Instagram accounts I love!

The Penguin Press @penguinpress

For chic views of beautiful book covers in scenic destination and discovering your next literary reads.

Instagram media by thepenguinpress - "You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life." -Mary Oliver, Upstream

Lex/Mr. Gumbatron @mrgumbatron

The ultimate in men’s fashion and sophistication.

Instagram media by mrgumbatron - Keeping warm this winter. Coffee for handwarmers. #casual #ootd  Jumper: @vanishingelephant Shirt: @vanishingelephant Chinos: @vanishingelephant Shoes: @nike  Briefcase: @Stuartandlau from @mancaveldn Sunglasses: @oblyksunglasses . 📷: @joanna.lili    Instagram media by mrgumbatron - I have my coffee dark on fridays

Instagram media by mrgumbatron - When you can't wear suits. Bring your best smart casual look . Ok lets give this a go. .  #Ootd . Shirt: @saibunoakuma Tie: @canali1934 Belt: @sabastyle Trousers: @countryroad  Sneakers: @commonprojects  Briefcase: @stuartandlau from @mancaveldn   Instagram media by mrgumbatron - Mr. Gumbatron is proud to be a brand ambassador of @lavazzaaus the official coffee partner of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) 2016. @vamff . More info (link in bio) #lavazzaaus . #dresslikeagumbatron

Joanna @joannaulfsdotter

A greyish aesthetic of art, flowers, architecture and travel.

Instagram media by joannaulfsdotter - Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ♧

Her photography is for purchase here.

Ezgi Polat @ezgipolat

The most beautiful paring of cats found on instagram. Plus images of interiors, models and neatly placed dinner and tableware.

Instagram media by ezgipolat - reading lesson with Neel @neelandcliff 💙                   Instagram media by ezgipolat - Earlier today with my dear Cliff. He is still so smart and reads a lot 🙈 I'm going to be in Zurich on Sunday with some spare time, so if anyone wants to enjoy the day with me just hit me up!

Blessed is She @blessedisshe_

Pretty, chic and inspirational quotes for Catholic women.

Instagram media by blessedisshe__ - The kingdom of God is within you. Reanimate your faith often when you study, work, or eat; when you retire to rest, or rise in the morning. Make some loving aspirations to God, such as: "O Infinite Goodness!" or other prayer, and let your soul be penetrated by these pious sentiments as by a precious balm. This great God is nearer to you, so to speak, than you are to yourself. // St Paul of the Cross __ #projectblessed #BISsisterhood __ photo by @corynneolivia

Instagram media by blessedisshe__ - For most of us, healing doesn't happen in an instant. Just like our physical bodies need time to recover from illness or injury, our spiritual and emotional wounds also take time. If healing did happen with the snap of our fingers, perhaps our hearts wouldn't be prompted to return to the Father when we need to most. Rather than despairing over our wounds, let us turn our faces to Him, and trust that healing is happening even when we can't see it. __ Read today's #BISdailydevotion written by Karen Schultz on the site. __ photo by @averieclaire


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Taking a moment to shine a light on Indonesia in the face of the recent tragic events in Jakarta. I went a couple months back in October-November 2015.

Secrets revealed: These particular photos were creating using this camera then uploaded on instagram with the Clarendon filter.

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Ignore em’, trash em’. Rolling with Rowling…

“You’ll never make money writing children’s book,” said an Authors agent. Then you’re faced with 12 rejections of your manuscript. What now? What next?

Why bother?

What now? Hand your book proposal to another Publisher. What next? Get your book published. Why bother? Because you have worked hard to craft and polish your children’s book manuscript, you feel compelled to get the story published, and why not just go for it? Hmmm 12 publisher rejections is a lot. Maybe you won’t make any money with this book, maybe the children’s genre is not a safe bet?

It’ll never succeed, this was all a wasted effort. I’ll stop. That’s it, enough is enough. Maybe the agent and publishers are right. My book is pointless, it won’t sell.

