The Beauty of Probiotics | Daily Routines with Tropicana Probiotics

I partnered with my friends at Megan Media and Tropicana for this sponsored post. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

No matter how hectic my schedule gets, I make a point to drink a fruit juice or blend every single day. In my journey for better wellness, this has become a huge part of my routine over the last 4 years. Some days it's as simple as a glass of OJ, while other days I may reach for something more tropical like pineapple or mango. My body receives the vitamins, nutrients, and cultures (yes, I mean bacteria) that I need to stay healthy, plus the boost of energy I need to get through the busy days minus the sugar crash of energy drinks. Lately, I've been incorporating Tropicana Probiotics into my daily routine and I love them! #BelieveInYourGut

The Beauty of Probiotics

You may be familiar with the concept of antibiotics -- you take them when you're sick to get rid of bad bacteria, but good bacteria exists, too. Much like the oils in your skin, the body is already full of good and bad bacteria, so what you get rid of should be replaced with beneficial bacteria. Probiotics stimulate the growth of helpful bacteria in the body and can actually help your digestive system function more effectively. Your gut isn't just what leads you in the right direction; it's the key to you overall health and wellness.

Tropicana Probiotics are available in three delicious flavors: Strawberry Banana, Pineapple Mango and Peach Passion Fruit

Tropicana Probiotics are available in three delicious flavors: Strawberry Banana, Pineapple Mango and Peach Passion Fruit

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Usually when you go to the grocery store to find probiotic drinks you have to look in a special section, but Tropicana has brought probiotics to the mainstream juice aisle for the first time alongside their other juices! You don't need to shop at any specialty stores to find them, so it's definitely more accessible and convenient to grab during your regular grocery trips.

Tropicana Probiotics combines some of my absolute favorite and nutritious ingredients to make adding probiotics to my daily routine easy and delightful. Here are some of my favorite ways to work these delicious probiotics drinks into my routine:

Morning Freshening Routine

When I wake up in the morning, one of the first things I do is fix a bite of breakfast and pour a glass of juice before freshening up with my full skincare routine. I prefer Strawberry Banana in the morning, but all three flavors deliver more than one billion live and active cultures, plus an entire day's worth of vitamin C! That's the proper way to start a positive day. 

On-the-Go Energy Routine

Mango has been apart of my on-the-go routine since my early college days! I found that mango juice really helped boost my energy so I could remain productive throughout the day. Pineapple Mango is my flavor of choice for a busy day bloggingand running errands. I buy the multi-serve sizes, but they even come in single-serve sizes -- which means you can achieve your best self whether you're at home or on-the-go!

Passion Fuel Routine

As a full-time blogger and content creator, I get to use my creativity daily through writing, photography, and videography. I absolutely love that I'm able to wake up everyday and do what I'm passionate about from dusk to dawn. But sometimes, life can happen -- whether I'm sick, dealing with stress and anxiety, or just having a serious creative block -- I have to be prepared for life's mental and physical obstacles no matter how big or small. Tropicana Peach Passion Fruit is like the liquid fuel I need to stay driven. It's a 100% juice blend of peach and passion fruit (plus a few more) with probiotics and no sugar or artificial flavors. Peaches are said to help relieve stress and reduce anxiety while passion fruit keeps the skin glowing, reduces sleeplessness, and improves circulation to boost productivity and efficiency. I keep the creative juices flowing and fuel my passion with Peach Passion Fruit!

#BelieveInYourGut

I partnered with my friends at Megan Media and Tropicana for this sponsored post. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

I'm a Quitter | The Beginning of a New Chapter

I'm a quitter. 

Being a quitter isn't exactly a quality that people take pride in. You've probably grown up believing that quitting is bad and that you should simply "push through" the uncomfortable situations you're in. That's what I always believed, but I've learned that's not always the case. At 23 years old, I've quit several things in my life -- ballet, ice skating lessons, organizations, relationships...the list goes on. It's apart of life but, in this case, quitting is pretty bittersweet.

For months, I've contemplated the decision to quit my job and pursue blogging full-time. Not only had my plate been extremely full, but the idea of working rather than writing a blog post or filming a new video just didn't seem exciting anymore. Towards the end of each week, I'd end up swamped with work because the rest of my days were filled with my other projects. I soon began to realize that my personal brand was taking a serious backseat to everything else and it kind of bugged me. Plus, everything was difficult to balance and I was a wreck. Finishing two degrees, family life, a very long-term relationship, a growing social life and multiple jobs/projects including my blog...it was a lot.

"I'm going to quit this week, I'm going to quit this week" was something I began mumbling to myself religiously.

Stress began to take over, I never got a full night of sleep, anxiety attacks occurred often, and being on the computer literally all day took a toll on my body physically. It was a terrible feeling to have on a day-to-day basis, but fear was an even worse feeling that continuously held me back.

What if I don't have enough money saved? What if blogging full-time doesn't work out? What if I fall on my ass? Blah, blah, blah...

