I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I applied for Financial Aid for the Facebook Social Media Marketing Specialization on November 1st. After 5 days, I was feeling antsy, so I put in an application for the Social Media Marketing Specialization offered by Northwestern University, as well. Why not, right?!
Since my last post, my Financial Aid decisions came in, and I was approved for both Specializations! Actually, they’re both 6 Course Specializations, and I’m technically only approved for Course 1 in each, but that’s a great start!
I’m self-taught in Social Media Marketing, so I’ve got no documentation to say that I possess the skills that I do, which is the primary reason for me taking the Specializations. After I’m finished, I’ll have 2 Highly Accredited Professional Certifications in Social Media Marketing: one from Facebook and the other from Northwestern University!
Going into the course having already studied most of the material many times over has definitely given me a leg up, because I’m almost finished Course 1 of both Specializations, and it’s only been 6 days since I’ve had access to the first course. I’m so close to finishing the courses that I’ve already put in my Financial Aid application for Course 2 in each Specialization. I figured I should do that now, since the decision takes exactly 15 days to come in, and I don’t want to take any breaks if I don’t have to!
I’ve only gained access to the offering from Northwestern University last night. This course, as well as the other, are both a bit easy right now, since these are the introductory courses, and I’m simply relearning what I already know.
You’re probably wondering why I decided to take 2 Specializations. Honestly, I just love to learn, and I figured that it can’t hurt to have 2 Certifications! Plus, the Northwestern University Specialization is a little different than the Facebook Specialization, which is really cool, because I’ll get to cover as much information as possible!
Sure, it sounds nerdy, but I really just love to study and learn. I always have a hunger for knowledge, and I’ve found out after starting to study these courses that the hunger is stronger than I thought it was in the first place.
I couldn’t be happier right now about where I am, my goals, and where I plan to be a year from now. I’m looking forward to where and how far this part of the journey will take me. It’s really exciting, and I can’t wait to share it here on my blog with you!
Have you ever been SO riddled with anxiety, had a TON of things to get done on a deadline, and become so overwhelmed that you end up doing NONE of it? That’s my Saturday in a nutshell.
I hope you’re all having a great weekend, and if you celebrate Halloween, then I hope you have a blast! What am I doing this weekend, you ask? Well, I’ll be doing EVERYTHING, naturally!
I found out a week ago from my landlord that the Township Inspector is coming on Monday to check the fire alarms and all of that fun stuff. Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue. However, it seems that I’ve accumulated far more things than my apartment is equipped to store, and it looks as though a tornado had ripped through my home, scattering about everything that I own, which is too much, apparently. Can I still use COVID as an excuse for things?
A few days ago, I spoke with a really awesome K-Beauty skincare brand that I create content for each month called PlumpShop. They let me know that they’d extended my deadline to submit the 4 (or more) pieces of content and this month’s PlumpShop Skincare Box review form that I must complete, as a PlumpShop Ambassador! That’s great news, because I was afraid I would miss out on receiving next month’s Beauty Box, and for a Sinatra freak like me, that would be just heartbreaking!
I’m SO grateful that I was granted an extension in until Monday to submit all of my work to PlumpShop, but I’d be lying if I said that’s I wasn’t having a full-blown internal freakout. Sometimes, my anxiety gets the best of me, which is usually when I have a lot more to do all at once, on a deadline, and with only 2 1/2 days remaining. Hopefully, they won’t make me submit by the time it’s due in Korea! That would throw a monkey wrench into my plans!
On Monday, November 1, 2021, I will also be hearing back from Coursera with their decision on whether or not to grant me the Financial Aid that I’ve applied for. I’m planning on taking a Social Media Marketing Specialization 6 Course Certification, which is accredited and from both Coursera AND Facebook. As someone that’s entirely self-taught in the field and not having the perfect degree or any really great, accredited Certifications like this one. I have a feeling that by obtaining this Certificate from Coursera and Facebook, I’ll have something substantial on paper that will give me a pretty nice edge ahead of my competition AKA my fellow Aspiring Social Media Marketing ladies and gents.
