i’ve tried writing this post many times, it’s never come out just the way i wanted it to. if you’re seeing this pop up in your reader or email, there’s a good chance you were following my previous blog, sparks of ara. yup, maybe that will ring a bell. it was a very cringy, very inconsistent blog i’ve had since about october 2016, five years now. i was just 10 years old when i made it, not knowing what i was getting myself into.
after a few years, i felt stuck with the blog. i kept posting from time to time, but i didn’t have the passion for blogging like i once did. after some thought, i knew i couldn’t let go of the blog i’d loved for so long. so, i decided to change the name, blog design, pretty much everything about the blog without getting rid of the old posts or followers. it’s allowed me a fresh start, to be myself instead of forcing myself into the 10 year old girl who had started this blog.
so, i’d love to welcome you to my new blog, avery emerson.
i’ll be posting once or twice a week. i can’t say for sure what i’ll be posting, but most likely it’ll be within lifestyle, productivity, mental health, and my life. i want to be more open and honest with my readers, updating on my life from time to time if that’s something you’d like to see.
i’m likely going to be experimenting with the blog design in the following weeks, but i’m excited to see where this blog heads, and i’ve finally upgraded to a .com site! i’m so grateful to have the opportunity to do this as this had been a dream of mine since i started blogging.
check out the ‘about’ or ‘home’ page to learn a little bit more about me and the updated blog.
oh, i forgot to mention- i’ve made an instagram for the blog! i’ll be updating when new posts come out, some of my photography, as well as a little behind the scenes of running a blog. click here to check it out, or search @averyemersonblog on instagram.
enough about me- i’d love to hear about how you’ve been! drop a comment down below so we can catch up. i haven’t been super active these past months and have missed a lot within the blogosphere. i can’t wait to catch up with you all.
thank you so much for reading, your support means so much to me!
Hello and welcome (back) to Sparks of Ara! How have y’all been doing? I just got a job (literally yesterday haha) so I’m excited for that! And I changed the blog design a bit, if you’re on the reader be sure to check out the website to see! Anyways, I’ll be sharing some of my current favorite songs that I’ve been listening to on repeat the past few weeks! There’s quite a mix of different genres and stuff so hopefully you enjoy them! I’ll also mark the songs with explicit lyrics with an asterisk (*) if anyone doesn’t want to listen to them or wants to find an alternative. (I know spotify does that with some songs!)
also- I’m still experimenting with the graphic design stuff, so sorry if it doesn’t look amazing… sorry for any typos too haha…
…and pretty much anything from Evermore or Folklore by Taylor Swift, but I didn’t want to just repeatedly list Taylor Swift, so I’ll just leave it at that haha.
That ended up much longer than I thought it would be, so I hope you enjoyed if you made it this far! As you can probably tell I have quite a mix of music taste, haha! Do you listen to any of these songs? What are your favorite songs? I’ll be sure to check them out!
Hey everyone! I am super excited for today! I will be starting a series called “Be Your Best You” and I will post a new one every Monday! Things from fitness to a positive mindset, we will be covering a huge range of topics in this series! Today we are starting with health & fitness: getting into a fitness routine for 2021!
Also, sorry I didn’t post Monday! School is completely online for a bit and it’s been busy!
In 2020, I did not have the best fitness routine. I took walks occasionally and sometimes worked out, but that was it. If you saw my new year’s goals post, you’ll know a big thing I want to work on this year is getting active!
So, today I am bringing you with some tips to get into a great fitness routine by mid 2021!
Pick An Area To Focus On
First off, you should decide if there is an area you would like to focus on. For example, if you want to run faster, then try to focus on running instead of an ab workout every day! For me, I want to focus on walking/just getting fresh air, running, and some an workouts! Of course, you can do whatever you want and feel free to mix it up as much as you’d like!
In the begining, you do not have to work out daily. You can start by working out on the weekends, and slowly add it in to your weekly routine. That way, it will be much easier to get used to working out!
This one is super important! You should always hydrate before and after you work out! If you aren’t a huge fan of plain water, you could add some fruit in, ice, or get a cute waterbottle! I have a nice insulated waterbottle from target that looks like a hydroflask but is much cheaper!
It’s Fine If You Miss A Day!
Expessially when you are first getting into fitness, remember that it is 100% okay to miss a workout, or take a break!
Just Do It.
Okay, it may be just me, but actually getting up and out the door or to start working out is SO hard! So if you just ‘force’ yourself to get up and do it then you will be all set!
