How To Find Your Optimal Times to Tweet

I was writing a post the other day and like any good blogger (this is being said with sarcasm, by the way) I was scheduling out tweets using Buffer. However, I was curious what times my tweets were actually being seen by my followers. So I did a little digging and found my answer.

This combines two of my favorite things: Twitter and Microsoft Excel (yes, I am a nerd!!). I wanted other bloggers and entrepreneurs to know how to find their optimal times to tweet so they're getting as many views as possible. (*lazy girl hack: scroll to the bottom of this post for a video tutorial!*)

How To Find Your Optimal Times to Tweet

1. Head over to Twitter and click your picture in the top right-hand corner. Scroll down and select "Analytics."

2. Once you're on the Analytics page, select "Tweets" at the top of the page.

3. In the left corner, you need to select how many days of tweets you want to look at. I did 28 days (the default) but if you tweet a lot, you could do fewer days, and if you tweet infrequently, you might want to do more days. Click "Export data."

4. Once your data has been exported, a spreadsheet will open in Excel. The very first thing you want to do is add two blank columns to the right of the "time" column. (To do this, click the "F" column and then click "Insert" on the ribbon above.)

5. Once you have your blank column, you're going to need to delimit your "D" column ("time"). In non-nerdy terms, this means you need to separate parts of that column out. To do this, click the D so the whole column is highlighted. Then, at the top of the screen, click "Data," then select "Text to columns." A popup will open. On the first screen, select "delimited," then click next. Under the "delimiters" category, unselect the default option and select the "Space" option. Leave everything else the same and click finish.

6. You'll notice that your "time" column has now been divided into three columns. The date, the time, and one full of zeroes. Feel free to delete the column full of zeroes, it's unnecessary. However, you will need the other two. Now, you'll want to change the format of the times, unless you're used to a 24-hour clock (which I'm definitely not). To do this, select the "E" column, then under the "Home" tab at the top, select the drop-down list in the number section and select "More Number Formats." In here, select "Time," then choose how to want to see your time. I chose the one that looks like "1:30 PM" but hey to each her own.

7. You're almost there, I promise! Now is the easy part. At the top of the screen, under the Home tab, on the right ride, select "Sort & Filter" then "Filter." This will add the option to filter each column. Now you get to choose which metric you want to look at. If you want to see when to post a tweet that will get lots of impressions, filter the impressions column from largest to smallest. If you want to see when to post tweets that get a lot of retweets, filter the retweet column from largest to smallest.... you get my point. From here, simply compare the metric to the time in the E column. You'll see in my spreadsheet that I filtered my impressions largest to smallest, and my most "seen" tweet was posted at 10:30PM. (**Disclaimer: make sure your timezone is correct in your Twitter settings. Mine was incorrect, so it thought that this tweet was at 10:30, when it was actually 8:30PM my time. Oops!)

How To Find Your Optimal Times to Tweet

It's as simple as that! (Haha okay it actually isn't super simple, but it's not that hard!) Now you know when your tweets are being seen, and you'll be able to better schedule out your tweets. The only issue I see with this is that you need to take into account why your tweet had so many impressions (or any other metric). For example, the tweet you see in these screenshots was retweeted by some of my favorite podcasters (shoutout to The Lady Gang and The Skinny Confidential). Because they have so many followers, my tweet had a ton more impressions because all of their followers saw it in addition to mine. This is obviously good, but it might not have to do with when a tweet is posted, and more about who retweeted it. Just something to keep in mind!

Was that tutorial too much for you? Watch me follow these steps in this simple video!

Still have questions? Feel free to shoot me a comment below, or send me an email!
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How To Come Out Of Your Shell at a New Job

It's crazy to think I've been at my internship almost eight (!!!) months now. I still remember getting my acceptance email and practically jumping for joy (it was, after all, my dream internship). Now that I've been there long enough to experience a ton, I'm ready to share some tips!

