Divi Theme Review

Divi Theme Review

There is a WordPress theme that is possibly one of the most popular and customizable of them all. I’ve been blogging for half of my life but it took me until just last year to finally figure out why everyone was all about the Divi Theme.

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What is the Divi Theme?

Divi is a highly customizable theme sold by Elegant Themes. It has this awesome drag and drop feature, and you can download different modules to literally create anything you want. And you don’t need to know how to code CSS, or HTML to use it. In the divi builder you can build whole pages, blogs, etc to look exactly the way you want.

 

Why did I switch to Divi?

Last year I decided to finally take my blogging seriously and upgrade to what the professionals were using: Divi. And it has seriously made a difference. Before, editing my blog was a nightmare because there wasn’t a theme I could find that could do everything that I needed it to. I wish I had kept a screenshot or two of my previous layouts so we could compare the differences and see how much more professional I am today than I was a couple of years ago. Then there’s also the part where I regularly changed my theme because I just could not customize it enough to suit my needs. I would go through five or six in a year! That’s madness!

 

One of the great things about WordPress is how customizable it is, but to make any real layout changes you need a premium theme.

 

When I finally decided to invest, I’m not sure I spent any time looking at other themes. Well, that’s not true. I just knew, that if I was going to get a grown up theme, I wanted to have the grown up theme, you know?

 

Level up with a child theme

 

I learned quickly that while Divi is super customizable, and simple to use – once you understand where all the buttons lead you – it would be easier and worth my time and money to invest in a child theme. Child themes are pre-made layouts that use Divi as a base. Installing them is simple. First, you install Divi, and activate it within WordPress. Then you install the child theme and activate that on top of the Divi. It was painless.

 

And it made my website go from amatuer to legit profesh in just a couple of minutes.

My favorite features of Divi

I don’t know where to start with my favorite features of Divi because it just has so many options. One of the biggest selling points for me though is the Bloom app, which allows you to collect emails. I use this app in several different ways. Like the Shopify Fly – In, the embedded forms in blog posts, and the embedded forms on the home page.

 

It also comes with an app called Monarch which allows visitors to share your posts via social media – kind of like Sumome but it’s included in your bundle from Elegant Themes.

 

One of the Downsides of Divi… potentially

 

Because I’m so in love with Divi it hasn’t occurred to me that I should change it. But I’ve read from other bloggers while I was researching that any page you build with Divi uses short codes. If you try changing it later, those pages won’t convert with the new theme because they were built on Divi and not HTML. So if you switch to Divi it is a full time commitment, but I think it is a worthy one.

 

So How Much Does This Cost?

I think sometimes the sticker shock of Divi can be a the one hold back from making a purchase.  When you make a yearly subscription purchase, you’re not just getting access to Divi. You’re getting access to over 80 different themes. If Divi just isn’t your cup, you can use one of the other’s instead. 

 

A year subscription to Elegant Themes is $89 and includes access to all of their themes and plugins. You can try it out for a year and see if it’s your style. And you should take the full year to make sure you like it, can learn how to use it. It’s like moving to a new city. It takes a while for you to learn all the shortcuts, hidden gems, and best places to get drunk. Another cool thing about the pricing: if you decide to upgrade to the developer package before your year is up, they’ll prorate what you’ve already paid.

 

If you’re ready to commit to the Divi theme, a one time life time purchase of $249 makes more sense. Sure it’s a bigger out of pocket expense, but then you NEVER have to pay it again. You get all the updates for life. It’s actually kind of a steal.

To me, getting the Divi theme meant I leveled up your blog. That allowed me to actually start pulling in money.  And it has paid for itself several times over now.

 

If you want to check out Divi plus all the cool stuff it has, you can find it here.

 

Have you tried Divi? What’s your favorite WordPress theme?

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How to find the right Tailwind Tribes for you

How to find the right Tailwind Tribes for you

How to find the right Tailwind Tribes for You

You might have heard, but Tailwind Tribes has officially launched! This is exciting news because finding the right Tailwind Tribes to join is finally easier than ever!

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If you don’t know what Tailwind Tribes are, let’s take a moment here to explain: Tailwind Tribes are basically little groups of people who share pins so you can reshare them. Which means, you can add your own pins to these Tailwind Tribes, and the people in the tribes will share them to their audience.

 

For you, as a blogger or business owner this means your pins will reach a larger audience.

 

One of the downsides of Tailwind Tribes is that you cannot control who shares your pins and who doesn’t. But if your pins are pretty and the content is interesting and fits within the theme of the other pinners in the tribe, then you getting shares of your pins will be easy!

