Honey Ego? An original poem.

I was your nurse

your personal trainer

your teacher

and with a little added honey

I made you better

I tried to make you sweeter

just for me in the best of ways

not to change

who you were on the inside

I always saw the best in you with my own eyes

But your ego got the best rise

your curiosity did not want to hide

And when they finally wanted you

You wanted them too

This is the finished result of a poem I started a year ago (below)

I couldn’t wait to fix this poem up and finally complete it. I think I made some great improvements. How would you describe what this poem is about? What would you title it?

Check out the video I made to go along with it on youtube.

Whether the moon or the stars your dreams are never too far.

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What would you title this poem?🖤

Last year on December 29th I started a poem. Like most of my poems or song lyrics, I let my thoughts come to me and write them down for later. They usually come in lines so I often come back and add to them.

I was scrolling through my notes when I found the poem.

Wouldn’t it be a great idea to finally finish it on the exact day I started it a year later? A year later sounds like quite a while but trust me, when you’re constantly writing this kind of thing can happen often. I’ve never actually done this an exact year later though so I was intrigued by the challenge I gave myself.

So how did this challenge go?

If you’d like to watch my editing and adding to the poem, check out my YouTube channel. You can also listen to me read it there.

Let me know what you think this poem is about and what you would title it.

Whether the moon or the stars your dreams are never too far.

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What Are You Waiting For???

With 2018 coming to an end and 2019 moments from its begin, what are you waiting to begin? Many of us set new goals and resolutions for the new year (that we often don’t keep up with) but why do we feel the need to wait?

Of course, there are some things in life that do better with the correct timing, but how do we even know when the correct timing is? Is there an exact time, month, day, or year we should be waiting for? Or is it just that ready feeling?

When I first started my blog, I wanted to wait until January. That way it would be a fresh start at the beginning of the year. I did just that and I don’t regret it but I still wish I had started sooner.

I started an official YouTube account this summer. I had been contemplating making one honestly since I started my blog but I was hesitant. I didn’t feel like I had the right equipment, I didn’t feel like anyone would find or watch my videos let alone subscribe to my channel. It was just a dream I had. I wanted to make it a reality at “the right time” but eventually I laid that phrase to rest, studied more videos on editing and growing a YouTube channel, put my ideas together on what I wanted to do and just started.

Here’s how that went…

I feel like it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and again, I only wish I had started sooner. There was no reason to worry about equipment, I’ve been using my iPhone 7 and an iPad. There was no reason to worry about if anyone would find or watch my videos because somehow they did. I made sure to genuinely comment on other small channels I like and respond to my own comments. About 6 months later I have almost 400 subscribers. I was amazed to even see the first 100!

My most popular video so far has almost 900 views. I’m learning so much with each new upload. Who knows where I could be if I started a couple of years ago. The numbers aren’t the most important thing but they do show that starting was worth it.

Just as I’ve made friends while blogging, I’ve also made friends on YouTube.

This journey has been beautiful and the support has been extraordinary. I’m prepared to see what 2019 brings.

If one of your goals is starting on YouTube, I’ve uploaded quite a few editing tutorials on my channel to help you start right from your mobile device.

What is one thing you have been waiting to start? Is there a specific reason you are waiting? Is that reason worth holding off on a dream or goal you have?

Whether the moon or the stars your dreams are never too far.

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Endings Bring New Beginnings (GoldenPinkJournal Update)

To those that have always kept up with my blog, you know I take breaks from time to time. Sometimes it can be for months, as it was. But you also know that when I return it’s with something new and exciting.

If there are any new ways I can express myself and my creativity I want to take those opportunities. I can’t help but take those opportunities because I love creating so much. I love to inspire others through my creativity.

Blogging is a fantastic way to do just that and I have two blogs that I definitely need to update more consistently. I’m amazed at how many of you read and have followed, especially here on goldenpinkjournal. I reached 1,000 while I was away and I appreciate that so much! Blogging has helped build more confidence in myself and know that I can have a positive influence.

Making videos for YouTube is another way to do just that.

While away from blogging I decided to finally start a real YouTube channel. Some of you know I had my “test” channel where I filmed pet care vlogs and tips with my cats and guinea pigs. By the way, they’re all doing fine!

I’ve always wanted to start a channel for SheLivesLove, but I haven’t been prepared for it and I didn’t want to keep wasting time. I usually always start a platform with a test. So with my YouTube channel, I created a test name again. This is also due to my anxiety but we’ll get into that another time.

As I was filming, editing, and uploading content, I realized how much I enjoyed doing it and learning more. I also realized I wasn’t that bad at it and wished I had started WAY sooner. I now have a little over 300 subscribers which I know isn’t a ton, but it’s more than I could have imagined. I actually imagined YouTube to be extremely hard and a quick fail to be honest, but I had hope. I never started with the intention of becoming famous or getting paid, I genuinely just love finding new ways to create new things so that keeps me going, along with the support I get so far. If I were in a room full of 1,000 people, or even 300 I’d be too shy to even speak.

I want to update you all on some of the other things that have gone on in my life during these past few months and because I’m in the holiday spirit I will be posting more. I’ve got a lot of fun work to do, I’m so excited to get back into my groove and share my projects with you all!

Make sure to check out my YouTube channel I would appreciate it a bunch!

MoonAllured (We’ll also talk about that soon)

Stay tuned.

December 14th

Today is supposed to be better.

If you haven’t seen my latest life chat video on YouTube you’re probably clueless. Even if you did watch that video, you’re still probably clueless.

Life has been changing drastically, things have been ending tragically and not just in my own life but those around me as well.

I feel like my issues mean less now.

It should be all love now.

Someone I knew passed away yesterday. I wasn’t very close to them emotionally but was close to them physically for a long while. I lived with this person. I had hopes for this person. But at the same time, I had a lot of anger and trust issues with them. We’ve had a few words here and there but what I remember most is an argument that happened not too long ago. It always seemed like we wouldn’t get along. We both had many personal issues that I won’t go into.

No matter how many issues someone has, we all have them. They always say life is too short and yeah, that can be very true. They always say will it matter later in life, or will it matter when a person has lost their life.

It doesn’t.

I immediately wished I could go back and have tried to get along better. To have made peace after that argument. To have helped any way I could. To have been more compassionate. Now I can only think and remember. Do better. All of us.

When I made the YouTube video I was very discreet about it because I felt it wasn’t my story to tell and it still isn’t. During the time I recorded there was still hope also. Today I realized a big chapter of it is my story. My role and perspective and how my past contributed. I’m not sure when I’ll tell that story or if I ever will. But there’s something inside of me saying share and release.

I will be updating my blog more frequently and working on SheLivesLove, that site is not changing. Thank you to all who are reading this for your support.💜

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.

img_2968-1I wouldn’t use this feature to compare yourself to others so if that’s something you really struggle with I’d suggest staying away from Plann. But if the idea of seeing what kind of posts are performing best on your favorite accounts (in your niche) sounds interesting, check it out! It also shows best daily time to post, a color palette based on the last 12 images, and best performing hashtag sets. Plann has a lot to offer.

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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