Many snoozed Calendar Reminders into this evening, and I’ve still not gotten down to the nitty gritty. I’ve done a bit of brainstorming, but that’s just not enough. It’s now the evening. I’m a total night owl, so this isn’t usually a problem for me. I have no qualms with creating content and doing the heavy duty cleaning that my apartment requires before Monday. But of course, there’s always a but! Because my anxiety has been at its current elevated level, I was unable to sleep last night, and I’m kind of notorious for falling asleep at all times but the appropriate ones.
I’ll be putting off the content creation of my incredibly awesome PlumpShop Products until tomorrow tomorrow after I rest my creative brain, because, well, it’s NEVER a good idea to rush content, and I do subpar work when I’m sleep-deprived. That leaves the grunt work for tonight. Although it is already 7:00 p.m., I think that I may take a “power nap.” This is very risky for me. I will either wake up after a quick few hours of shut eye, or I will wake up sometime later tomorrow. I can’t afford to chance it this time, so I’m going to whip myself into gear and start tackling some of this cleaning!
As for my Coursera Financial Aid decision also being on Monday: I may not have to do much but kick my feet up and wait for an email from Coursera, but my anxiety will make sure that I can’t rest because of that either. 😂
It looks like the remainder of my evening and well into the wee hours of the night, I’ll be packing up bins full of my possessions and lugging them down to the basement. That is the plan…if I can stay awake long enough.
If I call asleep hard before getting much done, then hey, there’s always one more day to clean, and a little more than a day to create my content! At least I’ve got my goals lined up, and I’m ready to hit them like a champ!
I’ll most definitely be posting about my oh so fun Monday after the Township Inspector and my dreadful, dreadful Landlord invade my home, I’ve finished and posted all of my due content, and I’ve gotten word back from Coursera about my Financial Aid decision. And hey, I’m sure things will go every way besides according to plan, so I think I’ll have lots to talk about in my next blog post. I’ll keep you posted!
Unfortunately, due to unsavory activities by the company with which I took on the Internship mentioned in my last post, I, as well as the rest of the Internship staff, have decided to part ways.
This means I’m back to job hunting. Except I’ve decided to not only hunt for a career but to also pursue some Professional Certifications while I’m hunting.
In 7 days from now, I’ll receive word from Coursera that will let me know whether or not I’ll be receiving Financial Aid. I applied for aid for the first in six courses in the Social Media Marketing specialization that will help me to obtain a Professional Certification from both Coursera and Facebook.
In the meantime, I’ve taken up management with FamePick for my Content Creation, which I’ll be getting back into very shortly! I hope to work with some very cool brands. It should be interesting to see how it is to have an agent! I’ll be sure to write about this separately! 😘
For now, I’m studying as many LinkedIn Learning Certificate courses as I can while I keep my fingers crossed. I’ll let you know what happens! Until then, my friends.
As a self-proclaimed Lifelong Learner, I’m always anticipating changes in both my life and within myself. I came to the realization a while back that I wanted to do something more with the skills and experience in Content Creation, Social Media Marketing, and Communication that I’ve been constantly honing for nearly 5 years.
What began as a simple journey many years ago, spurred on by a powerful curiosity and extreme passion, of dialing into my creative side by finally finding the best mediums in which to express that creativity, ended up becoming a very important trail of new experiences that I believe have changed my life.
During some standard daydreaming, which I find to be very important, especially when working in a creative and often ambiguous field, I asked myself a random question today that I’d never had a good answer for. I had an answer today. That question I’ve been hearing since I was young was, “Where do you see yourself in 1 year from now,” which was a bit of a shocker coming from my brain, due to always having been stumped by these questions. I know the answer immediately: in 1 year, I see myself either looking for the job that I’m aiming for or to have already been in the position for a few months by that time.
I can’t believe I had an answer to that question. I’ve always found the query itself to be difficult for over reason or another, but I wasn’t entirely sure about what was so difficult about it, especially when in college, the younger kids always had very great answers, and I envied yet admired that they knew exactly what they wanted. My problem was that I never truly knew what I to do as far as a career, so I just couldn’t give a true answer. I wanted that clarity, but it turns out, for me at least, that only time and experience would bring me the vision that I needed.
