Tuesday, March 22, 2016

How I Know I'm an Old Woman at Heart

It's true... I'm a twenty-something who acts more like a seventy-something. Some may call me "boring." Or some may call me a "fuddy-dud." But I'm okay with that. You know why? Because I'm an old woman at heart & here's how I know that.

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-I'd rather spend my evenings at home in my pajamas watching TV.

-I look forward to watching the weather. I mean, who doesn't enjoy finding out when the high pressure system is coming in?

-Spending my day at home is much more rewarding than being out in the real world.

-Bedtime is my favorite time of the day.

-My idea of the "perfect date night" is Andrew & I ordering Mexican food to-go & watching Netflix.

-Frank Sinatra's voice makes my heart swoon.

-I'm an "old dog lady."

-When someone's music is too loud I immediately want to say, "Turn that down you rascal!"

-I enjoy talking to older people rather than people my own age.

-Life doesn't happen without my morning cup of joe.

-Afternoon naps are becoming routine.

-Sometimes I bend over & I automatically think, "Man, I'm going to have a bad back when I'm 60."

-The grocery store is my usual "fun shopping trip" for the week. I especially love it when the older gentleman door-greeter compliments my blue eyes.


Are you a old woman (or man) at heart too?

Friday, March 18, 2016

That One Time I Didn't Blog

So, I suppose I've been on a mini-blogging break recently. I haven't posted since last week. I've been super busy with things & it just seems like "life" hit all at once (nothing bad, just typical life stuff). Today is my first day this week I literally haven't had anything to do. And it's a perfect day for that since a cold front came through & it's rainy outside! ;)

All of that though is really beside the point on why I'm writing this post.

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I got on my blog today & just KNEW my page view numbers would be super low since I've been incognito. To my surprise, I'm convinced I had my first "viral" post. It would be this one: How I Knew I Was Ready To Get Married At 20. It's actually the one that sparked this post: Shout Out To "Monica" because it was my first post to get a negative response from.

When I posted it back in October, it was just a post I wanted to write about. Nothing more. Honestly when I post something, I never expect anything "big" to happen from it. I just enjoy writing & blogging. It's really just my favorite hobby. But today when I got online, I never expected to see the page view amounts that I had. I immediately thought, "Something HAS to be wrong with this." But after all my digging, I feel as though Google didn't lie to me. I really did have a post go "viral."

After a year of blogging, I still didn't think I'd have it happen to me this soon. I don't pour thousands of dollars into my blog. I'm not on here every day waiting for someone to comment so I can respond. I'm just a person who enjoys blogging. I even had a post that I started at the beginning of this week that I was going to share with you all today about why I haven't blogged. It was all about BLOGGER BURNOUT-- how I just wasn't motivated to blog recently because I've had other things to do & on my mind. But today, I got a little more motivation back. I realized that what I write is being read-- all throughout the world.

So to you, my fellow blogger, continue writing. Don't stop just because it's hard. Because it is (& part of why I haven't blogged is probably due to some of my laziness). But continue writing because it's what you LOVE. If you're in it strictly for the money, this post won't encourage you like it will for those of us who love to write because that's just what we do. I'm not saying that I'm going to be back on my "3 posts a week game" right off the bat, but I'm not going anywhere, y'all. I love my blogging community.

Thank you so much for your support of Cunningham Love Story. It truly means the world to me. Have you ever had a post go viral? I'd love to hear all about it!


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Why It's a Blessing to be a Woman

If you haven't heard yet, today is International Women's Day. I'm not quite sure if men have a special day to celebrate them or not, but I'm all for women getting a day. Are we supposed to get presents?? Just kidding. Kind of. Nonetheless, I think women deserve a special day dedicated to them because being a woman is tough sometimes.

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I tell my husband, Andrew, all the time that I'm "pro-women." I'm pro-women getting paid the same as a man if they're doing the same job. I'm pro-women not getting discriminated because they're a woman. I'm pro-women being able to do anything a man can do. And let me just say, I think women can do more amazing things than men. I mean, have you seen a man birth a child lately? I haven't.

I think it's a blessing to be a woman. Look at how far we've come. Back in the day, we were classified as "property." Now, we're seeing women do things that would have shocked people back then-- working for NASA, holding a public office, serving in the military, starting businesses, etc. Not only have women done these things, but I think about what women before me did so I could have the right to vote.

I was telling Andrew the other day that it's going to be hard for me to vote in the presidential election if "so" & "so" get elected to represent the two different parties. Because on one hand, I have moral & religious values that I want upheld in a more "conservative" way, but on the other hand, I have a hard time voting for someone who discriminates people due to their gender, race, disability, etc. So part of me has this thought in the back of my mind, "Should I even vote?" And then I stop & think about women on the other side of the world who pray for the opportunity to vote like I have. I think about what women did in the United States to give ME the right to vote. I soon realize that it's an honor for me to have to make the "hard" decision of who I'm going to vote for in November.

