September 2019 Astrology forecast + Productivity Analysis

Hey guys! So today I thought I would set the September mood now that we are past week 1 with the monthly astrology forecast, and productivity tips to use to battle the vibes of September. This is something new I’m doing and I thought it would be interesting for you guys too. My Astrology and Productivity post was one of the most popular posts by far and so I thought I’d continue the trend.

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THIS ASTROLOGY FORECAST IS FROM Cafeastrology.com

So I can better give you guys tips I’ve cut it into different sections. Everything bolded is from cafe astrology.

“  The New Moon near the end of August in the sign of Virgo continues to affect us in September, setting the tone. We’re also beginning the month with the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars all in the sign of Virgo! The New Moon promised us opportunities to take charge of our lives through organizing, editing, and refining work as well as better attention to health. This is a fertile and productive time. This is a brilliant time for gently freeing ourselves from limiting circumstances and finding more joy through our daily routines, work, or pursuit of health. With a full line-up of inner planets in Virgo, they’re all harmonizing with Saturn and Pluto and clashing with Jupiter and Neptune this month. We’re likely to enjoy multiple opportunities to get our lives together while battling expectations. “

So for the first half of the month we are being set up for success. This is an amazing time to set up daily routines, get a schedule going, bust out that planner you’ve been ignoring since March - ehem…..

It’s all about getting organized and getting yourself on track again after the craziness of the year. One bit of advice I’ll offer based on the forecast is that we should keep our expectations relatively realistic instead of expecting so much from ourselves. I know it can be hard with so much on our plates, but it is also super important to not overwhelm ourselves.

The key to balance lies in identifying and expressing our spiritual needs while maintaining order in our everyday lives. Saturn turns direct on the 18th, and is a strong reminder to take care of our responsibilities and to bring our goals down to earth. With Saturn’s direct turn, our responsibilities, and perhaps our limitations, are magnified. Gradually, our long-term goals and plans become clearer. “

This is the perfect opportunity to look deeper into ourselves and really narrow down what our goal are. It could be from a month from now, a year from now, or maybe even life goals! Stay focused though, and don’t get too ahead of yourself. This is a time to be realistic with what’s going on around you. Take responsibility for your actions. Make sure you get things done. Make sure you keep your focus.

The end of the month is quite a switch from the beginning.

We may be misled easily under this influence, whether by others or by our own unrealistic or inflated expectations. We may need to deal with the consequences of disorganization, extravagance, neglect, or exaggeration. The tendency for restlessness is magnified, and routine seems to be particularly unsatisfying now. This is a time when we easily take a detour from a practical path. It can also be a time when we are disillusioned by something (or someone). We need to watch carefully for a tendency to evade and avoid things, as well as for writing ourselves new beliefs or philosophies that justify this avoidance. There can be a lot of wandering, meandering, and lack of groundedness happening with this influence, some of which can be helpful in moderation. We might have troubles setting boundaries for ourselves, however. There is a need to come down to earth from time to time.”

My advice would be to stay true to yourself during this period. Don’t compare your step 1 to someone else’s ending. Everything happens for a reason. The Universe has a strict timing for everything that happens to us in our lives. It is up to us to stay true to the person we are and not give into all of these negative, intruding comments. Don’t avoid something just because it seems stressful or it seems worthless of your time. Don’t give in to these beliefs. Keeping up with routines and self discipline will definitely be able to help with these tendencies to quit, avoid, or give up. Remind yourself why you started, and use that as motivation.

Saturn opposes the True North Node of the Moon for the final time on the 28th. Difficulties are possible related to hanging on to old habits that may be preventing us from growing, improving, and thriving.”

We really need to make sure we are on the lookout for how our habits or fears are preventing us from thriving and moving forward. If we notice that a particular thought is crossing our minds inhibiting us to do something, then we need to make the conscious effort to ask ourselves why. We need to try and change the way we think and the way we handle situations. Fear is the number one cause of failure. Don’t let it be yours.

The New Moon occurs in the sign of Libra on the 28th. A Venus-Jupiter sextile highlights the optimistic and cooperative feel of this lunation. This is a time for taking charge of our relationships and giving them their due attention, as well as working on our negotiation and partnering skills. Resolution of conflicts is in focus”

The last half of the month is all about relationships! We need to make sure we are taking enough time for them, and work on compromising. It’s gonna be all about resolution. What I normally do to help with resolution of conflict is write down what has worked before, what didn’t work before, what you can change, what they can change, and how you can both contribute. It honestly makes the world of a difference because by focusing in on the both of you, you can get an accurate telling of who’s at fault which, a lot of the time, is both of you. It’s important to see that not one person is right all the time.


Overall thoughts….

I think September is really set up for success, but it is 100% up to us to keep ourselves on the right track. It is really up to self-discipline and focus. As long as we stay organized, and strive to do our best while understanding we aren’t superhuman, then we will have an amazing September.


Thanks for reading ~




Why motivation alone won't keep you going

Motivation is a great thing to possess. It's what gets you started and sparks your interest. 

But what happens when motivation isn't enough?  

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We all know the new years resolutions deal. You make goals. You're motivated. You never actually follow through with them. Do you want to know why ? 

Motivation alone won't keep you going.  

In order to keep yourself going you have to turn that motivation into a habit.  

Doesn't it make sense? You see a bunch of workouts you want to try, so you do a few of them. You're making progress but you fall off. What went wrong ? You didn't make it a habit.  

So how does something become a habit ? 

They say it takes 30 days to turn something into a habit. 

Keep in mind this means continual practice. Continual effort.  