 

Other benefits of this awesome feature of Tailwind Tribes:

  • Its free for the first five tribes – you don’t need a tailwind subscription! (You do technically need an account, but you don’t have to sign up for a plan unless you’re ready to explode your Pinterest and get all the traffic. But I digress…)
  • Each month you’ll get to share 30 pins, which is pretty reasonable, considering for over 9 months, I shared less than 250 pins.
  • If you already have a Tailwind Tribes account but haven’t logged in recently, your free account comes with 10 tribes and 80 pins a month – which is the same as the Tribes Pro plan and costs 59.98 a year. Congratulations!
  • There are other companies out there who may do similar things but the one thing Tailwind has going for it that those other companies don’t is: Tailwind is an Official Pinterest Partner. By having that seal of approval you know that using this tool isn’t going to get your account banned and/or closed by Pinterest for violating their terms of service. It also means the software you’re using is high quality and that your sensitive information is secure.

This video is from several bloggers who love Tailwind Tribes and can talk about it a little better than I can. Take a look:

 

 

If you’re ready to check Tailwind Tribes out and see how to make it work for your blog or online business, here’s how to start:

 

Visit tailwind tribes

To get started with Tailwind Tribes, first Visit the Tailwind Tribes Page.

 

Use the Find a New Tribe button

You’ll find a search bar and some popular niches like travel, family, marketing and more. You can either search for a tribe in your specific niche, or look at the collections.

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Read rules preview pins

When you click on individual tribes, it’ll give you a preview of the kinds of pins inside, and you’ll also see the rules. They will all be different and it’ll be up to you to follow them.

For my The Millennial Life Tribe, I have kind of a lot of rules. I want it to be fair to everyone, but I also want the content relevant. I really want the Millennial Life to be centered around adulting, money management, traveling, and personal and career development.

So you’ll notice I have a rule against VA’s, Mommy Bloggers, and Food Bloggers. There are plenty of other Tailwind Tribes for those people to join.

Request to join

It’s as easy as clicking the “request to join” button. If there’s an option to give a little message about yourself, whether you’ll follow the rules, etc, I suggest filling it out. For my own tribes, I will choose not to invite anyone who doesn’t state their niche, or if that niche falls into one of my exempt categories.

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Up to 5 tribes on a free account

On a Free account you can join up to 5 tribes if you’re a new member. If you’ve been on Tailwind for a while, you might notice your count is a little higher. My account says I can join 10, but since I’m currently in 14 I would have to leave several in order to join more.

 

If you sign up for a full Tailwind Account which has the pin scheduling and so many awesome cool features, the Free Tailwind Tribes plan comes included with it.

 

I gotta tell you, searching through these tribes is amazing.

This is one of the main features the Tailwind Tribes has been missing and now that it’s live, it’s going to be a total game changer. I remember having such a hard time finding appropriate Tailwind Tribes for my niche and now they’re all available for search. No more struggle trying to find places to put my weary pins!

 

I think it’s better to have specific Tailwind Tribe niches than free for all boards – you’ll have a more likely chance of your pins getting shared if you’re sharing them with a specific niche. And now we can find them. It’s magic, I tell you. Utter magic.

 

Sign up for Tailwind Tribes here

 

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Creative Live Free Live Classes

I love CreativeLive because they are so generous with their free live classes every week. If you’re interested in photography, starting a new business, or learning new skills like painting, languages, or coding, CreativeLive has the right class for you. Plus thousands of other classes, and the best part is that they’re taught by actual leaders in their fields. Names you would recognize. You’ll have to go check it out for yourself.

Free On-Air Classes – Week of 10/1

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Class Name: Become Fluent in Any Language
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You Are A Badass At Making Money Book Review

You Are A Badass At Making Money Book Review

Have you read You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero yet?

 

 

I finally got the book, You are a Badass at Making Money, on Audible the other day and I’ve listened to it THREE TIMES.

 

You guys. Everything I’ve been practicing she says it. You gotta adjust your attitude. Gratitude is the mother of it all. If you share your gratitude, good things will come. Because you’re attune to the universe and the universe responds accordingly. If you’re angry all the time, your life is going to be miserable. If you choose to find goodness, and appreciate even the smallest thing, the universe will respond in kind.

 

She says it a lot more eloquently.

 

Jen also has a lot of interesting stories to share her different experiences with gratitude, negative thoughts, and dealing with fear, anxiety, and overwhelming situations.She tells a story about finding her ideal housing situation. Well, the neighborhood. She managed to find a place in her budget in an area she totally couldn’t afford. I’ve had this happen to me too. And with every word, every chapter, all I could think was,

 

“Yes. When good things happen to me, it’s because I’ve been doing exactly this.”

