The Hardworking Creative Website Launch!! | Blog Tour

Hello folks! Today I’m here with a super exciting announcement: my friend, Hailey Hudson, is launching a BRAND NEW WEBSITE! I’m super, super excited about this, because it’s going to be an amazing launchpad for young creatives, like me! It also lies really close to my heart, especially as I’m running my Creative Spotlight series: Spotting the Light.

Are you ready for it? Presenting….The Hardworking Creative!

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The Hardworking Creative is going to be a place for young creatives to find the inspiration and tools they need in order to make their dreams their reality. It will feature biweekly blog posts, alternating between an interview with a young hardworking creative and informative blog posts.

Through the interviews, it will become a place where successful young creatives can a) have a platform to share their work and b) tell other young creatives how they can make their dreams become their reality as well. The non-interview blog posts will talk about advertising, marketing, money, and all the boring but super important stuff that young creatives need to learn about.

The website was inspired by a lack of creatives to work with, and the website is going to be a place to connect hardworking creatives and collaborate with them.

If you’ve seen my goals for 2018, you would have seen that one of my goals for this year is to really find my place online as a creative entrepreneur (while simultaneously taking on college for a science degree . . . yeah, that’s a thing apparently). The Hardworking Creative looks like it’s going to be a place to help start that, and I CAN’T WAIT.

So what are you waiting for? The first post is coming out on March 3rd, so be sure to follow the website and join the newsletter!

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Spotting the Light: The Miss Charley || Creative Spotlight – 4

Hello everyone! Today, we’re back again for another Spotting the Light post! Today, we’re interviewing Charley! We became friends over a livestream, and now she’s getting a little spotlight on my blog!


Charley is a college Christian student blogging about her greatest loves: God, books, and writing, with a few things sprinkled in here and there.

What do you blog about?

I blog at The Miss Charley. I primarily focus on blogging about books, but I also expand with writing and pop culture posts every once in a while. On Sundays, I try to post a positive Sunday Thoughts post to start everyone’s week off right. These posts are either a general encouraging/motivational post or more of a Christ-centered devotional style post.

Where do you get your blog ideas, and what is your process of writing a post?

Most of my blog ideas come from other blogs, which means I see a style of post I enjoy and make it my own. Other ideas come from personal experiences or a random thought pops into my mind when I’m having a good conversation. Then my process is a simple one that I should probably make a little more complex. I write the idea down in a list in my bullet journal. When I need to schedule a post, I look at my ideas, write it out, add in some pictures or gifs, hyperlink to other blogs, posts, etc., and then schedule it. I create my own feature graphics and try to incorporate most of my own pictures which can take a little bit longer. Otherwise my creation process is a simple one.

What does a typical day in your life look like?

A day in my life… is crazy. It really varies depending on my work schedule, class schedule, etc. There’s really only one consistency: late nights. In order to blog while the rest of my life is happening, I stay up late which is terrible when you can’t sleep past 8 am.
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What is your favorite book?

I don’t have a favorite book, but I do have only one auto-buy author who is Sarah Dessen. I absolutely adore her books and will always look to them for recommendations and a relaxing time.

What is your favorite song/artist at the moment?

My favorite artist right now is The Chainsmokers, which I know is such a cliche response. I can sing pretty much every line to “Closer”. I really love their style of music and have found a few others like them.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

My favorite ice cream flavor: Rocky Road or Cookie Dough. Rocky Road was my favorite as a child for some odd reason, and cookie dough slightly replaced it. But I don’t want to get rid of Rocky Road quite yet. If it’s Halo Top ice cream, though, I love the Birthday Cake flavor. Also, I loath having to pick favorites which is why I add in so many conditions. 🙂

That’s it! Thank you to Charley for the spotlight! Follow her at her links here:

Blog || Ko-Fi (@themisscharley) || Twitter (@themisscharley)|| Instagram (@themisscharleyblog) || Facebook (@themisscharley)|| Wattpad (@TheMissCharley)|| Pinterest (@themisscharley)|| Spotify (Charley Hrobsky)

Instagram is TOO AESTHETIC || How to Do a Social Media Purge || My Thoughts About . . . Social Media

Hi!! Today, we’re talking . . . social media.

