Friday, September 19, 2014

Dropping My Pants?!

Let's talk about something personal. I have honestly went back and forth on rather or not I should post something SO personal on my blog- but I've always been honest with you guys and there's nothing stopping that now.

Many of you are aware that I suffered a spinal cord injury two years ago and September is Spinal Cord Injury awareness month. I haven't really talked much about my spinal cord injury recently but when I got an email telling me all about the Depend UnderAwareness campaign- I knew it time to shed some light on the more personal side on my injury.

Due to my injury, I lost control over my bladder- which of course means I basically had to retrain my bladder all over again and that meant there were often times where I experienced leakage. I never knew that being paralyzed also came with bladder issues so it was a very weird day when I had to have the doctors explain to me that to me.  When I first came home from the hospital, I only ever wore Depend brand underwear because I feared leaking. It was embarrassing and made me feel so.. old. The crazy thing is that I'm not alone here. 65 million Americans experience bladder leakage, half of them are under 50 and 12 million are under age 35. Through sharing my struggle of bladder leakage- I found out how common it was and that made it a lot easier to handle the situation.

If you're struggling with bladder leakage- first of all know you aren't alone. It's embarrassing to talk about but it's also important to talk about it. I would personally like to shed more light on the situation and Depend  is helping do that! Depend will donate $1, up to $3 million, over the next three years to charities that advance the research, education and awareness of bladder leakage for:

-Every pant drop, photo and video shared Using #Underwareness and #DropYourPants; and
-Every personal video made about what Underwareness means to you that is uploaded to YouTube and tagged #Underwareness and #DropYourPants

You can also visit the Depend landing page to grab yourself a free sample. Check the video below to hear Mighty Mike McGee talk about why he's dropping his pants! 

Many thanks to Depend for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging people to #dropyourpants for #underwareness.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Meet Felecia of Hello Felecia

Tell us a little about yourself + your blog.
My name is Felecia Efriann and I blog over at Hello Felecia. The site is called Hello Felecia, because Felecia means joy & happiness. So in saying Hello Felecia, I am literally saying Hello Joy & Happiness. It is a lifestyle blog and a share all sorts of thing there. Hello Felecia is a place where my imagination runs wild. I share my adventures from my day to day living to the books I read, movies and television shows I watch, or the stories I write. I enjoy a good story that tugs on my emotions and causes me to think. Nothing tugs on my heart quite like God does or causes me to think and rethink like the Word. From time to time, the Word pops up in all I do at Hello Felecia. 

How long have you been blogging + what made you start?

I have been blogging for 9 years with two of those years being very infrequent blogging. I started in high school with a Xanga. It was a way to connect with friends who had moved away after middle school and a platform to share my poetry. Now, I blog to stay consistent with writing often and for the fun and enjoyment of writing. I also blog to share my hobbies with others and to share what I am learning or have discovered. 

I see you were home schooled- how do you think that has helped you in life + did you ever wish you could have gone to public school?

Being homeschooled has helped me be self-disciplined and self-motivated, which are useful traits in getting things done. I really enjoyed homeschooling and I liked the freedom of schedule it gave me. There was a time, a moment really, where I wanted to go to a Charter School that focused on Film Production for High School. However, my parents believed continuing to homeschool me was a better idea. I was already ahead a grade, and by 16 years old I had finished the core high school required material. I chose to wait and graduate at 17 years old. Following graduation I took a gap year of sorts and did some mission work while interning at a Church. If I had gone to public school my life may look a little different than it does now, and well in the end I am glad I was homeschooled.

Who are three of your FAVORITE blogs to read + why?

My top three favorite blogs are EmberGrey, Heaven to Betsy, & Oak & Oats. For the reason that every time I venture to these blogs I am inspired or encouraged. I like to get a daily dose of inspiration and encouragement. 

I love fall- What is your favorite thing about fall?

The cooler weather, I am more active during the fall because I am less likely to end up suffering from heat exhaustion. So I alway look forward to fall weather and for the seasonal autumn foods, like pumpkin spice lattes, brussel sprouts, fresh cranberries, and so many others.

Speaking of fall, what is your GO TO makeup / fashion items for fall?
My makeup is usually very subtle staying in the natural tones, but I have been adventurous as of late.  I have been getting into wearing lipsticks. Recently got, Cabernet (a shade of red) by Hikari I plan on wearing this fall. As well as a couple different shades of gold/nudes lipsticks that I think will be fun to wear this fall.

What is one quote you love?

Helen Keller Quote 

 "Alone we can do so little, together we can do much" - Helen Keller

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Monday, September 15, 2014

weekly wishes 025 / + a chat

  1. CRAFT / I have TWO DIYs up right now and I'm working on some more. I 
  2. Find 3 new Instagram Accounts to follow + spread love to / This was a lot of fun. A few of you gave me your instagram names and I was able to check out your accounts. I loved meeting new people through it and highly recommend checking out new instagram accounts each week.
  3. Apply for more jobs / Done. Keep sending positive vibes / prayers my way about this though.

  1.  Work on monthly giveaway / It's the middle of the month already so that means it's time to start planning the monthly giveaway. I can't believe it's almost October!
  2.  Drink more water / I've been downing sugary drinks lately and homegirl needs to drink some water. Might sound like a lame goal- but water is important.
  3. Organize / My apartment will be getting remodeling in a week or so and I'll have to be out of it for three weeks. I'm already stressing about it but I'd like to get everything and tidy as possible so that things aren't a mess when I get home from the remodel

So I've been thinking about something lately. After watching a few other bloggers talk about their blogs / brands on YouTube- I have really be struggling with some things.  The main thing is trying to create a brand for myself. I took a step back and looked at some of my favorite bloggers / YouTube-rs and I try to figure out what I love about them so much. The first thing that really comes to mind is the fact that they are REAL. They share their life, the good and the bad and they always stay true to who they are. I think that is the main thing that makes me fall in love with someone and become interested in what they have to say. Of course, people are always going to value the thoughts of people who they feel are being honest with them.

The next thing that I really love about my favorite bloggers is the fact that they are always consistent. I always know what type of content to expect and the quality of the content. I am thinking of two bloggers in specific here, but when I see a post go up I can automatically tell it's by them without even looking at the name. This is the part where I feel I lack. I don't feel that I'm consistent throughout my social media sites and I haven't been the happiest with what I've been putting out into the interwebz. My main struggle is picture quality and honestly, it's something that I've really been down on myself lately. I know this may sound strange to people who don't blog or maybe even to those who do. I feel as a blogger, I HAVE to brand myself + I feel I lack at this.

I read on a forum (it was a mean forum trashing bloggers- so maybe I shouldn't be taking advice from it) that readers don't care about picture quality, they don't care about what feeds into your brand- they just want to see what's REAL. The biggest part of me says just to share things and not worry if the picture quality is the greatest or if it's fits a certain look / feel- it's my life.. but then there is that part of me that says in order to be successful, I need to have the best Instagram photos, the best blog photos and the most clever tweets. As someone who reads blogs, what do you think of this? and blogger, speak up too. What are your thoughts on branding yourself as a blogger?

I know it all comes down to doing what I want to do and I will. I just like getting thoughts from other people. I like getting outside thoughts on things and that's why I'm reaching out here. Let's talk in the comments!

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