To give y'all a bit of a backstory, I started my internship in October of last year (Fall of my junior year) but because I was working while I was in school, I worked really weird hours. I usually would work half days on Mondays and Wednesdays and full days on Fridays (I was lucky and didn't have any Friday classes). I loved going to work, but what I didn't like was not being able to be completely immersed in work. This sounds like something a total workaholic would say but I wanted to be able to squeeze everything I could out of this internship. Fast forward to this summer, I'm working 40 hours a week, and I love it. 

However, I realized it wasn't until just recently that I felt like I had come out of my shell. Which was 100% my fault. I feel like if I had followed my own advice 9 months ago, I would have been a lot more immersed in the company. What is that advice, Emma? You ask. Well, kind reader, I'll tell ya!

Do Everything You Can

When I say this, I mean never say no (Except for drugs. Always say no to drugs hehe.). If people are going to get drinks after work and invite you, say yes (even if you're not legally able to drink, go and socialize!). If your office is having an optional party, go and talk to people! You're usually not going to make friends at a job if all you're doing is working. But if you interact with your coworkers in different situations, you're more likely to bond. 

Talk to Everyone

This is my biggest downfall. I'm usually pretty shy when I first meet people and it takes a while for me to feel comfortable enough to talk to people. However, I've seen some of my coworkers do this so well. If you're standing next to someone waiting for the microwave at lunch, introduce yourself and ask them their name and position! You might not remember them (you'll be learning tons of names) but they will feel like they know you when they see you around the office! Even if you don't have time to introduce yourself, something simple like a "Good Morning!" to the receptionist when you're walking into the office in the morning will make others associate your face with friendliness.

Eat Lunch with People

Similar to my first point, lunch is an important part of the workplace culture. Whether everyone brings their lunch and sits in the break room together, or everyone goes to the burger place next door, tag along and meet everyone! This is a perfect opportunity for small talking and bonding with your coworkers. If you're feeling bold, ask a different coworker each day/week to get lunch with you. I can almost guarantee that if you offer to pay, they'll say yes, because who doesn't like free food and talking about themselves?! No one, that's who.

Do Good Work

This one should be a no-brainer for any employee, but it's especially important when you're a newbie. By doing good work, you'll get a good rep with your boss(es) who, if you're lucky, will talk about you to other employees. If more people know who you are, they're going to make you feel included! Especially if they know you're an asset to the company.

I am absolutely loving work and although after 9 months I'm finally feeling like I'm out of my shell, I totally could've expedited that process had I done a few more of these. I know it can be hard, trust me, but doing these things right off the bat will help you come out of your shell and truly enjoy your work experience!

Let me know if you want to know more about my internship, I'd love to share more!

As always, follow me on Twitter, FacebookBloglovin' and Pinterest, and shoot me a comment below with your work experiences! Cheers bitches :-)

I'm Obsessed: June 2017

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.

I wish I was kidding when I say that I f******g hate "____ Favorites" posts. But I'm not. Those are the posts I skip on Bloglovin' and Twitter. (did you see my shameless plug hyperlinks right there?) Those are totally the blog posts I roll my eyes when I see. But look at this post. Read that title. Read it and weep. I'm doing it. I'm really f*****g doing it because I want to share shit from my life with the cool people that follow me. And what better way than a basic-as-hell blog post? Damn straight. Buckle up.

1. Mario Badescu Rose Water Facial Spray

Let's begin this shindig with the Mario Badescu Rose Water Facial Spray. Many people have heard of this saint's drying lotion (*hint hint* look at #3) but I hadn't heard squat about this rose water until I literally walked past it in Ulta (you know those travel-size sections by the checkout? dangerous. as. hell). I was loading up on stuff I definitely (didn't) need for my trip to Europe  and realized all the "trendy" travel bloggers always suggest having a little rose water spray to spritz during long-ass flights so I thought, "eh, what the hell," and treated myself to this boujee, unnecessary beauty product. Boy am I glad I did. This stuff smells delicious (kind of reminds me of my Grammy, but like, in a good way. Also, hi if you're reading this, Grammy!) and really isn't that expensive. I used it at least 3 times each way on my 9-hour flights and almost every night before bed in Europe. It just makes you feel refreshed! I now keep it next to my bed and try to spritz before bedtime! It also helps that it's light pink and super cute (#onbrand).