Instagram is TOO AESTHETIC

Now this isn’t the typical “Instagram is the highlight roll, don’t compare it to your bloopers” rant, even though it is important too. What I’m here to say is, you don’t have to care so much about your social media because PEOPLE DON’T ACTUALLY CARE.

Recently, I’ve been more attached to social media than usual (which is saying a lot #oops), and so I’ve been trying to actively cut back on the time I spend using it. I’m still in the process of figuring out what I can do to not waste my entire life on social media, but I’m actively avoiding social media for the time being.

I went on a social media purging spree the other day, and I went through my Instagram and Twitter and unfollowed all the people that I really didn’t need to follow. Some examples were-

  • people from a follow-for-follow type of deal. Unless I really LOVE their content, there isn’t a need to keep following them. (Disclaimer: I don’t actively participate in follow-for-follow or follow-chains or whatever else there is; I’m talking here about the people who follow you and you follow back for ‘politeness’ purposes.)
  • pages you follow multiple of. Do you really need to be following 6 kitten pages and 4 puppy pages? Cutting back to 1 or 2 would get you your animal fix, while taking down the number of pages you follow, and thus the number of posts you see!
  • inspiration pages. How many (if you’re like me) bullet journal pages are you following? How many of pretty notes? How many of aesthetic-minimalistic lifestyles? How many of insane photography? Pick your favorite, and unfollow all the rest. If you’re like me, you’re following these pages for your own photos and for inspiration. How many of these pages post things that you won’t ever, EVER accomplish? Unfollow them! The only thing they’re doing is reminding you how you’re not aesthetic enough.
  • celebrities. Do you still need to be following that YouTuber that you stopped watching two years ago? Do you REALLY need to be Keeping Up With The Kardashians? They COULD NOT CARE LESS about you, so why are you caring?
  • laziness. How many pages are you still following, simply because you’re too lazy to tap into their profile and unfollow them? UNFOLLOW THEM NOW.

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  • vague acquaintances. Do you need to be following that girl you passed in the hallway once a week in high school? Do you need to be following your teacher’s daughter? Do you need to be following that person who you’ve just seen vaguely around but have never actually talked to? They don’t know you, they don’t care about you; do yourself a favor and unfollow them.
  • old blogger friends. This makes me sound TERRIBLE, but really. They’ve moved on with their lives, and you’ve moved on from yours. Do you really need to be following them? This is, again, more of the ‘acquaintance’ type, the type you were following because of their blog but you don’t actually read their blog.
  • bloggers that don’t fit your niche. This is kind of related to the “follow chains” type, but these are the people who you stumbled across a couple times and followed. They aren’t posting things you care about, you don’t care about what they’re posting, just unfollow them!
  • nice people whose blogs you read but whose content you don’t care for. There is no written rule that you MUST follow the social media of whoever’s blog you read! If you LOVE someone’s blog, but don’t like their social media, DON’T FOLLOW THEM. NO ONE CARES IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW THEM.

Overall, it’s just that PEOPLE DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA AS MUCH AS YOU THINK. I have to keep reminding myself of this, but do you know how much time you could save if you didn’t care what people cared about on social media?

What are some ways you force yourself to not spend so much time on social media? Have you gone on a purging spree recently? I HIGHLY recommend it: it SAVES LIVES.

Blog Tour: Sleeping Handsome by Rebekah Eddy! || Book Spotlight and GIVEAWAY!

Hello folks!! Today, I’m part of Rebekah Eddy’s blog tour for her book, Sleeping Handsome! It’s RELEASE DAY!!!

