Happy Birthday simply e l l! 4 of the Biggest Lessons I’ve Learned Over the First Year of Blogging


Guys, I can’t believe it’s been exactly one year today that I made my very FIRST post on simply e l l’s insta feed…. doesn’t time fly!?🖤

In honor of simply e l l’s bday, I wanted to round up some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over the past year:

1. Give what you get… and even better, give what you want. You know that bible scripture “treat your neighbor as thy self”? Keeping this concept in mind is key in this industry. I still cannot believe (in the best way possible) how much love and support I have gotten from not only followers, but FELLOW BLOGGERS…. aka girls that are working torwards the same exact goals as you. I have learned that giving all that I have to those around me results is having it returned ten-fold.

2. Comparison will be the end of you. Morbid, but so true. I have seen/heard of so many girls fall off from their blogs and goals because they look around, compare themselves to other bloggers/celebrities/etc. and feel inadequate. I have learned that whenever I find that I’m comparing myself to another blogger or influencer, it’s time for me to step back, unfollow them, and recenter myself. There is nothing wrong with being inspired by someone, but when that person starts to take a tole on the way you feel about yourself, there NEEDS to be boundaries.

3. The worst days are simply the light in the tunnel. Yes, omg yes. This one was one of the hardest for me to learn (and still learning), and I think it’s an industry wide stress. You’re having one of those weeks where a ton of your followers dropped off, none of the brands you want to work with are noticing you, and you got a big, fat NO from the collab you were trying to book. Yea…. these weeks suck. But I have found that if I don’t let myself get discouraged in those rainy days days, I find that shortly after, there is something so rewarding waiting. It may just be a mental thing, but overcoming a disappointing week and trudging forward is so empowering. Even in the worst weeks- KEEP GOING! 

4. Do not do this alone. Community is family. I saved the best for last, because I 10000% believe that if I didn’t have the support system I did, I would have quit months ago. Blogging/instagramming/putting yourself out there like we do is…..well, horrifying! I was so nervous and self conscious to launch this blog, in fear that I would fail, and everyone would know about it. Each and everyday, I have external sources of motivation to keep this blog going. Whether it’s Shane giving me a pep talk, one of my friends promoting the blog to another friend, getting DM’s from you guys asking where I bought my look, THE LIST GOES ON. These little reminders that I can really do something with this platform is exactly what makes me type away each night on my phone/laptop! Also, like I mentioned above, the community of bloggers I have come across since starting simply e l l have been so incredibly welcoming, accepting, and freaking AMAZING! Moral of the story: do not try to do this alone. Keep your friends close and accept their help, and engulf yourself with others who are working towards the same goals!

Simply e l l, thank you for being my outlet and passion for the last year, and I cannot wait to see where we go from here! 

Also, just so you know, even after a year, most of us still don’t have our S*** together…. Peep the picture below. #perfectionisoverrated


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Fit410 Wellness Kick-Off; Getting Over My All-or-Nothing Mentality

Happy First Day of my Fit 410 Journey! I thought it would be fun to some-what chronicle these next 28 days, because obviously there are quite a few ebbs and flows with any diet/healthy eating goal/workout.. etc. 

Ok, sooooo, I am off to a crappy start. LOL, yes, it’s day one and I am already behind. How? Well, like any new diet or fitness plan I start, I try to get all my ducks in a row, make sure everything is 100% perfect- down to the final crossed “t”. In my head, I was going to go meal prep shopping with Shane on Saturday, and get a bunch of the prep cooking done right after. Shane and I knew that we were going to be traveling to see family on Sunday, so Saturday was a done deal. Of course life took its tole, and I spent 3 hours of what was supposed to be shopping/cooking time on a long phone call with a friend, and completely effed up the schedule (meanwhile, Shane played Fortnite, so I can’t say he was all that bothered, lol). By the time I got my shopping list together, we only had an hour to get shopping done, and I just felt defeated (example #1 of my all-or-nothing mindset). I also set the goal to get a number of pictures taken on Saturday; like my “before” pictures, some workout gear Inspo, a meal prep pic or two…. well, that went out the door because I was bummed my shopping/cooking idea didn’t go to plan (example #2 of my all-or-nothing mindset).