What if J.K Rowling had ended her thought trail on the above sentiments? 12 manuscript rejections, the utterance of children’s book not making money by her own literary agent. This all happened to the author of the multi-million selling Harry Potter books. What if she never got past no, never got past the disbelief, past the disappointments? She’d be just like the rest of us. Nothing wrong with that. But think of all that she would have missed out on: the film and franchise of her beloved Harry and becoming the World’s 1st Billionaire Author! She still is like the rest of us: enjoying family, taking the bus with the same insecurities and same desire for happiness in life.

So sometimes we have to ignore the critics say eff-U to those lacking faith in your genuine brilliance and trash the insecurities to do what you were born to do, even if it just means getting it outta your system and completing a goal.

Sometimes so called experts o the highly experienced are wrong. Sometimes you have to get their opposing views outta your head because they are just plain wrong and they are more than opposing you they are oppressing you. True leadership and brilliance is rare and sometimes a Ph.D is meaningless other times not. It’s a constant weighing up and making black and white what we do and what we hear.

First analyse and rigorously dissect the good, bad and ugly of your work or goals. If it is truly good enough go for it. Focus on it:

Follow

One

Course

Until

Successful

And then you meet the gatekeepers they say no. Plough through or find another passageway to get into. The CEO, the project manager or the publisher says no. Is it true what they are saying? Sometimes it might not be. You cannot disregard specialist’s. But other times you may have to. That’s the hard part, having to efficiently identify that distinction. Sadly all the titles, qualificatiosn and experience can be futile, and their opinion is simply an abyss into Hell if you follow their ‘advice’.

Ignore them and you may be taking the Stairway to Heaven or Highway to Hell. That’s a distinction to figure out later when you hit the Big Time!

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The Ten Commandments of Blogging:

ArtsyJolieGirl.com is a Year old and to celebrate I am sharing my Top 10 Commandments of the Blogosphere!

1) “Thou art the creator and source of thou blog post ideas, photo’s and quotes.” If you are not ensure to add the web-link/credit of the source of a photo you’re using, reference the quote you’re copying and do your best to add an original twist to your blog posts.

2) “Thou shalt not maketh your blog a copycat of what is out there in the blogosphere.” Continue to cultivate your writer’s voice whilst challenging yourself to write and present ideas in a compelling and unique angle.

3) “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

4) “Remember the blogger’s Sabbath day, or week or month.” It is good to take time out of blogging once you have a consistent, daily stream of readers (regardless of amount). Take for example the time I took June 2015 away from blogging. I left a static blog post highlighting my one month sabbatical and directed folks to The Artsy Jolie Girl Official Facebook Page. Upon my return in July 2015 my daily readership increased despite going M.I.A. Remember a consistent readership must first be cultivated before you attempt this. The way to create that is by following these commandments and keeping a consistent blogging schedule even if it is only once a week you upload a new post. One blog post a week is 52 articles in a year! That is a great amount of digital footprint already!

5) “Honour thy blogging intentions and desires don’t succumb to changing thy tone or topics to what is popular or currently trending.” Stay true to your passions! Unless you specifically blog about a topic bound by current affairs such as economics or a politics etc.

6) “Thou shalt create compelling content.” From adding a photo to creating a catchy title never forget how essential these basics are to driving traffic to your blog.

7) “Thou shalt include large and high quality photos and or videos onto thy blog.”

8) “Thou shalt develop a social media presence to attract more readers to your blog.” Choose a social media platform you feel most comfortable with e.g. Facebook, instagram or tumblr. Where possible list your website address, create a relevant hashtag for followers to engage with or share old blog posts on the social media site of your choice.

9) “Thou shalt not tell lies or distort facts on their blog.” Likewise don’t believe everything you read online. People of the digital world are not always who they portray themselves to be. Enjoy making connections online but exercise caution too!

10) “Thou shalt not covet other bloggers or other social media users who have fancier web design or more followers etc.” Just focus on developing the best blog content you can and don’t shy away from chances to learn more to help you master media. Here are some great videos I have used to learn more about the digital side of writing and promoting: