Blogiversary – My Favorite Post of All Time

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Obsessive Compulsive Designer is officially turning 1 year old today and I’m beyond excited. I cannot believe that it’s been a whole year since I started this journey. I’m so thankful for every one of you who read my posts and follow me. I can’t begin to thank you all enough for the wonderful words and support this past year. I have really enjoyed this hobby and will continue for as long as you all are willing to listen to my ramblings. 🙂

Today I wanted to share one of my all-time favorite posts I have published this past year. Coincidentally, it has been one of your favorites as well! My outfit post in Girl’s Shopping Trip OOTD has been one of my most searched & interacted with posts, and for good reason. It’s one of my favorite outfit posts I’ve ever featured on here. It gets me so motivated to post more fashion posts! I love putting together outfits for you guys and showing you how to style certain pieces.

Again, I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all you lovely people! You all inspire me so much and get me so motivated to get creative in all aspects of my life. I love you all! 🙂
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5 Most Important Tips For New Bloggers

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The weekend is finally here again and I’m ready to get a little creative juices flowing in terms of blog posts. I don’t know about any of you, but I get the most inspired on weekend mornings. Something about sleeping until my body wakes me up and getting to spend a quiet lovely morning in my home, just really gets my creativity going! Today, I wanted to share my 5 tips I recommend to all newbie bloggers. I’m relatively new myself, hitting the one year mark this coming month, and I feel like I’ve learned so much already. Don’t get me wrong, I’m continuing to learn every single day; however, these 5 tips have always been true since day one. All new bloggers will greatly benefit from these 5 tips!

If you aren’t liking it, don’t post it.

Occasionally, I’ll start writing a post but when it’s all said and done I end up not enjoying it. I always heard that having a consistent posting schedule is key to growing your blog and would panic if I couldn’t keep mine consistent. But if you aren’t liking what you’re putting out there, your readers will see that. Always post things you’re 100% in love with, if you aren’t feeling that post you can save it to a later date (and fresh mind) or just delete it. Always put your best self out there.

The power of community is a very real concept.

If you aren’t getting involved with fellow bloggers, odds are, you won’t get too far. It’s crazy how much you’ll grow when you give others around you the attention you’d like to receive. Liking, following, commenting with other bloggers is a great way to get to know other amazing people and help promote your blog.

Nothing makes a good photo great like some natural lighting.

Until you’re 100% sure you want to continue this blogging path, I would hold off on buying a big fancy camera. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need an expensive camera nowadays to get a great photo. Smartphones these days have amazing quality. Taking pictures with your smartphone and some good natural light will give you the same look as an expensive camera. Plan your photo sessions accordingly to the time of day/year to be sure you get the best lighting.

Consistency helps you and your readers.

Having a consistent posting schedule will definitely help you grow. Your readers will know exactly when to come back for more. However, as I said earlier, if you aren’t liking your post – don’t post it. It won’t kill you to miss a day. As long as you’re posting once or twice a week, you’ll be just fine!

Don’t worry about your niche.

Many of the tips that I read while learning about this whole blogging journey was to always define your niche. I never really liked that tip and didn’t really put much thought into it. I don’t like narrowing down my scope any. I want to post whatever I’m feeling. I definitely have a few niches I post about regularly but I don’t like to label myself as just a food, fashion, or beauty blogger. Don’t worry about defining you or your blog. As you write and grow as a person, you’ll naturally find your niche.

Leave a comment below and tell me when you get the most inspired to write your posts.
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February Favorite Post Round Up

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February is coming to a close and I still can’t believe how fast 2017 has been going. With the short month, there has definitely been a lot crammed into such a short time period. I loved so many of the posts that went up this month so I wanted to be sure you didn’t miss out either! Be sure to check out my favorite four below and don’t miss out on the fun!

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5 Gifts She Actually Wants For Valentine’s Day

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My Morning Routine – For The Working Girl

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How Expensive Is My Face?

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Date Night OOTD

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Blogger Recognition Award

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One of the things I love about the blogging community is how everyone builds each other up. It’s such a great thing to see happen, especially with women. Thank you so much Jules at Blonde’s Tea ,  Lean Sixteen , and Brenna at Crochet539 for this amazing award. I love the concept of this award because it acknowledges great bloggers while helping out other bloggers with great advice from a variety of people.

The rules for the Blogger Recognition Award:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Write a post to show your award
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created.

The story of my blog

This may get quite redundant for those who have read my Why I Started Blogging post so I’ll give you the short version here. I had a droning job that required no creativity on my part and as a creative individual I found myself looking for an outlet. I’ve never been one for the camera but have always enjoyed writing so blogging seemed like the perfect outlet!

Advice for new bloggers

  1. Interaction. It seems silly or time not well spent but I promise it makes a huge difference. Liking and commenting on other bloggers posts will help you build a strong community with those in your niche. Making connections and friendships will really help you build your blog and you’ll meet so many great people from around the world.
  2. Natural Lighting. For pictures, no matter what camera you are using, the lighting is the key to good photography. Make sure you plan out when you’re taking pictures so you can best utilize the natural lighting.

My nominations

1.      Le Wendy

2.      Simply Caylee

3.      Blush Stops Here

4.      Ell Rachel

5.      Writings And Worship

6.      Salty Mom

7.      Cradle of Joy

8.      Alifya Lifestyle

9.      A Brash Attitude

10.   Admirably Legal

11.   Helli Patel

12.   Simple Serenity

13.   Nogy Nyan

14.   Ms Meehnia

15.   A Beautiful Thing

Again, thank you so much for this award. I hope all my nominations take the time to do this post because I believe it can help out so many new bloggers. Have a great day everyone!

