Lifestyle, Personal

This is what I learned after getting fired 5 years ago

Getting fired

‘You are fired.’ No, I’m not pretending to be president Trump, former Mr. Apprentice. You. Are. Fired. Three words no one ever likes to hear but a lot of us do at least once in our lifetime. Maybe you weren’t fit for the job. Maybe you just sucked. OR there was no more money to keep you on. All good reasons to fire you. Most of the firings go quite amicably and you have plenty of time to get used to the idea and find a new job. Maybe you can laugh about it now, but getting fired is no fun when you first hear the words. You feel ashamed, wonder what you could’ve done differently, why this happened to you, and how will you ever tell this at home? Honestly? Getting fired isn’t that bad. In the long run. I really believe that when this happens to you, it’s for a good reason. That you will find something better. And you’re not alone. We all have a chance to get fired during our professional lifetime. It already happened to me. Today on the blog my getting fired experience and why I’m very grateful that it happened.

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10 things that made my month even better | March

March

I was pretty much prepared to say a friendly goodbye to march. I still am, but the last couple of days haven’t been the best days ever. Long story short: I cried, my car is broken, my back hurts, BUT I avoided driving into a moving truck. Now our question is: how do we survive without cars again? I forgot how to do groceries by bike. Anyway, despite this big flaw in an otherwise okay march (poor Fiat), I had some pretty good moments. (Y)

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A beginners guide to Pinterest for lifestyle bloggers (+ big group board list)

Pinterest 101

Pinterest is booming. That’s what ‘they’ say, at least. And I  believe them. Bloggers should hop on the bandwagon because Pinterest will become a more and more important tool to attract readers. Why? Because Pinterest is one of the blogging world’s most important search engines. In the Netherlands, we’re still a bit behind, possibly because we underestimate the effect Pinterest can have on our blogging success. In the US, bloggers know how to utilize Pinterest though. Are you one of those bloggers who hasn’t hopped on the bandwagon yet? I made a long list of lifestyle group boards you can join, and I’ll explain to you what the use of group boards is, what you have to do to be found on Pinterest and what you need for that. Shall we?

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Why bloggers have a newsletter (+ my intentions)

Nieuwsbrief

I receive newsletters in my A Pinch of Jo inbox on a daily basis. I signed up for those newsletters because I’m eager to learn. A lot of those are about blogging, Pinterest and affiliate marketing. Some of them are about adulting, living a positive life and life itself. Bloggers who send newsletters do it because they want to educate their reader and at the same time gain traffic. They’ll send you info, product reviews or tips, and advice. Ever since I started my own blog (blogaversary is around the corner!) I have been thinking about making my own newsletter. My question to you is: what do you like to see in a newsletter? Or when do you sign up for one? read more

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5 lies they tell you about serious blogging

Blogging lies

People tend to underestimate how much time goes into blogging. Like it’s something you just do in five minutes per day. In reality, of course, it’s nothing like that. And if you try your and at serious blogging, you’ll see that it’s like an extra full-time job. It’s not just a quick brainstorm session, a writing session and be done with it. Nope. You also have to take pictures, edit those pictures, optimize your content and make it SEO-friendly. It’s also promotion, promotion, and more promotion. EVERY TIME AGAIN. Blogging ain’t nothing, you guys. What are the most lied about blogging ‘facts’? Let me tell you…

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Are you a pessimist who wants to be an optimist? 10 tips to lead a positive life

Positive

‘How are you always so positive?’, my boyfriend asked me the other day. I said I didn’t know how and that I definitely wasn’t ALWAYS positive. I wanted to end the convo with: it’s just the way I am (even with my negative moods). Then I wondered: is that even true? Not too long ago I would describe myself as a defeatist. But I realized that that had everything to do with where I was in life and the people I surrounded myself with. Apparently, it and they weren’t good for me and I dragged myself further into misery. Now, when I hear someone complain about something not worthy to complain about (which is totally subjective, I know), I can only think: but, try to look at it from a positive side! That’s why today I put together a ten-step guide to a constant positive or optimistic feeling.

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9 Prejudices about women to which I say: nuh uhhh

Vooroordelen vrouwen

Women are hysterical, crazy and over emotional. Women are vain, bad drivers and don’t know left from right and the other way around. Oh, and women don’t know anything about computers. Hilarious and frustrating at the same time. We all know that every woman is different, and still, people like to joke about how all women are the same. And I am here today to disprove all the silly stereotypes and prejudices. Because we are strong women and we each have our own beautiful personalities.

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The Law of Attraction + a semi review about You are a badass

Law of attraction

The law of attraction. Our generation is all about chasing our dreams (heyoo, time to generalize again, but now in a good way!). We don’t want to work someplace we don’t fully support. The idea of having a boss is becoming more and more frowned upon. We would absolutely love it if we could do something that would fit us perfectly AND bring us money. Oh, and we’d love to be a digital nomad. I too am someone who wants to chase her dreams. But I am also someone who tries to stay realistic. I stay put when I feel like the dream is not read yet. Some may think that’s stupid, others will totally get me. Point is, I’m not nearly where I want to be in life and I would love to make my biggest dream come true. Why am I not working on that fulltime right now? And why aren’t you? Bear with me guys because I’ll be trying my hand on the Law of attraction.

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5x this is why I was a student for too long + how everything turned out ok

College life

I went to college for quite a while. Longer than most people, probably (definitely). I’m not proud of it and I actually do regret it (I know I always say you should never regret your mistakes…). Still, it’s brought me some good things as well. That it did. But why did it take me so long? The short answer is that I went to college in a time of my life when I maybe shouldn’t have. Or actually, during that time, I changed and that made me unfit to be a student. But it is what it is. You’re expected to go to college (or university of course), after you graduate from high school. It’s as simple as that and that’s how I did it. But maybe I should’ve realized my mistake.

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10 things that made my month even better | February

Februari - maandoverzicht

Dear February, I’m not gonna lie: I’m glad you’re almost over. I mean, you were ok and all, but you’re too cold and wintery for me. It’s not you, it’s me. And still, when I think of you, I feel a little warm inside because of all the good memories you’ve given me. You weren’t just cold, frosty and dramatic. No, you’ve also brought me some good things. Is it ok if I name those things? Like, ten? Then we can say goodbye and see each other again next year.

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