So what a blessing it is for us to be women-- to be a part of making history.

Women do so much. There are so many women in my life who amaze me every single day. They're wives, mothers, daughters, employees, volunteers, helpers, encouragers, fighters & so much more. So in honor of International Women's Day, I want to encourage all of you women today. Keep up the good work. I know it's not always easy, especially when it seems like there's so much for you to do. And you may not always feel it, but remember, you're awesome.


Friday, March 4, 2016

What One Year Of Blogging Has Taught Me

My blog turned ONE the other day! It's so crazy to think I started writing on my little space of the internet over a year ago. I feel like I've learned a lot over the past year & I wanted to share it with you guys in a very real & honest way.

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Blogging is hard work.
This is no joke. Blogging is like a full time job. You have to be on social media constantly. You have to write good content. You have to comment on other people's blogs. You have to post consistently. etc, etc. There's so much pressure when it comes to all things blogging because you want to gain a following of readers. Sometimes it's hard to not feel burnt out.

Blogging doesn't make you money instantly.
I've been blogging for one year now & haven't made a penny. Yes, I've gotten free products or upgrades, but I've not made any money yet. People who think that blogging is "easy money" have a lot to learn! I've not had a post that's "gone viral" yet. I've not had companies begging for me to promote them. BUT, I have had opportunities to determine what my worth as a blogger is. I've had people ask me to promote them without anything in return for my hard work. I've had companies ask me to write them an article for free. I could've taken those opportunities. Who knows, those could have been doors to lead to making money. But I recognize MY WORTH as a blogger. And you should too.

Blogging isn't for everyone.
I've seen so many people start up blogs because "it looks like fun." Well sure, it is. But it's not for everyone. Let's face it-- some people just aren't good writers. That's okay. Blogging just might not be for them. To have a successful blog, you have to post consistently, create good content, share on social media, & comment on other blogs. Some people don't want to do all of those things when they start a blog. And let me just tell you, there are like a thousand other hobbies out there that are much easier than blogging.

Blogging helps you make new friends.
If you are a blogger, whether new or old, you may be somewhat familiar with the blogging community. I've said it a million times, but I can't say it enough... IT'S AMAZING. I've "met" so many new people from all over the world who are dedicated, inspiring & passionate writers. When you get involved in the blogging community, you'll find so much encouragement through it. If you don't know how to get "plugged in" with other bloggers, I suggest you start following Helene first. That's how I really got to meet other bloggers. Last April, I did an Instagram challenge with her using a particular hashtag. By using the hashtag, I was able to find other bloggers & connect with them. As I've continued to follow Helene's blog, I participate in all of her free webinars where I've met new people, & I've also paid for a few classes where I've learned a lot & connected with bloggers like myself. And if you don't know Helene, she's seriously so knowledgeable on all things blogging. Whether you want to meet new people or not, follow her blog & you'll learn so much.

Blogging helps you express yourself.
Although I've talked about some negative things about blogging, I wouldn't change my decision to start Cunningham Love Story for the world. In this past year, I've learned how to express myself in a whole new way. Writing allows me to find my creativity & run with it. I've learned so much about myself through starting this blog. I've been able to help other people get through some tough times by sharing what I've gone through in my life. I've been able to share about my faith. I've been able to share what I've learned by being a newlywed. There are just so many things that blogging has given me the chance to do. I love it so much & I'm so grateful to be a part of the blogging world.


So again, I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all of my readers. I couldn't do any of this without your support & encouragement. (Don't forget to enter my giveaway from the other day. It ends tonight at midnight central time!)

Are you a blogger? What has blogging taught you?



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Cheers to a Year + a Starbucks Giveaway!

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HAPPY ONE YEAR BLOG-IVERSARY TO ME! 

Ahh! It's here! I can't believe Cunningham Love Story is turning a year old today! I have learned SO much over the past year. I've met new people & gained new friends. And this blogging community never ceases to amaze me!

In honor of celebrating one year of blogging, I thought I'd share with you all some of my favorite posts over the past year! (Plus I'm doing a giveaway at the end!)

Love

Life/Grief

Humor

Blogging

Style

Travel

I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all of my fabulous readers. You all are amazing & encourage me to write. In honor of that, I wanted to do a giveaway to thank one of my lovely readers. I'm giving away a $25 Starbucks e-gift card! Enter below & make sure to share with your friends! :)

*Giveaway restricted to U.S. residents only*

Cheers to another year of blogging!

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