Stacie's Place

Bringing all my blogs together today!

Just wanted to say Hello! to anyone new who might be reading my blog since snagging my card at Build Your Blog conference over this past weekend. I got home Saturday evening and my head was spinning with all the awesome things I learned, people I met and fun experiences. I cant wait to write out everything in the next day or two.

In the meantime, I have a big'ish project due for one of my classes on Saturday but I want to turn it in earlier since I may be going down to southern UT this weekend - all depending on the weather. Not sure what happened to the early spring Utah was getting but winter seems to be back. It may look nice outside but it's a trick because it is icy cold! Every time I look at the weather for Kanab, its a mix of snow and rain. Bad bad bad. Hot air balloons can't go up in that kind of weather! Hoping and praying for a miracle. I have wanderlust so much right now.

What's new with you? Let me know and link me to your blog too so I can come say Hi!

Many of you reading this are most likely aware that after my job at WGU ended in early November, I've been looking for a job and working with temp agencies. I've had interviews here and there but nothing happened from them. Until last Friday I got a call asking me if I was still looking for a job and would I like to come in for an interview on Monday. Stupidly I said I could, forgetting that Monday was a holiday. Oops. I had badly wanted to go to Capitol Reef National Park to see a friend, hike and do fun things but I was unable to find anyone who could come with so I decided not to change the interview and just stick around town for weekend. 


I went in at 10am for the interview...well I got a little lost but luckily was only delayed by a few minutes.  I started filling out paperwork and by the time everything was said and done , about an hour and a half later! they were offering me the job. I was stunned because I never had anyone offer me a job so quickly before, at least, not that I can recall. I was granted some time to think it over before I made a decision. I had another job that I was waiting for a 2nd interview for but after contacting them, the interview wasn't able to happen yet. I had another interview set up but I ended up calling to cancel when i realized and confired that it was only going to be a part time job. I didn't want to settle but I didn't want to keep waiting to start a job again either. I ended up emailing and letting them know I would accept their offer and come work for them. Hardest email I've ever had to send! It felt so good to know the job hunt was over but scary too because I don't want to let anyone down. 

So! I start Wednesday morning and I was luckily able to get Friday off for Build a Your Blog conference and L2E (college conference). Hallelujah. 

I think it will be challenging to go back to working full time after being off work for so long. I know the next few days will most likely be exhausting but hopefully not too terrible. More in the sense that instead of waking up at 8 or 830 , I have to get used to waking up at more like 7. Eesh. I've never been a good morning person but what can you do?! 

The job details are that I will be doing office work and data entry for a Utah based company that sells home decor. They have a few locations in Utah, a couple in California and one in Boise. Fingers crossed I catch on quickly to all I'm taught and that I fit in with everyone. There is one lady in the office that seems in charge, one girl hired a couple weeks ago and then me. There is a guy who does payroll and HR then the people who work in the warehouse.  I think one of the owners comes in somewhat often and the other one works out of LA. 

And of course, after I send the email accepting the job, I get calls and emails from at least 8 companies today asking if they can interview me. No joke. Ok...one was a focus group I had signed up for but still. Omgosh. Where has everyone been these last few months! Serously. 

Hoping I won't be too terribly nervous on my first day and that the time goes fast. I think I'll be ok but any extra prayers or good vibes you can send my way would be appreciated! 

Last Wednesday I got to go to Dev Mountain in Provo to hear YouTuber Stuart Edge speak. If you have not heard of him, definitely go check out his channel. He is pretty funny!

He spoke about "How To Be Funny & Make Money" which caught my attention although I did not know that was the topic before I went. What drew me in was who he is (I have seen him before and watched some of his videos) and there was free food afterwards. Spoiler alert - it turned out to be just cookies. All I wanted was real food! However, Sodalicious has fantastic cookies, esp their sugar cookies. 

Alright! Here are my notes, enjoy.


Figure out what you do. Figure out who you are. 
Don't paint yourself in a corner 
We paint ourselves as something. Facebooker. YouTuber. Don't paint yourself in a corner. 
What/who does the real world say I am? Give yourself more room to grow. Vlogger? Ok a 
reality tv show. How are my ratings. How can I grow? Expand your brand. 
 
Figure out how we can make money 
Watch That Thing You Do movie 
With what you love to do, do you want to do that the rest of your life? 
Try and make money thru paid jobs. 
Comedian? Do commercials or shows. Pay based on talent. 
Sponsors - Plaid Social - Ricky Butler
 
People / sponsors who like YOU not your following 
 
Merchandise. Music. Video footage. Tshirts. Wristbands. 
 
Last: Ad revenue - avoid making money just on this. It can hinder creativity. 
 
Don't apologize! For making money. 
For putting an ad up. It's a turnoff. When big companies see that, they see you are not 
confident. 
 
FOLLOW TRENDS. Trends are good. Hashtags. Harlem Shake. Ice bucket challenge. Trends are 
amazing. That's how you build a brand. That's what the normal person is watching. Is a way 
to show you know what you are doing. You know the current events going on. It's ok! 
 
BUT STILL BE ORIGINAL
Follow trends? But be original. You are creating your brand. It pays off. 
Make money off your talent and who you are. 
 
Creator studio on YouTube. Free music. Ad supported music. YouTube has music you can use. 
  
Agency Zephyr. Brock. Good brand deals for creators. 
Maker studios. 
If you are focused on ad revenue it's going to be hard to work with networks 
 
"Consistent content is a consistent audience." - Devin Graham
 
Stuart is talking about blogs! Blogs picking up his videos and sharing them 
 
The power of something stupid! Book by Richie Norton 
 
Just go out and do your crazy idea. Don't worry about what others think.  The brain is powerful. 
 
So...hope you liked all that and learned from it. I know I did!  I hung out a bit afterwards but got super shy and didnt talk to anyone so I just ate my cookie and people-watched for a bit before heading home. I feel like it was worth the 40 min drive there and back. Plus it was cool to hear Stuart speak in person and give personal experience and share some of his videos which I hadnt seen yet.

I've been upping my blogging lately and working on redoing what I do, as in, I have too many blogs and I am trying to think of what I can do to get rid of 1 or maybe 2 of them. In the meantime, while I figure that out, you may have noticed that Stacie's Place is now a .com! So excited to finally just DO that. I think it looks great and will be easier to tell people as well.

Check out the Valentine's Pinterest Party I hosted last week

I also took a quick trip to Idaho over the weekend with my sister and her boys

Tony & I got to go to Midway to see the ice castles for our first time ever.


 I blogged about some moving tips for moms (or anyone!)

and

have you heard of the Great Inflatable Race?

What fun things have you been up to lately? Link me in a comment below and I will come check it out or comment back!

About this blog

I have quite a few blogs and I just feel like I need to tie them all into one place so this is where I decided that is going to happen. I'll still be blogging on my other blogs but I will link all my posts to this blog so you can easily find them. We'll see how it goes!





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