I’ve tried so many different things over the past 5 or so years, including starting, owning, and operating my own small business, and being a Freelance Content Creator all the while. I thought I’d really narrowed it down once I began to get really involved in Content Creation. I love it, it’s the perfect way for me to express my creativity, and I’d always wanted to find that for myself. However, out took me a little bit more thought to realize what I was really good at and was super passionate about at the same time: Marketing – Social Media Marketing and Social Media Management, to be exact.
All along, I’ve been so close to finding out this piece of the puzzle that is my life, yet was always too far away to grasp it. The overwhelming passion that I have for Creating Content seemed to blind me, and I thought, “This is it! It’s the piece that’s been missing,” but that passion opened my eyes to what my true passion was, which was Marketing.
In retrospect, I should’ve noticed the signs throughout my life, and not just since I’d created my own business. That’s just where I was first able to apply this skill (that seemed to come so naturally) in a professional way and a way I’d get credit for, as opposed to simply giving advice, for instance.
One of the biggest reasons that my business did not succeed ultimately is because I “accidentally” marketed myself, my business, and my products and services a little too well from the very start. How is that possible, right? Well, when it’s only you juggling all aspects of a company, and you aren’t aware that you excel that much at marketing, you may just become completely bombarded by your very first day of business (the launch), and it can be quite the ditch to dig yourself out of, especially without being able to hire any help to help you out of the hole.
My self-made business may have ultimately failed, but as a Lifelong Learner, I’ve never discontinued learning more about all aspects of business, but it eventually became narrowed down to Marketing, especially with a focus on Digital/Social Media Marketing and Management.
Management has always been something that I’d known that I excelled at, but I was never really given the chance, due to the types of jobs that I kept settling for, which is a partial reason for the creation of my first startup business. I credit my Father with my natural business acumen and leadership skills. They just seem to run in my family, specifically on his side. Almost everyone in my very large family is or has been in management to some degree and/or owned their own businesses, some now defunct and some thriving quite successfully. If they didn’t have their own business, they were in management at their jobs. I’m not sure that this is even something that is genetic in any way, but it sure seems that way.
No matter how I developed into the leadership type of person that I am and have always been, whether it be somehow genetic or simply through exposure to positive role models, I’m truly glad that I do possess these skills. I mean this not as a brag, by any means. It’s just fascinating how I’ve never been able to flex these skills, then when given the chance, I find out that they’re better than even I’d thought. Even as a child, I was always taking charge, despite being a bit of an introvert.
I’ve never been more happy in my life than I am now, and I know that this is partially due to having jumped into it and just started a business when I had nothing going on. By doing this, it’s led me down a path of self-discovery that’s taught me more about myself in the past 5 years than I’ve learned in the 15 prior. I’m all the richer for having taken a chance, and for once in my life, I can actually say that I know exactly what I want to do for my career, and attaining a position in that field is my ultimate goal.
Thank goodness I finally have this goal. As I’ve mentioned above, I’d always envied and admired younger people when I was also their age that knew what they wanted to do, what they were going to do to get there, and seemed to have it all together. I never had this – until recently. Sure, it took me a lot longer in my life to come to this realization myself, but I was growing more discouraged as time passed that I’d ever know the answer or have that ultimate goal. I can proudly say that I finally have that ultimate goal, and I know exactly what I’m going to do to achieve this goal. It’s one of the most wonderful feelings that I’ve ever felt inl my life. I’m one of the people that I used to admire so much, and hard, patience, and perseverance have gotten me here.
Never give up on your passions. They can often turn into goals, so be ready by preparing for life to happen at any moment! ❤️
Everything is beginning to fall into place, and with my realized goals and ways to attain said goals, I’m feeling very confident about where I am in life, in terms of my future and my career.
Some people are ready to go from a young age, but it takes others, like myself, to find something that will not only earn money, but that I can also use my creativity, passion, and I can be happy in my life, overall!
Can you relate to this blog post? I’d love to hear your story! If you can relate to anything that I’ve mentioned in my (hastily written and published) blog post, then I’d love for you to share your experience below in the comments!
Have you ever been so interested in something, started to do that something, and got distracted and moved on to something else? That’s exactly what happened to me and blogging.
Writing is and has always been one of my absolute favorite things to do. As a child, I was a huge fan of reading. I can remember the feeling I’d get when I found out we were going to the library to pick out some new reads. It was an intense feeling that I’ve not experienced much as an adult. The rush of dopamine was unlike anything I’d ever felt before. In retrospect, I now know that this wonderful feeling that I was experiencing was passion.