Listen To Music
Listening to your favorite upbeat music will help pass the time when working out! You could also make your playlist the length of your workout. (however I can’t really do that because I am always stopping songs in the middle haha)
Do It With A Friend
If there is a friend who would be willing to do this with you (either distanced or through zoom) it would help make working out more fun and motivating!
So, I hope you enjoyed the tips for getting motivated to work out and get back into fitness!
I am planning on posting a life update next! So be on the lookout for that! 😉
Good luck to everyone with your goals for 2021! If you didn’t see my goals post, go check that out!
And thank you so much for reading!
Do you listen to music when you workout? What helps you get motivated to work out? Let me know!
Hey guys! I seriously cannot believe that it is already 2021! It feels like it was just 2019, haha! Anyways, today I will be sharing my new year’s goals and some tips for you when setting new years goals and fufilling them! This is a collab with Emmie, who has such an amazing blog which you can check out here! Be sure to check out her goals as well!
I have several broader sections and will go more into each one! I am super excited for 2021! I also have some fun things planned for 2021 as well. I also can’t believe that in a year I will likely be able to drive!
So, let’s get started! Plus I will have some fun travel inspo because I really wish we could travel rn! It is one of my goals for college is to travel a bit during breaks and stuff like that! College isn’t for a few years but I am excited!
This is a big category for my 2021! I really want to start working out and be active, even if it is just taking a walk!
I want to eat healthier, basically limiting my candy. Also, try to limit snacking throughout the day and make it healthier foods like fruits and veggies!
I also want to take some time to read and just relax without screens once a week! I feel as though I am on screens a lot and want to change that!
Since I am doing a hybrid school, I am on screens so much more. I want to try and get any weekend homework done Friday so I have the entire weekend to relax and not think about school! Also, when I am online, take breaks in between subjects to grt active and away from screens!
Also, I am going to try and procrastinate less haha! I am an ISFP so I tend to procrastinate. A lot, so that is one of my goals this year!
I have already talked about this in the previous sections, but I want to limit my screens during the day! It will be hard but I know I will be able to do it! I also want to try and make sure my time on my screens is productive, such as blogging!
I am hoping to post once to twice a week and grow my blog! I want to get to 300 followers on my blog! Last year I did not really blog consistently, so this year I will hopefully be sticking to my schedule and grow my blog a bit!
Also commenting on other people’s blogs… I can be pretty bad at that, so I hope to work on that!
I want to revamp the blog, which I have already started experimenting with!
I want to start a business! It will be a great way to earn money. I have been thinling about it for a few years but I think this year will be the one where I go for it! I would also love to have a small business as a job when I am older so this will help!
I want to try finding new hobbies, and just being myself! Also being happy with who I am and enjoying my life! Fufilling these goals will defintely help this!
Tips & Tricks For New Year Goals/Resolutions
If you have had trouble completing goals in the past, make broader ones, like I am!
If you want to go deeper, make sure you are specific, something measurable, and attainable!
Make sure you will enjoy completing your goals
If it helps, set a yearly goal and then do a month-by-month to help!
Don’t feel pressured into making goals now! You can create them any time!
Lastly, don’t feel pressured into finishing your goals and you can put them aside if needed.
So, I hope you enjoyed hearing about my goals and I hope you enjoyed tbe tips and tricks for your new year resolutions!
Hey everyone! I seriously can’t believe that it’s already 2021! This year flew by so fast. Today I will be doing a 2020 recap, and then on Saturday I will be posting my new year resolutions as a collab which I am super excited for!
My blogging wasn’t very consistent until the end of the year, but I am hoping to change that for 2021! Things didn’t really start til March when covid hit, but we will still go month by month.
And the photos are from Pinterest, with some fun winter inspo!
In January, I started school back up again. It was pretty much just school the whole month!
February was much more insteresting than January with the break from school, where we ate out a lot and went shopping!
At the begining of March, it was pretty much just school. Then covid hit and we thought we would be gone for a week which turned into the rest of the school year!
April was pretty much just quarantined, we had some school but it was mostly just assigned work. We did a lot of baking. Nothing else really happened this month (pretty much sums up 2020 haha)
This was when we did all of our zooms. We did a lot of baking as well!
We finished up with school which lasted pretty much the whole month. Also a few social distanced gatherings! It felt nice to see people haha! I also did some gardening with my sister!
In July, we went to the pool, got outside, and I was doing some cross country practice (which I did not even end up doing haha).
August was the same as July! School got pushed back to mid September, so still just going to the pool and hanging around haha! We also took a mini trip in August!
