man working from home

2018 Plans

 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…

Read more
keh camera store, online camera store, where to trade in camera, the kentucky gent, top lifestyle blog

Gear Upgrade

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by KEH and contains affiliate links, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Well, my first ever DSLR served me VERY well for several years. In fact, it would’ve kept serving me for many to come, but there comes a time in everyone’s career when it’s time for an upgrade. Which is why I’m very excited to team up with KEH Camera today to walk through their trade-in process. They make the process of trading in and upgrading your photography gear SO simple and easy. The whole process takes no more than 5 minutes to complete, and by the end of it you have a shipping label to send your old gear in with. They literally couldn’t make the process any more simple. Ready to take your photos to the next level? Then let’s jump in! Head to KEH.com. Navigate to the “Sell Gear” tab. Enter the name or Model # of your old gear. Click “Sell to KEH”. Enter in your info. Print off your packing and shipping labels. Then the sell process is complete! Once all of that’s done you can either schedule a Fedex pickup or drop it off at…

Read more
touch of modern, home office accessories, modern tech accessories, top lifestyle blog, the kentucky gent

Rocketbook Wave

Happy Monday, y’all! I’m almost completely moved into the new place, minus a few boxes in the bedroom. HOORAH. I hate moving. It is the worst. I will never, ever move without movers again. And now I’m mostly ready to tackle the week ahead. Making up for lost time as I go. Why? Because on top of having my camera stolen a few weeks back, my computer bit the dust a few days ago. Meaning that I had to take a few days off work while she was in the shop for repairs. At least it gave me a chance to finish unpacking? Even though it means I’m even more behind than I was before. AND to top it off, I’m more than likely going to NYC in less than a week. No rest for the wicked, right? In other words, my hands are gonna be full the next couple of days.  My only saving grace? The Rocketbook Wave that I picked up from Touch of Modern last week. It’s seriously the best of both worlds. Old school note taking/to-do list meets tech integration. Which is perfect for me. Because as much as I love writing out my to-do lists…

Read more
instagram shadow ban, the kentucky gent, lifestyle blog, instagram tips, help with instagram

About the Instagram Shadow Ban

If you work in the same industry as myself I’m almost positive you’re aware of the Instagram Shadow Ban. But just in case, let me summarize; several accounts began to notice their posts not showing up under the hashtags they tagged their photos with. If you’re not familiar with how Instagram works, that may not seem like a big deal, but it is. For folks like myself hashtags are how we market our photos and hopefully reach new audiences. So having them not show up is a pretty big deal.  I had heard about it for weeks through various Facebook groups that I’m in and ignored it for the most part. Why? Because there seems to be a new Instagram rumor every week or two. And I didn’t put much stock in this one. That is until I saw a sharp drop in engagement. Then I realized something may be up. Time to do some digging. A tool is now available that checks accounts for the “ban” and sure enough I’m on there. The weird thing though? I was showing up for a few hashtags but not all of them.  It took me a minute to figure out, but the only hashtags showing…

Read more
onvocal, onvocal OV, intelligent headphones, work from home help, work from home productivity hacks

Work from Home
Productivity Hacks

I’m flying through my second year of blogging full-time here at The Kentucky Gent, and while working from home is great. It definitely has its disadvantages. Like general lack of an actual schedule. The ability to work from bed in your pajamas. Or never hitting the “off” switch. I’m guilty of all the above and then some, but hey – who’s counting?  Lately I’ve been implementing some new practices that have made my work from home life SO much easier. And today I’m sharing those work from home productivity hacks with y’all! One thing they never tell you about being your own boss is that there’s always something to do. So much so that it gets overwhelming quickly. These 5 easily actionable hacks have cut down on my stress level by at least half. Because I’ve learned that I can’t do it all, at least at the same time.   Make To-Do Lists When I finally decided to bite the bullet, swallow my pride, and begin creating daily to-do lists I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I start the week off with a broad list of everything I need to tackle. Leaving room for the inevitable things that’ll pop up. Then compile…

Read more