My passion for reading helped to develop an even greater passion: my passion for writing. I used to write a lot. As a kid, I loved to write short stories. As I got older, I started to feel an intense need to write a book. But why? And about what? I still don’t know the answers to these questions. I’ve tried tons of times, but the perfectionist in me would always get stuck on that important first sentence, and without realizing I was abandoning my love, I’d soon find myself moving onto my next interest. Plus, my passion for writing kept taking me in new directions. The intense feeling to write a book that I’d once had eventually developed into an intense need to write articles. I suppose it makes sense, having once been obsessed with writing short stories. I wanted to express myself, but I wanted to get my point across in a more condensed fashion.
Not long ago, I have in to the whole blogging thing and created my own. I didn’t expect anyone to be interested enough to actually want to read what I’ve written. I still don’t. But that doesn’t matter much to me. There’s never been a love for attention to my work attached to my love for writing. I just want to do what I enjoy. If people find it interesting, then that’s just a pretty cool bonus.
After creating my blog, I planned on being consistent and writing at least a few blog posts per week. My plan was successful for about a week or two, but I soon found myself moving on to another activity yet again. It’s disappointing to think about, but if you love something enough, you always come back to it. My love for writing has only grown over time, and it’s brought me back to my blog.
I’ve got plans to continue writing for my blog and being consistent, but I’m doing everything I can to not move on to anything else and neglect my blog again. I’m researching ways to be consistent while still being able to incorporate other passions, likes, and work into my life. Plus, now that I’ve been a Beauty Influencer and Content Creator for a few years, contributing to my blog almost goes hand in hand with my work, which is a total blessing! I’ve got a lot to write about, which has always been a problem for me. I know, I know: that sounds like a great problem to have, right? It’s not. My OCD overloads my brain with so many ideas that it’s nearly impossible to pick only one.
In an attempt to help turn this overwhelming feeling into something that will help me, I’ve begun to find ways to narrow down my ideas. They may have been narrowed down, but there are still more ideas than I know what to do with. Having this many ideas is exactly what causes me (and others) to subconsciously become overwhelmed with the task at hand and subsequently move onto the next idea or task.
Here’s the plan: I’m not going to try to choose the best idea from my list of ideas: I’m going to close my eyes, point my finger, wave it around, and let it drop onto the list. That will be the blog post that I write that day. The only exception will be if there is something pressing that I feel the strong need to write about. Now, this is just an experiment, so I’m not sure how well it will work, but I’m giving it a shot!
I’m excited to get back to blogging! I’ve got so much to write about, and I’d love to share with you my experiences being a Content Creator, because there are a lot of really interesting situations I’ve been in that would make for great reading. No more procrastinating. No more being overwhelmed with my excess of blog post ideas. I’m jumping back into the blog pool head first, and I’m going to make it to the other end without taking a rest on the edge.
Have you ever wanted to keep that special person in your life close to your heart everywhere you go? Well, here’s a new and super unique way to do just that! Say “I Love You” to someone you love, including your pets, with Jewelry or a Tattoo from Everence!
If you haven’t already, then you definitely need to check out Everence! It’s one of the coolest, most unique concepts that I’ve ever seen or heard of! I’m currently obsessed with them! You can always keep that special person, memory, moment, etc. close to your heart! ❤
I can’t wait until my Collection Kit comes in the mail this week. I’m going to buy a necklace to keep my puppy, Buddy, close to my heart at all times – literally!
So take a minute, and check out Everence’s website to learn more and see exactly how cool and unique this brand’s products really are! I promise you that I would never steer you wrong! This is just AWESOME! I hope you love it as much as I do!
You’re probably wondering, “What exactly IS Everence? Since I’m digging them so much, I’m going to tell you all about Everencein my next blog post. In the meantime, I highly recommend visiting Everence’s website so you can check it out for yourself. Trust me: this is something new and different that you’ll really enjoy!
Don’t forget to use discount code KATE10 at checkout to save money on your order!
