SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

If you can’t tell by the all caps… I’m super excited.

I was kindly nominated by a recent blogging friend I made named Katelyn who runs a very informative and interesting blog called Off Color Rays (check out her blog for the interesting explanation for her domain name)! I suggest every reader checks it out and subscribes since she has so much to offer her readers! Off Color Ray’s Blog

I’m not 100% sure how to format this post since I have never been a Sunshine Blogger but I will give it my best shot.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a chain of bloggers nominating other bloggers for their positive, inspiring and uplifting work. A blogger gets nominated, has to answer some personal questions, then nominates eleven other bloggers and gives them their own set of questions.

Let me tell you why this is not cheesy or dumb: I have met HUNDREDS of bloggers through this. (Okay, well, I haven’t physically met them but I know them online.) Once I was nominated, I took the time to research Katelyn’s other nominees and then went to the blogger that nominated Off Color Rays and researched her nominees and so on and so on and so on (You get the idea…). An hour later and I had looked at well over 100 different blogs. This award, though it may not come with a literal prize, is a way for bloggers to create a chain linking them all together to grow and strengthen our community and I LOVE it.

Before I list my nominees, I will take the time to answer Katelyn’s set of questions:

  1. How did you choose your niche? I want to share my personal experiences with the world (whether or not anyone is interested). I think its good for other people to have different perspectives on life. Plus, I am a foodie and fashion junkie so I chose lifestyle blogging to avoid limiting myself to one specific niche.
  2. What is one of your guilty pleasures? Food. Like I said before, I am a huge foodie and unfortunately, I don’t work out like I should. Sometimes I see some good food and just have to binge.
  3. What are your favorite color combinations and why? This one will be hard for me as a fashion lover… I would probably say a washed out red with neutrals. I think a washed out red is a color that could suit anyone in a complimentary way. But when it comes to room decor, a nice creme with charcoal and washed out mint color is my go to. I really like washed out colors (lol).
  4. What is your favorite meal? Anything within the Asian food realm. I specifically love a nice fried rice or noodle mix, crab or shrimp, and some fresh sushi. If I had to finish it with dessert… Cheesecake 100%.
  5. How do you take care of your mental health? I actually really struggle with this. I’ll probably make several posts about my mental health journey. As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression, I am constantly stressed out. Eating healthy, exercising and getting a good night’s sleep is the best way to reverse those negative feelings (for me anyways).
  6. What is your favorite outfit worn by you or someone else? Whenever I see an Instagram model wear plaid cropped pants with the seatbelt buckle belt, a mock neck crop top, and Doc Martins I instantly feel envious. That would be my dream outfit (I am already working towards obtaining pieces to create this look).
  7. What is the farthest place you have ever been from your hometown? I have only been to the beach once and it was to Carolina Beach. It was much nicer than Myrtle beach because it was smaller and much less crowded. I wasn’t old enough to go out alone, so not having a party scene there didn’t bother me. It was probably also cheaper than going to Myrtle Beach.
  8. If someone came to visit your town, where would you tell them to go or what activity to do? I would take them to Steak n’ Shake because it’s my favorite mix between fast food and restaurant. Then I don’t know what we would do. Probably go to the local park. We have two mall/plaza areas but I have never really liked going to the mall. After that, we would probably go out to eat again because we have more restaurants here than anything else.
  9. If you had to only use one social media app for the rest of your life which one would it be? Does YouTube count? Because that is 100% what I’d pick. It’s the most entertaining and it offers a chance to share different content than Twitter or Instagram.
  10. What three songs make up your soundtrack right now? This is really hard because my music taste is constantly changing. Probably (1) “Dance To This” by Troye Sivan ft. Ariana Grande, (2) “Don’t Kill My Vibe” by Sigrid, and (3) “These Days” by Wallows.
  11. If you had to have a tv show or movie on a loop for a week, what would it be? 100% “Being Human” (the U.S. version) on Netflix. I generally like shows incorporating the supernatural with normal life. This show is FILLED with binge-worthy twists and turns and honestly, 4 seasons was not enough. I laughed and cried an equal amount all the way through.

Okay, now that I’ve answered my questions I will list my nominees:

  1. Don’t Give A Jam (Jamie)
  2. Simplyxanna (Anna)
  3. The Talking Blog (Ashleigh)
  4. The Leo Unicorn (Sierra)
  5. Faithful Luxe (Jamie)
  6. Sprinkle Of Rose (Liliha)
  7. Just Sarah’s Blog (Sarah)
  8. ‘ish Accordingly
  9. Hey Little J (Jordan)
  10. Emilia Rachael’s Blog
  11. Alys Journals (Alys)

Now that I have nominated these amazing 11 bloggers for their hard work and inspiring blogs, here are their 11 questions:

  1. What inspired you to start your blog?
  2. What would be your ideal working environment?
  3. How would you describe your lifestyle and is there a person who is a major inspiration to you?
  4. Where would you like to be in blogging five years from now?
  5. If you could take an entirely free trip to anywhere for a whole month, where would you go and why?
  6. Is there any advice you’ve been given in the past that you live by daily?
  7. Where or what is your happy place?
  8. If you could only live out of a suitcase the rest of your life, what would be in it?
  9. If you could live as anyone else for a week, who would you be?
  10. What’s one of your favorite memories?
  11. What is the most important thing you want your readers to take away from your blog?

