Three Heel Clicks

Inspiration

Put Some Pep in Your Step This Morning!

Fashion, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Petite Style, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
Three Heel Clicks - Put Some Pep In Your Step This Morning! (1).jpg

There was a time when I hated Monday mornings. Heck, I hated all mornings. Now I no longer use an alarm and find I naturally wake when the sunlight pours into my bedroom window (or hotel room as it currently stands). I immediately rise excited to start my day, but it wasn’t always like that. There were years that went by where I felt like getting out of bed required me to army crawl to my coffee pot for energy. Although I sure do love a good cup of coffee, I’ve noticed since I made lifestyle changes over the past year I have so much more enthusiasm to get myself out of bed. I thought it would be motivating to share a few ways to put some pep into your step this morning!

Three Heel Clicks - Put Some Pep In Your Step This Morning! (10).jpg

Down a HUGE glass of water first thing

Hydration is key for energy, clear skin, and for our minds. By starting the day with a tall glass of water (at least 16oz) you’ll be immediately helping your mind and body kick off right! Hydration is so important in the mornings because you just spent hours sleeping which in turn means little fluids were put into your body. Put a tall glass beside your bed and down it first thing in the morning!

Three Heel Clicks - Put Some Pep In Your Step This Morning! (9).jpg

Play some of your favorite upbeat music

Forget the TV, radio and news this morning and control the message with some upbeat tunes to lay a positive foundation for the day. Because the news and radio are pretty unpredictable on content, you can choose a playlist of songs that would get you movin’ in the morning. Imagine getting your favorite song stuck in your head rather than some silly jingle on the radio. Control the message you hear and keep your mind in a positive place!

Three Heel Clicks - Put Some Pep In Your Step This Morning! (7).jpg

Wear a Favorite Outfit and Feel Your Best

When I worked in an office I usually came in dressed pretty nice on Monday’s. It was always nice because I usually had meetings with my teams or the executives. Being dressed up and prepared to attend a formal business meeting was something I frequently did. If you are staying at home today, pull out a comfy sundress or pair of athleisure joggers and matching top. Even your lounge wear can be stylish and luxurious.If your running errands or dealing with the kiddos, you can always opt for your favorite pair of shorts with a button down top or a cute matching athletic set. The key is to be intentional. Put on light makeup and fix your hair. You’d be surprised what 15 minutes of effort can do for your mood.

Three Heel Clicks - Put Some Pep In Your Step This Morning! (11).jpg

If you like this post, then check these out:

5 on Fridays - The Five Reasons I Chose Yoga and How it Changed My Life

Fashion, Healthy, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Petite Style, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
5 on Fridays - The Five Reasons I Chose Yoga and How it Changed My Life

I’ve always enjoyed exercise but never enjoyed spending time at the gym. Growing up I practiced ballet and loved every bit of it - the discipline, the routine, the structure, the competition and opportunity to constantly improve. After getting older I still enjoy attending classes but ballet is really hard on my joints. I moved into taking long walks hiking and finally made the decision to go to a free yoga class. After the first class back in October 2018 I decided to enroll in a yoga studio (because they had a newcomer special) and sign up for unlimited classes. I started going almost every day. Within 3 months I noticed significant changes in my body, mind and soul. Yoga gave me all of the benefits of cardio, stretching and meditation leaving me after each session with a better appreciation for my body and a clearer mind. Here are the five life-changing benefits of yoga I’ve experienced.

Yoga is about progress not perfection

Being a highly competitive OCD spirit, I tend to overachieve in anything I put my mind to. Yoga changed my perception of exercise. No longer was I consumed with perfecting each movement or pose. Instead I learned how to measure progress. Many of the poses you learn to hold in yoga take time to build physical strength and making a connection between your body and mind. How refreshing! I could show up to a class, focus on doing my best, taking breaks if needed and over time I experienced improvement! The pressure of being perfect started to disappear and improvement started showing up more and more in my body. I started feeling better, lighter and stronger.

