The Only Thing Stopping You Is Yourself

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When I was creating the 7-Day Job Mindfulness Challenge I knew I had to write this post. On day 6 I invite people to open their hearts and dream. 

However, I remember the first time my life coach asked me to dream and I felt so embarrassed. I felt ridiculous telling her I wanted to run the 100th annual Oscars, that I wanted to have a house by the beach with a rescue dog, that I wanted to help others. She asked me to run through what was stopping me from accomplishing those dreams. 


What kept coming up for me were: 

Education

Responsibilities 

Money

Fear 

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While fear was last on my list it covered every subject. I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough money if I went back to school. I was afraid my responsibilities of taking care of a sick family member would stop me again. I was afraid. So very afraid. 

Now I realize those were stories I was telling myself. When I first moved into my apartment I thought, how am I going to be able to afford this place? But I made it work. When I booked my first trip abroad I thought, how am I going to travel across the world on my own. But I made it work. 

The only thing stopping you is yourself. Your perspective and your thoughts. If you tell yourself you can’t do something you can’t do it. If you dream and you reach and you try you can make it happen. If you fail, learn from it and try again. 

Acclaimed author and activist Toni Morrison started writing at 40 years old. She went on to receive a Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Prize and many other accolades while inspiring and touching lives across the globe. 

In her early 20s, Oprah was fired from TV and told she was unfit for the very job she has today. Not only is she a multi-billionaire she has helped so many people through not giving up. 

You have a choice. To convince yourself you’re not enough and that you’re not of service. Or to shine and take the steps you need to manifest the life you fucking deserve. 


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Tools for Bloggers Who suck at Grammar

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Growing up, I was more of a creator than a meticulous person. I'm a butterfly chaser and it took me a while to embrace that. Several people made me feel terrible about it and I felt pretty ashamed.

I mean sure, it's 'just a mistake' but when you work in social media that can cost you your pride and sometimes your job. It's ok to be a bad speller, it doesn't mean you're not as smart as everyone else, it means you're smart about other things.

Here are the tools I use to trick people into thinking I'm good at spelling and grammar.

Hemmingway App

I love the Hemmingway App. Insert an entire blog post into this tool and watch it pick it apart faster than America's Next Top Model judges. It helped me shirk my use of passive voice and overuse of adverbs. And run-on sentences...I'm using to write this post it right now!

Grammarly

LIFE SAVER! I love using Grammarly in my day-to-day. Emails, blog posts, tweets...it all gets corrected. The only issue is the Google Chrome plug-in doesn't work in Google Docs. Instead, I've started writing my posts in the Hemmingway App or Squarespace. My friends text me less about little mistakes in my posts and it's a breath of fresh air.

Capitalize My Title

I totally forgot how to capitalize titles. Which nouns to capitalize and words to drop to lower case eluded me after I graduated middle school. I used to use Titlecapitalization.com but it disappeared so now I use this one. If I ever have a title in the middle of a blog post or even for titling full posts I always double check.

 

UpWork

If you have the budget, hire a copyeditor! You can hire a copy editor to help you take your posts to the next level. Several of your favourite bloggers don't even write their posts anymore. Instead, they have copywriters and editors who piece them together. For a fraction of a cost you can too. I've used UpWork in the past to help me develop my own team for photos and graphics. Next up for me will be copyediting.

Did I miss anything? Comment down below with your favourite tricks and tools to show off your spelling skills.