Okay! I think I have finally completed my portion of the blogging chain. If you were nominated, feel free to copy and paste my questions! This was a lot of fun and I hope this trend continues.

Signing off,

Syd

Breaking The Boredom Cycle: Increasing Your Personal Productivity

I get it… I’ve been there too.

You get time to yourself at home and suddenly all your personal goals and to-do lists disappear. You look at your watch or clock and realize it is 10:00 P.M. and you have gotten nothing accomplished for the day. Where did all the time go?

I like to call it the “Boredom Cycle”. (I know, that’s a very clever name.) You get into a cycle of boredom and cannot get out of it. There are three main reasons you begin the cycle:

1) You get into a bad mood. You have received some negative news… It’s pouring buckets outside… There is nothing appetizing to eat in your fridge. I get it, we all have negative days. You get into a bad mood, and suddenly don’t have the strength or energy to do anything.

2) You just don’t know what to do. This is the easiest way to get into the cycle. You generally are just bored. You had canceled plans or woke up without any goals for the day. Chances are you’ll spend the day on the couch or in bed streaming something.

3) You feel unproductive. This always catches people off-guard. When you feel like you are being unproductive, it usually pushes you to keep doing nothing. I know personally that when I feel like my efforts are getting me nowhere, I tend to stop trying to get to my original goal.

The way it becomes a cycle is that once you’ve gotten into a phase, it induces the other phases. Being in a bad mood means you don’t have the energy to do anything, not doing anything creates boredom, and being bored makes you feel unproductive which then generates a bad mood. No matter what phase you start on, it is easy to get stuck in the cycle. Then before you realize it, you’ve wasted your entire spring break or summer (etc.)…

Here are ways to instantly break out of the Boredom Cycle:

1) You have to own up to being unproductive. If you don’t address an issue, it will never get fixed. Once you realize you are wasting time, it is easier to break out of the cycle.

2) You have to set goals for yourself. If you don’t make goals to fill up your empty time, then what are you going to do? Whether it’s working out or watching one episode a day of your favorite TV series… Set realistic daily goals to fill up your time.

3) Get out of your funk. If you are in a bad mood or feeling unproductive, be proactive with your life. Turn on some good dancing music, paint your nails, cook a meal… Whatever it takes to pull you out of a bad mood! Once you are feeling better about yourself, you’ll be more open-minded and optimistic towards your goals.

4) Organise your day. One of the biggest reasons you are wasting time is because you don’t realize how much time you are wasting! I dare each and every reader (male or female) to research bullet journaling either online or on Pinterest because it has changed my life. Before journaling, I couldn’t keep track of when I had appointments, how much water I had been drinking or when I was spending time outside… I literally would forget what I had for dinner the night before. Once I started bullet journaling I was doing more than I had been doing the past month and a half. Suddenly, I had time to work out, make and edit videos, start a blog, drink half a gallon of water a day (which yes, can be time-consuming). So consider taking up journaling, because I promise it is worth your time and effort.

If you follow these four small and easy steps, I promise you will start to see a change in how much you can accomplish each day. Not only will you become more proactive in your free time, but you will begin creating healthy habits and become more optimistic when creating goals and tasks.

My next blog post will show you how to break your day down by the hour and create an effective schedule for maximum productivity! Stay tuned

Signing off,
Syd

One Goal Down, An Infinate More To Go


Wow, so at the first launch of my blog, 34 people took time out of their day to look at it. Thank you if you were one of those people!

(Also, thanks to anyone reading this now!)

As someone who is very self-conscious, launching this blog was hard for me. However, this is something I have ALWAYS been passionate about so I had to! I think my blog shaped up to be pretty okay for being only two days old…
I have a lot more goals for 2018 and since the year is only halfway over, I plan to tackle as many as possible.

~ GOALS FOR 2018 ~
1. Grow my Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and blog to 1000 followers/viewers
2. Get a tattoo and peircing
3. Make straight A’s my 1st semester in college
4. Have my photography featured in a gallery again (online or physically)
5. Make 10 friends 1st semester
6. Travel somewhere fun during 1st semester

I am not sure I will get to do all these things before 2019 hits, but I am 100% going to give it my all! Stay tuned on any of my Socials to find out if I accomplish these goals or not!

Until next time,
Syd

The First Shot

I suppose I should introduce myself…

My name is Sydney Nicole Smith. I know, boring right. There are probably thousands of girls with the same name. But that’s okay, I choose to try and stand out in other ways.

Eh, that’s a stretch. I’m eighteen and plan to vlog/blog and do photography as a career. That’s very cliche.

I come from a small boring town, where the only excitement is hearing about the monstrosities happening in the city thirty minutes away. So naturally, because I am a cliche, my first big decision as an adult was to pick a college in a big city. A huge one actually. Far away from where I am now…

This fall I am moving to Pittsburgh. I haven’t been there since I was… What? Maybe eight. I had an aunt who lived there for a while. Point is: I have never walked the streets of Pittsburgh alone and I don’t know the city well. I don’t go until mid-August; however, this is something you begin planning for in advance.

This is the first shot I have at becoming a big name in the art and entertainment industries. I am both excited and terrified.

I don’t have to go through it alone though. I plan to bring you guys along with me. Stay tuned for more updates on my transition from small-town hermit to big city extrovert. Hopefully, you and I will get to know Pittsburgh like the back of our hands.

Signing off,
Syd