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Everything you need to know about taking photos for Instagram:



        You want your photo to look natural and unedited, so don't use strong filters. If your photo needs a lot of filtering, it is probably best to just take another photo. If you really like an Instagram filter, you can adjust it's strength. I like to use

    A Color Story



    Or I'll just edit the image using the tuning features on Instagram.

    Matching Photos 

    Preview is a great app that shows you how your image will look on your grid before posting it.
      Your grid is your presentation. Don't be afraid to get OCD with it. Each set of nine photos needs to be made up of similar colors and similar filters, and editing techniques. If you are using Instagram for your business, then don't be afraid to delete any photos you aren't happy with, in order to improve the flow.

      I had been keeping some photos up that were not high quality, but were good memories. Put those types of photos on Facebook instead, or keep them in a photo album. 

      Straighten Your Images

         Instagram has a great tool for this. Just go to "edit" and "adjust" your image until it is straight. 

      Natural Lighting

        Take your shoot outside with the sun behind your camera, or just open up your windows.



        You can use a white poster board, a white rug, or some strips of fabric for nice backgrounds.

         I took this photo in the manger of my old nativity scene set, and opened up a window for lighting.

         Pay Attention To Details

        Everyone wants to be able to just grab their camera or phone, and snap a perfect picture, but that is highly unlikely. It takes a lot of work to take a decent photo.

        Pay attention to what you're shooting. I can't tell you how many photos I thought were perfect while I was shooting them, only to later discover that there's an unsightly hair in plain sight, or something is crooked, or my foot is in the shot.

          Unfortunately, this needs to be said; as I have seen way too many of these out there. If you're gonna take a photo of yourself in your bathroom, make sure to crop the toilet/toilet paper out of the photo, as It really kills the vibe.

          Same goes for your house, clean the area that will show in the picture.


          Liking other peoples photos really does work to draw attention 
          to your profile and does increase your followers; however,
          this can be time consuming, so I recommend using a service
          that can like photos for you based on which hashtags you
          choose. You want to start the likes at only 10 likes per hour, 
          then slowly raise it each day, so Instagram doesn't block you.
          I recommend
          *Of course, doing this manually is best,
          as you can discover some awesome people to follow
          and make genuine connections.


          Commenting on other photos is even more effective than likes.
          I recommend Instagress for this, but if you are going to use the
          comment bot, be sure to choose your comment carefully, as it is very annoying to get a comment
          that was obviously done by a robot. 

          For example, I once chose to leave the blush smiley face
          as my generated comment, and it ended up being posted on some
          posts that were not supposed to be reacted to positively,
          and also on some creepy half-naked gym selfie photos of
          guys....awkward!! So, think of a comment that can be said to
          a person in both a good and bad scenario.
          *Of course, doing this manually is best,
          as you can discover some awesome people to follow
          and make genuine connections.



          Again, Instagress is good for this. You can set it to automatically
          follow followers of your favorite IG accounts.

          You should be following:
          • Local newspapers and magazines, their followers and their followings.
          • Local restaurants, churches and businesses, their followers and their followings.
          • Other bloggers, preferably in your niche, their followers and their followings. 

          *Of course, doing this manually is best, as you can discover some
          awesome people to follow and make genuine connections.
          And also-you won't end up following anyone
          you don't want to.


          When using hashtags, make sure you are very specific.
          You don't want to use hashtags that have been used
          230482340924 times. Try to use specific hashtags, for example: instead of using #shoes which has been used 53,089,009 times, you can use #shoecollection which has only been used 75, 540 times.

          What do you think of these tips???

          Also, if this post helped you in any way, please leave a comment or share it.

          Thank you.
          Hello everyone!

          Sorry, I have been MIA since the holidays! 

          I was too busy reaching my 

          2016 Instagram goal of 10,000 FOLLOWERS! 

          Did I type 10,000? 

          What I meant was 10k

          That's right, folks, 

          I am now part of the "k" club. 

          I'm practically a Kardashian. 
          To celebrate, I started doing #OOTD

          photos on the gram; however, I do not

          wear expensive brand names, 

          or spend a lot of money on my clothes,

          so, I'm not sure if my posts will

          be as popular as the 

          flossy flossy girls' posts.

          Hopefully some of you will still enjoy 
          seeing the outfits I'm putting together, 

          which by the way are all generated from clothes

          that have been in my closet for 6 months to a year...
          cause I have NOT been buying new clothes. 


          Cause I am focusing on
          M A K I N G money,
           not spending it. 