Provides a moving meditation for busy minds

If you are new to meditation and find sitting still for just 10 minutes is difficult, then consider yoga. Yoga provides a way to move your body and clear your mind. Meditation creates focus and clarity by training your mind. I found that during yoga sessions I focused on aligning my body, moving through each pose, and awaiting the next instruction from the yoga instructor. I focused on aligning my body, moving through each pose and awaiting instruction. I listen and follow the instructor without judgement but appreciation for my own body. Eventually, I was able to carry that same clarity into other areas of my life including seated meditation.

Significant increase in muscle tone and definition

Yoga works all of your major muscle groups when you are doing a full body flow to build strength. But what about definition and toning? Well, yoga has an added benefit by working your accessory muscles. Accessory muscles are the tiny muscles in the body that when you work them, they create those stream toned lines you see in ballet dancers, swimmers, and yogis. Depending on the type you decide to practice, you’ll be able to quickly build strength and definition in your arms, legs and abs.

Yoga uses resistance training with your body’s weight to build strength

One was how of the surprising changes I noticed was how yoga improved the strength of my body. When I started out last October my body felt heavy as I would lower down from plank through a vinyasa. Moving through positions were sometimes so difficult that I’d have to take frequent breaks. I’d leave class and my arms would feel shaky. Over time (a matter of weeks) I was able to execute each move with more ease. I noticed if I lifted something heavy at home I did it with ease. After a few months, I was able to venture into arm balancing positions that required much more strength.

Improved concentration and sleep

Getting my mind to chill is a lifelong struggle. Yoga improves anxiety after just one session. Everyday I practice yoga I get a better night of rest. I feel happier and relaxed. I am able to fall asleep with little tossing and turning. When I decrease anxiety and manage stress I am able to get better rest. The quickest results I’ve experienced has been as a result of yoga. When I’m relaxed and have a clear mind sleep improves. When sleep improves, anxiety decreases. They go hand in hand.

Since those first three months I now practice yoga in my home and lead groups of women in recovery for substance abuse. I have a goal to become a certified instructor so I can share this practice with a broader group. I’m hosting an online event with my friend Brittany sharing info about ZIYA. I’m wearing ZIYA workout gear in today’s photos and they are 1/3 of the cost of Lululemonwear made by the exact same manufacturer. Shoot me a Facebook message or email and I’ll add you to the event! It’s running from now until Sunday!

Submit Your Email to Attend Brittany’s Three Day Party!

Name *
Name

How I Doubled Last Year's Traffic to My Blog in Six Months

Blogging, How To, Inspiration, Younique, BusinessCrystal JacksonComment
Three Heel Clicks - How I Doubled Last Year's Traffic to My Blog in Six Months (5).jpg

ONE DAY OR DAY ONE, YOU DECIDE

-UNKNOWN

I made a decision at the beginning of the year to track milestones and progress on Three Heel Clicks. I had no idea when I set goals at the beginning of the year that I would end up hitting those goals in June! I truly believe that creating SMART goals for your business instead of writing down hopes and dreams you have a better shot at attaining them. This article is written from my first hand experience to show you that anyone can achieve what they set out to do if they are willing to put in the work. I love that my job requires me to share ideas with all of you, but blogging and marketing hasn’t always had the best of resources. I’ve found over time that there are a few types of successful roles in this industry - influencers, network marketers and bloggers. While some do all three roles, many of us stick to one silo on the internet.

Three Heel Clicks - How I Doubled Last Year's Traffic to My Blog in Six Months (3).jpg

Begin with the end in mind

My goal as a blogger is to share my posts with you all on the internet. I love what I do every day. Sometimes I do feel uninspired or tired but after reviewing where I aim to be at the end of the year I am able to see the results and track progress throughout the year. Being that we are almost through July of 2019, I recommend sitting down for an hour with a pen and paper (I used Google Sheets to create a spreadsheet) to list where you want to improve. If you already have a blog in place here are a few things to make goals around:

  • Total number of posts you want to create through the end of the year

  • Total number of website hits you aim to get through the end of the year

  • Total number of social media posts where you share your blog content

  • Total number of unique visitors to your blog

My goal this year was to double last years number of unique visitors. That meant I needed to increase marketing efforts through social media so that I could share each post with a broader audience. Now when I publish a post, I immediately push a link to Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. The more people who have access to your site and content, the more that will likely click on the link to view that content. It’s simply a numbers game.

