Instagram friends to real life friends

The year is almost over, actually the decade and I can’t believe we’ll be starting 2020 very soon! I want to end the year on a good note and on a high to get me up and ready for the new year. I used to go along with the saying, “new year, new me” but I am a firm believer if you want to see change in your life then you have to make the conscious effort to let go of anything that no longer serves you. So with that being said, let’s cheers now for making positive changes instead of waiting for January 1st to start feeling inspired.

Social media is well known for taking over our lives and as a blogger I am constantly on Instagram chatting with babes, engaging, posting new etc. i love the platform because it has opened my eyes in many different ways, it pushes me to get creative and have fun along the way. My biggest takeaway has been meeting other blogger babes who have the same drive, they motivate and support your ideas, they are the online friends who have become friends in real life. I love these connections, it’s the energy I crave because not only is it genuine but it truly feels great to know that there are good women out there with a pure and loving heart who won’t become envious of opportunities that come your way and things that you accomplish.

I met https://www.instagram.com/styledbymay_/ around this time last year and OMG I can’t believe how quickly time flies, I hosted a blogger brunch last year which she attended and I had announced my pregnancy before announcing it to everyone else on social media and we just clicked! We hung out every single weekend to shoot content so it definitely helped us bond and create a beautiful friendship, she was there throughout my pregnancy, having Delilah and seeing her grow. I’m excited for our friendship to continue to grow and go into a new chapter as the year begins. We have some things planned out which I am very excited to share with you all so definitely stay tuned!

Follow me on Instagram for daily posts and watch my stories to keep up with all of my latest news.

https://www.instagram.com/gen.styles/

5 things they didn’t mention about being a influencer/ blogger…

Hi babes, are you a influencer/ blogger or maybe looking to get started? Well I’m here to share five things they forgot to mention…

I’m going to share some tips and a quick story on how I started back in 2014 and OMG I can’t believe it’s been that long!

The number one question I always get asked, even to this day is how did I start blogging?

I simply started taking pictures of my outfits but it was so different back then, I had my first blog on blogspot and I remember uploading 10-15 pictures of the same outfit and describing my thought process on how I paired everything together which is INSANE you guys! I look back and see how much things have changed. My blog has shifted to a lifestyle brand and fashion will always be a part of me so I still post my outfits daily on Instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/segagenesis_/

  1. Time and effort for creating content
  • I would say one of the most important things when being a influencer/ blogger is taking the time and effort to create content. I have noticed a huge difference in my content and the quality of it. I’ve always bounced back and forth with using my phone and camera for pictures but for the past year and a half, my pictures have all been taken from my iPhone 7 Plus. You don’t need a fancy camera, you need good angles and good lighting, this has become my preference and it’s so much more convenient and feels more authentic to me.

2. Having tough skin

  • It’s important to be vulnerable and show emotion but at the same time I believe that being a influencer/ blogger, you must have tough skin because you’re exposing your life for everyone to see and not just that but your creative side. Before I decided to take the plunge into the blogger world, I was definitely a little nervous of how I was going to be perceived especially because there were already so many other bloggers out there. In that moment I remember saying, “I’m doing this for myself and because it’s something I love!” As the years have passed, I have grown in so many ways but I still remain with the same idea of doing this for myself because it truly is a passion of mine. The world can be a scary place but you can’t let that hold you back, so I challenge you to get out there and be fearless!

3. Create your own path

  • This is another huge tip in my book that I feel a lot of people forget to mention, I’m such a firm believer of doing what fits YOUR style and growing that into your brand and what defines you. When I started blogging I had around 1k followers and I remember comparing my Instagram to other girls who had way more followers and I found myself quickly realizing it just didn’t work for me. At the time, a lot of bloggers were posting flat lays of their outfits so I thought it was what I had to do in order to gain a following which then turned into stress/pressure to keep up with the same concept and forcing content that wasn’t me at all. I began cleaning out my Instagram and went back to focusing on my outfits. I’ve stayed true to my style since then which I would consider to be affordable yet stylish for the girl next door, it’s relatable which is 100% me! So what might work for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you, follow your gut and your passion despite what anyone else is saying or doing, you got this!