2. Him & Her Podcast

I'd be lying if I said today's post wasn't inspired by The Skinny Confidential. As my new favorite blog, I'm utterly obsessed with Lauryn and her lifestyle, which led me to her podcast with her husband: Him & Her Podcast. It's interesting to get a glimpse into her lifestyle and business and I always feel like I learn something new. I listen to this ish everywhere I go: the gym, the pool, work, and even while I cook. Their hilarious dynamic always keeps me distracted from the things that usually seem to take the longest (I'm looking at you, planks). If you haven't read The Skinny Confidential or listened to Him & Her Podcast, give it a go. (She even wrote a book!!! #girlboss)

3. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

It's marrrrioooooooo again! This is the drying lotion I mentioned in #1. This stuff is most likely sent from the angels in heaven and comes down in a little gondola made of gold and sunshine. I'm not kidding this shit works miracles. When I say miracles, I mean it erases zits. ZITS. All you do is dab a q-tip into the bottle (don't shake the bottle before hand!) and dab the lotion on your zits. In the morning, they'll either be tiny or completely gone. Where was this shit in middle school?! This stuff is perfect for people like me that get a pimple here and there and impatiently want it gone ASAP.

4. Eat Pray Love

Yes, I know, I know. Eat Pray Love is so 2010. Well, sue me. I've never seen the movie and I hadn't read the book until now. I wanted a book that fueled my wanderlust while I was in Europe and this book did just the trick. I'm not going to lie to my dear followers: I haven't finished it yet. So don't tell me what happens. But so far I love it. Want to know a little secret? I don't pay for any books. I simply use the Fort Worth Library app to rent books on my iPad! (If you want to know more, comment below and I'll write a post about it!)

5. St. Tropez Tanners

Last but not least: the life saver. If you're a pale girl like me (#palegirlsclub), the summer is rough time for us. Especially if you don't even have the time to attempt to get tan. This is where St. Tropez comes in. While other self-tanners work gradually, St. Tropez gives immediate results (if you can't tell.... I'm impatient). I'll put this on at night and in the morning I actually feel tan. I love it. I've been using the bronzing mousse for almost a year now and I love it. A few suggestions: if you're not sure St. Tropez is for you, start out with their travel-sized bottle. It's only $18 and it's the same thing as the big, $42 bottle. However, the price tag is worth it. My second suggestion is to definitely get a tanning mitt. Nothing says "I just rubbed bronze goo all over my body" like orange hands. The mitt keeps this from happening! In addition to the mousse, I just recently bought the in-shower gradual tan and although I've only used it once, I'm interested to see how well it works. I also recently bought their facial self-tanner, because who wants a pale face with a tan body?! That's just odd. Moral of the story is that I love St. Tropez.

Phew, that's about it for June Obsessions. No promises that this will become a monthly thing, but I love sharing my favorite products with y'all. If you haven't already, follow me on Instagram, where I insta story things I buy, what I'm doing, and most importantly, what I eat (aka a lot). I'd love more to connect with! As always, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin' and Pinterest, and shoot me a comment below with your June obsessions! Cheers bitches :--)

I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means a portion of profits earned by this post may be earned by Seeking the South.

The 4 Apps You Need When Traveling Abroad

Well everyone, I've survived finals (ended up with my highest GPA in college yet, I might add). But it didn't take me long to head off to my next adventure: Europe! While this trip was part study abroad for a class I'm in and part for fun, it was an absolute blast. I started out in Paris, then headed to London, then finally Scotland!

