2 Years of Blogging & Finding My Voice

2 Years of Blogging & Finding My Voice

This past week, MeganRoshak.com turned two!

First, I want to thank you for reading this blog and keeping up with my content. I appreciate having this creative space that allows me to connect with others from all over! As this blog has grown, it has become something more than just a spot for me to type; it has become a community. I am glad that you are a part of it!

Next, I feel like I have to beg the cliche question: has it really been two years already? It doesn’t feel like that long ago that I purchased my domain and started writing weekly. It has become so integrated into my routine, and I am very happy that it has. Creating content on this blog keeps me in the habit of writing, which I adore doing.

Throughout two years of editing the website and publishing posts, I’ve learned a few things. I would say the biggest journey and lesson was finding my voice. And, what I mean by that is my writing voice. It took quite a bit of time and drafting before I truly understood my style. I’d say that blogging helped me to learn more about who I am, what I value, and how I communicate that.

For example, when I look at recent blog posts compared to blog posts from this time a year ago, I can see a difference in my comfortability to show up authentically. It’s not that I was sharing a false version of reality a year ago, but I don’t think that I was as confident in my voice. A year ago, I second-guessed myself way more than I do now.

So what changed? Well, I think time and practice had a lot to do with it. Continuously writing and creating helped me to get more comfortable with showing up in this online space. With time, I’ve allowed more breathing room in my writing process. I brainstorm, I write, I edit, and I give myself time to work with the words that I type rather than being super quick to publish. Of course, it’s good to have some structure and deadlines, but allowing some fluidity in your work and life can be good too.

In my second year of blogging, I got into even more of a groove with things than in year one. I’m looking forward to another year of creating and learning.

Cheers to the beginning of year three!

What was your favorite blog post from 2021? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Chatting Entrepreneurship and Mental Health with Brianne Helfrich

Chatting Entrepreneurship and Mental Health with Brianne Helfrich

Brianne Helfrich is a college student, CEO, and podcast host. She is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, but she currently lives in Pittsburgh where she is completing a master’s program before attending medical school. During the pandemic, she started her clothing brand, Helfrich Collective.

Brianne and I recently connected on Instagram, and as soon as I heard a bit of her story, I knew that I wanted to have her on the blog. To say the least, she’s making things happen, and I admire that. Throughout our Q&A, Brianne tells it how it is about starting her business, finding balance, and creating positive habits.

Q: What inspired you to start your business, Helfrich Collective?

A: During the pandemic, I started going through my own mental health struggles. I needed something to look forward to and work hard on, but I also wanted to give back and raise awareness. So, I randomly decided to start my own clothing brand that donates to various charities for each collection.

Q: What prepared you to start your business?

A: Honestly, I had no preparation before starting HC. I kind of jumped into it and as a STEM major, I had no business background. Thankfully, I was able to surround myself with people who understood the business side of HC and they have helped guide me along the way. A big thing that I’m thankful for is that I was taught and brought up with a strong work ethic. Like any business, it takes a lot of work and isn’t an overnight success type of thing. It’s very easy to get discouraged when starting your own business, so my resiliency has definitely helped the process.

Q: How do you balance being a CEO and attending school?

A: To be honest, most of the time I don’t balance it very well. I want to do the best I can at everything, so sometimes that means overworking myself and pushing myself a bit too hard. It’s something I’m working on because I know it’s not healthy for me and leads me to insane burnout. I think a big thing for me is prioritizing and planning ahead. It helps alleviate my anxiety and helps with my time management when I know what’s coming up and can prepare ahead of time. Another big thing is asking for help whenever I need it. Sometimes I can delegate tasks or even get advice when I feel like I’m having a tough time balancing.

Q: What are some positive habits that you’ve created in your life?

A: Positive habits I’ve created in my life are the usual things like working out, eating what makes me feel good, saying positive affirmations, etc. But one big thing that has really helped transform my life was seeking help and going to therapy. This has made such a positive impact on how I view myself and the world. Learning that it’s okay to not be okay and having a safe outlet to talk/express my feelings has been so impactful.

Q: What does a day in your life look like?

A: My days are pretty similar during the week, but normally I wake up around 5 am. I’ll then head to the gym (it’s my favorite way to de-stress), workout for a little bit, then go home and get ready for the day. I then head off to clinicals and school. I am constantly working on Helfrich Collective, so I’ll send emails, prep for launches, contact manufacturers, etc. all throughout the day. Then when I get home from school, I normally do any homework I have, make some dinner/watch TV/facetime my family and friends, and go to bed early.

