I ran cross this meme last month about putting together care packages for homeless women. I thought it was a great idea. So I asked my family to bring toiletries and female hygiene items to dinner on thanksgiving. We packaged these purses and cosmetics bags full with products for females.
I’m happy to say we put together over 25 packages and put them in our cars to hand out when we see someone in need.
A few days ago I put up and Q&A box on my IG story. So I’m going to answer those questions in today’s blog.
What hosting site do you use for your blog?
I use WordPress.
What are your limits on what you are willing and not willing to share on your blog?
I’m willing to post anything about natural hair, beauty and skincare, and DIY projects I try. I have decided to start sharing some lifestyle content.
How do you handle your work life balance?
What work life balance 😂😩 I’m learning how to disconnect from work at a certain time but it’s super hard.
Do your friends support your business and blog?
Yes! My friends support my event planning business and my blog. They are not my ideal clients so I don’t expect them to engage as if I’m marketing to them. But they show up to events, repost my stuff and share my stuff with others and I’m humbly grateful.
How do you remain so positive about everything?
I glad you think I’m always positive. But, honestly I have my daily battles with trying to stay positive. I have a few motivational podcasts or YouTube clips I can listen to much I need a mini pick me up.
What are some things you want to improve on in 2020?
I want to work on unplugging from work and blogging and taking more time to actually enjoy the moment.
How did you get your start with blogging?
I made up my mind that I wanted to blog in 2014 . So I started doing some research about how to start. Then in 2015 I launched my online baby. It took my a while to find a routine. But, almost 4 years later here we are!!!
What is the most rewarding part of owning your own business?
I make all the decisions. I’m the BOSS !!!!
What is the most frustrating thing about blogging and entrepreneurship?
The most frustrating thing for me is time management. Deciding how much time to spend on my blog vs. my business gets so complicated.
What is your absolute favorite product?
This is a really hard question. I don’t have just one favorite product. My favorites change monthly, honestly. Right now I’m loving the Olay Vitamin Serum Stick.
How you keep your teeth so white?
Good ol’ Crest and floss 😁
How do I create a link tree?
I think you just go to the link tree website and connect it to your social media. Then you can add all your links on the website and put the link tree link in your bio.
How do you stay on top of the different blogging events? Like Essence and such?
I’m really bad at doing this so there a lot of event that I want to cover but end up not doing them. But for the last few you’ve seen on my page I’ve done the day of or after the event.
Blogging takes a lot of work. When you are a 1 women show you need equipment and tools to help make the process easier. Over the years, I have tried many different things, but I feel like I’m at a great space of creative resources now. If this world was mine and I had my way, I would have a photographer and videographer do all my images, videos, and editing. But, until I make it big and have the budget to have a fully staffed tech team for my blog and brand I do it all \AZmyself.
The main equipment I used for creating images for a blog or social media post is a tripod and ring light. I have 3 different types of tripods, they all work just about the same. I’ve just collected multiples over the years.
I use the 12 inch flexible tripod for hand held projects or when I’m sitting at my desk vlogging or taking pictures. Most of time I use the universal tripod for indoor and outdoor timers. These tripods make it easy to take pictures and video on your phone. I use the timer on the photo app or sometimes a bluetooth clicker.
The newest tool I’ve added to my inventory is a ring light. I was looking for a low cost solution, so I purchased this one from Facebook market for $15.00. It works perfect and has improved the quality of my photos.
Some of my digital resources are Canva, Abode Lightroom, Mojo, and Hootsuite. If you are thinking about starting a blog but concern about how you would do it. My advice to you is to just start. There are so many free tools and resources write at your fingertips with your smartphone. I have been blogging for 4 years and use my iPhone to take all pictures and record video. One day I’ll be able to add a professional camera to my inventory. But until then my iPhone 8 Plus is working perfectly. (Maybe Santa will bring me a iPhone 11 Pro, lol ).
To all my fellow blogger, TELL ME: What equipment and resources are you using to create content?
2018 was a good year! So much happened. So much to be proud of. So much to be grateful for. So much meaning to life. I’ve completed yet another chapter of my journey, and so have you.
2018 I actually did some traveling. I walked the wall of the Old City in Jerusalem. I prayer at the western wall. I walked the Via Dolorosa. It’s still surreal to me. That’s something I never in a million years thought I’d do in my lifetime. It wasn’t even something that I planned, it just happened and I’m forever grateful for the opportunity. I also went to Paris…. FRANCE!!!! Although it was only for a short period of time, I saw Paris. I stood in front of The Eiffel Tower!
BEYCHELLA happened this year. I stayed up until 2am just to watch Queen B slay the stage for BEYCHELLA. The first BLACK FEMALE headline for COACHELLA (ain’t that a 🤬).
My girls and I survived a road trip to Washington DC for a music festival, in my brand new ride. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since I bought my 1st car on my own.