 

The problem I was left with at the end of the book (probably because it was the audio version and not the book) were the end of chapter lessons. It wasn’t that they were bad lessons; only that I had to stop what I was doing, find a pen, and do it. But of course I was usually commuting or walking the dog during those moments. It wasn’t easy to fit the practice in. I would pause the book and try to remember what she said… this is partially why I’ve listened to it three times. 

 

I needed a journal to go along with this book. Something I could fill out in the morning or evening. Something I carried around with me. I needed something I could print on demand as I needed additional pages.

 

So I made a money mindset empowerment journal, because that’s what I do.

 

Here’s the thing: You Are A Badass At Making Money didn’t actually teach me anything new. It merely reinforced everything I already believed, and practiced. But that’s a good thing. I regularly tell my clients (and my mom) that I have all the answers. You are a Badass at Making Money just proved it to me. 

 

But lately, my practice has faltered. Sometimes life gets in the way, or you let it. When I don’t maintain my practice, I can immediately see and feel the difference. So after listening to You Are a Badass At Making Money, I knew I needed to figure out a way to be more consistent about my gratitude practice. I needed to hear all of this again. And again. And again.

 

I’ve made a twenty 21 day gratitude journal before and it is effective. But it is more general towards just practicing gratitude, not refocusing your money mindset. Plus, when you’re making a lifestyle change, 21 days isn’t enough. (if you’d like to try though, it’s in the Millennial Life Skills Vault and its FREE!)

 

As a Millennial Life Skills Coach, it’s my duty to have an actively engaged and empowered money mindset. If I can’t do it for myself, how can I possibly get my clients to that same space?

 

If you know the magic that happens when you flex your gratitude and faith muscles and make life happen, instead of waiting for life to happen, nothing in this book is going to take away from your understanding. But it will reinforce what you’ve been doing and I gotta tell you; that feels nice.

 

If you haven’t yet experienced the magic of truly practicing gratitude, read this book. This book, You are a Badass at Making Money, and her first one, You Are A Badass. It will probably rock your world.

This blog post, and Jen Sincero’s book is the universe reaching out to you, letting you know there is another way. If you’re reading this, then you’re ready to answer that call.

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Tips for changing your money mindset so you can be a badass at making money

 

Watch your mouth

 

The words you think and the words you say have a direct correlation to how you feel. And they encourage or discourage likewise events from unfolding. If you’re only complaining about how much you hate your job, your job is totally going to suck.

 

On the flip side, if you hate your job, but you find 3 things to be grateful for anyway, your mindset will shift and it won’t be so tedious. The work will be the same, but you will have changed.

 

Believe in your worth

 

You are worth more than the sum of your parts. You are more than one chapter in the history of your narrative. Wanting for things to change is not equal to believing things are changing. If we’re going to wait around for things to change (like Aaron Burr – and see how that turned out?) two things will absolutely happen: 1) We won’t know how to handle the situation (like Burr) or 2) We don’t recognize the opportunity when it finally arrives.

 

Pay it Forward

 

What can you do right now? When my mind is starting to crowd with all the things that need doing, I check myself and think: What are three things I’m grateful for right now?

 

Whenever possible, I make sure the people around me know that I appreciate them because of their work, their honesty, their commitment, etc. And I never keep my gratitude to myself if I can share it outloud.

 

What can you do next?

 

If you want to be a badass at making money, buy her book. It’s great. Can’t recommend it enough.

 

Click here to learn more about the Money Mindset Empowerment Journal. It was originally created for myself, but when I noticed how much it really helped to have my thoughts written down, I knew I needed to share it. It comes with over twenty pages of affirmations, journal entries, lists, and more.

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How do you practice Gratitude? What is your favorite affirmation? Are you a badass at making money?

 

 

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How to build your email list using this surprising tool

How to build your email list using this surprising tool

This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase through them, I may earn a small commission at not cost to you. In fact, if you use the links, you are directly supporting the creation of awesome content for the future. So thanks!

Raise your hand if you’ve lost hours taking quizzes on Buzzfeed.

 

Yeah, me too. They’re great. They have all those fun pictures, the questions are interesting, and sometimes they even get things right. And Buzzfeed has literally thousands of them. They have a community of fans who create the quizzes for them.

