Friday Favorites is a series where we share small, seemingly mundane moments from the past week – little details, often overlooked, that comprise this thing we call life.
First things first, with a little persuasion (AKA bullying) from a friend, I finally joined Snapchat. I know, I know – I’m feeling like a total fool this morning trying to figure out yet another social media platform, but I figured I’d give it a try and see what the hype is all about. I literally walk around paranoid that I’ll accidentally snap that massive pile of laundry in the middle of our living room floor, and everyone will finally realize I’m a total slob, ha! Anyway, if you feel so inclined, you can add me (username: FOXYOXIE). I’m hoping to start sharing little tours of the bungalow renovation, short and sweet interior styling tips and my otherwise SUPER, DUPER EXCITING life.
Speaking of the bungalow, the floors are officially sanded and stained; now we have to leave them alone to dry for a few days before continuing the kitchen installation. I haven’t stopped by to see the progress in quite some time – mainly because I fell and injured my back a few days ago, and it’s bad enough having to sit at the office for eight hours straight, let alone do actual physical labor. But despite my injury, I’m feeling PRETTY LUCKY, because the husband has been showering me with flowers and chocolate to lift my spirits as my back heals. MEN, TAKE NOTE!
If you’re a photographer, blogger, designer, or you simply adore Instagram, you need to get in on Jenna Kutcher’s FREE “7 Days to Breaking the Instagram Code” challenge before it’s too late. Since Wednesday I, along with about 15,000 other creatives, have been trying to break down the social media platform’s complicated and elusive “rules” in order to understand how to best reach our ideal clients. If nothing else, the challenge is a great way to network and meet like-minded people, so hop over to our secret little Facebook group, and join #TheInstagramLab.
Speaking of Jenna Kutcher, The Everygirl recently did an interview with the oh-so-talented photographer on how she leveraged Instagram to build her six-figure business. If you remember only one thing from today’s post, I hope it’s this expert from the interview: “One of the biggest principles I live by is: Create, then consume. I think every day we are consuming and it can cloud our vision, our dreams, and our realities. I try not to consume until after I’ve created for the day – so not opening apps first thing when I wake up, not being online while I’m writing content for my blog, not looking at what everyone else is doing. It totally frees me up to be inwardly creative and then I can enjoy what everyone else is putting out there. I’m not one to go with the flow, so it’s been important to protect my creativity and for me, boundaries majorly help!” SUCH an important reminder for all creatives, regardless of your field or industry!
I need your help picking out a favorite inspirational quote or Bible verse – a life mantra, if you will. It’s part of a really exciting, top secret DIY project I’m working on with two really cool brands, and while I can’t divulge the details just yet, I know you will LOVE IT. It’s incredibly easy to re-create and will add SO MUCH PERSONALITY to your home decor! So, if you had to pick a favorite quote or Bible verse, which one would it be?