Three Heel Clicks - How I Doubled Last Year's Traffic to My Blog in Six Months (2).jpg

Break your yearly goal into monthly activities

After I isolated that I wanted a larger number to hit my site, I then decided I needed to create more content and share that content on a monthly basis. I sought at the beginning of the year to create 250 blog posts and 10 YouTube videos. I divided that up by the total number of months and came up with an attainable number. Every month at the beginning of the month I take a look at last month and see if I am on target. If I need to post additional posts this month to hit my yearly number I add that in.

Three Heel Clicks - How I Doubled Last Year's Traffic to My Blog in Six Months (4).jpg

Know your audience

I began by using tools like Instagram for Business (it’s a free feature you can utilize to give you insights to your instagram posts, audience and presence). I built my website on Squarespace back in 2014 and haven’t looked back. They are an easy to use platform with modern templates and integrate with you social media accounts for easy posting. I looked into my posts that performed the best over time. I also looked at the posts that were the most popular over the past month and year to date. Knowing which content is the most popular allowed me to expand on these subjects. If my audience is clicking mostly on fitness or fashion posts, then it’s important for me to create more content in these categories. Knowing whether or not your social media following is male or female, what their age groups are and where they are located allows you to tailor your message to those groups. Knowing your audience is key to creating content that allows you to engage with them.

SMART Goals

Setting goals is important in all aspects of life, but are you setting proper goals. SMART goals are nothing new. They are a strategy for setting goals in sales and marketing roles. Let’s break down what a SMART goal entails - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound. Instead of writing a goal as, “I want to increase my website traffic." I would write the goal as, “ I aim to obtain 3,000 unique visitors during the 2019 calendar year.” By being specific to the number you want to increase your traffic to instead of just saying you want to increase to allows the goal to be measurable. You also have to place a time and date on it. A goal is not a goal without a time and date. The final piece of goal setting is to create goals that are attainable and realistic. It’s unrealistic for me to set a goal of 1 million unique visitors a month. Instead setting a goal around the number of posts I create is a much more attainable and realistic. By setting goals that are realistic and attainable you’ll be motivated to achieve them.

Three Heel Clicks - How I Doubled Last Year's Traffic to My Blog in Six Months (1).jpg

Creating milestones and business goals is important to stay on track in any line of work. Goals and milestones keep your business focused on what’s truly important. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with unlimited possibilities of where can spend spend your time, but if you have a plan then you can work that plan. If you would like to learn more about goal setting click the button below for information and I’ll send you a template and tracker for your goals!

Name *
Name
Three Heel Clicks - How I Doubled Last Year's Traffic to My Blog in Six Months (8).jpg

Shop the Post

If you like this post, then check these out:

Beauty Boss: Why I Chose to Partner With Younique

beauty, Blogging, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Style, Product Review, YouniqueCrystal JacksonComment
Three Heel Clicks - Why I Chose to Partner With Younique (1).jpg

Every new business venture sparks from a place that resonates inside of me. I do not say YES to everything that comes my way. I believe in business it’s good to be cogent. Simplicity wins most of the time! About four years ago I started using Younique’s products. I love that they are mineral based and come backed with scientifically proven results. At the time I couldn’t commit to a full partnership and was really crafting workflows within Three Heel Clicks. I was really into also exploring the world of photography and just couldn’t imagine adding a project like this to my plate. Well, time does tell the truth and I was presented with the opportunity again this summer and am not looking back! Not only does the company promote vegan products but they are ethically and humantarian. Here are the main reasons I decided to go into business with Younique:

Quality and Value

I buy for quality more than any other reason. When I can work with products that are in my budget and higher quality that’s a bonus! Younique’s products are scientifically proven to work with all types of skin. I love that some of the same products I use on my dry/reactive skin works on women with oily skin. The secret is the fact that they know beauty products. They release products as they see results instead of rushing to be everything to everyone. I am so proud to represent a company that aligns with my own needs around quality at a good value!