Look back at your "why". This will keep the fire burning until you've reached a point where it's natural to you. Your why is the reason you started. The motivational spark. The initial moment you decided to be better.  

Keep a tracker if you need to, or join an accountability group. I have a Facebook group you can join for productivity support and tips. Click here to request to join  

Here you will find a group of ladies ready to support you and you can learn in the process as well.  

So what are you waiting for ? Go turn some of that motivation into a habit and slay your goals.  

Spring cleaning for your website

There's spring cleaning for your home and for your paperwork, but what about for your website? 

It's not far fetched to need spring cleaning for your website either. It's important to see what needs updating and removing on a regular basis, and now is the perfect time to check in with your website.  

Here are some things you can do to make sure that your website is spring clean and ready to go.

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1. Look over your banners and graphics  

Are they updated with your fonts, colors, images, etc? If not go ahead and fix those and post them to your website. I have a few to fix myself.  

2. Check all your announcements or promos

Are your announcements and promos up to date ? How old really is that intro announcement on your website, or that pop up box for your email list? Updating these regularly shows you're active on your site. 

3.  Clean out any coupon codes if you have them

If you have an online shop linked to your website, then you probably have coupon codes stacked up from some point. Make sure you're cleaning out any old ones you don't plan to use anymore.  

4. Check your bio and update it 

Is your age up to date ? Are you going on a different path now than when you started? Don't just check your bio here, but your business bio as well aka your mission statement. Make sure both of these things are still relevant to you and your brand. 

5. Check for typos

Totally guilty. I almost never check for typos. 🤦‍♀️ I know, I know.  It's something I have to start doing. (Watch there be a typo in this post). Seriously though. If not in your blog posts at least check your website. ESPECIALLY your homepage. That's your first impression. 

6. Clear out your media history  

I know you do it to. You upload pictures for your website and they sit in that little media library section for the entire year. Yeah. So make sure you go through and clear out any old pictures, videos, files, etc. 

 

Do you spring clean your website already? What are some things you do? Leave a comment and let me know !  

how to Make a Puzzle Feed Without Photoshop

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Puzzle feeds have been all the craze lately after @juniperoats on Instagram shared her tutorial with @Preview.app. I have honestly seen them everywhere since then, emerging slowly. If you have no idea what a puzzle feed is, here's @juniperoats ' feed: 

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I decided to put my own spin on the puzzle feed craze by only doing a background image that connects with all 9 squares. Most puzzle feeds have pictures, colors, and other overlays that connect. Here is what mine is going to look like as of writing this post:  

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As you can tell it's slightly different than the norm, but I'm obsessed with it. 

Most people I've talked to use Photoshop, but I was determined to find a way to do this without it. It took 3 apps, and a lot of trial and error, but I've totally simplified the process and did all the hard work for you. Here's how to create my style of puzzle feed without photoshop. 

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The Apps you'll need for creation:  

  • Canva
  • 9 cut (or similar grid app)
  • picsart  

*it is extremely important that you follow the steps carefully. For example when I first tried this, my background graphic wasn't the best quality, so when I tried to create the whole thing on Picsart, the text and other overlays turned out pixelated. By using canva for your text and pictures AND THEN pics art for overlays, you'll avoid the pixelation. I also want to note that there are probably other ways to do this, but this is the method that I found that worked first and best for me.

Creating your background image or layout

Step 1: First you'll want to open up Pics art. This app is super simple to navigate, and I've even done a tutorial on my YouTube on how I make my graphics. It'll give you a good idea on how to start.

Start by pressing the new image button and clicking edit. It'll then ask you if you want to select an image, or you'll have color options. This is totally up to you if you want a picture or colors. I personally started with a white background.  

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Then I added stickers and colors to create my image. This is the part where you get creative. Experiment with different color blocks or patterns. Most people use a series of textures. I can't really guide you through this part, so I'll leave some feed inspiration throughout the post. You are ONLY adding the background colors and images at this point ! 

 

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Step 2: Head over to canva 

This is where you will add any text or images you want to add on top of your background images. 

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Canva now has a website and app so you can choose what works best for you. Canva is a really easy design tool that I use for literally every single graphic I've ever made for anything.  

The nice part about this is, since you already have the background saved, you'll be able to use it over and over again to create a continuous feed. Adding pictures and text later just let's you customize it. 

Once you're finished adding images and text, you might be done. If not, save, and keep moving forward. 

If all of this seems complicated, I've created templates for puzzle feeds you can edit in CANVA.  CLICK HERE for the puzzle feed templates.

Step 3: If you want to add logo overlays or patterns or literally any finishing touches head back on over to Pics art

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I realize this is a lot of picture saving and app switching, but for now this is the only method I could find where I kept the quality of the images at the highest they can be. When you edit a picture too much with too many overlays  (especially if you keep reusing the same one over and over) it'll start to distort and become pixelated. By putting it into canva first and then adding overlays, you're preserving that original quality.  

Now you can add other images like product shots, logos, patterns, textures, Etc. Without them being fuzzy.  

Step 4: Save your photo and upload it to 9 cut

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This will be the final step in creating your puzzle feed. Like I said I used the 9 cut app, but you can use any other app that will turn your picture into a grid for Instagram. Make sure you select 3 X 3 and it will crop automatically. 


Step 5 Bonus round: upload to preview app

I use Preview app to plan my feed. This allows you to see what the puzzle will look like on your feed before actually uploading it. I have been obsessed with Preview and everything it has to offer. You'll be able to see if everything looks cohesive and it helps you easily make changes.