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About the Book-

Minnie’s goal was to have a fun, worry free vacation with her best friend Amy. A few weeks spent in their favorite far away place before they both went back to their respective colleges. A visit to the many famous sights across the British Isles has been on both their bucket lists for a very long time, after all.


However, when a mysterious taxi driver mentions a legend that somehow concerns her ancestral heritage, she decides to dig deeper. After being accused of stealing the famous statue and tourist attraction known as Sleeping Handsome, Minnie and Amy are plunged into a world they would never have imagined existed.
Prince Gregory, after being awakened from being frozen in stone for hundreds of years, finds himself searching for his true love in order to reverse the stone spell on his kingdom and awaken the rest of his people. With his faithful horse Brutis by his side, he sets out to destroy his greatest enemy, release his kingdom from the stone spell, and win the heart of his princess.

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About the Author-


Rebekah grew up surrounded by family members who appreciated and read good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever growing imagination.
She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.
This nineteen-year-old homeschool graduate lives in rainy Western Washington and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating worlds on paper.

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There’s going to be a review on Sleeping Handsome coming soon! Go pick up a copy, and check out this super intriguing story!

Spotting the Light: Red Sun || Creative Spotlight – 3

Hey everybody! It’s time for another installment of Spotting the Light! Today, we’re interviewing my friend Red! We’ve been friends for quite a few years now, and I’m always amazed by how she uses her words. It’s a little different from the rest of the interviews I’ll be doing–her interests are rather different from what’s usually on my blog–but I’ll let her speak for herself. 😉


Who am I?

I go by the alias Red Sun, and you can find me on the internet as either knittingfrenzy18 or bTackt. I have a countless number of passions, but my two biggest are probably writing and video games. My Twitter is @bTackt_. If you want more social links, just google either knittingfrenzy18 or bTackt.

I currently blog in three places:

  • – This is my passion blog, where I write about things I love. That includes knitting, baking, reading, gadgets, and more. I write book reviews, knitting how-tos, and documentations of my mediocre baking escapades. Although I did not write much last year, there is still a wealth of old posts that I still consider good. I hope to make a return to writing more on this blog this year!
  • – This is the blog where I write 3000 words at a time about video-game related topics that are on my mind. It’s not particularly audience friendly, although if you enjoy those deeper looks into my mind, there it is. Think of it as sort of an out-loud journal, video games based.
  • – This is my most professional, esports journalism-based blog. I plan to write polished, professional (as possible) news articles about esports and put them here.

My guess is that the audience of Hanne’s blog would most enjoy my first blog, but in case you’re wondering why I love video games so much, read on.


What is esports?

Esports is basically video games played at a professional level, in professional leagues, for championships and prize money. It’s much like traditional sports, such as football, baseball, and soccer, but with video games as the competition instead. There is always something thrilling about watching someone else play a game at a high level, regardless of whether you can just play it yourself. (Just because you play Little League baseball doesn’t mean that you have your baseball fill and have no need or desire to watch MLB!) To be honest, I can’t give a good reason for why I love watching so much, but I can say I love watching people compete in video games just the same as my Uncle Ed loves watching people compete in football.


Why do you write about esports?

Firstly, because I love writing, and I love video games. I can’t help but put my two passions together, it’s natural, see? Secondly, because esports journalism is a young industry, and in the words of Tateh from Ragtime, “an industry is dawning and I’m standing on the brink,” and it’s just exciting to think that I could be one of the first ones in something completely new in history. The thought drives me every day to write better pieces, ideas with quality, and something captivating that people will want to read.

Should I watch esports?

If you already enjoy video games, of course. Give it a try. And if you don’t, you could too. Personally, I had never played the video games I watch in esports when I started watching. I have now started playing some of them because of esports, but when I started watching, I had no idea what was going on. The screen was confusing, and I couldn’t even tell who was playing which character or who was winning. But my fundamental passion for video games made me keep watching, and watching, until finally I understood. I didn’t make any concerted effort to study up on what was happening, or carefully pick apart the screen until I got it, but just the act of watching something confusing more and more eventually made the confusion go away. Don’t be discouraged. However, esports isn’t for everybody. It’s okay if you just don’t like video games; it doesn’t have to connect with everybody.


