How To Start Your Own Podcast

Click if you want to listen to my episode on how to start your own podcast!

So today I want to teach you guys how to start your own podcast! In full transparency, it’s super easy. I started my podcast in under 24 hours for basically FREE. If you want to learn how to start your own podcast follow these steps…you could seriously have your own podcast by tomorrow if you follow along ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. Podcast Name & What It’s About: This is the most fun! Coming up with the name of your podcast and what you want it to be about is always fun because you get to be creative with it. What topics are you passionate about? Is there something you feel that you could talk about for hours? And for coming up with the name of your podcast, think of fun plays on your name (that’s what I did!) What words does your name rhyme with? Are there any puns having to do with the topic at hand? This may take awhile to get the perfect name, but bounce some ideas off of your friends and see what sticks ๐Ÿ™‚ Even comment on this post and I can help you too!
  2. Create Your Cover Art: I think this part is so fun too! Creating your cover art that will be featured for your podcast is way easier than you think, and it’s also another fun way to express yourself and get creative. Go to this website to create your cover art super easily, and FOR FREE! They even have podcast templates to help get you started.
  3. Get Your Equipment: This is where you may need to do some Amazon shopping! I’m going to assume that everyone has a computer, so we don’t need to invest in that. But something that you may need is a USB microphone. I use this one and it was cheap and works perfectly fine! If you don’t want to spend the money, you can try recording with just your computer microphone and see if that works well enough for you. If not, order the mic!
  4. Recording Software: Again being fully honest, I use a completely free app to record my podcast! Download it here. It’s super easy, free, and user friendly.
  5. Record Your Intro: You’re going to need some cute music for your intro and outro on your podcast! I found my free music from this free for use music website here. It was super easy and quick!
  6. Find Your Podcast Host: You will need a podcast host to basically house your podcast. This is how you get featured on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and more. The easiest and only podcast host I’ve ever used is Buzzsprout. Sign up with this link to receive a free $20 Amazon Gift Card when you sign up for a paid plan! (Basically getting your money back plus more) ๐Ÿ™‚ They also have the option for a free plan, but I pay as little as $12 per month with my plan and it is 100% worth it for the amount of podcasting time I am allowed to upload per month.
  7. Have Your Guests Call In: This is my secret sauce to having podcast guests call in from all over the world, for free! But you’ll have to listen to the very end of my podcast episode to find out what it is ๐Ÿ˜‰ Click above to listen!

Let me know if this helped any of you to start your own podcast! I have been podcasting for almost one year now and I am so proud to share how much I’ve learned along the way โค

How To Get The Fall Feels

Hi guys! I’ve been battling with a bit of seasonal depression lately. (I know, such a fun way to start off the blog post, lol!) Every year, once summer fades and chillier winds start rolling in, so do my poo-poo attitudes and negative thoughts. I will admit, winter in New York is super depressing, especially considering the amount that you have to walk outside in this city.

But this year, I’ve decided to take a different approach. Instead of resisting it, I’ve decided to dive right in and embrace all that fall has to offer. I’ve always been so jealous of girls who love fall and dress their apartments with decorative gourds and drink spiked apple cider. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! So I came up with these top 6 ways to fully embrace fall instead of dreading its return:

Candles– Who doesn’t love a good pumpkin spice candle? I mixed these two scents together and it immediately made me so happy and nostalgic. Go through the fall candles at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx and mix two of your favorite scents together to get the perfect fall smell going throughout your house!

Fall Flavors– Even though I’m currently trying to do Whole30, I’ve found that one way to really embrace and enjoy fall is to get some fall snacks. Trader Joe’s has a plethora of fall themed foods that I wanted to buy (so badly), so if you aren’t on a diet you should definitely check them out. I know that there are fall flavored Oreo’s, pumpkin spice pretzels, and more. One healthy option that I eat is sprinkling cinnamon on a chopped up banana or apple. Cinnamon flavors always give me fall vibes!

Open Windows– This sounds silly, but literally opening my bedroom window and sitting near it while the cool fall breeze rolls in feels so refreshing. Fall has a certain smell to it, doesn’t it? It’s so nostalgic to me. It reminds me of the beginning of the school year back in Ohio.

Music– A fall playlist is so important to get those fall vibes going in your room. Music can set a mood like nothing else. Autumn Leaves by Ed Sheeran is my favorite fall song, but if you want to hear more nostalgic fall favorites then go listen to my playlist here. (Trigger Warning: These are mostly angsty teenage acoustic songs. You can get to know high school Olivia through this playlist).

Lighting– This is actually the silliest thing ever, but changing the lighting in my room made a world of a difference when it comes to fall with darker days and nights. I bought new lightbulbs from Target (“soft white”) and my room immediately feels warmer, brighter and friendlier. BTW, never ever in your life get those bright white LED lightbulbs. They are the worst and will make your room feel like a hospital! Anyways, even playing around with turning one lamp on and putting my candles on the other side of the room can really set the mood and create the best vibes for fall.

Movies– Watching fall movies and TV shows gives me literally ALL OF THE FEELS. Sitting in my room smelling the fall breeze with my warm apple cider candle burning and eating my cinnamon bananas while watching fall movies is literally the warmest and happiest and coziest feeling EVER. My current fall favs that I’ve been watching are You’ve Got Mail, Gilmore Girls, and Riverdale. Gilmore Girls especially gives me fall feels because it’s so warm, nostalgic and comforting. Their quaint little town is picturesque autumn. What fall movies and television shows do you enjoy?

