirky, strange, hard to explain areas. This might mean visiting an ancient monument and pondering its creation through digesting the history offered to you, or heading to truly strange, foreboding yet fascinating and worthwhile places such as a Paris Catacombs tour.

A great place to begin is to ensure that you and your partner bring along cameras to document your journey. This way, heading over to an area completely different to the norm is not only a shared experience, but something you can inform others around. This will also help you see the beauty in your nearest locations. For example, it might be that your state is privy to some very interesting history and strange locations that might warrant a viewing, and through this effort you find adventure on your home turf.

Novelty is always the predictor of adventure, so be sure to find it where you can. In our world of complex history and many different cultural norms, this isn’t hard to do.

Prepare

No sense of adventure is well experienced if not prepared for. For that reason, it pays to understand what you’re getting yourself into. Without a solid stream of interest and insight, you can often neglect to understand what you should bring with you. We’d recommend investing in some basic equipment, such as solid footwear, warm or at least protective clothing, a premium rucksack to carry all of your goods, dried food and water, as well as a few basic survival tools depending on where you travel.

You might consider that a small hike up the bottom of a mountain might be a pleasant day out, but even the most unexpected issues can occur here. There is no price on safety, so being well equipped can save lives.

Also, be sure to prepare if you know you’re going to experience something that you might not be trained in. For example, heading on a long boat ride down the Amazon river might feel phenomenal to do, but if you aren’t a good swimmer you’ll have an added element of lethal danger beckoning at all times. While adventure is often the best when new, refreshing and something that challenges you, the word does not need danger to stay valid. You can experience a perfectly safe adventure with limited risk for you and your partner and still have a wonderful time, but obviously the risk you open yourself up to is yours to choose as an independent adult.

With all this in mind, you’ll be sure to locate, prepare and experience a wonderful adventure with the person you wish to.