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Month: January 2017

The Slap In the Face You Need Today

The Slap In the Face You Need Today

As many of you know, I love to read. And although mysteries and fiction books tend to be my happy place, one goal I have for 2017 is to branch out and read more books in other genres.

I picked up a copy of Getting Noticed: A No-Nonsense Guide to Standing Out and Selling More for Momtrepreneurs Who ‘Aint Got Time for That’ after I saw a couple friends post about it on their Facebook Pages. I was apprehensive about reading it because business books often leave me feeling more overwhelmed, frustrated, and aware of my faults than when I picked them up.

This book, I liked. It was short (I read it in a day picking it up at random times I needed a break from other work), it was written in a very conversational style, and it didn’t hold back. It was a slap in the face ever so kindly reminding me that my lack of effort and hustle just may be the reason I’m not seeing the results I desire.

If you expect to have an output of 100% and you’re only willing to put in an input of 30%, you’re fooling yourself. – Lindsay Teague Moreno (Getting Noticed)

So, how do you know if this book is right for you? It may be a good choice for you if:

  • You are a Mom (or just a busy woman in general) who is trying to juggle family, life, and professional projects and having trouble with it all.
  • You are struggling with social media. How to use it. Personal v. Business Pages. When to post, where to, how often, etc.
  • You are looking for a quick read to give you a jolt of useful, practical social media business tips you can start applying today.
  • You are willing to put in the work.

Another huge takeaway for me was that being strategic in how you use social media doesn’t mean you are being un-authentic. Planning your social media strategy actually frees you up to be a more true version of yourself while delivering quality content that you want to share with the world. I also realized I need to take some time and figure out Instagram, but that’s a whole different story.

If this sounds like you, I encourage you to pick up this quick little read. I usually like to pass books on after I finish them (no sense them sitting on my shelf when someone else can be enjoying them), but this is one I plan to hang onto. Lindsay provided enough facts, links, and valuable information that it will be a good reference to refer back to as I tackle some of the social media strategies she suggested.

Is social media something you struggle with personally or professionally? What is the #1 thing you wish you could change in your social media use? Share with me in the comments.

 

What a Difference A Week Makes

What a Difference A Week Makes

It is always tough watching your little ones go through surgery. You want to take their pain away and there is nothing you can go there but be there and support them. For those of you who know our story, strabismus eye issues have plagued my identical twins, Joel and Caleb from birth. Early on I even wrote a few posts over at Little Four Eyes if you’re interested in reading about the early days of our journey.

Two weeks ago, Joel went in for his third strabismus eye surgery.

The little man was such a trooper. And recovery for this third surgery went fairly smooth. Sadly we are becoming pros at child outpatient surgery but a couple days home from school and a little TLC and he was back to his old self.

Today we had his two week check up and it went great!

Sticking with my intention to focus more on what I’m thankful for each day, I couldn’t help but be grateful as we headed home from his appointment.

Grateful for a wonderful team of doctors, nurses, and staff members who give every kid who comes through their door exceptional care.

Grateful for a happy, healthy kiddo who kept a positive outlook even when things were painful and no fun.

Grateful for an amazing support system of extended family and friends who pitched in to help us out that week, prayed for us, and checked in to see how everyone was doing.

And most of all, grateful for this wild, crazy, group of kiddos. This is about a week post surgery. I won’t post the pictures from the first couple of days post-surgery, but all I can say is what a difference a week makes!

My Focus for 2017

My Focus for 2017

2016 was a good year. I had interesting professional opportunities come my way. I engaged in volunteer activities I really enjoy. My family is happy, healthy, and thriving. I am blessed beyond measure. So why was 2016 a struggle for me? Why did I find myself regularly in a state of discontentment? Of restlessness? Fighting frustration and not knowing if I was focusing my efforts where I should be?

When I reflected back on the year and wrote my 2017 goals, I struggled with why these feelings kept creeping into my days when I have so very much to be thankful for. One thing kept coming to mind. And I have decided to make that word my focus for 2017.

Gratitude. (Or my lack there 0f) …

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It is hard to admit when the reason something isn’t working is because of you. But I was sabotaging my own ability to enjoy my life in 2016 by not appreciating and cultivating what I have.

In 2017, my life will be lived through a new outlook. One of gratitude. One of thankfulness. One where I take time to be thankful for the many blessings in my life. And not only the blessings, but the failures. The disappointments that have been learning experiences and helped me to grow as a person.

Did you create 2017 goals? Two weeks into the New Year, are you already struggling with them? Try stepping back and taking some time to be grateful. Gratitude and thankfulness may be just the thing that you are looking for this year.

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