And now, back to some other stuff.

Why do you love to write?

I love writing because there’s a element of permanence. I just imagine someone 100 years in the future digging up my blue journals and reading about how life was in the early 2000s and who I had a crush on, and so on. Maybe someone will find my online blog someday and pick up what I can pass on about knitting. Maybe I can bring someone joy or knowledge through esports journalism. Writing is cathartic for me—it helps me never to forget something. It reminds me of how I used to be, and it’s like I’m continually creating a history of me. I can remember a feeling I don’t want to let go of, years after the moment has passed.


What writing advice do you have?

  • Keep writing. I am sure we have all seen beautiful art and stunning drawings made by people who are skilled at drawing, and sometimes you wish you were that good too. But when you ask them where they got the talent, they tell you they have practiced forever. I think we all know that school classroom archetype who is continually doodling on the margins of their paper, listening to the teacher talk, but doodling. And I am almost certain that those people, bored out their minds for 12 years in school, will become some of the best artists, simply because they were drawing all the time.
    I am not a good judge of myself, but I just realized recently: I have been writing things for years and years. Little journals, little letters, random poems, notes to self; when I am distressed and want to relax, I write something. When I finish reading an excellent book, I am inspired to try to create a magnificent story of my own (it hasn’t happened yet). And this isn’t as visible as someone doodling all the time, but I am nearly convinced that this same effect has happened to me, that my writing has improved by virtue of my just writing. And I still have a long way to go, but this is the beginning. Like I said with watching esports, if you just keep doing something, even if you don’t know what’s going on, you’ll eventually figure it out.
  • On a technical note, my two pieces of advice are this: Have a very clear sense of the audience while you write. Knowing who you’re talking to can really focus your message and your piece. And secondly, make your points clear. Hit everything you want to say in an organized fashion, so that the reader knows when you’ve switched to your next argument.

A big thank you to Red for the spotlight! Find her on Twitter (@bTackt_) or on her blogs.

Currently: February 2018

Hello everyone! It’s time for another Currently blogpost! Today we’re talking about what we’re currently finishing, subscribing, wishlisting, watching, and hearting with Anne in Residence!

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up high school! I got my senior pictures done a couple days ago, and I have about 10 weeks left of school, which is bitter sweet. I’m eager to be DONE with it all but also want to keep on going with the schedule that I have.


to college mail/news in general? It’s not very applicable to me right now, but I’ve been getting acceptance/otherwise letters and people that need confirmation and all that jazz. So fun. *eyeroll*


BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS!!! I finally got into NetGalley (and with that, Kindle books in general) and got approved for WAY TOO MANY BOOKS!!! Which is slightly concerning since I already have 38 books on my TBR…and too many more on my wishlist.


YouTube! My three favorite vlogging families, Aspyn and Parker, OKBaby and KKandBabyJ are together, and it’s so much fun! One of them is pregnant (<-Keren), one of them may be (the conspiracy theories!) and one *should* be (but is not). 😀


My lattes!! I got a latte maker for Christmas (like I’ve mentioned before), and I’ve been trying to make a latte (either of the coffee variety or else of the the chai variety)…someday I’ll get to the fancy pouring things XD.

So! What are you all currently up to? Comment down below and let me know!

January 2018 Recap || What Happened This Month

Hello everyone!! Happy 1/12th of 2018!! (what the heck how did that happen?) Today, I’m testing out a little different type of monthly recap: I used to have a lot of stuff in my monthly recaps (just because I wanted to see them myself) but then they get really big, so tell me down below what things I should cut out!

Also, my monthly goals are also in this post too…it’S SO LONG!!! Tell me what I can cut pleaseeee!

