Why Instagram Stories are Better For Personal Brands Than Snapchat

Why Instagram Stories are Better For Personal Brands Than Snapchat

If you're a loyal snapper, you probably opened this blog post ready to be outraged. If you're on the fence like I've been, you're hoping to find answers on which platform to commit to. Either way, we all need to cut Instagram Stories some slack and accept that it's here to stay. While yes, this new feature is a clear ripoff of Snapchat stories, this isn't the first time platforms have borrowed from their competitors. Here are some examples:

  • Instagram offered filters first, Snapchat took it up a notch.
  • UStream introduced live-streaming, and Periscope made the experience mobile.
  • Periscope offered an opportunity for live video, Facebook Live was introduced.
  • Twitter introduced hashtags and handles, they are a staple for many social networks.

Why Asking to Pick Someone’s Brain Is Never Going to Make You Successful

Why Asking to Pick Someone’s Brain Is Never Going to Make You Successful

Let’s get one thing straight. It's one thing to have a genuine interest in connecting; it's another if you know you want something from that person that they offer as a service and you just don’t want to pay for it. Here are 3 reasons why that won’t fly and the joke will be on you anyway. 

The Solution To Stop Skipping Meals, For Good

The Solution To Stop Skipping Meals, For Good

A few years ago, I wanted to be a chef. When I launched my personal branding firm, The Branding Muse, I spent a lot of evenings after work cranking out blog posts and watching Chopped on Food Network. The more that I watched the channel, the more obsessed I became with food, hospitality and catering to people. Making someone a meal from the heart is one of the best ways to show love, in my opinion. Unfortunately, the busier I got, the less I cooked and ate. I'm already skinny, so skipping meals was the last thing I needed to be doing, but I just couldn't find the time. Over the years, I have learned some lessons, recipes and hacks to make sure I eat good and dedicate time to something that I love. 

How to Wear Sneakers to Work

How to Wear Sneakers to Work

Wearing sneakers to work should become a thing, especially in places like New York and Chicago, where public transportation dominates. While I drive to the office most days, the comfort of my sneakers always beats any flats, wedges, or heels I can wear. I also have to admit, I feel like my swag is a on a trillion when I have a professional outfit on and a good sneaker. Before we all get carried away, I only own two pairs: my Jordan 11s and some random Nike sneakers for the gym. $280 for some Jordans will never, ever happen again, but I have found a few pairs that will blend in with my work outfits, but still make a statement - in good way. Here are a few that are on my radar

Two things you need to start selling merchandise online in one day

Two things you need to start selling merchandise online in one day

You may have noticed that I have my Melanin Magic store where I sell merchandise like shirts, throw pillows and mugs. I've had that for a couple of months, and although I haven't been promoting it as much as I should, it does provide me with a couple of coins here and there. Thus, a lot of people have been asking me how I sell products, where do I get mugs printed, where do I get shirts printed and all of that stuff. You'll be happy to know that I do not have the time, energy, or space to keep all these items in my house. This is one common misconception about selling merchandise: you do not need to get your T-shirts or products printed, and then torture yourself trying to mail them out every day. I will tell you that mailing out my Make Yourself Marketable book manually every few days is such a drag. While I don't mind it, because I like to touch each and every book, I do realize how I may drop the ball for time to time. I'm busy and I might not get to the post office on time, or I run out of padded envelopes. Both of those are the types of things that you need to take into consideration when you're running a shipping operation.

The Simple One Hour Self-Care Routine That Improves My Week

The Simple One Hour Self-Care Routine That Improves My Week

Before we go any further, let me make one thing clear: Self-care isn't selfish. Putting yourself first isn't selfish either. As a woman, especially a Latina, we are born and bred to nurture and serve. We are taught to take care of others in the most dedicated way, but never taught to invest in ourselves. Growing up, Abuela (my grandma) would insist on all of us having our nails and hair done on a weekly basis. I always thought she was extra, but as an adult I realized that it was her version of self-care. Taking time out of the weekend to take care of the outside, naturally boosted our spirits and made us feel good inside. Now I dedicate my Sundays to those same things. You need to find the things that fuel you instead of drain you.