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Did you know that even in today’s digital world over 50% of college students agree that they learn best when writing things down by hand? I tend to agree because I have always retained information better when I wrote it down in my notebook first and then typed my notes on the computer later.
Do you remember the days pre-computer and Internet? I barely do since I started using my computer around age 8 and haven’t stopped since. Nowadays, technology is so prevalent and is basically taking over so today I’m here to talk about why paper products increase productivity so that we can get back to the basics and stop relying on apps and other technology for our productivity needs.
Using paper products minimizes distractions drastically. How many times have you been working on a blog post and then found yourself scrolling through Facebook or your email inbox and no longer writing the blog post? If we’re being completely honest, I have done that too many times to count. So I’m starting to do more of my planning on paper so that I don’t get distracted in the middle of trying to do something important. When using paper, there are no apps, videos, or messages to distract you.
Did you know that writing by hand is actually more effective for learning and remembering things? This is why I like to write my to-do lists in addition to using a project management tool because it helps me remember the information better to have it “written” down twice.
Unlike with technology, you don’t have to worry about the battery dying when you use paper products. I love using a paper planner because I have access to it regardless if I remember to bring my charger or not. A paper planner is also easier to transport around than a computer which is an added bonus.
Writing a thank-you note and expressing gratitude is great for your brain? Who knew. I sure didn’t but it makes so much sense. It’s on my 101 in 1001 list to write more snail mail so now is the time to actually go for it.
In this particular BabbleBoxx I received so many great paper products like the Rework book written for the aspiring entrepreneur (like yourself), the Panda Planner, some Erin Condren notecards, the Knock Knock Goals notepad, these file folders, and pencils.
I’m only a quarter of the way through Rework but so far, so good. I plan to read 15 pages per day each day starting with Rework and plan to read at least 2 books a month from here on out.
Join in on the 15 Pages a Day campaign now and start improving your memory and increasing mental development!
Back when I first started this blog in 2015, I did a 101 in 1001 list and wanted to redo that for the current times. Life has changed a lot since then so there are a lot of new things I want to accomplish.
14. Go to Europe
15. Travel to a new state
16. Go to New Orleans and attend Mardi Gras a legal adult
17. Visit 3 new cities
18. Go to Disney world…again
19. Go to NYC during Christmas (December 2018)
Go to Nashville (November 2018)
21. Ride in a hot air balloon
22. Take a girl’s trip
23. Have a staycation
24. Take a roadtrip
25. Visit the East Coast (DC, Boston, etc.)
26. Go to Colorado
27. Go to the Kentucky Derby
28. Go to Charleston
29. Go to the beach
30. Go to Fredericksburg
31. Go to a Texans Game
32. Go to a Rocket’s Game
Go to an Astro’s Game (May 2018)
34. Visit Jacob’s Well
35. Float the river
36. Go to the Houston Zoo
37. Go wine tasting
Finish my Master’s Degree (September 2018)
39. Learn a new skill
40. Take a photography course
41. Learn more about Facebook Ads
42. Learn about SEO
43. Get into a solid workout routine
44. Drink more water each day
45. Lose 10 pounds
46. No fast food for one month
47. Go a week without eating out at all
48. Try 3 new workout classes
49. Complete a month challenge of 200 crunches and 100 squats a day
50. Have a spa day
51. Try every LUSH bath bomb
52. Find a workout studio that I love
53. Go a month without Dr. Pepper
54. Get a facial
55. Purchase a new lens for my camera
56. Attend New York Fashion Week
57. Attend at least one more conference
58. Pitch to new brands each month
59. Hire an intern
60. Collaborate with 5 new brands
61. Create more YouTube videos
62. Meet a blog friend in real life
Launch a new product (SMM Toolkit – July 2018)
64. Rebrand my blog (name change included)
65. Grow to 100k on Instagram
66. Turn Confetti Social into a full-service digital marketing agency
67. Go to Social Media Marketing World
68. Host a virtual summit (August 2018)
69. Host a blogging conference
70. Make enough money from my blog so that my business doesn’t have to be my main focus always
71. Start a side business with my husband
72. Go skydiving
73. Ride in a hot air balloon
74. Try Goat Yoga
75. Attend a ballet
76. Go see a Broadway play (December 2018)
77. Host a couple’s game night
78. Go to 3 concerts
79. Go kayaking
80. Host a get together at my place
81. Be in a wedding
82. Get another dog
83. Eat dinner on a rooftop
84. Watch the sunrise
85. Attend a music festival
86. Try at least 3 new foods
87. Go jetskiing
88. Replenish my emergency fund
89. Start a retirement fund
90. Set aside at least $50 each month for savings
91. Cash in all my spare change at a Coinstar
92. Pay off my car
93. Pay off my student loans
94. Pay off credit card debt
95. Surprise Michael with a planned date night
96. Spend more time with my parents
97. Nurture my current relationships
98. Send a surprise present to a friend
99. Send random flowers just because
100. Spend more time with friends and family
101. Make a new friend
It’s time to share my March traffic report with y’all. Ever since we moved back to Houston, life has been absolutely crazy so I apologize for the recent lack of posts but I am hoping to get back to my regular posting schedule over the next few weeks. I have a lot of things planned for this blog so I am hoping things slow down a little so that I can get back into the swing of things. Now let’s dive into my March traffic report, shall we?
Unique pageviews – 8,260 (0.03 increase from February)
Bounce rate – 75.91% (0.16 decrease from February)
Sessions – 5,247 (0.05 decrease from February)
Users – 3,164 (0.07 decrease from February)
Bloglovin – 779 (0.012 increase from February)
Twitter: 2,612 (0.01 decrease from February)
Instagram: 46,807 (0.004 decrease from February)
Facebook: 1,812 (0.005 decrease from February)
Pinterest: 12,480 (0.01 increase from February)
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Is it just me or is anyone else in complete shock that it’s already April? I don’t know how it’s possible but it seems like this year is going by even quicker than last year. Today we’re chatting about my March goals recap + my April personal goals.
Read 2 books //
Done and done.
Work on the organization for my entire place //
I’m not finished with this but by the end of the week, everything should be all put away and organized which will be SO nice.
1.5/2 – not too shabby especially after a big month filled with moving and generally just playing catch up.
Read 2 books // To keep up with this year’s 2 books a month goal, I plan to read two more books this month. I am currently reading a book called Pretty Girls Dancing which is pretty decent so far.
Begin batch writing posts again // Due to this month being so busy, I definitely neglected Confetti Social and didn’t post a single time during the month of March. I also only posted once a week on Breakfast at Lilly’s during March when I usually post two times per week. I want to start batch writing again so that when life gets crazy, I still have content going up no matter what.
Start working on creating more passive income // The past few months have been some of the best for me in terms of this blog and my business but I have been working my booty off so I want to start making some more passive income so I don’t have to worry about client work as much.
I hope you enjoyed my March goals recap + my personal goals for April. What are your April personal goals? Please feel free to let me know down in the comments.
It’s officially spring time so it’s time to share my spring reading list with y’all. It’s chock full of tons of thrillers because would it really be my reading list if it didn’t?
Brad Parks delivers another riveting, emotionally powerful stand-alone domestic suspense thriller perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and What She Knew.
Disaster, Melanie Barrick was once told, is always closer than you know. It was a lesson she learned the hard way growing up in the constant upheaval of foster care. But now that she’s survived into adulthood–with a loving husband, a steady job, and a beautiful baby boy named Alex–she thought that turmoil was behind her.
Until one Monday evening when she goes to pick up Alex from childcare only to discover he’s been removed by Social Services. And no one will say why. It’s a terrifying scenario for any parent, but doubly so for Melanie, who knows the unintended horrors of what everyone coldly calls “the system.”
Her nightmare mushrooms when she arrives home to learn her house has been raided by sheriff’s deputies, who have found enough cocaine to send Melanie to prison for years. The evidence against her is overwhelming, and if Melanie can’t prove her innocence, she’ll lose Alex forever.
Meanwhile, assistant commonwealth’s attorney Amy Kaye–who has been assigned Melanie’s case–has her own troubles. She’s been dogged by a cold case no one wants her to pursue: a serial rapist who has avoided detection by wearing a mask and whispering his commands. Over the years, he has victimized dozens of women.
Including Melanie. Yet now her attacker might be the key to her salvation . . . or her undoing.
A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.
The Widow //
When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…
But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.
There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.
Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage. The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…
In the masterful follow-up to the New York Times bestseller All the Missing Girls—“think: Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl” (TheSkimm)—a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.
Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.
Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.
Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?
Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A domestic thriller packed full of secrets, and a twisty story that never stops—from the bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
He looks at her, concerned. “How do you feel?” She wants to say, Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, “Glad to be home.”
Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.
There’s a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.
The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good.
Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won’t stop asking questions.
Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet
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