4 Lessons Adulting Has Taught Me!

Adulting. Adulteration. Grownup-ism. Maturiosity.

On this quest to adequately love myself, I have realized quite a few truths. Peculiar truths regarding the accouterments of adulthood.

  1. Sometimes, adulthood is just making bad decisions (or ones that just feel bad) and sticking with them. Whether it’s seeing out a terrible job, paying all your bills early and leaving yourself nothing to live on, or eating lackluster Pinterest salads for the rest of the week. Sometimes you just have to suck it up to achieve your goal: making money, becoming debt-free, or leading a healthier lifestyle.
  2. Traffic is the manifestation of Satan. It may be difficult to see examples of God in our lives, but we can all agree that traffic, particularly the traffic on the way to work, is the hand of Lucifer in action.f7e128c37eb39f7e6bd918c2fa16eebf
  3. College throws you together with like-minded and like-scheduled youngsters. It also tears those bonds asunder when cap and gown are in hand. Now, out here in the “real world”, it requires effort [gags]. In light of this I have gone places, talked to strangers, and been added to TWO never-not-notifying group chats full of lively young persons. It is… fun?
  4. You will never just be “good”. You can never coast. You’re never comfortable. I will always want more or be just a little dissatisfied. There’s always more schooling to be had, and someone younger or seemingly more qualified. But you will always have the upper hand, so long as you are you. Free yourself of the need to keep up with the imaginary Jones’ {plot twist: they’re having an affair} or sustain appearances, just work hard and do your best. (Like Grandma taught me)

And finally…

Peep the link to my Pinterest board about Adulting,  hope you find it helpful! Also, this Buzzfeed post is my life!

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DIY: No Sew Bag!

I take it as a personal challenge to attempt to recreate (read “I’m not paying for that, [insert store name here] plays too much!”) nifty crafted doohickeys.

It’s my own heartfelt vendetta against all seemingly DIY-able jewelry, crafts, accessories, clothing, and general knickknacks. If it’s got rhinestones, canvas, paint, or yarn, I won’t rest until I’m a Pinterest “nailed it” horror meme!

Lately I’ve been drawn to real throwback purses: bucket bags, bamboo basket handbags, and woven carry-alls.

So generally this was my inspiration. Minus the lining. I have no interest in transporting pens or loose change.

It came to me pretty simply. I figured tank top straps are already like purse handles, so I’d start from there.

Supplies

Scissors, Tank top of choice, Cardboard, Objects to carry

Steps

1. I cut my tank top into strips leaving the neckline and armpit holes (That’s the scientific term) intact.

2. Stretch the strips to have enough length to work with.

Be careful not to cut the strips too thin, because you will lose them when you stretch. Also maybe don’t use your Hulk strength.

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The fallen comrades :(

3. Interweave and knot the strips to create the net. Think basketball ๐Ÿ€ netting.

Ideally I would have slipped a flattened box into the tank top so that I could clearly sort and weave the straps. You could probably also pin them in place while you planned your pattern!

What you don’t want is to tie neighbor strips to one another! Otherwise you’ll just have purposeless knots. You’re tying every other strip together, and then securing them with knots.

Leave the middle strip alone. It will be tied to the the following strip.

In this example tank top we would tie strip #1 to #3, and strip #2 to #4

Following this pattern around the tank top should create your first row of quasi-diamond shaped openings, once you finish the row, you follow this pattern until your ends are too short to keep it up.

4. Seal off the bottom of the bag by tying opposing ends to one another; reaching across the circle to match each end up.

If you were to look down into the netting you could see the freely hanging ends as if you were standing under a basketball hoop.

Tie your ends together and make sure not to leave any gaps.

5. Test it out. Doing this you’ll see if any ends were left unmatched, and whether or not you should reinforce certain areas with additional knots.

Better next time…

Next time I won’t cut the strips so thin, and use a thicker fabric. I’ll use a cardboard insert to help sort my strips, and I’d like to try this with tank tops of varying sizes. I could maybe also make the diamonds a little smaller so that when stretched, they don’t turn into gaping holes. ๐Ÿ™„

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This can be overcome with practice. I’ll use thicker fabrics. I can probably find some great thrifted tanks with interesting patterns or textures for a different look. Maybe denim!

Will YOU DIY?

I hope you’ll try some new DIY this month! this ones just in time for Memorial Day weekend. #MAYbe you need a cute beach bag or sack to carry your toys or snacks. Reduce, reuse, recycle!โ™ป๏ธ

Head on over to hasombags.com to see more ethically sourced upcycled cloth bags, napkins, and bookmarks!