Flash forward to this morning, I haven’t gone grocery shopping. I haven’t meal prepped anything for this week. I haven’t taken my “before” pics…
So, why am I telling you this. Well, as a kick-off and ode to 2019, I am R E A L L Y trying to work on my all-or-nothing mindset (please see examples above and Appendix B-lol,jk). In the past, this entire scenario of not being prepared would have made me want to skip on kicking off the fitness plan today, and waiting until the next Monday. Can anyone relate to this? One more week of eating junk and not exercising- heck yea! But, please also don’t forget the inevitable crappy feeling we all get when we’ve had one too many trips to Chick-fil-a (a.k.a my “It’s my last week of eating what I want” place) and the feeling from procrastinating yet another goal. 

Yep, so my first challenge to kick off this fitness plan is to start it completely unprepared (cue the hyperventilating and awkward adjustment in my seat.). I can’t lie, I am so uncomfortable, but sometimes its good to let yourself get uncomfortable. After my freak out on Saturday about not being on schedule (sorry, Shane) I looked at my schedule this week, and am just going to make do. My point – the stars don’t have to be perfectly in line to start a new goal or resolution. Let’s be real, nothing is ever going to be the “p” word. Perfection is SO overrated, and that is what I am going to be telling myself every time I forget to do something in my planner, or I decided to indulge in a few waffle fries or two (oh, baby). I am actually so excited to kick off this fitness and wellness journey, because I think there are going to be quite a few lessons in store for me. 

With that said, I am super pumped to be partnering up with @fitforten and about kick my for the next 28 days. Clean eating, working hard, and truly working on betting myself – inside and out!

Want to join the fitness movement?!

Click the link and use my code ERICL55 ! JOIN HERE: http://fit410health.com?p=HkyN7P9WE

EEK! Ok, time to get ready for work and hit the Monday grind. Stay tuned for the 410 chronicles to come, and cheers to a new year and new mindsets!

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My $20/20 Minute/Go-To Potluck Recipe

Ok, who has ever been in this scenario: You are invited to a holiday pot-luck party, and supposed to bring some form of side-dish, entre, or dessert. It’s an hour before the event, and you completely forgot about making your dish…. Ok, well let’s be honest. If you are anything like me, this doesn’t happen. As soon as you get the invite, you would have put the invite into your I-calendar, would have gone food shopping the morning of the event, and would have a lovely little ping go off on your phone when your are approx. 2 hours out from the event.

More realistic scenario: It’s the night before your boyfriend’s holiday party, and he asks you what you are planning to bring?… Um, what? Right, all the girlfriends/wives are bringing dishes for the party… what are you bringing…. *it’s 11:30pm, you have no idea, queue the freakout ….* SHIIIII-…..-RRRLYYYY I am bringing something AWESOME?! *AKA remembers this handy dandy recipe I am about to share*.

Girls, don’t worry and don’t stress! I have just the recipe for you when you are in one of those omg-i-am-going-to-murder-you-i-am-not-betty-crocker kind of situations.

Let’s Get Cookin’! 

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Thanksgiving Style Inspo

Hey Babes! 

Where my outfit procrastinators at?! I don’t know about you, but I haven’t given much thought on what I’ll be wearing for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Not only that, but Shane and I are lucky enough to have multiple dinners to attend over the course of the holiday weekend, meaning I need to prep MULTIPLE looks. So, I thought I’d round up some adorable dinner looks for you guys that you’ll just want to GOBBLE up… get it? Gobble? … ok, yes, pun intended. 

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Corporate Cocktail & Black Tie

Hey there chickas!

This past weekend, Shane and I went to a company event for Shane’s work. For one, it was such a great time! The event was held in Atlantic City at the Resorts Hotel and Casino. A quick tid-bit about Resorts; it was actually the very first Atlantic City Casino/Resort- how cool it that?!

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