I'm by far my truest self when I write.

While my world is forever changing, my writing is the one thing that remains consistent.

Even though it can seem difficult to keep up with the constant change in the world of content creation, it actually keeps me even more excited and engaged about my writing, because there's always something new to learn.

When I'm looking to get my creativity flowing, I read. everything. in. sight! From newspaper articles, to true crime and mystery novels, to articles about the latest Google algorithm updates, whether it's content related or not, it never hurts to learn something new.

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These 6 blogs and podcasts are some of my favorite sources of inspiration right now.

Let me know if you've read or listened to any of these before, and let me know some of your favorites, I'm always looking for new recs.!

Getaway

Getaway has built their business around showing people the benefits of getting off the grid. The healing power of turning off your cell phone, leaving your laptop and other digital devices at home, and truly returning to nature, can't be understated.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our digital life that we forget there's so much to experience in person.

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Their blog and podcast feature busy influencers and business owners, and explain how they were able to step away from technology and how it helped their creativity and their overall mental health.

New York Times: The Edit

This is an email newsletter specifically geared toward high school and college students. Something unique about this newsletter too is that the contributors aren't just writing about topics relevant to millennials, they're living it.

We see the world -- whether it be in current events, arts and culture, politics, or issues that directly effect college campuses like diversity and inclusion and the Me Too movement -- through our own lens. We're a generation of unique experiences and perspectives, it's only fitting that we should have the chance to tell that story.

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Aquent

This blog was my number one resource in the job search, and it's still useful to me as I navigate the workplace at the entry level.

Since Aquent is a website that recruits freelancers for creative careers, their content follows that theme as well. I've gathered tips on interview etiquette, do's and don'ts in the professional world, and issues that specifically effect the creative community like whether you should freelance full-time, how to deal with ethical conflicts as an independent worker, and how to negotiate your hourly rate.

Freelancers, content creators and girl bosses everywhere will find these articles to be helpful.

*The Muse is another great resource that produces similar content about the creative job search!

Wix

This blog is more about the nuts and bolts of a creative career;

Wix covers stress management tips for professional writers, advice on transitioning from traditional writing careers to copywriting for consumers, to promoting your personal brand through Search Engine Optimization.

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They also have separate blogs for different career goals and interests, including photography, design, and data science!

Check it out if you're curious and let me know which is your favorite!

Podcasts that inspire me:

I think it's safe to say that podcasting is having a moment right now, as well as short-form video platforms like IGTV and Instagram stories!

If there's anything I've learned from content creation it's that my best work happens when I step out of my comfort zone! When creators are challenged to tell their story in a different way, it reaches a whole new audience and makes their message that much stronger.

Gals on the Go

Hosted by influencers Danielle Carolan and Brooke Miccio, Gals on the Go pretty much has it all. It covers fashion and lifestyle, self-care, dating in college, the ins-and-outs of being a content creator, and more. Fans of their YouTube channels will obviously love it, but I'd also recommend it to people that haven't seen their videos! They're super motivating and always encourage me to stay positive and remain driven in my own career.

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*Hannah Ashton podcast is another favorite of mine. Whereas gals on the go is primarily focused around different lifestyle themes, Hannah Ashton interviews other influencers, young entrepreneurs and college students, giving them the platform to be able to discuss their projects, as well as some of the challenges of being a content creator in college.

The Influencer Podcast, Hosted by Julie Solomon

This podcast really focuses on building your personal brand, which can be useful for many different types of careers!

Julie mentors on presenting yourself and your content in a confident and efficient way, how to pitch brands for potential sponsorships, and how to work up to the goal of being your own boss; she's similar to Hannah Ashton in that she interviews CEOs and founders, as they tell the story of how they turned their vision into action and their action into a dream career.

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It also never fails to remind me that it's never too late to pitch an idea to your dream brand or even change directions completely, in pursuit of your dream career; always remember, "All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them".

Until Next Time,

Natasha