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Day 2 of 7: Multi-Passionate

multi-passionate

I’m continuously fascinated with learning more, developing my skills, and becoming a better person.

I love the idea of growing into a deeper, wiser individual.  I’m passionate about helping others, expanding my horizons, trying new experiences and being with those I care for the most.

Being creative touches my soul and awakens my senses.

It all started in grad school (well this blog did, my other ones started in undergrad and that’s a whole other story!).  I needed a creative outlet to keep me sane during the long hours of class, school work and having three jobs.  I’m truly a creative at heart – not one particular area of interest.  I like to call myself a free spirit, a multi-passionate woman.  I took my nickname – Mere and my middle name – Lynne to create the site name.  It seem to flow off the tongue easier than my previous attempts at blogging.  I wrote about the stressors of working too much, studying too hard and not having enough fun.

I tried for a short period to be a fashion blogger, but I had to face the fact I preferred to be in jeans and a t-shirt over high heels and designer labels.  I have finally found comfort in who I am and where I want my blog to be.  I share DIY tips, recipes, my life, my love for our three dogs, and a lot of being married.  The love I have for my dogs and to create a more organized home really shine through.  I try not to force myself to fit into any box.  I think it’s more inspiring to let things flow naturally.

I’m following along Alex Beadon’s Feel Good Blogging Challenge.  Hop on and join us!

Feel Good Blogging Challenge

Alright, I need a kick in the pants to get my spark back for blogging.  I have ideas, I think about future posts but I have had zero motivation to come here and actually post anything.  I follow the super-inspiring Alex Beadon and jumped feet first for her Feel Good Blogging Challenge.  Today is day 1, challenge 1.  I am wasting no time to get started on this post because I know myself.  I will put it off and wait days, weeks or even a month before getting around to it.

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We were asked to answer 5 questions about ourselves.  Here are my answers:

  • Who are you?

I’m Meredith, blogger and founder of merelynne.com.  I’m also a wife, a dog-mom who wants to rescue every stray dog I come across, and I’m a professional.  I recently moved myself and my family back to my hometown so I could start working for/with my Dad.  I’m slowly learning the business while beefing up his marketing efforts.  I love what I do.  More than I ever thought was possible.  I finally feel like I have a purpose and am excited to wake up every morning to get ready for work.

I’m passionate about so many things – my family, my career, helping others, being there to listen when someone needs a friend, taking pictures, being organized, and building a solid foundation with my husband.

  • Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging years ago during my undergrad.  I had a different site name and a different point-of-view.  I was mainly doing DIY projects, but that was hard to keep up with under a college girl’s budget and time frame.  Now under a new name, new domain address and with a little more maturity behind me I blog about my life.  I feel confident about who I am, where I’m going and who I want to be.  I like to share stories of being a newlywed, DIY projects (when I have the time), parties I throw, dinners I cook that don’t end up in the trash, and tips on being more organized with a busy schedule.

  • Who is your blog for?

My blog is for me and women, who like me, are busy.  I may not have children, yet; but I do have quite a bit going on.  I know I’m not the only woman who has family living in different parts of the state, a full-time career, schooling to further oneself, a blog, side projects that bring joy, and so much more.

  • Something I’ve been working on lately that I’m really proud of?

Being healthier.  I joined the local Crossfit box and have fallen in love with it.  J and I have been focused on eating cleaner and at home more often.  I’m proud of myself and the journey that we’ve been on.  I’m excited about our future as a team and know that I will never be little-miss skinny Minnie, but I will be proud of my body and my confidence.

  • What’s one message that you hope people take away from my blog?

You can do many, many things with the 24 hours in your day – including spending more time with the ones you love.  That it’s okay to not be perfect and have a new post every day – people will understand and relate to you better if you’re a little more real.

Can’t wait for tomorrow’s challenge.  If you’re ready to take the jump then join me.
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Virtual Blog Tour

You may have seen this virtual blog tour on a few blogs lately.  I am so happy that Dani from over at This Workman Life invited me to play along.  I am so happy to share my little piece of the blogosphere with you all today.
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Q. What are you working on?

