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Bridging the Gap – My Lovely Life and More

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Blurring the Lines and Bridging the Gap

It’s been said that when the soul is ready, the universe delivers to us manifestations in the form of insights, coincidence, or moments. If we listen and be still in the moment, we make a decision that often time leads us to opportunities, growth, and most importantly, new friendships.

Today, 200 influencers are taking part in an unprecedented campaign that unites the Millennial and Midlife demographics. This Bridging the Gap campaign exist to dispel societal boundaries that exist between women and form authentic relationships.  Influencers from each demographic are paired up to learn from each other through sharing life experiences, stories, and wisdom. This form of Reciprocal Mentorship, is at the heart of the campaign, all in the spirit of support and unity.

Meet My Bridging the Gap Partner, Terri Cordova-Hewitt

Terri and I met while preparing for a marketing event where  I was the event organizer and Terri’s company was the presenter. Our conversations quickly went from event logistics to the delicate balance between motherhood and business owners. She’s a seasoned entrepreneur and I was in the infant stages of my social media marketing business.  Similarly, Terri had just created, My Lovely Life and More while, I had been blogging for a couple of years. Together, we instantly gained knowledge and encouragement from each other’s journey.

 

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Entrepreneur and blogger are just two title’s Terri strongly wears. She’s also a Wife, to her husband Scott and a Mother to three children, ages 7, 11 and 23. This entrepreneur Mom and Wife is a first generation American. Her parents are immigrants from Peru and Cuba. Terri is an avid runner, loves finding serenity while boating with her family and has an extremely close relationship with her 5 siblings.

She describes her style as monochromatic and classic fringed with edgy vibes.  She loves fashion but it also has to work with her busy lifestyle. “Getting dressed should never feel like a chore”, she says. She’ll rock some heels and a trendy jump suit one day, then throw her hair up in a bun while wearing her Adidas Superstars the next.  Terri loves to find the latest fashion trends while shopping at boutique stores around Tampa. You’ll find this love for fashion and boutique finds on her blog, My lovely Life and More.

 

 

However, her blog wasn’t always about fashion and lifestyle. It started as a way for her to document her journey after having a baby in her early 40’s. For years she heard the gasps and surprised looks from others when they found out she had a baby in her early 40’s while her oldest was 23 years old.  She felt a need to encourage and let other women know – IT IS OK. Her youngest, Mila is now 7 and Terri, now 50 still smirks and silently chuckles when a comment is made about her and Scott’s choice to have a child in her 40’s.

What many of them don’t know is that before her youngest Mila was born, Terri and Scott lost a baby.  Ava Rose was delivered on December 2 2008. Terri’s third baby lost her life while still in Terri’s womb. The family dedicated a memorial plaque for little Ava and her siblings often talk about their guardian angel, Ava Rose, in heaven.

The Stories and Experiences That Bond

Terri and I quickly learned that aside from our hispanic heritage and entrepreneurial spirit, we are similar in more ways than we are different. Not only that but our paths crossed years ago prior to us meeting. While I was interning at Moffitt Cancer Center, Terri was working there as the Marketing Communications Specialist. Fate would have it that years later, we both found ourselves back at Moffitt for despairing reasons that were out of our control.

Four years ago, I received a life-changing diagnosis. A month after my 31st birthday, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy, a double-mastectomy and radiation.  As I shared this with my Bridging the Gap partner, I learned that her Mother was diagnosed with lung cancer a few years before my diagnosis and received care at the same hospital under some of the same oncologists I did. 

You see, this is what this campaign is all about. Terri and I aren’t bound by our age, rather we are united by our experiences. In many ways I feel Terri is a kindred spirit. At the time that our paths crossed, we both were in the midst of a new beginning. I guess the universe was listening to the quiet call inside us both.  I can honestly say that Terri is a role model, mentor and friend. She exudes strength, perseverance, beauty and a gracious heart.  I promise you fall in love with your genuine personality and amazing fashion and style. One story that I love is how she describes, Starting Over in my 40’s.

 

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I feel incredibly blessed to be part of this unprecedented campaign and movement to blur boundaries and put an end to stereotypes. With influencers from 20 to 88, including women with Downs Syndrome to top Sports Illustrated Supermodels, this campaign is designed to be inclusive as we believe #WeareStrongerTogetherI would like to thank and commend all the women participating in The Bridging the Gap Campaign! I especially thank Catherine McCormick, the visionary behind it all.

I encourage you to go vist The Bridging the Gap Campaign and read the stories of other inspiring influecers!

October 17, 2017
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5 Beginner Blogging Mistakes to Avoid

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Like many others, I started blogging as a way to journal my thoughts, struggles and triumphs. Shortly after having my second child, I decided to start writing again.  It was then that I realized the incredible potential blogging held. Since I already had an existing blog I thought it would be easy to transition it to what it is today. However, it’s not as simple as  changing up categories and picking out a new theme. There are countless little and not so little tasks that go into blogging that I just wasn’t aware of.  I’m sharing my top 5  beginner blogging mistakes.