I continued to improve my blogging skills and event planning skills to grow my business. I booked several successful events; gender revealing, baby showers, parties, and weddings. I pray for more increase in 2019.
I turned 27 years old, I’ve had to reflect on a lot things in my life that I need to work on. I’ve accepted a lot of things and I’ve made a vow to myself to change certain things. I’ve made a promise to never compromise who I am for someone else and keep my dreams alive by never giving up no matter what obstacles I may face. I’m a one women show!
I want to continue providing creative content 3x a week. My goal is to be better prepared and plan out materials. I strive to have each month’s content planned out at least 2 weeks before the month begins.
I want to work with brands for brand ambassadors or sponsorship opportunities. My goals is to stay consistent and market my content through my social media channels to attract brands lookin for ambassadors or paid sponsorship programs. If I can work with at least 3 brands in 2019 that will help me take my brand to the next level.
I want to monetize my blog and brand. My goal is to make $1k per quarter as a additional stream of income for sponsorships, events, custom decor and gift, as well as starting a shop on my blog. I tried using Etsy before but I was just to complicated for me. I strongly thinking about upgrading my WordPress plan.
I have been trying so hard to not miss a day of blogmas. And I missed a day of blogmas 🤦🏾♀️!!!!!! So disappointing, but I’ve been super busy this month. I’m not just being lazy and not blogging I just had an intense Friday. Maybe I’ll do a bonus blog, but for now BACK TO THE REGULAR SCHEDULED PROGRAM.
I love a good pamper day. Pampering myself is a important part of my self care. I enjoy doing a at home facial, a bath with salts and scrubs and body oil to nourish my skin.
I recently adding a new product to my at home pamper day routine. Instead of a clay mask, this time I used the Yes To Cucumbers Bubbling Paper Mask, purchased from Target. I’m not really sure I had any expectations before using this product. I was curious to see how it felt and if it really worked.
It really worked. I applied the sheet mask just like any other sheet mask. It was not foamy when I took it out of the packaging. The sheet mask was nicely soaked with the formula. I don’t even know how long it took the mask to foam up. I didn’t feel it foam up. After I applied the mask, I enjoyed my hot bath soak with bath salts and once I was out I looked in the mirror and the mask had foamed. I was concerned that maybe the foam formula pull leave my skin feeling dry after taking the mask off. To my surprise the mask felt my skin feeling really hydrated. I used my face water mist to set my face after the mask and went about the rest of my pampering.
I was recently nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by the creator of Joyful Tiny Living. Thank you Susan, I like your blog! After your read this post be sure to stop by Joyful Tiny Living to read about Susan’s RV lifestyle.
I have been blogging since December 2015, and I think this is the 2nd social blog award I have been blessed with. I love them, so lets keep them coming. I don’t claim to be the best blogger in the world cause everyday I am learning and trying new things when it comes to prepping blogs, getting ideas, editing and sharing.
Okay! So the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are:
Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
Include a link to their blog.
Select and nominate 15 other blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
7 Things About Khadijah:
I am a Event Planner. I started planning tea parties with my Grandmother and enjoyed the process of putting an event together. As life starts to settle in on me, I am surrounded by family and friends that needs help planning birthdays, dinners, showers, engagements, weddings, etc. So I started my own little hustle.
I have always been crafty and creative. I learned how to sew as a little girl. I like making quilts and knitting. My talent also allows me to make the best decor and gifts for family and friends when it time to celebrate just about everything.
My favorite food is Hot Wings. I also love and eat plenty of Pizza Rolls, Pasta, and Red Velvet Cake.
I am a proud product junkie. I love skincare products, beauty stuff, travel size items, makeup and lip gloss and cute stationary. When I’m in a store and see something i like I can’t help myself. I have a storage shelve full of products I haven’t used yet or maybe used once or twice in my home.
I really enjoy traveling and hope to travel a lot more in my lifetime. This world is full of some many beautiful place and things and I want to see as much of it as I can while on this earth. So far, I have traveled to Australia, France, Mexico and Israel, and about 25 states.
I always prefer tea (hot or cold) over coffee. Something about coffee don’t ever settle well with my stomach.
My favorite artists are.. first and foremost BEYOND of course, then Tevin Campbell, Ella Mai and Cardi B.
This week has been awesome. On Sunday, I met up with friends to spend some chill time in the park. The weather was nice, sun was shinning, and we needed some girl chat.
I love a good park picnic set up. So on short notice I gathered my blanket, cards games, snacks and wine for our little park adventure. The weather was not too hot or too cold, allowing us to enjoy the park for about five hours out in the sun. (Well under a tree really)
Since this was a outside event and I sweat so easily, I made it a fresh face SUNDAY. But you know I can’t go without lipstick.
This week I have fallen in love with the MAC Matte Lipstick in the color whirl, all over again. I purchased this lipstick last fall and with the seasons changing and getting new lipsticks it has just been siting on my lipstick rack. But look at it on me. It is time I bring this whirl color out of retirement and start rocking it again.