Tag Archives: Blogging

What are you reading?

         

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle, Robyn Scott’s memoir about growing up in Botswana, is my book club’s April selection.  While I’m enjoying her vivid descriptions of daily life, I wish there was more of a narrative arc to keep the story moving along and to hold my interest.  I’m only halfway through, so we’ll see if that resolves itself.

Tina Fey’s Bossypants is unsurprisingly hilarious, but I am also enjoying her honest insight on women, careers and motherhood.  This is a fun read and has had me in laughing out loud more than once.

I’m also reading Just in Case: How to Be Self-Sufficient When the Unexpected Happens. When taking an evening stroll, do you mentally evaluate each house you pass for how secure it will be in the zombie apocalypse ?  No?  Just me?  Okay then.

On the blog front, I’ve recently discovered The Financial Diet from Chelsea Fagan.  “When you become smarter about money, everything gets better.” – so true.  The Minimalist Pixie Dream Girl: Who She Is And Why I Hate Her and Financially-Sponsored People Need To Be Honest About Their Shit are two good posts.

Also, Permission to Kick Ass: Granted is a must-read from Pamela Wilson.

 

How about you?  What are you reading right now?  Please share in the comments.


P.S. Are we Twitter friends yet?  Find me @TheMgmtMaven

 

This post contains affiliate links to Powell’s Books.

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Six things to do when you don’t know what to do.

Sylwia Bartyzel via Unsplash

Sylwia Bartyzel via Unsplash

Tell me if any of this sounds familiar:  You’re not happy in your current job but aren’t sure what else you’re qualified to do.  You’re not making enough money but you can’t afford to quit.  You want to do something meaningful but you haven’t found your “passion”.

Go back to school?  Start your own business??  Join the circus??? 

If you’ve become paralyzed by indecision, the best strategy may be to stop, take a breath, and come at the problem from a different direction.  Here are some ideas to get you moving:

Dive deep into a new subject.  It doesn’t matter what it is.  Pick something that interests you (work-related or not) and start learning everything you can about it.  Explore it from different perspectives and thru different mediums.  Follow footnotes and interesting asides.  See where it takes you.

Get an activity tracker and start walking.  Feeling aimless drains your energy and you may find yourself in a sedentary rut.  An activity tracker (I like the FitBit) will help you focus on getting up and out.  And walking will clear your mental fog and get you thinking big thoughts.

Declutter.  Our physical space and our mental space are deeply entwined.  Clearing our  material baggage has a magic way of clearing our psyche as well.  Purge ruthlessly and then examine what’s left.  It may hold clues to what really matters in your life.  (Marie Kondo’s book on the magic of tidying up explores this in depth.)

Keep a time log.  “I don’t have time.” is probably the biggest excuse we use for not moving forward.  But you probably have more than you think.  Track everything you do for a week and see where your time is really going.  Then evaluate what you can change to make time for something new.

Start a blog.  Pick something that interests you and start writing about it.  It doesn’t have to be ground breaking stuff, but commit to writing something on the regular.  Explore other blogs and start connecting with people online.  Be open to the process and again, see where it takes you.

Volunteer to work with someone from another country.  Volunteering is good experience in general, but working directly with someone from another culture – tutoring a non-native speaker, for example – is an excellent way to put your own life in perspective.

 

How about you?  Have you ever felt aimless?  How did you deal with it?

 

(This post contains affiliate links to Powell’s Books.)

Leadership, Amazon and The Boss: 5 Things I Found Useful This Week

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1.  Megan Borrie’s thoughts on leadership…it’s a personal thing.

2.  Jeff Goins’ podcast on building discipline, mastery and how Amazon is leveling the playing field for independent authors.

3.  Looking for great, free images for your blog?  Check out Unsplash.

4.  Want to create your own awesome images with just your phone?  Check out 11 Tips To Better Phone Photos.

5.  I was 11 years old when Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA was released and I can still sing every word to every song.  I seriously wore that cassette tape out!  Hat tip to Sarah Von Bargen for sharing Dead Man’s Town, a 30th anniversary tribute, with indie artists covering all the songs on the original album.  So good!

 

September!

September

The Dalles, OR

How can it be the 8th of September already??

August was a crazy, busy, awesome month.  Although I didn’t meet my goal of posting a photo EVERY day, I still enjoyed the challenge of focusing on images over words for a month.  The daily August Break email prompts from Susannah Conway were brilliant and I highly recommend exploring her work.

I’m eager to start posting again and have been jotting down ideas and thinking about where I want to take this blog over the next year.  Along those lines, I’m also working on a short ebook and will have more details to share shortly.

So, lots to do this month!  I look forward to sharing it with you.  Here’s to a fabulous Fall!

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(This post contains affiliate links to Powell’s Books.)