Keeping Your Fire Going As a Blogger

 

Keeping Your Fire Going As a Blogger_Nancy Sparkles

We all know that life comes with the really highs and really lows. As a blogger though, how do we deal with that? It’s only natural that when we’re on a high our creativity spikes, and when we’re low the last thing we want to do is write a word down. Breaks are ok, I may even say that they’re a necessity. Whether if it’s for a week or two or three, wouldn’t you much rather put high-quality content up instead of a post you whipped up for the sake of getting content up? When I started Nancy Sparkles, I made a promise to myself to never give up quality over quantity. I see the temptation all the time when it comes to convenience and stats, but that’s just not me and the way I want to put content out for my readers. When life gives you the lows, how do you bounce back from that? How do you keep that creativity thriving through it all? In this post I’m going to show you how I keep my fire going as a blogger and what helps me come back like nothing ever happened!

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A Sparkly Gift Guide: for the Holiday Hostess

A Sparkly Gift Guide: for the Holiday Hostess

As you can imagine, I’ve been quite busy with preparing for the big move to Austin! During this rushed madness, I’ve also started buying Christmas gifts for my friends and family. I’m back today with another Sparkly Gift Guide tailored uniquely for the Holiday Hostess!  Not going to lie, being a home decor snob, I would keep some of these gifts for myself haha! From cheeky champagne flutes to a cozy pom pom throw blanket, I rounded up some of the most thoughtful gifts to bring to your next holiday party!

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A Sparkly Gift Guide: for the #GirlBoss

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I’m so excited to announce my first of the many Sparkly Gift Guides to come this holiday season! In this series of guides I’ll be showing you gifts personalized for every unique person in your life. From the wine lover to the techie, I’ll be rounding up some of my fave picks perfect for every budget. To kick-off my Sparkly Gift Guide series, I rounded up some of the most fabulous gifts for the #GirlBoss in your life. A #GirlBoss, defined by Nasty Gal’s founder Sophia Amoruso, is someone who “…is in charge of her own life”. Whether if she’s on the run or crunching down emails at 6 a.m. we all admire her drive and ambition. She may be always busy, but she’ll drop anything for the ones she loves. Keep reading for more on my favorite picks for your favorite #GirlBoss!

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My Office Nook

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If it’s one thing that keeps me inspired is 1)Where I live and 2)Where I work. Coincidentally, I do both at home! We recently moved to the Heights with a similar layout as the condo we used to live at, just a better floorplan and use of space. I am absolutely in love with our new place and how much it has brought out my inner-Kourtney Kardashian. The Kardashians have always been a guilty pleasure, but Kourtney’s avid love for interior design is one that I’ll always admire. Her sense of style at home is one that I’ll always keep under the tab #HomeDecorGoals. While we did decide on a 1-bedroom, our open-space floorplan allowed me to have an office nook in the living area without making it look out of place or too cluttered. I love the way it turned out and how the style of my office desk ended up tying into our new home.

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When Life Gave Me Lemons, I Made Lemonade

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When life gave me lemons, I made lemonade. Since I last blogged, we signed a lease for our new home in the Heights and I got a new job. It’s still crazy to me how in just a matter of a few weeks, my life changed in the best of ways. I got out of a situation that became so toxic that it affected all parts of my life, including my passion project (Nancy Sparkles). Through the madness of whatever that was, I learned the meaning of what loving your job really meant. It means, feeling the residual happiness all the way home, not feeling stuck with the people you work with and where you want to end up as a professional and most importantly, having the opportunity to learn. I can finally say that I now have that and more. I joined an amazing team who really gets how it is and never gets tired of empowering each other to do their best for both themselves and the agency. With that, I’m happy to finally have the energy to put towards Nancy Sparkles, my relationship and what’s going to be our new home in a few weeks! I know I have my loyal readers that keep up with my blog and I want to make this post a quick update on where I’ve been and where I’m going. I couldn’t thank any single one of you enough for sticking around during a really rough time in my life. If it weren’t for you, I would have closed this part of my life without a doubt, but I know that I owe it to you and myself to keep doing what I love. Stay tuned for my Summer Beauty Favorites in the next few days!

Until next time loves ✨

Monday Sparkles- May 23

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When I’m winding down the day I like to sit back, relax and take the time to read articles that I “want” to read. While my guilty pleasure does consist of celebrity gossip and silly Buzzfeed articles, I do also make it a point to keep up with industry news, self-development reads and overall articles that will keep me on my toes with what’s going on in the world beyond Hollywood. I decided to kick this Monday Sparkles up a notch by adding in a few self-help, professional reads that are worth sharing to those who can easily relate.

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Anniversary at Harold’s in the Heights + Quick Life Update

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Oh, how I missed this. Putting my fingers to a keyboard knowing that I’m about to write things that I love and that truly make me happy outside of my job. While my job is a huge part of my life, this past month I took some time to reflect that I needed to realize that it wasn’t my entire life. I get to come home to a wonderful boyfriend, my cute little corgi and to a home that is literally down the street and in the heart of Houston. Lately everything was fogged and my tunnel vision of keeping my job my number one priority secluded me from even thinking that I had the time to write here. I did have the time, but I didn’t find the motivation to “put a pen to paper” and let it all out. I had to remind myself that while I am lucky to have the job that I have, I should still appreciate the other aspects of my life.Read More