Monday, February 20, 2017
I know a lot of bloggers who write similar posts about how they got started or how it feels to be a writer. But usually it's along the lines of "Why I Blog" or "How Blogging has Changed Me" but how it's made me a better person. There had never been anything I cared about more before blogging. I wasted my time and felt pointless. I hope that in the time I've created these spaces I have changed or brought joy to someone's life.
I haven't held onto any kind of hobby for this long. Sometimes it doesn't even feel real, that I get to just sit on the computer and put my thoughts and feelings down for others to read and enjoy. I cannot believe it's truly been the best 7 years of my life! Aside from being married all that time as well, I've never been so proud for sticking with something before. I love to write, I always have.
Improved My Writing
My writing has definitely improved over these past seven years. I'm still always learning and growing as far as typing and grammar go but, it's been a journey. I have started to work on making my titles better and including everything in each post that I need to so it can be successful. Aesthetically though I have worked hard in creating a post theme and layout that works. I always include a signature and "call to action" when I have one available.
Built Lifelong Friendships
I've started and grown some of the best friendships that will last a lifetime. I've bonded and shared with these new women in my life who are similar to me and busy following their dreams. Collaborating with like minded people makes you more creative and think harder than you do on a daily basis. I trust them with giving me vision, opinions and brutal honesty when I need it. I hope that someday we can all meet face to face but screen to screen is close enough for right now. They don't feel like my real friends- they are my real friends. Actually I often speak with online blogging friends more than people in my own home town. But why that is, I don't know. I love them both personally and professionally.
Sense of Confidence and Self-Development
Blogging has done one major thing in my life and that's helped me cut out negative people who always took me for granted/manipulated me. I learned to trust others around me and everything my gut tells me. When I have the slightest intuition it's usually right. I'm much more confident in myself than I was when I began. In addition, blogging makes me want to be a better person in my self development-become a more well rounded person. And so far, it's working!
I love coming up with posts and personal stories to share with friends and family. Because I've been blogging here for so long and gone through so many changes and titles, it is literally a living memory book. My favorite thing is to go back, update and relive all the good, bad and the ugly times. It's a comfort that I have every detail recorded somewhere. Seeing a timeline of how I've changed and grown into my own person is also pretty neat to have for keepsake. It's really neat knowing that I have record of so many things I've done big or small.
This has been a difficult one because I'm not the best at scheduling things in my everyday life. I'm continually working on making a daily schedule and an editorial calendar so I can stay on track for my blog deadlines. Having everything happen on time is something I can really take pride in. I use many tools like Hootsuite and Trello to stay on top of my time management needs to keep to a schedule or deadline. I also really love the app called Forest which is a fun concentration game where you cannot exit once the time starts making you be productive on your single task in a sense. Unable to use your phone for 30 mins more or less- definitely cuts down on my darting tendencies. If you have troubles in this area I highly reccomend looking on Pinterest for ideas or following my Productivity board here. Or my Motivation board here.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
The end of the week usually brings either relief from a hard work week or regret from not getting enough done. I however have landed somewhere in the middle- happy with staying on track for blogging but also wishing that some other tasks had gotten checked off. As I'm typing I'm also scrambling to get a newsletter up for this week-Monday or Tuesday I hope.
This is my personal pick for the week. I really enjoyed this post about all the things you can do together based on the love languages.
50+ Date Ideas that fit your Love Language
I love this post giving me all kinds of fantastic date night ideas. How to tell what we would both love based on our love languages which are polar opposites (his=physical touch and words, mine=acts of service and gifts). It can be tricky sometimes to find an activity we want to do together at the same time- so personally this was very helpful for our future date nights.
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Friday, February 17, 2017
This is the review of Feisty and Fearless on Goodreads.com: Goodreads Review
A few words about it and what others said:-
"In Feisty & Fearless: Nice Girls CAN Be Leaders:
• The characteristics of effective leaders
• 14 Exercises to guide you through your work in becoming a more effective leader
• Discover that Caring is one of the keys to authentic leadership
Read stories of women leaders:
• An artist who empowers children
• A successful CEO who puts her family first
• A divorced mother who reinvented herself to provide for her children
• An actress turned successful business owner who heals a family rift
• A child leader
• A company leader who thinks empowering others is her main job
• A world-renowned expert and author who puts her ego aside
• A feminist who lets nothing stop her in her work to have women learn how to be safe
“Wow, at last! Here is a feminist voice that covers discrimination of all colors and sizes – bigotry against women, Jews, immigrants, having red hair, too little money and too much, fat, bossy. The list is endless.” Carolyn Howard-Johnson, award-winning author of Imperfect Echoes
"We all have a back story, the failures and the poor decision making we recognise when we look back on our lives, and Pauline Is refreshingly frank about her own ups and downs. Her determination to step up and show responsibility is a practical manual in leadership skills which will inspire and motivate many women."
Karen Abrams Lawyer/Lecturer, U.K."