I’m also going to get the discount applied to my necklace order. I love a discount just as much as I’m sure you do! I just can’t decide if I want a heart or paw inlay on my piece of jewelry. I can’t wait to order! My baby Buddy will be with me wherever I go! 😊
I’m soo excited! I can’t wait to tell you all about Everence in my next blog post (but seriously, go read about them now)! The post will be followed by a series about my Everence journey that I’ll be sharing with you! I’ll take you through my whole process, so you can see exactly how cool it is and how easy it is to do! I want you to come on this journey with me, so please: come with me! And, of course, I’ll be showing you which necklace I’ve chosen. 😘
I did it! I just landed my very first PAID Influencer job!
Since my last entry, I’ve been having issues with my video equipment and other technical problems, which led me to invest in a few greatly needed upgrades. This has delayed my first YouTube videos from being recorded.
In the meantime, I’ve been hustling to get more jobs. I’m very happy to say that I’ve landed quite a few jobs. They’re all jobs that require my review and promotion in exchange for their product(s). I’ll have lots of videos on my YouTube Channel and product photos and reviews on my Instagram page. Keep an eye out for all of the new content I’ve got coming. Once I start to post these upcoming product review photos and videos, they’re going to become consistent, so I’ll be pumping them out!
Some of these “product in exchange for review” jobs that I’ve gotten include several skincare products, several haircare products, a couple of fashionable apparel and accessory jobs (I’m very excited to start doing these), hair supplements, CBD products, plus more that I’m surely forgetting off the top of my head. If you’re following me on Instagram and YouTube, then you’ll be seeing a lot of new content from these jobs (and unsponsored content) very soon.
Yesterday, I received an email from one of the Influencer marketing websites that I’m a member of, and they introduced and connected me with the owner of a company that I’ve pitched to recently. When I checked my email this afternoon, I’d recieved an email directly from the owner of this company. They want to work with me, too, which is great. I’ll tell you all about them and my new job in my next entry after we’ve officially sealed the deal!
The job is a lot like all of the other jobs that I have right now: receive a few product, promote the brand and their products, and work for commission. I’ll be working as an affiliate with them, as I do with several of the other companies that I’ll be promoting. Of course, I’ll try my hardest to promote the brands and their products, create the very best content that I can for them, and if I’m lucky, I’ll make some commission. I’m just happy to be getting so much experience!
There’s one difference with this new job: I’m going to be paid for my posts! This may not sound all that exciting to you, and I would understand that. The thing is that I’ve just reached one of my goals! Up until now, I’ve only been receiving products from brands as my payment, which I’m very grateful for, as it gives me lots of experience, and I get to try a lot of new products. Now, I’m on Cloud Nine because I’ve reached one of my goals sooner than I’d expected!
To say that I’m excited would be an understatement. Sure, I’m excited to be paid for my content, but it feels bigger than that. I’ve just reached a goal that I’ve had, and I’ve reached it much sooner that I’d expected. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment. It’s a lot of work just looking for Influencer jobs, and it’s even more work once you get jobs. It can get a little discouraging at times, especially when you’re flat broke. To finally get a paying Influencer job means that all of this hustling that I’ve been doing is really working, and it’s actually paying off – literally. It’s not a lot of money, by any means, but this is just the start of the next chapter in my journey. I’m strapped in for the ride, and I’m ready to go!
Stay tuned, because I’ll certainly be keeping you all updated on my journey! I’ll tell you more about the job itself as soon as I’ve signed my paperwork and made it official! I can’t wait to tell you more, because the product is extremely unique. It’s very cool!
Come back to visit my blog to hear more about this new chapter of my journey! You can also find me (and my upcoming content) on Instagram and YouTube. I hope to see and talk to you soon on my main accounts! ❤
I’ve been trying to record these first videos for my YouTube Channel for a while now and telling you that they’re coming. Well, I’ve been having tech issue after tech issue (can you tell how new I am to this lol).
I’m happy to say that I’m 99.9% positive that I’ve fixed everything, propped everything up right, got my settings right, and learned A LOT about making YouTube videos in the process!!
With that being said, I’m gonna record 1 or 2 videos early today. However, I’ve yet to try to tackle video editing software…ever. lol. That’s alright! I WILL get at least 1 video up today if it’s the last thing that I do!!!!