Although Paris was the only spot of these three I'd been to before, it remained my favorite. It felt like an absolute dream every second of the day. I spent the days wandering around the city with two of my good friends, and we spent the nights drinking (too much) wine in front of the Eiffel Tower (because do as the Romans- err, Parisians- do, right!?). London was much more fast-paced and reminded me a lot of New York (minus the whole driving on the other side of the road thing). It was fun to explore but I don't think I could see myself living here, but who knows. Scotland was the opposite of these two. We were at a leadership institute on the Isle of Skye, where there were definitely more sheep than people. It was absolutely beautiful and a nice place to relax after the hustle and bustle of London!

I could go on all day about my amazing trip, but this post isn't about my narrative- it's about the apps I used abroad. I didn't realize before going across the pond how important some of these apps would be. I would've been lost (literally!!!!) without them. But before getting into the apps, the first thing I want to touch on is what to do to actually prepare to use your phone abroad. This was a little bit of an issue right when I got there, but my amazing mother figured it out for me and it ended up working out perfectly!

I use AT&T and getting the AT&T International Day Pass was literally a life-saver (and no, I'm not sponsored, I just loved it that much!). By paying $10 a day (that's like... two Starbucks coffees people) I got unlimited calls, texts, and data. If you're going anywhere international- I highly suggest checking this out before you go!

On to the apps!

Clear Currency

One tricky thing when traveling abroad is the difference in how things are done (this is actually one of my favorite things about traveling- I love culture shock!). One of these things is how the bills at restaurants are handled. In Paris, usually one of us would pay with a credit card (make sure you're using a travel rewards card so you're not charged outrageous fees!) and the other two would Venmo their share to the person that paid. This worked well because there were only three of us. However, things got tricky because we'd pay with euros, but our Venmo accounts use dollars. This is where the Clear Currency app came in handy. You can quickly type in how much you paid in a certain denomination and it will immediately tell you the exchange rate to multiple denominations. I can honestly say I used this app a ton while I was abroad, especially in the UK, where the difference between the pound and the dollar is a bit more.

Google Translate

Obviously, I only used this app in Paris, but it came in handy every once in a while. Many people in Paris speak English, especially because it is such a popular travel spot, however, sometimes we would find ourselves at a restaurant with an all-French menu or looking at a sign that was only in French. This is when we would pull out the Google Translate app. The amazing thing about this app is that you take a picture of whatever you're trying to translate and highlight the words you want translated. The app then translates those selected words right in front of your eyes. It's almost like magic! I would definitely suggest this app if you're going somewhere less popular, somewhere with a completely foreign alphabet (like Japan or Russia) or if you're planning on going off the beaten path! It will save you from looking like a complete fool in front of the locals.

Google Maps

Remember when I said that I would literally be lost without some of these apps? Yeah, this is what I was talking about. While Google Maps might already be a staple on a lot of your phones, it was an absolute necessity in Europe. The most helpful thing this app did was map out transit routes for you. If you've ever traveled in a big city, you know that transit is imperative (unless you want to spend $96895 on Ubers and 43939 wasted hours in traffic). However, if you're not a local, transit isn't always the simplest to use. By using Google Maps, it will tell you exactly which metro stop to get off at, which exit to take out of that metro (I didn't even know this was a thing!!) and exactly where to go after that. Even if you're not using data or wifi (although, you definitely should buy data regardless) if you already have your route queued up when you're on wifi, it will still direct you if you have no internet! Amazing!


Big cities are... well... big. Which means lots of restaurants. And in cities known for their food (oui-oui, I'm talkin' bout you Paris), you want to experience the best. However, you're not going to find the best just anywhere. That's where Yelp comes in. If you haven't used Yelp before... I'm questioning your existence. If you have, you know how easy it is to find what you're looking for. And in foreign cities, this was an absolute must! You can even search for local attractions like museums. The perfect addition to any vacation.

Obviously there are other app essentials (Instagram, obvi) but those are too obvious. Well, I'm off to scroll through my pics from Europe on my phone for the thousandth time. Can I go back now please!?

