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What to do When Someone Steals Your Images

“When your self-worth goes up, your net worth goes up with it.” – Mark Victor Hansen For 9 years, I practiced law. When I quit my job about 2 years ago (you can read all about why I quit here), I was verrrryyyy happy to say goodbye to that career. But I’m so thankful I have my legal education and experience because I use them almost every single day as a professional content creator, photographer, and blogger. And today, I want to share a story about how I used them to strike back when someone blatantly (and illegally) used one…

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5 Career Lessons I’ve Learned as a Full-Time Blogger and Content Creator

I left my full-time career as a lawyer after 9 years to jump, feet first, into the unknown. At the time that I left law to blog and create content on a full-time basis (which still sounds flaky as hell to a lot of people, I might add), influencer marketing was new. I wrote all about why I decided to quit my job as a lawyer in this blog post. In it, I explained that when I left, I didn’t have a solid plan. I hadn’t saved in preparation for quitting, I hadn’t mapped out what my first year as…

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left-brained versus right-brained entrepreneur
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Is It Better to be Left-Brained or Right-Brained as an Entrepreneur?

Would you consider yourself to be left-brained or right-brained? Analytical or creative? What happens when you are both? And as an entrepreneur, which one is better? Left Brain vs. Right Brain People whose dominant side of the brain is the left side are said to be more logical and analytical. On the other hand, those whose dominant side is the right side have been said to be more artistic. The prevailing thought is that creative people aren’t, by nature, analytical and vice-versa. I disagree. I’ve always thought of myself as having one foot in the professional/analytical world and one foot…

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Cliques and frenemies in the blogging community
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Cliques and Frenemies in Blogging: 5 Things You Can Do About Them

Community over competition, right? In theory, yes. In reality, not always. Last Sunday, I teamed up with 2 blogger friends to host our first live session on my Instagram account. One of the themes that came up in the questions from our followers before and during the discussion was the issue of cattiness and cliques in the blogging community. Unfortunately, the issue of frenemies and blogger cliques is not new. As much as the blogging world may seem like an incredibly happy place filled with sunshine and rainbows and messages of women supporting other women, there are cliques and there…

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Why a curated Instagram feed is not the culprit
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Stop Blaming Someone’s Curated Instagram Feed as the Source of Your Problems

(Sweater: Shopbop (sold out) (Similar from J.O.A., Similar from Endless Rose)//Skirt: Zara (sold out)//Boots: Zara (Similar in black from Free People, Similar from Stuart Weitzman, Similar from Schutz on Shopbop//Toque: sold out (Similar from White + Warren, Similar from Eugenia Kim))  Lately, there has been a huge backlash against the “curated” Instagram feed. More and more, I’m hearing complaints about all the “perfect” photos and “unattainable” lifestyles on Instagram, which in turn, are causing people to feel bad about themselves. Even worse, I’ve heard reports of people hurting themselves, having eating disorders, or committing suicide, which makes my heart sink. And I…

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About 8 months ago, I did something that I, never in my wildest dreams, would have imagined to be possible: I quit my job as a lawyer (of 9 years, I might add) to pursue my passion as a full-time blogger. I traded in my 6-figure salary, steady bi-weekly paycheque, medical and dental benefits, and office with a view on a bit of a whim. At the time, I had no clue whether it would pan out in the long run. But I can honestly say that it’s been one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I haven’t…

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Why “Vacation” Doesn’t Really Mean Time Off When You’re Self-Employed

One of the biggest lessons I’ve had to learn since starting to blog full-time is that vacation doesn’t really mean time off, when you’re self-employed. There is no such thing as truly unplugging, especially if most of your work is online. Unless you have a team of people or an intern working for you back at home (which I don’t), going away doesn’t mean you get a break from your business. You still have to be able to pay the bills when you get back, so you can’t just abandon ship! Out of office message? Guess what – IT DOESN’T…

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It’s No Secret I Get Paid for Being an “Influencer”, But Here’s What I Want You to Know About it

Cat’s out of the bag: I earn money from posting sponsored content on my Instagram account and blog. Shocking. I’m sorry to sound so sarcastic, but I want to get real with you guys. I want to contribute to an open dialogue around sponsored posts and influencer marketing because it’s what I do for a living. It’s been a little over 3 months since I left my full-time job as a corporate lawyer of 9 years (!). I took the ultimate risk and decided to pursue my passion as a full-time blogger/content creator and entrepreneur – another shocking fact not…

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5 Simple Things All Millennials Should Know About Saving Money

The other day, I had a HUGE wake-up call. I went into Meridian Credit Union* to meet with a financial advisor and I learned that I would need to save approximately $2.9 million for my retirement! That amounts to about $10,000 per month at my current age!!! Once I picked my jaw up off the ground, Gloria (the Meridian financial advisor I met with) told me not to worry! This was just an estimate and there were many other factors to consider in my retirement plan. Gloria then spent the next hour reviewing my finances with me and helping me…

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