 

Quizzes are a great tool to use for your blog or business because it encourages visitors to stay longer. It creates trust, and interest. Plus, they tend to share the results with their friends. Their friends in turn go take the quiz and share their results as well.

 

Check out my quizzes here:

 

What type of blogger are you

 

When will you get married

 

What is your fashion style

 

What kind of store should you start as a side hustle

 

If you’ve ever thought of making your own, using Interact is the best way to go. With Interact, you can use over one hundred different templates, or create your own quiz. These quizzes can have as many or few questions as you want, and at the end, you can request an email address in order for them to view the results.

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How to get started with Interact Quizzes

 

First, sign up for your free trial here

 

Then, you can either choose from over 100 templates, or create a quiz of your own.

 

For the purposes of this tutorial, let’s create one of your own.

 

Step one: Create new quiz

When you create a new quiz, you’ll be given three different options: Personality, list/survey, or scored. For the purposes of this tutorial, we’re going with the Personality assessment. Then when you’re ready,  pick a title for your quiz.

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Step two: Choose results

It might seem counter intuitive to start at the end, but it makes sense I promise. Choose 2-5 different outcomes.

Step three: create questions

Ask any type you like, but keep it semi relevant to your topic.

Step four: connect questions with results

Easy as clicking on a few buttons.

Step five: connect to email list

Interact integrates with so many different companies, some of them I didn’t even know they existed. Even better, if it doesn’t connect with your mail provider, it does connect with Zapier so just zap it over!

Step six: publish to blog

You just hit share and embed and it’ll ask you to publish the quiz. Then copy and paste the code into your blog, or download the Interact WordPress Plugin and use the short code to install it that way.

Voila!

 

Pro tips for making your Interact Quizzes:

 

You can choose to not require email addresses, but I’ve noticed people won’t fill that out if you give them the option. Instead, make sure you require it or not capture the email at all. But if you do require their email (which is what this tutorial all about!) make sure you really let them know what they’ll get in return for their email.

 

With “What Type of Shopify Store should you start as a side hustle?”, they’re not just finding out what kind of store to start, they’re getting a file that gives them all the steps laid out for them to get started. Doing this encourages trust – I’m not trying to hustle them, but give them useful, actionable information.

 

If you choose not to collect email addresses at all, that’s okay too, but you should have a call to action – buy this, sign up for that, etc. I’ll let you decide.

 

Sign up here to Try Interact for FREE

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What Kind of Store Should You Open on Shopify as a Side Hustle?

What Kind of Store Should You Open on Shopify as a Side Hustle?

Quiz: Why kind of store should you open as a side hustle?

Side hustles seem to be the only way to make additional funds. Face it, as millennials, we’ve been given the short stick for economic growth. We’ve been told to stop eating avocado toast so we can afford homes at skyrocketing prices, never mind the outrageous interest being earned on degrees that barely allow for entry level jobs. The fact is, we need more money.

 

I’ve written a lot about side hustles, and have interviewed a variety of people with different ways of earning money, and have come across my favorite way to make an additional income.

 

Shopify.

 

Shopify is an ecommerce platform that allows you to start your own online store. With reasonable monthly fees (no contracts required) and tons of support from forums, blog posts, and other resources, Shopify has helped over 500,000 stores make over 40 Billion dollars and create that additional income we all desperately need.

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If you think the market is too saturated, think again. As long as we’re making money, there will be a need to spend it on things we want, love, can’t afford, and can’t find anywhere else. Every month, dozens of new ideas come out, just waiting for people like you to build a community and store around.

 

Shopify integrates with dozens of other places like Amazon, Wish, Pinterest, Wanelo, so you can expand your sales reach.

You can sell pretty much anything, but if you’re not sure what to sell or where to start, take the quiz below. You’ll find out the best type of store for you to start on Shopify, plus a swipe file of all the steps you need to set it up to make your first sale.

Take the quiz! At the end when you enter your email address, you’ll get access to a swipe file that will show you all the steps you need to take to set up your very own store.

From picking a domain, apps, and finding or creating things to sell, this swipe file will guide you through your set up! Plus get a Business Plan and access to a free video course to get your first sale using Facebook Ads.

TAKE THE QUIZ!

 

 

Sign up for Shopify’s 14 day Free Trial here!

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Get Started on Shopify with a Video Course that teaches you how to make your first sale using Facebook Ads

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If you're ready to start your ecommerce side hustle, you need thisten day e-course challenge that will give you the exact steps to take to make your first sales on your Shopify store. I'm so excited I'm able to offer you the same videos I used to start my own wildly successful store. Plus, you'll get a business plan to help you organize your process. 

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