           I'm currently living  
          paycheck to paycheck (or lack thereof),

          while I continue to push hard to 

          find success as a struggling, 

          work-from-home blogger/artist. 

          Although I don't always have places to go, 

          I really enjoy getting dressed and looking nice.

          Working from home can really make someone lose 

          inspiration to look nice, and trust me, 

          I can look pretty rough some days.

          Soo I'm not just doing this for IG likes, 

          I'm doing it for myself, to stay inspired
           and feel like a human being.
          As I  have been known to lounge 
          around in XXL t-shirts 24/7.

          Here are a couple of my #OOTD photos. 

          I feel really bad for not cropping 

          the TV/couch out of these photos, 

          I promise to not be so lazy in the future!!! 

          Hope ya like em. Take care!

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          Christmas is a wonderful, joyous time for families. 

          But for some single twenty-somethings/thirty-somethings, it can get pretty depressing.
          There are sickeningly sweet Christmas cards like the one above
          raining down like pennies from heaven, and Instagram/Facebook is blowing up
          with "Matching Couples Christmas Jammies" and "Baby's First Snow" pictures.

          All of those things are super adorable, but meanwhile in Singlepersontopia,
          we are trying to figure out how to feel like we're progressing in life
          even though we have not yet reached the "marriage" and "children" milestones.

          Us Singlepersontopians, know Christmas time as "Cuffing Season".
          You may be asking yourself what on earth that is.

          Well, it basically means, most single people get desperate around this time and
          suddenly want to be "tied down" or "cuffed" in a serious relationship.

          But I'm here to say that it is possible to fight the "cuffing season" sensation.
          The truth is that December is just another month on the calendar,
          and it's perfectly okay to be on your own this season.
          And that doesn't mean you can't enjoy Christmas.

          There are plenty of things you can do with other single friends or on your own:

          1. Take yourself out to dinner (you get to pick the restaurant).
          2. Watch your favorite movies (you get to choose the movie). 
          3. Eat your favorite snacks (no judgement from anyone). 
          4.  Decorate if you feel like it (if not, no worries).
          5. Go out and be kind (smile, say hello, open the door for someone).
          6. Volunteer and donate (visit your local shelter).
          7. Consider adopting a furry best friend (aka cuddle partner) from your local shelter.
          And if you're still just not feeling the
          whole Christmas thing this year,
          don't sweat it. You're allowed to be
          a Grinch once in a while.

          I blame "cuffing season" on:
          • Stupid Friends & Family Members 
          Everyone wants to know why you haven't found Mr. Right or Mrs. Right. 
          "Will you ever get married??" If you truly love us,
          you'll be happy that we are taking our time in finding the right person.
          We're getting enough pressure from society, we don't need it from our loved ones also.
          • Romantic Christmas Movies
          Every time I turn my television on during the holidays,
          I'm constantly reminded that people are falling in love
          and having magical holiday romances, and meanwhile, I am eating a fruitcake.
          I would like to see less movies about falling in love and more movies about loving yourself.

          • Social Media
          Couple photos, engagements, pregnancy announcements.
          (We get it, you're happy, you have a family. You're jolly AF. Go you.)
          Just take a deep breath, and hide that jazz from your news-feed.

          • Weather
          There is a definite correlation between feeling cold and feeling alone.
          I think the colder it is, the more aware of your being alone-ness.

          Anyway, just remember, you are a fierce, independent queen....

          and the world is your oyster....

          So, you think you can thrift?


          Lately, I have been spending a lot of time at thrift shops.
          It's sort've become my new favorite hobby, 
          plus it's a great stress reliever!

          I also happen to live in a town with several of them,
          and my mom has always loved a good bargain.

          So, thrifting has just become our thing, 
          and we're getting good at it. Real good.

          Here's what I've learned:

          • Thrifting is an acquired skill.
          I used to try to find things at thrift stores, 
          but to me, it all just looked like junk.

          • It actually takes a lot of patience and optimism.

           You can't just run into the first thrift shop you find
          and come out with a perfect outfit.

          • You have to know what you're looking for.

              First, I like to scan the racks of clothing for colors, 
              patterns, or materials I'm attracted to and then I take a closer look. 
              I already have a few favorite thrifty colors I specifically look for.

              Basically, all of the classic Fall/Sexy Librarian colors and patterns.

              • Some posers are only there to hunt down the expensive brand names.

              They have no fashion compass within, 
              they're lacking creativity, and fashion-sense.
              But the skillful ones, AKA the fashionistas,
               are attracted to the more unknown, 
              overlooked gems regardless of what the brand is.

