Instagram Reels 101: Trending Audio & Engagement
Living in Steil | Lifestyle Finds for Stylish Minds
by Vanessa Steil
2d ago
If you’re a regular on Instagram, you might know by now that Instagram Reels are all the rage to boost engagement and grow your account. And, as someone who posts a lot of Reels, I also have a lot of thoughts. For anyone new to the Reel game, first off, welcome! While it might seem overwhelming, I promise, you’ll find your way (and maybe even have fun with it). If you’re someone who, like me, also posts a lot of Reels, perhaps you’ve felt frustrated by the lack of engagement you’ve seen recently. Trust me, I can certainly relate. As someone who posts on many different topics from cancer advoc ..read more
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OOO As a Creative Entrepreneur
Living in Steil | Lifestyle Finds for Stylish Minds
by Vanessa Steil
4d ago
When it comes to holidays and long weekends, I never know what to do as an entrepreneur. Sometimes, it’s hard to know if I should be working, taking the day off, or doing something in between. When you have a full-time job, you know if you should show up or not. But when you work for yourself, it can be harder to make that call. In the first year of my entrepreneurship journey, I enjoyed working on days when others were off. It helped me get set up for a new week and allowed me to work at my own pace with fewer distractions. Now, as I enter my second year of entrepreneurship, I’ve decided to ..read more
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The Weekly Edit
Living in Steil | Lifestyle Finds for Stylish Minds
by Vanessa Steil
1w ago
I rarely say that a week flew by, but this one sure did. From having our first major snowstorm in more than two years on Tuesday (which also resulted in the cancellation of a few important meetings for me) to catching up with a former colleague for lunch on Thursday, this was one of those weeks that allowed me to feel both inspired and productive. And, while I’m ready for the snow to be gone, there was something nice about anticipating a “snow day” once again. We remember that feeling, right? Here’s how I occupied my week outside of working: {Fresh snow is the best!} {My favorite lip balm fr ..read more
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Living in Steil Turns 10!
Living in Steil | Lifestyle Finds for Stylish Minds
by Vanessa Steil
1w ago
Happy Valentine’s Day and happy anniversary…to my blog. I can’t believe it’s been ten years since I started this site as a cathartic outlet after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2013. What a decade it has been! When I first started Living in Steil, I was looking for a place to share my story and searching for a new career path. I never imagined that the blog would lead me to work in social media and public relations in the nonprofit space, but it allowed me to find my calling. So much has changed over the past decade. Some good, some not so good. But with each transition, I’ve grown st ..read more
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A Few of My Favorite Things…
Living in Steil | Lifestyle Finds for Stylish Minds
by Vanessa Steil
1w ago
It’s been a quiet month around here so far…and I’m not complaining about it. Not only did January feel extra long this year, but I was also insanely busy. So it’s nice to have a few leisurely weeks this month. And that got me thinking about the things I am enjoying at the moment. Unseasonably warm days: The past few days have felt more like spring than winter. We’ve had a string of sunny, 55-degree days that have made me want to get outside and enjoy my sanity strolls again. I’m also loving that it is staying lighter past 5 pm these days (and now we have less than a month to go before we adju ..read more
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How I Combat Scanxiety as a Thyroid Cancer Survivor
Living in Steil | Lifestyle Finds for Stylish Minds
by Vanessa Steil
2w ago
One of the things that’s always on my agenda at the start of a new year is to go for my yearly neck ultrasound. In some ways, doing a difficult task at the beginning of the year is like ripping the bandage off. Then, when I get the results back (and they are hopefully all good), I can relax a bit. This week, I went for my annual appointment to check my neck. And while 11 years later, it still gives me scanxiety to go for the exam and await my results (which I should have in a few days), I’m proud to say I made it through. Since I know that I’m prone to scanxiety before tests like this, there ..read more
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Weekly Glimmers
Living in Steil | Lifestyle Finds for Stylish Minds
by Vanessa Steil
2w ago
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been helping a friend pack up her childhood home out of state in my free time. While it’s been great to get away and spend time in another state, packing sentimental items up (and deciding what to keep) after losing a loved one is hard and hits close to home. To combat the emotional toll, I’ve been practicing a lot of self-care in the form of weekly pilates classes, taking care of my body, and exploring new neighborhoods. Here are some of my favorite snaps from the past week… {My favorite weekly infrared mat pilates class at Flex Studios} {Post-workout smoo ..read more
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The February Agenda
Living in Steil | Lifestyle Finds for Stylish Minds
by Vanessa Steil
3w ago
Well, if January felt like it was 4,654,576 days long to you, you’re not alone. To me, January has always felt like the longest month ever and one that I celebrate when it comes to a close. February is when I start to emerge from my hibernation and begin to make plans. This year is no exception. While I don’t have anything particularly exciting on my agenda this month, here are a few things I hope to cross off my to-do list by the end of one of the shortest months. Oh, the irony! Go: While January is Thyroid Disease Awareness Month, February is when I go for my annual neck ultrasound. Despite ..read more
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2024 Wellness Goals
Living in Steil | Lifestyle Finds for Stylish Minds
by Vanessa Steil
1M ago
There’s something about being in my late-30’s that has made me want to put more emphasis on my health and longevity. Perhaps it’s because I spent the last two years being in a nursing home every night or maybe because I recently celebrated my ten-year thyroid cancer survivor-versary. But it feels like time to take a closer look at my overall health and make my goals more of a priority. When it comes to health, I like to think of things I can do now to ensure that I’m healthy in the future. Unfortunately, I’m not always successful and have found working from home sometimes makes it harder to s ..read more
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Elevate Your Riding Outfit with Ellany 
Living in Steil | Lifestyle Finds for Stylish Minds
by Vanessa Steil
1M ago
Two years into my return to the equestrian world, I’m still amazed by all the stylish apparel that has found its way into the sport. There’s no shortage of colors, patterns, and prints to choose from when it comes to your riding outfit of the day, and I love how fashionable the sport has become. Of course, equestrian fashion was always a style of its own, thanks to mainstream designers who incorporated it into their collections. But now, there are more options to choose from when you get ready to go to the barn.  One brand that I found last year through Instagram was Ellany. I was search ..read more
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