Up in My Biz #4

This is my weekly “state of the business” address, where you get to see all the gory details of my learning experiences (Grr!) and accomplishments (Yay!). Grr! I did not do all of my postings for last week. Or this week. Sigh. I had another cold. Plus, my thyroid shows no signs of regulating so I still had the tireds. I had many great intentions for editing my website copy to the point where it was at least marginally functional if not stupendously beautiful and sales converting but it’s not there yet. Yay! I did make some progress on the website in the form of getting clear and brainstorming. I sent guilt packing and have enjoyed the freedom that brought. I got a lot of organizing done, including transferring all of my business emails/folders from my personal to business account. I discovered that adding plugins is easier than I thought it was and was able to let go of all the time I spent trying to do it the hard way. I became really aware of my tendency towards busyness versus productivity, and awareness is the first step in healing. * * * All in all, I’m still not moving forward as quickly as I’d like, but at least I feel like there is progress. How was your...

Giving Guilt a Rest

I am a lover of quotes. Inspirational, funny, philosophical, anything that just grabs my attention and makes me go hmm. . .I intend to share a quote a week with you here, and whatever my thoughts happen to be at the time. “Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.”~Shakespeare (Macbeth, I:iii) Sometimes it feels like time and the hour are running all over me, not just through the day. Usually I take comfort in this quote, because it’s another way of saying that nothing lasts forever. No matter how bad the day is, it will have an end. Night will fall and, God willing, I will surrender everything to sleep. What do you do when sleep is little respite? If you can’t sleep well or are plagued by dreams that leave you with  a clenched jaw and hunched shoulders? What do you do when the next day just seems to get rougher? It can be hard to trust that the mercy of time will make it’s soothing effect known any time soon. Sometimes it’s really hard to see that the hamster wheel does eventually stop. Stopping the Wheel: Voluntary or Involuntary? I’ve always believed that when I get sick it means I haven’t been giving myself enough rest. So why I got a cold last weekend (involuntary stop) even though my hypothyroidism has been causing me to sleep more and more, I don’t know. Or do I? Maybe I am being perfectly good about getting enough physical rest. Maybe I need a mental rest. Or an emotional rest. Hmmm. I guess I do know what I need....

Mad Love Monday #8

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week, and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. Where has this post been all my (blogging) life? Now I have to go rent The Princess Bride. I know, I know: I don’t own it? Inconceivable! Mixing writing and the laws of physics? Why not? Patti Stafford explains how the Laws of Motion apply to writing, sans incomprehensible scientific jargon. I’m so thankful for people who remind me that what I really deserve isn’t what “they” think I...

Got Experience?

I am a lover of quotes. Inspirational, funny, philosophical, anything that just grabs my attention and makes me go hmm. . .I intend to share a quote a week with you here, and whatever my thoughts happen to be at the time. “Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.”~Oscar Wilde This what I remind myself of when I start thinking I’m not good enough. Not good enough to write a book. Not good enough to be a parent. Not good enough to start a business. However, you can’t become experienced at anything without having experiences, so if you wait to try something because you’re not experienced, you’re not really going to get anywhere. We’re Not Alone It’s reassuring to see other people struggling with this and being transparent about it. People write books all the time, bestsellers even, with little-to-no previous writing experience. Just about any parent will tell you that a lot of the time, they have no idea what they are doing. And yet, brilliant, wonderful, happy children get raised all the time. Bloggers, especially (at least the ones I latch onto), are generous enough to point out that they, too, started from a place of inexperience. Even the super-successful ones will tell you it didn’t happen overnight and that there was a lot of trial and error. * * * For a long time, I thought I couldn’t do things because I wasn’t experienced enough. Take this blog. When I first started thinking about blogging, almost a year ago, I read everything I could about how to write a successful blog. It was overwhelming,...

Mad Love Monday #7

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week, and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. Yes, Blogging Rules, F it! I love what Fi has to say about goal setting: “Omigod, I have to set goals or I’ll never amount to a hill of beans. (Sidebar: Huh? And I would want to be a hill of beans, why, exactly?)” Yes, why would anyone want to be a hill of beans? Another take on loving your flaws. I’ve touched on this before, but I was more focused on physical flaws. This post focuses more on the internal flaws, but can apply to mind and body equally well. And while I’m effing things, thank you, Cairene, for this outside-the-box work-structure post. I have had similar thoughts but this really provides some great points. I especially love the permission to do Mondays differently,...