              • In order to be a good thrifter, you must:

              1. Be fashionable

              2. Be Decisive

              3. Be Bold & Fearless

              4. Be Frugal & Modest

                5. Be Willing To Dig and Dig Some More

              6. Know The Difference Between Cute Vintage & Ugly


              7. Be A Visionary

              *In all seriousness, guys, don't get too caught up in the rules, just buy what looks cute to you (try it on first) and don't worry about what people will say or think. Develop your style and be confident in it. Confidence is the sexiest thing you can wear!
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              I was waking up every morning with a rush of anxiety.
               Sometimes, I'd feel like I was going to have a panic attack
              while doing the most normal easiest task, such as grocery shopping. 

              I believe this all started with a negative thought that I accepted.
              I heard it, I believed it and I accepted it.
              What I didn't know at the time was that this negative thought I had,
              was like a seed that would later return to haunt me.

              When seeds are planted, they grow roots. 
              And the roots take hold. And they begin to  
              break through 
              the soil and grow into a plant. 

              So, my negativity grew stronger and faster before I could even realize it was there.
              This was not normal. I am an optimistic person.
              It started to spread to every area of my life.
              It started to destroy my hope, my peace, my happiness.

              But recently, I was finally able to get a hold of it.

              And this is how:

              It is impossible to block all negative thoughts,

              but I can respond to them with positive affirmations.

              My new mantra:

              I am right where I need to be at this very moment, 
              every experience is part of God's divine plan.
              I am in His will. I am not alone and I am not lost. 
              I will not waste my time feeling guilty about yesterday, 
              being stressed about today 
              and worrying about tomorrow.

              This song means so much to me. It helped me when I was afraid to fly. It helped me when I was too anxious to go back to work after being sick with stress.This song reminds me that 
              facing my fears strengthens my faith.

              It's about  having the courage to follow God where He calls you, even when it's outside of your comfort zone. It's saying, Lord, take me to places I could never go on my own, and let me do the things I could never do on my own. A mindset that is so totally opposite of what an anxious person would normally think and want from life.

              When we are facing a tough situation, it's like we are standing on top of the ocean. If we let fear and doubt enter our hearts than we will sink, but if we trust in God's ability and not our own, than we will have the courage to walk upon the water and it will strengthen our faith, thus making it easier to live our lives and face hardships.

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              We all have bad days sometimes. 
              I had one, and I didn't even leave my house today; 
              so that just proves that you can't hide from bad days.
               It's just part of being alive. 

              Sometimes, we are stuck in bad situations for a while, 
              and it's really easy to become anxious or depressed; 
              however, I believe we should not let our circumstances define our happiness, 
              and we should never believe that our current circumstances or 
              situation will last forever, even though it can totally feel that way. 

              I put together these Bible verses for days like today, 
              it puts things into perspective for me. 

              Hopefully, all of the references are legit.


              I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him 
              [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], 
              and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. 
              -Psalm 34:4

              Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow 
              shall take thought for the things of itself. 
              And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, 
              shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 
              -Matthew 6:34 


              And we know that all things work together for good 
              to them that love God, 
              to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. 
              -Romans 8:28


              Be subject therefore unto God; but resist the devil
              and he will flee from you. 
               -James 4:7


              For this light momentary affliction is preparing 
              for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 
              (It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes).
              -2 Corinthians 4:17

              Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, 
              for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, 
              which God has promised to those who love him. 
              -James 1:12

              For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, 
              plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 
              -Jeremiah 29:11

              But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, 
              for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 
              Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, 
              so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 
              For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, 
              insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. 
              -2 Corinthians 12:9

              For when I am weak, then I am strong.  
               For though we walk in the flesh we do not war after the flesh 
              or the weapons of our warefare are not carnal but mighty through 
              God to the pulling down of strongholds and casting down imaginations 
              and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God 
              and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 
              -2 Corinthians10:3


              Great peace have they which love thy law 
              and nothing shall offend them. 
              -Psalm 119:165

              Maybe I should have titled this post "10 passages".
              Oh well. 

              Hey guys! Today I had a fun day in Arlington, Texas.
              I went to Calloway's Nursery to look at their amazing selection of pumpkins.

              These fall colored plants are so beautiful!
              Check out these adorable peppers!

              Check out their Fall Festival on October 1st!

              I needed this.

              This is the second fall outfit I put together from my closet. It's really hard to find tops that go with these crazy pants,but I thought the burgundy sweater was a good match.

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