A. I am always daydreaming new posts and ideas for this little blog.  Right now I am working on a few decorative DIY projects for our new home.

Also, I am working on launching the perfect planner for the entrepreneur.  It has a section for your daily agenda, blogging and even your online store.  I am very proud of this little creation of mine and cannot wait to see it come to life.  The website is in the works right now and the final copy is being tweaked to perfection.  For the blog – I am constantly daydreaming new ideas and have a few DIY projects in the works, too.

Q. How does your work differ from others of your genre?

A.  I do not focus all of my posts on DIY projects or recipes.  I am more of a one-stop shop.  I offer tips on how I juggle my busy life, mix that in with some recipes and gorgeous photos then I add a dash of DIY projects.  I am honest with myself and that translates into my posts.  I do not try to be something that I am not.  I write about what’s important in my life, at that moment.  I’m newly married and just packed my husband with our two dogs up to move to my hometown.  We are both starting new careers and new lives in a whole new place.  It has its ups and downs and I like showing that part of me to my readers.

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Q. Why do you do what you do?

A. I blog because I’m passionate about it.  I love to share my ideas and dreams with others.  I have multiple passions in life.  I am a driven businesswoman that has a strong love for my family and taking care of my home.  My blog is my escape and allows me the chance to focus on me for a moment.

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Q. How does your writing process work?

A. I try to stick to a schedule of posting 3x a week, but that doesn’t always happen and I’m 100% okay with that.  I don’t want to make this blog feel like work because I have enough of that with everything else going on.  I start with an idea, whether it is a tutorial, DIY or a recipe.  I then start dreaming of how to accomplish my dream, which then starts the writing process.  Once the copy is finished for the post I then turn my attention to photos.  You need killer photos for a great post.

 

Tag some great friends:

1)       Mary from ModMommyMK

2)       Toni from 1ChoclateBox

 

Disappeared

Life has been crazy ’round here.  I haven’t had much blogging time between studying, working full time, spending time with our families and friends.  Okay, okay that’s not entirely true.  I haven’t wanted to blog over spending time doing other things.  I guess it’s a case of writer’s block or just pure laziness.  I like to think of it as the first one, but you can think what you want.

I promise that I will get my mo-jo back and get on a groove again.  Just need to get through my next test in the next few weeks.  Thanks for understanding!

Pause.

blog I’m at it again.  Needing to take a quick pause from the blog until Monday.  It’s only 2 days, but I really need a break.  I have some really exciting news that has happened and I cannot wait to share.  However, today is not the right time.

I will be back on Monday the 20th with a new spark in my step!  I am also working hard on keeping up with my Thankful Series that I started this month.  At the end of this month I will be sharing my second (ever!) vlog with you.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I won’t be so awkward.

Cheers!

Red Velvet Cookies Recipe

red velvet cookies recipeI stumbled upon this red velvet cookies recipe a few weeks ago.

  I ‘pinned’ it and then I could not stop thinking about it.  Red Velvet cake holds a special place in my heart.  It’s my family’s favorite and just so happens to be my favorite too.

I thought that it would be a great addition to our Thanksgiving Dinner and made a few adjustments to the original recipe to create my own.  It was a super easy cookie recipe to follow, which makes me want to jump and down for joy.

Ingredients:
6 T. butter, melted and then cooled
1 box of Red Velvet cake mix
2 eggs
1 t. cornstarch
3 / 4 c. powdered sugar

Steps for the Red Velvet Cookies Recipe:
Preheat your oven to 370 degrees.  Grease 2 cookie sheets or cover with parchment paper (which I find so much easier).  In a medium bowl, mix together cornstarch and powdered sugar.  Set aside.  Beat together eggs, cooled butter and cake mix until well combined.  Refrigerate for about 15-20 minutes so that the dough is easier to work with.  Roll dough into about 1-inch balls and dredge in the powdered sugar mixture.  Place on cookie sheet, about 2-inches apart.  Bake for 7-9 minutes.  Let cool completely and store in airtight container.
red velvet cookies recipeThese were delicious and a big hit at Thanksgiving!

