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Y’all it seems like we’re actually starting to see a break in the weather around here, and hopefully that means we’ve finally made it to SPRING! That said, does anyone feel like they’ve been in some sort of mental hibernation the last few months? I’m sure it’s partially in part to seasonal depression, but dang if I haven’t been truly embodying the feeling of just pushing my food around on my plate. Ya know, not really accomplishing eating, mostly pretending? Same.

In the spirit of blooming out of that shell, I’ve decided to try to add more intrigue back into my life, and I’ve listed out some tips to help y’all as well! Do something different to spice things up? Let me know below! View Post

Okay okay, I get that it’s easy to hate on Instagram‘s algorithm (does this even impact people anymore?) and complain about how hard it is to grow your follower count, but I’ve been wondering: are y’all setting your feeds up for success??

Whether people like it or not, part of the job for influencers and bloggers is to create visually appealing photos that viewers want to interact with. I’m getting tired of seeing people give viewers the equivalent of zoomed in, dim-kitchen-fluorescent-lighting plain oatmeal photographs, and then complaining about lack of engagement. Would you engage with that photo? Only for a pity like y’all, and I’d definitely unfollow if that was regular content (or probably never follow in the first place). Keep those boring photos for your stories, because I’m about to help y’all hopefully never take shots like that again.

This post was written with Instagram in mind, but these tips are able to be applied to taking photographs in general, which is important for those creating blog content! I included examples of some fabulous Instagram pictures with each category, so you can see exactly what I’m explaining. Think I missed something? Let me know below!

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What’s that line? “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?” While I guess that’s true when it applies to copying an outfit or someone’s hairstyle, when you’re potentially going to impact someone’s Google rankings, it’s no longer as cute.

Lately I’ve been noticing a trend in the blogging community where people are straight up yanking posts from other people–and y’all need to cut it out. View Post

Um, excuse me, apparently February 16th was my official two year blogging anniversary! A lot of people don’t know, but The Gold Sister originally started over on blogger in 2015. I kept it kind of hush-hush though, because the idea of sharing with the world made me so ridiculously nervous. I eventually realized I loved my blog name (I’m obsessed y’all), and the only person I was holding back was me by not diving in. So I bought my domain and started fresh on wordpress. You can see my very first post here.

I’ve definitely learned a whole lot on my journey thus far, and while I haven’t properly implemented everything I know, I’m totally in love with the process. In honor of even making it this far, I decided to share some of what I’ve learned with y’all. View Post

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Hey babes! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it seems like everyone is scrambling to pull together something cute for their significant others. While I’m in full support of DIY cards, I’d prefer to shower my love year round. For that reason, I’ve decided to share more ways to treat the other number one person in your life this Valentine’s Day: y o u r s e l f.

You don’t have to go crazy with your purchases, there’s something nice about paying a little extra attention to yourself every once in a while. Read on and let me know in the comments how you usually treat yourself. View Post

Anyone else kiiind of fed up with this Winter weather? And while it’s great for boosting your immune system, also kind of fed up with the heavy Winter comfort food? I know we’ve only got something like 40 days till Spring, but I’m more than ready for it to head our way with jean jacket weather a little earlier.

Maybe it’s a matter of visualizing the vibe that I truly want to be living right now, but I’ve really been craving something fresh and healthy. I’d never cooked with kale, but after trying it in a salad at my work, I definitely apologize for all my previous hate. I mean, how could I dislike something that’s high in fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and full of vitamins?

Adding quinoa to the mix made this dish more filling, but the veggies I chose definitely kept everything pretty refreshing. Let me know in the comments below if this is something you’d try out! I love all your feedback.  View Post

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#WellYes2018 #CollectiveBias

We’re already ankle deep in our  new year, new me lifestyles, and I wanna talk about how I said yes, to a more positive mindset. Near the end of the year I started reflecting a lot on both the people around me, and myself. It seemed that the combination of holiday stress and mercury “being in retrograde”, brought out a lot of negative vibes–and while rehashing the past year, everyone was hyper focusing on the crappy parts. It started to make me wonder:

Why do we hold on to the things that negatively impact us?

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I’ve been working hard at working hard this past month, but I’ve definitely noticed it seems rougher than usual (for some of my friends in particular) to press forward, despite that “new yearfresh start” vibes we’re all riding high on. Whether it’s the unpredictable temperatures, or just an overall January characteristic to kind of drag, I’m not into it. The last week or so, I’ve found myself really reaching for those strong mantras to build myself up mentally, and I figured it couldn’t hurt to do a round-up of my current faves to help y’all out too.

You may have seen a few of these on my instagram stories if you follow me, but they still hold solid, so here they are! This first quote in particular is probably what I’m going to try to embody for the entirety of 2018, because it just feels so strong. Let me know in the comments below if any of these resonated with you!! View Post