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Behind the Blog With Aiming to Stress Less

What’s the name of your blog?

Aiming to Stress Less.

Where do you live?

Wilmington, North Carolina.

Tell us how you started your blog, Aiming to Stress Less, and what did it take to get to where it is today?

I was extremely stressed out from traveling so much for work (I’m a flight attendant,) and from life in general, and was looking for an outlet for my wandering mind. In one day, my blog was born! Hence the name, haha.

What’s been the hardest business lesson you’ve learned from blogging?

Blogging isn’t for lazy! It takes hard work, and sometimes long hours. I started keeping a planner, and it has helped me with time management. But when I first started blogging, I quit working out and was working on my blog instead. I stayed up late and woke up early. I also would get upset if something wasn’t going my way. I have learned that it’s important to take time to rest. Put on a face mask, go for a walk, get a manicure. Sometimes you work better after taking a breath and coming back to it later.

What does a typical work day for you look like?

I’m a flight attendant and enjoy working morning flights. So I wake up at 4 a.m. and I start with COFFEE. Then I’ll work 1 to 4 flights a day. Which means my phone and computer are in airplane mode! This allows me to mentally plan out posts and think of ideas. Then the second I get to my hotel at night, I switch on my computer and get to work on my blog! I work for about 3 hours. Then I like to call home, stretch, and go to bed.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in the blog world?

Take time with your posts. Don’t just post something because you feel like you haven’t posted in a while. I have better results when my posts have quality content. Which means good photos, and keyword research.

What do you think the blogging industry will look like in 5 years?

I think it will be the number one way for companies to market! Social media outlets are always changing. From MySpace, Facebook and now Instagram. But blogs have and will always be constant!

What’s been your favorite project, or post you’ve worked on?

Honestly, I feel like every time I post something new, it’s my new favorite. So my favorite post right now is my “Back Deck Remodel.” I bought a house last year, I really love writing and sharing about home decor. This is the first time I have posted before and after photos of a project. And the response has been wonderful!

How do you stay inspired?

The everyday person inspires me. Being a flight attendant, I see and meet people of all ages, from all over the world. Everyone has their own style and personality. I get all of my ideas when I talk to someone new on the plane, or when I visit a new city and just observe how everyone interacts with each other. It’s inspiring, humbling, motivating, all in one.

How has blogging helped you in your day to day life?

Blogging has helped me get out more when I’m laying over in a new city. I used to just stay in my hotel room, binge watch Netflix, and sleep. But now, I feel like I need to venture out, take photos, and try something new.

Do you consider yourself a blogger or influencer?

I do think of myself as a blogger. Because my overall thought process has changed. Everything I do now, I think “oh I could blog about that.” I don’t think of myself as an influencer, because I don’t like to influence or persuade people one way or the other. I just like to share my travels, outfits, and life with everyone who is looking for advice, a solution to a problem I’m addressing, or just to mentally escape everyday life for a minute.

Which social media platform do you wish you knew more about or spent more time on?

Twitter! I just don’t utilize it like I should.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what’s the one cocktail you would bring with you to enjoy for the rest of time?

Wine. Any and all types. I don’t discriminate.

What’s your favorite blogging hack or trick?

Once your post is live. Share it. Share it on as many platforms as possible. If you don’t let people know it’s there, it will be harder to get discovered.

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