At the begining of September, I toured my new school with my friend, got all the info on going back to school, and started high school! We started remote and went into a hybrid of at home and school!
Pretty much just school this month! We also celebrated Halloween, but that’s it!
November was the same, just hanging around. We also got a nice break for Thanksgiving which was soooo nice!
In December we had school, got in the Christmas spirit, celebrated Christmas and my birthday, and then here we are today!
As you can see, 2020 wasn’t the most exciting year but it still flew by so. fast.
I did not blog much in 2020 until November! You would think that I would have done plenty of blogging during quarantine, but I did not really do much until late in the year! I currently have 223 followers and I am soooo grateful for each and every one of you! 🙏
Okay, real talk here! Blogging has been such an amazing outlet for me! The amazing community that has been created here is soo amazing and I am glad to have great friendships with you guys! I am planning on some blogging tip type posts for 2021 so be on the lookout for that!
I’ll go a bit deeper in my next post, but I have something fun planned for the new year, through January at least! So be on the lookout for that 😉.
So I guess that is my recap of 2020… a boring year but passed by so quickly!
How was your 2020? I know it wasn’t the best year for anyone, but we have to still remember the good parts of it rather than the bad!
Hey everyone! Sorry this is posted late, I had planned to write it ahead of time but wasn’t able to… Today’s post is an exciting one- my Christmas wishlist! This is also a collab with the amazing Christina at Christina and Camera! Check out her blog here!
I have a bunch of things I want, but they’re pretty broad, so I grouped this up into categories. You could use this as a teen girl gift guide because a lot of these are basic things that many teens would want!
Also sorry if the photos are wonky… Several of them didn’t show up so hopefully they do when I post this…
So let’s get started!
HAIR & BEAUTY/CARE
So, in this category there isn’t much because I do not really need anything in this category since I’m not into makeup.
So I would love a curling iron! My hair is naturally straight with some waves but I would love to curl it sometimes!
Next (and last) is a essential oils! This just loosely fits but I recently got a diffuser and have several oils but I only like a few (tea tree and eucalyptus are not my favorites). So I think essential oils would be great!
I have been trying to get back into fitness and sports and so there are a few things I want within this category!
First is a yoga mat! We have several but one for my own would be nice!
Second are dumbells! Again, we have some, but if I had my own it would be easier to get into it!
I also have resistance bands on my list! Haven’t really used them before but we’ll see!
I think that is it for sports… Nothing too big but these will help me get into a good fitness routine for 2021!
Clothing / Beauty
So first item I want in this category is jeans! I only have one pair right now 🙈 but I do want one or two more!
I would also love some sweaters for the winter and some sweatshirts because I love sweatshirts so much!
I also really want jewellery! Specifically necklaces because they are easier for me!
There isn’t much to say in this category… Except gift cards to places I love! Probably ones that seem to have a variety of things, like clothes and books if you know what I mean!
I do not really have a preference for books, I would be fine with a lot if things! Maybe KOTLC or some other novels? Any book reccomendations for me?
I would love some new colored pencils! I have markers but not many good colored pencils and I love using colored pencils kore than crayons!
I think that is it for art… I have a lot of amazing art sets which I love so I do not really need anything else!
I am trying to redo my bedroom since I don’t really like the way it looks now haha.
I would love a new comforter- probably blue or purple or pink! Maybe pillowcases to match?
I would also love some small things to replace what I currently have such as lamps and fun decor! I want my room to be more minimalist since usually it is full of random stuff…
Also gift cards would be nice for my room so I can personally pick things out myself!
First thing in this category is a phone case! I like the one I have now but I would love something prettier haha.
Second (and last) is something I really want- blue light glasses! I wear glasses so I need ones that have a prescription, and I have found some I love but don’t want to spend the $$ but it is pretty affordable!
I think that is pretty much it! There is probably a few things I am completely forgetting, but that is the majority of it!
Please go check out Christina’s blog! She is an amazing blogger, aand if you do not already know her then I would defintely reccomend doing so!
Thank you so much for reading, and I have a few posts planned for December which I am super excited for! Not all of them will be Christmas themed, because I know not everyone celebrates Christmas. Can you believe that it is December already? I sure can’t!
What do you want for Christmas 2020? I would love to hear!
Hello everyone! In case you missed it, last week I posted “My Favorite Baby Girl Names“, and now I am doing a part two to that, with boy names this time! This list will be much shorter, and my style of names is all over the place. So read on to find out!
***Disclaimer: these photos are from Pinterest and are not mine.
I hope you enjoyed! What are your favorite boy names? I would love to hear!
