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Looking For A New Hobby This Spring? Get Creative With One Of These!

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Your lawn is swimming in the sunshine, and your living room’s plants are slowly getting back to life. It is time to shake off the languor of winter and get rid of the extra kilos that Christmas and Easter inevitably bring on! If the first sunny days of the year make you feel energized and ready to take on a new challenge, put your creative juices to work by picking a new hobby. Here is some inspiration!

Meditation or Yoga

If spring is the awakening of the body, meditation is the awakening of the mind. Several studies have proven its ability to lower stress levels, enhance productivity, and even give you the much-needed energy boost you had been waiting for all winter. The beauty of meditation is that there is no must-follow formula for every person. Pick the technique you feel the most comfortable with and start your day with 20-30 mins of mindfulness. Alternatively, work on your summer body with regular yoga practice!

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Grow a vegetable garden or plants

Have you been dreaming about spending sunny days reconnecting with nature? Growing your vegetable garden has unique benefits that extend to your dinner table! Whether you are all in for a vegan-week challenge or you like to care for your plants, spring is the best time for gardening. If you are looking for an affordable hobby that gives you the chance to think and relax, try growing your herbs.

Knitting and crocheting

Do you always feel guilty about not using your porch or balcony enough? Switch the tv off and move your most comfortable chair outside. Knitting or crocheting are affordable options for a new hobby, you can get started straight away, and you can see results in no time. This pastime is also the best way to craft the scarf of your dream to go with your just-bought warm-weather fashion tops.

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New (Exciting) recipes

Caring for your little ones means that you might be spending more time in the kitchen than you ever wanted to. If you are bored of making mash potatoes and beans on toast on repeat, now is the best time to try out new inspired recipes. Whether you are after the perfect sourdough or figuring out how to turn a mass of icing into the birthday cake of your kids’ dreams, cooking can take a whole new turn. 

Painting

Always felt like a misunderstood artist or never had a chance to dedicate yourself to the arts? This hobby might require a little investment at first to gather all the materials you might need, but it is rewarding! Some of the proven benefits of painting include strengthening your memory, building your creative thinking, and improving your problem-solving skills. Best of all, drawing, painting, or colouring are excellent remedies against stress and anxiety.

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The takeaways

No matter what hobby you have decided to dedicate yourself to this spring, aim at picking one that allows you to be outdoors and at your healthiest. It can be hard to find your best physical and mental shape after months of indoor-living, so use your new passion to exercise your mind, body, and creativity. What will your favourite hobby be this spring?

 

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How to make money from your blog

Many people wonder how bloggers make money. New bloggers also struggle with finding creative ways to make money on their blogs. There are so many ways of making money online and having a blog is one way of doing it. Before you can start to earn money from your blog, you need to ensure your blog is being read by at least thousands of people every month. To achieve this, there are many steps you need to take, especially if you are a new blogger. This is something I can help you with; I have a blog coaching service I offer to bloggers looking to grow their blogs. Get in touch for more information regarding that.

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Making money from your blog is pretty simple and straightforward once your blog is getting traffic. Here are some ways to make money from your blog –

 

Sponsored posts

Here, brands pay you to write a post about their products and services. You do that in return for a fee. This is the main source of income for Fashion and Style Police. Most of the income I earn from the blog comes from sponsored posts.

 

Guest Posts

This is similar to sponsored posts, the difference is that the brands write the post. This is another way I earn money from Fashion and Style Police. A good chunk of my income comes from guest posts.

 

Affiliate Marketing

This is another way to make money from your blog. You can paid a small commission every time an reader clicks through an affiliate link and makes a purchase. I currently use Amazon Affiliates and the pennies are growing. I plan to paying more attention to this source of income this year. It is one way to start making money from your blog.

 

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Products/Services

Selling products and services is another way to make money. This is another main source of income for me. I offer a blogger outreach service, where I handle online marketing campaigns for brands. I have been doing this for almost 5 years now and it is a steady for making money for me because I have the knowledge and skills required. Many years, I use to offer copywriting services but I no longer do that. It wasn’t profitable and I wasn’t enjoying it, so I stopped. I recently started offering a blog coaching service and I have had many clients already, so this source of income is growing too!

If you have a product or service to offer, you could be making lots of money via your blog.

 

Banner Ads

This is another way I make money on the blog. It is quite popular with bloggers and easy to set up. I have a few banner ads and the money is good when it comes in.

 

These are some ways you could make money from your blog but the first thing to do is to get people on your blog. If no one is reading your blog, you won’t be able to make money from it. Once the right amount of eyeballs are reading, then you can start to play around with these ways of making money.

How do you earn money from your blog?

Charity of the month – Mind for better mental health

Mental health is something I am very passionate about, which is one of the reasons why I decided to go back to university to study Psychology. The goal is to serve as a Clinical Psychologist, and so far, I am loving the modules I am studying. I am 2 modules for my first year – Introduction to Psychology 1 and Child Psychology and Childhood Studies. Both modules have really changed my mindset and I am learning so much about psychology already. It is amazing how much I have learnt in the last 3 months. I am glad I finally took the bull by the horns and went with it.

If you have been a regular reader of Fashion and Style Police, the charity of the month this February should really come as no surprise.

 

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Charity of the month – Mind

The charity I am supporting this month is Mind. Mind is a charity focused on mental health. The charity provides adequate advice and support to help those  experiencing mental health issues. Mind campaigns help improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health in general. Thanks to this amazing charity, millions of people in England and Wales have access to the much needed advice and support.

Mind relies on donations and every little helps. For every £1 donated, 72p is spent on charitable work. The charity handled 76,323 queries in 2016/2017, 10.8 million accessed their information, and more of these happen year after year. Supporting a charity like Mind means you are helping those who suffer from mental health problems. It means you are saving a life by helping to provide the resources they need to thrive.

If you are like me and passionate about mental health and want to support Mind, you can donate here. Your donation could be a lifesaver for someone else.

Thanks for reading and donating. Have a fabulous week ahead.

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