What apps can't you live without when you travel? Comment below and tell me!

Trying That Healthy Lifestyle Thing

Look everyone! It's me! I'm back!!

With a little friendly scolding from my father over Easter weekend about not posting recently (that's right Dad, I'm calling you out to the entire internet) and a need for a new procrastination outlet (double whammy there, Dad), I've decided to come out of hiatus, at least for now.

So what's new with me? Well, I've decided to be one of those girls that sells fit tea on Instagram.

No I'm totally kidding.

I am, however, trying this whole "fit" thing recently. That's right guys, I actually wear my yoga pants to the gym now! *gasps from the entire internet* I'm even... wait for it.... eating healthier. *more gasps that can be heard from space* That's right folks, I'm taking healthy to a whole new level. So, let me tell you more.

Kayla Itsines BBG Workout | Seeking the South

I decided about a week ago that I was going to start the Kayla Itsines workout plan. This idea stemmed from spending far too much time browsing the #bbg #bbgcommunity #bbgprogress hashtags on Instagram. If you haven't done it yet, go check them out because they're incredible. There are women that have not only lost so much weight, but gained so much muscle by doing the bbg workout (that stands for bikini body guide, by the way). I was hella inspired. I didn't (err, don't) consider myself "fat" by any means, but have I gained weight in college? Yes. Have I lost muscle since I stopped competitive dance? Absolutely. Would I like to be more toned? 100% yes. With all that being said, I decided to get off my ass and do something about it.

Rewind to the first time I did bbg, I was with two of my best friends, both of whom had done it before. It was leg day and from the way they were hyping it up, they assured me I wouldn't be able to walk the next day. I was nervous.

For those of you who haven't tried bbg yet, it works like this: you do one circuit (4 different exercises) for 7 minutes, then you do a second circuit (4 other exercises) for 7 minutes, then you repeat. In total, you're doing 28 minutes of hardcore exercises.

Let's just say that after those first 7 minutes I was dying. My heart was pounding and my legs were getting jello-y. But thanks to my badass friends, they pushed me to finish the entire 28-minute workout.

By the way, they were right. It was near impossible to walk the next day. And this really turned me off of the exercise plan. Did I really want to be this sore every day? I wouldn't be able to do anything. So, I didn't do bbg for two weeks. But then I looked at those hashtags, and quite honestly I looked at myself in the mirror. I wasn't going to get fit by doing my lame-ass elliptical and ab workout. I needed structure. And that's when I did it. Last Tuesday (April 18th) I really started Kayla Itsines BBG workout. The way a week looks is you do three bbg workouts a week (every other day) and two days of light cardio in between. Then, one day is purely for stretching (yoga, or otherwise), and the last day is a rest day. Because of the way my schedule works, Monday's are insane, so I decided that would be my rest day (workout-wise). This means that I do bbg on Tuesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's and cardio on Wednesday's, Friday's, leaving the stretching for Sunday's.

I've been keeping notes in my phone on my weight (I only weigh-in on Tuesdays for mental stability), how hard the exercises are (in hopes that they get easier....) and when I have to skip a day (like when I had to spend two hours at the Apple Store last Friday!).

The weird thing is, I've never been more excited to go to the gym. I get excited to be dripping in sweat by the end of my workout. I look forward to being sore (as much as it sucks) because I know it means I'm getting stronger. I get sad when I can't workout.

And like I said at the top of this monstrosity of a blog post, I've been eating healthier, too. I'm loving zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) and get to continue my love affair with brussels sprouts.

Hopefully, eventually I'll be posting more about my workout progress and healthy lifestyle, but with finals coming up realllllll quick (yikes) and my upcoming trip to Europe (yay!), I won't likely be posting much. However, I do want to hear from you.

Have you tried BBG? What did you think? What are your favorite healthy meals? What's your fitsgram?

I'd love any and all feedback so please comment below!