“I believe if life gives you lemons you should make lemonade…And try to find someone whose life has given them vodka and have a party.”
Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
I wish I could take credit for this, but it comes from Marianne Williamson. What is your deepest fear?
It only took four days for me to fall in love with Jamaica. I’ve spent the last few days in paradise, and I’ve spent most of today wondering how I can make my life paradise. It’s been over a month since I’ve written because I’d lost inspiration and direction. It’s amazing what a difference fours days surrounded by new sights, adventures and people can make. I fell in love with the smell of the air, the fresh fruit dangling from branches, and the stress free nature of the people.
Could you imagine meeting people who could count the amount of times they used the internet? What about people who didn’t use social media? Have you every met a group of people who despite being away from their family and spending all day at work felt that “life was good”? It makes you wonder what you really need to be happy, and if we’re living in excess. I mean surely if they are happy with no internet and fresh food growing from trees, I can do without some of my possessions.
So, the question still remains, how do I create a life I don’t want to escape from? I hope this experience changes me for the better, and I plan to figure out the answer to that question.
When I wake up in the morning, I always enjoy eating my breakfast while getting my daily dose of LinkedIn. Connections are good, but that’s not my favorite thing about LinkedIn. What I love is the compilation of thought provoking articles from influencers and other bloggers.
This has got to be my favorite thing about LinkedIn. What other social media sites can you go to with this feature? If you’re not on LinkedIn go ahead and sign up, start connecting and enjoy reading.
It’s around lunchtime, and I hope you’re enjoying something healthy and delicious! I’m slowly learning that you don’t need money to make money, or at least you don’t have to spend an arm and two legs.
Public Relations is all about gaining recognition for free, so my PR background is probably influencing my mindset. While I do not have the clientele I would like for my business, I refuse to do any major advertising. Below are some steps I’m currently taking to get business that will help any business owner.
– Networking: Networking is free and effective. It may cost a little bit of gas and time, but that beats writing a huge check. Ask yourself these questions: Who is my ideal customer? Where would my ideal customer spend their time? Go where your customers are and network. Don’t forget to take your business cards!
–Talk about it. Be about it: Don’t be afraid to tell every single person you know about your venture. I just emailed a few people that I haven’t spoken to in awhile to let them know what I’ve been up to. Now, if you’re like me you have a daytime job that is the source of your income, and then you’re working on your own business. When people ask about your profession, get in the habit of making your business a priority.
– Social Media: Tons of social media networks have emerged, and you MUST be on one to engage with people and attract leads. If your business is not on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, I hope you make the decision to start today. Writing blogs is another great way to get your name out there.
– Partnership: Partnerships can help both parties involved which is why I believe it’s effective. If you’re a freelance writer, you can partner with bigger agencies and graphic designers. If you’re a beautician, partner with photographers and nail salons in the area. There is always someone out there who has the same clientele you want, so find a way for you both to gain from each other.
– Make Noise. Get Noticed: Everyone wants publicity, but no one wants to put in the work it takes to get it. Make journalist want to put the spotlight on you by doing something worth writing about. If you’re a makeup consultant who coordinated an event to give underprivileged women a free makeup session that is something the world wants to know.
Before you break the bank with advertising, try one of the tips above.
I wish curing writer’s block was as easy as grabbing a prescription from the pharmacy.
What’s a girl (or guy) to do when the creative juices won’t flow?
Unfortunately, writer’s block is something that comes and goes at its leisure. Although I would love to chase it and beat it down with a stick, I ‘ve learned not to fight it. Writer’s block tells my brain to take a break and naturally allows me to find inspiration. There are times when I write and my fingers tap like they’re on speed, but then there are times where I’ve got nothing. During those times when nothing comes to mind, there are a few actions I take.
-Freewrite: Sometimes writer’s block comes because you’re putting too much pressure on the project. I love freewriting because you just write with no ending goal. Run on sentences, fragments, and misspelled words are welcomed.
-Listen to Music: Music is a great relaxer. Most of time when I’m writing, I’m also listening to music. You may hear a line from a song and find inspiration there. The song may remind you of a certain memory in your life which may spark a lot of ideas. Next time your brain is stuck in a rut, turn on the Pandora.
-Take a Break: Sometimes all you need to do is nothing. Forgetting all about the assignment and letting your mind stray can be a good thing. Stop what you’re doing, and temporarily let it go .
Jon Morrow offers 27 Wacky Ways to Beat Writer’s Block. It’s definitely worth the read.