So, that’s it for my favorite boy names! I am pretty picky with boy names, so that is why the list is so short compared to the girl names, lol.
Hello everyone! Today I will be sharing some photography tips for beginners- but really, anyone can use these tips! I have been interested in photography for a while now so I will be sharing a few tips I learned along the way… plus some of my photography I have taken recently. Enjoy!
My photos are usually of people, objects, or nature! But the ones I post are most often nature because I obviously can’t post photos of people on here…
***Disclaimer: I am definitely not a pro photographer, and I am of course still learning! But I really hope that these tips are useful to you- even if you are advanced!
These photos are from a recent photoshoot I did a week or so ago! They turned out pretty good!
#1: Find Your Style
If you take photos of anything you find, that’s great! I do that sometimes. But it is much easier if you find your “photography style” and work with that. For example, if you love nature, then you could have a style revolved around that and it will be easier to find things to take photos of. For me, I love taking photos of people and objects I find around the house (almost like if I was selling it as a product), so I tend to go for that type of photography rather than food, for example.
#2: Use Natural Lighting
When I was first starting out, my photos did not look too great because of the lighting. Outdoors during the day is a great source of natural lighting, or by a window as well. You could also buy some lighting equipment to brighten the photos. Just using a photo editing service to make photos brighter is a great idea if you are stuck with little lighting, too. The photos from this photoshoot did not have natural lighting as I was shooting on a bed, haha! If it’s rainy or you don’t have great lights… that’s what the flash is for, not the best but you can also edit your photos!
#3: You Do Not Have To Invest Right Away.
If you are like me, then you probably do not have that much money to buy a fancy camera. Instead of buying a camera, a phone would work great for photos, and once you get more experienced, then you can get a camera. But why get one when your phone likely takes great photos? Then, if you truly love photography and want to get more into it, you can invest in a camera.
A big tip I have for beginners is to experiment. Try out different settings and angles and see what fits. It will also help you learn the camera or device you are using and get more comfortable with it. Also, you will get to find your style and see what you enjoy taking pictures of! And, you never know, you may end up taking an amazing photo you’d never even thought of taking!
#5: Look For Inspiration
Look for inspiration if you want to be better at photography. If you look on Pinterest for example, you can find plenty of beautiful photos in the category you want. Also free photo websites will give you inspiration as well. And by just looking at things in your daily life, you can find inspo for whatever you want to take photos of!
#6: Know The Basics
It is honestly easier to take quality photos once you’ve done some research. Look up what different settings mean, what potential cameras you could get, different types of photos, and other things like that. Once you know those things, you will know how the photos and cameras work. Of course, you don’t really need to know anything besides how to work a camera. But if you know a little bit more in depth about a camera, it will be so much more fun and easy to take photos!
#7: Make Sure You Actually Have A Passion For Photography
This one is pretty simple. If you want to continue taking photos and get more involved with photography, you have to have a passion for it. If you love taking photos and being creative with photos, photography will be so much easier. If you don’t have much of a passion for it, you won’t be wanting to do it as much and won’t have that “drive” for photography.
#8: Just Be You!
Okay, this may sound cliche, but honestly, in photography, you just have you be yourself! There are so many ways to express yourself in photography so you should do just that, instead of copying other people’s ideas or asking what they want. Take photos of things you love and things you want to take photos of. That will help you improve, if you really love what you are taking photos of!
So there you have it! 8 of my top tips for beginner photographers. I would love to see some of your photography! I love taking photos and have for a few years now, it is definitely a passion of mine! I hope you guys found my tips helpful!
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Hey everyone! Today’s post is inspired by Ainsley at Ainsley Beth! She posted a baby names post and I have been so obsessed with baby names that I decided to try it out! Since I have so many favorites, I will be doing baby names I love for girls and then next week one for boys.
My style ranges from super popular to pretty unique. Do we have any names in common? Or do you absolutely detest any of these? Let me know!
I have always thought about baby names in the future. I want to become a mom so I have been thinking about names that are good together and what first and middle names would be perfect! Obviously, that’s not for 10 or 20 years, but I still love fantasizing about it!
Let’s start. In no particular order, here are my favorite baby girl names!
***Disclaimer: these photos are not mine, they’re from Pinterest!
Those are most of my top girl names (that I can think of, anyways). My girls name list has always been super long compared to the boys…
Be on the lookout for the boy’s name post for next week!
Thank you all so much for reading! What are your favorite girl names? Let me know in the comments below!