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1. Stop researching and just start writing

When it comes to blogging, you will never know enough. Researching is great for beginners but just as important (if not more) is to just start writing! Getting your content on your site is more important than reading the thousands of articles geared towards newbie bloggers.

This one is a biggie for me. I  would’ve written at least 10 posts during my first 3 or 4 months of blogging had it not been for me falling down the online rabbit hole of blogging knowledge. If you want to spend some time reading and absorbing all you can – cool. Here’s a time-management tip: set a timer and stick to it. Shoot for 30 minutes a day (depending on your schedule). Use these 30 minutes wisely because when your times up – it’s time to write some content!

2. Start your Pinterest page early

No matter your niche, Pinterest can be a great source of traffic for your blog.  I completely underestimated the power of its referral potential.  Over the last couple years more and more bloggers are coming to realize that a good portion of their traffic is coming from Pinterest. In fact, I shouldn’t even be writing this post. I should be creating a DIY post about Trace’s Gone Fishing 1st Birthday Party. That pin has received over 16,000 impressions since I pinned it!

If you’re ready to start on your Pinterest page, I would read A Beginner’s Guide to Improving Your Pinterest Strategy  over at the Soccer Mom Blog. She has some great tips when it comes to Pinterest and your blog.

3. Create a Facebook, Twitter and Google+

Don’t under-estimate the power of social. In fact, brands will expect that you have presence on all these platforms.  Having these pages established will be essential to promoting your content. However, be careful and don’t get sucked in! Don’t worry about followers or fans. If you are a beginner, these numbers can be discouraging. It takes time and consistent work to build up your audience. Don’t give up! Just get your pages established and share your wonderful post for the world to see!

4. Focus on one or two ways to monetize your blog 

There are many ways to make money blogging. Most sites make money by ads, sponsored content, affiliate links and selling products.  You can even sell products or services. Honestly, the sky is the limit. The right way to monetize a blog for one person, may not be the right way for you. Pick one or two and spend some time developing that channel. Overtime you will realize what  works for you.

Truth is, it’s hard to make money with no traffic. How do you get traffic? By writing and promoting your little heart out!

Ready to start making money?  Make Money Blogging is a great resource if you are beginning to think about how to monetize your blog.

Disclaimer: This is an affiliate link but I’ve vetted the content and wouldn’t share anything with my readers that I haven’t used or purchased myself. 

5. Set attainable short-term goals

Instead of spending hours reading articles and scouring the internet,  create at least 3 goals for your blog. Creating these short-term goals will help you feel accomplished and motivated. TRUST ME! It took me 2 months to figure this out. I was doing  a bunch of everything while getting a bunch of nothing done. Some examples of easy short-term goals can be:

  • Come up with a consistent post schedule – It can be one post a week or one post a day. Whatever it is, make a goal and stick to it.
  • Weekly goals – This really helped me climb out of the dark blogging hole. I would set 3 simple goals a week. Some of them were: create Facebook page, post 2 photos to Instagram, optimize at least 2 past posts for SEO.
  • Write at least 4 blog post a month

I’m sure there are more than these 5 beginner blogging mistakes which I’ve listed, but these are the ones that really affected my progress during my first 4-5 months.  Keep writing and sharing your content. What are some lessons you’ve learned during your first year blogging?

 

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Learn how to make money blogging even if you only have 1,000 monthly page views! Get real actionable tips to start earning an income blogging, and learn how to make a living as a blogger!

 

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are included in this article. 

February 17, 2017
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Meaning Behind Rebel Soul Mom

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I finally officially changed the name of my blog. Pink Lemons and Rainbows served its purpose.  It helped me document a journey no one should take, yet many do. My blog needed to evolve alongside me as I practice the lessons I’ve learned along the way. I want to introduce you to Rebel Soul Mom. It took months and many weeks of brainstorming names before going back to one of my original 5 options (4 months later). Even my husband was helping me come up with names. Which ended up helping me figure out what I did NOT want my blog to be called. I say that with mad love.

How did I come up with Rebel Soul Mom?

It started with me jotting down iterations of adjectives that truthfully did not describe me. That quickly led me to words that actually DID describe me, my parenting style and creative flair. Words like misfit, simple, edgy, creative, hot mess, graceful mess (this one was already taken or it would’ve been #1) are honest representations of who I am. The words fringe, grace, soul and mess eventually led me to Rebel Soul Mom.

 

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January 13, 2017
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Wow…I won an award for one of my blog entries!

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I’ve come to see that many awards are given in the blog world. I’m happy to say that one of my post recieved an award for the Best  spiriImagetual/healing post. Click here to read the post.

I was in great company with the list of talented writers that also won awards for other categories. If you would like a few good reads I suggest heading over to the post where the winners are mentioned.

January 3, 2014
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