Trust me, I know a lot of this sounds trivial. But when you’re dealing with depressive thoughts and feelings that come along with the colder weather months, sometimes treating yourself to a couple of cute candles, a fall snack, or renting a movie can really change your attitude and mindset. Don’t forget to take your Vitamin D and let’s tackle this fall together!

Life Update: Hi I’m Back!

Hi guys! I know I haven’t posted on here in almost a year (ok I just looked back and realized it was a year exactly to this day that I last blogged! That’s so weird…)

Anyways, hi! It’s been a whole year and I feel like so much has changed in my life, but also a lot has stayed the same if that makes any sense. I’m still nannying and doing work for my mom, while sitting around and dreaming about what I really want to be doing with my life. I’ve debated diving further into more social media jobs, becoming a teacher, or a real estate agent, or an aesthetician. So yes, lots of options! Do you ever struggle with what to do with your life? Turning 24 this June was a strange feeling for me. I officially feel like a real “adult” and that feeling comes with a lot of pressure! Pressure to figure out my life, my relationship, my job situation, my living situation, and more. I know that it’s normal in your 20’s to feel a bit of a lost soul, but when does that feeling go away? Will it ever?

I’m debating getting a life coach, so if you guys have any let me know. I just want to feel good and happy about my life and myself again (And yes, this whole rant may just be my period talking, but so what? It’s still how I feel in the moment!)

Hopes & Dreams

The little girl I nanny for is talking about hopes and dreams in her fourth grade class. When I asked what her hopes and dreams are, she said “My hope is to get out of this conversation soon!” Kids are too smart. But this got me to thinking about my hopes and dreams. I’m 23 and living in New York City, but I don’t have a ton of clarity as to what I’m doing with my life.

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If anyone didn’t already know, I’m a nanny. I’ve been nannying since February of this year, and I really truly love it. It’s the first job that I’ve done here in New York where I really feel like I’m good at the work I’m doing. If you don’t know, I moved to NYC to work at a PR company here. It didn’t turn out to be exactly what I thought it would, and between a new job, new city, and new apartment, my anxiety got the best of me. I was having panic attacks for like a week straight and I just couldn’t manage them, even with my anxiety medicine. I literally left that job within a month, and quitting a job like that when you’ve signed a year lease in New York City is definitely some scary shit. I hate the idea that people judge me for that or consider me a quitter and not a hard worker. For me, mental health comes first and foremost, because I literally cannot function day to day if my emotions are out of whack. To be honest, I’ve also never really seen myself at a corporate job before. Not to say that I wouldn’t be able to do it or that I might not pursue something along those lines in the future, but ever since I was young I have had this really entrepreneurial spirit.

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Have you ever tried to envision your life, and you close your eyes and you kind of just know in your gut how it’s gonna play out? Like you can really almost see it, and all you have to do to get there eventually is kinda follow some steps along the way? That’s what I do. I’m not sure if I’m trying to manifest my dream life or if I’m just psychic and know how things are going to play out for me, lol. But when I close my eyes and envision the life I want, I see myself owning my own company. I get to dabble in photography, write, create things, travel, and have a family. I could almost cry thinking about it! The annoying part is that when I do envision this life, I’m not quite sure what my “business” really is. Sometimes I blog in hopes of turning this into my own small business, but I know that isn’t the greatest idea when I am blogging once a month! My inspiration is someone like Jenna Kutcher. If you don’t follow her, please do. She is a soon-to-be mom and an amazing boss woman. She marches to the beat of her own drum in the most beautiful way, and has a stunning eye for design. She is my ultimate goals!

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I know I went off on a tangent here, but I did want to say that if you have a dream, go for it. And if you have a gut feeling about an awesome life ahead of you, keep moving in that direction. A funny man I once interviewed in a journalism class told me this, “Fund your dream until your dream can fund itself.” Nannying allows me the opportunity to interact with kids, one of my favorite things to do. It has also allowed me to start saving up to fund my dream. Although I still don’t know what that is exactly, I have a pretty good feeling about it.

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We’re An Official Domain!

Welcome to my blog with an official domain, OliviaTheBlog.com! I’m SO excited!! Coming up with an official domain name was super daunting and tricky. I have some tips for people trying to choose a domain name, and I’ll give some reasons why I chose this one too!

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I knew I wanted a simple domain name that would be easy for people to spell and remember. Olivia’s blog was taken, blog Olivia, etc. A domain with my last name would have been too tricky, since mine is so complicated. Finally, I randomly tried OliviaTheBlog.com and it was free!! I thought it was super cute, mostly because it reminded me of Olivia The Pig, which happened to be my favorite book growing up. I really resinated with her for some reasonย ๐Ÿ˜‚

I also think that you should consider what the domain name sounds like when said out loud. I kept trying to think about what I wanted to say if someone walking by said “Do you have a blog? What is it?” I needed something simple, easy to say and easy to remember.

I also wanted to make sure the domain name was under 15 characters. This makes it easiest to remember, and less of a chance for people to misspell anything when typing it into the address bar!

This is my third blog I’ve ever made (third times a charm?) so I also wanted to make sure that this name was a brand that would fit me for a long time. You can’t go wrong with your own name, because I feel like you can never “outgrow” that. I can always change my color scheme, logo, etc. But I don’t want to have to deal with a whole new blog name and branding for a long time. So I figured that OliviaTheBlog.com kind of encompasses everything that I wanted in a name, and it’s hopefully something that will be around for awhile!

Thanks again to everyone out there who has read my blog and is supportive of it! This is truly one of my favorite things to do, so thanks for just being here and being youย โ™ก

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