FAQ : Behind the Scenes of My Business

I am really excited to give a behind the scenes glimpse of my business. I really love and enjoy what I do, and I hope I can inspire you to do what you love. Many of you probably know that I recently quit my day job and that I’ve been working for myself. I’ve been loving it. If you’d like more on that, go here.

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Question 1: What’s your two to three sentence bio? 

Devin Joubert is a multi-passionate creative. She is a creative fiction writer and blogger, website designer, as well as an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay. Family is extremely important to me. I love creating stories to change lives. I am working toward agent representation.

Question 2: What’s the favorite part of your job?

Writing:

I love that I get to sip a chai latte, while focusing on building a story that readers will be able to relate to.

Mary Kay:

Honestly, I really love encouraging women and showing them how to feel better about themselves inside and out. I believe we need community.

Entrepreneur:

Another thing I really enjoy is having the freedom to choose my schedule. No more time restricted lunch breaks or asking to get days off for things. I feel so much freer and happier than I did before. Besides, I’m doing what I love!

Question 3: What’s your least favorite part of your job?

I have a few of these:

  • Not having enough hours in a day.
  • Running to the post office.
  • Buying groceries.
  • Making food.

Guess this just told me I should hire a maid and a person to run errands for me.

Question 4: What are the top three tools you use the most in your work?

I love using Scrivener, the notes app on my Iphone, and good old fashioned notebooks & pens. Continue reading “FAQ : Behind the Scenes of My Business”

My Workspace

I always love seeing writer’s workspaces. You see those old photographs of the master’s workspaces like Rhod Dahl, Steven King, and Mark Twain.

When I lived in Australia and when I lived at home I did posts with pictures of my workspace/office.

Today, I want to share with you my home office and work area with you. This is the first time I’ve been an entrepreneur and so I’d like to share my work space with you so you can have a peek into my life on the other side of the screen.

This work place is still a work in process, but I’m very excited about it. Johan and I have lived in this new townhouse for about two months, so we haven’t been here long.

My work space is in a loft. How exciting that our home has a loft. I love it.

Welcome To My Workspace!

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I love books. That might be easy to see. As well as my office cat! His name is Loki! 😛

When I was little I loved watching “The Beauty & the Beast.” I was enamored by the beast’s library. Someday I’d really love to have a wall of books since I probably can’t have his exact library. I am happy about what I currently have.

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Besides all the books, this is also the print zone and where I keep a lot of my art supplies.

Now For The Writer’s Desk

A writer’s desk is quite important. This is the desk I’ve had since middle school. A lot of big thinking has been done there.

“Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
“No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the answer?”
“I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter” – Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland

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This is my sitting writing desk. I’m currently looking at getting a standing desk as well, but I haven’t gotten that yet. When I have a standing desk, that’ll go into the guest room, which is actually where I have all my Mary Kay business stuff.

Isn’t this artwork amazing?

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I’m really looking forward to reading in this chair in our guest room. It looks quit inviting doesn’t it?

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I love my place.

I absolutely love the fact that this is my best working space. It’s not sitting 24/7.

What You Can Learn About Marketing From Vegas (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly)

 Marketing is very important. Don’t mess it up!

I was just recently in Vegas. I looked out the hotel window of Ceasar’s Palace. All the neon lights lit up the night sky. The Bellagio fountains went off in sync to a song and hundreds of people walked the Vegas strip. It got me thinking about marketing.

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What could make a bunch of people come from all over to a small oasis in the middle of a desert.

The big M word.

Yep, MARKETING.

Have you ever felt like your brand is a small oasis in the middle of a desert, just waiting to be found? If so, read on. You will find out some of the good, the bad, and the ugly of Vegas Marketing.  Continue reading “What You Can Learn About Marketing From Vegas (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly)”

5 Secrets to Planning A Rocking Blog Schedule

 Do you have a blog schedule?

A blog schedule is also known as an editorial calendar, that allows you to keep track of when you are going to publish posts.

IMG_7900 Lately, I’ve been asked a lot about how I get content up so consistently, so I thought I’d write a post for you on how I plan my blog schedule. I’ve also included a FREE Blog Schedule Printable. It’s a Monthly Blog Planner, which is actually the same one I use.

Have you ever been swamped for time and missed your blogging schedule deadlines? How about writing the blog post the night before you scheduled it on your planner? Or even the day you wanted it to publish? If so, you are in the right place and I want to share with you my 5 secrets to planning a rocking blog schedule.

Continue reading “5 Secrets to Planning A Rocking Blog Schedule”

Pinterest Party | Adding a Pin It Button Over The Images on Your Blog

I’ve been trying to learn more about the other social media options rather than just sitting on Facebook, because who is with me – Facebook has gotten strange. And has anyone else noticed how depressing and negative it has been on there lately?

I read something the other day over at Ksenia’s blog, where she said, “Pick one marketing channel and stick with it.” I’ve also heard a few other writers mention that they only stick to 2 or 3 social media sites.

My Social Media Picks:

  1. Twitter
  2. Google +
  3. Pinterest
  4. Instagram (this one is more of a fun add on for me.)

Today I was brainstorming on ways to make these social media sites drive traffic to my blog.

I decided to make my blog a bit more Pinterest friendly. 🙂 So, I decided to make it easier for people to pin my posts by adding a ‘Pin It’ button to the corners of my photos. It was a bit confusing at first, but finally I figured it out, and MAN – was I happy when I finally got my ‘Pin It’ image to show up in the corner of my photos. haha… And now I’d like to show you How To Add a Pin It Button Over The Images on Your Blog! Continue reading “Pinterest Party | Adding a Pin It Button Over The Images on Your Blog”

Why I blog…

 

1474563_10100147957081260_1407930040_nHello everyone, I am back from D.C. and New York. It was an amazing trip with Johan. We had a beautiful time there.

Why I Blog

When I originally started blogging, which was back in high school and through till college – I did it as an online journal of sorts.

It wasn’t until after I got back from Australia in 2011 when I started doing more writing tutorials on my blog.

SONY DSCIt’s then, that I started doing guest posts and writing about my travels.

This year, I started this website for the main purpose of sharing my writing, while also helping people. Whether that be in their daily lives, health related things, writing, relationships, and also traveling.

My audience is made up of both men and women. They are mostly writers, readers, travelers, and lover’s of life.

I want to continue spreading joy and helping people along on the pathway of their lives. Continue reading “Why I blog…”

Welcome To My Blog Video!

Do you have a blog video intro? Hope you enjoy mine

Today was a busy day, just like the rest of the week.

I got tons done.

Here is a post on making your own blog video intro. 

UPDATE as of 4/19/15: 

One thing I’ve learned since doing this video is that it’s important to keep eye contact. It can be hard with the videoing programs out there, but you will get the hang of looking into the camera. One thing I’ve found helpful is to invest in some crafty googly eyes. Put them near the camera. It will remind you to looking into your “audience’s eyes”.

Also, if you could – hop on over to Youtube and follow me there too.