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2018 Plans

by Josh Johnson

 Saying that 2017 was a struggle would be the biggest understatement to ever leave my lips, but what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Right? After the way 2018 is already shaping up I’d have to say, more than ever, that I’m now a firm believer in that phrase. I lost sight of a lot of things over the course of 2017 and in doing so let myself get off track. Not just in work, but in my personal life as well. I was trying to do it all and failing miserably at it all. Sound familiar? I’m sure it does. I think it’s a trip that most self-employed folks fall into at one point or another as they feel their way through life. But if there’s one thing I learned last year it’s that I can’t do it all, and that it’s more than ok to ask for help. Which is why I’m excited to be partnering with QuickBooks Self-Employed and Turbo Tax Self-Employed for a three part sponsored series on the struggles self-employed folks can face along the way. First up? My plans for 2018. I’ve never been one for resolutions, but I’ve always been one for setting…

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whole30 chicken curry with cauliflower rice

Whole30 Chicken Curry

 Howdy all! Hope 2018 is off to a great start for each and every one of you. Last night on Instagram I got a little deep and shared a confession or two with everyone on there. Namely, that I’ve felt very, very insecure about how I’ve looked for roughly the last year. I’ve touched on my past relationship here and there, but have never really delved super deep into it as I’ve not been ready to do so. Still not 100% there, but I can say for certain that being with someone who constantly tells you how fat and ugly you are does take a toll on you. After awhile you begin to believe what they’re saying, begin to view yourself that way, and then you end up being that way. Never let someone make you second-guess your awesomeness, ever. Because you are fearfully and wonderfully made. It’s taken me almost a year to realize that again, but I’m glad to be standing here today feeling better than I have in years. How’d I manage that you might ask. Well, it started with an adventure some of y’all may already be familiar with: Whole30. It’s not quite a diet, but…

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Bundled Up

Sponsored by Zappos Luxury Currently typing this blog post will semi-frostbitten fingers as the weather these last few weeks has been downright frigid. I never thought I’d be one to say that if it’s this cold, I’d at least like to see snow. But here I am saying just that. My one saving grace in these near-subzero temps though? The latest gear from North Face. They launched Cryos this fall, and it’s their newest line of premium outerwear inspired by the mountains. Meaning that it’s absolutely perfect for these cold weather days! Better yet, the jacket that I picked up from Zappos Luxury is actually a 3-in-1 jacket. So they are helping me stay covered no matter what the weather may throw at us.

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Kitchen Sink Cookies

I’m sharing DAGOBA in my life as part of a sponsored series with Socialstars.Well, you guys. Happy 2018! Excited for all that the year has in store AND to start the year off with Whole30. More on that to come at a later date! Also, be on the lookout for some Whole30 approved recipes as I make my way through the net month! So obviously these cookies were from last month, and what I took to family Christmas this year. Let me tell you – there were a hit! Why? Cause a mix of sweet and savory is always a winner. Therefore these guys are sure to be a new favorite. Of course, after I finish Whole30 that is. So until them for me until then, deal? DAGOBA chocolate bars make for a perfect snack and an even better addition to cookies. Especially their Extra Dark variety, cause when paired with salty bits of pretzels it’s the perfect marriage of sweet and savory. Don’t believe me? Scroll through the rest of these photos, and I’m sure your mouth will be watering. So after that, grab the recipe for yourself and head to your local Target to pick up my new…

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Color of Discovery

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hotel Indigo. The opinions and text are all mine.Seems like just yesterday that I was exploring Baltimore and Alexandria with the Hotel Indigo team, but it’s been a minute! I came from that trip and jumped straight into a million holiday deadlines and found myself with the flu. Or something incredibly close to the flu. Literally wasn’t able to pry myself off the couch for over a week. My energy levels were so slow that I didn’t even open up Instagram. Obviously, that’s a rarity for me. The flu this year is no joke, y’all. So take care of yourselves! But I am excited to finally share a few more photos of the trip! I did a lot of traveling last year, but this trip was hands down one of the best. Why? Because the Hotel Indigo team helped me stay in each new city JUST like a local would. From the best spots to grab coffee in the mornings to the best bars to wind down – they knew where to send me. Not to mention, each property was perfectly located in both cities. Meaning that everything to…

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