Grow Your Blog Link Up

I have had a great opportunity to join with Toni over at One Chocolate Box to take part of a new(ish) link up. I am super pumped because this is my first link up that I’ve even been apart of.


Welcome to the Grow Your Blog Link Up!

It’s a link up specifically for new bloggers (those with less than 500 followers per social medium are welcome too). It’s also a chance to meet other new bloggers, and hopefully build networks and friendships.

There are no fees for co-hosting. Just email me at onechocolatebox@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Link ups start every Wednesday at 3pm NZDT (that’s Tuesday 6pm PST and Wednesday 1pm AEDT if that helps).

Each week, one participant will be randomly selected, and gets featured on the following week’s blog hop. More free exposure!

There’ll also be a giveaway from time to time, so make sure to check back each week.


1. You don’t have to, but I’d appreciate it if you could follow One Chocolate Box.

2. Follow the co-hosts! Let them know you’re following from the Link Up, so they can follow you back.

3. Link up in the appropriate section using your blog URL or profile URL. Remember you can only link up in the section if you have less than 500 followers in it.

4. Visit and follow at least 1 other blogger. Let them know what you like about their blog.

5. Return the love, follow your new followers!

6. It would be super if you shared the Link Up via Facebook or Twitter. The more people join up, the more potential followers you can get.



7. I’d love you forever if you grabbed the button below and place it on your sidebar!




A big welcome to my lovely co-hosts this week:
Meredith at MereLynne


Lindsay at Wedding Rings to Teething Rings
Thanks so much for co-hosting ladies!


This week’s feature is Mary at The Clarity Chase

The Clarity Chase

Make sure you go say hi, and check out this post of hers. A little heartbreaking, but great insight!

And without further ado… link up, link up!

Things I Just Don’t Understand

Things I Just Don't Understand
Allergies.  Why are some people’s allergies worse than others and why am I one of those people?

Selfies.  I may be victim of taking a selfie or 2, but I do not understand the selfie phenomenon.

People who are afraid to dance in public. Live a little.

My obsession with Pretty Little Liars, Ravenswood, Drop Dead Diva, and Witches Of East End.

Those that wear leggings as pants, they are not pants.  Please, I beg of you, wear a shirt long enough to cover your butt and woohoo.

Football technicalities.

Irrational fears of masks and face paint.

How some people could dump animals.

I could keep going, but I feel that could be one more thing I don’t understand – the perfect time to end a pointless post.

Cheers!

September Was Great

September was a great month for me and my family.
our love storyI shared the story of how J and I met.
tips for developing a budgetTips about developing a budget as a couple that we have been using and being successful at the past few months.
pull apart bread recipeA delicious super-easy recipe for cinnamon-sugar pull apart bread.
organize your desktopA simple DIY desktop organizer that I am loving.
tips for creating a gallery wallWays to get the perfect gallery wall.
Easy Ways To Save Money15 easy, no brainer ways to save money.
bad work habits to breakAnd one of my favorite pieces of the month, 10 bad work habits to kick to the curb.

Overall, September was a great month.  J and I closer to our wedding, we have got to spend a lot of time with our family and friends, and have finished unpacking every box from our move.  Life is good!

Cheers!

Joining and Learning

Proud Member of the Yakezie Challenge
It should be no surprise that I have been working hard on trying to grow my blog.  I want to learn from others and hopefully help others in the process.  And by help, I mean guidance on how to become successful, happy, and on budget.

I recently joined the Yakezie Challenge to learn, grow, and develop this little blog of mine.  Check it out!  I’ve been on the site for an embarrassing amount of time now and there is no sign of stopping.

Cheers!