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  • I finished applying for colleges!!!!
  • I fell head over heels in love with dodie and may have watched nearly all her videos.
  • I did a poll thread on Twitter about writing numbers
  • My wisdom teeth started coming in and I complained about it for three days straight until the pain went away
  • I went on a ski retreat with friends and almost died skiing got to spend time with FRIENDSSSSSS
  • The tide pod thing happened, and I contributed with this:

  • Participating in the 24 in 48 readathon
  • Going to band after drinking a lot of coffee, and driving everybody crazy and bouncing on my chair (literally) through 3 hours of rehearsal
  • My last semester started!!!


  • Going to a friend’s house to study and being loved upon by her two (!!!) sweetest (!!!) golden retrievers
  • Looking for blogger interviews and having the slots fill up so fast!!!
  • Realizing that you have only literally have 3 classes to do this semester
  • Getting to lead lots of little flutes in sectionals at band
  • Two of my best friends got instagram and like omg
  • Started to get into drinking coffee and experimenting with my milk frother to make lattes


  • Not being able to type because you’re rapping Hamilton
  • When your mom asks you a question when you’re watching dodie and you answer in a distinctly British accent
  • Typing “email” into the search bar when you’re trying to get to your email
  • Having a 3am-10am sleep schedule
  • Writing 1000 word blogposts regularly, but struggling to write a 700 word essay
  • Going away for a weekend, and coming back to literally 70 new blogposts to read
  • Choosing the Proverbs with 18 verses to read instead of the one with 33 verses becAUSE IT WAS LATE AND YOU WERE TIRED
  • When your pastor says “see you Sunday” and you straight up say “wait what’s on Sunday” as if you haven’t been going to church your entire life
  • When you’re so productive that you block your own college sign in page

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Blogposts Read

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Pushing God Away by Anna Joy

Library Memories by Katie Grace

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January Goals WrapUp

  1. Go to bed before 12 am. lol as if
  2. Stay well-hydrated. I almost tried
  3. 3 blog comments every day. I !!! DID!!! IT!!!
  4. Knit some every day. I’ll admit, I knit more than I usually do, but I didn’t knit everyday. I finished 1/4 of my sweater!!
  5. Read 15 books. I read 10, which I’m happy with!!
  6. Review verses. I memorized, what, exactly half a verse?
  7. Finish my entire to-do list. DO I LOOK LIKE FREAKING ABBIEE
  8. Get my senior pictures done! Nope. But I’m doing that tomorrow!!!
  9. Finish applying to colleges! I DID IT!!! (courtesy of too many late nights and ruining my sleep schedule) praise the Lord.

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February Goals

  1. Go to bed before 12 am and get up before 8am. After having a 3-10 sleep schedule (see above), I really need to get my sleep schedule back together
  2. Take my senior pictures (honestly just putting this one in because I’ll be doing them literally tomorrow)
  3. Read 8 books because it’s a short month
  4. Post consistently on my blog Instagram Because I haven’t posted regularly in forever and I need to do that (It’s bookstagram month!)
  5. Don’t fall behind on school let’s finish out senior year strong!!!
  6. Don’t die at regionals while also making decent notesheets
  7. Comment on 5 blogposts a day because it’s a short month and I’m very behind on reading blogposts
  8. Learn to make lattes and also drink water

WEEELLLLLLL that’s a wrap! What parts of this wrapup can I leave out next time? What are some of your goals for February?

Spotting the Light: Hailey Hudson || Creative Spotlight – 2

Hello folks!! Today is the second installation of the Creatives Spotlights series that I’m doing, and today we’re interviewing Hailey Hudson! (again, if you’re interested in being interviewed, fill out this form)

(Also, before we get into the post, I’d like to post out – the NEW NAME! The series is called Spotting the Light. We’re spotting the light that young creatives are shining into the world and drawing attention to it! A big thank you to Angela on Twitter for the name because I am insanely uncreative)

Hailey Hudson

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetMy name is Hailey Hudson and I’m a hardworking creative who inspires other creatives to put in the legwork that will make their dreams become reality. I’m an author, blogger, and freelance writer. I work for a local nonprofit that focuses on empowering the next generation through education, I’m obsessed with theater and music, and I want to be a missionary in the States working with kids through sports.