Roze,

The Essential Social Media Marketing Handbook

Let me start off by saying that Gail Martin definitely knows what she’s talking about. For sure. She has an MBA (which is NOT a masters in basketball) in marketing, owns a consulting firm, and has authored other similar books like “30 Days to Social Media Success”. She’s ๐Ÿ”ฅlit๐Ÿ”ฅmarketing-wise.

*Disclaimer: Not sure if taking pictures of book pages is illegal. Please VHS bootleg ๐Ÿš”๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿพ police, don’t take me to copyright infringement jail!

Structure

The book is broken up into four sections. The first two sections introduce the reader to the themes and platforms of social media. The third and fourth (the really good parts) sections focus on optimization, navigation, and engagement with the communities that develop on particular platforms, and how they can be utilized by certain entities.

Each Chapter begins with a platform that serves as a virtual mascot (I’m punny!) for the Social Media format she analyzes.

Each chapter ends in a “Next Steps”. A mini-list of actions the reader can take to gain experience with/understanding of the type of platform she assesses.

“Next Steps” usually looks like this…

1. Research leaders/influencers using _____.

2. Experiment with sites/platforms that use _____ to create communities.

3. Create _____ account and engage with communities; posting consistently and authentically.

4. Rinse and repeat.

“Next Steps” is followed by an interview with an expert that expounds on how social media fits into their fields. Awesomely, many of the interviewed experts are boss ladies with years of acclaim and experience! It’s a shameless plug, but also highlights organizations, initiatives, and resources to check out when learning about SMM and branding.

Vocabulary/Terms

Law of Diminishing Returns – used to refer to a point at which the level of profits or benefits gained is less than the amount of money or energy invested.

“Like-know-trust factor” – Martin defines it loosely as the authentic relatable appeal that lends a content creator credibility in the eyes of a reader/viewer.

CRM– Customer Relationship Management

VoIP– Voiceover Internet Protocol

Gamification– collecting user information (preferences, emails, consumer habits etc.) through interactive quizzes, polls, games etc. (ie. Freerice.com and vacay contests)

Lessons/Tips

*Facebook yields less views to paid boosts over time. So their use, if at all, needs to be deliberate.* FB suppresses the use of external media sources in favor of “native media” originally uploaded and posted on FB

* The algorithmic application of ads, proposed connections become less organic. That means the likelihood of you happening coincidentally on a new and fruitful contact decreases with time.

* Use Rafflecopter to host contests and collect emails.

Need!

Ch. 12: Why You Still Need a Website and a Newsletter

Chapter 12 is super clutch! Most of the book is informative, but not instructional, so this chapter is refreshingly direct. It gives a play-by-play on how to structure and utilize information from visitors that choose to stay engaged with your site or platform. Martin lists resources to organize a listserv/e-blasts and how to interact with subscribers.

Chapter 15: Social Media Tips and Tricks for Authors, Speakers, Event Planners, and Content Creators

Now this one you can skip ahead to read! Ch. 15 links together all the values, professions, and platforms that may benefit from utilizing SMM. As a creative, SMM is an integral part of networking, collaborating, sharing, and generating revenue. How we use social media has to be both unique and deliberate while creating our brands. Martin spells out clearly which platforms to use for which art forms and how.

For example, she explores Patreon. A sort of VIP first-access crowdsourcing site that allows niche fans to support an artist and content that they want regular and premium access to.

A lot of cosplay influencers use Patreon to drum up a following and pay for costume creation and appearance logistics. Careful curation of content and mobilization of a base allows them to take their passions full time!

Don’t Need!

Some of Martinโ€™s advice feels like a middle school computer literacy course. Then I realized that I may not have been the intended audience. In some places the handbook feels like “Explaining the Internets to Old People and Corporations” to anyone born after 1980.

*At one point she explains how each feature of the Google Suite works ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

* “When in doubt, more tags are better than none.”

I disagree. Too many tags can diminish the impact of a carefully-crafted post meant to hold value with specific audiences. Plus, it makes you look like a thirsty hype beast. #funny #jokes #internethumor #same #duh

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An overall really informative breakdown of social media platforms and and their growing applicability and reach that they exhibit to businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals. I’d reccomend.

I’ll be reading and reviewing all year long! What other books would you like me to review? What books should I read for fun?

What I learn, I share. Cuz I love y’all.

Roze Goes,

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