OH EM GEE! THE HUNDRED BLOG REVAMP IS HERE

Oh, hello!!!

Happy Holidays, friends! How was everything? Good to be with family? Sometimes it gets a little hectic at home for me, so it was a mix of highs and lows. But overall, I'm so happy to be back in Cali and taking a trip with Justin this week. 

But, guys! Today I am over the moon right now to share the new site with you!

The Hundred Blog 2.0 baby.

Moving into 2017 looking FLY.

I have been wanting to redesign Hundred for a while now. I didn’t hate it before, by any stretch, just knew that it could be better. I wanted it to have more functionality for you guys. Like, the ability to listen to playlists much easier, and to use the travel guides when you go places. I also just thought that it wasn’t ME.

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So, I was thinking how to switch how to make an upgrade and I just knew I needed to hire help!

Although I am crafty with making websites, I’ve made The Almost 30 Podcast website, Lindsey Simcik’s website, the Let’s Travel Morocco website

I don't know much design, or Photoshop.

Are you guys good at that? Can you teach me? I need to get way better at Photoshop!

I went with the coolest babes at Go Live HQ, because they’re making the DOPEST websites around pretty much. Margo & Me, Mariana Hewitt, Brooklyn Blonde….to name a few!


Some of the rad features on the new site:

  • The Travel Guides Page: IS SO MUCH BETTER. I am now organizing them on a larger scale, so as an example I’ll have California, and within that, I’ll have San Francisco, Santa Monica, Venice…I am going to work on building those out much more so that I can add places like Patagonia, Germany, France, Austria, Colorado, even OHIO! LOL. Travel is my absolute jam, its where I feel most like myself so this will be a big focus for the blog. Also, how cute are the little squares? Love them!
  • Music: On my side bar, you can listen to my favorite playlists and jams SO MUCH easier. I am such a fan of music, making mixes and I wanted this to be much easier to access than how it was before (as its own blog).
  • Popular posts: I know can share the most relevant and trending posts on the main page, as well on the side bar. I was always looking for a way to showcase older content, and this is it.
  • Contact page: SO, FRESH AND SO CLEAN, RIGHT?
  • Mission and motto: There’s now a clarity around what The Hundred Blog is!
  • Color scheme: I finally have one, I LOVE the pink with the turquoise and vibe with how clean, but beach-y the vibe is.
  • New Logo: What what! There she is!

 

This whole process helped me to feel re-inspired, and excited about sharing quality real content with you. I feel lucky that I have a place where I can be myself and share parts of my life with ya.

Looking forward to kicking ass this year, right? I mean 2016 was a bit of a challenge. There were definite highs and definite lows. For me, I’m thankful that in the latter part of the year I found my groove with The Almost 30 Podcast, my new job, and this new site.

Some of my design inspiration pins from Pinterest:

Um BTW, let's ollow each other on Pinterest! I am going to write a full post on getting the most from Pinterest this month. It's something that really helps with site traffic and also just life inspiration, ya know? 

As a last piece, I wanted to get some feedback from you!

It's anonymous :) but I really want to make sure that I'm writing about topics you want to read about.

What do you love for me to write?

Posts on blogging, fitness, nutrition, travel, spirituality, fashion, beauty, or hair?

Let me know so I can cater what I do to you!

Okay, off to make some final touches on this bad boy, and finish working on The Hundred Blog app updates! That'll be launching next week!

MAJAH thanks to the Go Live HQ babes for their patience, vision, honesty, creativity, kindness through the process. Ash was there for me through all my brainstorming and visioning, and Katelyn, my designer stuck with me when I sent over lists of 20 questions :). YOU DA BEST. 

XO, 

Krista

P.S. Questions on redoing your site, let me know. Happy to help!

Super key for creatives, bloggers and small business owners - business cards from MOO

Hi hi!

How are ya? How's it going? I hope you have good plans this weekend for the 4th! Let me know what you do!

This post is for my bloggers, creatives, photographers, whoever....on BUSINESS CARDS.

I know, I know. Business cards are so, 1992.

But I SWEAR. They are NOT.

 It seems like an ancient practice, but it's one of those things like handwritten cards that really makes you stand out. It's taking the extra time to be a little different, with a personal human touch.

 

Do you remember the app where you like 'bumped' another phone and get that persons contact info? 

You'd open the app, then touch your phone with the other persons (the 'bump') and somehow that way the data got transferred?

For some reason, I don't want to always have everything be in my phone lately. There's already so much info!

I also don't want to be on my phone when I'm meeting someone for the first time. 

With that, there is also the awkward process of handing them my phone to get information.

Then they see that my phone background has my current diet goals (no peanut butter or fake sugars, eating past 6 PM - LOL) and it's like, you don't want someone in your business or a phone number in your phone book if it's not going to be used often. 

When I was in Palm Springs I was talking to a few people about their brand, business, blogging, whatever, and I just wasn't in love with going on my phone adding them to my phone book, standing there while they typed their names in....

At this stage in my life the numbers in my phone book are the homies. People I talk to everyday, and I don't want to add everyone in.

Just for organizations sake ya know?

So in comes the business card.

Super easy, and it's the most natural thing when talking to someone to just hand them a card.

In the greeting, or in the goodbye, giving a business card is still a classy ass move.

It's like, 'I have a legitimate business, check out my card' to know that. BAM.

Plus it keeps things more streamlined and it makes you stand out.

So for the blog events I've been doing and just in general when I'm out (because seriously if you talk to people, you don't realize how everything is somehow connected!) I've found photographers chatting with strangers, connections to brands, or even just readers. 

I found these amazing MOO business cards and am IN LOVE.

I was looking for them to be unique, CRISP, clean, modern and THICK.

Plus I wanted them to be a little different, and I couldn't decide between the pictures on them so I was happy I could have more than one style.

