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October 25, 2016

The Belief of Success

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In case you missed it, I launched my first e-course yesterday. That would be exactly one week after launching my second website/blog/YouTube channel.

In the middle of all these “launches” an old childhood friend text me, “You’ve done But First, Caffeinate and Conquer… WITH a full time job??!! HOW?”

I didn’t even know how to respond at first.

HOW is right. I didn’t know. How did I make this happen and where on earth did I find the time or energy? Β Where and how did I find the time to add something else to my already busy schedule?

I think the answer is simply one of motivation, and to elaborate, “intrinsic motivation.” In school we used to learn about extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation comes from outside sources. Typically your job has a lot of extrinsic motivation- your motivated to get paid, to make your boss happy, etc. Extrinsic motivation can also come from the want to avoid a negative consequence like bad grades or getting in trouble. Intrinsic motivation comes from within. It’s the motivation to do something because you want to and because you find it rewarding and/or enjoyable. I think the reason I can find time to juggle all my things is because I’m so intrinsically motivated to complete the tasks for my blog and for Caffeinate and Conquer. I find the work (most of the time) enjoyable and the entire process to be rewarding.

All this being said doesn’t mean that intrinsic motivation gives me some sort of super powers to complete more than the average person. The entire road isn’t always perfectly paved and there were many (MANY) early mornings, late nights, and times spent staring at my laptop screen in a sort of dumb stupor – exhaustion.

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In Blog & Brand on
October 24, 2016

A Better Blog in 10 Minutes a Day | FREE E-COURSE IS HERE!


I can’t believe it’s finally here and I’m still standing. I put a lot of heart and soul into this e-course and am so happy to see it fly out into the internet to help inspire, teach, and help some of you grow a better blog! This blog e-course is perfect for you if you’re ready to take your blog to the next level.

Introducing…A Better Blog in 10 Minutes a Day

This is aΒ Caffeinate And Conquer FREE e-course that contains lessons that are all less than 10 minutes long. I know your time is precious and I’ve grown a successful blog while still maintaining a full-time job. I want to teach you how you can do that too!

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In recipes and cocktails on
October 21, 2016

Apple Cider Rum Smash


Oh sweet mother of apple spice goodness. I’m about to change your life, just hold on.

I’ve gone ahead and concocted the best damn fall cocktail you’ll ever had. Just trust. This Apple Cider Rum Smash is about to blow your gosh darn mind and leave you forever indebted to me for changing you life. I know this sounds extreme but it’s all the truth. So get out your grocery lists, cancel your plans for tonight, and listen carefully as I explain to you how to reach a place of complete appley-cider cocktail peace.

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In fashion on
October 19, 2016

Fall Style // A Walk in The Woods

Fall Style Ribbed Lace Up Dress | A Walk in The Woods | But First, Coffee blog

The leaves here in Connecticut really seemed to take off the past week. Leaves changing colors is such a funny thing because when they first start to change and you’re met with this overwhelming feeling of “OMG, they are all going to change right NOW.” Β You forget that the whole process takes weeks and weeks. It’s somewhere around this time that you become convinced that the leaves are, in fact, at their peak. That is until you venture out with a camera only to realize that there actually are, “still a lot of green leaves.” It’s funny how the leaves change since certain tree varieties change sooner than others leaving areas of bright reds and oranges and other areas still splattered mostly in green.

When I was in college I took a Natural History class. It was with one of those teachers that makes you say, “this is what every teacher should be like.” He would pile us all into a rented college van (there was about 12 of us), every Tuesday morning and we’d venture out into the world. We were lucky because our campus was less than one mile from Acadia National Park, so the abundance of nature was just steps away. We spent some morning wading through bogs with the professor reminding us to “walk where I do” to prevent getting sucked into a bog hole – apparently a real thing to fear.

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In Blog & Brand on
October 17, 2016

The BIG Reveal

a resource for bloggers, social media influencers, and small businesses to grow their online presence. What can you expect here? Picture this, an online toolbox designed to help you stay up-to-date on search engine optimization, offer social media marketing tips and strategies, provide branding best practices and online lead generation tactics, and everything else you'll need to conquer the internet.

You might have heard, but I’ve been keeping a little secret. I’ve been setting 5 am wake up calls and spending my weekends gearing up for something I’ve been thinking about doing for over a year…and can’t believe I have finally done it!

When started this blog, But First, Coffee a little over 3 years ago, I had NO idea what I was doing. I didn’t know a single thing about blogging let alone about the entire industry of search engine marketing and social media influencers.

But that changed, fast.

I became totally enthralled in the industry. So much so that in 2015 I made a big decision to quit my career as a teacher to pursue internet marketing full-time, it was scary and a little bittersweet. As much as I am passionate about search engine marketing, I’m equally as passionate about educating.

Well, finally my two passions have collided in the form of…

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