What do you blog about?
I blog about writing, my faith, and my personal life. My goal is to inspire other young creatives to work hard and make their dreams come true, because it’s entirely possible.

What made you decide to start blogging?
I started blogging because I have a lot of things to say, and I wanted a platform to say them.

If you could talk to yourself when you were starting out, what advice would you give yourself?
Write what you want to read–don’t fall into the trap of thinking that people expect a certain kind of content from you. Surprise them! Write about whatever is on your mind and heart.

What is your favorite piece of content that you’ve put out so far?
This Post: 5 Tips to Writing your Best Fight Scene Ever

What does a typical day in your life look like?
In the mornings, I work from home as a freelance writer, primarily in the fitness niche. After lunch, I work out and do some freelance voiceover work; then I drive to work. My duties at my nonprofit include grant writing, marketing, social media, and tutoring the kids. In the evening, I’m either coaching softball, working on my latest novel, or reading.

What made you decide to start writing?
I honestly can’t remember making a conscious decision to start writing–it just kind of happened. I’m sure that the steady diet of amazing books I grew up on definitely helped, though.


How long does it take for you to write a book?
How long is a piece of string? The length of time it takes me to write a book varies so much that it’s almost ludicrous. My debut book, “Hope is the Thing with Feathers,” was published last summer, and it took me a week to write. (It’s short!) But I’ve been working on a dystopian novel titled “Angelica” for a year now, and I’m still not done.

What makes a good story?
For me, the characters are what really make a good story. Worldbuilding, plots, and prose are important, but beautifully complex, flawed, funny characters are what make me keep reading.

Does writing energize you or exhaust you, and why?
Writing definitely energizes me–sometimes after an especially good session, I actually find myself jumping up and down around the house. It’s completely invigorating because I know it’s what God made me to do.

How many books have you written? (drafts count too!)
5 (check out the published one, Hope is the Thing with Feathers!)

What was the most interesting part about your publishing journey?
My publishing journey for my first book was very non-traditional. My story won a contest, and the organization that sponsored the contest took my story and published it as a paperback. They’re an organization that focuses on getting high-interest stories into the hands of struggling readers, so most of the proceeds from my book go to help the nationwide illiteracy crisis, which I love.

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Where do you get inspiration? (may include your favorite artists, etc)
I get inspiration from Broadway. I’m a huge theater junkie, and there’s never a time I’m not dancing to a Broadway soundtrack–they’re playing in the car while I drive to work, in my room while I write, and in the kitchen while I make breakfast. The music and stories inspire me, but more than that, Broadway actors and singers inspire me–whenever I watch YouTube interviews of my favorites, I’m always struck by how they go out of their ways to give credit and praise to other creatives, and that’s how I want to live.

When did you start playing music? What instruments do you play? How long have you been doing music? Do you take lessons, and how long have you been taking them?
I was a classical pianist for ten years, and I took lessons for the majority of that time. I had plans for Juilliard, but eventually I just didn’t care anymore. I was completely burned out. Music is still incredibly important to me, however, even though I hardly touch the piano anymore. Maybe one day I’ll find my way back.

What is your favorite book?
My two all-time favorite books are “Little Men” by Louisa May Alcott and “Crooked Kingdom” by Leigh Bardugo. Yes, my reading taste is diverse.

What is/was your favorite childhood book?
My favorite book series was The Young Underground by Robert Elmer. I think they’re out of print now, which makes me feel old. I also loved A Little Princess and so many others.

What is your favorite song/artist at the moment?
I’m currently freaking OBSESSED with The Greatest Showman soundtrack. It is absolutely perfect. Pasek and Paul write the BEST music.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Butter pecan.

A big thank you to Hailey for being willing to be interviewed on my blog! Find her-

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