The Women’s Community

I am so excited to be apart of a company that promotes female business leaders. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to working with more women. Women who are driven and want to succeed in both their home and work life. Women who reach out to help one another instead of being ruthlessly competitive at another’s cost. Being able to reach out day and night to those pioneers who’ve been around a long time and shown success is gold when you come into a new line of work.

Humanitarian Efforts and Company Values

After working for years in the technology industry I realized how important it is to work with a company you love and shares values. It’s a lot more fun to work if you partner with a company who you believe in. Younique is a member of the BBB and has involvement in several charity organizations. Being able to work, give back to the community and help others is another reason I love this company! The fact that I can work anywhere at anytime from my mobile devices is such a bonus!

If you are interested in learning more or joining my team to earn free makeup, products, and income click the button below!

Three Heel Clicks - Why I Chose to Partner With Younique (5).jpg

The kit above comes with 13 full size products, mask samples, primer samples and a foundation palette full of samples! It’s such an amazing value and if you don’t know a thing about makeup or want to try better products it’s only $159! It comes with the bag I am featuring in today’s post that doubles as a work bag or tote for travels. I can’t wait to share more with you guys about this! Stay tuned!

Trend to Watch: The White Tennis Skirt

Fashion, Houston, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Inspiration, Style, TravelCrystal Jackson1 Comment
Three Heel Clicks - Trend to Watch -  The White Tennis Skirt (11).jpg

Over the next two weeks I am going to post a few ideas for Fourth of July outfits that can be worn all Summer long. I recently received this cute white tennis skirt as a gift and let me tell you… my life has been changed. It actually has shorts underneath! I loved it so much I wore it twice over the weekend. I paired it with a white camisole on my Shop Three Heel Clicks Instagram account and then with this classic red and white striped tee in today’s post. If you do not own a tennis skirt, I suggest you run with Godspeed to get one. You’ll thank me later.

Three Heel Clicks - Trend to Watch -  The White Tennis Skirt (2).jpg

Shop White Tennis Skirts

Three Heel Clicks - Trend to Watch -  The White Tennis Skirt (9).jpg

Between my parents’ house in College Station, TX and my own apartment right outside of Houston there are two Farmer's Markets I frequently stop at for a break on my hour and a half drive back and forth. I love fresh produce. I find the more vegetables and fruit I eat the more vibrant I feel. Don’t get me wrong, I still have to appease late night cravings for chocolate and ice cream but if I have delicious fruits on hand I am more likely to reach for them throughout the day.

Three Heel Clicks - Trend to Watch -  The White Tennis Skirt (10).jpg

I’ve shared a few posts about one of the Dilorio’s Market locations here on the blog a few times which is a smaller stand on the roadside of Highway 6, but they have an even larger location if you drive into the small town of Hempstead, TX. I love bringing my picnic basket to store and protect the produce I pick up so it’s not bruised or mashed when I get home. Tip: Don’t store bananas in a paper bag if you like the to remain yellow. Paper bags will ripen them immediately, instead opt for your own reusable bags, totes or baskets to keep your produce fresh!

Three Heel Clicks - Trend to Watch -  The White Tennis Skirt (13).jpg

A big boater hat, sandals and cross body complete a weekend look keeping you cool, comfortable and the sun off the face. Our Summers in Texas are relentless. So ensuring I protect my skin by wearing a lightweight long sleeve cotton top and adding a hat helps immensely. Don’t forget a pair of sunglasses for the drive. With big open fields and ranches there is little protection from the sunlight when clouds dissipate.

I would love to hear outfit ideas for styling a white tennis skirt? How would you style this skirt?

Three Heel Clicks - Trend to Watch -  The White Tennis Skirt (8).jpg

If you like this post, then check these out: