Category Archives: Personal Growth

from daily blogging to learning from mistakes

{365} Chapters

In 2011, WordPress challenged bloggers to post daily or weekly. I started out thinking I could do it daily, but life got in the way and I had to switch to posting weekly. That eventually turned into once-a-week and then once in a while and then not at all.

This year, the challenge, Project 365, is to pick a topic and blog about it for an entire year.  I was intrigued and excited to have a new year to clean the slate and start over.

One of my resolutions for 2012 is to do more of what I’m passionate about doing.  Reading and writing are two of those passions.  Whether I’m reading a book or magazine or writing a blog post or journal entry, I am committing to being true to who I am and not forsaking my gifts and talents.

I have stacks and shelves of books that I am partly working through or have yet to begin reading.  Most of my books are non-fiction and don’t have me devouring them in one sitting like some of my favorite fiction.  I’ve always thought if I just read one chapter a day, I could finish many of my half-finished books.

Project 365 is the perfect motivator for that endeavor.  So, every day I will post my thoughts on one chapter from a book I’m reading.  I do not intend for these to be in order of any one particular book.  I don’t like to be boxed in that way.  And I’m just too ADD to commit to that.

I hope you enjoy reading about what I will be reading about and maybe you’ll be inspired to read more too.

Blessings,

Mel

P.S. Since there are 366 days in 2012, I will start posting tomorrow on my new blog devoted to this project: {365} Chapters.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Personal Growth

Blogging Conferences

 

Opryland Delta Atrium

Blissdom, BlogHer, Relevant…. I’m sure I’m leaving others out, but these are the biggies and the only ones I know about.

Blogging conferences are a great way to meet your favorite bloggers, hear from wonderful speakers who’ve been there..done that, and just get away with other like-minded people.

I would like to go to one of these blogging conferences, but can’t for various reasons.  The most important being I am not independently wealthy.

  1. I totally missed the boat on Blissdom; it’s this week.  I can picture myself shmoozing with Nester Smith and Tsh Oxenreider (though, she might be a little buzy since she’s one of the speakers), blogging alongside other bloggy-minded women, laughing and crying and walking all over the Opryland Hotel.  Alas…it’s not to be this year.
  2. BlogHer has three conferences this year:  BlogHer, BlogHer Food, and BlogHer bet.  BlogHer Food is self-explanatory.  BlogHer bet (bet stands for Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology) is for women who have a business, are looking to start a business or want to use technology to further their business.  BlogHer expects  thousands–yes, you read that correctly, thousands–of attendees!!  This is a little scary to a first-time blog conferencee.  Maybe after I get a few under my belt, I’ll be brave enough to attend one of these.
  3. The Relevant Conference is in October.  While it’s later in the year allowing me to plan better, they (wisely) limit the number of attendees and registration starts on March 1st.  I’m betting this amazing conference will sell out fast.  I don’t know that we’ll have the money by then.  I also don’t know anyone going and so have no one with which to share a $190-a-night room for two or three nights.  Maybe I can talk my best friend into going.  That would be great!

So, I’ll be living vicariously through Nester, Tsh and any of my other favorite bloggers who’ll be rubbing elbows with each other and blogging about it.

Blessings,

Mel

Leave a comment

Filed under Blogging

Tips for Sticking to Your Daily Blogging

I know what you’re thinking. Who am I to be offering tips on daily blogging when I literally just joined the Postaday crowd three days ago?  I have two answers for you.

First Answer: I’ve been writing off and on for over 25 years. I started writing stories and poems as early as third grade.  During difficult teenage years, I wrote a lot of poetry.  I’ve written for a women’s ministry newletter as a contributor and an editor.  And I’ve filled quite a few journals.  My point?  I know how hard it is to get started and continue writing.

Second answer: I’ve been a blogger for three years.  While I’ve mostly been a hit-and-miss blogger during that time, there were short stints of daily posting or several-days-a-week posting.  A lot of that writing got done when I was on a creative roll.  Ideas would flow in so fast I would be drafting three posts at once.  I didn’t always get those extras published, but they were saved ready for a later date.  Some are finished, some are still raw.

So, how can you be sure to post daily (or weekly)?

  • Get a notebook or sketchbook just for blogging ideas. I have a simple five subject notebook that I’ve divided into ideas, tips for blogging, etc.  I not only get ideas about what to write, but also about photos I have or photos I’d like to take.  Try to keep it with you all the time so whenever an idea pops up, you’re not using a napkin or an old receipt.
  • Write two or three posts at once and schedule them for publishing. When I discovered this feature on my first blog, I was ecstatic.  You can schedule your posts to publish any day and time you choose.  Just be sure to finish a post you’ve started and scheduled.  Once you click on Schedule it’s going out for all to read, unless you edit your publish date and time before it posts.  I have published unfinished posts and it was embarrassing.  Especially when it posted to my facebook account.
  • Make an appointment with yourself and stick to it. I learned about this from a Franklin Covey planner, Leadership, a few years ago.  It’s too easy to set aside something we want to do for everyone and everything else.  Sometimes it’s procrastination.  Sometimes it’s family or friends, housework or schoolwork.  I find I am a better person, wife and mother when I make time for me and write what’s on my mind.

Those are my tips for daily blogging.  Enjoy what comes to mind.  Get it out of your head and into the blogosphere!

Blessings,

Mel

1 Comment

Filed under Blogging

Best Laid Plans…

A few weeks ago I began posting about using what you have in your pantry, fridge and freezer to cook healthy, simple and mostly quick meals.

In my ideal world, I would have posted a new recipe every day.  I envisioned myself staying up late writing about my lovely, healthy meals while including photos to make your mouth water.

By now, I’d have Day 20:  Gourmet Peanut Butter & Celery Sticks with a side of Saltines.  See what you’re missing?

Since it was an experiment into cooking every day at home and that didn’t actually happen, I would say the experiment failed.  But not exactly.  More like the cook failed to cook every day and then blog about it.

Instead of attempting to post a new recipe every day, I will simply post them and not keep track of the days.

Besides, this blog is about more than cooking.  There are so many ideas bouncing around in my head.  This blog should probably be titled The ADHD Woman.

But that’s exactly why I’m eclectic.  With a plethora of interests clogging up my brain and cluttering my home, there is an endless supply of material.

Look for recipes, organizing tips, craftiness, homeschooling woes and wins, lessons in faith and so much more.

Leave a comment

Filed under Personal Growth

SMART Goals for 2010

Every January, I can feel that it’s a new year.  Something inside me knows I can start over with a clean slate on all those resolutions I never completed or started.  However, I tend to beat myself up for not accomplishing all that I meant to do.  It’s just too easy to forget my “resolutions” or push them off til later, then I throw my hands up and say, “Why bother?” as another year comes to an end.

So, this year I will turn my resolutions into goals and write them down.  Being a home business owner, I know the value of writing goals down.  I’ve learned about it at conferences and retreats.  I’ve heard about the study that said 3% of Yale graduates who had written goals had more wealth years later than the other 97% of graduates combined.

That makes sense intellectually, but I have never transferred it into action.  My goals have always been nebulous and had no defined step-by-step plan, so I do not reach them year after year.  Maybe I’m afraid of failure (being a procrastinating perfectionist makes this 99.99% likely) or maybe I’m afraid of success (Who’s afraid of success? you may wonder, but it is a real fear.).

Recently, this idea of written goals became personal.  My dear husband reached a specific goal at the end of last year that was great for his employer and even more wonderful for our family.  When I asked him how he did it, he reminded me of an acronym he learned while finishing his business degree several years ago:  SMART.  There are many variations of this, but basically it stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.

I will use my goal of reaching my ideal weight (not what society says is should be) as an example.

  • Specific–this is pretty simple.  Rather than writing “I’m going to lose weight” write down “I’m going to lose 20 pounds.”
  • Measurable–how will you take the first step?  I ask myself how I’m going to lose 20 pounds?  “I will work out at least 3 days a week.”
  • Attainable–can you achieve what you have set out to accomplish?  Do you feel unmotivated or overwhelmed thinking about it?  Then rewrite it.  Getting to the gym three days a week is achievable for me though it requires me to be diligent in putting it in my schedule and sticking to it, a bit of challenge for me.  But I can visualize myself looking much slimmer for my husband’s 20th high school reunion this summer and it energizes me.
  • Realistic–again, pretty simple concept.  Is it realistic to think I can lose 20 pounds by June?  Most definitely, I was averaging a pound and a half to two pounds of weight loss per week last year when I got started.  If the above holds true, I can reach my goal well before summer.
  • Timely–set a deadline. This goes in hand with it being realistic.  I cannot lose 20 pounds in a month and be healthy.  I can, however, lose it in three to four months.

When you think about the resolutions, or goals, you have made for 2010, consider writing them down and use SMART to help you with each step you’ll need to take to make them a reality.

2 Comments

Filed under Personal Growth