4. Be consistent

  • You have to be consistent no matter what if you want to be a influencer/ blogger. People want to see their brand grow but slack off so you have to ask yourself if this is something you really want to dive into? When I started blogging back in 2014 I would post about three times a week and recently started posting once a week because I want quality content as I mentioned earlier, my blog has shifted into more of a lifestyle brand which includes fashion, fitness, places where you can eat and go out to. So although things have shifted and expanded into other areas, the consistency has always been there. Instagram is where I post daily and I love interacting through my stories so that people can feel like they can relate because I am just a regular girl. As your audience grows, they want to see your journey and follow along so being consistent is important. I’ve unfollowed tons of people who are not consistent on social media because it makes me feel like they don’t take it as serious. Remember that people follow you because they look forward to pictures, tips, etc.

5. Your time will come

  • I want to leave you all with this last point to leave things on a good note, to inspire you because there is no need to rush or compare your journey with someone else’s success. As cliché as it sounds, it truly helps when you keep doing you and most importantly having fun with it!! Being a blogger/influencer is meant to share YOUR passion, not to please others or imitate others. This shouldn’t feel as pressure to anyone because it defeats the entire purpose of it all. I quickly learned to go at my own pace and even though I don’t have a huge following like other influencers do, I still keep going because I’m doing it for the right reasons. I love connecting with others and being a open book because we’re all unique in our own special way.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful, you can always leave a comment here, a DM via Instagram or a simple email if you want to chat it up!

Pregnancy Workout Routine

Heyyyy babes, omg I’ve gotten so many questions on what my workout routine is especially now that I’m pregnant because I find myself still living at the gym! What can I say, I love a good workout session!!

I can’t believe how time is just flying by because I am halfway through my pregnancy! Like what???!

But let’s get down to business…before my pregnancy I was hitting the gym and lifting heavy weights about 4-5 times a week, once I found out I was pregnant (around 6 weeks) I had to adjust my workouts completely to focus on the baby and I had to take it easy which meant no more pre workout to give me that extra boost of energy and also meant not being able to lift even half of the weight I was doing before. I’m going to be completely honest, it was a little difficult for me at first on all kinds of levels because I’ve always been used to pushing myself and increasing my weights to build muscle so I had to learn very quick how to mentally prepare myself that everything was going to take a turn and be more about staying active to maintain and have a healthy pregnancy.

My first trimester was easy because I didn’t have any nausea but I found myself uninspired to hit the gym because I noticed my body changing drastically so even though I didn’t share these moments on social media, I tried pushing myself to make it to the gym at least three times a week. What I found that worked for me was following fitness accounts on Instagram like https://www.instagram.com/fit.with.iulia/

https://www.instagram.com/yanyahgotitmade/

https://www.instagram.com/hopeisabelhoward/

just to name a few, they are all so badass who are also moms! Now more than ever it gives me that extra motivation to keep going. I have daily affirmations where I tell myself that being a mom is a beautiful journey and I will be back to my own fitness journey after having the baby. I am learning to embrace these changes and now that I’m not in that awkward stage of just looking bloated, I am fully proud to show my baby bump.

So here we are now, six months in and I’m doing the best I can to stay active especially because I heard it’s easier when it comes to the delivery and to bounce back as well so I’m all for it!!

Once I got into my second trimester I got tons of energy back, I wasn’t sleeping as much anymore so I bumped things up by going to the gym 4-5 times a week and I feel great now. I still have plenty of moments where I want to say no because it’s too cold, I’d rather stay in bed etc. The list can go on and on but at the end of the day they’re just excuses so I’ve made it a point to write what I’m going to workout each day in my planner and I just make it happen!

Current workout routine: (I will write an example of what my schedule looks like to make it easier)

Monday: (leg day)

  • Stair master 5-10 minutes then stretch / 8-9 exercises (I can’t use certain machines so I have to be very creative but I do a variety of exercises to target my hamstrings, quads and the good ol booty)

Tuesday: Cardio+Shoulders

  • Treadmill 15 minutes followed by shoulders (I like to use both, machines and use weights)

Wednesday: Cardio+Chest day

  • Treadmill 15 minutes followed by chest ( machines and weights)

Thursday: Cardio+Bicep/Triceps

  • Treadmill 15 minutes followed by arm workout (machines and weights)

Friday: Leg Day (same as above)

Saturday & Sunday: If i missed a day during the week then I come during the weekend and of course I make sure to have a rest day as well.

YouTube is a great way to learn different exercises and so much easier to follow along to get the right form and perfect to get a variety of exercises to make sure you’re switching it up!

To all my beautiful mama’s out there, you got this and it’s never too late to start!

**All of my workout clothes is from Forever 21, I sized up on my leggings to a size large and they are definitely squat proof! Tops are size small and medium.