I’ll post again when it’s finally a wrap and recorded, edited, and uploaded onto my brand NEW YouTube Channel!!! Keep an eye out for my next blog entry! Love you all! ❤
Don’t forget: I still have an announcement for you! Tune in to find out what it is! 😘
Subscribe Now! I’ve got a TON of videos on my schedule to be recorded, and I’m constantly adding more. If you enjoy Beauty, Lifestyle, and Wellness content, then this is the YouTube Channel for you! My Channel is going to be highly active, and I’ll be consistently uploading new content! Expect to see at least a few new videos every week! So go ahead and Subscribe! You’re not going to want to miss a thing!
I’m a mix of nervous and excited right now, because I’m getting ready to record and upload my first unboxing videos to my YouTube Channel, “Unbox & Review with Kate.” The name is temporary. I hate it, but it fits. It’s just a little boring for my style. I’ll wait until the content kind of names the channel.
Happy 4th if July to my fellow Americans, by the way! I hope you’re all staying home!! No parties this year! Well, not for me. I’ll be EXTRA careful after today, the day that everyone stops their social distancing in exchange for grilled chicken and beer. But that’s another story for another day.
Alright, guys and gals! I’m going to get shooting soon! If you feel like watching some unboxing videos and product reviews, then feel free to tune in and check out the new videos! And please do subscribe if the mood strikes you. 😊❤ Unbox & Review with Kate – Come watch me unbox my June 2020 BoxyLuxe followed by a video of me unboxing an AWESOME skincare device from Genesis Allure!
I want to give a huge thank you to Steff for this post. She may not have shared her journey with us just to give people hope, but she gave me hope.
Our stories are quite similar, less the doctorate degree and educational work. I’m 36 years old, and I’m just now starting up my own YouTube Channel, which will also focus mainly on beauty of all sorts, and her story just spoke to me. I couldn’t have read this incredibly helpful blog entry at a better time. I’ve been feeling a little nervous, because my journey is so close to beginning, and it’s kind of had me in a funk. The closer I come to recording that first video and writing that first blog entry, the more nervous I become, which often leads me to “put it off” until I shake the jitters off. Well, after reading this entry, I know what I need to do: I need to dive right in and just do it!
The closest I’ve come to recording my first unboxing video was just today. I got showered, got myself ready, and tried setting up the video, all the while becoming more and more nervous. I say “tried” to set up the video because my ring light won’t stand up on its own. It seems I’ve lost a pretty important screw that holds the light up, which is crucial in keeping the ring light from toppling over. Without this screw, the ring light is nothing more than a bright paperweight. I’m just about certain my dog got to the screw. In other words, it’s gone. That’s alright, because I’ll find a way to prop it up! I’m very resilient, and I refuse to give up. I WILL record my first video, and I’ll do it ASAP!
I’m happy to have read this blog entry. It’s given me that extra little push that I needed! Now, thanks to the hope that this entry has instilled in me, I’m ready to roll! Heck, if my father weren’t sleeping in the next room of this small apartment, then I’d be recording videos right now instead of writing! Alas, I must wait just a bit longer.
I’m more than ready to get this YouTube and blogging journey started! I’m also going to begin blogging as I’m beginning to grow my YouTube Channel. I feel like it’s perfect to have their releases on or around the same time. I have so much to say and write about. I’ve esb been accepted into 2 collaborations in which I’ll be guest writing on others’ blogs/communities! I’m really happy about landing those gigs, because I think it’s not only perfect timing but also a great way to gain a bit of exposure. I definitely need more exposure, but I’ll be writing a blog entry specifically about that at another time.
This extra hope that I feel was the virtual kick in the butt that I needed, and I owe that to Steff! Had I not read this post at this very moment, I may not have felt as great about my upcoming journey as I do now.
This is the million dollar question I get asked, why did I start a YouTube channel? I am a 38 year old educator from South Texas. I have been in the education business for 15 years both at the secondary and collegiate levels. I enjoy what I do and what I teach, but I don’t always enjoy my environment. Public education is a labor of love. Ask any educator and they will be the first to tell you that teaching is definitely a work of the heart; AND let’s don’t forget school administrators, their job is DEFINITELY one done out of passion and love for the craft… believe me, I studied to become one! After I received my masters degree in Educational Administration in 2015, I began applying for leadership positions within the area I reside. If you know anything about school district employment, you will…