Live Now, Upload Later: My Blogging & Social Media Strategy / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


Live Now, Upload Later: My Blogging & Social Media Strategy

My goal is to live life with intention. I want to live my life — both fully & with purpose — Each.&.Every.Day. Honestly, there's no time to delay when it comes to life. We aren't granted tomorrow.

So, rather than sit in our office nook at home as per usual, Fred & I headed to Carlsbad, California to get some work done. Carlsbad is a seaside city on the Pacific coastline of northern San Diego County, about 87 miles/140 km south of Los Angeles & 35 miles/56 km north of downtown San Diego.


We set up our office of the day at Sleeping Tiger Coffees. Lately, my drink of choice has been an Americano, but this time I opted for a drip coffee. Fred tried a hammerhead (an espresso mixed with drip coffee), as per the suggestion of the barista. It was gnarly, but tasty. Sleeping Tiger Coffees is a mini coffee house espresso bar within Witch Creek Winery. Essentially, you could sip coffee while you work, then swap to wine once they begin serving at noon.

Now don't know whether it was the caffeine kicking in or whether I felt motivated by the new year, but I was pretty productive in my coffee house workspace. I answered promotional emails, responded to press emails, reached out to all my coaching clients, vlogged, wrote, documented. 

After three or so hours there, we packed up & moved on to explore the city. Fred & I checked out the Carlsbad sign as well as the diagonal crosswalk. After that it's an easy walk to Carlsbad State Beach. Sink your toes in the sand with a stroll on the beach. Or take the sidewalk for a bird's eye view. 

Even though it's winter & even though it's January, the weather in Carlsbad is remarkable. I went for a light three-quarter long sleeve paired with my super cool in palm tree embroidered shirt with buttons. It's a thrifted find. The weird thing?! It was sitting in my closet for well over a year & I'd never worn it before. 

Oh, & guess what? I'm wearing pants, Like jeans. I haven't worn jeans in maybe two or three years. That's a remarkable accomplishment on my part, but I'll give credit to the pants as well. They're super comfy & stretchy & they fit like a dream. They're the Peyton Slim Boyfriend Jeans from Liverpool Jeans

New year, new me, you know? 


I want to do more, be more, achieve more, write more, read more, travel more. I want to live everyday & take time to appreciate each day for what it is. Cheers to the new year! I feel inspired & motivated!


That's my motto for 2018. That's my blogging & entrepreneurial strategy for 2018. That's my goal.

I'd been mulling it over. I had an idea in my head, a thought, a vision. But it wasn't vibrant. I knew I wanted to focus on writing again. Focus on blogging to blog, blogging for the sheer joy of it. I knew I wanted to focus on life & living. After a couple exercises at Christina's The Power Of Vulnerability: New Beginnings gathering last night, it came to me so succinctly.


So I want to know... What's your favorite coffee beverage right now? What are your thoughts on pants? Yay or nay? What is your goal for the year? Leave a comment. :]


  1. Great casual combo! Love so much your embroidered shirt. Just amazing!


  2. I love that now upload later! Amazing, definitely something to always remember and you look amazing in those jeans ;)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  3. I'm definitely trying to focus more on writing but at the same time I don't want work to consume my life. Love that palm tree shirt btw! What a shame it was in your closet unworn for so long!

  4. Monet Tenia ProctorJanuary 11, 2018 at 2:20 PM

    I recently started a blog in order to do the same exact thing...focus on writing in order to share my perspective with the world. I have found the experience so far to be very liberating and rewarding! Continue writing and sharing your inspirations!

  5. Eileen Mendoza LoyaJanuary 12, 2018 at 12:42 AM

    I wanted my blog to be a journal of my daily musings but I got lost somehow in the influx of product reviews, sponsored posts and guest posts. There are times I feel so overwhelmed too. I think I will heed your advice - Live now. Upload later. Just be present at every moment.

  6. I loved the little video you created!
    Cloe X

  7. Lucky you! What a fun place to go work!


  8. Great motto! Thanks for the inspiration to live in the moment! Hope 2018 brings you lots of good things :)

  9. It's a great motto, since it's all too easy to stay logged in/plugged in or otherwise connected to technology all day. I often wonder about taking a day - or even part of a day - and working in a coffee shop or somewhere other than home. I actually accompanied my hubby to his metal fab shop one weekend while he was working on Christmas gifts, and surprisingly got a lot done! The change of atmosphere and pace seemed motivational.

    To answer your questions: I'm a fan of mocha coffee. I wear leggings most of the time with tunics or oversized sweaters (especially now in the frigid Maine weather). My motto for the new year is "change and growth" in multiple areas of life.


Thanks for reading & writing. :] // ▲


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