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How To Make Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

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Most New Year’s resolutions are abandoned before January is even over! Isn’t that crazy!? I know I’ve made my fair share of resolutions that I didn’t follow through on. That fact is why I’ve stopped making resolutions and started making goals. You might be asking, “What’s the difference between resolutions and goals?” Really, not much besides the fact that goals are often more loosely structured and less intimidating than resolutions. I want to share with you today how exactly to make your resolutions achievable this coming year. Let’s make 2017 the best year yet!

Don’t be too specific

Most of the time, people get a little too specific with their goals. This often makes them less achievable. If your resolution is to weigh a certain amount by the summer, or get a certain amount of a raise this year, or to move to a certain destination then your resolutions may be too far out of reach. Strive to set goals instead. Make a goal just to lose weight, to just get a raise this year, or to not be afraid to take the chance of moving if the opportunity presents itself.

Don’t choose resolutions that are life changing

Stray away from resolutions that are so out of reach that you have to change the way you live your life. Don’t make resolutions that involve a large life milestone (finding a husband, purchasing a home, having a baby) before the end of the year. Let life take you on the path you were meant to be on. Making large resolutions that disrupt how you live your everyday life never end well. Make sure you are prepared and have a well thought out plan to these events.

Don’t be unrealistic

Of course, we all want to be the best self we can be; but, don’t make resolutions that are seemingly unrealistic. Don’t make resolutions to eat at a new restaurant every week to broaden your horizons if you don’t have the funds, don’t make a resolution to lose twenty pounds when you don’t already work out or eat clean, don’t make resolutions to travel the world when you’ve never traveled before. Everything in moderation.

These tips seem ridiculously easy but they often are forgotten when people are making their New Year’s resolutions. I hope you all keep these tips in mind and get good use out of them. You’ll be much happier with yourself at the end of the year once you’ve accomplished your realistic resolutions/goals. What are your resolutions for 2017? Leave a comment below!

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Why I Started Blogging

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Today I wanted to get a little more personal with you and dive into the biggest question I often find myself asking other bloggers – Why did you start blogging? I love all the different ways that people get into this amazing field.

Going back to where the thought to start a blog all started would be about this time last year. I was at my first ever corporate job working with a program I was well versed in doing the same monotonous job 8-5 every day. For a creative soul like me, it was absolute torture. Every day at work I brainstormed ways to try and satisfy my creative itch. I’ve always watched YouTube vloggers and loved all the fun topics they talk about. However, I’m not much of a video person so I knew that was out of the question. I’ve always enjoyed writing though so I started exploring different bloggers. Just reading all of their thoughts and ideas in such a creative environment really struck a chord with me. I started looking into different blogging platforms and contemplated taking this journey for a few months. At that point, I could barely decide where I wanted to go with my career, let alone hobbies as big or time consuming as a blog.

When the first of the New Year came, I left my corporate job for a smaller more creatively hands on design firm. That satisfied my creative itch, big time. However, I still loved the idea of blogging and getting to talk about whatever I wanted. The creative freedom was definitely hard to pass up. So, in April of 2016, I finally decided to start my blog! I’m so happy that I did. I can’t imagine life without it now. I love interacting with hundreds of people who share the same likes/dislikes as I do in more than just their careers. Sure, I can talk to our vendors about how beautiful a piece of art is or how perfect a sofa is in a client’s home; but, getting to talk about a makeup product that I actually use and am adamantly passionate about is an amazing feeling. Starting my blog was a great outlet to exercise all of my creative freedoms in every aspect of my life.

Even though I’m not in my unstimulating corporate job anymore, I still find myself needing to satisfy my creative itch in other areas of my life. Even though my corporate job did not work out, I’m glad that job pushed me to explore this opportunity and helped me discover one of my now favorite hobbies. I’m a big believer in everything happens for a reason.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I would love to know how you got started blogging. Is your story similar to mine? Leave a comment down below. 🙂

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Versatile Blogger Award

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I was nominated for another award and I am so thankful to the lovely community I have surrounded myself with that have kept my blog in their thoughts. I really enjoy this tag because it let’s you all get to know me a little bit more! Thank you so much to Simply Caylee. If she hadn’t nominated me in the first place, I would definitely be nominating her below. Go ahead and check out her blog. She is extremely creative! Enough rambling though, let’s do it!

The Rules :

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog
  2. Nominate at least 15 blogs of your choice
  3. Link you nominees and let them know of your nomination
  4. Share 7 facts about yourself

Facts About Me :

  1. I have dyed my hair every “natural” color (was clown red for a while there) on the spectrum. With the exception of blonde!
  2. I work full time as a designer at an interior design firm.
  3. I didn’t really start getting into beauty and makeup seriously until about 2-3 years ago.
  4. I have never lived outside of the Midwest and would love to venture out someday.
  5. My go-to Starbucks order is an iced soy chai tea latte with light ice. (Sounds extremely basic but it is amazing)
  6. The most used app on my phone is Youtube.
  7. I prefer rain & gloomy weather to sunshine. If only humidity wasn’t a package deal with rain…

My nominees :

Becca P Beauty

Fun House Vision

Blonde’s Tea

Emaaly Maae

A Beautiful Thing

The Homemaker’s Life

From Lashes to Heels

Polished By Amy

Tea Time With Hann

Le Wendy

Be A Free Blog

Dreamstream

A Real Wonderland

The Kristin Review

Simple Ula

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