I got the 50 Standard Size Luxe Business Cards, and the style template is called, "If the shoe fits".

The LUXE is a thicker paper, which makes it feel heavier. 


Having business cards:

  • Differentiates you 

  • Is professional

  • Helps you increase your brand awareness

  • Is a super cute to connect with people


For me, it's worth it to throw them in my bag, purse, whatever. Because I feel like EVERYDAY I meet someone that knows someone that I can chat further about something about. Related to the blog or not.

PLUS. If you give someone your business card - you are not obligated to call them or reach out to them at all. SO. The power is in your hands with what you do with it should they reach out to you.


What to put on your business cards:

  • Your email

  • Your cell phone number

  • Name/title

  • Where they can find you on social media (SUPER IMPORTANT)


The photos I chose feel like represent me and my brand (whatever that means) in a way that's creative, professional, yet honest.

These are those photos:

Also, these MOO cards are under $35 dollars for 30 of them, and they'll last you for a long time! I love how quality they are and you can make whatever kind you'd like with their various templates. Feel free to be creative!

Let me know if you have questions on these. I thought it was cool, and had to share it!

You da best!

xoxo
Krista

Top 5 posts of 2015 and a few RESOLUTIONS!

Hello hello! 

Guys, I'm talking about New Years Resolutions right now!

SUPER LATE I KNOW LOL. But, still, valuable! 

So I remember one day when talking on the phone with a friend, a few years back about new years resolutions, and she goes, "What's so wrong about people using January as a start date to make a positive change in their life?"

*blink blink*

It's so true! I mean there can surely be some shade thrown at the new people at the gym when you're trying to squeeze into classes you've been going to on the regular. But to have society as a collective, try to make themselves, their world, and their bodies better, all at once - is cool.

I of course, LOVE New Years Resolutions, and anytime I can write lists down, keep track of growth or focus places where I can make a positive change, I'm in. 

I don't want to bore you with my full list (it's probably about 60 resolutions long) but I wanted to share some of the areas of positive change I hope to make in my life. 

Last week, I wrote about goal setting, and starting with 'feelings' and a lot of these stemmed from that. They're the ones that I have been inspired to hear about, and truly make a difference for all of us.

For one, I was super happy that in 2015 I worked hard on my little bloggy blog - Hundred, and from it's 'launch' in the summer (aka me having no idea what I was doing) to where it is now, I'm super happy. I was actually looking at my oldest posts and LOLing because they literally have no clear beginning, middle or end. It's like actually uncomfortable to read, haha. It's all learning tho! Plus I deleted that shit. HA.

I am super thankful to anyone that's supported my little space on da internet, I love ya. 



A Few New Years Resolutions:

Use less plastic: The amount of plastic we use daily is astounding! Every drink you order, drink and then throw away. Bags, use and throw away. Being more conscious of my plastic use is better for everyone, and would make me feel a whole lot better.

Yoga 3x weekly (Kundalini or other): I just need more of it, period. In L.A. I love The Yoga Collective, in NYC I love The Yoga Room in Long Island City and in Chicago I love CorePower Yoga

Restrict social media time to an hour a day: Productivity is slowed to a halt when I check my phone, and now since I added snapchat (hundredblog is my user name) I find myself constantly taking mental breaks to check the phone. Waste o' time, and restricting to an hour a day is crucial! 15 minute increments 4x daily. Not sold? 7 Reasons Why You Need to Take a Break From Social Media.

Travel to someplace unexpected: I have my list this year, but I want to go somewhere that you have to look up, it's so random. I think there's such opportunity to learn when you've never heard of somewhere, with no expectation. 

Use my camera more often: I have a nice camera, that I RARELY use, except on big trips. Justin got it for me for my birthday and I need to use it more for photos and taking pictures. I loved this article on using your photo to take better blog photos.

Talk to strangers more: I know this is weird and against everything that your mom says but, I find such joy in small talk with strangers. If you think this is a friendly universe, it is. Talking to people (kindly) spreads joy. Sort of creepy, and I'll definitely have big sunglasses, headphones in days, but the times I've talked to people in the grocery line, or at a workout class, I've really enjoyed it.

Blog consistently: I think I can do lots more with The Hundred Blog, and I want to stay true to my vision (basically to share stuff I find relevant and helpful). I would like to blog a bit  more consistently and increase my brand partnerships. More to come there! 

Take a class on crystals: OH YAH. Crystal class baby, on how to use crystals, all about them and how to meditate with them. I wrote about crystals before, but want to get a bit more educated on the topic. 

Learn and familiarize myself with my tarot cards: YEAP, another witch tactic. My friend got me these amazing cards and I really want to figure out how to use Tarot cards (even in a fun way). 

Don't eat breakfast right when I wake up: Weird and counter intuitive I know, but I EAT HUGE BREAKFASTS and then it ruins my day. I'm slower during workouts (because I'm digesting) and what can you do when you've eaten 800 calories at breakfast? I've been reading a lot on intermittent fasting, and it's good to give your digestive system a break from your last meal (dinner) through the morning. I'll probably write a post on that later. 


I definitely have a lot more, super personal resolutions, or just things I want to monitor and improve on in my life. Goals, mixed in. I LOVE hearing other peoples New Years Resolutions, so really did this to hear what people are trying to do in 2016. It's so good to share with others and say it out loud!

Oh and if you need, my favorite planners for 2016:

Okay now I'm done, but want to hear what you're resolutions are, and how they've been going thus far? What's your thought's on resolutions and the new year? Would LOVE to get inspired by what you're up to.

I'm currently juicing at home with Justin working next to me, and we've started the Harry Potter Series last week - HA. Killin' it.

Talk soon, thanks so much for reading xx

Krista