Q: What advice would you give other 20-somethings who want to start their own businesses?

A: Just start. You will always feel like you aren’t ready or not prepared enough, but you learn by doing. It’s normal to make mistakes, so take everything as a learning curve and grow from it. Just believe in yourself, work hard and you can achieve anything.

Q: Where can we keep up with you?

A: Instagram @briannehelfrich & @helfrichcollective, TikTok @briannehelfrich & @helfrichcollective, shop HC at Helfrichcollective.com, and listen to Welcome to the Collective.

Showing Up Authentically on Social Media

Showing Up Authentically on Social Media

Authenticity and social media aren’t always two peas in a pod. However, with good intentions, they can be.

Social media can be used in a way that is uplifting and true to you. It can be used to express yourself and connect with others that share your interests. Here are a few best practices when showing up online:

Type like you talk. How you speak IRL should line up with how you communicate on social media. If you wouldn’t actually say something that you are typing then there is a disconnect with who you are and who you are showing up as online.

Share content that you enjoy creating. When you share content that you’re passionate about, your online community can tell. If you are just posting something because you think it will get engagement, your community can tell. Create and publish genuine content that matters to you, and your community will show up for it.

Use filters to enhance images rather than alter them. Filters and editing tools are great for creating sharp and high-quality images. But, I do believe they can be overused. If you want your digital community to get to know you on social media, you have to be real.

Be honest and transparent. I believe transparency is especially important when you are posting #sponsored or #gifted content. If you promote a brand on social media that has paid you in currency or product, you should be open about it.

Create healthy boundaries for yourself. Being authentic on social media doesn’t mean that you have to share anything and everything. You have control over your own social media account, so you have control over how much you decide to publish. I find that it’s good to strike a balance between the personal things that you make public and the things that you keep private.

How do you show up authentically on social media? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Fangirling in Chicago: Attending Wizard World ’21

Fangirling in Chicago: Attending Wizard World ’21

Over this past weekend, I attended the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. It was fun to spend a Saturday in cosplay while browsing comics and other collectibles.

In previous years, I’ve attended this convention as Padme, Tank Girl, and even Mr. Freeze. This year, Frenchie from The Boys inspired my #OOTD. I managed to thrift every piece of the outfit, so it was a fairly easy costume to put together. It’s just made up of plaid pants, a belt, suspenders, and a grey t-shirt that I cropped and painted a skull bunny on. If you’re also a fan of the show or comics, feel free to steal this costume idea for Halloween.

At the convention, there’s always a lot to see. My favorite photo opp was definitely with Chicago Tardis‘ Winston. Winston is a Dalek aka a mutant alien from the show Doctor Who. If you don’t know the show, I understand that may all sound very confusing. But anyway, trust me when I say that it’s pretty cool to see a life-sized replica in person.

I’m happy that I brought a few pieces of the convention home with me. My haul included a Powerpuff Girls charm bracelet, vintage Purple Rain and Annie Hall movie promotions, and a Jeff Goldblum print from Kelsey Rushing. You may just see some of these items show up in upcoming apartment decor blogs!

Have you ever attended a comic con? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Upgrade Your Lock Screen: DIY Phone Wallpapers

Upgrade Your Lock Screen: DIY Phone Wallpapers

We all have those days when we could use a bit of motivation or inspiration, so why not carry some in your pocket?

I created a few different phone wallpapers that you can download and use to upgrade your lock screen. They feature some of my favorite quotes of the moment that I’ve found on Pinterest and Instagram.

If you want to DIY or customize the wallpapers, feel free to use my template in Canva by clicking here.

Which wallpaper is your favorite? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

How-To Create a Simple & Vegetarian Charcuterie Board

How-To Create a Simple & Vegetarian Charcuterie Board

Whether you are hosting or just want to enjoy an indulgent night in, this is the charcuterie board for you! It has the perfect mix of sweet and salty, and it sits atop a bottle of wine; what more could you ask for?

Here’s what you’ll need: a bottle of Prophecy Rosé (if you are 21+), a bottle top serving tray, grapes of choice, gouda cheese slices, spreadable white cheddar cheese, Skinny Dipped Dark Chocolate Almonds, Dot’s Original Pretzels, and Avocado, Cilantro, & Lime Triscuits.

All of these snacks are personal favorites of mine individually, and they are even better when combined!

To get started, I first put down a bit of saran wrap on the tray. I figured this would help to make clean-up easy. Then, I began to stack crackers and cheese slices across from one another. Once those were placed, I added pretzels and spreadable cheese in another corner of the board. In the final open space, I put grapes. And lastly, I sprinkled chocolate-covered almonds across the board.

Depending on how many people you want to serve with your board, you can add or subtract from the amount of snacks that I have pictured. I don’t believe it has to be an exact science. I just think a charcuterie board needs to have delicious ingredients; the cute aesthetic is simply a side effect.

P.S. It was as good as it looks, and you should definitely try it.

What’s your favorite sweet or salty snack? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

My Morning Routine

My Morning Routine

While not every day looks the same for me, I try to find consistency in my morning routine. I find that having a morning routine allows me to be more proactive during the day rather than reactive. I view it as a time to practice some self-care and set intentions for the day ahead.

Most weekdays, I try to wake up around 5:15 am. On the weekends, I like to be up by 8:00 am. Of course, there are days where I hit snooze a few times, but in general, those are the times that my days get started.

I try not to go on my phone first thing in the morning. It was this Florence Given quote that helped me to break the habit: “Your happiness – the way you view yourself – and the content you consume is in your control. Make changes. Now.” I believe Instagram can be a great source of inspiration but not if you are playing a game of comparison. I’d recommend giving yourself a chance to romanticize your life before looking at others.

Taking an Obe workout class is how I like to get my day going. Sometimes I catch live classes, other times, I follow along to a replay. Cardio boxing and yoga sculpt classes have been my favorites to do lately. Honestly, any class led by Alex Scolari is a class that I will take.

After working out, I like to do my skincare and take a shower right away. For months, I’ve been using all Bliss products on my face. The Clear Genius Cleanser and Drench & Quench Moisturizer are the perfect duo for me. As far as hair care goes, I love to use Beachwaver’s Stay Strong Reparative Line. You can check out my hair wash day routine here.

Most of the time, I let my hair air dry while I go through the rest of my routine. I do my makeup at my makeshift vanity that’s made up of a mirror, floor cushion, and floor lamp. I adore this little spot in my apartment because of all the natural light.

Once I’m mostly ready, it’s coffee time! I recently invested in a SMEG espresso machine, and I’m in love. It’s such a dream to wake up to fresh espresso shots. If I add anything to my coffee, it’s typically a splash of cream and Goldmine Supershroom powder or Copina Co collagen.

My go-to breakfast lately has been an egg sandwich. I dress it up with lots of kale, sriracha, sharp white cheddar cheese or gouda, and a sprinkle of Trader Joes’ Everything But the Bagel seasoning.

After eating, I finish getting ready and check my planner. I keep tasks scheduled out by the hour. Being a visual person, I enjoy seeing everything laid out. It helps me to see the bigger picture and the progress that I’m making on projects. I’d recommend giving it a try if you ever feel stressed by your to-do list.

& that’s a wrap on my morning routine! Let me know yours in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

A Glimpse at My New Apartment

A Glimpse at My New Apartment

If you’ve been following along, you may know that I recently moved! It has been my goal to curate my new apartment into a cozy and functional home. Slowly but surely, I’ve been getting my new space fully furnished, decorated, and put together. Not everything is complete quite yet, but I do feel ready and excited to share a glimpse of what is.

First, let’s begin in my living room. Here, I have one of my favorite pieces which is a signed Tank Girl comic poster. I got lucky at the Green Bay ReStore and found the perfect wooden frame for it. For aesthetic purposes, and because the frame is heavy, I think this artwork may stay simply rested against the wall.

Alongside Tank Girl, I have a dracaena plant. This is my first plant in this apartment, so if all goes well, I may add more!

Also, in my living room, I have a Valley of the Dolls movie poster that I adore. Valley of the Dolls is a slightly obscure movie from the late ’60s, but it’s one of my favorites. I recommend checking it out if you are ever in the mood for a bit of drama.

