2017, come at me bro

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It’s that time of the year when I’d rather look like a baked potato wrapped in 30 layers of clothing than let the cold get to me. It’s also the time of sweater paws, beanies that sit weird on my head, and changes. It’s January 2017.

For most of us, January represents a new beginning, the chance to detach ourselves from the year that has passed and venture into the exciting unknown. It means writing or thinking about resolutions and goals that we strive to achieve, such as getting in shape, eating healthier or spending more time doing what we love, a blank page, a fresh start.

We want this year to be amazing, better than the year before it, and the year before that, and I honestly believe that it’s not as difficult as it sounds. Sure, you will encounter bad days. You will wake up feeling tired, sad, lacking motivation. I’ve been there and you can clearly see that from the number of posts that are posted on my blog (which has been up since July!), but I am still not willing to give up. I am determined to mold my 2017, to make it wonderful, to mark it by as many achievements and happy moments as possible, and you should do that too. I want to be more active on the blog, to exercise more and be able to do 20 pushups, to read at least one book per week and to learn how to save money, among other things. I want to enjoy my last year of high school, to have fun with the people I love and to learn to appreciate everything around me.

This year, I want to grow as a person and become better. What are your goals?

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Photographer: Tudor Pipirig

Sweater: H&M

Jeans: Bershka

Shoes: Deichmann

Choker: Sammydress.com

Beanie: Rosegal.com

Rings: H&M

5 Things I wish I had known before starting my own blog

 

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These past few days, I’ve been thinking of the things I’ve done wrong (and am still doing wrong) and I put them on virtual paper, as a short list for those of you who are interested in knowing the struggles of launching a blog. These aren’t the typical ideas you would hear online, except for maybe the last one, but more like things I have discovered during my first few months on maracalli.ro.

1.Less is more.

This isn’t related exclusively to content or blog aesthetics, but it is rather a mix of everything that your site and online presence are comprised of. When I started my blog, I compared it to a lot of other blogs, way too often (I’ll go into details as to why this is also a bad thing to do later on) and I always thought that something was missing. I didn’t have Pinterest (I ended up making one, but I don’t really use it), I didn’t have a Facebook page for my blog and no google+ (still don’t). I was lacking in the ads department, I didn’t post thrice a day and I also did not have a big menu page with lots of other subpages and categories. I wasted my time trying to create the perfect thing, while majorly neglecting the quality of my content and of the blog itself. Don’t worry about not having accounts on all the social media networks, or about not posting twice a week, or your homepage not looking fancy enough. These are things that should concern you later on, and even then, never forget that your readers come for your content, not for that fancy font you want to use in your header but still can’t figure out how.

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2.You will want to buy a lot of things.

Okay, maybe it’s just me and I shouldn’t generalize it, but I am just saying… I feel like my wallet has never been this empty, yet there are still so many things on my constantly growing wishlist. I follow a lot of bloggers on Instagram and I read quite a lot of style blogs, which means I get to see loads of people dressed in amazing things. Just today I caught a glimpse of a gorgeous knee-length silver skirt on my Insta feed, and I fell in love. The bad thing? I fall in love at least six times a day… Even worse, the holidays are approaching, meaning sales, meaning me locking myself up in my room and hiding my wallet. Help.

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3.Wordpress knowledge is a must (this is for those of you who are looking into starting on WordPress)

 Talking about not figuring things out, I wish I would have been smart enough to realize that you can’t just create a blog on WordPress and suddenly become a master at everything wp-related. I’ve had maracalli.ro for about four months now, and I still don’t know basic things. Of course, this can be fixed by either looking up things online, asking friends to teach you or by learning them yourself through trial and error (this, however, is a method I wouldn’t recommend due to the high risk of messing things up irremediably). It’s best if you know how to work with WordPress beforehand. In this way, you will be able to fix any problem as soon as it appears, without having to wait for weeks at a time just to solve a mail issue for example (like I did).

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 4. Being organised and managing your time properly is the key to a great blog

As you can easily tell, this isn’t a great blog (just yet!). I don’t post regularly, and I hate myself for it: I think I’ve posted only once a month up until now, which is so, so little. This happens for a number of reasons, the most relevant one being that I don’t write my posts in advance and I don’t have a schedule. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have your first post written already and outline the next two-three before launching your blog, or you will find yourself losing track of time. I promised myself that I’ll start doing that from now on, and I already have a few ideas in mind. Please, please don’t be like me and try to set a weekly/monthly number of posts and stick to it. Of course, if you at some point will write a post that won’t reach your standards, it’s best if you postpone it. Never put quantity before quality!

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 5.You need a photographer

There are certainly many bloggers who manage to survive by arranging their cameras by themselves and using a timer or asking a random person to take their picture every time they go out. I, however, am not one of them. I want my blog to have quality content, and for that, I need  great pictures. Unfortunately, I’m not good at positioning the camera, at making sure the light hits just right or at getting that blurry effect, and my camera isn’t the best one either (not that you need a very expensive camera to be a blogger). I’m also not good at being photographed by strangers, as I am very, very shy, as stated in my last blog post. The only and, actually, the best solution for me is to have a person who knows what they’re doing take my pictures. This time, my lovely friend, Iuliana, was the one who helped me and I’m absolutely in love with the results <3.

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Photo credits: Iuliana Pădurariu

 

Jacket : Bershka

Jeans : Bershka

Top : Stradivarius

Bra: Laceandco

Boots : H&M

Backpack : Tumi

Lazy

 

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There’s always something you can improve about yourself. Me? I’m awfully lazy, and when I say this, I don’t mean “I sometimes don’t do my homework because meh”, but more like: “I spend days thinking about the fact that I have a blog post to write but I just don’t feel like doing it”. It sucks, I know. To be 100% honest, I’ve written these first four lines only because I saw a motivational post on my Tumblr dashboard telling me to just do it, but at least it’s something, right?

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Nobody wants to spend days doing nothing productive just to feel bad about themselves afterward, but it does happen. It’s easy to blame it on the weather, on the fact that the bed always looks so sinfully comfortable, or simply chalk it up to a lack of inspiration. The problem appears when we keep finding reasons as to why we should postpone certain tasks, and we end up realizing we should have done them a long time ago. Like this blog post. Yeah.

So here I am, writing about laziness. Is there a cure for it? Probably not. Have I found the secret which leads to a highly effective lifestyle? No, but I have to admit, I’ve gotten much better at being efficient in the past few weeks. (Except for when it comes to my blog. Oops.) I did this by reminding myself each day that every minute spent doing nothing or doing something useless, is time wasted. I’m one of those people who are scared of waking up at 60, 70, 80 years old and discovering they haven’t done everything they wanted to do, and I guess that this fear is my best weapon in the fight against tardiness. I just feel like lying down (or sitting, or standing -people waste their time in different ways) is such a dull way of letting opportunities pass you by.

Write to-do lists. Download productivity apps for your smartphone. Use a notebook and list your daily, weekly, monthly goals. Figure out what works for you, when you’re the most active, what environment you prefer, and create a schedule that will help you become the best version of yourself. Discipline is key, so make sure you do this every day until you develop a habit. It’s difficult, but it’s completely worth it, and you’ll thank yourself later.

I’m definitely thanking myself right now because I managed to write this post, ha xx

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Body: H&M

Cardigan: Primark

Jeans: Pull&Bear

Shoes: Bershka

Bag: Accessorize