A few weeks prior to making my final decision, I sent an email to my manager expressing my interest in resigning, but in much more vague words. *ping* She quickly responded. Luckily, she didn't exactly understand my email and what I was saying, so I took that as an opportunity to let fear take over once again and I didn't responded any further. 

I continued working for a few more weeks when I received a concerned email from my manager about my previous work week while in New York City -- I'd worked below the required minimum hours. She was so sweet and willing to help me out in any way she could, but I decided to just go ahead make my move. I quit. Most college graduates try to find a job following graduation and here I am quitting mine. Even though it killed me to leave behind an amazing job and clients that I'd assisted for almost two years, it was something I had to do for myself.

Keyword: MYSELF. I've always worried myself wondering what people will think of me or how they will react. I try my hardest to consider others and not be selfish, but I've heard that in your 20s is the best time to be selfish.

Reading other bloggers' inspiring stories about how they quit their jobs and began blogging full-time became my favorite thing to read about, but the greatest piece of wisdom I was given was in a Facebook group I'm in for Black female bloggers. I knew there were plenty of women in the group who blogged full-time, so I felt it was the perfect place to ask and learn from others. It was something along the lines of:

If you only run your blog part-time, then you'll only know how your blog will run part-time. If you don't give yourself the opportunity to blog full-time, you may never see its full potential.

The opportunities I've been afforded through my platform as a part-time blogger have been AMAZING, so I'm eager to see where I can go now after almost 3 1/2 years in the game. From flying out of Dallas to host H&M openings to filming Target social media videos in Los Angeles, each opportunity has been mind-blowing and surreal. I'm excited to see what opportunities come along now as I focus on giving my brand my 100%.

Luckily in the months leading up to my recent decisions, I've received a great amount of support from my family and friends. My family continuously tells me how proud they are of everything I've done (which damn near makes me want to burst into tears every time) and my boyfriend of 7 years has helped me remain sane during my toughest times, but one of the people I'm most appreciative of is my last remaining best friend. 

Unfortunately with each move I've ever made, friends and support have been equally and quickly lost, so I cherish this friendship...because good, long-lasting friends are hard to come by.

Friends who still support you no matter what decisions you make, how far you go in life, even though you may be veering in different directions, and don't just drop you because you may not necessarily benefit them as much anymore are like unicorns -- the rarity is real.

But bottomline, I appreciate anyone who has been here and continues to support. I see you.

I'll admit that it's a very scary change and huge leap to make, but I'm ready to see where God takes me next on this journey. I trust Him. Whether full-time blogging is truly for me or not, I feel deep in my soul that I'm supposed to at least give it a try...so I'm taking pride in my decision.

Proudly a quitter.

Blogger Talk | You Don't Need 100K Followers To Be Successful

I've been blogging for almost 3 years now (in March) and I don't have a massive social media following. I'll admit that this used to really get to me and I'd beat myself up about it all the time.

"What can I do better?"
"Why am I not growing fast enough?"
"I'll never be able to get any big opportunities..."

Those are the questions I'd cloud my mind with quite often.

So far, blogging has been quite an amazing journey for me filled with countless unexpected opportunities and it's kept me sane during my undergrad years. I've been able to work with some of my favorite companies like H&M and Target. I even had the opportunity to fly to LA for the first time to participate in a campaign back in August which still seems so surreal to me. Each one has been a blessing and I'm grateful for everything. I've grown a lot and treating my blog (my passion) as my job at this point has taught me many life lessons that I can always carry with me if I ever decide to stop blogging. These achievements and lessons learned are how I define my success.

Define success in your own terms and follow your own path. What worked for one content creator may not necessarily work for you. I haven't followed the typical preppy style, Starbucks, and top bun -- even though I do love a good preppy outfit and a hot mocha latte (can't get this fro in a top bun though). I've stayed true to my style and try to focus on keeping my personality extremely genuine. I'm not Pinterest-perfect by any means and I sometimes share my pet peeves, flaws, and struggles in hopes that someone might be able to relate or be inspired.

I also focus on posting the best quality content possible and I'm always tweaking things to make my blog posts, videos, designs, and overall approach better...but in a way that reflects ME.

I don't say any of this to boost myself or boast about my résumé, but to say that you don't need to have 100K followers (or any high number greater or less than) to be successful in the blogging world. I've noticed that this gets a lot of bloggers and content creators down in the dumps (including myself at times), but just know that you're not alone! Of course, companies are going to have their requirements like having 50K followers on one social platform alone (not really sure when I'm going to even reach that point) or getting 100,000 views a month on your blog (I wish!), but that doesn't mean that you won't get any opportunities or that you can't be considered successful. Remember: success in your own terms. And while blogging has become so incredibly saturated, there's literally a company or brand out there for everyone to work with.

Continue to be consistent, unique, genuine, and most importantly, patient. The followers will come. Until then, keep doing you.