In my dining area, I also have a couple of different art pieces. On the left is an abstract painting that I did (you can check out my blog post about it here). On the right is a print I got at a comic con years ago. It’s a drawing of the character Eric from True Blood. The blue background on the portrait matched perfectly with my color palette, so I had to put it up. The gold frame was a Goodwill NCW find.

My bedroom might be my favorite room just because of my orange velvet comforter. It really just makes the room feel warm and cozy.

On the wall across from my bed, I created a collage with some Cindy Sherman postcard prints. I love her portraits, but they can be expensive, so this was a nice and accessible way to have some of her art displayed. This same type of collage could be easily recreated in your own home with your favorite art and command strips!

Last but certainly not least, I have to show you the bathroom and another Tank Girl print. As soon as I saw this print, I knew where it had to go. This frame is also from the Green Bay ReStore! If you are in the area, check them out for great deals on home decor and furniture.

I hope you enjoyed a brief glimpse into my new apartment. I’m sure that I will have more updates to share in the months to come, so stay tuned!

What are your best renter-friendly decor tips? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

A Bit About Me & MeganRoshak.com

A Bit About Me & MeganRoshak.com

While I know I do a lot of writing and talking online, it didn’t hit me until I took a look at my metrics. This post marks the big 100 on MeganRoshak.com. Whether you are new to the blog or have been here since the beginning, thank you for following along with me!

In honor of the milestone, I want to introduce or reintroduce you all to me and this online space that I’ve created. In short, a lot has changed since I first started this blog.

About Me

I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Currently, I live and work in Green Bay, and I adore it. Green Bay is my hometown, so I’m most likely biased, but it has turned out to be a great place to finish my education and begin my career. Also, it’s where I’ve found the cutest apartment to call home.

For work, I primarily do content creation and social media marketing. I also dabble in radio. It’s an interesting mix, but I appreciate everything that I’ve been able to learn and continue to learn in my different roles. For fun, I enjoy writing, reading, listening to records, and checking out community events. I will typically never say no to coffee or live music.

About MeganRoshak.com

I first invested in my domain out of a simple love for writing. I had done a lot of guest blogging, and I wanted to have my own creative space where I could be the publisher. At the core, this is still why I blog. But, I also blog for reasons like community building and networking. I believe writing is best when it’s shared and when it can spark ideas or conversations.

On the blog, you can find content that fits into four different categories: lifestyle, beauty, fashion, and coffee.

I define lifestyle content as the type of content that shares my life, as well as tips and tricks, with you. Beauty content includes reviews and how-tos on the latest beauty trends. The fashion content that I create usually showcases thrifted finds and DIYs. Last but certainly not least, coffee content includes anything and everything coffee related. Typically in coffee blog posts, I’m trying or sharing different and new drinks.

And that just about sums up me and the blog. Cheers to 100 posts, and here’s to many more!

What would you like to see more of on the blog? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Lessons I’ve Learned from Working in Radio

Lessons I’ve Learned from Working in Radio

Happy National Radio Day! In honor of the holiday, I wanted to share a few lessons that I’ve learned from working in the industry.

For some background, I’ve been working in radio for about two years now! In the summer of 2019, I was an intern at my local radio station. In the fall of 2019, I began working for the station as an on-air announcer. Then in the winter of 2019, I fully transitioned into a producer role.

In each role I’ve had, I’ve been able to sharpen my communication and technical skills. I believe the lessons I’ve learned on-air have helped me grow in my radio job and my day-to-day life.

Here’s what I’ve learned from working in radio:

Forming relationships is key. On the first day of my internship in radio, I was told, “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.” Getting to know others that worked at the station and learning from them allowed me to get hired. If you want people or a company to invest in you, you have to invest in them.

You must prioritize tasks effectively and efficiently. I learned this lesson when I began producing a live show. As you may imagine, producers handle a lot of moving parts. If tasks are not done correctly or on time during a show, the whole thing could go off the air. This is why prioritization is so vital. You have to understand what’s urgent and what can wait.

Anything can happen. As in life, anything can happen on-air. Technology can be fickle, and so can people. When I’m producing a show, and something goes wrong, I try to simply evaluate and adjust. I have learned to accept the fact that anything can happen (even if it’s a bit disorientating).

There are endless paths to the same result. The way that I run a show and the way that others run a show is different. Yet, to a listener, the on-air product sounds the same. There are various paths to the same result, so do what makes the most sense to you!

How are you celebrating National Radio Day? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!